Power Ranking All 126 College Football Teams Entering Week 9

Brian Pedersen@realBJPFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2013

Power Ranking All 126 College Football Teams Entering Week 9

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    Florida State crushed Clemson in Week 8's most anticipated matchup.
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    The first set of BCS standings were released on Sunday, setting in motion eight weeks of positioning for the big-money bowl games in January.

    But those rankings only show the top 25 programs in FBS. How shortsighted.

    Here at Bleacher Report, we painstakingly research all 126 FBS programs to rank them all from worst to first.

    The rankings are comprised of an average of the Associated Press and USA Today coaches' Top 25 polls, as well as Bleacher's official poll, Jeff Sagarin's computer ratings and the author's personal ranking. 

    Scroll through the slides to see how we rank each and every one of the 126 FBS programs. Think a team is ranked too high or too low? Weigh in on the comments section with your thoughts.

126. New Mexico State Aggies

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    Average rating: 162.5

    Week 8 result: Even playing in special pink jerseys couldn't help the Aggies (0-7) end their 18-game losing streak, as they fell 45-19 at home to Rice (5-2).

    Up next: NMSU might get that long-awaited win on Saturday when it hosts Abilene Christian (5-3), an FCS independent.

    Notable: The Aggies are allowing an FBS-worst 48.3 points per game, yet they haven't managed more than 21 points in a game themselves.

125. Miami (Ohio) Redhawks

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    Average rating: 157.0

    Week 8 result: The RedHawks (0-7, 0-3 Mid-American) lost 24-17 at home to Akron (2-6, 1-3).

    Up next: Miami, on an 11-game losing streak, visits Ohio (5-2, 2-1) on Saturday. The RedHawks' 23-20 win over the Bobcats last year was their last victory.

    Notable: The 17-point tally in the loss to Akron was a season high for Miami, which is averaging just 10.1 points per game.

124. Georgia State Panthers

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    Average rating: 156.0

    Week 8 result: The Panthers (0-7, 0-2 Sun Belt) lost 24-17 at Texas State (4-3, 1-2).

    Up next: Georgia State hits the road to face Louisiana-Monroe (3-4, 1-1) on Saturday. The schools have never met before.

    Notable: The Panthers are getting close to that first win, losing by seven points or fewer in three of their last four outings.

123. Western Michigan Broncos

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    Average rating: 153.0

    Week 8 result: The Broncos (0-8, 0-4 Mid-American) lost 38-17 at home to Ball State (7-1, 4-0).

    Up next: Western Michigan is at Massachusetts (1-6, 1-2) on Saturday. The Broncos won last year's meeting 52-14.

    Notable: WMU has lost 10 straight games and has already matched last season's loss total.

122. Eastern Michigan Eagles

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    Average rating: 150.0

    Week 8 matchup: The Eagles (1-6, 0-3  Mid-American) lost 56-28 at home to Ohio (5-2, 2-1).

    Up next: Eastern Michigan is at Northern Illinois (7-0, 3-0) on Saturday. EMU has lost the last five games in the series by an average score of 45-6.

    Notable: The Eagles are giving up 42.3 points per game, a number that rises to 45.3 against FBS opponents.

121. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

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    Average rating: 146.5

    Week 8 result: The Eagles (0-6, 0-2 Conference USA) lost 55-14 at East Carolina (5-2, 3-1).

    Up next: Southern Miss is back home for a Saturday game against North Texas (4-3, 2-1), whom it last faced in 2004 when the Eagles earned a 31-10 victory in the New Orleans Bowl.

    Notable: Southern Miss has lost 18 straight games since winning C-USA's title game and then beating Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl in 2011.

120. Massachusetts Minutemen

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    Average rating: 146.5

    Week 8 result: The Minutement (1-6, 1-2 Mid-American) lost 32-3 at Buffalo (5-2, 3-0).

    Up next: UMass has a chance for its first multi-win season in FBS when it hosts Western Michigan (0-8, 0-4) on Saturday. It lost 52-14 to the Broncos last year.

    Notable: UMass is averaging a scant 7.9 points per game, scoring in double digits only twice.

119. Florida International Golden Panthers

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    Average rating: 145.5

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Golden Panthers (1-5, 1-1 Conference USA) host Louisiana Tech (2-5, 1-2) on Saturday. It will be the teams' first-ever meeting.

    Notable: FIU is averaging a mere 11.8 points per game this season, but it has scored 48 over the past two games.

118. Idaho Vandals

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    Average rating: 142.5

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Vandals (1-6) are in the deep south for the second time in three weeks, playing Saturday at Ole Miss (4-3) for the first time ever.

    Notable: Idaho was at Arkansas State before its bye, losing 48-24.

117. UTEP Miners

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    Average rating: 138.0

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Miners (1-5, 0-3) start a three-game road trip when they visit Rice (5-2, 3-0) on Saturday. UTEP has dropped six of seven to the Owls.

    Notable: Despite being on a four-game losing streak, UTEP is only being outscored by a little more than six points per contest. But their 37.7 points-per-game scoring defense is one of the 10 worst in FBS.

116. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

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    Average rating: 130.0

    Week 8 result: The Bulldogs (2-5, 1-2 Sun Belt) lost 28-13 at home against North Texas (4-3, 2-1).

    Up next: Louisiana Tech plays Saturday at Florida International (1-5, 1-1). The schools have never met before.

    Notable: The Bulldogs have scored 65 of their 133 points this season in their two victories.

115. New Mexico Lobos

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    Average rating: 129.0

    Week 8 result: The Lobos (2-5, 0-3 Mountain West) lost 45-10 at home against Utah State (4-4, 3-1).

    Up next: New Mexico is off until a Nov. 2 game at San Diego State (3-3, 2-0). The Lobos have dropped three straight to the Aztecs.

    Notable: New Mexico is still third nationally in rushing offense (322.3 yards per game) despite being held to just 160 yards against Utah State.

114. Akron Zips

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    Average rating: 126.0

    Week 8 result: The Zips (2-6, 1-3 Mid-American) won 24-17 at Miami (Ohio) (0-7, 0-3), ending their 28-game losing streak to FBS opponents.

    Up next: Akron is home to face Ball State (7-1, 4-0) on Saturday. The Zips have lost three straight in the series, including an overtime setback the last time they met in 2010.

    Notable: Akron's last FBS win had come in the 2010 season finale against Buffalo, and the two victories are the most for the program in one season since a 3-9 mark in 2009.

113. Connecticut Huskies

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    Average rating: 125.0

    Week 8 result: The Huskies (0-6, 0-2 American) lost 41-16 at Cincinnati (5-2, 2-1).

    Up next: Connecticut plays Saturday at UCF (5-1, 2-0). The schools have never met before.

    Notable: The Huskies' seven-game losing streak is their longest since the school resumed football in 2000.

112. Old Dominion Monarchs

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    Average rating: 124.0

    Week 8 result: The Monarchs (4-3) lost 35-24 at Pittsburgh (4-2) in a nonconference game.

    Up next: Old Dominion goes back to playing FCS opponents during its transitional year, next facing Norfolk State (2-5) on Saturday.

    Notable: ODU is 0-3 against FBS foes this season, but the 11-point margin against Pitt was the closest of those three losses.

111. UAB Blazers

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    Average rating: 124.0

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Blazers (2-4, 1-1 Conference USA) visit UTSA (2-5, 1-2) on Saturday, the first-ever meeting between the schools.

    Notable: UAB is 119th in scoring defense, allowing 38.5 points per game, but that total is down after it only allowed 24 in a win two weeks ago over Florida International.

110. Air Force Falcons

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    Average rating: 121.5

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Falcons (1-6) step out of the Mountain West to play a home game against Notre Dame (5-2), whom they are 6-23 against all-time.

    Notable: Air Force has lost six straight since opening the season with a win over FCS team Colgate, matching its longest skid since 1993. The Falcons have lost eight in a row to FBS opponents.

109. Purdue Boilermakers

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    Average rating: 119.5

    Week 8 result: The Boilermakers (1-6, 0-3 Big Ten) lost 14-0 at Michigan State (6-1, 3-0).

    Up next: Purdue is off until a Nov. 2 visit from Ohio State (7-0, 4-0). The Boilermakers have come out on top in each of their last two matchups with the Buckeyes at home, winning 26-23 in overtime in 2011.

    Notable: The Boilermakers, which are scoring just 13.1 points per game, were shut out for the first time since losing 49-0 at Ohio State in 2010.

108. Kent State Golden Flashes

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    Average rating: 119.5

    Week 8 result: The Golden Flashes (2-6) lost at South Alabama (3-3) in a nonconference game.

    Up next: Kent State returns to Mid-American Conference play, where it is 1-3, when it hosts Buffalo (5-2, 3-0) on Saturday. The Flashes have won two of the last three meetings with the Bulls.

    Notable: Kent State averages just 19.1 points per game, but that total is trending up after averaging 23 per game the last three weeks.

107. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks

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    Average rating: 119.5

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Warhawks (3-4, 1-1 Sun Belt) are home for Georgia State (0-7, 0-2) on Saturday. The schools have never met before.

    Notable: ULM is averaging just 10.5 points per game against FBS opponents.

106. Temple Owls

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    Average rating: 118

    Week 8 result: The Owls (1-6) ended a seven-game losing streak with a 33-14 nonconference win over Army (3-5).

    Up next: Temple, which is 0-3 in American Athletic Conference play, returns to the league slate with a trip to SMU (2-4, 1-1). The teams are meeting for the first time since the 1940s.

    Notable: The 33 points were a season high for Temple, which came into the game averaging just 16.5 per game.

105. Central Michigan Chippewas

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    Average rating: 117.0

    Week 8 result: The Chippewas (3-5, 2-2 Mid-American) lost 38-17 at home to Northern Illinois (7-0, 3-0).

    Up next: Central Michigan is on an 18-day hiatus, with its next game Nov. 6 at Ball State.

    Notable: CMU's three wins are by a combined 18 points, while its losses are by an average of 23 points.

104. Army Black Knights

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    Average rating: 114.5

    Week 8 result: The Black Knights (3-5) lost 33-14 at Temple (1-6) in a nonconference game.

    Up next: Army is off until Nov. 2 when it heads west for its annual meeting with fellow service academy Air Force (1-6). The Knights won 41-21 at home last season, snapping a six-game skid in the series.

    Notable: After running for a career-high 304 yards the week before in a win over Eastern Michigan, Terry Baggett was limited to just 24 yards on seven carries against Temple.

103. Hawaii Warriors

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    Average rating: 112.5

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Warriors (0-6, 0-4) are home Saturday against Colorado State (3-4, 1-1), whom they haven't beat since 1992.

    Notable: Hawaii has lost 14 of 16 games, though its last three defeats have been by a combined 15 points.

