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The truth hurts, especially when your favorite college football team comes running out of the Week 1 gates just to trip, fall, fall again, and crawl to a face-down finish through the first seven weeks of the season. Well, it wouldn't be a real college football season if it weren't for those teams that are romanticized in the preseason polls, just to spiral out of the Top 25 and playoff discussion before Week 8.
6. TCU (3-3)
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Week 1 Rank: No. 16
An undefeated TCU team looked like it had then-No. 4 Ohio State on the ropes heading into the locker room at the half back in Week 3. But they've done practically nothing but blow games ever since taking the field for that second half. The Horned Frogs have now lost three of their last four, with the sole win coming in a three-point squeaker over a less-than-great Iowa State team.
5. Florida State (3-3)
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Week 1 Rank: No. 19
Sorry Seminole fans, but another abysmal start to a season should have fans worried about the current state of the program. This one is pretty much summed up by the fact that FSU currently has the worst College Football Playoff odds of every Division I football team in the state of Florida through six weeks. That's including teams like FIU and FAU, Yikes!
4. Miami Hurricanes (4-2)
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Week 1 Rank: No. 8
Rewinding back to Week 10 of the 2017 season, we were all looking at an undefeated, Top-10 Miami team that was showing every characteristic of returning to the program's storied level of success. But after losing three consecutive games following that 10-0 start a season ago, a then-No.8 Hurricanes team was embarrassed by LSU in its 2018 season opener and have since lumbered to a 4-2 start overall against a vastly-easier ACC than last season.
3. Auburn Tigers (4-2)
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Week 1 Rank: No. 9
If it weren't for beating the equally-disappointing Washington Huskies in Week 1, Auburn would have easily secured the No. 2 spot on this list. Auburn absolutely blew a home game against LSU in Week 3 after giving up a last-second field goal, but they were truly exposed by a loss to a bad Tennessee team at home in Week 7 knocking them out of the Top 25 poll in Week 8. Even in their 33-3 rout of Arkansas in Week 4, the Razorbacks actually out-gained the Tigers in rushing yards, passing yards and total yards of offense.
2. No. 15 Washington Huskies (4-2)
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Week 1 Rank: No. 6
The Huskies came into 2018 with their work cut out for them, but they've already managed to practically eliminate themselves from the College Football Playoff contention by Week 8. All Washington had to do was beat then-No. 9 Auburn in Week 1 and/or lose a maximum of one close Pac-12 game in the weakest Power Five conference in the country in order to give themselves a shot at cracking the playoff. That's evidently far too much to ask for out of this year's team.
1. No. 23 Wisconsin Badgers (4-2)
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Week 1 Rank: No. 4
This top spot is a no-brainer. The Badgers opened the year ranked firmly in the elusive top-4 spots (implying a playoff-bid finish) as well as Sports Illustrated's pick to win the College Football Playoff. Well, things haven't exactly gone that way in Madison after a stunning upset loss to BYU at home in Week 3 and then a humiliating beatdown loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor last weekend. Don't forget Wisconsin also came into the 2018 season riding the hype of the consensus top-2 Heisman-hopeful running back Jonathon Taylor, who has since fallen from top-5 consideration in the latest Week 8 Heisman odds.
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