NCAA Football Rankings 2013: Hits and Misses from Week 8

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIOctober 13, 2013

NCAA Football Rankings 2013: Hits and Misses from Week 8

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    Missouri and Oregon turned in two of the biggest wins of Week 7. One was rewarded accordingly in the Week 8 rankings. The other wasn't.

    Meanwhile, Georgia, Stanford and Oklahoma were all kicked back in the polls after losses.

    The Associated Press and the coaches were split on several teams, including Louisville, Auburn and Michigan.

    They still agree on Alabama at No. 1 and on the questions surrounding a small-conference contender that hasn't been as sharp as expected.

    Some poll positions were on target, others were not. We'll check out all of Week 8's hits and misses right here.

    Note: Rankings based on the official Week 8 AP Top 25 and the USA Today coaches polls.

Hit: Missouri into Top 15

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    Missouri posted one of the biggest wins of the weekend when it went between the hedges and knocked off Georgia, 41-26. The Tigers were rewarded with a jump into the Top 15 of both polls.

    They rose 12 spots from 26th to 14th in the coaches poll, and 11 places from No. 25 to No. 14 in the eyes of the press.

    Mizzou's ranking will be put to the test immediately; Florida and South Carolina will both head to Columbia, Mo., in the next two weeks.

    To make matters more difficult, the Tigers will have to carry on without quarterback James Franklin. ESPN reported the senior will miss the remainder of the season with a separated shoulder.

Miss: No Additional No. 1 Votes for Oregon

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    Oregon delivered a big hit in its first major test, but didn't earn any additional love in the AP Top 25. The Ducks stayed with just five first-place votes despite their dominant effort against the Huskies and remain firmly entrenched at No. 2.

    They never trailed and were never at risk of losing in their 45-24 win in Seattle. They controlled possession and outgained UW by more than 250 yards. 

    Most impressive was the Oregon defense, which silenced Washington quarterback Keith Price and showed off its excellent speed and playmaking ability.

    After dominating their first five games, they continued their form against a quality opponent. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to earn any additional consideration at the top of the polls.

Hit: Louisville Jumped in AP Poll

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    Louisville didn't look great in its 24-10 win over Rutgers Thursday night. In all, the Cardinals haven't been overly dominant against their toughest foes.

    The media took notice and left UL at No. 8 in the Week 8 poll, sending LSU and Texas A&M to sixth and seventh, respectively.

    The coaches dropped the ball with the Cards, however. They sent them up from No. 8 to No. 6 ahead of the Tigers and the Aggies.

    Even though LSU and A&M each have a loss, either team would likely be big favorites head-to-head with Louisville.

Miss: Little Love for Oregon State

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    Oregon State started the season ranked, but was bounced out in Week 1 after dropping a heartbreaker, 49-46, to Eastern Washington.

    Since then, the Beavers have been on a tear, lighting up the scoreboard in their five wins (and an average 43.3. points this season). OSU ranks No. 1 nationally in passing offense thanks to the efforts of quarterback Sean Mannion and receiver Brandin Cooks. 

    Mannion leads the nation in passing yards with more than 2,500 already and touchdowns with 25, while throwing just three interceptions. Cooks also leads the nation in receiving, and it isn't even close; the junior has 944 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.

    However, the pollsters gave little love to the Beavers. OSU comes in at No. 31 in votes received in both polls.

     

     

Hit: Michigan Bounced from AP Poll

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    Michigan was suspect to begin with as a Top 25 team after nearly losing to Connecticut and Akron—two schools with a combined record of 1-11.

    The Wolverines' luck finally ran out when they were downed, 43-40, in four overtimes by Penn State. The media rightfully sent UM back to No. 26, while the coaches were more merciful, keeping it in at No. 24.

    Michigan has plenty of issues, but took a hit on its already shaky offensive line in the loss to PSU. All-American tackle Taylor Lewan left Saturday's game and did not return. As reported by Angelique S. Chengelis of the Detroit News, the issue is not yet known, nor is Lewan's timetable for return.

    UM will have a chance to get back on track when it next hosts Indiana.

Miss: Auburn Left out of Coaches Poll

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    Gus Malzahn has Auburn playing some great football, but his fellow coaches haven't been impressed. 

    The Tigers have just one loss to a Top 10 team in LSU. With quality wins over Washington State, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, they have a better resume than several teams at the back of the polls, including Michigan, Northern Illinois and Nebraska.

    Comparatively, Virginia Tech has a similar resume, with just one loss to Alabama, and is ranked No. 20 by the coaches and 19 by media.

    The AP was right on, sending Auburn to No. 24 in its poll. The Tigers will have a chance to impress in Week 8, as they head to College Station to take on Texas A&M.

Hit: Northern Illinois Stays Stagnant

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    Northern Illinois has a bit of a befuddling resume. The Huskies have wins over Big Ten foes Purdue and Iowa, but haven't been dominant since beginning MAC play. This week, they edged Akron by only seven points at home, 27-20.

    NIU has BCS hopes, but will need to be a bit more convincing to make it there. After the unimpressive win, both the AP and coaches polls kept the Huskies at No. 23exactly where they were last week.

    With a very soft schedule, NIU will have to start putting up some major style points to climb the polls.