102. UTSA Roadrunners

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    Average rating: 112.5

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Roadrunners (2-5, 1-2 Conference USA) look to snap a three-game losing streak when they host UAB (2-4, 1-1) on Saturday. The teams have never met before.

    Notable: UTSA's five losses have come by an average of nearly 18 points per game.

101. Troy Trojans

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    Average rating: 111.5

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Trojans (4-3, 2-1 Sun Belt) play their fifth road game out of six when they visit Western Kentucky (4-3, 1-2) on Saturday. Troy has dropped the last two meetings after starting the series 7-0.

    Notable: Corey Robinson, the FBS active passing leader with 12,147 yards, is completing a career-best 71.5 percent of his throws this season.

100. Texas State Bobcats

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    Average rating: 111.0

    Week 8 result: The Bobcats (4-3, 1-2 Sun Belt) won 24-17 at home against Georgia State (0-7, 0-2).

    Up next: Texas State is hosting South Alabama (3-3, 1-1) on Saturday. It will be the teams' first-ever meeting.

    Notable: Because of lopsided losses at Texas Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas State has only outscored its opponents by six points for the season.

99. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

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    Average rating: 108.0

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Blue Raiders (3-4, 1-2 Conference USA) return to action with a Thursday home game against Marshall (4-2, 2-0), the first-ever meeting between the schools. 

    Notable: After a 3-1 start, MTSU has dropped three straight by an average of more than 20 points.

    UPDATE: Middle Tennessee got the last-second, 51-49 win to improve to .500 both overall and in conference play.

98. UNLV Runnin' Rebels

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    Average rating: 106.0

    Week 8 result: The Runnin' Rebels (4-3, 2-1 Mountain West) lost 38-14 at Fresno State (6-0, 3-0), ending a four-game win streak.

    Up next: UNLV visits in-state rival Nevada (3-4, 2-2) on Saturday. The Rebels haven't beaten the Wolfpack since 2004.

    Notable: UNLV has already doubled its 2012 win total and is one victory away from matching its best season win tally in the past 10 years.

97. South Florida Bulls

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    Average rating: 105.0

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Bulls (2-4, 2-0 American) return to the field with a home game against Louisville (6-1, 2-1). The teams have split their 10 meetings, but South Florida has dropped the last two games in the series.

    Notable: After a dismal 0-4 start, South Florida has won two straight, but the Bulls are still averaging just 16.2 points per game.

96. Memphis Tigers

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    Average rating: 104.5

    Week 8 result: The Tigers (1-5, 0-3 American) lost 34-29 at home to SMU (2-4, 1-1).

    Up next: Memphis is off until Oct. 30, when it hosts Cincinnati (5-2, 2-1) for a Wednesday night game. The old Conference USA rivals are meeting for the first time since 2004, when the Tigers lost 49-10.

    Notable: After allowing just 20.2 points per game in its first five contests, Memphis allowed 31 points in the first half alone to SMU.

95. Arkansas State Red Wolves

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    Average rating: 103.5

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Red Wolves (3-3, 1-0) return to action with an odd Tuesday night home game, hosting Louisiana Lafayette (4-2, 2-0). The Red Wolves have won the last two meetings. 

    Notable: Arkansas State is 3-0 at home, winning by an average of 27 points, while it has lost its three road games by an average of 25 points.

    UPDATE: The Ragin' Cajuns defeat the Red Wolves, 23-7.

94. Florida Atlantic Owls

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    Average rating: 102.5

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Owls (2-5) step out of Conference USA play with a visit to Auburn (6-1) on Saturday. FAU lost its only other meeting with the Tigers in 2011, falling 30-14. 

    Notable: FAU is 2-28 all time against teams that are currently part of BCS conferences.

93. South Alabma Jaguars

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    Average rating: 102.5

    Week 8 result: The Jaguars (3-3) won 38-21 at home against Kent State (2-6) in a nonconference game.

    Up next: South Alabama returns to Sun Belt play, where it is 1-1, with a trip to Texas State (4-3, 1-2). The teams have never met before.

    Notable: The Jaguars have already tripled their win total from their 2012 FBS transition year.

92. Kansas Jayhawks

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    Average rating: 100.0

    Week 8 result: The Jayhawks (2-4, 0-3 Big 12) lost 34-19 at home to Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1).

    Up next: Kansas hosts Baylor (6-0, 3-0) on Saturday. The Jayhawks have lost their last three meetings with the Bears.

    Notable: The Jayhawks are riding a 23-game Big 12 losing streak, their last league victory coming in November 2010 against Colorado.

91. California Golden Bears

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    Average rating: 99.5

    Week 8 result: The Golden Bears (1-6, 0-4 Pac-12) lost 49-17 at home to Oregon State (6-1, 4-0).

    Up next: California hits the road to play at Washington (4-3, 1-3), where it's lost its last three visits.

    Notable: The Bears have lost 11 straight against FBS opponents, its last such victory coming when they beat UCLA and Washington State in back-to-back weeks last October.

90. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

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    Average rating: 95.0

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Golden Hurricane (2-4, 1-1 Conference USA) visit Tulane (5-2, 3-0) on Saturday riding an eight-game win streak over the Green Wave.

    Notable: Despite beating UTEP in its last game, Tulsa is off to its worst start since 2002, when it started 0-7 en route to a 1-11 season.

89. Nevada Wolf Pack

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    Average rating: 89.5

    Week 8 result: The Wolf Pack (3-4, 2-2 Mountain West) lost 34-17 at Boise State (5-2, 3-1).

    Up next: Nevada is home Saturday to face in-state rival UNLV (4-3, 2-1), against whom it has an eight-game win streak.

    Notable: The Wolf Pack are 3-0 at home this season after losing their last three home contests in 2012.

88. SMU Mustangs

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    Average rating: 89.0

    Week 8 result: The Mustangs (2-4, 1-1 American) earned their first league win since moving from Conference USA with a 34-29 victory at fellow C-USA departee Memphis (1-5, 0-3), ending a three-game losing streak.

    Up next: SMU returns home to face Temple (1-6, 0-3) on Saturday. The Mustangs are 2-0 all time against the Owls, but both of those previous meetings came in the 1940s.

    Notable: Senior quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns (with one interception) against Memphis, is completing 63.2 percent of his passes and has 11 TDs against just six interceptions.

87. Virginia Cavaliers

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    Average rating: 88.0

    Week 8 result: The Cavaliers (2-5, 0-3 ACC) lost 35-22 at home to Duke (5-2, 1-2).

    Up next: Virginia remains home, facing Georgia Tech (4-3, 3-2) on Saturday. The Cavaliers have lost three of four to Tech, but beat them 24-21 at home in 2011.

    Notable: The Cavaliers are riding their second five-game conference skid since 2011.

86. Colorado Buffaloes

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    Average rating: 87.0

    Week 8 result: The Buffaloes (3-3) won 43-10 at home over FCS opponent Charleston Southern (7-1).

    Up next: Colorado, which is 0-3 in Pac-12 play, returns to the league slate when it hosts Arizona (4-2, 1-2) this weekend. The teams have split two meetings since Colorado joined the Pac-12, with the Buffaloes taking a 48-29 victory at home in 2011.

    Notable: Freshman Michael Adkins II rushed for 137 yards and four touchdowns, most ever by a first-year Buffalo, in the victory over Charleston Southern.

85. North Carolina State Wolfpack

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    Average rating: 85.5

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Wolfpack (3-3, 0-3 ACC) take a three-game conference losing streak into a daunting game Saturday at Florida State (6-0, 4-0), where they lost 34-0 in 2011.

    Notable: NC State is trying to avoid losing four straight ACC games for the first time since 2009.

84. Tulane Green Wave

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    Average rating: 85.5

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Green Wave (5-2, 3-0 Conference USA) will look to become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2002 when they host Tulsa (2-4, 1-1). Tulane is 1-8 all time against the Golden Hurricane, the only victory coming in 1968.

    Notable: Tulane is also looking for its first four-game win streak since 2002, when it went 8-5 and won the Hawaii Bowl.

83. Wyoming Cowboys

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    Average rating: 85.0

    Week 8 result: The Cowboys (4-3, 2-1 Mountain West) lost 52-22 at home to Colorado State (3-4, 1-1).

    Up next: Wyoming is on the road for a Saturday game at San Jose State (3-3, 2-1), whom it has beaten in six of seven all-time meetings. This will be the first matchup, though, since 1997.

    Notable: Despite teamwide struggles over the last month, quarterback Brett Smith remains one of the nation's top dual threats. For the year, he has 2,534 yards of total offense and is responsible for 19 touchdowns.

82. Kentucky Wildcats

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    Average rating: 84.5

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Wildcats (1-5, 0-3 SEC) return to action Thursday at Mississippi State (3-3, 0-2), a team they've lost to the last four times. MSU won last year's meeting, 27-14, in Lexington.

    Notable: Kentucky is averaging just 20.3 points per game; in its losses, that average drops to just above 16.

81. Navy Midshipmen

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    Average rating: 84.0

    Week 8 result: The Midshipmen (3-3) lost 45-44 in double overtime at Toledo (4-3).

    Up next: Navy returns home to face Pittsburgh (4-2) on Saturday. The Midshipment have won lost of the last seven against the Panthers, with the last meeting coming in 2009.

    Notable: Navy rushed for 419 yards against Toledo, improving its season average to 300.7 yards per game, sixth-best in FBS.

80. Colorado State Rams

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    Average rating: 83.0

    Week 8 result: The Rams (3-4, 1-1 Mountain West) won 52-22 at Wyoming (4-3, 2-1).

    Up next: Colorado State heads out into the Pacific to visit Hawaii (0-6, 0-4) late Saturday. The Rams have won the last four meetings in the series.

    Notable: The Rams are averaging more than 48 points in their wins, but less than 22 in their losses.

79. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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    Average rating: 82.5

    Week 8 result: The Hilltoppers (4-3, 1-2 Sun Belt) lost 37-20 at home Tuesday against Louisiana-Lafayette (5-2, 3-0).

    Up next: Western Kentucky is back after an 11-day break and still at home, hosting Troy (4-3, 2-1). The Hilltoppers have won the last two meetings after dropping the first seven in the series.

    Notable: Antonio Andrews ran for 154 yards and a touchdown in the loss to Louisiana Lafayette, giving him 1,036 yards and 10 TDs for the season.

78. San Diego State Aztecs

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    Average rating: 82.0

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Aztecs (3-3, 2-0 Mountain West) take a three-game win streak into a Saturday home game against Fresno State (6-0, 3-0). SDSU beat the Bulldogs, 35-28, the last time they played in San Diego, in 2011.

    Notable: SDSU averaged under 19 points per game during its 0-3 start, but since has scored an average of 34.7 points per game.

77. North Texas Mean Green

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    Average rating: 80.0

    Week 8 result: The Mean Green (4-3, 2-1 Conference USA) won 28-13 at home against Louisiana Tech (2-5, 1-2).

