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Bleacher Report's Top 25 College Football Poll: Week 8

David MayerCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2011

Bleacher Report's Top 25 College Football Poll: Week 8

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    The eighth week of the college football season provided some of the best moments so far.

    From the upsets of two top 10 teams, to a dramatic finish in East Lansing, a college football fan could not have asked for anything more.

    Here is the latest Bleacher Report top 25 voted on by 20 B/R writers.

    (Special thanks to the voters who make this article happen. Amy Daughters, John Rozum, Brian Jones, Carl Stine, David Luther, Ian Berg, Jeremy Hillman, Joe Penkala, Joel Greer, Johnathan Cace, Kevin McGuire, Patrick Runge, Lafe Peavler, Michael Taglienti, Rich Thomaselli, Ryan Teeples, Jonathan Woo, Timothy Bielik and Matt Shetler.)

Others Receiving Votes

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    Texas: 25

    Baylor: 24

    Auburn: 15

    Southern Miss: 13

    SMU: 13

    Syracuse: 11

    Notre Dame: 10

    Georgia Tech: 7

    Washington: 6

    Wake Forest: 6

    Illinois: 6

    Toledo: 4

    Iowa: 4

    TCU: 4

    BYU: 1

No. 25: West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Total Points (First Place Votes): 30

    Record: 5-2 (1-1 Big East)

    Last Game: Oct. 21 lost to Syracuse, 23-49

    Next Game: Oct. 29 at Rutgers

    Previous Ranking: 11

    Notes: Geno Smith threw two interceptions as West Virgina's high powered offense was held in check on Friday night by the Syracuse Orange.

    The Mountaineers came into the game averaging 39 points per game but Syracuse's defense held West Virginia to just 23.

    Smith did throw for 338 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

No. 24: Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Total Points: 49

    Record: 6-1 (2-0 Big East)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat South Florida, 37-34

    Next Game: Nov. 5 at Pittsburgh

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Notes: Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros ran in a touchdown with just 12 seconds to play as the Bearcats beat the Bulls 37-34.

    Collaros also threw for 389 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

    It was the Bearcats' fifth straight victory.

No. 23: Arizona State Sun Devils

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    Total Points: 55

    Record: 5-2 (3-1 Pac-12)

    Last Game: Oct. 15 lost to Oregon, 27-41

    Next Game: Oct. 29 vs Colorado

    Previous Ranking: 24

    Notes: Arizona State had a bye week.

No. 22: Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Total Points: 58

    Record: 5-2 (2-2 Big 12)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Oklahoma, 41-38

    Next Game: Oct. 29 vs Iowa State

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Notes: Red Raider quarterback Seth Doege threw for 441 yards and four touchdowns as Texas Tech upset Oklahoma 41-38 after a one hour-and-45-minute weather delay.

    Alex Torres caught four passes for 94 yards and three touchdowns for the Red Raiders.

No. 21: Georgia Bulldogs

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    Total Points: 61

    Record: 5-2 (4-1 SEC)

    Last Game: Oct. 15 beat Vanderbilt, 33-28

    Next Game: Oct. 29 at Florida

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Notes: Georgia did not play this weekend.

No. 20: USC Trojans

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    Total Points: 89

    Record: 6-1 (3-1 Pac-12)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Notre Dame, 31-17

    Next Game: Oct. 29 vs Stanford

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Notes: USC quarterback Matt Barkley threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns as the Trojans beat the Irish on Saturday night, 31-17.

    Trojans receiver Robert Woods continued his amazing season with another 12 catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

No. 19: Penn State Nittany Lions

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    Total Points: 112

    Record: 7-1 (4-0 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Northwestern, 34-24

    Next Game: Oct. 29 vs Illinois

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Notes: Penn State running back Silas Redd ran for 164 yards and a touchdown as the Nittany Lions beat the Wildcats 34-24.

