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2014 College Football Polls: Week 8

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A quick look at the latest college football rankings, and a look ahead at the upcoming games.

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Week 7 of the 2014 college football season saw several teams make big statements, and was another great week for the state of Mississippi.  Let’s recap last week and look ahead…

AP Coaches Sagarin
1 Mississippi State Mississippi State Auburn
2 Florida State Florida State Ole Miss
3 Ole Miss Ole Miss Mississippi State
4 Baylor Baylor Oklahoma
5 Notre Dame Notre Dame Baylor
6 Auburn Michigan State Alabama
7 Alabama Alabama Georgia
8 Michigan State Auburn TCU
9 Oregon Oregon Texas A&M
10 Georgia Georgia Oregon
11 Oklahoma Oklahoma Florida State
12 TCU TCU LSU
13 Ohio State Ohio State Notre Dame
14 Kansas State Kansas State Michigan State
15 Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Ohio State
16 Arizona East Carolina Stanford
17 Arizona State Arizona Kansas State
18 East Carolina Arizona State Clemson
19 Nebraska Nebraska Florida
20 Utah Stanford UCLA
21 Texas A&M Texas A&M USC
22 USC Clemson Tennessee
23 Stanford Utah Utah
24 Clemson Marshall Nebraska
25 Marshall USC Arkansas

Georgia Overview

No Gurley?  No problem.  Nick Chubb carried the ball 38 times for 143 yards in Gurley’s absence, and the Georgia defense forced five turnovers as the Dawgs showed the Missouri Tigers how grown man football is played, pounding the Tigers 34-0.  It was UGA’s first road shutout against a ranked team in school history. 

Movers

Fell Out: #18 UCLA, #22 Georgia Tech, #23 Missouri

Newcomers: #22 USC, #24 Clemson, #25 Marshall

Overrated

#4 Baylor.  Yes, Baylor is still undefeated after beating TCU, who was ranked ninth at the time.  However, Baylor gave up 58 points at home to the Horned Frogs and needed a furious rally in the fourth quarter to keep their undefeated season alive.  The Bears defense needs to improve if they have aspirations of going undefeated in the regular season.

Underrated

#3 Ole Miss.  It’s hard calling the third ranked team in the nation underrated.  However, the Rebels should feel slighted.  After being tied for third last week with in-state rival Mississippi State, the Rebels remained at number three after their victory at Texas A&M, while Mississippi State vaulted up to #1.  The Rebels should be ranked #2 ahead of Florida State.

This Week’s Top 25 Matchups

#5 Notre Dame at #2 Florida State

#14 Kansas State at #11 Oklahoma

#21 Texas A&M at #7 Alabama

#15 Oklahoma State at #12 TCU

#23 Stanford at #17 Arizona State

Upset Alert

Both teams on upset alert last week, Georgia Tech and Arizona, saw their undefeated seasons come to an end.  This week, I’m putting #4 Baylor on upset alert as they travel to West Virginia.  The Mountaineers are much improved in 2014, and Baylor is primed for a letdown after that thrilling 61-58 victory against TCU.  West Virginia over Baylor.