    Up next: North Texas plays its fourth road game out of five when it visits Southern Mississippi (0-6, 0-2) on Saturday. The teams last met in the 2004 New Orleans Bowl, a 31-10 loss for the Mean Green.

    Notable: North Texas has already matched its win total from 2012 and is looking to stay on pace for its first season of bowl eligibility in nine years.

76. Buffalo Bulls

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    Average rating: 77.5

    Week 8 result: The Bulls (5-2, 3-0 Mid-American) won 32-3 at home against Massachusetts (1-6, 1-2).

    Up next: Buffalo continues the ultra-light part of its schedule when it visits Kent State (2-6, 1-3).

    Notable: Including Saturday's game against the Golden Flashes, Buffalo's last five opponents are a combined 4-32.

75. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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    Average rating: 76.0

    Week 8 result: The Demon Deacons (4-3, 2-2 ACC) won 34-10 at home against Maryland (5-2, 1-2).

    Up next: Wake heads south for a trip to Miami, Fla. (6-0, 2-0). The Deacons have lost six straight to the Hurricanes, with their last win coming in 1944.

    Notable: Its 56-7 loss two weeks ago at Clemson notwithstanding, Wake has been involved in mostly low-scoring games. For the season, the average score in the Deacons' contests is 22-20.

74. San Jose State Spartans

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    Average rating: 75.0

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Spartans (3-3, 2-1 Mountain West) return to action with a visit Saturday from Wyoming (4-3, 2-1). San Jose is 1-6 all time against the Cowboys, but the teams haven't met since 1997.

    Notable: Quarterback David Fales has 1,943 yards and 12 touchdowns, slightly ahead of his 4,193-yard pace from 2012.

73. Iowa State Cyclones

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    Average rating: 74.5

    Week 8 result: The Cyclones (1-5, 0-3 Big 12) lost 71-7 at Baylor (6-0, 3-0).

    Up next: Iowa State is home Saturday for Oklahoma State (5-1, 2-1), its third straight ranked opponent. The Cyclones have lost three of four to the Cowboys, but did win in overtime at home in 2011.

    Notable: The Cyclones are off to their worst start since opening the 2008 season at 1-8.

72. North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Average rating: 73.0

    Week 8 result: The Tar Heels (1-5, 0-3 ACC) blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter at home to Miami (Fla.), falling 27-23 to the Hurricanes (6-0, 2-0).

    Up next: North Carolina will look to snap a four-game losing streak when it hosts Boston College (3-3, 1-1) on Saturday. The Heels have won the last three meetings, including the most recent game in 2009.

    Notable: Junior Eric Ebron, who could be the top draft pick at tight end if he leaves early for the NFL, had eight catches for 199 yards and a TD against Miami.

71. Syracuse Orange

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    Average rating: 72.0

    Week 8 result: The Orange (3-4, 1-2 ACC) lost 56-0 at Georgia Tech (4-3, 3-2).

    Up next: Syracuse is off until Nov. 2 when it hosts Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2). The teams have split their two previous meetings, with the Orange winning 36-29 in overtime in a nonconference game in 2011.

    Notable: Syracuse is allowing 44 points per game in its losses, while limiting foes to an average of nine per game in its wins.

70. Ohio Bobcats

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    Average rating: 72.0

    Week 8 result: The Bobcats (5-2, 2-1 Mid-American) won 56-28 at Eastern Michigan (1-6, 0-3).

    Up next: Ohio is home Saturday for its annual rivalry game against the Miami RedHawks (0-7, 0-3), whom it lost to, 23-20, last year to snap a six-game win streak in the series.

    Notable: The Bobcats began the 2012 season 7-0 before losing at Miami, and are since a combined 7-6, including 3-5 in league play.

69. Boston College Eagles

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    Average rating: 71.5

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Eagles (3-3, 1-2) return to action with a visit to North Carolina (1-5, 0-3). The Eagles have dropped three straight to the Tar Heels, whom they last played in 2009.

    Notable: Boston College has lost six straight on the road, its last away victory coming in the 2011 finale at Miami (Fla.).

68. Rice Owls

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    Average rating: 71.0

    Week 8 result: The Owls (5-2) won 34-19 at New Mexico State (0-7).

    Up next: Rice returns to Conference USA play, where it is 2-0, when it hosts UTEP (1-5, 0-3) on Saturday afternoon. Rice has won six of the last seven meetings.

    Notable: The Owls have won 10 of 12 since opening the 2012 season at 2-6, and they're on a seven-game win streak in C-USA play.

67. Arkansas Razorbacks

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    Average rating: 70.5

    Week 8 result: The Razorbacks (3-5, 0-4 SEC) lost 52-0 at Alabama (7-0, 4-0).

    Up next: Arkansas gets a week to lick its many wounds before returning to action with yet another ranked opponent when it hosts Auburn (6-1, 3-1) on Nov. 2.

    Notable: Since starting 3-0, the Razorbacks have lost five straight in increasingly worse fashion. In their defense, the combined record of those teams is 25-9 and the last four were ranked.

66. West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Average rating: 68.0

    Week 8 result: The Mountaineers (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) lost 37-27 at home to Texas Tech (7-0, 4-0).

    Up next: West Virginia hits the road to play Saturday at Kansas State (2-4, 0-3), the teams' first meeting since 1931.

    Notable: The Mountaineers are averaging 24.4 points per game, almost two touchdowns behind last year's pace of 38 per game.

65. Illinois Fighting Illini

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    Average rating: 63.5

    Week 8 result: The Fighting Illini (3-3, 0-2) lost 56-32 at home to Wisconsin (5-2, 2-1).

    Up next: Illinois hosts Michigan State (6-1, 3-0) on Saturday in Champaign. The Illini have won 11 of 12 meetings over the last 17 seasons.

    Notable: Illinois is averaging 45.7 points per game in its three wins; in losses, it's been outscored by an average of 43-25.

64. Marshall Thundering Herd

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    Average rating: 62.5

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Thundering Herd (4-2, 2-0 Conference USA) return to action with a Thursday trip to Middle Tennessee State (3-4, 1-2), the first-ever meeting between the schools.

    Notable: Marshall's two losses are by a combined 11 points, including a triple-overtime setback at Virginia Tech, while the Herd are winning games by an average of 32 points.

    UPDATE: A last-second, 51-49 loss against the Blue Raiders drop the Herd to 2-1 in C-USA play.

63. Toledo Rockets

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    Average rating: 59.5

    Week 8 result: The Rockets (4-3, 2-1) won 45-44 in double overtime at home against Navy (3-3).

    Up next: Toledo returns to MAC league play when it visits Bowling Green (5-2, 3-0) on Saturday. The Rockets have dropped the last three meetings in the series.

    Notable: Toledo has averaged almost 41 points in its four wins, while it has scored just 53 points total in its three losses.

62. Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Average rating: 59.0

    Week 8 result: The Bearcats (5-2, 2-1 American) won 41-16 at home against Connecticut (0-6, 0-2).

    Up next: Cincinnati is off until Oct. 30, when it visits Memphis (1-5, 0-3) for a Wednesday night contest. The old Conference USA rivals are meeting for the first time since 2004, when the Bearcats won 49-10.

    Notable: None of the Bearcats' first seven foes currently has a winning record, nor do the next two. However, Cincinnati's final three-regular season opponents (Rutgers, Houston, Louisville) are a combined 15-4.

61. Duke Blue Devils

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    Average rating: 58.0

    Week 8 result: The Blue Devils (5-2, 1-2 ACC) won 35-22 at Virginia (2-5, 0-3).

    Up next: Duke is at Virginia Tech (6-1, 3-0) on Saturday. The Blue Devils have dropped the last 12 meetings (losing 41-20 at home last season) and haven't beat the Hokies since 1981.

    Notable: Duke rallied from a 22-0 first-half deficit to beat the Caviliers, getting two fourth-quarter touchdown games from tight end Braxton Deaver to pace the victory.

60. Kansas State Wildcats

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    Average rating: 57.5

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Wildcats (2-4, 0-3 Big 12) return to action when they host West Virginia (3-4, 1-3) on Saturday. K-State won last year's meeting 55-14, the first time the teams had played since 1931.

    Notable: The next loss for K-State would give it as many setbacks this season as it had in the previous two campaigns.

59. Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

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    Average rating: 57.0

    Week 8 result: The Ragin' Cajuns (4-2, 2-0 Sun Belt) turned a 13-13 tie into a 37-20 win Tuesday at Western Kentucky (4-3, 1-2).

    Up next: Louisiana Lafayette remains on its weird Tuesday night road schedule, traveling to Arkansas State (3-3, 1-0). The Red Wolves have won the last two meetings.

    Notable: The Cajuns have won four straight since an 0-2 start and have won six in a row in Sun Belt play since last facing (and losing to) Arkansas State.

    UPDATE: ULL pulled off the 23-7 win Tuesday to improve to 3-0 in conference play.

58. Pittsburgh Panthers

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    Average rating: 57.0

    Week 8 result: The Panthers (4-2) struggled, but still pulled out a 35-24 home win over transitioning FBS program Old Dominion (4-3) in a nonconference game.

    Up next: Pittsburgh remains outside ACC play when it visits Navy (3-3) on Saturday. The Panthers have won six of the last seven against the Midshipmen, the last victory coming in 2009.

    Notable: Tailback Isaac Bennett had 240 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries in the win over Old Dominion, compensating for just a 104-yard passing effort from quarterback Tom Savage.

57. Bowling Green Falcons

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    Average rating: 56.0

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Falcons (5-2, 3-0 Mid-American) host Toledo (4-3, 2-1) on Saturday. Bowling Green has dropped its last three games against the Rockets.

    Notable: The Falcons boast a scoring defense that averages just 17.1 points per game, ninth-best in the country.

56. Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    Average rating: 55.5

    Week 8 result: The Golden Gophers (5-2, 1-2 Big Ten) won 20-17 at Northwestern (4-3, 0-3).

    Up next: Minnesota is home Saturday to face Nebraska (5-1, 2-0). The Gophers have lost the last 16 meetings in the series, with their last victory coming in 1960.

    Notable: The Gophers are 119th nationally in passing offense, gaining just 117.7 yards per game.

55. Washington State Cougars

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    Average rating: 55.0

    Week 8 result: The Cougars (4-4, 2-3 Pac-12) lost 62-38 at Oregon (7-0, 4-0).

    Up next: Washington State is off until an Oct. 31 home game against Arizona State (5-2, 3-1) Thursday night. The Cougars are 1-8 in their last nine games against the Sun Devils, but that one victory came at home in 2011.

    Notable: Wazzu's latest loss wasn't without some big numbers once again from quarterback Connor Halliday, who set the FBS record for passing attempts by going 58-of-89 for 557 yards and four touchdowns (as well as four interceptions). For the season, he's thrown for 2,798 yards and 18 TDs, sporting a current 124.6 passer rating.

