College Football Rankings: LSU Tigers and All Teams in Top 10
Week 8 of the College Football season did not see movement at the top of the BCS standings. The LSU Tigers clamped down even tighter onto the No. 1 spot with a 45-10 waxing of last year's BCS champion, the Auburn Tigers.
The BCS rankings, however, did experience a major shift in other positions. The Wisconsin Badgers fell from No. 4 all the way to No. 15 after losing 37-31 to the Michigan St. Spartans on an epic Hail Mary pass that we all will talk about for years to come.
We also saw the Kansas St. Wildcats jump into the top 10 at No. 8 after an impressive 59-21 destruction of the in-state rival Kansas Jayhawks.
Alright, enough talk. Let's jump in to take a look at who else cracked the top 10 and who’s sitting strong.
10. Arkansas Razorbacks (6-1)
Last Week: 9
The Arkansas Razorbacks slipped one spot this week after a rather unimpressive 29-24 win over the Ole Miss Rebels.
Having won three games in a row, including two key wins against top-25 teams, the Razorbacks still have a chance to hold onto a top-10 spot with an impressive victory this weekend over the Commodores of Vanderbilt.
9. Oklahoma Sooners (6-1)
Last Week: 3
The Oklahoma Sooners took a serious tumble in the rankings after a disappointing 41-38 loss to the Red Raiders of Texas Tech.
Also taking a serious hit is Landry Jones’ shot at a Heisman Trophy.
He had an incredible day from a statistical standpoint, throwing for five touchdowns and 412 yards, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.
Bob Stoops and his team face a big Saturday afternoon showdown with the No. 8 Kansas St. Wildcats.
With a win in Manhattan, Boomer Sooner will go a long way to getting back on track in the Big 12 and securing a serious shot at a BCS bowl game.
8. Kansas St. Wildcats (7-0)
Last Week: 11
The Kansas St. Wildcats pummeled “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk” 59-21 in an impressive road win last weekend, catapulting them into the top 10 for the first time since the days of Michael Bishop.
The Wildcats have also chalked up wins against the Miami Hurricanes and a tough Missouri Tigers squad, along with a thrilling 36-35 win over Heisman-hopeful Robert Griffin III and the Baylor Bears.
A win this weekend against the Oklahoma Sooners would vault the Wildcats into serious BCS bowl contention.
7. Oregon Ducks (6-1)
Last Week: 10
The Oregon Ducks beat up on the hapless Colorado Buffaloes last week 45-2. They did all that damage without LaMichael James.
There’s no word whether James will play this weekend against the Washington St. Cougars, but he did say he’ll play if needed.
Darron Thomas says he’s 100 percent and expects to start, which is a great sign for Chip Kelly and the Ducks.
The Ducks have two weak games coming up before a huge Pac-12 showdown with Andrew Luck and the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal that is sure to have major BCS implications.
6. Stanford Cardinal (7-0)
Last Week: 8
Andrew Luck was up to his usual ways last week as he led the Stanford Cardinal to a 65-21 win over the Washington Huskies—knocking the Huskies out of the top 25.
Luck only threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns, but that’s because the team combined for 446 rush yards and five touchdowns. Wow.
Now they face the USC Trojans in a primetime game in SoCal. If the Cardinal can run the table, which means beating the Oregon Ducks on November 12, they could make a serious run at the BCS Championship.
5. Clemson Tigers (8-0)
Last Week: 7
The unbelievable run of the Clemson Tigers continued last week with a 59-38 romp of the North Carolina Tarheels.
Great quarterback play from Tajh Boyd and the defense-shredding of stud receiver Sammy Watkins have been big keys to their success.
The next obstacle in their BCS run, and a possible ACC Championship preview, is Tevin Washington and the high-powered offense of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Clemson’s tough defense will have to slow down that Yellow Jacket offense if they want to continue their undefeated season.
4. Boise St. Broncos (7-0)
Last Week: 5
Kellen Moore and the Boise St. Broncos had a less-than-impressive 37-26 victory over the Air Force Falcons last week, but still managed to jump up one spot thanks to the Michigan St. Spartans knocking off the Wisconsin Badgers on an amazing Hail Mary pass.
The Broncos shouldn’t have much of a problem running the table and going undefeated. They won’t have much of a chance at reaching the BCS Championship game because of their schedule. However, a big game between the No. 1 LSU Tigers and No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide will obviously shake the rankings at the top.
If they handle business and have a little sprinkled on top, they just might find themselves playing for a championship.
3. Oklahoma St. Cowboys (7-0)
Last Week: 4
A dominating 45-24 win over the Missouri Tigers, and in-state rival Oklahoma losing to Texas Tech, allowed for the Mike Gundy-led Oklahoma St. Broncos to jump up No. 3 in the country.
Brandon Weeden has been spectacular this year, having already thrown for 2,436 yards and 19 touchdowns, and Justin Blackmon may be the best receiver in the country.
For them to keep pushing forward and get to where it is they want to go, they will have to figure out a way to stop Robert Griffin III and the high-powered Baylor Bears this Saturday afternoon.
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0)
Last Week: 2
Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide held firmly onto the No. 2 rank by beating the Tennessee Volunteers 37-6 behind the nation’s No. 1-ranked defense, which only allowed 155 yards of total offense.
The Tide are off this week, so they get an extra week to focus on what is sure to be the biggest game of the college season when they square off against the No. 1-ranked LSU Tigers in Tuscaloosa.
The winner of that game will no doubt have a great shot at making the BCS Championship game in New Orleans.
1. LSU Tigers (7-0)
Last Week: 1
The Auburn Tigers found out who the real tigers were, as the defending BCS champs were steamrolled 45-10 by the No. 1-ranked LSU Tigers down in Baton Rouge.
Les Miles has his team playing great defense, as they held Auburn to 248 yards of total offense.
Their next game is against the No. 2-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, who sport the nation's top-ranked defense.
Jarrett Lee is solid at the quarterback position, and Rueben Randle’s seven touchdowns lead a nice group of wide receivers that will need to attack the Alabama defense down the field in order to open up running lanes through that tough defensive line.
This is sure to be an awesome game that will shape the rest of the college football landscape for the remainder of the season.
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