College Football Rankings Week 7: Bleacher Report's Official Top 25

Jonathan McDanalContributor IIIOctober 6, 2013

College Football Rankings Week 7: Bleacher Report's Official Top 25

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    College football had another eventful week over the Oct. 5 weekend, with near-upsets, upsets, overtime victories and a slew of one-possession wins that shuffled the Top 25. Teams like Georgia and Oklahoma State raised more questions about their programs, and teams like Baylor added a lot of credibility to theirs.

    Right on schedule, here is Bleacher Report's official Top 25 poll to help clarify how everything played out.

    Poll voters (in alphabetical order): Chris Bello, Eric Bowman, Carter Bryant, Phil Callihan, Alex Callos, Andrew Coppens, Bill Eichenberger, Michael Felder, Trenise Ferreira, Sean Frye, Kyle Kensing, Ben Kercheval, Sanjay Kirpalani, Marc Kohn, Adam Kramer, David Luther, Jonathan McDanal, Max Rausch, David Regimbal, Patrick Runge, Barrett Sallee, Alex Sims, Erin Sorensen, Marc Torrence and Greg Wallace.

    Each voter submitted an individual Top 25, and every first-place team was given 25 points. The second-place team received 24, and so on, with the 25th-place team earning one point. The teams are ranked in order according to total points.

     

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Others Receiving Votes

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    Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 35

    Missouri Tigers: 27

    Auburn Tigers and Wisconsin Badgers: 17

    Oregon State Beavers: 7

    Ole Miss Rebels and Michigan State Spartans: 4

    Rutgers Scarlet Knights: 2

    Ball State Cardinals: 1

25. Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

    Previous Rank: N/A

    Week 6 Result: Virginia Tech 27, UNC 17

    Week 7: vs. Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 12, at noon

    Overall Record: 5-1

    Poll Points: 42

    Virginia Tech notched yet another win, this time 27-17 over the UNC Tar Heels. This pushed the Hokies' record to 5-1, and its only loss was to No. 1 Alabama. The Hokies are back in business this season, and the ACC title is within their grasp if they can consistently improve before facing the heavyweights.

    So far, they have not lost a conference game, but signal-caller Logan Thomas needs to keep playing like he did against UNC. He went 19-of-28 for 293 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. If he can keep control of the ball like that, the Hokies are likely to finish among the ranked at the end of the season.

24. Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Previous Rank: N/A

    Week 6 Result: Nebraska 39, Illinois 19

    Week 7: at Purdue, Saturday, Oct. 12, at noon

    Overall Record: 4-1

    Poll Points: 43

    Nebraska's 39-19 win over Illinois was just what it needed to kick off the Big Ten portion of its schedule. Nebraska led 30-5 at one point, cruising to a victory over the Illini.

    Nebraska hung 521 yards of offense on Illinois and committed just one turnover. It was a good, clean game, and it's definitely a strong foundation for a potential Big Ten title run.

23. Northern Illinois Huskies

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    Previous Rank: No. 24

    Week 6 Result: Northern Illinois 38, Kent State 24

    Week 7: vs. Akron, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m.

    Overall Record: 5-0

    Poll Points: 45

    Northern Illinois defeated Kent State 38-24 on Saturday, and that kept the Huskies in the top two for potentially crashing the BCS party. The Huskies have a decent resume so far, but it's not nearly the quality of a normal BCS buster.

    The good news is that NIU is undefeated. If it starts blowing out everyone on its schedule, another Orange Bowl bid is within reach.

     

22. Fresno State Bulldogs

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    Previous Rank: No. 22

    Week 6 Result: Fresno State 61, Idaho 14

    Week 7: Bye

    Overall Record: 5-0

    Poll Points: 113

    The Fresno State Bulldogs whipped the Idaho Vandals 61-14 on Saturday. They focused and took advantage of nearly every possible opportunity to maintain a tenuous hold on a spot in the rankings.

    After the near-loss to Hawaii in Week 5, this win was a welcome relief to Fresno State fans. The Bulldogs held serve at the head of the pack (over Northern Illinois) as the biggest potential BCS busters.

21. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Previous Rank: No. 20

    Week 6 Result: Oklahoma State 33, Kansas State 29

    Week 7: Bye

    Overall Record: 4-1

    Poll Points: 115

    Oklahoma State struggled for its second week in a row, but it came out with a 33-29 win over Kansas State on Saturday. Still, the Cowboys have work to do to regain voters' confidence.

