Week 8 of the college football season will kick off on Tuesday, October 15, and it will bring some exciting matchups involving several top-25 squads across the nation.
The top-three teams will all be in action this week as the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, No. 2 Oregon Ducks and No. 3 Clemson Tigers look to stay undefeated in their respective contests.
Johnny Manziel and the No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies have a showdown with the No. 24 Auburn Tigers in what should be a challenging game for head coach Kevin Sumlin's squad.
Those are just a few of the top teams set to play this week. Let's take a look at every top-25 game and some must-see matchups, involving a pair of ranked teams.
Schedule information courtesy of ESPN.com.
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|Oct. 17||No. 10 Miami (FL)||North Carolina||7:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Oct. 18||UCF||No. 8 Louisville||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|Oct. 19||No. 11 South Carolina||Tennessee||12 p.m.||ESPN|
|Oct. 19||No. 15 Georgia||Vanderbilt||12 p.m.||CBS|
|Oct. 19||No. 16 Texas Tech||West Virginia||12 p.m.||FOX Sports 1|
|Oct. 19||TCU||No. 21 Oklahoma State||12 p.m.||FOX|
|Oct. 19||No. 22 Florida||No. 14 Missouri||12:21 p.m.||ESPN 3|
|Oct. 19||No. 23 North Illinois||Central Michigan||3 p.m.||ESPN 3|
|Oct. 19||Iowa||No. 4 Ohio State||3:30 p.m.||ABC and ESPN 2|
|Oct. 19||No. 24 Auburn||No. 7 Texas A&M||3:30 p.m.||CBS|
|Oct. 19||No. 9 UCLA||No. 13 Stanford||3:30 p.m.||ABC and ESPN 2|
|Oct. 19||No. 18 Oklahoma||Kansas||3:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Oct. 19||No. 20 Washington||Arizona State||6 p.m.||Pac-12 Network|
|Oct. 19||Arkansas||No. 1 Alabama||7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Oct. 19||No. 6 LSU||Ole Miss||7 p.m.||ESPN 2|
|Oct. 19||Iowa State||No. 12 Baylor||7 p.m.||ESPN U|
|Oct. 19||No. 5 Florida State||No. 3 Clemson||8 p.m.||ABC|
|Oct. 19||No. 25 Wisconsin||Illinois||8 p.m.||BTN|
|Oct. 19||Washington State||No. 2 Oregon||10 p.m.||FOX Sports 1|
|Oct. 19||UNLV||No. 17 Fresno State||10 p.m.||N/A|
No. 5 Florida State at No. 3 Clemson
The Tigers are a perfect 6-0 and first in the ACC Atlantic this season as they continue their march toward a potential BCS National Championship berth this season. The Seminoles are also undefeated and atop the ACC Atlantic at 5-0, with every intention of breaking the tie between these two teams.
Led by quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver Sammy Watkins, the Tigers have one of the most feared offenses in the college game today and are ranked No. 10 in passing yards per game (342), No. 18 in points per game (40.8) and have also displayed some defensive skills with the No. 10-ranked mark of 16.2 points allowed per contest.
To combat Clemson's elite offense, Florida State will bring an elite unit of its own as it sports a top defense that ranks No. 3 in points allowed per game (12). Not to mention Florida State is also well-rounded like Clemson with the third-most points per game in the country (53.6).
Freshman signal-caller Jameis Winston is having a sensational season and this game will likely be his toughest test yet.
This game could go either way.
Both teams play great on both sides of the ball, and it could come down to which defense can make that crucial stop down the stretch.
No. 9 UCLA at No. 13 Stanford
The Bruins are 5-0 and first in the Pac-12 South, but UCLA has Arizona State breathing down its neck. The Cardinal own a 5-1 mark and sit in third place in the Pac-12 North, just one game back in the loss column behind Oregon and Oregon State.
UCLA's QB, Brett Hundley, is coming off a performance for the ages last week.
Hundley threw for 410 yards and three scores as he continues his assault on opposing defenses this season. Overall, UCLA is No. 7 in points per game (45.8) and has a solid defensive unit, which has allowed the 19th-fewest points per contest (18.2).
Stanford has seen its quarterback struggle this season as Kevin Hogan has yet to throw for 300 yards in a game. After throwing for just 100 yards against Washington, Hogan barely completed 50 percent of his passes and finished with just 246 yards in a losing effort against Utah.
If Stanford hopes to keep up with UCLA, Hogan must do better than what the Cardinal and their No. 89 passing attack has produced. To aid him, running back Tyler Gaffney and Stanford's No. 42 ground game (199 yards per game) must step up to take the pressure off.
Stanford will need a huge effort from its defense in this game as the Bruins can score with the best of them. The Bruins can also hold opposing offenses in check, so that doesn't bode well for Hogan and company.
No. 24 Auburn at No. 7 Texas A&M
This matchup will feature a pair of 5-1 SEC West teams that both sit in third in the division. After losing to 'Bama, the Aggies have won three games in a row, scoring 40 points or more, while the Tigers have won two in a row, scoring 92 points in that span.
The biggest storyline in any game involving the Aggies is their star quarterback and former Heisman Trophy winner, Manziel. Johnny Football has led the Aggies to the No. 6 passing attack and is supplemented by the No. 20 ground game in the country. Overall, Texas A&M has the fourth-best points per game average (47.8), but defense remains a big issue as they are ranked No. 96 in points allowed per contest (32).
Auburn has had the opposite problems this season.
Quarterback Nick Marshall has been battling an injury but should be ready to play this week. Even when he's been out there, the Tigers are ranked a lackluster No. 103 through the air. Running backs Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne have been a saving grace for this squad as the Tigers have the seventh-best rushing attack in the yards per game category (287).
If the Tigers plan on winning this game, they must get it done on the defensive side of the ball.
Sure, Texas A&M's defense is suspect to say the least, but the Tigers defense hasn't exactly proved itself against any top offenses this season. If this becomes a shootout, the Aggies have a huge edge over their Week 8 counterparts.