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2016 Fierce 40: Week 8

by DJ Boyer on Oct. 23, 2016

 

 

 

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - Week 8

Ranking

Team

W-L

Result

Previous

1

Alabama 8-0 W:#6 Texas A&M 33-14

1

Roll Tide.

2

Michigan 7-0 W:Illinois 41-8 3

The Wolverines have surrendered 25 points in 4 Big Ten games...wow.

3

Washington

7-0 W:Oregon State 41-17 5

Not many thought Washington against Utah this week would be for control of the Pac 12.

4

Clemson 7-0 Idle 4

Has to handle their business against Florida State but it won't be easy on the road.

5

Louisville 6-1 W:#39 NC State 54-13 7

Lamar Jackson showing it isn't just his legs you have to be concerned about.

6

Ohio State 6-1 L:Penn State 21-24 2

The Buckeyes are far from dead in the Big Ten and the College Football Playoff.

7

Nebraska 7-0 W:Purdue 27-14 8

With Wisconsin this week things are about to get real for Nebraska.

8

Baylor 6-0 Idle 9

On the road against the Longhorns with TCU and Oklahoma looming...this has all the classic signs of a trap game all over it.

9

Texas A&M 6-1 L:#1 Alabama 14-33 6

Texas A&M saw first hand just how dominant the Alabama defensive line can be.

10

Wisconsin 5-2 W:#37 Iowa 17-9 10

Wisconsin will be playing their fourth game against a top ten team this week.

11

Florida 5-1 Idle 12

The Gators seem to be limiting the mistakes and doing just enough to get to the top of the SEC East.

12

Boise State 7-0 W:BYU 28-28 11

Boise State had a chance to put BYU away early in this game and letting the Cougars hang around nearly cost them.

13

Oklahoma 5-2 W:Texas Tech 66-59 14

We know it was Texas Tech and Pat Mahomes but this defense is just not playing up to expectations.

14

West Virginia 6-0 W:#33 TCU 34-10 19

The defense continues to be the stingiest in the Big 12.

15

Florida State 5-2 Idle 16

A win against Clemson will really make a mess of the ACC.

16

Tennessee 5-2 Idle 17

Week off could not have come at a better time for Tennessee.

17

Western Michigan 7-0 W:Eastern Michigan 45-31 18

Things are still lining up for a finale against Toledo that could be a huge game in November.

18

Auburn 5-2 W:#15 Arkansas 56-3 23

Auburn is really starting to open some eyes after a dominating win agaiunst Arkansas.

19

LSU 5-2 W:#29 Ole Miss 38-21 20

LSU is playing better and now gets a week off before welcoming Alabama to Baton Rouge. This team has still only played one game on the road.

20

Utah 7-1 W:UCLA 52-45 21

Washington has themselves set up to take control of the division if they can slow down the Huskies.

21

Colorado 6-2 W:#31 Stanford 10-5 22

+4 in the turnover category against Stanford tells the story on Saturdays sloppy victory.

22

Virginia Tech 5-2 W:#26 Miami 37-16 24

Thursday game with Pitt will tell us who has the best chance at catching North Carolina in the Coastal side of the ACC.

23

North Carolina 6-2 W:Virginia 35-14 25

In the 5 Carolina wins quarterback Mitch Trubinsky has 18 TD passes and 0 interceptions averaging 371 yards and a completion percentage of 78.3%. In the 2 losses it's 0 touchdowns with 2 interceptions with 107 yards and a 50.5 completion percentage. Juuuust a bit of a difference.

24

Oklahoma State 5-2 W:Kansas 44-20 27

The defense came up with some huge takeaways against Kansas to make things easier for the offense.

25

San Diego State 6-1 W:San Jose State 42-3 28

Pumphrey had 135 yards rushing with 2 touchdowns, just another ho-hum day for the Heisman candidate at running back.

26

Washington State 5-2 W:#40 Arizona State 37-32 30

Luke Falk had his best game of the season to keep the Cougars even with the Huskies at the top of the Pac 12 North.

27

Navy 5-1 W:Memphis 42-28 35

Will Worth runs for three touchdowns and passes for a pair more against Memphis.

28

Wyoming 5-2 W:Nevada 42-34 32

Big game with Boise State this week will show everyone if Wyoming is for real.

29

Houston 6-2 L:SMU 16-38 13

The defense for Houston continues to struggle. Most talk has been surrounding bottling up Greg Ward Jr. at quarterback but the defense is the real issue.

30

USC 4-3 Idle 36

Sam Darnold has turned this offense into a respectable machine.

31

Penn State 5-2 W:#2 Ohio State 24-21 NR

A just victory, ever since the loss two years ago during the Buckeyes Championship run when Penn State lost in overtime on countless horrible calls.

32

Arkansas 5-3 L:#23 Auburn 3-56 15

Talk about laying an egg....yikes.

33

Pittsburgh 5-2 Idle NR

After Virginia Tech the Panthers get Miami and Clemson on the road.

34

Toledo 6-1 W:Central Michigan 31-17 NR

The Rockets are a team that nobody wants to mess with right now. This is a well balanced squad.

35

Miami 4-3 L:#24 Virginia Tech 16-37 26

Three weeks ago the Hurricanes were undefeated and were #8 in our poll, it's been an epic freefall since.

36

North Dakota State 6-1 W:Western Illinois 21-13 38

North Dakota State gets back in the win column.

37

Troy 6-1 W:South Alabama 28-21 NR

Remember when Clemson took so much criticism for barely deafeating Troy by 7 points early in the season? I guess Troy was better than we all realized.

38

Iowa 5-3 L:#10 Wisconsin 9-17 37

The Hawkeyes showed some fight against Wisconsin.

39

Appalachian State 5-2 W:Idaho 37-19 NR

Mountaineer secondary has been one of the best in the nation this season.

40

Stanford 4-3 L:#22 Colorado 5-10 31

Four straight games where the Cardinal have failed to score 20 points on offense, the longest such stretch in over 30 years.

Dropped Out: Ole Miss, TCU, South Florida, NC State and Arizona State.