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Jack Geary’s College Football Week 8 Top 25 and Analysis
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This past week was a reminder of how unpredictable college football actually is. Absolutely no one could have imagined the type of losses that four top 10 teams suffered. College football rarely disappoints and this won’t be a year that it does.
Another Alabama clinic was put on display last week. If you’re an Alabama fan, buy your tickets to the playoffs now…
The Nittany Lions are coming off the bye week and enter the season defining 3 game stretch. Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State are the opponents that Penn State will have to trudge through. If Penn State escapes their next 3 games without a loss, except a playoff appearance.
Georgia is convincing me that two teams from the same conference reaching the playoffs will occur. The Bulldogs can run the table straight into the SEC championship.
TCU completely controlled the game against K-State. The game against Kansas on Saturday shouldn’t be any different.
The Buckeyes are doing everything in their power to prove that the Week 2 loss to Oklahoma was a fluke. Ohio State has obliterated every team they have faced since losing. A bye week will give Urban Meyer plenty of time to prepare for a showdown against Penn State.
An 8 point win over Purdue is nothing to gawk over but the Badgers continue to keep racking up wins. The 0 at the end of their record doesn’t truly reflect how good or bad this team is. Wisconsin needs to be tested to prove they are contenders.
The Hurricanes reeled in another close victory over an almost-ranked Georgia Tech. Miami could very easily take over the crumbling ACC. The major tests that remain include Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.
Notre Dame had a bye week to recover and prepare for a season changing matchup against USC. Sam Darnold has been increasingly inconsistent and could be exposed by a much improved Notre Dame defense. The Fighting Irish need this win and I believe they will get it.
I believe Clemson deserves to fall all the way to spot #9 after a dreadful performance against Syracuse. Unfortunately for Clemson, the ACC as a whole is regressing. Even Clemson’s ranked wins thus far are beginning to lessen in value. Clemson will have to win out for a chance to get back into the top 4 spots.
Baylor never has a shot against Mason Rudolph. The dark horse heisman candidate helped in pouring on 59 points against Baylor. The Cowboys are still alive and can still strive for a top 4 spot.
USC just barely edged Utah to keep playoff hopes alive. This USC team has just had too many close games this season to convince me they are legit. The Trojans will have their hands full on the road against Notre Dame.
As I predicted, Texas was able to compete with Oklahoma. The Sooners don’t appear to be a dominant team anymore. The opportunity to reach dominance once again will come against Kansas State this week.
The Hokies are well rested from the bye week and should be ready to clobber North Carolina.
Arizona State stunned the college football world by upsetting Washington. This shows the true colors of the Huskies, who still have no big wins tied to their name. I’m just surprised it wasn’t a ranked team that handed Washington their first loss.
Pitt was an easy target for the Wolfpack. NC State will now get to take the week off and watch their next opponent take on USC. The Wolfpack should root for Notre Dame to beat USC perpetuating a top 15 matchup. (College Gameday would most likely make an appearance.)
South Florida proved once again that they deserve a shot in a major bowl by blowing out Cincinnati. USF can impress this week by blowing out Tulane.
Wazzu played as if they were an FCS team that California payed to play. Although, miraculously Washington State still deserves the #17 spot. One game shouldn’t completely take away from the progress that the Cougars have made this season. Although, another outing like that one and the Cougars can say goodbye to being in the rankings.
The Spartans won’t blow teams out but instead outlast them. For that reason, I don’t see Michigan State as a playoff threat. Against many of the top 10 teams, Michigan State would get killed.
Central Florida impressed again with a 63-14 win over East Carolina. The Knights will look to stay undefeated against a threatening Navy squad.
It was a close call against Indiana for Michigan last week. Michigan isn’t as good of a team as the early season games suggested. Their offense has struggled mightily with the loss of Wilton Speight. This week’s game against Penn State is make or break.
If the season ended today the heisman trophy would belong to Bryce Love. He torched Oregon to reach another 100 yard rushing game. Also, Stanford’s defense held Oregon to 33!!!! passing yards.
Auburn let all their momentum slip away by losing to an already underachieving LSU team. Gus Malzahn can take part of the blame for the loss. Auburn’s coach was flawed in managing the game against LSU.
Will Grier tossed 5 touchdowns against Texas Tech. He also tossed West Virginia right back into the rankings. West Virginia is very underrated and could be undefeated if a few things would have went their way.
I was reluctant to place LSU back into the top 25 but an impressive win over Auburn leaves me with no choice. Although, the Tigers still have plenty of room for improvement and are already out of the playoff race.
Many will disagree that Kentucky deserves to be ranked but I believe they have done enough. The Wildcats suffered their only loss of the season to Florida. The Gators had to come from behind to shock Kentucky after being outplayed throughout most of the game. Kentucky can validate their 5-1 record by upsetting Mississippi State this week.