College Football Rankings 2012: Top 25 Teams That Failed to Impress in Week 7

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04:  Head coach Dana Holgorsen (obscured by helmet) of the West Virginia Mountaineers has gatorade dumped on his head by his players after they won 70-33 against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Just when you thought it was safe to release the BCS rankings, a number of Top 25 squads put forth less than impressive efforts on Saturday, resulting in lopsided losses and a guaranteeing movement in the polls for Week 8.

Who's in for a long week of practice as they try and right the ship before they crash into the rocks?


No. 3 South Carolina (5-1): Lost 23-21 to No. 9 LSU (6-1)

South Carolina walked into Death Valley the No. 3 team in the country, but left as a team who is going to drop out of the Top 5 after being unable to hold a four-point lead heading into fourth quarter.

LSU's defense was too much for South Carolina to get anything going against, and the Tigers held the visitors to only 34 yards rushing on the ground.

Steve Spurrier's defense watched LSU freshman running back Jeremy Hill rush for 124 yards and two touchdowns, including a 50-yard scamper with just over five minutes to go that gave LSU a nine-point lead.

South Carolina had a chance to make a big statement by walking into Baton Rouge and beating a team that had won its past 21 games at home. Instead, LSU now moves back into the national championship picture while South Carolina fades.


West Virginia (5-1): Lost 49-14  to Texas Tech (5-1)

West Virginia was outplayed in every possible facet of the game by a Texas Tech squad that led 35-7 at halftime and 42-7 heading into the fourth quarter.

Its defense was non-existent in the first half, allowing Texas Tech to find the end zone on five of its seven drives. We knew that its pass defense was pretty bad coming into the game, as the 336 yards it allowed through the air was third-worst in the country.

Texas Tech QB Seth Doege raised that average by throwing for 499 yards and six touchdowns while leading the Red Raiders to 676 yards of offense—268 more than the Mountaineers.

Heisman Trophy candidate Geno Smith threw for 275 yards and a touchdown while completing 53 percent of his passes—nearly 30 percent less than the 81 percent completion rate he had over the first five games of the season.


No. 15 Texas Longhorns (4-2): Lost 63-21 to No. 13 Oklahoma (4-1)

This one wasn't as close as the score would lead you to believe, as it was over at halftime when Oklahoma led 36-2.

The Sooners literally ran the ball down the Longhorns' throats, picking up 343 yards and six touchdowns on the ground, including a spectacular 95-yard-run by Oklahoma junior Damien Williams in the first quarter, the longest in the rivalry's storied history.

Texas couldn't get a stop defensively and they never looked comfortable on offense, especially starting QB David Ash, who left the game in the fourth quarter with an injury to his left wrist and did not return (h/t ESPN).

Whether or not Ash will be able to play next week against Baylor, Mack Brown has his work cut out for him in fixing what ails the Longhorns, who simply were no match for the high-powered Sooners offense.