It was yet another "statement Saturday" in the college football world, as there were no huge upsets, but a lot of teams did make their voices heard to the pollsters and BCS computers.
Without a doubt, the biggest win of Week 8 came in the Swamp, as the Florida Gators put to rest any concerns about their offense by running all over what had been a dominant South Carolina defense up to that point to the tune of 44 points.
The Gators have now surpassed their win total from all of 2011. And with two games left against ranked opponents, including next week against Georgia, they have the inside track on the SEC Championship Game.
The other huge statement came from Kansas State. The undefeated Wildcats put a huge dent into Geno Smith's Heisman campaign with a 41-point win. Quarterback Collin Klein might have elevated himself to the top of that particular list with a seven-touchdown performance.
In a case of doing just enough to get the job done, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish remain undefeated heading into their showdown at Oklahoma next week. This will be the biggest test all season for that stout Irish defense.
Also in that category are the LSU Tigers. The offense continues to be problematic, specifically the passing game, as quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed just 11-of-29 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown.
But the defense bailed them out, and they walked out of Texas A&M with a 24-19 victory to keep their BCS title hopes alive.
Here is a look at how things changed in the Associated Press rankings following Week 8 (via SI.com):
|WEEK 9 AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS|
|4. Kansas State|
|5. Notre Dame|
|7. Oregon State|
|9. Ohio State|
|11. Florida State|
|13. Mississippi State|
|15. Texas Tech|
|17. South Carolina|
|21. Boise State|
|22. Texas A&M|
|24. Louisiana Tech|
|25. West Virginia|
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