Week 8 is over and there were a few surprises.
The lone shutout in all of FBS football this week belonged to #7 Alabama at the expense of #21 Texas A&M. To shut down A&M completely is a shocker. Scoring 59 points against them? Not so much.
And there were a couple of upsets: The #4 Baylor Bears got beat by the West Virginia Mountaineers. A pair of missed field goals and a blocked extra point cost #11 Oklahoma against #14 Kansas State. As a result we can expect more movement in the polls later this week.
Ranks on the left are those of the AP/Coaches Top 25/CBSSPORTS.COM 128 Polls as reported by CBSSports.com. NR = Not Ranked)
1/1/1 Mississippi State (6-0) The Bulldogs had this weekend off.
2/2/3 Florida State (7-0) The Seminoles game back from a first half deficit and held on late to defeat the #5 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (6-1) 31-27. Everett Golson completed 31 of 52 passes for 313 yards and three TDs. Jameis Winston went 23 of 31 for 273 yards and 2 TDs—much of it in the second half. Tarean Foster had 120 yards rushing on 21 carries for the Irish. But it was two short TD runs by Karlos Williams in the third and fourth quarter and a penalty on the Irish on an apparent go ahead TD in the final seconds that made the difference.
3/3/2 Ole Miss (7-0) The Rebels dominated the Volunteers of Tennessee (3-4) 34-3. The Vols were the first to score--in the second quarter—with a field goal. But that 3-0 lead disappeared quickly as the Rebels dominated on defense from then on. Bo Wallace struggled with just a 13 of 28 for 199 yards but did connect for two TDs.
4/4/4 Baylor (6-1) The Bears got knocked out of the undefeated ranks by the West Virginia Mountaineers (5-2) 41-27. The Bears’ weak defense and penchant for penalties cost them. Baylor was penalized 18 times for 215 yards. West Virginia got flagged 14 times for 138 yards. Bryce Petty did throw for 223 yards and two TDs but Clint Trickett tossed for 322 yards and three touchdowns, two in the final quarter when the Mountaineers outscored the Bears 14-0. Turnovers and injuries kept the game closer than it needed to be. WVU lost two fumbles and Trickett was intercepted once. They also lost their two starting cornerbacks and their starting running back in the first half. Antwan Goodley had nine catches for 132 yards and a TD for the Bears while Kevin White had 132 yards and two TDs on 8 catches for the Mountaineers.
5/5/5 Notre Dame (6-1) The Fighting Irish failed to score in the final seconds and dropped a close one to the #2 Florida State Seminoles (7-0) 31-27. More above.
6/8/6 Auburn (5-1) The Tigers were idle this week.
7/7/7 Alabama (6-1) The Crimson Tide shut out the #21 Aggies of Texas A&M (5-3) 59-0. T.J. Yeldon ran for two TDs, Blake Sims had a 43 yard TD run and threw for 268 yards and three more scores before Jake Coker cleaned up with a TD pass of his own as Alabama out gained A&M 602 to 172 yards. (It was 449 to 51 yards at halftime.)
8/6/9 Michigan State (6-1) The Spartans beat the Indiana Hoosiers (3-4) 56-17. The Spartans allowed Indiana to remain in this game—for the first half—in part thanks to a 75 yard TD run by Shane Wynn. Even then it was 28-17 at the half. It was 28-0 in the second half. Connor Cook completed 24-32 for 332 yards and three TDs. Michigan State ran 83 plays on offense, Indiana just 49. MSU had 662 net yards, Indiana just 224. MSU had the ball for nearly 39-1/2 minutes and racked up 30 first downs. Indiana had just 7 first downs.
9/9/8 Oregon (6-1) The Ducks beat the Washington Huskies (5-2) 45-20. Royce Freeman had 169 yards and four TDs on 29 carries for the Ducks who took a 28-6 halftime lead. Marcus Mariota threw for 336 yards and two TDs.
10/10/10 Georgia (6-1) The Bulldogs whooped the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-4) 45-32. Not that as close as the score indicates as Arkansas scored the final 13 points. Nick Chubb rushed 30 times for 202 yards and two TDs for the Bulldogs. Talk about depth at running back! Hudson Mason rushed for one TD and threw for two more. Dominick Sanders returned a fumble 54 yards for a TD. Brandon Allen did throw for 296 yards and three TDs but it wasn’t nearly enough.
11/11/12 Oklahoma (5-2) The Sooners were edged by the #14 Kansas State Wildcats (5-1). Sooners missed two very short field goals and had an extra point blocked. Either would have altered the outcome. Jake Waters threw for 225 yards and two TDs and benefited from a y yard interception return by Danzel McDaniel. Trevor Knight threw for 318 yards and three TDs for the Sooners but had that one pick-six. Oklahoma ran 78 plays for 533 net yards on offense compared to Kansas State’s 55 plays for 385 yards but came up short on the scoreboard.
