NCAA Football Rankings 2012: Top 25 Teams That Will Fall in Week 8

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 15, 2012

October 13, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles during the second half against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Tiger Stadium. LSU won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-US PRESSWIRE
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Some thrilling matchups between ranked teams await us in Week 8 of the 2012-2013 college football season, including a showdown between two top Heisman contenders.

This is the part of the season when teams begin distancing themselves in the BCS rankings. The elites move on up while the overrated get exposed.

Here are the ranked teams I see falling in Week 8.

 

No. 7 South Carolina (at No. 2 Florida)

This is going to be a close matchup.

Both Florida and South Carolina heavily rely on their run games, with Florida featuring Mike Gillislee and dual-threat quarterback Jeff Driskel and South Carolina featuring Marcus Lattimore.

Both defenses are strong against the run. South Carolina has allowed 2.90 yards per carry (13th in the nation), while Florida has allowed 3.27 yards per carry (23rd).

What I think it comes down to is the fact that Florida's pass defense has been a bit better this season, limiting opposing quarterbacks to 51 percent passing and 5.4 yards per attempt while ceding just three passing touchdowns (seven interceptions). 

 

No. 13 West Virginia (vs. No. 4 Kansas State)

This should be a shootout with Heisman contenders Geno Smith and Collin Klein under center for West Virginia and Kansas State respectively, but the big difference is that West Virginia's defense has been atrocious this season.

While Kansas State is allowing 16.5 points per game (19th in the nation), West Virginia is allowing 37.3 points per game (111th), including giving up 49 points to Texas Tech last week.

 

No. 6 LSU (at No. 18 Texas A&M)

Call me crazy, but I think Texas A&M poses a serious threat for LSU.

There's no denying that LSU has a top-notch defense. The question is, will the offense score enough?

Texas A&M may be limited against LSU but this is a team that is averaging 47.0 points per game (fifth in the nation) behind freshman sensation and Heisman contender Johnny Manziel. The Aggies just dropped 59 points on then No. 23 Louisiana Tech.

There's also the fact that A&M is allowing just 3.32 yards per carry this season. That's important because LSU has largely relied on its running game with junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger struggling.

I like Texas A&M for the upset in College Station.

 

No. 23 TCU (vs. No. 17 Texas Tech)

Both of these teams have strong defenses, but the edge goes to Texas Tech based on its offense.

While TCU is no slouch, averaging 33.2 points per game, and managing to score 49 points against Baylor despite Casey Pachall being out for the season, Texas Tech is averaging 40.7 points this season (16th in the nation) and just dominated then No. 5 West Virginia, 49-14.

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