This past week in college football was one of the more hectic weeks we have seen in a long time, as we saw two undefeated title favorites in Oklahoma and Wisconsin go down, along with several other notable upsets that really shook up the national title picture. Let’s take a closer look at some things we learned from these games in the week 8 review.
1) Alabama-LSU might be the best regular season college football game we have seen in some time.
While it will not be and end of the year matchup, it seems abundantly clear at this point in time that Bama and LSU are the two best teams in college football, and they both have a week off to prepare for their massive showdown on November 5 in Tuscaloosa. Both teams are undefeated, and they have simply dominated their SEC opponents this month, with Bama’s closest October game being their 38-10 win at Florida, and LSU’s closest being a 35-7 win at home against Kentucky. Whichever team wins this showdown will have the inside track to the SEC West title, the SEC title, and ultimate the national championship, so this will definitely be a game not to be missed.
2) Oklahoma State has the inside track to the national championship game.
While they may not be as good as Bama, LSU, or even Stanford, OKSU now appears to have a great chance to run the table and make the title game. They currently sit at #3 in the BCS standings, and play a strong enough schedule from here on out that they probably would not lose that rank if they were to run the table. The schedule has been kind to them, as they get tough games against Baylor, Kansas State, and Oklahoma at home, with their only real road test against Texas Tech, where they will hope to avoid the knockout that TTU delivered to Oklahoma. They also would not have to play in a conference championship game, unlike the LSU-Bama winner, Stanford, or Clemson. While I wouldn’t count on OKSU to run the table, they certainly are capable, and if they were they should be playing in the national title game.
3) Stanford should run the table.
While Stanford currently sits at #6 in the BCS polls, they may be the most dominant team in the country outside of LSU and Alabama. Their closest game this season was a 37-10 win at Arizona, and they have been dominant on both sides of the ball, currently sitting in the top 5 nationally in points for and against per game this year. Perhaps this dominance has been a result of a weak schedule to this point, and while it does pick up towards the end of the year, there is no game they will not be a favorite to win. Outside of their showdown against Oregon at home, the only tough games are at USC and versus Notre Dame, before a Pac-12 title game showdown against either Arizona State or USC (again). If Stanford can run the table and Oklahoma State loses, they are going to be tough to keep out of the title game, even if Boise State and Clemson go undefeated.
4) Boise State may have a legitimate title game claim by season’s end.
Wisconsin’s hail-mary loss to Michigan State may well prove to be the best thing that has ever happened to Boise State’s football program. As it stands, they appear to be odds-on favorites to run the table in the Mountain West and finish 12-0. Also, they currently sit at #4 in the BCS rankings. While they would probably get passed by Stanford, Clemson, and Kansas State if any of those teams were to go undefeated, Boise appears to have a pretty good chance of being one of only two undefeated teams at the end of the year, alongside the Bama-LSU winner. Stanford (as addressed above) probably has the easiest route, though the home matchup against Oregon will be very tough. Oklahoma State still has Bedlam to deal with, KSU faces a beast of a schedule in its last four games, and Clemson has to deal with games at Georgia Tech and South Carolina before the ACC title game, all games they could lose. If all these teams lost and Boise was one of two undefeated teams standing, I think the BCS could view them as the #2 team in the country, and they could finally get their long-awaited shot at a national championship game.
5) The Big Ten is a mess.
While this is more of something we haven’t learned than something we learned from week 8, Wisconsin’s loss to Michigan State threw a monkey wrench into the Big Ten standings. As it stands, Michigan State would play Penn State in the Big Ten title game, a result that nobody predicted going into the year. While both teams still face tough schedules to close out the year, right now it appears that the Michigan State at Nebraska and Penn State at Wisconsin games will determine the two representatives of the Legends and the Leaders in the Big Ten title game. With that said, teams like Purdue, Michigan, and even Iowa are only 1 game out in their divisions, so this should make for a hectic ending to a league that is very even top to bottom, except for Minnesota and Indiana.
 Except for Indiana and Minnesota, but take them out and we have 10 teams, so it’s perfect