    Nittany Lion quarterback Matthew McGloin threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

No. 18: Houston Cougars

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    Total Points: 145

    Record: 7-0 (3-0 C-USA)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Marshall, 63-28

    Next Game: Oct. 27 vs Rice

    Previous Ranking: 21

    Notes: Houston racked up 621 yards of total offense as the Cougars beat the Thundering Herd 63-28 on Saturday.

    Case Keenum threw for 376 yards and six touchdowns as the Cougars had a total of 479 yards and seven touchdowns through the air.

    Keenum became the FBS all time leader in total yards on Saturday passing Hawaii's Tim Chang.

No. 17: Michigan Wolverines

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    Total Points: 158

    Record: 6-1 (2-1 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Oct. 15 loss to Michigan State, 14-28

    Next Game: Oct. 29 vs Purdue

    Previous Ranking: 18

    Notes: Michigan had a bye week.

No. 16: Texas A&M Aggies

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    Total Points: 203

    Record: 5-2 (3-1 Big 12)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Iowa State, 33-17

    Next Game: Oct. 29 vs Missouri

    Previous Ranking: 17

    Notes: Ryan Tannehill threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns as Texas A&M downed Iowa State 33-17 on Saturday.

    Cyrus Gray ran 125 yards while Christine Michael ran for 142 yards and a touchdown for the Aggies.

No. 15: South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Total Points: 232

    Record: 6-1 (4-1 SEC)

    Last Game: Oct. 15 beat Mississippi State, 14-12

    Next Game: Oct. 29 at Tennessee

    Previous Ranking: 14

    Notes: South Carolina had a bye week.

No. 14: Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Total Points: 255

    Record: 6-1 (2-1 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Minnesota, 41-14

    Next Game: Oct. vs Michigan State

    Previous Ranking: 12

    Notes: Rex Burkhead ran for 117 yards and a touchdown as Nebraska racked up 346 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

    Even receiver Kenny Bell got into the rush attack, taking a reverse 82 yards for a touchdown.

No. 13: Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Total Points: 276

    Record: 7-1 (3-1 ACC)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Boston College, 30-14

    Next Game: Oct. 29 at Duke

    Previous Ranking: 13

    Notes: David Wilson ran for 134 yards and a touchdown as Virginia Tech beat Boston College 30-14 on Saturday.

    Hokie quarterback Logan Thomas threw for 268 yards and a touchdown as well as running for 60 yards and another touchdown on the ground.

No. 12: Wisconsin Badgers

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    Total Points: 278

    Record: 6-1 (2-1 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 lost to Michigan State, 31-37

    Next Game: Oct. 29 at Ohio State

    Previous Ranking: 4

    Notes: Wisconsin's comeback bid came up just short as they lost a close game with no time on the clock.

    Montee Ball ran for 118 yards and a touchdown for the Badgers.

No. 11: Kansas State Wildcats

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    Total Points: 292

    Record: 7-0 (4-0 Big 12)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Kansas, 59-21

    Next Game: Oct. 29 vs Oklahoma

    Previous Ranking: 15

    Notes: Collin Klein threw for a touchdown and ran for four more as Kansas State demolished Kansas on Saturday.

    Klein continued to lead Kansas State on the ground with his 14th rushing touchdown of the year.

No. 10: Michigan State Spartans

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    Total Points: 301

    Record: 6-1 (3-0 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Wisconsin, 37-31

    Next Game: Oct. 29 at Nebraska

    Previous Ranking: 16

    Notes: Michigan State's Keith Nichol caught a tipped ball in the end zone on a Hail Mary with no time left to upset Wisconsin, 37-31.

    Cousin's threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns.

No. 9: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Total Points: 310

    Record: 6-1 (3-1 Big 12)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 lost to Texas Tech, 38-41

    Next Game: Oct. 29 at Kansas State

    Previous Ranking: 3

    Notes: Sooner quarterback Landry Jones threw for 412 yards and five touchdowns but it wasn't enough as Oklahoma was upset by Texas Tech on Saturday night.

    Oklahoma gained over 530 yards of offense but were unable to stop Texas Tech's spread offense.

