College Football Rankings 2013: Top 25 Teams That Will Lose in Week 8
Chaos was the theme of Week 7 in college football, as seven Top 25 teams lost on Saturday.
Stanford (5), Georgia (7), Oklahoma (12), Washington (16), Florida (17), Michigan (18) and Northwestern (19) all tumbled over the weekend. Five of them fell to lower or unranked opponents, and five lost by double-digit margins.
I'm not expecting that much shake-up in the Top 25 next week, but several ranked teams are in serious danger. Look for the following ranked teams to go down in Week 8.
No. 5 Florida State Seminoles
The Seminoles have been very impressive through the first seven weeks of the season. They have crushed every opponent on their schedule, including a 63-0 beat-down of then 25th-ranked Maryland two weeks ago.
Unfortunately for Famous Jameis Winston and FSU, this is the week they finally lose.
The Seminoles are facing their toughest test of the season (by far) on Saturday when they will travel to take on Tajh Boyd and the No. 3 Clemson Tigers.
Boyd and the Tigers are a tested group. After beating LSU in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl last season, they kicked off 2013 with a 38-35 victory over Georgia. Since then, they've mowed down everyone on their schedule and survived a near-scare against Boston College on Saturday.
The Seminoles are one of the most talented teams in the country, but look for the big-game experience of Boyd to pay off in the fourth quarter. It will be very close, but I'm expecting a Clemson victory Saturday night.
No. 9 UCLA Bruins
The 5-0 Bruins have been one of the most surprising teams in the country this season, but their undefeated run will come to an end Saturday in Palo Alto.
Following their 31-28 win over Washington, David Shaw's Cardinal fell 27-21 to a quality Utah team on Saturday (UCLA beat Utah 34-27 on Oct. 3). The Utes exposed some problems with Stanford's offense, as they were able to dominate the line of scrimmage and pressure quarterback Kevin Hogan throughout the game.
However, I'm expecting a bounce-back game from Hogan and the Cardinal. They are simply too good to slip up in consecutive weeks, and they should be much more comfortable in the friendly confines of their home stadium.
If Hogan can stay on his feet, Stanford will pick up a key Pac-12 victory.
No. 24 Auburn Tigers
Auburn earned a spot in the Top 25 after beating then-24th Ole Miss two weeks ago and stomping Western Carolina 62-3 on Saturday. Unfortunately for Gus Malzahn and the Tigers, their time in the AP rankings will be short-lived.
The Tigers have a nightmare of a game this week, as they will travel to College Station to face Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies.
The Aggies nearly lost to Ole Miss on Saturday, but Manziel showed why he was the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. Johnny Football was clinical in the closing minutes, leading A&M to two touchdowns and a field goal in the final 8:13 of their 41-38 victory.
Against Auburn, the late-game theatrics won't be necessary. Look for Manziel, Mike Evans and the rest of the explosive Aggies offense to put this one away early.
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