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Eight weeks are now in the book as the second half of the season has begun for most schools. This past weekend, of the eleven undefeated teams left in the FBS, only nine survived. We got to see three top-25 matchups where the higher ranked school won every time. We saw a total of three top-25 upsets, with one being a school in the top 10. And we saw a game-winning field goal to escape with an upset as well. Let’s dive into week eights action! 

Starting with #1 Alabama, they were able to improve to 7-0 by taking down Tennessee, 35-13. Alabama Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa struggled a bit in this game. Lucky for Alabama, Running Back Najee Harris stepped up and rushed the ball for 105 yards and two touchdowns in the conference win. Next is #2 LSU, who took down Mississippi State, 36-13, to improve to 7-0 as well. LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow continues to impress as he adds 327 yards and four touchdowns through the air on his way to breaking the school record for the most passing touchdowns in a season, with five games remaining in the regular season. For #3 Clemson, Quarterback Trevor Lawrence looks impressive, throwing for 255 yards and three touchdowns on the way to a 45-10 victory over Louisville. Clemson also improved to 7-0 this past weekend. 

 Continuing with top 10 action, #4 Ohio State played a prime-time game on Friday on the road and had no problem capturing the win. Ohio State took down Northwestern, 52-3 and improved to 7-0 as well. Down in Norman, OK, #5 Oklahoma improved to 7-0 as Quarterback Jalen Hurts only threw one incompletion while passing for 316 yards and three touchdowns in the 52-14 win over West Virginia rounding out the top five sweeps in week eight. 

Continuing with the second half of the top five, #6 Wisconsin fell victim to the upset bug as they lost to Illinois on the road, 24-23. As time expired, Illinois Kicker James McCourt nailed a 39-yard field goal to lift Illinois over Wisconsin. Wisconsin fell to 6-1 on the season after the loss. Then, #7 Penn State was able to improve to 7-0 after taking down #16 Michigan, 28-21. Michigan had a chance to even things up later, but a dropped pass in the endzone on fourth down solidified the victory for Penn State. Michigan fell to 5-2 after the loss. Moving on, #8 Notre Dame had the week off and currently sits at 5-1. Then, #9 Florida trailed against South Carolina in the second half but was able to add a slew of points to avoid being the second school in a row to be knocked off by South Carolina. Florida was led by Quarterback Kyle Trask who threw for 200 yards and four touchdowns in the 38-27 victory. Florida improved to 7-1 with the conference win. Rounding out the top ten was #10 Georgia, who was scoreless in the first half. In the second half, the only offense that came alive was by Georgia as they took down Kentucky, 21-0 and improved to 6-1. 

Carrying forward with other big matchups in the top 25, #12 Oregon went on the road and took down #25 Washington, 35-31. Oregon Quarterback Justin Herbert led the team to the win by passing for 280 yards and four touchdowns, while throwing the game-winning touchdown with just over five minutes left in the contest. Oregon improved to 6-1, and Washington fell to 5-3. In more Pac-12 action, #13 Utah played very good defense in a 21-3 victory over #17 Arizona State. Utah improved to 6-1, and Arizona State fell to 5-2. Looking at another upset this past weekend, #14 Boise State lost their undefeated streak, as they fell to BYU, 28-25. Boise State went into the final quarter trailing 28-10, and though it was great effort, they fell short on the comeback and fell to 6-1. A top-25 school that was able to avoid upset was #15 Texas when Kicker Cameron Dicker nailed a 33-yard field goal as time expired to lift them to a 50-48 win over Kansas. Texas improved to 5-2 on the season with the Big 12 win. In more Big 12 action, #18 Baylor was able to remain undefeated as they took down Oklahoma State, 45-27. Baylor Quarterback Charlie Beaver shined as he passed for 312 yards and a touchdown in the win to help them improve to 7-0. Also remaining undefeated was #19 SMU who demolished Temple, 45-21 on their way to 7-0. SMU Quarterback Shane Buechele was phenomenal as he threw for 457 yards and six touchdowns in the win. The list of undefeated schools continue as #20 Minnesota improved to 7-0 for the first time since 1960 with a 42-7 beating of Rutgers. Minnesota Running Back Rodney Smith rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Flipping back over to upsets, #22 Missouri could not fend off Vanderbilt as they fell, 21-14. Missouri is now 5-2 after the loss, with both losses being against two opponents ranked outside the FPI top 50. Rounding out top 25 action was #24 Appalachian State who also stayed undefeated improving to 6-0 with a 52-7 win over UL Monroe.  

Looking at the updated AP Top 25, Ohio State and Clemson swapped spots to shift up the top five a bit. Three undefeated schools rise three spots as SMU, Minnesota, and Appalachian State do so. The biggest riser this past week was Baylor who moved up four spots to #14.  The three biggest losers from this past week of action were Wisconsin, Boise State and Arizona State who all slide more the five spots down in the rankings. Missouri and Washington both fall out of the top 25, while Iowa State and Wake Forest come in at #23 and #25. 

Looking ahead to week nine a Big Ten matchup will highlight the noon time slot as #13 Wisconsin travels to Columbus, OH in hopes to knock off #3 Ohio State. In the afternoon a top 10 SEC matchup is a huge matchup to watch as #9 Auburn will take on #2 LSU in Baton Rouge, LA. Then highlighting the evening matchups is a traditioned rivalry as #8 Notre Dame travels to the Big House to take on #19 Michigan.  

What will next week bring in us in college football? How many upsets will we see? Will the top ten see changes? Keep reading every week to see how things shake up in college football! To see the complete Associated Press Top 25, see below. 

 

#1 Alabama (7-0) 

#2 LSU (7-0) 

#3 Ohio State (7-0) 

#4 Clemson (7-0) 

#5 Oklahoma (7-0) 

#6 Penn State (7-0) 

#7 Florida (7-1) 

#8 Notre Dame (5-1) 

#9 Auburn (6-1) 

#10 Georgia (6-1) 

#11 Oregon (6-1) 

#12 Utah (6-1) 

#13 Wisconsin (6-1) 

#14 Baylor (7-0) 

#15 Texas (5-2) 

#16 SMU (7-0) 

#17 Minnesota (7-0) 

#18 Cincinnati (6-1) 

#19 Michigan (5-2) 

#20 Iowa (5-2) 

#21 Appalachian State (6-0) 

#22 Boise State (6-1) 

#23 Iowa State (5-2) 

#24 Arizona State (5-2) 

#25 Wake Forest (6-1) 

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