Week 8 was another ridiculous one in College Football’s first playoff season! There was another full batch of back & forth shootouts, there was a CRAZY top-five upset, and the top of the rankings reshuffled one more time.
The SEC West made college football history this week, becoming the first conference with four teams ranked in the top five in the country! The ACC’s Florida State hung on to no. 2 after a thrilling (and controversial) 31-27 win over Notre Dame. Meanwhile, Mississippi State kept the top spot during its bye week while Ole Miss, Alabama and Auburn climbed into the top five. The Crimson Tide made the biggest statement, clobbering no. 21 Texas A&M 59-0! And the West Virginia Mountaineers helped clear the path by taking down no. 4 Baylor in one of the week’s most exciting games. Out west, no. 20 Utah outlasted no. 29 Oregon State 29-23 in double overtime.
College football has a bumper crop of sleeper teams that continue to score in bunches. Still unranked, high-scoring the UNC Tarheels hung 48 points on Georgia Tech. Texas & Iowa State scored a combined 93 points in their game, with the Longhorns hanging on 48-43. Twelfth-ranked TCU went to town on no. 15 Oklahoma State by a surprising score of 42-9. And Marshall—finally in the top 25!—remained undefeated with a 45-13 pounding of Florida International.
As the second half of the College Football season begins, it’s unclear how long the playoff picture will take to come into focus. Marcus Mariota will lead the still-rising 6-1 Oregon Ducks against a dangerous California team. West Virginia, now ranked at no. 22, will go to Oklahoma State and face a team looking to bounce back. A game to keep an eye on is third-ranked Ole Miss at newly-ranked no. 24 LSU.
The increasing crop of formidable one-loss teams is creating a logjam at the top of college football. This should make things very interesting when the time comes to pick four…will the SEC maintain its hold on the top of the polls? Tweet us @BracketHead using the hashtag #FanCrazy and sound off with your predictions. You can also send fan photos to us, make bold predictions, and post photos to our Facebook wall. And don’t forget to check in and follow us for a chance to win fun prizes!
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