Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/21/13
Auburn’s comeback over Johnny Manziel and the Aggies was just one of a slew of Southern upsets on Saturday. [Todd Van Emst/Selma Times-Journal]If last weekend kicked off upset season, this weekend’s slate of games might be remembered as, Zach’s words, “The Night Dixie Drove Itself Down”. The hierarchy in the SEC was skewed, with the East rapidly developing into Missouri’s one-horse race and the West looking even more like Alabama’s to lose. Five teams that were in our top 25 last week — LSU, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida — all lost to lower-ranked or unranked opponents on Saturday. More revealing is the fact that only one of those teams, Florida, fell to a higher-ranked opponent. The Tigers, Aggies, Gamecocks, and Bulldogs all lost to teams that we didn’t even have rated; only LSU lost to a team (Auburn) that had even received votes in the Tailgater poll last week. In addition, we saw a few other upsets transpire, starting with Louisville’s implosion against UCF on Friday night. How did all of this affect the poll this week? Before we go any further, here’s how our ballots combined to form the college football week 8 rankings:   RANK TEAM POINTS LAST WK 1 Alabama (2) 74 1 2 Oregon (1) 73 2 3 Florida State 69 4 4 Ohio State 65 5 5 Baylor 63 7 6 Missouri 59 13 7 Miami (FL) 57 9 8 Stanford 54 12 9 Texas Tech 53 13 10 UCLA 46 6 11 Clemson 42 3 12 Fresno State 39 16 13 Auburn 37 29 14 Oklahoma 31 20 14 UCF 31 27 16 Virginia Tech 30 18 17 Wisconsin 28 21 18 Northern Illinois 25 19 19 LSU 21 10 20 Texas A&M 13 11 20 Michigan State 13 22 22 Arizona State 10 NR 23 Louisville 9 8 23 Oregon State 9 30 25 Oklahoma State 8 25 ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Nebraska (7), South Carolina (5), BYU (4)   Funny how we’ve already reached this point in the weekly Top 25 and we haven’t yet talked about the biggest game heading into the weekend. We learned that Clemson is still a verb as well as a university, as the Tigers fell eight spots after getting obliterated 51-14 at home by the Seminoles. Florida State, on the other hand, jumps up a spot and sits directly behind the Crimson Tide and Ducks in third. The biggest drop, though, did not belong to Dabo Swinney’s crew. That honor falls to Louisville, the scrappy AAC contender that was being given about as much weight in the national title race as teams like Fresno State and NIU. The Cardinals threw away a lead late, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory at home against UCF. The Knights vaulted into the top 15 for the effort, while Louisville slid 15 spots to a tie for 23rd. This week’s poll has seen the most movement of any week yet this season.  You will find our individual ballots below.   ZACH BIGALKE @zbigalke MATT STROBL @mmstrobl JOHN MITCHELL @jlmitchell93 Oregon Alabama Florida State Baylor Ohio State Miami (FL) Texas Tech Missouri Stanford Fresno State UCLA Clemson Northern Illinois Oklahoma UCF Virginia Tech Oregon State Arizona State Wisconsin Auburn LSU BYU South Carolina Louisville Michigan State Alabama Oregon Florida State Ohio State Baylor Missouri Miami Stanford Texas Tech UCLA Auburn Clemson Wisconsin Oklahoma Fresno State UCF Michigan State Oklahoma State Virginia Tech Northern Illinois LSU Texas A&M Nebraska Louisville South Carolina Alabama Oregon Florida State Ohio State Missouri Baylor Stanford Miami (FL) Texas Tech Auburn UCLA Clemson Virginia Tech Fresno State LSU UCF Texas A&M Wisconsin Oklahoma Northern Illinois Louisville Nebraska Michigan State Arizona State South Carolina  
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