NCAA Football: Week 8 Game Rankings

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Oct 12, 2013; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) celebrates with teammate wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Boston College Eagles at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Tigers won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY SportsWhile the SEC usually gets all the love, this week, the ACC and Pac-12 take center stage. We've got two games on the Saturday slate with a game-of-the-year type feel to them, so there's plenty of reason for college football fans to be excited this week.

Let's get to the five to see for week eight:

5. UCF (4-1) at #8 Louisville (6-0) - 8 PM ET, ESPN (Friday)

There's plenty of upset potential involved in this Friday night special. Even though struggled to beat a bad Memphis team by only a touchdown in their last outing two weeks ago, Central Florida is a solid team with a defense that could present a few challenges for the Cardinals. They've already beaten Penn State this season, and were a play or two away from knocking off South Carolina. Louisville better not overlook this team unless it wants to fall from the ranks of the unbeatens.

4. #20 Washington (4-2) at Arizona State (4-2) - 6 PM ET, Pac-12 Network

This game has shootout written all over it. Washington has lost two straight, but given the competition (Stanford and Oregon), it shouldn't be too concerned. Meanwhile, the Sun Devils just put up 54 against Colorado last week in a rout. Both teams are averaging over 35 points a game, so there's no doubt that this will be a fun watch or offense enthuiasts. Defensive-minded fans might want to look away.

3. #24 Auburn (5-1) at #7 Texas A&M (5-1) - 3:30 PM ET, CBS

Texas A&M's hot start we expected. But Auburn's.....we did not. Gus Malzahn has the Tigers rolling right now, and we'll find out just how good they are when they roll into College Station on Saturday. Auburn has one of the best rushing attacks in the country which will certainly test what is a below average Texas A&M defense. Here's another game that could provide a ton of scoring.

2. #9 UCLA (5-0) at #13 Stanford (5-1) - 3:30 PM ET, ABC

The Pac-12 race got a little more interesting last week when Utah upset Stanford. The Utes also came close to beating UCLA a few weeks ago, but the fact of the matter is, the Bruins came out with a victory against Utah while the Cardinal did not. For UCLA, it doesn't get any tougher than these two upcoming games at Stanford and at Oregon. As tough as it is to believe that Stanford could lose two straight, I'm going to take Jim Mora's team in what should be an excellent game.

1. #5 Florida State (5-0) at #3 Clemson (6-0) - 8 PM ET, ABC

It's been quite a while since the ACC has had a game of this magnitude. Florida State beat a ranked Maryland team by 63 a few weeks ago, while Clemson is coming off of a hard fought win over Boston College. Jameis Winston and Tajh Boyd are right at the top of the Heisman race at this point, and it's going to be absolutely awesome to see which quarterback puts on a special performance to lead his team to victory. I've been going back and forth on my pick for this game, but I'm go with the experience of Boyd over the freshman Winston. This certainly has game of the year potential.

Which games are you looking forward to most this weekend in college football? Let us know by commenting below!
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