USA Today College Football Poll 2013: Complete Week 8 Rankings Released
When seven teams in the Top 25 lose on a crazy Saturday of college football, you can assume there will be some serious changes to the next poll.
That is exactly what happened to the Week 8 USA Today Coaches' Poll. The losing teams unsurprisingly dropped, while there were a number of big winners moving up or into the rankings for the first time.
Here is a full look at the latest rankings. Take a look and feel free to compare them with Bleacher Report's official Top 25 poll as well.
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Alabama and Oregon took care of business on the road and remain on top of the rankings, but there were still some major shakeups down the rankings.
Which of Saturday's losses was most surprising?
Arguably the biggest surprise of the week was Stanford falling to unranked Utah on the road, 27-21. The Cardinal came into last week as the No. 5 team in the country in both polls after defeating a tough Washington team at home, but apparently the Utes were too much to overcome.
This loss drops Stanford to No. 13 in the polls and puts its chances of reaching a national championship in jeopardy. It also slightly weakens the exciting battle between Oregon and Stanford set to take place on Nov. 7.
Georgia was the other Top 10 team to go down, falling to 41-26 at home against a tough Missouri team. The Bulldogs have been dealing with injuries all season and it seemed to finally catch up to them. Their second loss drops them to No. 16.
Meanwhile, the Tigers finally get into the rankings at No. 14 after being on the outside looking in a week ago. Although, it is a bittersweet day for the undefeated team, as starting quarterback James Franklin was declared out for the regular season with a separated should, according to ESPN.
Still, there is plenty of talent remaining in the SEC, and the conference looks to win its eighth BCS title in a row. Texas A&M and LSU move up after big wins, although both remain behind undefeated Louisville.
Of course, Week 7 featured some notable upsets elsewhere around the country. In the Red River Rivalry, Texas shocked previously unbeaten Oklahoma, sending the Sooners from No. 12 down to No. 18.
This win came at a big time for Longhorns coach Mack Brown, who was possibly on his way out if things went poorly, as noted by ESPN's Darren Rovell:
Odds are good that, despite this early performance, someone at Texas has a typed Mack Brown severance letter in their drafts.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) October 12, 2013
However, this victory likely ensures that the former national champion coach will remain at Austin for the time being.
The Big Ten also had an exciting day with Northwestern and Michigan both suffering defeats. The Wolverines stick in the rankings but fell to No. 24 while the Wildcats are completely out. Nebraska becomes the only other ranked team from the Big Ten.
Despite these results, some top teams saved themselves from embarrassment by avoiding upsets with close wins. Clemson almost fell to Boston College at home but ultimately kept alive their undefeated season as well as the dream matchup against Florida State next week.
Still, games like this certainly affect the outlook of the BCS games, in which everyone wants to take part.
Additionally, Week 7 saw the legend of Johnny Manziel continue to grow with a comeback win on the road against Ole Miss. A late touchdown to tie the game preceded a game-winning field goal by Texas A&M, keeping the dream of a national championship alive.
It also helped continue the quarterback's hope of winning a second Heisman Trophy.
There is still a lot of football to be played this season, but we are starting to see which squads are truly contenders and which are simply not on that level just yet.
After the craziness from Saturday, however, fans should not be surprised by any result for the remainder of the year.
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