    Kenny Stills caught eight passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

No. 8: Arkansas Razorbacks

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    Total Points: 319

    Record: 6-1 (2-1 SEC)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Ole Miss, 29-24

    Next Game: Oct. 29 at Vanderbilt

    Previous Ranking: 10

    Notes: Razorback running back Dennis Johnson ran 15 times for 160 yards and a touchdown as Arkansas came back from a 17-point deficit to beat Ole Miss 29-24.

    Joe Adams caught four passes for 124 yards for Arkansas.

No. 7: Oregon Ducks

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    Total Points: 365

    Record: 6-1 (4-0 Pac-12)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Colorado, 45-2

    Next Game: Oct. 29 vs Washington State

    Previous Ranking: 9

    Notes: Oregon didn't have quarterback Darron Thomas or halfback LaMichael James but it didn't matter as the Ducks manhandled Colorado 45-2.

    Freshman quarterback Bryan Bennett threw for 156 yards and two touchdowns as well as ran six times for 69 yards as the Oregon offense never missed a beat.

    The Ducks gained 527 total yards while holding Colorado to 231 yards.

No. 6: Clemson Tigers

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    Total Points (First Place Votes): 398

    Record: 8-0 (5-0 ACC)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat North Carolina, 59-38

    Next Game: Oct. 29 at Georgia Tech

    Previous Ranking: 8

    Notes: Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 367 yards and five touchdowns as Clemson beat North Carolina 59-38.

    DeAndre Hopkins caught nine passes for 157 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers.

No. 5: Stanford Cardinal

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    Total Points: 420

    Record: 7-0 (5-0 Pac-12)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Washington, 65-21

    Next Game: Oct. 29 at USC

    Previous Ranking: 7

    Notes: Stanford had been getting hounded all year long about not deserving their high ranking. After a pummeling of a good Washington team on Saturday, 65-21, those questions can now be put to rest.

    The Cardinals didn't need a big game from quarterback Andrew Luck, as the ground game buried the Huskies.

    Stanford ran for 446 yards and five touchdowns. Stepfan Taylor led the way with 138 yards and a touchdown.

No. 4: Boise State Broncos

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    Total Points: 440 (1)

    Record: 7-0 (2-0 MWC)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Air Force, 37-26

    Next Game: Nov. 5 at UNLV

    Previous Ranking: 5

    Notes: Kellen Moore completed 23-of-29 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns as Boise State beat Air Force 37-26.

    Bronco running back Doug Martin ran for 125 yards and a touchdown in the unimpressive victory.

No. 3: Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Total Points: 450

    Record: 7-0 (4-0 Big 12)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Missouri, 45-24

    Next Game: Oct. 29 vs Baylor

    Previous Ranking: 6

    Notes: Okahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns as the Cowboys took care of Missouri, 45-24 on Saturday.

    Cowboy running back Joseph Randle rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns.

    Justin Blackmon, considered to be one of the best receivers in the league, caught eight passes before halftime but never returned due to a hard hit to the head he took in the second quarter.

No. 2: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Total Points: 478 (2)

    Record: 8-0 (5-0 SEC)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Tennessee, 37-6

    Next Game: Nov. 5 vs LSU

    Previous Ranking: 2

    Notes: Alabama held Tennessee to just 155 total yards as the Crimson Tide beat the Volunteer's 37-6 on Saturday.

    Trent Richardson ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns as Alabama gained 437 total yards.

No. 1: LSU Tigers

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    Total Points: 496 (17)

    Record: 8-0 (5-0 SEC)

    Last Game: Oct. 22 beat Auburn, 45-10

    Next Game: Nov. 5 at Alabama

    Previous Ranking: 1

    Notes: Just like every other game this year, LSU's defense proved to be too much as the Tigers shut down Auburn 45-10 on Saturday.

    LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee completed all but six passes and tossed two touchdowns.

    Tiger receiver Rueben Randle caught five passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

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