Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 7

Bleacher Report PollsFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2012

Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 7

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    Florida State became the official upset of the week after its shock 17-16 loss to North Carolina State. The Wolfpack got two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner with just 16 seconds left in regulation.

    LSU lost its first game of the year, losing 14-6 to Florida at the Swamp. LSU had won 18 straight regular-season games. The Tigers were limited to just 202 yards of total offense.

    In another SEC battle, South Carolina destroyed Georgia, 35-7. Like the Gators, the Gamecocks utilized an impressive defense that limited the Bulldogs to just 224 yards of total offense.

    There was no defense played in another Big 12 clash between Texas and West Virginia, as the teams combined for 864 yards of total offense. The Mountaineers held on to beat the Longhorns, 48-45.

    Read on to see what the newest rankings look like, according to Bleacher Report.

Others Receiving Votes

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    Louisiana Tech: 22

    Ohio: 19

    Michigan State: 13

    Duke: 12

    Baylor: 11

    Nebraska: 8

    UCLA: 8

    Penn State: 6

    Wisconsin: 4

    Iowa State: 3

    BYU: 2

    North Carolina State: 1

    Northwestern: 1

    Texas Tech: 1

No. 25: Michigan Wolverines

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    Poll Points: 32                             

    Record: 3-2 (1-0 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Purdue, 44-13

    Next Game: Oct. 13 vs. Illinois Fighting Illini

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson ran for 235 yards as the Wolverines beat the Boilermakers, 44-13. Robinson also threw for 105 yards and a touchdown.

    Defensive back Raymon Taylor picked off a Robert Marve pass and returned it for a 63-yard score in the second quarter.

No. 24: Texas A&M Aggies

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    Poll Points: 44                            

    Record: 4-1 (2-1 SEC)

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Ole Miss, 30-27

    Next Game: Oct. 13 at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel threw for 191 yards and ran for another 129, helping Texas A&M beat Ole Miss, 30-27. Manziel also threw for a touchdown and ran for another.

    Wide receiver Mike Evans caught eight passes for 105 yards for the Aggies.

No. 23: TCU Horned Frogs

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    Poll Points: 64                         

    Record: 4-1 (1-1, Big 12)               

    Last Game: Oct. 6, lost to Iowa State, 37-23

    Next Game: Oct. 13 at Baylor Bears

    Previous Ranking: 14

    TCU couldn't overcome five turnovers as it fell to Iowa State, 37-23. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was named the starter after Casey Pachall was suspended and would go on to throw three interceptions.

    It was the Horned Frogs' first loss to a conference opponent in 26 games.

No. 22: Boise State Broncos

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    Poll Points: 71                            

    Record: 4-1 (2-0, MWC)     

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Southern Miss, 40-14

    Next Game: Oct. 13 vs. Fresno State Bulldogs

    Previous Ranking: 23

    Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos beat Southern Mississippi, 40-14.

    Running back D.J. Harper ran 14 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns for the Broncos.

No. 21: Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Poll Points: 83                             

    Record: 4-0 (1-0, Big East)

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Miami (OH), 52-14

    Next Game: Oct. 13 vs. Fordham Rams

    Previous Ranking: 25

    Bearcat running back George Winn ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns as Cincinnati beat Miami (OH), 52-14.

    Quarterback Munchie Legaux threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Cincinnati racked up 429 yards of total offense.

    The Bearcat defense created four turnovers (three interceptions).

No. 20: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Poll Points: 143                      

    Record: 5-0 (2-0, Big East)   

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Connecticut, 19-3

    Next Game: Oct. 13 vs. Syracuse Orange

    Previous Ranking: 22

    Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison ran for 110 yards as the Scarlet Knights beat the Huskies, 19-3.

    Quarterback Gary Nova completed 18 of 27 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown for Rutgers.

    The Scarlet Knights defense created five turnovers (four interceptions) while limiting the Huskies to just 244 yards of offense.

No. 19: Stanford Cardinal

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    Poll Points: 176                          

    Record: 4-1 (2-1, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Arizona, 54-48 (OT)

    Next Game: Oct. 13 at Notre Dame Fighting Irish  

    Previous Ranking: 19

    Stanford scored 14 unanswered points in the last 6:34 and beat Arizona in overtime, 54-48. The Cardinal were down 48-34 late in the game before their big comeback.

    Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. He scored the winning touchdown from 21 yards out in overtime.

