NCAA Football Power Rankings — Week 8

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The upsets were looming, and they finally happened last weekend. Then-no. 5 Stanford and then-No. 7 Georgia both lost and were knocked out of the top 10. Other top 10 teams narrowly avoided upsets, and must improve in order to stay in the elite ranks.

Look out for more potential upsets during the season’s remaining weeks. The season is really starting to get fun now!

alabama crimson tide 1. Alabama (6-0, Last week’s ranking: 1)

Alabama’s defense gets a lot of attention, but the offense can score. Running back T.J. Yeldon is averaging 6.5 yards per carry, and quarterback AJ McCarron has thrown only three interceptions this year. No team is perfect, but Alabama just needs to keep winning to get to the national championship.

oregon ducks 2. Oregon (6-0, Last week’s ranking: 2)

Any other team would be thrilled to score 45 points, but for Oregon, that was its lowest total of the season. It was enough to beat then-No. 16 Washington on Saturday, in a game that made quarterback Marcus Mariota a Heisman favorite. With an elite offense and a defense that is allowing less than 20 points per game, the Ducks are the most complete team in the nation.

ohio state buckeyes 3. Ohio State (6-0, Last week’s ranking: 3)

The Buckeyes didn’t play last weekend, which should allow quarterback Braxton Miller and his teammates to regroup from a close win over then-No. 16 Northwestern earlier this month. Miller didn’t play at his usual high level, and will need to play better to avoid getting upset by a Big Ten team.

clemson 4. Clemson (5-0, Last week’s ranking: 4)

Clemson didn’t get upset against Boston College last weekend, but it didn’t look great either. The Tigers won 24-14, and quarterback Tajh Boyd threw only one touchdown pass. That kind of production won’t cut it against No. 5 Florida State on Saturday. It will be one of the best matchups of the season, and the Tigers must win to stay in the top 5.

florida state 5. Florida State (6-0, Last week’s ranking: 6)

The Seminoles had a week off, so their last game was a 63-0 win over Maryland on Oct. 5. If Florida State can beat Clemson, it will continue its move up the standings, and if he has a great game, quarterback Jameis Winston will become an even more popular Heisman pick.

lsu tigers 6. LSU (6-1, Last week’s ranking: 10)

The Tigers were not their high-scoring selves against then-No. 17 Florida last weekend, but any SEC win is a good one. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger didn’t throw a touchdown pass against the Gators, but the defense prevented Florida from getting the upset. LSU is now on upset alert once again, as it plays an Ole Miss team that tested No. 7 Texas A&M.

texas a and m 7. Texas A&M (5-1, Last week’s ranking: 9)

Johnny Manziel had to carry the Aggies to a close win against Ole Miss last weekend. The Aggies almost joined Stanford and Georgia as top 10 teams that got upset, but Manziel can never be counted out. The Aggies can’t let theses scares happen again, though. If the Manziel magic doesn’t show up one weekend, the Aggies could be the next team to drop out of the top 10.

louisville cardinals 8. Louisville (6-0, Last week’s ranking: 8)

After a mediocre performance against Rutgers, Louisville must play much better tonight against Central Florida. The Cardinals have everything they need to do that and remain undefeated this season. Teddy Bridgewater is still a Heisman-caliber quarterback, and the defense hasn’t given up more than 13 points in a game this season.

ucla 9. UCLA (5-0, Last week’s ranking: Not in Top 10)

Now that Stanford suffered its first loss, the Bruins have become the second-best Pac-12 team in the nation behind Oregon. Their offense scores almost 46 points a game and is led by star quarterback Brett Hundley, and they boast one of the best defensive players in the country in linebacker Anthony Barr. But UCLA’s stay in top 10 could be short-lived: It plays No. 13 Stanford on Saturday.

miami 10. Miami (5-0, Last week’s ranking: Not in Top 10)

Like UCLA, Miami is a newcomer to the top 10. The Hurricanes almost fell right back down, though, as they had to scrap for a 27-23 win against North Carolina on Thursday. Quarterback Stephen Morris threw four interceptions and no touchdowns against the Tar Heels, and another poor performance could result in a different team occupying the No. 10 spot soon.

How would you rank the top college teams in the country? Who should be in the top 10 heading into week seven? Let us know in the comments section below!

Photo: Wide receiver Devin Fuller #7 of the UCLA Bruins carries on an 18 yard touchdown pass play in the first quarter against the California Golden Bears at the Rose Bowl on October 12, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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