If the Miami and North Carolina game was any indication of what's to come this weekend, the top ranked teams better look out. The Miami Hurricanes had to come back from their first halftime deficit of the season on Thursday night. The 27-23 win moved the Hurricanes to (2-0) in the ACC and (6-0) overall. With the last second victory, all eyes can focus on this weekend's games.
Week eight of the college football season is highlighted by four games between ranked opponents. Two of the games feature SEC match ups. Texas A&M takes on the recharged Auburn Tigers down in College Station on Saturday afternoon. In the other SEC contest, the two loss Florida Gators visit Missouri. The PAC 12 also has highly anticipated game between Stanford and UCLA.
While those games may factor in on the BCS bowl implications, Florida State’s visit to Clemson will have a direct impact on who can represent the ACC in the top 5 when the initial BCS rankings come out.
Here are the top 10 college football games for week eight.
The Cardinals get to host UCF is what could be the game that decides the ACC title. Defensively, Louisville has dominated each opponent, but they might have their roughest competition on Friday night. Quarterback, Blake Bortles leads the Knights with a (4-1) record. Even though they played South Carolina, Louisville will be the best defense UCF faces all year.
Texas Tech vs. West Virginia
Texas Tech has surprised college football by starting (6-0). Yet, they maybe falling into the trap that caught Oklahoma State slipping a couple weeks ago. West Virginia is (3-3) but they already defeated one undefeated team and are capable of doing it again.
No matter who the quarterback is for the Red Raiders, they seem to produce. It will be interesting to see who receives the majority of playing time between Davis Webb and Baker Mayfield.
It’s difficult to find a better defense than what the Florida Gators put out on the field. However, the offense did not produce in the biggest game of the season. Last week the Gators scored six points verse LSU. While, Missouri took out an injury plagued Georgia team, they lost their team leader James Franklin to a shoulder injury. Now, Maty Mauk steps in at quarterback. This might be a problem for the Tigers.
Iowa vs. Ohio State
The Buckeyes had a bye week after beating Northwestern. Now all the talk is of them getting passed by future undefeated teams in the coming weeks. They take on a tougher than you think Iowa team at home. Can Ohio State blowout the Hawkeyes with a fully healthy Braxton Miller?
Washington vs. Arizona State
This is some sought of a PAC 12 elimination game. It can also be a season changer for both teams. The Huskies have played well in consecutive weeks but they lost both games to Stanford and Oregon. Arizona State needs to beat Washington if they have any ideas of earning a spot in the PAC 12 title game. This should be a very entertaining and high scoring game, but can the Sun Devils slow down Washington’s offense?
For some reason, this game doesn’t have the feeling of a fourth quarter barnburner. Even though that Aggie defense hasn’t been any good this year, it’s time for them to play their best game of the season. That’s the only thing holding Texas A&M back. Johnny Manziel should produce another stellar game.
UCLA vs. Stanford
People looked at UCLA funny for struggling with Utah on the road. Then Stanford went to Utah and loss. That tells me that the Utes are no joke. Last season Stanford gave the Bruins two straight losses to end the season, but UCLA seems to be better of for it. Stanford has only lost one game since Kevin Hogan became starter. What’s the chances that the Cardinal lose two in a row.
LSU vs. Ole Miss
Remember all the good will that the Ole Miss Rebels built up? Well, they are on a three game losing streak and LSU is coming to town. This great season is rapidly turning into another average campaign. Needless to say, this game is huge for Mississippi. The LSU Tigers have shown a lot of offense this season, but they looked like the typical Tigers last Saturday. They scored 14 and gave up six in a victory. We’ll see if they hop back on that offensive train on Saturday.
Wisconsin vs. Illinois
Wisconsin is a few plays away from being undefeated, instead they have embraced the two losses. They also embraced beating down the Northwestern Wildcats last week. Now they visit Illinois with a stout defense and dynamic running game. The Fighting Illini did not play well at Nebraska but their week off should help them get back on track. A win over Wisconsin would be a program building victory.
Florida State vs. Clemson
The ACC game of the week will be must see television. On one hand, you have Jameis Winston for the Seminoles leading the offensive attack. On the other, you have Tajh Boyd and the Clemson Tigers at home. Last season this game was great. Saturday’s game should be even better. If Clemson knocks of the Seminoles, should the Tigers be the number one team in the nation?