College football: Games and storylines to pay attention to in Week 8
While on paper, Week 8 doesn't look as exciting as the past few weeks, there are still plenty of games fans can look forward to this weekend.
The lone game between ranked teams is No. 15 Texas A&M traveling to Oxford to face No. 24 Ole Miss. Both teams already have a division loss and can't afford another in a heavily-stacked SEC West. Here's what to expect in this game and other key matchups in Week 8:
Other storylines to watch:
How will USC challenge Utah? Utah has been unstoppable in recent weeks, but it shouldn't overlook its game this week with USC. Despite their losses this season, the Trojans can pose a challenge to the No. 3 Utes, who surprisingly enters the game as a slight underdog. The talent and resiliency is there for USC, which is evident by the way they hung closely with Notre Dame last week in the 41-31 loss. tah is a top contender for the college football playoff, but USC can break those playoff dreams if the Utes aren't careful this week.
Can Miami catch Clemson off guard at home? The road team has won every game in the series between Clemson and Miami, so it should be no surprise that the No. 6 Tigers are the favorites. But the Hurricanes nearly defeated rival Florida State, arguably the other best team in the conference besides Clemson. Quarterback Brad Kaaya has looked poised in the pocket for Miami this season. Miami's depth on defense has taken hits recently, including the loss of leading-tackler Raphael Kirby last week, so the Hurricanes will need their offense to keep up with Deshaun Watson and the Tigers.