2012 College Football Rankings: Week 8 FanIQ Top 25

FanIQ Top 25: Week 8

10/14/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

FanIQ College Football Top 25: Week 8

1. Alabama Crimson Tide: 6-0 (no change)

The Tide opened up with 28 straight points en route to a 42-10 win over Missouri, which is still in search of its first-ever SEC victory. It was another stellar performance by Nick Saban's adamant defense, as it allowed just three offensive points.

2. Oregon Ducks: 6-0 (no change)

Giving a week off to Chip Kelly is pretty dangerous. Let's see what he does with it as the Ducks travel to a tough Arizona State team Thursday.

3. Florida Gators: 6-0 (previously No. 5)

It was obvious that UF was still on an emotional high following its all-out performance against LSU the week prior. The Gators struggled early against a feisty Vanderbilt squad but pulledBlog Photo - 2012 College Football Rankings: Week 8 FanIQ Top 25 away late to win 31-17 in Nashville.

4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 6-0 (previously No. 6)

Rubbing your eyes won't do you any good here. Brian Kelly has done a tremendous job with a very young team here and the defense is one of the better units in the country. He's got a decision to make between Everett Golson and Tommy Rees, however, and he may have to take the latter.

5. Kansas State Wildcats: 6-0 (previously No. 7)

Quarterback and Heisman candidate Collin Klein rushed for 105 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats' 27-21 win on the road in Ames.

6. LSU Tigers: 6-1 (previously No. 9)

Here we go again: Les Miles has his Tigers back in the national championship mix after a huge victory over South Carolina.

7. Oklahoma Sooners: 5-1 (previously No. 11)

If the same Oklahoma that took a 36-2 halftime lead over Texas came out every week, the Sooners would finally live up to their championship-caliber expectations.

8. South Carolina Gamecocks: 6-1 (previously No. 4)

You had a good ride, coach Spurrier. Pick up your visor and move on to Florida.

9. USC Trojans: 5-1 (previously No. 10)

The Trojans are quietly climbing their way back into BCS talks.

10. Florida State Seminoles: 6-1 (previously No. 12)

E.J. Manuel is the first Seminole quarterback to throw for over 400 yards (439) since Chris Weinke in 1994.

11. Ohio State Buckeyes: 7-0 (previously No. 8)

Urban Meyer had his struggle face on for most of the night as the Buckeye defense allowed 35 second-half points to Indiana. This kind of takes away from the fact that Ohio State has 115 points in its last two games. [Jim Tressel has panic attack]

12. Clemson Tigers: 5-1 (previously No. 13)

A week off won't make the secondary any better, but it will have given Dabo more time to think about how many points he's going to score on Virginia Tech.

13. Oregon State: 5-0 (previously No. 18)

It's time that I give a little respect where it's due. I figured that the Beavers were doomed at BYU the same week they lost their starting quarterback, but they got the job done and scored 42 points in the process.

14. Georgia Bulldogs: 5-1 (no change)

Arkansas just beat Kentucky 49-7. If Georgia doesn't top that, I'm egging Aaron Murray's house.

15. Texas A&M Aggies: 5-1 (previously No. 16)

True freshman quarterback Johhny Manziel is the real deal. He racked up 576 yards and six total touchdowns in a 59-57 shootout over Louisiana Tech and can now be considered a Heisman candidate.

16. West Virginia Mountaineers: 5-1 (previously No. 3)

West Virginia has lost to an unranked opponent every year since Adam and Eve gave birth to Qabil.

17. Louisville Cardinals: 6-0 (no change)

Another week, another tight escape for Louisville. 

18. Rutgers Scarlet Knights: 6-0 (previously No. 19)

Rutgers continues to play fundamentally sound football but will need to find some sort of spark on offense if it wants to compete with Louisville and Cincinnati.

19. Mississippi State Bulldogs: 6-0 (previously No. 21)

Dan Mullen has himself something to work with this year, but I'm still not sold. The Bulldogs allowed an average Tennessee running game to pound its way for 213 yards off 6.3 ypc, and let the Vols hang around until the final minute despite winning the time of possession by over 13 minutes.

20. Cincinnati Bearcats: 5-0 (previously No. 22)

They started off slow, but Munchie Legaux an Co. handled Forham by a final of 49-17 to remain perfect.

21. Boise State Broncos: 5-1 (previously No. 23)

Fresno State was no pushover, but the Broncos got the job done and have now won five in a row.

22. Michigan Wolverines: 4-2 (previously unranked)

Denard Robinson has rushed for over 100 yards in four of the Wolverines' six games this season.

23. TCU Horned Frogs: 5-1 (previously No. 25)

No Pachall? No problem. TCU took care of business this weekend by bouncing back against Baylor, 49-21.

24. Arizona State Sun Devils: 5-1 (previously unranked)

Arizona State ranks 17th nationally in points scored (40.5) and 10th in points allowed (14.2), with its only loss being to Missouri on the road.

25. Texas Tech Red Raiders: 5-1 (previously unranked)

The Red Raiders deserve some spotlight after holding Geno Smith and the West Virginia offense to just 14 points and 2-7 (28.6 percent) on fourth down.

Dropped from rankings: Texas, Stanford, Louisiana Tech

Other receiving votes (in order): North Carolina, Stanford, Louisiana Tech, North Carolina State, Ohio, Iowa State, Texas, Northern Illinois, Penn State, Wisconsin, Tulsa, Utah State, Northwestern, Iowa, Toledo.
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