54. Indiana Hoosiers

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    Average rating: 54.0

    Week 8 result: The Hoosiers (3-4, 1-2 Big Ten) lost a wild one, losing 63-47 at Michigan (6-1, 2-1).

    Up next: Indiana is off until Nov. 2 when it hosts Minnesota (5-2, 1-2) at Memorial Stadium. Minnesota won the last meeting, 16-7, in 2008.

    Notable: Indiana, now 110th in scoring defense with 37.1 points per game allowed, dropping a similar no-defense game in 2012 when it lost 52-49 to Ohio State.

53. Northwestern Wildcats

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    Average rating: 53.5

    Week 8 result: The Wildcats (4-3, 0-3 Big Ten) fell 20-17 at home to Minnesota (5-2, 1-2).

    Up next: Northwestern tries to avoid a fourth straight loss when it visits Iowa (4-3, 1-2) on Saturday. The Wildcats are 4-1 in the teams' last five meetings, but fell 41-31 in Iowa City in 2011.

    Notable: The Wildcats are on their worst run since dropping five straight in 2011 en route to a 6-7 season.

52. Maryland Terrapins

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    Average rating: 53.5

    Week 8 result: The Terrapins (5-2, 1-2 ACC) lost 34-10 at Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2).

    Up next: Maryland returns home but gets a whopper of a matchup, hosting Clemson (6-1, 4-1) on Saturday at College Park. The Terps have lost their last three games against the Tigers by an average of 44-21.

    Notable: Maryland ran for just 39 yards against Wake Forest after entering the game averaging more than 179 per game.

51. Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Average rating: 53.0

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Bulldogs (3-3, 0-2 SEC) are home Thursday against Kentucky (1-5, 0-3), a team they've beaten the last four times. Last year's meeting resulted in a 27-14 road victory.

    Notable: Dak Prescott leads MSU in both passing (890 yards, three touchdowns) and rushing (457 yards, eight TDs) despite splitting snaps with Tyler Russell.

    UPDATE: Mississippi State pulled off the 28-22 win to get above .500 at 4-3.

50. East Carolina Pirates

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    Average rating: 52.5

    Week 8 result: The Pirates (5-2, 3-1 Conference USA) bounced back from an overtime loss the week before by crushing woeful Southern Mississippi (0-6, 0-2), winning 55-14.

    ECU gave up two garbage-time touchdowns in the fourth quarter after its starters were out of the game, otherwise it would have notched its first shutout since crushing Duke 38-0 to open the 2000 season.

    Shane Carden continued his great season, throwing for 307 yards and three TDs and also running for one, while the Pirates defense held Southern Miss to 233 yards.

    Up next: ECU is off until Nov. 2, when it hits the road to play Florida International (1-5, 1-1), a new C-USA member that it has never faced before.

    Notable: Carden, who has two 400-yard passing games and is averaging more than 407 yards over the last month, is the No. 6 QB in the nation at 332.1 yards per game.

49. Utah State Aggies

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    Average rating: 46.5

    Week 8 result: The Aggies (4-4, 3-1 Mountain West) got back on the winning track in dominating fashion, winning 45-10 at New Mexico (2-5, 0-3).

    Utah State had lost its last two since losing superstar quarterback Chuckie Keeton to a season-ending injury, but the Aggies were a completely different type of offensive unit against New Mexico, racing out to a 31-3 lead and compiling 337 rushing yards for the game.

    The Aggies were even more impressive on defense, as they held the Lobos—who came in rushing for 350 yards per game—to just 160 on the ground.

    Up next: Utah State is now off until Nov. 2 when it hosts Hawaii (0-6, 0-4). The Aggies won their last meeting, 35-31, in 2011.

    Notable: Despite the rough start to the year, the Aggies could very well end the regular season on a five-game winning streak. After Hawaii, they visit UNLV and then finish up at home against Colorado State and Wyoming.

48. Iowa Hawkeyes

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    Average rating: 46.5

    Week 8 result: The Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) played well enough to win, but couldn't hold on in the end of their 34-24 loss at Ohio State (7-0, 3-0).

    Iowa got a strong 245-yard, three-touchdown performance from quarterback Jake Rudock, whose 85-yard TD pass to tight end Jake Duzey tied the game in the third quarter. But the Hawkeyes defense couldn't slow down OSU back Carlos Hyde down the stretch, as he scored on a highlight-reel 19-yard run early in the fourth quarter as part of his 149-yard effort.

    Up next: Iowa starts a two-game homestand with a Saturday visit from Northwestern (4-3, 0-3). The Hawkeyes have dropped four of their last five games against the Wildcats, though they did win 41-31 at home in 2011.

    Notable: Iowa is averaging just 214 passing yards per game, but the blame can't be placed on Rudock. Damond Powell is the top receiver in terms of yards (241) but only has eight catches, while Kevonte Martin-Manley leads with 27 receptions but is averaging just 8.6 yards a catch.

47. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Average rating: 45.67

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Scarlet Knights will return from a 16-day hiatus to host Houston (5-1, 2-0) on Saturday. The schools have never met before in football.

    Notable: After playing well enough to win at Louisville its last time out, Rutgers now gets the next three at home to get healthy and build momentum before a Nov. 21 showdown at UCF.

46. TCU Horned Frogs

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    Average rating: 45.5

    Week 8 result: The Horned Frogs (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) continued their inconsistency on offense, failing to score more than 10 points for the second time this season in their 24-10 loss at Oklahoma State (5-1, 2-1).

    Despite holding OSU's potent passing offense in check, TCU couldn't muster anything of its own on offense, even when coach Gary Patterson pulled quarterback Trevone Boykin early. That's because Tyler Matthews fumbled on the first snap he saw and failed to complete a pass.

    The Frogs' lone TD came on a 14-yard run from Waymon James, who finished with only 27 yards on five carries.

    Up next: TCU returns home to face Texas (4-2, 3-0) on Saturday. The Frogs won 20-13 at Texas last October, their first win over the Longhorns since 1992 and just their second since 1967.

    Notable: While TCU is only a little below average in scoring (25.3 points per game), it ranks 109th in total offense at 330 yards per contest.

45. Ball State Cardinals

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    Average rating: 43.125

    Week 8 result: The Cardinals (7-1, 4-0 Mid-American) won their fifth straight easily, winning 38-17 at Western Michigan (0-8, 0-4).

    Ball State got 324 passing yards and three touchdowns from Keith Wenning and scored 24 unanswered points after WMU scored an early field goal. The Cardinals have now won 10 straight MAC games following an 0-2 start to league play in 2012.

    Up next: Ball State plays its fifth road game in seven weeks, visiting Akron (2-6, 1-3) on Saturday. The Cardinals have won their last three meetings with the Zips, the last being a 37-30 overtime win in 2010.

    Notable: If not for a 34-27 loss at North Texas in Week 3, Ball State might be in the same conversation as fellow MAC power Northern Illinois for a possible at-large BCS slot. Instead, the Cardinals will have to keep on winning while waiting for a chance to play NIU on the road on Nov. 13.

44. Georgia Tech Yellowjackets

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    Average rating: 42.5

    Week 8 result: The Yellowjackets (4-3, 3-2 ACC) ended their three-game losing streak in dominating fashion, winning 56-0 at home over Syracuse (3-4, 1-2).

    Georgia Tech returned to the gameplan that enabled it to start 3-0, running the ball at will via its option attack while having quarterback Vad Lee complete all three of his passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. The Yellowjackets ran for 394 yards, but with so many backs involved none of them had more than 95 yards.

    Zach Laskey was the most productive of the runners, scoring three of Tech's seven rushing TDs, while Lee also scored twice on the ground.

    Tech also stifled Syracuse defensively, limiting the Orange to 208 total yards and forcing three turnovers.

    Up next: Georgia Tech goes back on the road when it plays Saturday at Virginia (2-5, 0-3). The Yellowjackets have won three of the last four in the series, the last a 56-20 home win last September.

    Notable: Tech moved back into fifth place nationally in rushing offense, upping its per-game average to 304.4. This, despite no single player averaging more than 58.4 yards per game.

43. USC Trojans

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    Average rating: 42.5

    Week 8 result: The Trojans (4-3) regressed after a solid first outing under interim coach Ed Orgeron, losing 14-10 at Notre Dame (5-2). It was the first time in 10 years USC lost in a trip to South Bend.

    While Silas Redd continued his solid play since returning from offseason knee surgery, rushing for 112 yards and a touchdown, the rest of USC's offense was spotty at best. QB Cody Kessler threw for 201 yards but had no TDs and threw an interception.

    It didn't help USC committed 11 penalties for 95 yards and was just 2-of-13 on third down. As a result, the Trojans have reached three losses at the earliest part of a season since starting 2-5 in 2001.

    Up next: The Trojans return to Pac-12 play, where they're 1-2, when they host Utah (4-3, 1-3) on Saturday. USC has won eight of the last nine over the Utes, the only loss coming by a 10-6 score in the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl. 

    Notable: USC's offense has been the epitome of hot or cold, no middle. The Trojans have scored in the 30s or 40s four times, but then have managed efforts of just seven, 10 and 17 points.

42. Houston Cougars

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    Average rating: 41.333

    Week 8 result: There's losing for the first time in a season and how the Cougars (5-1) suffered its first loss of 2013, losing a wild shootout 47-46 at home to BYU (5-2) in a nonconference game.

    Houston came into the game with a decent enough defense, at least compared to past Cougars teams, but BYU managed 681 yards with quarterback Taysom Hill responsible for 545 yards of that via passing or rushing.

    Houston's John O'Korn was strong himself, though, throwing for 363 yards and three TDs but also threw three interceptions, while the Cougars' previously strong run game managed just 48 yards rushing to turn Houston into a one-dimensional offense against BYU.

    Up next: Houston returns to American Athletic Conference play, where it's 2-0, when it visits Rutgers (4-2, 1-1) on Saturday. The schools have never met, and its the first of three road games in the next four weeks for the Cougars.

    Notable: O'Korn is fourth-best among freshman QBs with 249 passing yards per game, but he's averaging 281 over his last three starts.

41. Vanderbilt Commodores

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    Average rating: 40.5

    Week 8 result: The Commodores (4-3, 1-3 SEC) finally broke through against a ranked opponent, rallying from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to win 31-27 over visiting Georgia (4-3, 3-2).

    Though its offense wasn't stellar, Vandy did just enough with the ball to keep the game close, then used opportunistic defense to spark the comeback. A fumble recovery by Torren McGaster got the ball rolling late in the third quarter, and then after a muffed punt Jeremy Seymour scored his second touchdown run (with 2:53 left) from 13 yards out for the game-winner.

    It was Vandy's first win over a ranked foe since 2008, and its first home victory over Georgia in 22 years.

