The official release of the Associated Press’ Week 8 Top 25 college football rankings has the fans in a frenzy, and this is where every team stands after another wild chapter in the 2013 season.
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Biggest BCS Pretenders
There is no questioning how much talent the Georgia Bulldogs possess on the offensive side of the ball (ranked 19th in passing yards and 34th in rushing yards), but the defense has shown an utter lack of elite play.
Georgia is ranked 105th in the nation, allowing 33.7 points per game. While the Bulldogs have been able to mask their defensive inefficiencies since the Week 1 loss to Clemson, the Missouri Tigers dominated the program, 41-26.
Missouri has played well this season, but the team beat a weak defense that couldn't make up for the offense that wasn't having a perfect day. After coming into this week ranked No. 7, the Bulldogs fall to No. 15 and have been exposed as a fraud.
The Florida Gators lost to the LSU Tigers Saturday, and while there is nothing wrong with a tough defeat at the hands of the No. 6-ranked program, the way the Gators have played is unacceptable.
No fan of the sport or college football analyst will talk poorly about Florida’s defensive unit allowing the fourth-best points-per-game average of just 13, but the Gators offense is ranked 104th in the nation, scoring just 21.8 points per game.
As if Saturday’s loss to LSU wasn’t bad enough, the Gators face four more teams this season that are currently ranked in the AP’s Top 25. With two losses already, Florida has to be considered a BCS pretender.
The Missouri Tigers came into this week’s matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs as the No. 25-ranked team in the nation. After a big victory, the program has jumped an unprecedented 10 spots in one week.
While Missouri is a talented team that deserves credit for the 6-0 start, the Tigers have not faced an elite defensive unit yet this season. The program will be pushed to its limit over the next two weeks as it plays ranked SEC foes Florida and South Carolina, respectively.
The Tigers have the eighth-ranked offensive unit in the nation, but with the toughest defensive matchups ramping up as the season progresses, the legitimacy of the BCS hype around Missouri will be seriously tested.