12/12/11 TCU (5-1) The Horned Frogs drubbed the #15 Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-2) 42-9. Trevone Boykin threw for a career best 410 yards and three TDs for the Frogs. Two of those TDs went to Josh Doctson on passes of 77 and 84 yards. Doctson finished the day with 7 catches for 225 yards. B.J. Catalon had TD runs of 34 and 35 yards on 10 carries for 102 yards. All of the Cowboys scoring came off the toe of Ben Grogan who hit field goals of 30, 27 and 28 yards.
13/13/13 Ohio State (5-1) The Buckeyes drubbed the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (5-2) 56-17. The Buckeyes dominated the line of scrimmage in this one and led 56-10 after three quarters. J.T. Barrett threw for 261 yards and three TDs and ran for two more scores. Eli Apple returned a fumble four yards for a score. Rutgers had two lost fumbles and turned the ball over on a Gary Nova interception. Desmond Peoples had two rushing TDs for the Knights.
14/14/16 Kansas State (5-1) The Wildcats edged the #11 Oklahoma Sooners (5-2) 31-30. More above.
15/15/17 Oklahoma State (5-2) The Cowboys got whipped at home by the #12 TCU Horned Frogs (5-1) 42-9. More above.
16/17/14 Arizona (5-1) The Wildcats had this weekend off.
17/18/22 Arizona State (5-1) The Sun Devils beat the #23 Stanford Cardinal (4-3) 26-10. They outrushed and outpassed the Cardinal; had 23 first downs as compared to 14; only punted 4 times to the Cardinal’s 7 and held on to the ball for nearly 35 minutes. They had a 14-0 lead at the half. It could have, should have been worse for the Cardinal but two lost fumbles and being limited to four field goals in the second half (Zane Gonzalez hit on 25, 47, 25, and 31 yards) kept it closer.
18/16/19 East Carolina (5-1) The Pirates were idle this week.
19/19/15 Nebraska (6-1) The Cornhuskers beat the Wildcats of Northwestern (3-4) 38-17. Ameer Abdullah had 146 yards and four TDs rushing for the Huskers. Justin Jackson rushed for 128 yards and two TDs for the Wildcats. It looked promising for Northwestern as they took a 17-14 lead into the locker room, but the Nebraska defense would have none of that as they shut down the Wildcats in the second half allowing a mere 28 yards.
20/23/24 Utah (5-1) The Utes defeated the Oregon State Beavers (4-2) Thursday night 29-23. It took two overtime periods. Devonte Booker finished the night with 279 yards rushing and three TDs. Two of those TDs came in overtime. Regulation time looked like a field goal contest: Andy Phillips hit three (38, 43, 45 yards) for Utah while Trevor Romaine hit three from 37, 45, and 49 yards for Oregon State. Sean Mannion hit Jordan Villamin for two TDs of 72 and 2 yards.
21/21/18 Texas A&M (5-3) The Aggies got embarrassed by the #7 Crimson Tide of Alabama (6-1) 59-0. More above.
22/25/NR Southern California (5-2) The Trojans routed the Buffaloes of Colorado (2-5) 56-28. Cody Kessler threw for 319 yards and a school record 7 touchdowns in the blowout. Four of those TDs came in the first quarter a USC took a 28-0 lead. Oh, and the Trojans out rushed the Buffaloes 213 to 172 yards with Javorius Allen doing the bulk of the damage: 15 carries for 128 yards and a TD.
23/20/25 Stanford (4-3) The Cardinal got beat by the #17 Arizona Sun Devils (5-1) 26-10. And it shouldn’t have been that close. See above for more.
24/22/21 Clemson (5-2) The Tigers edged the Boston College Eagles (4-3) 17-13, when C.J. Davidson ran 32 yards for a fourth quarter TD. After the Tigers fell behind 13-10, Cory Stoudt led them on in a 90 second, 82 yard drive culminating in Davidson’s TD. The game was played in heavy rains that hindered both teams.
25/24/20 Marshall (7-0) The Thundering Herd defeated the FIU Golden Panthers (3-5) 45-13. The Herd spotted FIU 7 points in the first quarter then scored 45 unanswered points behind the passing of Rakeem Cato (15 of 27 for 214 yards and four TDs. (It’s the 39th consecutive game in which Cato has thrown a TD pass.) Corey Tindal added a 30 yards INT return and Steward Butler had a 61 yard run for a TD.
NR/NR/23 Duke (6-1) The Blue Devils defeated the Virginia Cavaliers (4-3) 20-13. Anthony Boone was 22 of 37 for 176 yards with 1 touchdown, but it was his backup, Thomas Sirk, who threw a pass for the winning score half way through the fourth quarter