USA Today College Football Poll 2012: Complete Week 7 Rankings

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2012

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 06:  Mark Herndon #37 of the Florida Gators celebrates with fans following a 14-6 win over the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Three BCS National Championship contenders fell to the mat on Saturday, as the list of undefeated college football teams gets shorter and shorter heading into Week 7.

While most witnessed the Florida Gators take down the LSU Tigers in the Swamp, ending Les Miles' 18-game regular-season winning streak, others awoke shocked to see that Florida State couldn't maintain its early lead, losing by a point on the road at North Carolina State late Saturday night.

The last of the Top Five teams to collapse on Saturday was Georgia, which lost to SEC East rival South Carolina for the third consecutive time. Combined, Florida State, LSU and Georgia scored just 29 points in Week 6.

A huge clash in Week 7 will take place in Baton Rouge when the undefeated Gamecocks try to copy Florida and deliver a second straight loss to LSU. Farther north, Stanford will visit South Bend, looking for its second signature win of the year. Both should be on your must-watch list this coming weekend.

Now, back to the rankings. At the top, Alabama was on a bye and will travel to play Missouri in Week 7. Meanwhile, the Oregon Ducks ran right over Washington to earn their third Pac-12 win of the season. Oregon will be on a bye in Week 7.

The most entertaining matchup of the weekend by far came Saturday night in Austin. Heisman Trophy candidate Geno Smith and the West Virginia Mountaineers took their high-powered offense on the road and survived Texas, winning 48-45 in a shootout to remain undefeated and position themselves in the Top Five. 

Two Top 10 teams, Kansas State and Notre Dame, both rolled to blowout wins this past weekend. The Wildcats topped rival Kansas by 40 points, while the Fighting Irish moved to 5-0 after trouncing Miami (FL) 41-3 at Soldier Field in Chicago. In these two cases, the competition says more than the result.

After the big-time upsets at the top, TCU, Northwestern and UCLA joined the list of underachieving favorites. Both TCU and Northwestern suffered its first loss of the year, while UCLA dropped its second game in three weeks.

For the first time this season, we've seen a massive shift of power at the top of the USA Today poll, with a pair of SEC powerhouses taking a significant plunge. 

 1. Alabama
 2. Oregon
 3. South Carolina
 4. West Virginia
 5. Kansas State
 6. Florida 
 7. Notre Dame
 8. LSU
 9. USC
 10. Oklahoma
 11. Florida State
 12. Georgia
 13. Clemson
 14. Oregon State
 15. Texas
 16. Louisville
 17. Stanford
 18. Mississippi State
 19. Rutgers
 20. Cincinnati
 21. Texas A&M
 22. Boise State
 23. TCU
 24. Louisiana Tech
 25. Iowa State

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