College Football's best and worst of week 8.

College Football's best and worst of week 8.

The landscape of the national championship picture is slowly starting to change. Here are the 3 best games of week 8:

1. Michigan State 37 Wisconsin 31

The game winning hail mary by Michigan State.

The Spartans got lucky at the end, but that luck increased their winning streak to 4 games. This victory takes Wisconsin out of the ranks of the unbeaten, and possibly out of the national title hunt as well. Since the loss to Notre Dame, MSU has re-surged with this 4 game winning streak. In these last 4 games they have scored a total of 120 points while only giving up 59 points.

Spartans Quarter Back Kirk Cousins has completed 68 of 109 passes for 873 yards during this stretch. He also has quite the touchdown to interception ratio during this time, he has thrown 7 touchdowns to just 3 interceptions. Michigan State needs to keep this up if they are to play for the Big Ten Championship in December.

Next up for Sparta is the #14 Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln which will not be a walk in the park. Wisconsin hopes to bounce back from this loss by defeating the struggling Ohio State Buckeyes.

2. Texas Tech 41 Oklahoma 38

It took another 400+ yard performance from Seth Doege to get the win for Tech.

Oklahoma may have been knocked out of the national title puzzle as well after their first loss of 2011. Even though a total of 79 points were scored, and a total of 1,108 offensive yards were gained, it was special teams that closed the game out. The Sooners had just scored after Landry Jones threw his 5th touchdown pass of the night to cut the Red Raider lead to 41-38...

Texas Tech recovered the Sooner onside kick and ran the clock out to secure the victory. This loss combined with another Oklahoma State victory really has Oklahoma's backs against the wall at this point. OU has a chance to play spoiler next week when they take on undefeated #8 Kansas State, Texas Tech comes home to play Iowa State.

3. East Carolina 38 Navy 35

Navy Quarterback Kriss Procter was benched in the 2nd half in favor of backup Trey Miller.

After being down 31-21 in the 4th quarter, Navy turned to backup QB Trey Miller to bring life into the Midshipmen's offense. And he did just that by throwing 2 touchdown passes from 59 and 37 yards to take a 35-31 lead. But late in the game Navy was unable to hang onto that lead. The Pirates drove 77 yards down the field and scored with 2 minutes left to take a 38-35 lead.

Navy led by Miller drove 47 yards in 11 plays to get within field goal range, but Navy missed a 42 yard game tying field goal in the final seconds. Navy now falls to 2-5 and have now lost 5 in a row. And it doesn't get any easier for the Midshipmen as they travel to South Bend to take on Notre Dame on Saturday.

But it looks like Trey Miller could start for Navy against the Fighting Irish.

Honorable Mention:

Louisiana State 45 Auburn 10 and

Alabama  37 Tennessee 6

Both the Tigers and the Crimson Tide keep piling on the numbers as they continue on their collision course which will end with their encounter on November 5th.

Now for the worst games of week 8:

Miami {FL} 22 Georgia Tech 7

The Yellow Jackets gained a season low 211 yards on offense.

Tech has now lost back to back games after winning their first 6. During these last 2 games GT has played against teams who know how to defend the option. Their offense has been slowed down and as a result they have not been putting up the numbers they were putting up at the start of the season.

In this 2 game losing streak Paul Johnson's triple option offense has gained a total of 507 yards while only scoring a total of 28 points. During their first 6 games they set records by averaging 45 points and nearly 400 yards per game. This loss has knocked Georgia Tech out of the top 25, and they really need to get their offense in gear if they have a chance against the best team in the ACC.

The undefeated #5 Clemson Tigers come to Atlanta on Saturday night. The ACC's Coastal Division is on the line in this game, as are the national championship hopes of Clemson.

2. Southern California  31 Notre Dame 17

Even though all of USC's points came through the air, through field goals, and on defense, the Trojan's rushing attack is what really defeated the Fighting Irish.

USC ran for a total of 219 yards on 44 carries which is a season high for them. 118 of those yards and 24 of those carries came from Curtis McNeal who averaged almost 5 yards a carry. Also, Tommy Rees sustained a knee injury in the 2nd quarter and was replaced for a series by Dayne Crist {Who lost his starter job after the season opener}.

Crist had led the Irish offense to the USC 1 yard line in the he series he played, only to fumble on the 1 yard line and the Trojan defense ran it back for a score.  The Irish are hoping that Rees will be healthy this Saturday as the Navy Midshipmen come to South Bend. Last year the Irish lost to Navy.

So Cal on the other hand hopes to be the next team to give an unbeaten its first loss as Stanford makes their way to the LA Coliseum.

3. Purdue 21 Illinois 14

Illinois offfense struggled big time.....

The Illini just like Georgia Tech have also gone 0-2 after starting 6-0. Illinois was down 21-0 at halftime against the Boilermakers. They didn't score until the 4th quarter, Purdue's defense was just too much for the Illinois offense. Nathan Scheelhasse only threw for 217 yards, while Illinois only gained 121 yards on the ground.

This should have been an easy win for the Illini. But with this loss, things only get tougher from here as Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin are lined up next on the schedule. This victory for Purdue was huge, especially since their next challenge is Denard Robinson and the Michigan Wolverines at The Big House.

Honorable Mention:

Middle Tennessee State 38 Florida Atlantic 14

Florida Atlantic is now the only winless team in the FBS {1-A}.

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