Rant Sports Week 8 Official College Football Top 25 Rankings
Rant Sports' Official College Football Top 25: Week 8
Week seven of the college football season is in the books and the BCS rankings are just a week from being released. Teams are starting to beat up on each other and the top 25 rankings for week eight received a bit of a shakeup – more teams from the top 25 lost in week seven than usual.
To start things off, the top-four teams stayed about the same as it has all season long as no team in those four slots has lost a game. However, the Stanford Cardinal were the previous No. 5 team in our rankings and they lost a tough road game against the Utah Utes – something that no one saw coming.
They weren’t the only team in the top 10 to drop this week after being upset. The ailing, injury-ridden Georgia Bulldogs lost an ugly game at home to the Missouri Tigers who were fresh to the rankings a week ago. Not many people saw that loss coming, but it was almost inevitable with the depleted lineup that the Bulldogs ran out there.
In what looked like the Oregon Ducks first tough game of the season, the Washington Huskies put up little fight in the loss at home against the powerfully potent offense. Oregon put a 21-point smack-down on the Huskies and it looked even more like a championship-type team than it had to begin the season against lesser opponents.
The college football season might be halfway through, but there is so much competition to see in the coming weeks that will surely end the season of some top contenders while making the season of some underdogs.
Check out our board of experts’ top 25 rankings for week eight.
25. Wisconsin Badgers (4-2)
Wisconsin dropped from the rankings a couple of weeks ago after a loss to Ohio State on the road. After a bye week and some soul-searching, the Badgers stomped on the Northwestern Wildcats by 29 points.
Last week: NR
24. Virginia Tech Hokies (6-1)
Virginia Tech made it into the rankings this week for the first time in our Rant polls. They won an ugly game against Pitt at home, but Logan Thomas needs to become more of a leader if the Hokies want a chance at an ACC title.
Last week: NR
23. Florida Gators (4-2)
Florida has one of the best defenses in the nation, but the offense failed to show up at LSU in week seven with Tyler Murphy at quarterback.
Last week: 16
22. Auburn Tigers (5-1)
Auburn leaped into our rankings at No. 22 after a 59-point blowout of Western Carolina. We will find out this week if they truly are contenders with Texas A&M on the schedule for Oct. 19.
Last week: NR
21. Northern Illinois Huskies (6-0)
Barely taking out the lowly Akron Zips isn't going to earn the Huskies a boost in this week's rankings.
Last week: 21
20. Washington Huskies (4-2)
Keith Price and the Huskies have had a tough couple of weeks after approaching the top 10 in week five. Losing to Stanford and Oregon in back-to-back weeks just means that there are very few tests left for this talented team.
Last week: 18
19. Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-1)
Oklahoma State had a bye week in week seven which will give them time to reflect on their poor performances against Kansas State and West Virginia in the past two weeks.
Last week: 22
18. Oklahoma Sooners (5-1)
The Red River Rivalry is one of the best college football rivalries out there, but the heavy-favorite Oklahoma Sooners did not show up to play against the Texas Longhorns on Saturday afternoon.
Last week: 12
17. Fresno State Bulldogs (5-0)
Fresno State is lucky to have a quarterback with the talent of Derek Carr and he could be a big reason why this team could easily go undefeated in 2013.
Last week: 23
16. Missouri Tigers (6-0)
A huge win on the road against a top-10 team will earn you some serious respect and that's exactly the case for the Missouri Tigers as they took down the Georgia Bulldogs in week seven.
Last week: 25
15. Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-0)
Texas Tech is one of the top young teams in the nation and with a freshman starting quarterback leading this team to a perfect 6-0 record to begin the season, the future is very bright for Kliff Kingsbury the Red Raiders.
Last week: 20
14. Georgia Bulldogs (4-2)
The Bulldogs have a depleted team right now and Aaron Murray is hoping to get some help from some injured weapons in the near future. Too bad two of his top weapons are out for the season and that's a big reason why the Bulldogs lost at home to Missouri in week seven.
Last week: 6
13. Baylor Bears (5-0)
Baylor didn't quite blow Kansas State out of the water in week seven, but any road win in college football is impressive.
Last week: 15
12. Stanford Cardinal (5-1)
Stanford's perfect season was ruined by an improbable loss to Utah in week seven. Kevin Hogan needs to find a better way to win on the road in Pac-12 play, especially with two tough road games left on the schedule.
Last week: 5
11. South Carolina Gamecocks (5-1)
A big win against Arkansas this week silenced a lot of critics as Steve Spurrier's squad is beginning to look like a serious SEC title contender.
Last week: 13
10. Miami Hurricanes (5-0)
Miami got a much-needed week off heading into the meat of ACC play in the coming weeks. If the Hurricanes are going to compete for an ACC title, they will need quarterback Stephen Morris to step up his game.
Last week: 14
9. UCLA Bruins (5-0)
UCLA beat up on a lowly Cal team in week seven and will be preparing for two tough games in the upcoming weeks. Stanford and Oregon will be the two tests in the way of UCLA to finish the season.
Last week: 11
8. Louisville Cardinals (6-0)
Louisville barely beat a Rutgers squad that gave them fits on Thursday night. Bridgewater had a solid night in front of dozens of scouts with 300 yards and two scores.
Last week: 8
7. Texas A&M Aggies (5-1)
Texas A&M suffered a bit of a scare in week seven when Johnny Manziel went down with an apparent knee injury without contact from a defender. Good thing for the Aggies is that he came back minutes later and all hope was restored.
Last week: 9
6. LSU Tigers (6-1)
LSU might possibly be the best one-loss team in the nation with Zach Mettenberger as one of the best quarterbacks in the country. The Tigers took down a tough Florida team this week and have two tough tests left in the regular season against Texas A&M and Alabama.
Last week: 10
5. Florida State Seminoles (5-0)
Florida State has a quarterback by the name of Jameis Winston that can lead this team to an unbeaten season and it will be truly tested with Clemson coming up this week. If the Seminoles can beat Clemson in week eight, don't be surprised if they run the table.
Last week: 7
4. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0)
Ohio State got a much-needed bye week in week seven and will be looking toward an easy stretch until the final week of the season against the Michigan Wolverines.
Last week: 4
3. Clemson Tigers (6-0)
Tajh Boyd continued his Heisman campaign in week seven against the Boston College Eagles. However, they will need a better performance than the one the Tigers had against the Eagles in order to take down the Florida State Seminoles at home in week eight.
Last week: 3
2. Oregon Ducks (6-0)
Oregon could easily be the No. 1 team in the country, but for now, they will have to remain No. 2 while Alabama keeps winning. The Ducks are looking more and more like a BCS title team after a beat-down of the Washington Huskies on the road.
Last week: 2
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0)
It's no surprise that Alabama is still at the top spot in the rankings. Kentucky was just another victim in the Crimson Tide's road to a third-straight BCS title.
Last week: 1