NCAA Week Eight Top 25: Alabama Knocks Florida Out Of The Top Spot
By Ryan of The Sportmeisters
Upsets galore in the latest week of football. The BCS Standings are out, so the real battle begins for the national championship.
1. Alabama (Last Week: 3)
Next Game: 10/24 vs. Tennessee
Alabama jumps all the way to number one thanks to their dominant victories, while their competition has been struggling to win.
2. Florida (Last Week: 1)
Next Game: 10/24 at Mississippi State
Another close call, this time against Arkansas, as UF required a game winning field goal to stay undefeated. Can they find their dominant selves again?
3. Texas (Last Week: 2)
Next Game: 10/24 at Missouri
Despite the Red River Shootout win, Texas falls due to their lack of a dominant win, which the two teams above can claim.
4. USC (Last Week: 4)
Next Game: 10/24 vs. Oregon State
USC is not out of the national title picture yet, but a scare against Notre Dame almost made that a reality.
5. TCU (Last Week: 7)
Next Game: 10/24 at No. 15 BYU
TCU jumps up in the polls, holding a good shot of getting into a BCS bowl. But they are still miles outside the BCS Championship.
6. Boise State (Last Week: 9)
Next Game: 10/24 at Hawaii
Boise State is number four in the BCS Standings, but they have an easy schedule, and will need a lot of big wins to get a shot at the national title.
7. Miami (Last Week: 9)
Next Game: 10/24 vs. Clemson
If the NCAA season ended today, Miami wouldn’t even be in their own conference title game.
8. Iowa (Last Week: 20)
Next Game: 10/24 at Michigan State
Iowa deserves a top 10 spot. They have an undefeated record and sit atop the Big Ten.
9. Georgia Tech
(Last Week: 11) Next Game: 10/24 at Virginia
After upsetting Virginia Tech, can Georgia Tech sustain the momentum against the top ACC Coastal squad in Virginia? (Cue the sarcasm.)
10. LSU (Last Week: 10)
Next Game: 10/24 vs. No. 24 Auburn
A week off should have given LSU plenty of time to get their offense back in gear.
11. Cincinnati (Last Week: 17)
Next Game: 10/24 vs. Louisville
The Bearcats are in control of their own destiny in the Big East. Their disposing of USF puts them in the driver's seat.
12. Oklahoma State (Last Week: 12)
Next Game: 10/24 at Baylor
Oklahoma State just keeps hanging around, not really doing anything spectacular at this point.
13. Penn State (Last Week: 13)
Next Game: 10/24 at Michigan
Michigan has been having some internal issues, so Penn State is finding them at just the right time.
14. Virginia Tech (Last Week: 6)
Next Game: Idle
Virginia Tech loses all chances to establish themselves in the national title race with an upset loss against Georgia Tech.
15. BYU (Last Week: 15)
Next Game: 10/24 vs. No. 5 TCU
Thanks to the upsets, BYU has a very slight outside chance at the BCS Bowls, and could make a jump with a big win over TCU.
16. Oregon (Last Week: 20)
Next Game: 10/24 at Washington
Thanks to the amount of losses, Oregon jumps big time in the polls.
17. Ohio State (Last Week: 5)
Next Game: 10/24 vs. Minnesota
Turnovers doom Ohio State, who drop out of national title, and most likely Big Ten title consideration.
18. Pittsburgh (Last Week: NR)
Next Game: 10/24 vs. South Florida
Cincinnati is the team to beat, but don’t sleep in Pittsburgh for the Big East.
19. Texas Tech (Last Week: NR)
Next Game: 10/24 vs. Texas A&M
The upset win over Nebraska has the Red Raiders back in the polls.
20. Kansas (Last Week: 14)
Next Game: 10/24 vs. No. 22 Oklahoma
Kansas is another team falling prey to an upset, losing to Colorado.
21. Utah (Last Week: NR)
Next Game: 10/24 vs, Air Force
Utah makes another return into the Top 25.
22. Oklahoma (Last Week: 16)
Next Game: 10/24 vs. No. 20 Kansas
Oklahoma has lost all shot at the BCS Title game, the Big 12 game, and a BCS Bowl.
23. West Virginia (Last Week: NR)
Next Game: I10/24 vs. Connecticut
The Mountaineers are back in the polls, without Rich Rodriguez.
24. Auburn (Last Week: 24)
Next Game: 10/24 vs. No. 10 LSU
An upset win and Auburn is right back in the thick of the SEC.
25. South Carolina (Last Week: 21)
Next Game: 10/24 vs. Vanderbilt
Despite the loss, SC hangs on in the top 25.
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