The Tailgater college football week 8 rankings

Auburn's comeback over Johnny Manziel and the Aggies was just one of a slew of Southern upsets on Saturday. [Todd Van Emst/Selma Times-Journal]

Auburn’s comeback over Johnny Manziel and the Aggies was just one of a slew of Southern upsets on Saturday. [Todd Van Emst/Selma Times-Journal]

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:

 

RANK TEAM POINTS LAST WK
1 Alabama (2) 74 1
2 Oregon (1) 73 2
3 Florida State 69 4
4 Ohio State 65 5
5 Baylor 63 7
6 Missouri 59 13
7 Miami (FL) 57 9
8 Stanford 54 12
9 Texas Tech 53 13
10 UCLA 46 6
11 Clemson 42 3
12 Fresno State 39 16
13 Auburn 37 29
14 Oklahoma 31 20
14 UCF 31 27
16 Virginia Tech 30 18
17 Wisconsin 28 21
18 Northern Illinois 25 19
19 LSU 21 10
20 Texas A&M 13 11
20 Michigan State 13 22
22 Arizona State 10 NR
23 Louisville 9 8
23 Oregon State 9 30
25 Oklahoma State 8 25

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.

 

ZACH BIGALKE
@zbigalke

MATT STROBL
@mmstrobl

JOHN MITCHELL
@jlmitchell93

  1. Oregon
  2. Alabama
  3. Florida State
  4. Baylor
  5. Ohio State
  6. Miami (FL)
  7. Texas Tech
  8. Missouri
  9. Stanford
  10. Fresno State
  11. UCLA
  12. Clemson
  13. Northern Illinois
  14. Oklahoma
  15. UCF
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. Oregon State
  18. Arizona State
  19. Wisconsin
  20. Auburn
  21. LSU
  22. BYU
  23. South Carolina
  24. Louisville
  25. Michigan State
  1. Alabama
  2. Oregon
  3. Florida State
  4. Ohio State
  5. Baylor
  6. Missouri
  7. Miami
  8. Stanford
  9. Texas Tech
  10. UCLA
  11. Auburn
  12. Clemson
  13. Wisconsin
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Fresno State
  16. UCF
  17. Michigan State
  18. Oklahoma State
  19. Virginia Tech
  20. Northern Illinois
  21. LSU
  22. Texas A&M
  23. Nebraska
  24. Louisville
  25. South Carolina
  1. Alabama
  2. Oregon
  3. Florida State
  4. Ohio State
  5. Missouri
  6. Baylor
  7. Stanford
  8. Miami (FL)
  9. Texas Tech
  10. Auburn
  11. UCLA
  12. Clemson
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. Fresno State
  15. LSU
  16. UCF
  17. Texas A&M
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Oklahoma
  20. Northern Illinois
  21. Louisville
  22. Nebraska
  23. Michigan State
  24. Arizona State
  25. South Carolina

 

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