TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 22: Kool-Aid McKinstry #1 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates a big defensive play during the first half against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2022 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Brandon Sumrall/Getty Images)

Alabama on the rise for this weeks Real Top 25 College Football Rankings Week 8.  Here are some nuggets:

DJ Uiagalelei benched, Clemson comes back behind Klubnik

No. 5 Clemson couldn’t get out of its own way but came back to beat No. 14 Syracuse 27-21. Clemson has now won 38 straight home games, now the longest win streak in ACC history and 3rd-longest since 1990 in all of FBS.  They struggled mightily with ball security, committing 4 turnovers with 3 of them coming from DJ Uiagalelei. Clemson had entered the game on an 11-game streak of at least a 0 turnover margin, which was the longest active streak in the FBS.

Uiagalelei was benched in favor of true freshman Cade Klubnik, who gave the offense a bit of a spark and more importantly did not turn the ball over. Klubnik was the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback of the 2022 class.

Uiagalelei had the worst game of the season throwing downfield on Saturday as he was benched towards the end of the 3rd quarter. He was 1-of-7 for 41 yards with two interceptions on passes thrown at least 15 yards downfield. Uiagalelei hadn’t thrown an interception on such throws on the season entering Saturday.

Ducks spoil Chip Kelly’s return to Eugene

In the first Pac-12 matchup featuring top-10 teams since 2016, No. 10 Oregon had no issue with No. 9 UCLA, winning 45-30 against former coach Chip Kelly. The Ducks are now 4-1 in their last 5 games against AP top-10

Bo Nix finished Saturday with 283 pass yards and 5 pass TD, becoming the 3rd Oregon QB in school history to record multiple 5 pass TD games in a season, joining Justin Herbert in 2019 and Marcus Mariota in 2014.  In addition, Nix joined Matt Leinart (2004 BCS Championship Game vs Oklahoma) as the only players in Pac-12 history to have 5 TD and 0 Int against a Top-10 opponent.

Crazy Stats of The Week

Wisconsin beat Purdue for the 16th straight time with a 35-24 victory. The only longer active win streak between Big Ten teams (on the field) is Ohio State vs Indiana (27 straight wins for OSU).

Weber State entered today on an 8-game winning streak, which was the longest active win streak in FCS. They lost 43-38 to Montana State today, after surrendering FOUR safeties on snaps out the back of the end zone on punts. The 4 safeties in one game are the most in a single game in Division I history (FBS and FCS).  This is the Harry Caray stat of the year thus far!

In the FCS ranks, Rhode Island beat Monmouth in a 7-OT thriller, 48-46 – setting an FCS record for most OT periods.

Missouri won 17-14 over Vanderbilt, who has lost 25 straight conference games, the 3rd-longest streak in SEC history.

The “I’m sorry Craig Shemon” stat of the week: Rutgers snapped its 21-game home conference losing streak with a win over Indiana. The streak was the longest active steak in the FBS entering today. It is Greg Schiano’s first home Big Ten win.  The Hoosiers make history again!

Not to be out done.  The Miami Hurricanes.  Not one, not two, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7, but lucky number 8.  Duke defeated Miami 45-21, with the Hurricanes committing 8 turnovers. That’s the most by an FBS team since 2017 and most by an ACC team since North Carolina had 9 in 2002 against Miami (Ohio).  A beyond embarrassing, pathetic performance by my Canes.  I am at a total loss.  Team has gone backwards.  I’m beyond disgusted.

Here is my Real Top 25 Rankings for Week 8




  • 25. Texas

  • 24. Liberty

  • 23. Tulane

  • 22. Kansas State

  • 21. North Carolina

  • 20. LSU

  • 19. Cincinnati

  • 18. Syracuse

  • 17. Kentucky

  • 16. Illinois

  • 15. UCLA

  • 14. Utah

  • 13. Penn State

  • 12. Mississippi

  • 11. USC

  • 10. Wake Forest

  • 9. Oklahoma State

  • 8. Oregon

  • 7. Clemson

  • 6. TCU

  • 5. Michigan

  • 4. Alabama

    Bryce Young passed for 249 yards and two touchdowns and Alabama’s defense continued its domination of No. 24 Mississippi State in a 30-6 victory Saturday night – despite the last-play touchdown. Alabama has won the last four meetings at Bryant-Denny Stadium by a combined 136-9.

  • 3. Tennessee

  • 2. Ohio State

  • 1. Georgia

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