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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Week 8

Rick Gagliano | Through games of October 22, 2011

1. Stanford 7-0
2. LSU 8-0
3. Alabama 8-0
4. Boise State 7-0
5. Oklahoma State 7-0
6. Oregon 7-1
7. Clemson 8-0
8. Houston 7-0
9. Kansas State 7-0
10. Arkansas 6-1
11. Michigan State 6-1
12. Nebraska 6-1
13. South Carolina 6-1
14. Michigan 6-1
15. Wisconsin 6-1
16. Oklahoma 6-1
17. Virginia Tech 7-1
18. USC 6-1
19. Penn State 7-1
20. Texas A&M 5-2
21. Georgia 5-2
22. Texas Tech 5-2
23. Syracuse 5-2
24. Arizona State 5-2
25. Cincinnati 5-2

--- Week 8 Notes below ---

Week 8 Notes:

With Michigan State upsetting Wisconsin, 37-31, and Oklahoma absolutely stunned at bome by the relentless offense of Texas Tech, 41-38, there are now only eight undefeated teams in the NCAA FBS, and, because of scheduling, there will be no more than six as of games of November 5.

That's because on the first Saturday in November, LSU plays at Alabama and Oklahoma State hosts Kansas State. That leaves, on the outside, Stanford, Clemson, Boise State and Houston, each with a legitimate shot at remaining undefeated through the end of regular season and making an argument for a true championship playoff system, instead of the tired and useless method of having the BCS choose which two teams are "supposed" to play for the title of national champion.

Only Boise State plays in a conference without a playoff game to determine the conference crown. Stanford, in the expanded, revitalized PAC-12 will have to get by USC next week and Oregon on November 12, and, if they do, they'd likely finish the season without a blemish, as the South division of the conference looks like it's going to be Arizona State (3-1 conf.; 5-2 overall), because USC would be ineligible to compete in a championship game, even if it qualified, due to sanctions imposed by the NCAA.

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Clemson faces an equally treacherous route to an unbeaten season in the ACC. Even though the Tigers are 8-0, there's work to be done, including at Georgia Tech, October 29, home for the 5-2 Demon Deacons of Wake Forest, November 12, and the conference finale, November 19, at North Carolina State.

After that, Clemson plays its annual season-ender with traditional rival, South Carolina, 6-1, and looking better than ever. If that's not enough, the Tigers still would have to get through an ACC championship game against the winner of the Coastal division, which looks right now like 7-1 Virginia Tech, though Clemson's 23-3 road win appears impressive at the moment.

For Houston, like Boise State, going undefeated would probably not be enough - according to the brain trust at the BCS - to qualify them for a national championship game as the Conference-USA schedule is not that strong. Still, the Cougars are 7-0, and their only significant game remaining is against SMU, having sidestepped 6-1 Southern Miss., the likely winner of the East division, whom the Cougars would presumably face in the title game.

Elsewhere along the top eschelon, top-ranked Stanford crushed upstart Washington, 65-21, #2 LSU wrecked Auburn, 45-10 and #3 Alabama flattened Tennessee, 37-6.

Boise State moved into the #4 spot vacated by the Sooners with a 37-26. Oklahoma State moved up a notched from #6 to #5, with a 45-24 romp at Missouri. Fellow Big 12 member, Kansas State, took a leap forward with an impressive, 59-21, win over Kansas, from #14 to #9 this week.

Rounding out the top ten are #6 Oregon, #7 Clemson, #8 Houston and #10 Arkansas, the Ducks and Razorbacks the only members of the current top ten with a loss.

Moving into the top 25 this week were Georgia at #21, Texas Tech at #22, Syracuse, #23, on their impressive 49-23 rout over West Virginia, and #25 Cincinnati, which improved to 6-1 on the strength of their 37-34 win over South Florida. The Bearcats are also the only team in the Big East without a conference loss, at 2-0.

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