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College Football Rankings 2013 Week 8: Top 25 Teams That Will Fall in AP Poll

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 12:  Markus Golden #33 of the Missouri Tigers sacks Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 13, 2013

There were a staggering amount of upsets in Week 7, shaking up college football's landscape.

Whether it was a couple of Top 10 teams suffering shocking defeats or a Top 25 team sustaining its second straight loss, there was plenty of excitement and drama to be had. 

If you were a Top 25 squad and came out with a "W" on Saturday, consider yourself lucky. Here's a look at ranked teams that will surely fall in the Week 8 AP poll (Week 7 rankings in parentheses).

 

Stanford (5)

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 12: Head coach Davis Shaw of the Stanford Cardinal  looks at the scoreboard during a game against the Utah Utes during the first half of an NCAA football game October 12, 2013 at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ut
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Stanford was outgained in total yardage on Saturday, as unranked Utah came out of nowhere to stun the Cardinal, 27-21.

While Stanford had a big day on the ground, Utah's rushing attack was even more dynamic, posting 176 yards and a touchdown.

Stanford uncharacteristically turned the ball over twice in the loss. And when it looked like David Shaw's squad might score in the final minute, Kevin Hogan airmailed a pass to seal the stunner. 

Sophomore running back Bubba Poole rushed for 111 yards in the Utes' big win. 

 

Georgia (7)

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 12:  Randy Ponder #7 of the Missouri Tigers reacts after an interception against the Georgia Bulldogs with Andrew Wilson #48 at Sanford Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Georgia's disappointing season continues.

The rising Missouri Tigers shocked the Bulldogs in Athens on Saturday, 41-26, forcing four turnovers and posting 375 total yards in the process.

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray tossed two picks. He also lost a fumble that was returned 21 yards for a touchdown. 

Beyond that, freshman running back Brendan Douglas coughed up the ball with the Bulldogs threatening on Missouri's 10-yard line in the second quarter.

After barely beating Tennessee in Week 6, Georgia wasn't so lucky against Missouri in Week 7.

 

Oklahoma (12)

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 12:  Chris Whaley #96 of the Texas Longhorns carries the ball into the end zone turnover score against Blake Bell #10 of the Oklahoma Sooners after Whaley intercepted the ball in the first quarter at the Cotton Bowl on October 12, 201
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In one of the most shocking upsets of the day, No. 12 Oklahoma was beat up by Texas on Saturday, 36-20.

The Sooners came into the game with a powerful rushing attack, while Texas' leaky run defense figured to be exposed.

That wasn't the case, as the Longhorns held the Sooners to 3.9 yards per carry at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. 

Texas' Case McCoy also outplayed Oklahoma's Blake Bell. McCoy averaged 9.0 yards per pass attempt while tossing two touchdowns to one interception. Bell averaged 5.1 yards per attempt while tossing two picks and no touchdowns.

Oklahoma came into the Big 12 battle allowing 13.0 points per game, but the team was rocked by Texas on Saturday.

 

Washington (16)

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 12:  Quarterback Keith Price #17 of the Washington Huskies is tackled by DeForest Buckner #44 of the Oregon Ducks on October 12, 2013 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Ducks defeated the Huskies 45-24.  (Photo by Otto Greu
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Washington hung in there for three quarters against Oregon on Saturday.

Then, the Ducks pulled away.

Oregon outscored Washington in the fourth quarter, 14-0, to come away with a 45-24 victory at Husky Stadium in Seattle on Saturday.

It was more of the same from Oregon's offense, which compiled 631 total yards, while Heisman contender Marcus Mariota totaled 454 total yards and four touchdowns.

Running back Bishop Sankey was special for Washington (167 rushing yards, two touchdowns), but it wasn't enough in the end. A Huskies team allowing 14.6 points per contest coming into the Pac-12 clash allowed 45 points to Oregon.

 

Florida (17)

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 12:  Tyler Murphy #3 of the Florida Gators is sacked by Jalen Mills #28 of the LSU Tigers during a game at Tiger Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  LSU won the game 17-6.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Florida held an explosive LSU squad to 17 points in Baton Rouge on Saturday.

The only problem was, the Gators scored six points themselves.

Junior dual-threat quarterback Tyler Murphy, who had been gaining some momentum as Jeff Driskel's replacement, had a rough day, going 15-of-27 for 115 yards.

Meanwhile, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger averaged 8.9 yards per pass attempt, while sophomore running back Jeremy Hill scampered for 121 yards.

If you would have told me before the game that both teams would combine for 23 points, I would have given the clash to Florida. But LSU beat Florida at its own game, putting together a strong defensive performance.

 

Michigan (18)

Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke reacts to a call during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan 43-40 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew
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Many people considered Michigan to be overrated headed into the Week 7 clash against Penn State.

The Nittany Lions may have proved that on Saturday, shocking the Wolverines in four overtimes, 43-40.

Christian Hackenberg and Penn State came back from a 34-24 deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game up, 34-34. Junior running back Bill Belton's two-yard touchdown run in quadruple-overtime sealed the deal for the Nittany Lions.

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns, but he continued to be turnover-prone, tossing two picks. He also lost a fumble in the second quarter.

Gardner now has 10 interceptions in six games this season.

 

Northwestern (19)

Oct 12, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) is sacked by Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Vince Biegel (47) during the second quarter at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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Northwestern wasn't exactly given a lot of credit before the Big Ten battle against Wisconsin on Saturday, but the Wildcats were absolutely embarrassed, falling in Madison, 35-6.

On top of allowing 527 total yards, Northwestern also was uncharacteristically mediocre on offense. Quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter combined to go 17-of-39 for 197 yards and an interception in the loss, while the Wildcats averaged 1.8 yards per carry.

Wisconsin running backs Melvin Gordon and James White combined for 273 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.


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