    Up next: Vandy gets little time to celebrate, as it now must hit the road for a game Saturday at Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2), the first-ever meeting between the schools.

    Notable: Though he didn't score, Vandy receiver Jordan Matthews had a quietly prolific game with 11 catches for 89 yards. At 114 yards per game, he's ahead of last year's pace that saw him finish with 1,323 yards.

40. Tennessee Volunteers

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    Average rating: 40.0

    Week 8 result: The Volunteers (4-3, 1-2 SEC) finally broke through with a program-defining victory after several near misses, pulling off a 23-21 upset of South Carolina (5-2, 3-2).

    Tennessee led 17-7 at halftime, then saw the Gamecocks go up 21-17 before the Vols generated a pair of fourth-quarter field goal drives. The last ended with Michael Palardy kicking a 19-yarder as time expired for the victory.

    Though the Vols allowed 137 rushing yards to Mike Davis, it pressed South Carolina QB Connor Shaw enough to force him into a 7-of-21 passing day. They also knocked him out of the game in the fourth quarter, aiding the comeback effort.

    Up next: How does Tennessee get to celebrate its big win? Why, with a trip to top-ranked Alabama (7-0, 4-0) on Saturday, of course. The Vols have dropped their last six games against the Crimson Tide.

    Notable: After Alabama, Tennessee has to visit Missouri and then host Auburn, a gauntlet if there is any that could make the Volunteers 4-6 and in need of wins over Vanderbilt and Kentucky at the end of the season to become bowl-eligible. 

39. Penn State Nittany Lions

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    Average rating: 39.5

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) return from their week off with a huge test, visiting Ohio State (7-0, 3-0) on Saturday. Penn State's last visit to Columbus, in October 2011, resulted in a 20-14 victory that was the first by the program following Joe Paterno's firing.

    Notable: Penn State is coming off a huge four-overtime win over Michigan two weeks ago, but for the season the Nittany Lions are still searching for consistency. Following a 2-0 start they have traded losses and wins, falling at home to UCF—a setback that doesn't look as bad after UCF also won at Louisville—and getting blown out at Indiana.

38. Arizona Wildcats

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    Average rating: 38.5

    Week 8 result: The Wildcats (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) continue to search for a consistent passing game but were able to rely again on its talented run attack to pull out a 35-24 win over Utah (4-3, 1-3).

    Junior tailback Ka'Deem Carey, who led FBS with 1,929 rushing yards in 2012, finished with 236 yards on a school-record 40 carries. His first and last were the biggest, going for 30 yards on Arizona's first offensive snap and 44 yards for a TD on its last play. That last run, with 1:30 left, clinched the victory.

    Quarterback B.J. Denker was quietly efficient, if not spectacular, throwing for 168 yards and a TD and adding 51 yards, two rushing TDs and a two-point conversion run.

    Arizona also slowed down Utah's passing game, picking off two passes from Travis Wilson before he left with a hand injury. One of those interceptions, by Marquis Flowers, was returned 14 yards for a TD that gave the Wildcats a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.

    Up next: Arizona hits the road for a two-game swing, starting with Saturday's trip to Colorado (3-3, 0-3). The Wildcats have split their two meetings with the Buffaloes since Colorado joined the Pac-12, with Arizon losing 48-29 in Boulder in 2011.

    Notable: Carey leaped back into the FBS rushing lead with Saturday's effort, improving his per-game average to 161. Despite missing the season opener due to a suspension, he's on pace to surpass his 2012 rushing total.

37. Boise State Broncos

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    Average rating: 37.333

    Week 8 result: The Broncos (5-2, 3-1 Mountain West) won 34-17 at home against Nevada (3-4, 2-2).

    Boise State got a career-best 22 rushing yards and three touchdowns from tailback Jay Ajayi, an effort that helped heal the pain of losing starting quarterback Joe Southwick early to a broken ankle. His replacement, Grant Hedrick, threw for 150 yards and added 115 on the ground.

    The Broncos trailed 17-7 at the half, but buckled down defensively after halftime as both Ajayi and Hedrick each rushed for two second half TDs.

    Up next: Boise State steps out of Mountain West play for a week to visit BYU (5-2) on Friday. The Broncos are 3-0 all-time against BYU, but last year's meeting at home was just a 7-6 victory.

    Notable: Boise has scored at least 30 points in all but one game this season, and currently average just under 40 per game, while during its three-game win streak the Broncos are winning by an average score of 43-19.

36. Utah Utes

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    Average rating: 35.0

    Week 8 result: The Utes (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) suffered the inevitable letdown that comes following a big victory, falling 35-24 at Arizona (4-2, 1-2).

    Utah led 21-20 after three quarters despite losing quarterback Travis Wilson to a hand injury, but Arizona's offense woke up with a pair of late touchdowns to pull out the win. The clincher was a 44-yard TD run by reigning FBS rushing champ Ka'Deem Carey with 1:30 left, capping a 236-yard rushing effort by Carey.

    The Utes did get 142 yards and a TD pass from backup Adam Schulz and a balanced, if not flashy run attack, but could not make a big stop late in the game to avoid the loss.

    Up next: Utah remains on the road, visiting USC (4-3, 1-2) on Saturday. Utah has lost eight of its last nine meetings with the Trojans.

    Notable: A notable absence from Utah's offense was big plays from Dres Anderson, who entered with 592 receiving yards and six total touchdowns but managed just three catches for 29 yards and two runs for four yards.

35. Texas Longhorns

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    Average rating: 33.0

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Longhorns (4-2, 3-0 Big 12) return from their break with a Saturday trip to TCU (3-4, 1-3). Texas lost 20-13 in Fort Worth last October, its first setback to the Horned Frogs since 1992 and just its second loss in the series since 1967.

    Notable: Texas is probably the most underrated 3-0 team in any major conference, but that's still due to the Longhorns' 1-2 start that included lopsided losses at BYU and at home to Ole Miss on back-to-back weeks in September. Since then they've won three straight, most recently a 36-20 victory over Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout.

34. BYU Cougars

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    Average rating: 32.625

    Week 8 result: The Cougars (5-2) won a shootout at unbeaten Houston (5-1), holding on for a 47-46 victory.

    What began as a first-one-to-70-wins kind of game (Houston led 38-34 at halftime) suddenly became a defensive standoff in the second half, though BYU as able to get two fourth-quarter touchdown passes from Taysom Hill to pull off the upset.

    BYU gained a whopping 681 yards against a Houston defense that came in allowing 395 yards and 19 points per game, with Hill overcoming three interceptions to throw for 417 yards and four touchdowns while adding 128 yards on the ground.

    BYU does deserve some defensive credit as far as stopping Houston's run game, which had been averaging 222 yards per contest but managed just 48.

    Up next: BYU returns home to host Boise State (5-2) on Friday. The Cougars have never beaten the Broncos in three tries, though last year's matchup was just a 7-6 Boise victory.

    Notable: Hill continues to hover around 50 percent on his passing completions, but he's now eighth nationally in total offense with 350.3 yards per game.

33. Florida Gators

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    Average rating: 32.0

    Week 8 result: The Gators (4-3, 3-2 SEC East) couldn't even rely on their strong defense to give them a chance in this one, falling 36-17 at red-hot Missouri (7-0, 3-0).

    Florida allowed 500 yards to the Tigers, the first time that's happened to a Gator defense since the 2007 Gator Bowl against Michigan. The output included a 295-yard passing performance from Mizzou QB Maty Mauk, who stepped in for the injured James Franklin and looked almost as good.

    And with the defense struggling, Florida's offense had additional pressure to finally come through yet failed miserably. The Gators managed just 151 yards, but also got a 100-yard kick return from Solomon Patton to open the second half and only trailed 23-17 entering the fourth quarter.

    Up next: Florida gets some time off before traveling to Jacksonville for its annual neutral site meeting with Georgia (4-3) on Nov. 2. The Gators have dropped the last two games in the series.

    Notable: Florida dropped to 104th nationally in scoring offense, now averaging just 21.1 points per game, while its scoring defense ballooned from 11 to 16.3 per game.

32. Ole Miss Rebels

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    Average rating: 30.8

    Week 8 result: The Rebels (4-3, 2-3 SEC) finally reversed their recent losing trend, getting a 41-yard field goal from Andrew Ritter with two seconds left to score a 27-24 upset win over visiting LSU (6-2, 3-2).

    Ole Miss blew leads of 17-0 and 24-14 but still managed to put together a 14-play drive in the final three minutes for the victory. The contributions on offense were diverse, with Bo Wallace completing 30-of-39 passes for 346 yards and Jaylen Walton rushing for a career-best 105 yards with two touchdowns.

    The Rebels' defense also played strongly, intercepting Zack Mettenberger three times after he'd thrown just two picks in the first seven games, while also holding LSU tailback Jeremy Hill to just 64 yards.

    Up next: Ole Miss continues its six-game homestand with a nonconference tilt, hosting independent Idaho (1-6) on Saturday. It will be the first-ever meeting between the schools.

    Notable: The Rebels are now 2-2 this season in games decided by one score or less. They've beaten LSU by three and Vanderbilt by four while losing by eight at Auburn and by three points to Texas A&M.

31. Washington Huskies

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    Average rating: 29.5

    Week 8 result: The Huskies (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) continued their backward slide following a 4-0 start, losing 53-24 at Arizona State (5-2, 3-1).

    Washington had the worst possible outcome from its three-game gauntlet to Stanford, home for Oregon and then at ASU, giving up a combined 129 points and looking worse on both sides of the ball each week. Against ASU they allowed 585 yards and managed minus-five rushing yards of their own.

    Bishop Sankey was held completely in check, gaining just 22 yards on 13 carries, while Keith Price was sacked seven times and never found a rhythm.

    Up next: Washington finally gets a breather, going home for back-to-back games against the league's weakest members. First up is Saturday's visit from California (1-6, 0-4), followed by a home game with Colorado (3-3, 0-3). The Huskies have won five of six against Cal, including last year's 21-13 road victory.

    Notable: Sankey's rough trip to the desert knocked him down to eighth nationally in rushing yards per game, at 131.6. He'd entered the ASU game averaging just under 150 per game.

30. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Average rating: 28.8

    Week 8 result: The Fighting Irish (5-2) won a battle of attrition over visiting USC (4-3), coming out with a 14-10 victory to end their five-game home losing streak to the Trojans.

    Neither Notre Dame or USC did much in terms of offense, with the Irish managing just 295 yards to 330 for USC. Because of that, the game remained in doubt throughout the second half despite no scoring once halftime ended.

    Though not spectacular, Tommy Rees did complete 14-of-21 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns, including what proved to be the game-winning throw on an 11-yard scoring pass to TJ Jones with 1:13 left in the first half. Rees left the game in the third quarter with a neck strain and did not return.

    Up next: Home for more than a month (other than for a neutral site game with Arizona State in Texas), Notre Dame now hits the road Saturday to face Air Force (1-6). Notre Dame won the last meeting, 59-33, in 2011.

