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2015 Fierce 40: Week 8

by DJ Boyer on Oct. 24, 2015

 

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - Week 8

Ranking

Team

W-L

Result

Previous

1

Ohio State

8-0

W:Rutgers 49-7

1

Teams behind the Buckeyes can shake up and keep losing all they want...winning is all that matters in Columbus and it just keeps on happening.

2

Baylor

7-0

W:Iowa State 45-27

2

Seth Russell injury is a doozy for this team.

3

TCU

7-0

Idle

3

Status of Seth Russell takes the impending showdown with Baylor in a different direction.

4

Michigan State

8-0

W:Indiana 52-26

4

Nice rebound game after that miracle win, this is the Michigan State we should see more of every week.

5

Clemson

7-0

W:Miami 58-0

6

Clemson just has to avoid that stunning upset that seems to plague them every year and take care of Florida State, they control their own destiny.

6

LSU

7-0

W:#38 Western Kentucky 48-20

5

LSU gets the week off to prepare for Alabama as they make it unscathed to the marque matchup.

7

Alabama

7-1

W:Tennessee 19-14

7

If this Alabama-LSU game is anything like we have seen over the last five years we could be looking at the Game of the Year.

8

Notre Dame

6-1

Idle

10

Who would have thought Notre Dame would be worried about going to Temple?

9

Stanford

6-1 W:Washington 31-14 12

With a victory against Washington State this week Stanford could give themselves a huge cushion in ther Pac 12 North and virtually lock up the crown.

10

Utah 6-1 L:USC 24-42

8

Still a top 10 team despite the loss to the Trojans. USC had nothing to lose and they exposed an unbalanced Utah attack.

11

Florida

6-1 Idle

11

Huge game with Georgia this week and it's in The Swamp.

12

Florida State

6-1

L:Georgia Tech 16-22

9

Jimbo made the right call with the 56-yard field goaltry. Florida State has had so many thing go their way over the last three years that they were due for a bad break.

13

Oklahoma State

7-0

W:Kansas 58-10

15

Quarterback Mason Rudolph is a year away from being a household name and a Heisman frontrunner.

14

Iowa 7-0 Idle 13

When you look at the stats, Iowa being undefeated and in the Top 15 defies the odds.

15

Michigan

5-2

Idle 14

Michigan has given up 51 points in their two losses which is a respectable total against the likes of Utah and Michigan State. In the Wolverines 5 wins they have allowed 14 points and have three shutouts.

16

Memphis

7-0 W:Tulsa 66-42 16

Lynch sets a career high with 447 yards passing. I think Lynch sent Kiper's hair into a flutter.

17

Oklahoma

6-1

W:#33 Texas Tech 63-27

18

Ball distrobution has been superb for the Sooners. Lots of receivers making contributions at key moments.

18

Ole Miss

6-2

W:#17 Texas A&M 23-3

19

Total yards...Ole Miss 471..Texas A&M 192...ouch.

19

Mississippi State

6-2 W:Kentucky 42-16 21

Impressive win for the Bulldogs against Kentucky.

20

Temple

7-0

W:East Carolina 24-14 20

Have to wonder if the pressure of a Saturday night Prime Time game at home against Notre Dame will get to the Owls.

21

Texas A&M

5-2

L:#19 Ole Miss 3-23

17

Offense is just not moving the chains enough and the defense is getting winded...common theme in the Aggie losses.

22

Wisconsin

6-2 W:Illinois 24-13 22

The Badgers are only giving up 11 PPG and that is impressive with the amount of injuries the defense has had to overcome.

23

Toledo 7-0 W:Massachusetts 51-35 23

Offense showed up after falling behind early against UMass.

24

Houston 7-0 W:UCF 59-10 25

We think it's time that quarterback Greg Ward Jr. enters the Heisman conversation.

25

Duke

6-1

W:Virginia Tech 45-43 4 OT

24

Duke is just finding ways to win and could find themselves in the ACC title game once again.

26

Navy

5-1

W:Tulane 31-14

28

Keenan Reynolds continues to lead the Midshipmen to new heights.

27

Northwestern

6-2

W:Nebraska 30-28

27

Northwestern finds a way to get back in the win column in a game where frankly they were outplayed.

28

Georgia

5-2 Idle 26

A trip to The Swamp looms large for a struggling Georgia team.

29

UCLA

5-2 W:#29 Cal 40-24 31

Performance against Cal was the teams most complete showing all year in all three phases of the game.

30

North Carolina

6-1 W:Virginia 26-13 30

UNC-Pitt game on Thursday has suddenly become a marquee matchup.

31

Pittsburgh

6-1 W:Syracuse 23-20 32

See above comment.

32

BYU

6-2 W:Wagner 70-6

35

Yes it was Wagner but the Cougars played a tough schedule out of the gate, we will cut them some slack here.

33

Boise State

6-2

W:Wyoming 34-14

37

Big win for Boise State after a Utah State loss openes the door back up for them in the Mountain West.

34

Cal

5-2

L:#31 UCLA 24-40

29

A little luster is coming off the Jared Goff diamond.

35

Washington State 5-2 W:#40 Arizona 45-42 NR

The Cougars have arrived and have a chance to make a huge splash if they can upset Stanford.

36

Bowling Green

6-2 W:Kent State 48-0 NR

Matt Johnson leads perhaps the most entertaining offense in college football.

37

USC

4-3 W:#8 Utah 42-24 NR

The comment I was going to post here was intercepted by Cameron Smith.

38

Marshall

7-1 W:North Texas 30-13 39

The Thundering Herd are marching towards another double digit win campaign.

39

Penn State

6-2 W:Maryland 31-30 NR

Penn State beat the Terrapins with big plays as Christian Hackenberg gets three touchdowns passes all from 20 yards or more.

40

Appalachian State 6-1 W:Georgia Southern 31-13 NR

You have heard us talk at length about Memphis QB Paxton Lynch before he became a media name....next year the big running back could be Appalachian State's Marcus Cox...again...you heard it here first.

Dropped Out: Texas Tech, Arizona, Utah State, Auburn and Western Kentucky.