College Football Rankings 2012: Ranked Teams That Will Fall in Week 8
The first official BCS Rankings were released Sunday night and, of course, there was some controversy. But when does that not happen?
Now that we have seen the rankings, let's take a look forward. Here are three teams that will fall in Week 8:
LSU Knocks off No. 18 Texas A&M
Texas A&M only has one loss this season and that was to No. 2 Florida. No loss is a good loss, but that's close. However, at 5-1, they have capitalized on a weak schedule featuring Ole Miss, Arkansas, Southern Methodist and South Carolina State.
The Aggies will receive another understandable loss this Saturday when LSU comes to town because they won't be ready for the speed and athleticism of the Tigers.
LSU isn't receiving great quarterback play from Zach Mettenberger this year, but the defense has been solid and the rushing attack is starting to assert itself. They racked up 258 yards on the ground against No. 3 South Carolina.
LSU's talent will prevail in this one.
LSU 19, Texas A&M 13
Oklahoma State Upsets No. 24 Iowa State
Iowa State is 4-2 and ranked in the Top 25 mostly because of its schedule. However, the only quality victory it recorded this season was at TCU.
Other than that, Iowa State played Kansas State well and lost by double figures to Texas Tech. I'm a little surprised they are in the Top 25.
Nevertheless, they travel to Oklahoma State this week and won't be in the Top 25 next Sunday after the Cowboys' offense scores more points than any team has scored on them this season.
Oklahoma State is seventh in passing yards with 338.2 yards per game, ninth in rushing with 263.2 yards per game and third in points scored with 48.6 points per game. The Cowboys have a solid all-around offense that will carry them to victory.
Oklahoma State 36, Iowa State 28
No. 7 South Carolina loses at Florida
South Carolina's schedule didn't do them too many favors this year. LSU and Florida back-to-back on the road? Are you kidding?
South Carolina is a quality team this year, but LSU and Florida are slightly better and we'll find out why this Saturday.
Florida's defense has allowed 12.3 points per game, a statistic that makes them the sixth best defense in the country. They have went into Texas A&M to capture victory, defeated LSU and went to Tennessee to defeat the Volunteers by 17 points.
The offense needs to improve as a whole but one area that doesn't need improvement is the run game. Senior running back Mike Gillislee has been superb this season, racking up 615 yards and seven touchdowns on 120 attempts.
With South Carolina allowing 258 yards rushing from LSU, Florida will expose the Gamecocks in similar fashion led by Gillislee.
Florida 24, South Carolina 17.
Official BCS Standings (via ESPN)
4. Kansas State
5. Notre Dame
7. South Carolina
8. Oregon State
12. Mississippi State
13. West Virginia
14. Florida State
17. Texas Tech
18. Texas A&M
22. Boise State
24. Iowa State
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