If last weekend kicked off upset season, this weekend’s slate of games might be remembered as, Zach’s words, “The Night Dixie Drove Itself Down”. The hierarchy in the SEC was skewed, with the East rapidly developing into Missouri’s one-horse race and the West looking even more like Alabama’s to lose. Five teams that were in our top 25 last week — LSU, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida — all lost to lower-ranked or unranked opponents on Saturday.
More revealing is the fact that only one of those teams, Florida, fell to a higher-ranked opponent. The Tigers, Aggies, Gamecocks, and Bulldogs all lost to teams that we didn’t even have rated; only LSU lost to a team (Auburn) that had even received votes in the Tailgater poll last week.
In addition, we saw a few other upsets transpire, starting with Louisville’s implosion against UCF on Friday night. How did all of this affect the poll this week? Before we go any further, here’s how our ballots combined to form the college football week 8 rankings:
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Nebraska (7), South Carolina (5), BYU (4)
Funny how we’ve already reached this point in the weekly Top 25 and we haven’t yet talked about the biggest game heading into the weekend. We learned that Clemson is still a verb as well as a university, as the Tigers fell eight spots after getting obliterated 51-14 at home by the Seminoles. Florida State, on the other hand, jumps up a spot and sits directly behind the Crimson Tide and Ducks in third.
The biggest drop, though, did not belong to Dabo Swinney’s crew. That honor falls to Louisville, the scrappy AAC contender that was being given about as much weight in the national title race as teams like Fresno State and NIU. The Cardinals threw away a lead late, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory at home against UCF. The Knights vaulted into the top 15 for the effort, while Louisville slid 15 spots to a tie for 23rd.
This week’s poll has seen the most movement of any week yet this season. You will find our individual ballots below.