College Football Rankings 2013: Teams Guaranteed to Tumble Down Poll

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVOctober 13, 2013

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 12:  Blake Bell #10 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks for an open receiver in the first quarter against the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl on October 12, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The upset bug finally struck college football in Week 7, as a handful of national title contenders came crashing down and elite programs suffered improbable defeats.

There were so many upsets among the Top 25 over the weekend that it's tough to include everyone, something that couldn't really have been said about the first six weeks of the college football slate before Saturday.

Let's take a look at the Associated Press Week 7 poll (per ESPN) and the teams that will take the biggest tumbles in Week 8.

 

Georgia Bulldogs

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 12:  Chris Conley #31 of the Georgia Bulldogs pulls in this reception against John Gibson #1 of the Missouri Tigers at Sanford Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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One week removed from an overtime thriller at Tennessee, questions were starting to linger about Georgia's national title hopes after a sluggish performance and a slew of injury problems.

Those questions are answered. 

No. 25 Missouri got out to a 28-10 lead in the first half on the road, and all of the sudden Georgia's injury problems and defensive holes put it on the brink of its first SEC loss. Aaron Murray battled back and got the Bulldogs back in the game, but it wasn't nearly enough in the end as they lost, 41-26.

Without any notable skill position players to speak of and a plethora of issues on defense—the unit has given up at least 30 points in all games but one this season (North Texas)—expect the voters to frown upon Georgia's performance between the hedges on Saturday.

 

Stanford Cardinal

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 12: Tyler Gaffney #25 of the Stanford Cardinal jumps over LT Tuipulotu #58 and Davion Orphey #33 of the Utah Utes to score a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA football game October 12, 2013 at Rice Eccles Stadium in S
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A lot of the upsets that took place on this crazy Saturday of football were predicted, but hardly anyone expected the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal to come out of their road trip to Utah with a blemish on their record.

The Utes entered the fourth quarter with a 10-point lead, but let the country's No. 5 team hang around. When the Cardinal lined up on the goal line down six, it seemed like David Shaw and company would escape Utah unharmed. 

Then, a couple of poor play calls had Kevin Hogan tossing the ball out of the end zone on fourth down and effectively ending Stanford's national title hopes. 

Stanford's defense was off balance all afternoon, and the offense didn't have enough to bail it out like it was able to last weekend against Washington. Heading home to face UCLA in Week 8, Stanford better get its act together quickly.

 

Oklahoma Sooners

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 12:  Blake Bell #10 of the Oklahoma Sooners carries the ball against Malcom Brown #90 of the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl on October 12, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. The Longhorns beat the Sooners 36-20.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Gett
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In what many people were pegging as Mack Brown's final stand, Texas was expected to at least show up against Oklahoma and, if the cards were stacked just right, threaten to end the three-year drought.

What wasn't expected was an absolute beatdown by the Longhorns. Texas won over the then-No. 12 Sooners 36-20, but perhaps the 445-263 total yards tilt in favor of the Longhorns is a better indication of how the 60 minutes unfolded.

Oklahoma ended its unbeaten campaign with the loss, and it'll take a couple of big performances to erase this memorable result in the minds of voters. 

Everything is bigger in Texas. That goes for college football losses, too. This one will sting for Bob Stoops and company and should have his squad tumbling down the Top 25.