College Football Rankings Week 8: Which Teams Got Absolutely Screwed?
The college football polls experienced the biggest shakeup of the year after an exciting Week 7. Due to an upset in the top five of the rankings, other ranked teams losing and a handful of nail biters, plenty of teams either climbed in the polls or dropped like a sack of potatoes.
In the AP Poll, there are 19 teams that are ranked differently than a week ago and two new teams that entered the rankings. As for the Coaches Poll, well, it's a complete madhouse as usual.
But never mind who is sitting pretty in the polls, who got screwed this week?
Ranking Last Week: USA Today, 23—AP, 23
Current USA Today Coaches Poll: 23
Current AP Poll: 23
You could make a valid case that Northern Illinois has been screwed since the start of the season. The Huskies reached the BCS Orange Bowl last season and entered this year unranked.
To make matters worse, Northern Illinois is off to a 6-0 start but is moving up the polls at a snail's pace. Yes, beating Akron isn't going to turn any heads, but what do you want from a team that plays in the MAC?
The Huskies are still undefeated, which is more than you can say about Michigan, Florida or Nebraska. Winning is all that matters and the Huskies should get a little more love than what they're receiving.
Ranking Last Week: USA Today, 15—AP, 15
Current USA Today Coaches Poll: 12
Current AP Poll: 12
Voters are still hesitant on moving Baylor into the Top 10.
What's taking so long?
The Bears remain the most exciting team in the country and earned another solid victory with a 35-25 win over Kansas State on the road. That's two straight wins over decent competition in West Virginia and the Wildcats.
Everybody falls in love with Oregon and the high-scoring offense, but it seems like nobody is ready to fully commit to Baylor.
It's cool. The Bears will continue to drop 60-plus points on your favorite team at the drop of the hat.
Ranking Last Week: USA Today, Five—AP, Five
Current USA Today Coaches Poll: 13
Current AP Poll: 13
Stanford deserves the mighty fall in the polls after losing to Utah. It actually is a reminder of how screwed the Cardinal actually are.
This team looked like a national championship contender and was playing in the background just waiting for a couple of teams to lose. With a matchup against Oregon later in the year, Stanford really controlled its own destiny and could have had the most successful season in program history.
To lose to Utah is absolutely devastating. It removes almost any chance of competing in the Pac-12 Championship and loses a ton of respect with voters.
Ranking Last Week: USA Today, 24 —AP, N/R
Current USA Today Coaches Poll: 21
Current AP Poll: N/R
The media must really dislike Nebraska.
The Cornhuskers have rolled to a 5-1 record, and the only loss came to a respectable UCLA squad. Nebraska is averaging more than 40 points per game and the defense has improved drastically, racking up 15 tackles for loss in the last two games. Bo Pelini's team is starting to look more and more like a Big Ten contender.
Is Northern Illinois or Auburn really better than the Cornhuskers?
I think not.
Ranking Last Week: USA Today, Seven—AP, Seven
Current USA Today Coaches Poll: 16
Current AP Poll: 15
Talk about the voters turning their back on a team.
Georgia could have easily beaten three Top 10 programs before heading into the matchup against Missouri. And while the Bulldogs lost to the Clemson Tigers, they were playing without a number of key players due to injury.
Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Malcolm Mitchell and others were all sidelined.
Some may say that's not an excuse for losing a home game to an arguably less talented team. But Georgia still has one of the better resumes in the country and remains one of the top teams in college football when healthy.