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2014 Fierce 40: Week 8

by DJ Boyer on Oct. 19, 2014

 

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - 2014 Week 8

Ranking

Team

W-L

Result

Previous

1

Mississippi State

6-0

Idle

1

A week to bask in the glory of being #1.

2

Florida State

7-0

W: #5 Notre Dame 31-27

2

Florida State just keeps finding ways to get it done. Say what you will about Jameis Winston, the man does not lose.

3

Ole Miss

 7-0

W: Tennessee 34-3

3

3-0 deficit in this game didn't last long as Ole Miss scores the last 34 unanswered.

4

Oregon

6-1

W: #22 Washington 45-20

8

They are back to being dominant now that the offenisve line looks healthy again. Still no interceptions thrown by Marcus Mariota.

5

Notre Dame

6-1

L: #2 Florida State 27-31

5

Looks like the Fighting Irish come out on the short end of the stick in what could have been the best game of the year thus far.

6

Michigan State

6-1

W: Indiana 56-17

6

Held Indiana to 11 yards passing for the game and outgained the Hoosiers 662-224.

7

Auburn

5-1

Idle

7

A week off for the Tigers as they try to get back in the win column this coming week against South Carolina.

8

Alabama

6-1

W: #20 Texas A&M 59-0

11

The Nick Saban press conference after their win over Arkansas was the best of the year thus far. After scowling over people who were upset the Crimson Tide only won by 1 point, Saban won't have the same problem after dismantling the Aggies.

9

Georgia 6-1 W: Arkansas 45-32

10

Freshman Nick Chubb is ensuring the Todd Gurley loss is not a devastating one.

10

TCU

5-1

W: #19 Oklahoma State 42-9

13

TCU is rolling but it's staggering to think where they could be had they not let Baylor back in the game last week.

11

Kansas State

5-1

W: #9 Oklahoma 31-30

16

The Wildcats are the only undefeated Big 12 team, as their only loss was against SEC foe Auburn, and that was a game they almost won.

12

Ohio State

5-1

W: Rutgers 56-17

12

The Buckeyes have been very consistent over the last month and are knocking on the door of the top 10.

13

Baylor

6-1

L: West Virginia 27-41

4

If you read my blog you will see I called this upset. Baylor is still a top tier team but they were not gonna run away with the Big 12.

14

Nebraska

6-1

W: Northwestern 38-17

14

Four more touchdowns for Ameer Abdullah as the stats will start to pile up.

15

Arizona

5-1

Idle

15

A pair of road games coming up for the Wildcats as they try to stay near the top of the Pac 12.

16

Oklahoma

5-2

L: #16 Kansas State 30-31

9

Michael Hunnicut HAD been one of the top kickers at the NCAA level. His draft stock just took a huge blow.

17

Arizona State

5-1

W: #17 Stanford 26-10

17

An impressive win for the Sun Devils as they showcased more than just a high powered offense.

18

East Carolina

5-1

Idle 18

Great to have a week off as East Carolina preps for a Thursday game.

19

Clemson

5-2

W: Boston College 17-13

21

Four wins in a row for Clemson.

20

Duke

6-1

W: #40 Virginia 20-13

24

Quality win against a very tough Virginia team as the defense stepped up on multiple occasions.

21

USC

5-2

W: Colorado 56-28

25

Cody Kessler is quietly putting up some monster numbers.

22

LSU

6-2

W: #39 Kentucky 41-3

27

Ole Miss and Alabama coming up, but both are home games and a chance for the Tigers to rebound in the SEC.

23

Utah

5-1

W: #30 Oregon State 29-23 2OT

28

Devontae Booker is turning into a big prospect at running back.

24

Marshall

7-0

W: Florida International 45-13

34

Mississippi State, Florida State and Ole Miss are 3 of the 4 remaining unbeaten teams...Marshall rounds out that group.

25

Oklahoma State

5-2

L: #13 TCU 9-42

19

The defense let the Cowboys down against TCU. After four snaps they had surrendered three touchdowns....that's not good.

26

UCLA

5-2

W: Cal 36-34

29

UCLA started the season very slow, picked it up and now have hit a lull once again.

27

Louisville

6-2

W: NC State 30-18

32

A week off before hosting Florida State for a Thursday game. That game screams upset opportunity.

28

Stanford

4-3

L: #23 Arizona State 10-26

17

I know I sound like a broken record but the lack of running game is costing Stanford dearly.

29

Texas A&M

5-3

L: #11 Alabama 0-59

20

Is there a team in America that needs a week off more than Texas A&M?

30

Washington

5-2

L: #8 Oregon 20-45

22

The Oregon pressure running the football kept the Washington pass rush at bay.

31

Missouri

5-2

W: #38 Florida 42-13

35

Great way to bounce back after getting anniliated by Georgia.

32

West Virginia

5-2

W: #4 Baylor 41-27

NR

The Mountaineers delivered our "Upset of the Week" and remember the only losses suffered were to Alabama and Oklahoma.

33

Oregon State

4-2

L: #28 Utah 23-29 2OT

30

Great game with Utah, came up short but the rest of the PAC 12 knows the Beavers are not a pushover.

34

Minnesota

6-1

W: Purdue 39-38

37

Raise your hand if you had Minnesota leading the Big Ten West halfway through the season...anybody?

35

Georgia Tech

5-2

L: North Carolina 43-48

31

Losing 43-48 to North Carolina, that's considered just an average scoring game between these teams.

36

Wisconsin

4-2

Idle

36

Melvin Gordon faces the nation's #10 overall defense this coming weekend. Should be a good one.

37

Maryland

5-2

W: #27 Iowa 38-31

NR

As we just talked about above, Melvin Gordon against the Terps defense.

38

Colorado State

6-1 W: Utah State 16-13

NR

The Rams snuck up on us as well.

39

Iowa

5-2

L: Maryland 31-38

27

Gave up four sacks and committed three turnovers against Maryland, not a formula for success.

40

South Carolina

4-3

W: Furman

NR

If South Carolina gets by Auburn it sets up three very winnable games afterwards.

Dropped Out: Virginia, FloridaVirginia Tech, Kentucky.

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