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College Football Power Rankings – Week 7

Free NCAAF Power Rankings – Week 7

Through six weeks there are still plenty of questions looming on who’s the real deal and who’s just the product of a playing an easier schedule. Most of the polls have been shaken up week in and week out, other than the top-4 teams, but having said that 11 teams remain undefeated. Here’s what current teams I have in this week’s power rankings.

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0) – What’s been the norm the past decade, the Crimson Tide continue to dismantle their opponents. That trend continues this season as they have outscored opponents 336 to 96 while scoring at least 45 points in every game this season. Barring a shocking upset from Missouri, look for Bama to stay put atop the rankings
  2. Georgia Bulldogs (6-0) – After downing another SEC opponent in Vandy, Georgia takes on their first real test of the season this week against LSU. Despite the slight quarterback carousel, the Bulldogs have yet to be tested due in large part to their slew of weapons offensively and their disruptive defense. We’ll see how goo this Georgia team really is this week in Death Valley.
  3. Ohio State (6-0) – The Buckeyes racked up over 600 yards of offense against Indiana and Dwayne Haskins continues to look like a Heisman trophy winner accounting for over 450 yards and six touchdowns. Other than their one-point win over Penn State, Ohio State has yet to be challenged. Up next is the Golden Gophers of Minnesota.
  4. Clemson (6-0) – Clemson has faced a couple of scares this season, but has looked like a playoff team when the quarterback position is correctly situated and the defense plays up to their standards (3rd best in total defense in CFB). The Tigers take on a surprisingly good N.C. State team after a bye this week with both teams looking to stay perfect.
  5. Notre Dame  (5-0) – Notre Dame continues to surge after a commanding win over then ranked Virginia Tech. The switch to Ian Book at quarterback has paid dividends and with their next three games being against .500 teams or worse, there’s a good chance the Fighting Irish will be in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot come season’s end.
  6.  West Virginia (6-0) – West Virginia continues to march on and despite throwing three interceptions against Kansas, Will Grier is making his own case for the Heisman trophy. They are the final undefeated team in the Big 12 and they’ll look to continue that streak against Iowa State.
  7. Penn State (4-1) – Penn State got the week off to sulk about their last-second loss to their rival Ohio State, but they return to action Sunday against Michigan State. Both the AP and Coaches poll have the Nittany Lions sitting at No. 8, but I have them a leg up on Washington based on more convincing wins.
  8. Washington (5-1) – Don’t get me wrong, the Huskies have rebounded well since their opening week loss to Auburn, but I’m not as convinced on how good this team is and Jake Browning has been average at best, throwing a pick in four of six games this year. They’ll get the chance to show their worth in their next two games against Oregon and Colorado.
  9. Texas (5-1) – Texas is once again relevant after an upset victory over Oklahoma 48-45 and the college football world couldn’t be happier they are ahead of schedule rather than being a year out like most assumed. They take on in-state opponent Baylor next week.
  10. University of Central Florida (6-0) – UCF hasn’t lost in 18 games and it doesn’t look like that is going to change anytime soon after blowing out SMU 48-20 last week. And if anyone’s looking to get the committee’s attention this year it’s the Golden Knights, who missed last year’s playoffs even though they were the only undefeated team in college football last season.. They square off against Memphis this week.
  11. Oklahoma (5-1) – Much like Penn State last week, Oklahoma heads into their bye after a crushing defeat by their rivals. But while their chances have diminished the ship hasn’t sunk yet. They’ll have time to recoup with a bye this week.
  12. Florida (5-1) – Florida isn’t listed as high in most rankings, but I don’t see why not? They’ve knocked off ranked opponents the past two weeks, including a convincing 27-19 win over then No. 5 LSU last week. Not to mention, their one loss stems from an above average Kentucky team. The Gators’ wins haven’t been pretty, but they’re getting it done. They head to Nashville this week to take on Vanderbilt.
  13. Michigan (5-1) – Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines stumbled out the gates, but seem to have found their footing, reeling off five straight victories. They have a chance to redeem themselves from their Week 1 loss to Notre Dame as they take on the No. 15 Wisconsin on the road.
  14. LSU (5-1) – LSU somehow sits above the team they just lost to in the AP and Coaches Poll, I guess the thinking was it’s just one bad game, but I disagree. The Tigers face Georgia, Mississippi State and Alabama the next three weeks, so, while I believe they are headed down the wrong direction they have a chance to answer the call multiple times over the next few weeks.
  15. Wisconsin (4-1) – Jonathan Taylor rushed for 200 plus yards in a game for the second time this season in their victory over Nebraska. The Badgers will hope he runs wild once again in a big time showdown against No. 12 Michigan this week.
  16. Miami (5-1) – Even though Miami has won five straight since their embarrassing has to LSU Week 1, their one-point win over Florida State belted more sighs of reliefs then victory chants. The Hurricanes hit the road against Virginia this week.
  17. Oregon (4-1) – Oregon took their bye right before their biggest game of the season against No. 7 Washington. There are big time implications on the line even in the early going for the Ducks, as they already suffered a heart-breaking loss to Stanford earlier in the season. Should be a good one.
  18. Colorado (5-0) – In the Pac-12 North, Colorado is making noise as one of the 11 undefeated teams left. They were able to stay out of the loss column after a neck-and-neck battle with Arizona State winning by a final of 28-21 at home. Coming off a disappointing season, the Buffaloes have outscored teams 189 to 92 and we’ll get the chance to see if they are a true contender the next couple of weeks with USC and Washington ahead on the schedule.
  19. N.C. State (5-0) – Speaking of undefeated teams, N.C. State heads into the bye unblemished. And talk about good timing, as their opponent out of the bye will be Clemson. The Wolfpack come off a win against a good Boston College squad and look to shake things up coming out of the bye with plenty of time to prepare.
  20. Texas A&M (4-2) – Texas A&M finally picked up a big time victory after falling to Alabama and Clemson earlier this year. With two of their losses coming against potential playoff teams, the Aggies slide into the top-20 with a victory over a ranked Kentucky team. Up next they take on SEC foe South Carolina.
  21. University of South Florida (5-0) – South Florida has kept pace with UCF once again this season. And with winnable games coming up against Tulsa and Connecticut, Charlie Strong’s team will hope to get through the next two weeks unscathed before their matchup with American West leading Houston.
  22. Kentucky (5-1) – Kentucky dropped their first game of the year, but still sit in good position in the SEC East. They’ll be spectators this week as they head into the bye with their best start since the 2007 season.
  23. Cincinnati (6-0) Cincinnati is another team from the American Athletic Conference making headlines as they have taken care of business so far – albeit a fairly easy schedule. Nonetheless, they look to keep the loss column empty and get through matchups against Temple and SMU before two critical games against USF and UCF in games that could decide the conference. Maybe even a spot in the playoffs.
  24. Mississippi State (4-2) – The Bulldogs knocked off Auburn before heading into the bye and will need it before a brutal schedule over the course of the next month that includes LSU, Texas A&M and Alabama. One week at a time though as they say, as Mississippi State will have two weeks to get ready for what could be a two-loss LSU team.
  25. Auburn (4-2) – Auburn rounds out the SEC heavy rankings making them the eighth team in these standings. But it comes with good reason as they’ve knocked off a top-10 Washington team and their two losses come against ranked opponents. The Tigers have a solid group and there is a slight chance they could be playoff contenders with matchups waiting against Georgia and Alabama. First, they need to take care of Tennessee in a big way this week after an ugly loss against Mississippi State.

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