College Football Rankings 2013: Full Top 25 Breakdown for Week 8
Week 7 of college football brought several massive upsets, and the Week 8 rankings reflected the turmoil of the weekend.
Missouri, UCLA and Florida State emerged as the weekend's big winners, as they made the jump into the Top 15, 10 and five respectively.
Meanwhile, Georgia, Oklahoma and Stanford were all bounced back after losses, as was Washington after suffering its second straight defeat.
The SEC made headlines when it placed eight teams in the AP poll after the addition of Auburn.
We'll breakdown the southern dominance and more up ahead.
23. Northern Illinois
21. Oklahoma State
23. Northern Illinois
The coaches poll was very unkind to Washington after its second straight loss. The Huskies were nearly dropped all the way out of the ranking after losing to Top Five foes Oregon and Stanford in consecutive weeks. The AP was more understanding, keeping them at No. 20. UW will have another tough test on the road next week against Arizona State.
The AP made two new additions in Auburn and Wisconsin, while the coaches instead added Missouri and kept in Michigan. The presence of the Wolverines is questionable after their loss to Penn State, especially considering their near losses to Akron and Connecticut, which have a combined record of 1-11.
Auburn and Wisconsin are both worthy additions. The Tigers have just one loss to LSU and posted wins over Washington State, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. The Badgers, meanwhile, have narrow losses to Arizona State and Ohio State and are fresh off a dominating win over Northwestern.
The two polls agreed on keeping Northern Illinois at No. 23. The Huskies didn't add much to their resume with a lackluster 27-20 win over Akron.
While they agree on NIU, they are torn over Nebraska. The AP still has the Cornhuskers out of the rankings, while the coaches have them all the way up at No. 21. At 5-1 their resume is decent, though they failed their only true test against UCLA and are yet to notch a signature win.
Finally, both polls were merciful to Florida, which now has two losses after falling to LSU. There is no questioning the Gators' talent, though they are already falling victim to their murderous schedule. The road won't become any easier; they'll head to Missouri next week before meeting Georgia in Jacksonville.
19. Virginia Tech
17. Fresno State
16. Texas Tech
20. Virginia Tech
19. Fresno State
17. Oklahoma State
It was a rough week for Oklahoma, which trailed for the entirety of its 36-20 loss to archrival Texas. The Sooners were bounced back to No. 18 in both polls and are now stuck back in the middle of the messy Big 12 standings. They'll have a chance to rebound this week against Kansas.
Right next to OU in the coaches poll is its rival Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are ranked No. 17 by the coaches and No. 21 by the press. They had a Week 7 bye and will be back in action this week at home against TCU. The bye came at the right time for OSU, which has some issues to work out.
Fresno State also had the week off but kept on climbing the polls anyway. The Bulldogs jumped seven spots between the two polls while sitting on their couch. As they continue to creep up, a BCS bid is becoming a reality if they can remain unblemished.
Virginia Tech also continued its climb up the rankings after beating Pitt 19-9 this week. VT's identity is all about defense, which has worked out so far. The Hokies won't really be put to the test again until Nov. 9 when they head to Miami.
11. South Carolina
15. Texas Tech
11. Miami (FL)
It just hasn't been Georgia's month. Plagued by injuries, the absence of playmakers like Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall and Michael Bennett finally bit the Bulldogs as they fell 41-26 to Missouri. UGA dropped back from inside the Top 10 to 15th in the AP and 16th in the coaches polls. There will be no rest for the weary either, as the Dawgs will head on the road against Vanderbilt this week.
While UGA fell back, Mizzou made the biggest jump of any team this week. The Tigers were 25th in the AP poll and 26th in the coaches but moved to No. 14 in both. If they want to stay highly ranked, they'll have to earn it, though. They'll host South Carolina and Florida over the next two weeks, and they'll have to do it without quarterback James Franklin, who separated his shoulder in the win over UGA.
While Mizzou was the big riser, Stanford made a major drop. The Cardinal looked like a legitimate BCS title contender after downing Washington last week but choked this week in a 27-21 loss to Utah. Fortunately, they'll have some chances to climb back up against UCLA, Oregon State and Oregon in their next three games.
Rounding out this group is Baylor, which wasn't its usual self in a 35-25 win over Kansas State. The Bears offense was off its rhythm, notching by far its worst performance of the year. BU will have two great chances to get its groove back against Iowa State and Kansas in the next two weeks.
10. Miami (FL)
7. Texas A&M
9. South Carolina
7. Texas A&M
Welcome to the show, UCLA. The Bruins jumped into the Top 10 in both polls after beating upstate rival Cal 37-10 without starting running back Jordon James. They will have to earn that Top 10 distinction immediately when they head on the road against Stanford and Oregon in the next two weeks.
While the polls agreed on UCLA, they were split on Miami and South Carolina. The Hurricanes were No. 11 in the coaches and No. 10 in the AP despite taking the week off. The Canes will be back in action as a Top 10 team on Thursday against North Carolina.
South Carolina, meanwhile, put in its best overall performance of the year when it annihilated Arkansas, 52-7. Now that they're back in the Top 10, the Gamecocks will also see their ranking put to the test. They're currently amid a three-game road trip that will head to Tennessee and Missouri in the next two weeks.
The polls were also split on what to do with LSU, Texas A&M and Louisville. While the Cardinals didn't look great in their 27-10 Thursday win over Rutgers, they somehow still stayed ahead of the Tigers and the Aggies in the eyes of the coaches.
The decision was especially befuddling considering A&M and LSU both picked up quality wins against Ole Miss and Florida, respectively. While the two SEC teams have one loss, it's hard to argue that UL would stand a chance against either head-to-head.
5. Florida State
4. Ohio State
2. Oregon (5)
1. Alabama (55)
5. Florida State
4. Clemson (1)
3. Ohio State
2. Oregon (3)
1. Alabama (58)
It must be nice to be Florida State. The Seminoles sat at home this week and still made a jump into the Top 5 thanks to the loss by Stanford. The Noles made it just in time to set up a Top 5 matchup with Clemson this week.
The Tigers come in at No. 4 in the coaches and No. 3 in the AP poll. The Top 5 battle almost didn't come to fruition as CU trailed Boston College going into the fourth quarter this week before pulling away late in a 24-14 win. Clemson will host FSU at 8 p.m. on ABC Saturday. ESPN's College GameDay will be in town for the highly anticipated clash.
Ohio State had a much-deserved bye after knocking off ranked foes Wisconsin and Northwestern in consecutive weeks. The Buckeyes held their place in both polls and will be back in action at home this week against Iowa.
Oregon recorded the biggest win of any of the Top 5 teams when it handily beat Washington, 45-24, in front of a raucous crowd in Seattle. The big win, however, didn't earn the Ducks any further No. 1 consideration in either poll. In fact, they even lost a first-place vote in the coaches poll, garnering four last week and just three this week.
That could be due to Alabama's utter dominance on the road against Kentucky. The Crimson Tide drowned UK, 48-7, behind big days from running backs T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake. They'll now go back home for their next three games against Arkansas, Tennessee and LSU. Right now, the BCS title is still Bama's to lose.
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