    Notable: Notre Dame is now 4-0 this season in games decided by one score or less. On the flip side, though, they're 1-2 in games that don't come down to the final minutes, having lost by 11 at Michigan and by 14 at home to Oklahoma.

29. Oregon State Beavers

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    Average rating: 28.2

    Week 8 result: The Beavers (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12) won their sixth straight game, rolling to a 49-17 win at California (1-6, 0-4).

    OSU led 35-3 early in the second half, getting little resistance from a California team that's lost 11 straight to FBS opponents. As has been the case all season, quarterback Sean Mannion (481 yards, four touchdowns) and receiver Brandin Cooks (13 catches, 232 yards, one TD) were at the forefront of the offensive attack. 

    The rushing game remains ineffective, though, as OSU ran for just 74 yards against a Bears defense that had been allowing more than 196 yards per game on the ground.

    After mostly tight games in August and September, Oregon State has blown out each of its three foes in October.

    Up next: OSU gets a chance to move into the national spotlight when it hosts Stanford (6-1, 4-1) on Saturday night. The Beavers have lost their last three games against the Cardinal, with last year's meeting ending in a 27-23 Stanford home win.

    Notable: It's no surprise Oregon State has the nation's top passing offense, seeing as Mannion leads FBS in passing yards per game (427.4) and Cooks is the country's top receiver with 76 catches for 1,176 yards and 12 TDs.

28. Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Average rating: 28.0

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Cornhuskers (5-1, 2-0) return to action with a Saturday game at Minnesota (5-2, 2-1), whom they have beaten 16 consecutive times dating back to 1963.

    Notable: Nebraska remains No. 10 in the country in scoring offense at 42.7 points per game, while running back Ameer Abdullah is sixth in rushing yards per game at 136.

27. Northern Illinois Huskies

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    Average rating: 27.2

    Week 8 result: The Huskies (7-0, 3-0 Mid-American) continued to roll through its league, winning 38-17 at Central Michigan (3-5, 2-2).

    NIU won its 20th straight against MAC competition, a streak that includes the past two conference title games. This one required rallying from a 14-7 deficit in the first half, something that was done mostly by the amazing effort of quarterback Jordan Lynch.

    Lynch set the FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback by running for 316 yards on 32 carries, to go with three rushing touchdowns as well as 155 yards and a TD through the air.

    The Huskies played some tough defense in the second half, holding the Chippewas to just 97 and a field goal after halftime.

    Up next: NIU, which is rated 18th in the first BCS standings, will have a tough go of it trying to beef up its resume when it hosts Eastern Michigan (1-6, 0-3) on Saturday. The Huskies have won the last five meetings by an average of 45-6, including last year's 49-7 road romp.

    Notable: Lynch, who last week became the 10th player in FBS history with more than 3,000 rushing and 4,000 passing yards, is tied for ninth with Baylor's Bryce Petty in total offense at 345.7 yards per game.

26. Michigan State Spartans

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    Average rating: 26.8

    Week 8 result: The Spartans (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) had one of those 'just glad to have won' showings against visiting Purdue (1-6, 0-3), winning 14-0.

    A week after romping to 42 points against Indiana, Michigan State managed just 294 yards and only one offensive touchdown, on a trick play involving a wide receiver pass. The other score came the way MSU frequently scores, on defense, as Denicos Allen returned a fumble 45 yards for a 7-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

    Considering the opponent it wasn't that amazing, but the Spartans still did hold Purdue to just 226 yards of offense and recorded their first shutout in two seasons and the first against a Big Ten foe since blanking Northwestern in 1999.

    Up next: Michigan State hits the road to face Illinois (3-3, 0-2) on Saturday. The Spartans have won 11 of their last 12 meetings with the Fighting Illini.

    Notable: Despite an offense that's in the bottom half nationally in passing and scoring, the Spartans continue to win thanks to the nation's top-rated total defense at 228 yards per game. They're also No. 4 in scoring defense at 13.6 points per game.

25. Georgia Bulldogs

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    Average rating: 26.4

    Week 8 result: The Bulldogs (4-3, 3-2) dropped their second straight game, falling 31-27 at Vanderbilt (4-3, 1-3).

    Georgia's rash of injuries continued to play its ability to make big plays on either side of the ball, and as a result couldn't hold onto a 27-14 lead entering the fourth quarter. Aaron Murray had one of his worst career games, statistically, throwing for just 114 yards and no touchdowns. He was also intercepted on Georgia's final play.

    The Bulldogs finished with just 221 yards of offense, roughly 40 percent of their average coming in.

    Up next: Georgia is off until its Nov. 2 when it meets Florida (4-3, 3-2) in their annual cocktail party game in Jacksonville, Fla. The Bulldogs have won the last two meetings.

    Notable: Despite the low passing output, Murray did become the SEC's all-time leader in total offense, passing former Florida star Tim Tebow.

24. Michigan Wolverines

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    Average rating: 25.8

    Week 8 result: The Wolverines (6-1, 2-1) won a track meet instead of a football game, outrunning Indiana (3-4, 1-2) for a 63-47 victory.

    Michigan had all sorts of superlatives on offense, with Devin Gardner breaking two school records (with 503 passing yards and 584 yards of total offense) and tying the school mark with five total touchdowns. Additionally, Jeremy Gallon set the Big Ten record for receiving yards with 369, on 14 catches.

    All told, the Wolverines had 751 yards of offense, another school record, and needed every bit of that as Indiana managed 572 yards and remained within 10 points for most of the second half.

    It was Michigan's 19th straight win, the longest active streak in FBS, and was the 18th straight home win over Indiana. The Hoosiers haven't won in the Big House since 1967.

    Up next: The Wolverines are off until Nov. 2 when they hit the road for their annual grudge match with Michigan State (6-1, 3-0), a game that will go a long way toward determining the Big Ten Legends Division title. Michigan has lost its last two trips to East Lansing.

    Notable: A somewhat respectable Michigan defense has become a sieve the last two games, allowing 43 points to Penn State (albeit in four overtimes) and then 47 to the Hoosiers. Yet the Wolverines are still middle-of-the-pack nationally in scoring defense, allowing 26.7 per game for the season.

23. Fresno State Bulldogs

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    Average rating: 24.0

    Week 8 result: The Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0 Mountain West) raced out to a 21-0 lead, then cruised to a 38-14 victory over visiting UNLV (4-3, 2-1).

    Fresno got its standard high-efficiency production from quarterback Derek Carr, who threw for 412 yards and four touchdowns en route to breaking the school's career records for passing completions and touchdowns. He now has 85 all-time, and also became just the third QB in school history to throw for more than 10,000 yards.

    Davante Adams was, as usual, Carr's top target. The sophomore had eight catches for 221 yards and four TDs, all of which were for more than 25 yards.

    Up next: Fresno hits the road and heads south for a Saturday game at San Diego State (3-3, 2-0). The Bulldogs lost 35-28 at San Diego in 2011, but won 52-40 at home last season.

    Notable: Carr, who now has 10,036 career passing yards, is second nationally with 379.3 yards per game. Adams, who has 60 catches for 717 yards and 11 TDs, is third nationally in catches per game.


22. UCF Knights

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    Average rating: 23.4

    Week 8 result: The Knights (5-1, 2-0 American) pulled off the biggest shocker of the season to date, rallying from 21 points down in the third quarter to win 38-35 at Louisville (6-1, 2-1) on Friday.

    UCF moved itself firmly onto the BCS radar with its historic victory, only the second time it beat a ranked team on the road. By pulling off the major upset in dramatic fashion, The Knights are the frontrunners to get the AAC's first-and-only BCS bowl bid before the College Football Playoff begins in 2014.

    The Knights moved the ball at will in the second half against Louisville's vaunted defense, scoring 21 points in a 4:10 span in the third quarter to tie the game at 28, then scored the game-winner with 23 seconds left after Louisville went up 35-31 in the final three minutes.

    Up next: UCF is home to face Connecticut (0-6, 0-2) on Saturday. This will be the first-ever meeting between the schools.

    Notable: Each of the Knights' last four games have been decided by one score or less, with them winning three of those four contests.

21. Arizona State Sun Devils

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    Average rating: 22.6

    Week 8 result: The Sun Devils (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) continued their torrid scoring pace in conference games with a 53-24 onslaught against visiting Washington (4-3, 1-3).

    ASU gained 585 yards, 314 of which came on the ground, in scoring 50-plus points for the third straight time in Pac-12 play. The Devils had previously beat USC 62-41 and Colorado 54-16 during that stretch, but the obliteration of a Washington team that three weeks ago was unbeaten proved to be the most impressive of those results.

    ASU trailed 7-0 before running off 29 straights points heading into halftime, with Taylor Kelly contributing 271 passing yards and 84 rushing yards to go with four total touchdowns. Marion Grice added 158 yards and two rushing TDs and also caught a TD pass from Kelly.

    But just as impressive was how it sacked Washington quarterback Keith Price seven times and held the Huskies to minus-five rushing yards. Bishop Sankey, who entered the game leading the nation in rushing yards per game, finished with a mere 22 yards on 13 carries.

    Up next: ASU is off until Oct. 31 when it plays a Halloween night game at Washington State (4-4, 2-3). The Sun Devils have won eight of nine against the Cougars, including last season's 46-7 home win.

    Notable: Grice now has 18 touchdowns in seven games, and his 108 points are 24 more than any other player in FBS. While averaging only 92.2 rushing yards per game, he has scored on the ground 12 times, and has complimented that with 33 receptions and six TD catches.

20. South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Average rating: 19.6

    Week 8 result: The Gamecocks (5-2, 3-2 SEC) were all but eliminated from SEC title game contention, not to mention a shot at a BCS bowl selection, with their 23-21 loss at Tennessee (4-3, 1-2).

    South Carolina rallied from a 17-7 halftime deficit to lead 21-17 entering the fourth quarter, but an injury to Connor Shaw and an overall lack of offensive production in the fourth quarter enabled the host Volunteers to mount a pair of field goal drives in the final 10 minutes, including the game-winning 19-yard kick as time expired.

    Shaw had been having a bad passing game even before went down with a sprained knee, having completed just 7-of-21 throws with an interception, though he did have 78 yards rushing and a one-yard TD run. Combined with Mike Davis' 137-yard, one TD ground effort, the Gamecocks ran for 218 yards.

    Up next: South Carolina plays its third straight road game, all in the SEC, when it visits Missouri (7-0, 3-0) on Saturday. The Gamecocks won 31-10 over the Tigers at home last October in Missouri's disappointing debut SEC season.

    Notable: South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has said Shaw isn't likely to play at Mizzou, meaning the keys will be handed to Dylan Thompson, a role the junior is quite familiar with. He replaced an injured Shaw in last month's win at UCF, throwing for 261 yards, and in 2012 threw for more than 300 yards in both of his starts.

19. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Average rating: 19.0

    Week 8 result: The Cowboys (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) grinded out a 24-10 home win over TCU (3-4, 1-3), but in the process might have gained themselves a quarterback controversy.

    Clint Chelf came off the bench after J.W. Walsh was intercepted twice in the second half, and though Chelf only completed 10-of-25 passes he threw for 178 yards and only one pick (that came on his first throw). Neither quarterback threw a TD pass, though.

    OSU got two of its touchdowns on the ground, though overall the Cowboy rushing attack managed just 95 yards. The big star was Josh Stewart, who pulled in 10 catches for 141 yards and got the game's scoring started with a 95-yard punt return TD late in the first quarter.

    Instead, it was the OSU defense that once again shined, a recurring theme this season after several years of the Cowboys simply outscoring opponents. They forced four TCU turnovers and lowered their scoring defense average to 18.3, good for 14th in FBS.

    Up next: OSU hits the road for three of its next four games, starting with Saturday's trip to Iowa State (1-5, 0-3). The Cowboys won 31-10 at home last October.

    Notable: A year after throwing 34 touchdown passes, good for 2.6 per game, the Cowboys have just 12 TD throws in six games. This is despite throwing for only about 30 yards less per game than the 2012 average of 331.7.

18. Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Average rating: 18.8

    Week 8 result: Bye.

    Up next: The Hokies (6-1, 3-0 ACC) return from a week off with a Saturday home game against Duke (5-2, 1-2), a team they have beaten the last 12 times dating back to 1982. Virginia Tech won last year's game 41-20 in Durham.

    Notable: Virginia Tech is playing its patented blend of low-scoring, defense-first football. The Hokies are scoring just 23 points per game (and just 19.5 per game against FBS opponents) but are allowing only 15 per game, which is fifth-best in the nation. They're also tied for first with Clemson for the FBS lead in sacks per game at 3.86.


17. Wisconsin Badgers

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    Average rating: 18.4

    Week 8 result: The Badgers (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) made quick and easy work of host Illinois (3-3, 0-2), winning 56-32 in Champaign.

    Wisconsin turned what some thought could be an upset brewing into a runaway victory, leading 21-0 after the first quarter en route to 478 yards of total offense. The Badgers got an efficient performance from Joel Stave (16-of-21, 189 yards, two touchdowns) and strong running from both Melvin Gordon (142 yards, three TDs) and James White (98 yards, two TDs), the kind of balanced offense reminiscent of the just-completed Bret Bielema era.

    And while the defense allowed 32 points, the third time the Badgers have allowed 30 points this season, much of that came after the outcome was determined.

    Up next: The Badgers are off until Nov. 2 when they visit Iowa (4-3, 1-2). Wisconsin pulled out a tight 31-30 victory in their last meeting in 2010.

    Notable: Gordon is second nationally in rushing yards with 1,012, just 24 behind Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews, while his 11 rushing TDs are tied for third overall.

16. Louisville Cardinals

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    Average rating: 18.0

    Week 8 result: And down goes a contender.

    The Cardinals (6-1, 2-1 American) suffered a major setback in their national title hopes, not to mention their chance of making a BCS bowl, by blowing a 28-7 lead in falling 38-35 at home to Central Florida (5-1, 2-0) on Friday.

    While Teddy Bridgewater had a good enough game (29-of-38, 341 yards, two TDs) to still be a viable Heisman candidate, the Cardinals' supposedly ironclad defense was torn apart to the tune of 446 yards and nearly five times their season average of 7.3 points allowed per game.

    Despite taking back the lead 35-31 with three minutes left, Louisville let UCF run down the field to win the game without much incident.

    Up next: Louisville now must hit the road for two games, albeit against weak competition. First up is a Saturday trip to South Florida (2-4, 0-2), which has won two straight after looking really bad during an 0-4 start. The teams have split their 10 meetings as members of the Big East/American, with Louisville winning last year's meeting 27-25 at home.

    Notable: xxx

15. Auburn Tigers

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    Average rating: 15.8

    Week 8 result: The Tigers (6-1, 3-1 SEC) continued their amazing turnaround from a year ago, outgaining, outplaying and outlasting host Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2) en route to a thrilling 45-41 win.

    Auburn gained 615 yards, with 379 of that coming on the ground. Tre Mason ran for 178 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown on a five-yard run with 1:19 left, while Nick Marshall threw for 236 yards and two TDs and added another 100 rushing yards and two scores.

    And while the Tigers did allow A&M to gain more than 600 yards—with Johnny Manziel throwing for 454 and Mike Evans catching 11 passes for 287 yards and four TDs—they also managed to keep Manziel's scrambling ability mostly in check. Auburn managed to sack Manziel a few times, including on A&M's final offensive play while trying to drive downfield for a game-winning score.

    Up next: Auburn gets to step away from SEC play for one last breather before the stretch run, hosting Florida Atlantic (2-5, 1-4) on Saturday. The Tigers won the only previous meeting, 30-14 in September 2011.

    Notable: Combined with the 511 rushing yards gained the week before against Western Carolina, Auburn has raised its per-game average to 300.1, good enough for eighth-best in FBS.

14. Oklahoma Sooners

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    Average rating: 14.4

    Week 8 result: The Sooners (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) earned a 34-19 win at Kansas (2-4, 0-3) in a game that won't earn them any style points.

    Oklahoma actually trailed 13-0 before scoring the next 25 points to take control, a turnaround that was as much due to Kansas' ineptitude as from anything the Sooners did. They won despite only 131 yards passing from Blake Bell, who was upstaged by one of his own receivers when Sterling Shepard hit Lacoltan Bester for a 49-yard TD on an end-around pass that gave Oklahoma a 15-13 lead.

    Oklahoma held Kansas to just 201 yards, including only 16 through the air, though Jayhawks running back James Sims did manage to carve through the Sooners' defense for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

    Up next: Oklahoma gets its chance to be a BCS spoiler and to put itself back in the BCS conversation when it hosts Texas Tech (7-0, 4-0) on Saturday. Tech won its last visit to Norman, in 2011, a decision that ended Oklahoma's 39-game home win streak.

    Notable: The Sooners' defense remains strong, sitting at ninth nationally at 17.1 points per game, but their passing attack has returned to the woeful level it was at earlier this season. Oklahoma is gaining less than 200 yards through the air.

13. Texas A&M Aggies

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    Average rating: 13.8

    Week 8 result: The Aggies (5-2, 2-2 SEC) dropped a last-team-to-score-wins shootout, falling 45-41 at home to Auburn (6-1, 3-1).

    Despite 454 passing yards and four touchdowns from Johnny Manziel—who missed a series after suffering a shoulder injury—and another amazing performance from wide receiver Mike Evans (11 catches, 287 yards, four TDs) A&M could not hold on for the victory for one simple reason: it couldn't make a stop.

    Auburn outgained the Aggies 615-602, which included 379 rushing yards (178 from Tre Mason, 100 from quarterback Nick Marshall) as Auburn was able to move the ball seemingly at will.

    A&M took a 41-38 lead with five minutes left, only to see Auburn march right down the field and score on a five-yard run by Mason with 1:19 remaining.

    Up next: Texas A&M hosts Vanderbilt (4-3, 1-3) on Saturday. The schools have never met.

    Notable: The Aggies are rated 104th in the country in scoring defense, allowing 33.9 points per game. The only team with a winning record allowing more is UNLV, at 36.3.

12. LSU Tigers

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    Average rating: 12.2

    Week 8 result: The Tigers (6-2, 3-2 SEC) suffered their second loss at the earliest point in a season since 2008, falling 27-24 at Mississippi (4-3, 2-3). The game was won on 41-yard field goal with two seconds remaining.

    A week after smothering Florida, LSU struggled to contain an Ole Miss offense that finished with 525 yards that included 346 passing yards from quarterback Bo Wallace. Wallace led the Rebels on a 14-play drive in the final three minutes to secure the victory, slicing through LSU's defense.

    Zach Mettenberger had his worst game of the season, tossing three interceptions despite throwing a game-tying touchdown with just over three minutes left.

    Up next: LSU gets to take a breather from the roughness of SEC play when it hosts FCS foe Furman (3-4) on Saturday. The schools have never met before.

    Notable: Tailback Jeremy Hill still leads the SEC with 10 rushing touchdowns, including one against Ole Miss, but the 64 yards he gained was the least since his six-carry, 50-yard season debut against UAB in September. 

11. Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Average rating: 11.6

    Week 8 result: The Red Raiders (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) remained unbeaten by scoring the game's final 21 points in a 37-27 road win over West Virginia (3-4, 1-3).

    Freshman quarterback Davis Webb completed 36-of-50 passes for 462 yards and two touchdowns, while Kenny Williams scored on two short TD runs during the 21-0 game-ending run to keep Texas Tech on its best start ever for a first-year coach (Kliff Kingsbury) in school history.

    The passing yardage was a freshman school record, a major accomplishment considering Tech's pass-happy tradition, and Webb became the first Red Raider frosh to throw for 400 or more yards in his first two starts since stepping in for Baker Mayfield.

    The Raiders managed to rally from behind in a place that's traditionally tough to win, and where Oklahoma State suffered its only loss a few weeks ago.

    Up next: Tech plays its third road game in four weeks in one of the toughest places to win when it heads to Norman on Saturday for a game against Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1). Amazingly, though, the Red Raiders won there in 2011, snapping the Sooners' 39-game home win streak.

    Notable: Despite having to use two different quarterbacks, Tech remains No. 2 nationally in passing offense at 416.2 yards per game.

10. UCLA Bruins

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    Average rating: 11.4

    Week 8 result: The Bruins (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in a hard way, getting dominated offensively and defensively in a 24-10 road loss to Stanford (6-1, 3-1).

    UCLA performed far below its yardage and point averages coming in, gaining just 266 yards and scoring 35 points under its season pace. The scoreless first half was astonishing for a team that had scored at least 13 points in every half this season.

    Quarterback Brett Hundley was humbled and hurried, finishing with 192 yards and two interceptions, while the Bruin defense was run over by Stanford tailback Tyler Gaffney to the tune of 171 yards and two TDs on 36 bruising carries.

    Up next: From the frying pan into the fryer for UCLA, which continues its road trip from hell with a Saturday game at Oregon (7-0, 4-0). The Bruins have lost their last four against Oregon, including a 49-31 setback in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game in 2011.

    Notable: While still gaining more than 198 rushing yards per game, UCLA is sorely missing 2012 standout back Johnathan Franklin. Now in the NFL, Franklin ran for more than 1,700 yards last season. This year's top rusher for UCLA, Jordon James, has missed the last two game due to injury, and as a result the Bruins have averaged just 76 yards per game on the ground during his absence.

