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College Football Rankings 2013: Top 25 Teams That Will Lose in Week 8

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 5: Jameis Winston #5 of the  Florida State Seminoles winds up for a pass against the Maryland Terrapins during the first half on October 5, 2013 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. The Seminoles went to beat the Terrapins 63-0. (Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)
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Austin GreenCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2013

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

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 5:  Kelvin Benjamin #1 and Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrate after a touchdown during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins on October 5, 2013 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. The
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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

PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 12:  Wide receiver Devin Fuller #7 of the UCLA Bruins carries the ball against the California Golden Bears at the Rose Bowl on October 12, 2013 in Pasadena, California. UCLA won 37-10.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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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

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 12:  Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs through traffic during their game against the Ole Miss Rebels on October 12, 2013 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi.   (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Imag
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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. 

 

Rankings

Here is the complete AP Top 25 poll for Week 8. Also, click here to get an in-depth breakdown of the Bleacher Report Top 25 poll. 

AP Top 25 Poll Week 8
RankingTeam (First place votes)RecordPointsPreviousBR Rank
1Alabama (55)6-01,49511
2Oregon (5)6-01,43822
3Clemson6-01,35234
4Ohio State6-01,33043
5Florida State5-01,24265
6LSU6-11,137106
7Texas A&M5-11,10598
8Louisville6-01,07787
9UCLA5-01,017119
10Miami (FL)5-09121312
11South Carolina5-18961411
12Baylor5-08491510
13Stanford5-1824513
14Missouri6-07492515
15Georgia4-2615714
16Texas Tech6-05902016
17Fresno State5-03832118
18Oklahoma5-13801219
19Virginia Tech6-13522421
20Washington4-23091622
21Oklahoma State4-12642217
22Florida4-22491720
23Northern Illinois6-01852323
24Auburn5-1156NRNR
25Wisconsin4-2153NR25

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