College Football Top 25- Week 8

by Cole Muzio  |   The Resurgent

A shocking defeat of Ohio State provides a major shift in the college football landscape and major hole for the #4 spot.

A stunning loss to Ohio State leaves only 3 sure-fire playoff teams with a massive jumble for the 4th spot. Who will grab it? The winner of the Florida-Georgia game will certainly enhance their claim.

This week, Miami-Boston College, Florida-Georgia, Iowa-Penn State, South Florida-Houston, Washington State-Stanford, and Texas A&M-Mississippi State are the most watchable contests.

Also Receiving Consideration: Houston, Miami, Texas Tech, Utah State, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Appalachian State, Purdue, Fresno State, and UAB

Dropped Out: Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Michigan State


How they faired…….​

25. San Diego State (6-1, Last Week #25)- Narrowly surviving San Jose State fails to impress, but the Aztecs need to play better when they travel to Nevada.

24. Stanford (5-2, Last Week #24)- David Shaw’s team needed that win over Arizona State, and they now face Washington State in the hopes of jumbling the PAC 12 even further.

23. Utah (5-2, Last Week NR)- Few teams are playing as well as the Utes over the last 3 games. A strong win over USC should be followed with a W over UCLA on Friday.

22. NC State (5-1, Last Week #16)- Thoroughly beaten by Clemson, NC State travels to Syracuse in the hopes of retaining the perception as the ACC’s 2nd best team.

21. Wisconsin (5-2, Last Week NR)- In a dominating win over Illinois, Wisconsin set up a contest with Big 10 significance against Northwestern.

20. Oregon (5-2, Last Week #14)- A disappointing loss to Washington State leaves the Ducks searching for answers ahead of a trip to Arizona.

19. Penn State (5-2, Last Week #23)- Penn State narrowly defeated a sneaky Indiana team but must avoid a loss against Iowa this week or this season will be deemed a major disappointment.

18. South Florida (7-0, Last Week #22)- The Bulls have not looked like the 18th best team in the country and struggled against UCONN. Houston will provide their toughest contest to date.

17. Washington (6-2, Last Week #19)- Two Washington schools stand atop the PAC 12, and the Huskies looked strong against a solid Colorado team.

16. Iowa (6-1, Last Week #17)- Iowa held Maryland scoreless in a performance that secures their standing as a top Big 10 team. Can they remain in the Big 10 West with a win over Penn State?

15. Texas A&M (5-2, Last Week #18)- The Aggies were off this week and now travel to Mississippi State in a battle of middle-of-the-pack SEC West squads.

14. Washington State (6-1, Last Week #19)- Mike Leach and his Cougars became the PAC 12’s premier squad with a strong victory over the Ducks. They look to hold that status with a trip to Stanford.

13. West Virginia (5-1, Last Week #13)- West Virginia was off this week.

12. Kentucky (6-1, Last Week #12)- Kentucky survived Vanderbilt- which also proved challenging for Notre Dame and Florida. Now, they travel to Missouri to remain in the SEC East hunt.

11. Georgia (6-1, Last Week #11)- After being embarrassed by LSU, Georgia still remains in control of its own destiny, and the Dawgs may even be favored this week against Florida.

10. UCF (7-0, Last Week #10)- Can UCF make a playoff push? Going undefeated a second year in a row would certainly provide a compelling argument.

9. Ohio State (7-1, Last Week #2)- Much like its bizarre 31 point loss to Iowa in 2017, Ohio State was routed by a middling Big 10 foe. It’ll be a tough road back for the Buckeyes.

8. LSU (7-1, Last Week #9)- It’s been a season few saw coming for the Bayou Bengals, and it continued with a strong performance over Mississippi State. Now, they will use a week off to prepare for the unstoppable Tide.

7. Oklahoma (6-1, Last Week #8)- With 323 yards on the ground, the Sooners ran over TCU. Now, they will need style points as they try to establish themselves as a worth one-loss team.

6. Florida (6-1, Last Week #7)- The Gators beat LSU. Head to head, where it matters most. I’m not sure why other rankings fail to factor that in, but we will see just how good Dan Mullen’s squad is when they face the Dawgs in a HUGE SEC East contest this week.

5. Michigan (7-1, Last Week #6)- With a solid offense, the Wolverines defense smothered the Spartans, allowing their QBs to complete only 25% of their passes. Harbaugh’s crew gets a week off before facing Penn State.

4. Texas (6-1, Last Week #5)- Texas travels to Stillwater as a very real playoff contender.

3. Notre Dame (7-0, Last Week #4)- After an off week, the Fighting Irish look to stay undefeated against a weak Navy team at home.

2. Clemson (7-0, Last Week #3)- The Tigers left no doubt as they downed NC State, arguably their toughest competition on the schedule and in the ACC. Now, they look to avoid being the third straight #2 team to fall when they travel to FSU.

1. Alabama (8-0, Last Week #1)- A week after Tennessee manhandled Alabama’s arch-rival, Auburn, on the road, Alabama proved just how superior they are to everyone else by cruising to a 37-point victory.

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