9. Clemson Tigers

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    Average rating: 10.0

    Week 8 result: The Tigers (6-1, 4-1 ACC) fell flat in their biggest game of the season, losing 51-14 at home to Florida State (6-0, 4-0).

    Clemson was never in this game, trailing 17-0 after 12 minutes en route to the most points ever allowed in a home game. The Tigers gave up 565 yards, including 444 in the air to Jameis Winston, while its own star QB (Tahj Boyd) had just 156 yards and was responsible for three turnovers.

    Boyd was picked off twice and also fumbled, the last giveaway getting returned 37 yards for a TD.

    If not for a garbage touchdown in the final minute of play, Clemson would have scored its fewest points since a 29-7 loss to rival South Carolina in 2010.

    Up next: Clemson will look to bounce back Saturday at Maryland (5-2, 1-2), a team that's been outscored 97-10 in their two conference losses amid a slew of major injuries. The Tigers won the previous meeting 45-10 last November.

    Notable: The loss continues a trend for Clemson in high-profile games over the last few years. In 2012 the Tigers' losses came to their two toughest opponents, at Florida State and home against South Carolina, while the 2011 season ended with an embarrassing 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl.

8. Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes

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    Average rating: 9.6

    Week 8 result: The Hurricanes (6-0, 2-0 ACC) pushed themselves off the ropes, rallying from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull out a 27-23 win at North Carolina (1-5, 0-3) on Thursday night.

    Miami quarterback Stephen Morris was intercepted four times—the same number of picks he'd thrown in the first five games—but still managed to orchestrate two scoring drives in the final 12 minutes of the game. The Hurricanes scored the game-winning TD with 20 seconds left, a three-yard run by Dallas Crawford.

    Crawford was the key to the game for Miami, stepping in after starting tailback Duke Johnson was hurt early. Crawford ran for 137 yards and scored both of the 'Canes' fourth-quarter TDs for the win.

    Miami allowed a struggling North Carolina to feed of its big crowd en route to 500 yards, and the 'Canes couldn't cover UNC tight end Eric Ebron (199 yards, TD).

    Up next: The Hurricanes are home Saturday for Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2). Miami has won the last six meetings, including a 28-27 victory in the last meeting in October 2009.

    Notable: Miami has committed four turnovers in each of the last two games, and for the season its turnover margin is only plus-four.

7. Stanford Cardinal

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    Average rating: 7.8

    Week 8 result: The Cardinal (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) bounced back from its first loss with a dominating 24-10 home win over previously unbeaten UCLA (5-1, 2-1).

    Stanford shut down a Bruins team that came in averaging more than 500 yards and nearly 45 points to just 264 yards and a scoreless first half. The Cardinal returned to the kind of staunch defense and bruising offense that had led it to a 5-0 start but had disappeared during last week's 27-21 defeat at Utah.

    While quarterback Kevin Hogan was efficient (18-of-25, 227 yards), it was running back Tyler Gaffney (36 carries, 171 yards, two TDs) that carried Stanford to victory.

    Up next: The Cardinal has the showdown with Oregon looming early next month, but before that it must play on the road Saturday against a dangerous Oregon State (6-1, 4-0) team that it barely defeated 27-23 at home last October.

    Notable: Stanford hasn't lost consecutive games since 2009, when it lost to Oregon State and Arizona in back-to-back weeks in October en route to an 8-5 season. Since then the Cardinal has just six losses.

6. Missouri Tigers

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    Average rating: 6.2

    Week 8 result: The Tigers (7-0, 3-0 SEC) took commanding control of the East Division with a 36-17 home dismantling of Florida (4-3, 3-2).

    Mizzou, arguably the most surprising unbeaten left in FBS after going 5-7 a year ago in its first season in the SEC, put up 500 yards on a Florida defense that came in allowing 235 yards and 11.3 points per game. And the Tigers did so despite not having electric dual-threat QB James Franklin, who is out with a shoulder injury.

    Instead, freshman Maty Mauk threw for 295 yards and Henry Josey rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown. Heck, the Tigers' kicker even outscored Florida, as Andrew Baggett booted five field goals and three extra points.

    Defensively, Mizzou feasted on Florida's woeful unit to the tune of six sacks and only 151 yards allowed.

    With the victory and losses by South Carolina and Georgia, Missouri has a two-game lead in the loss column in the SEC East.

    Up next: The Tigers stay home and face South Carolina (5-2, 3-2) on Saturday. Missouri lost 31-10 at the Gamecocks last September in its SEC debut.

    Notable: Combined with its 41-26 win at Georgia the week before, Missouri recorded its first wins over ranked teams in back-to-back weeks since 1972.

5. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Average rating: 5.4

    Week 8 result: The Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) extended their win streak to 19 games, but it wasn't easy, as they trailed 17-10 at halftime and were tied at 24 entering the fourth quarter of their 34-24 home win over Iowa (4-3, 1-2).

    OSU looked sluggish in the first half, getting outgained and allowing Iowa to control the pace of play. It was until Carlos Hyde (149 yards and two touchdowns) came alive in the second half that the Buckeyes began to play like a top-5 team. Hyde scored on a one-yard run early in the third quarter to tie the game at 17, then put OSU up for good with 13:24 remaining on a highlight reel 19-yard TD scamper in which he was flung backwards by a defender but turned back upfield and dove into the end zone.

    This marked the third straight time Iowa and OSU have been tied entering the fourth quarter, with the previous meetings in 2009 and 2010 ending with three-point Buckeye victories.

    Up next: OSU stays at home to face Penn State (4-2, 1-1) on Saturday night. The Buckeyes won the last meeting between the teams on the road last October, but in 2011 Penn State pulled out a 20-14 win in Columbus, marking the program's first victory following Joe Paterno's firing as coach.

    Notable: OSU remains seventh nationally in scoring offense at 45 points per game, despite failing to reach that point total in five of its seven games. That might change after the Penn State game, as the Buckeyes' next three contests are against Purdue, Illinois and Indiana, all of whom are allowing at least 32 per game.

4. Baylor Bears

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    Average rating: 4.8

    Week 8 result: The Bears (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) posted another set of ridiculous offensive numbers in their 71-7 home win over Iowa State (1-5, 0-3), but even more impressive was how their defense looked in the face of yet another lopsided victory.

    Baylor allowed ISU to gain just 174 yards, including only 33 on the ground, and the Cyclones' only touchdown came via their backup quarterback with 47 seconds left.

    Offensively it was the usual suspects for Baylor: quarterback Bryce Petty threw for 343 yards and two TDs, while Lache Seastrunk ran for 112 yards and two scores on 18 carries and receiver Antwan Goodley had 11 catches for 182 yards and two TDs.

    Up next: Baylor makes its second trip to the state of Kansas in three weeks, playing Saturday at Kansas (2-4, 0-3). The Bears won 41-14 at home in last year's regular season finale, but in 2011 needed overtime to win in Lawrence.

    Notable: At an average score of 64-16, the Bears' 48-point margin of victory pace is far and away the national leader. And Petty (2,023 yards, 15 TDs) remains the FBS leader in passing efficiency with a stellar 221.8 rating.

3. Florida State Seminoles

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    Average rating: 2.8

    Week 8 result: The Seminoles (6-0, 4-0 ACC) used a 51-14 road thrashing of Clemson (6-1, 4-1) as the perfect springboard to elevate to second place in the first BCS standings for 2013.

    FSU turned Week 8's most highly anticipated matchup into a blowout, leading 17-0 after 12 minutes and never looking back. Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston cemented himself as the top Heisman candidate east of the Mississippi with a career-best 444 passing yards and three touchdowns, far away outdueling Clemson QB Tahj Boyd (156 yards, two interceptions).

    It was the most points an opposing team had ever scored in Clemson's Death Valley, reversing a trend at a place where FSU had lost its last five visits.

    The Seminoles are off to their best start since 1999, which coincidentally happens to be the last time the school won a national title.

    Up next: Florida State returns home to face North Carolina State (3-3, 0-3) on Saturday. It was against the Wolfpack last October that the Seminoles saw their hopes of a perfect season go up in smoke, falling 17-16 in a very uninspired performance at Raleigh.

    Notable: FSU gets Miami the following week at home, then its nothing but cupcakes until the regular season finale at Florida before a meeting with either Miami or Virginia Tech in the ACC title game. The Seminoles are currently third nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense.

2. Oregon Ducks

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    Average rating: 2.0

    Week 8 result: Even when opposing quarterbacks set FBS passing records, the Ducks (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) still make their wins look effortless.

    Oregon raced out to a 27-7 lead over Washington State (4-4, 2-3) early in the second quarter, then after some turnover issues from Marcus Mariota let the Cougars back in it by halftime the Ducks scored the next 28 points to start the second half to put the game away.

    Oregon gained 719 yards, with Mariota throwing for 327 yards and two touchdowns (but also losing two first-half fumbles) and sophomore Byron Marshall ran for a career-high 192 yards with three TDs. Marshall has effortlessly stepped in as the Ducks' top running back with De'Anthony Thomas still not back from injury, rushing for 550 yards and seven TDs in Pac-12 play.

    And this was all in spite of Washington State's Connor Halliday setting the FBS record for passing attempts at 89, which came with 58 completions and 557 yards and four TDs but also four interceptions.

    Up next: Oregon plays host to UCLA (5-1, 2-1) on Saturday, serving as the tail end of the Bruins' 1-2 road gauntlet to Stanford and Eugene. The Ducks have won the last four meetings, including a 49-31 triumph at home in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game in December 2011.

    Notable: Mariota is the only starting quarterback in the nation who has yet to throw an interception, going 123-for-197 for 2,051 yards and 19 TD this season.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Average rating: 1.2

    Week 8 result: At some point, the Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 SEC) are going to face a difficult test. Until then, they're just going to keep rolling over the weak competition like it's nobody's business.

    Alabama absolutely demolished Arkansas (3-5, 0-4), outgaining the Razorbacks 532-256 in beating them by the exact same score as when the schools last met in September 2012. That's the first time 'Bama has shut out an SEC opponent in consecutive years since doing so to Mississippi State in the 1970s.

    A.J. McCarron had an almost effortless 15-of-21, 180-yard, three-touchdown performance, while the Tide rushed for 352 yards. Kenyan Drake gained 104 yards and scored two TDs on just eight carries.

    Since allowing 42 points to Texas A&M in mid-September, 'Bama has outscored its last five opponents 201-16.

    Up next: 'Bama gets at least a slight upgrade in opposing competition, hosting Tennessee (4-3, 1-2) on Saturday. The Volunteers are coming off a 21-20 upset of South Carolina and also nearly beat Georgia this month. But the Vols haven't beat Alabama since 2006, and lost 44-13 at home to the Tide last October.

    Notable: With Louisville giving up 38 points in a loss this week, 'Bama firmly takes over the national lead in scoring defense at 9.7 points per game. And McCarron moved up to eighth in FBS in passing efficiency with a 164.6 rating.