    Stanford receiver Levine Toilolo caught five passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.

No. 18: Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 185                      

    Record: 5-0 (2-0, SEC)            

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Kentucky, 27-14

    Next Game: Oct. 13 vs. Tennessee Volunteers

    Previous Ranking: 21

    Bulldog quarterback Tyler Russell completed 23 of 39 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns as Mississippi State beat Kentucky, 27-14.

    Running back LaDarius Perkins ran for 105 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown for the Bulldogs.

    Mississippi State held Kentucky to just 228 yards of total offense.

No. 17: Texas Longhorns

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    Poll Points: 199                      

    Record: 4-1 (1-1, Big 12)               

    Last Game: Oct. 6, lost to West Virginia, 48-45

    Next Game: Oct. 13 vs. Oklahoma Sooners

    Previous Ranking: 10

    Texas running back Joe Bergeron ran for four touchdowns but it wasn't enough, as the Longhorns lost 48-45 to the Mountaineers.

    Texas racked up 404 yards on offense, but couldn't stop Geno Smith and the Mountaineer offense.

No. 16: Louisville Cardinals

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    Poll Points: 208                         

    Record: 5-0 (0-0, Big East)               

    Last Game: Sept. 29, beat Southern Miss, 21-17

    Next Game: Oct. 13 at Pittsburgh Panthers   

    Previous Ranking: 17

    Bye week.

No. 15: Oregon State Beavers

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    Poll Points: 257                   

    Record: 4-0 (3-0, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Washington State, 19-6

    Next Game: Oct. 13 at BYU Cougars

    Previous Ranking: 18

    Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer picked off three Washington State passes as the Beavers beat the Cougars, 19-6.

    Running back Markus Wheaton caught nine passes for 95 yards and a touchdown for the Beavers.

No. 14: Florida State Seminoles

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    Poll Points: 267           

    Record: 5-1 (2-1, ACC)                

    Last Game: Oct. 6, lost North Carolina State, 17-16

    Next Game: Oct. 13 vs. Boston College Eagles

    Previous Ranking: 3

    The Seminole defense gave up a touchdown with just 16 seconds left in the game, as they were upset by the Wolfpack, 17-16.

    Running back Chris Thompson ran for 141 yards on 25 carries for the Seminoles.

No. 13: Clemson Tigers

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    Poll Points: 277                    

    Record: 5-1 (2-1, ACC)                

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Georgia Tech, 47-31

    Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

    Previous Ranking: 15

    Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd completed 26 of 41 passes for 397 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers beat the Yellow Jackets, 47-31.

    DeAndre Hopkins caught seven passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers.

No. 12: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Poll Points: 281                       

    Record: 3-1 (1-1, Big 12)              

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Texas Tech, 41-20

    Next Game: Oct. 13 vs. Texas Longhorns   

    Previous Ranking: 16

    Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones threw for two touchdowns as the Sooners beat the Red Raiders, 41-20. Jones completed 25 of 40 passes for 259 yards.

    Receiver Kenny Stills caught seven passes for 43 yards and a touchdown for the Sooners.

    Oklahoma's defense picked off Texas Tech's Seth Doege three times.

No. 11: Georgia Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 282                      

    Record: 5-1 (3-1, SEC)               

    Last Game: Oct. 6, lost to South Carolina, 35-7

    Next Game: Oct. 20 at Kentucky Wildcats 

    Previous Ranking: 5

    Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray completed just 11 of his 31 passes for 109 yards and an interception as the Bulldogs lost to the Gamecocks, 35-7.

    The Bulldogs offense was stagnant all game long, tallying only 224 yards of total offense.

No. 10: LSU Tigers

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    Poll Points: 339                    

    Record: 5-1 (1-1, SEC)               

    Last Game: Oct. 6, lost to Florida, 14-6

    Next Game: Oct. 13 vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

    Previous Ranking: 4

    LSU couldn't get through the Florida defense in its 14-6 loss. The Tigers were held to just 202 total yards of offense and committed three turnovers.

    Tiger quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed 11 of 25 passes for 161 yards and an interception.

No. 9: USC Trojans

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    Poll Points: 358                          

    Record: 4-1 (2-1, Pac-12)                

    Last Game: Oct. 4, beat Utah, 38-28

    Next Game: Oct. 13 at Washington Huskies

    Previous Ranking: 11

    The Trojans came back from a 14-point deficit in the first quarter to beat the Utes, 38-28, on Thursday night.

    Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley completed 23 of 30 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns.

    Wide receiver Marqise Lee caught 12 passes for 192 yards and scored on an 83-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

No. 8: Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Poll Points: 397                     

    Record: 6-0 (2-0, Big Ten)               

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Nebraska, 63-38

    Next Game: Oct. 13 at Indiana Hoosiers

    Previous Ranking: 13

    Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller threw 127 yards and ran for another 185 as Ohio State beat Nebraska, 63-38. Miller threw for a TD and ran for another as the Buckeyes racked up 495 yards of total offense.

    Running back Carlos Hyde ran for 140 yards and four touchdowns for the Buckeyes.

No. 7: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Poll Points: 430                    

    Record: 5-0               

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Miami, 41-3

    Next Game: Oct. 13 vs. Stanford Cardinal  

    Previous Ranking: 9

    The Fighting Irish ran for 376 yards and five touchdowns as Notre Dame beat Miami, 41-3, on Saturday night.

    Running backs George Atkinson III and Cierre Wood combined for 351 yards and three touchdowns for the Irish.

    Notre Dame has yet to fall behind in any game this year.

No. 6: Florida Gators

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    Poll Points: 434                      

    Record: 5-0 (4-0, SEC)             

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat LSU, 14-6

    Next Game: Oct. 13 at Vanderbilt Commodores 

    Previous Ranking: 12

    Florida's defense allowed just 202 yards of total offense as the Gators upset the Tigers, 14-6. Running back Mike Gillislee ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries for the Gators.

    The Gators ended LSU's 18-game regular season winning streak.

No. 5: Kansas State Wildcats

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    Poll Points: 443                       

    Record: 5-0 (2-0, Big 12)               

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Kansas, 56-16

    Next Game: Oct. 13 at Iowa State Cyclones   

    Previous Ranking: 8

    Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein ran for two touchdowns while throwing two more as Kansas State beat Kansas, 56-16. Klein finished with 129 yards passing and 116 yards rushing to help K-State to its fifth straight win.

    Running back John Hubert also scored four touchdowns while running for 101 yards on just 10 carries for the Wildcats.

    The Kansas State defense was just as impressive, creating five Kansas turnovers (three interceptions) in the blowout.

No. 4: West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Poll Points: 469               

    Record: 5-0 (2-0, Big 12)                

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Texas, 48-45

    Next Game: Oct. 13 at Texas Tech Red Raiders

    Previous Ranking: 7

    West Virignia quarterback Geno Smith threw four touchdowns as the Mountaineers beat the Longhorns, 48-45. Smith completed 25 of 35 passes for 268 yards and has yet to throw an interception this season.

    Running back Andrew Buie ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns as West Virginia racked up 460 total yards of offense.

No. 3: South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Poll Points: 500                         

    Record: 6-0 (4-0, SEC)               

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Georgia, 35-7

    Next Game: Oct. 13 at LSU Tigers    

    Previous Ranking: 6

    Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as South Carolina beat Georgia, 35-7. Shaw threw for 162 yards and ran for another 78 as the Gamecocks gained 392 total yards of offense.

    Running back Marcus Lattimore gained 109 yards and a touchdown for the Gamecocks.

No. 2: Oregon Ducks

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 531 (3)                  

    Record: 6-0 (3-0, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Oct. 6, beat Washington, 52-21

    Next Game: Oct. 18 at Arizona State Sun Devils

    Previous Ranking: 2

    Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota threw four touchdowns as Oregon blew out Washington, 52-21. Mariota completed 15 of 24 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns while running for another 40.

    Running back Kenjon Barner ran for 122 yards on 20 carries for the Ducks.

No. 1: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 547 (19)                  

    Record: 6-0 (3-0, SEC)               

    Last Game: Sept. 29, beat Ole Miss, 33-14

    Next Game: Oct. 13 at Missouri Tigers

    Previous Ranking: 1

    Bye week.

    Bleacher Report Voters: David Mayer (Poll Coordinator), Adam Jacobi, Alex Joseph, Alex Callos, Amy Daughters, Barrett Sallee, Carl Stine, David Luther, Luke Pashke, Rich Thomaselli, Eric Bowman, Ian Berg, James Brown, John Rozum, Jonathan McDanal, Kay Jennings, Marty Sondermann, Max Rausch, Michael Felder, Sanjay Kirpalani, Zach Dirlam.