Let's take a look back at what we learned from the bad beats, the big victories and the top ranked teams that may or may not have lived up to their billing in Week 8.
Jackets Sting 'Noles
The college football odds makers installed the 9th ranked Florida State Seminoles as five-point favorites but those who included their opponents, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, in their college football picks didn't need a one of them. The Seminoles were hoping to win the game with only seconds remaining on the scoreboard by trotting out their not-so-secret weapon kicker Roberto Aguayo to attempt a 56-yard bomb and break the 16-16 tie. The key was to get the ball low so it would have enough distance to split the uprights. But that strategy backfired when Georgia Tech's Patrick Gamble got a piece of the pigskin and teammate Lance Austin picked up the batted ball and took it 78-yards to the house much to the dizzying delight of a packed Bobby Dodd Stadium.
The loss was the first blemish on FSU's record this season but keep in mind they have still yet to play a ranked opponent and that won't come for another two weeks as the 'Noles host Syracuse next week and then travel to Memorial Stadium in South Carolina to meet the currently 6th ranked and undefeated Clemson Tigers in Week 10.
Tigers Maul Hurricanes
And speaking of the Clemson Tigers if you didn't think this team was for real then I say think again. Miami was fresh off a 30-20 victory over Virginia Tech and boasted a respectable 4-2 record until the Cats came calling on Saturday. Clemson came, they saw and boy oh boy did they conquer. When the gun sounded to end the game it was all Clemson and nothing but Clemson as they steamrolled the Hurricanes 58-0 punctuating their undefeated season up to this point and putting themselves knee-deep into the playoff conversation.
Clemson meets ACC rival NC State next week and then takes on Florida State in a showdown whose appeal has dimmed upon FSU's loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Trojans Smite the Utes
USC may have been 3-3 on paper but when they welcomed the No.3 ranked Utah Utes into the Coliseum the college football odds makers knew to make the home team with the average 3-3 mark a six-point favorite over the upstart visitors with the unblemished record. As usual, they were spot on as the USC Trojans handled their business effortlessly in a 42-24 drubbing of the previously third ranked team in the nation.
The Trojans definitely earned some street cred with that performance but they will not have the friendly and familiar confines of the LA Coliseum in which to play next week as they will travel to U-Cal to take on the previously 20th ranked Golden Bears. Meanwhile the Utes will lick their wounds but still enjoy the top spot in the PAC-12 South and should feast on conference rival Oregon State in Week 9.
Nick Saban's Crimson Tide may be 7-1 in the standings and ranked somewhere in the top 10 but man oh man this year's edition has none of the swagger of previous Saban squads. Those who have blindly backed the Tide in their college football picks and whose credo is "In Nick We Trust" have been disillusioned this season as Alabama has gone 3-5 against the spread. It has fans speculating as to what is wrong with this perennial SEC powerhouse despite the fact they stand at 7-1 through eight weeks of the college football season. On Saturday the Tide muddled past Tennessee by the score of 19-14 and never threeatened to cover as 15-point home favorites. Is it me or does Lane Kiffin mess with the Saban mojo? I say Bama needs a new offensive coordinator but Saban will roll with Kiffin at least through this season - unfortunately.