    It was a win, but Kansas State was 2-2 heading into this game with losses to North Dakota State and Texas. The Big 12 may still be wide open, but it's going to take better performances than what the Cowboys have been showing to take the title.

20. Washington Huskies

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    Previous Rank: No. 16

    Week 6 Result: Stanford 31, Washington 28

    Week 7: vs. Oregon, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-1

    Poll Points: 167

    Washington took Stanford to the final seconds of its game and then some, losing 31-28 in the end. The Huskies almost got a crucial fourth-down conversion that would have extended their last drive of the game, but the ruling on the field (completed pass) was overturned by the replay booth.

    The Huskies are a one-loss team, but they proved more in that loss than they could have against a million Idaho States. The Huskies aren't out of the Pac-12 race yet, and judging from this performance, they could end up in the BCS picture if everything falls into place.

19. Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Previous Rank: No. 21

    Week 6 Result: Texas Tech 54, Kansas 16

    Week 7: vs. Iowa State, Saturday, Oct. 12, at noon

    Overall Record: 5-0

    Poll Points: 175

    Texas Tech scored 54 straight points from the second quarter to halfway through the fourth quarter en route to a 54-16 win on Saturday. Texas Tech attempted 100 total plays in this game, and the Jayhawks simply couldn't keep up past the first quarter.

    If the Red Raiders offense continues to develop over the rest of the season as it has during the first half, the Big 12 is in trouble. For now, Tech is a candidate for a BCS bowl bid.

18. Northwestern Wildcats

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    Previous Rank: No. 17

    Week 6 Result: Ohio State 40, Northwestern 30

    Week 7: at Wisconsin, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-1

    Poll Points: 183

    The Northwestern Wildcats came close to beating the Ohio State Buckeyes, but they fell by 10 points when the Buckeyes recovered a fumble in the end zone on the last play of the game. Northwestern proved that it can compete with some of the best in the nation, and there's no question that it belongs in the rankings.

    The Wildcats are 4-1 on the season now, and their Big Ten title hopes are still alive, though they now need Ohio State to take a couple of losses at some point during the season. 

17. Michigan Wolverines

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    Previous Rank: No. 19

    Week 6 Result: Michigan 42, Minnesota 13

    Week 7: at Penn State, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m.

    Overall Record: 5-0

    Poll Points: 198

    Michigan got its act together in Week 6 and posted a 42-13 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. After struggling against Akron and UConn, the Wolverines have to be thrilled to have scored a win like this.

    Devin Gardner went 13-of-17 for 235 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions in the win, and the Wolverines looked similar to their Week 2 selves when they beat then-ranked Notre Dame.

    Michigan can still pull the Big Ten title out of its hat, but it will take more efforts like Week 6.

16. Florida Gators

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    Previous Rank: No. 18

    Week 6 Result: Florida 30, Arkansas 10

    Week 7: at LSU, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-1

    Poll Points: 226

    Florida scored a 20-point victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, and that kept the Gators inside the Top 25. Quarterback Tyler Murphy went 16-of-22 for 240 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

    This is a welcome addition to the Florida arsenal, and Jeff Driskel going down for the season gave Murphy the opportunity to lead this offense. 

15. Miami Hurricanes

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    Previous Rank: No. 14

    Week 6 Result: Miami 45, Georgia Tech 30

    Week 7: Bye

    Overall Record: 5-0

    Poll Points: 306

    Georgia Tech put up a strong fight, but the Hurricanes stretched out their lead in the second half to earn the 15-point win. Miami is still chasing the ACC title, and it still has a perfect record on its resume.

    Next up is a trap game against the 1-4 UNC Tar Heels, which Miami must not overlook. They are wounded and still looking for a rebound win after losses to South Carolina, Georgia Tech, East Carolina and Virginia Tech. 

14. South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Previous Rank: No. 12

    Week 6 Result: South Carolina 35, Kentucky 28

    Week 7: at Arkansas, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 12:21 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-1

    Poll Points: 316

    South Carolina eked out a one-possession victory against the Kentucky Wildcats, who were 1-3 entering the scuffle. The Gamecocks are now 4-1, but they have had two straight close victories over weaker opponents (UCF being the other).

    They'll have to step up over the rest of the season if they expect to take down the SEC's finest, but they are still in the BCS conversation for the time being.

13. Baylor Bears

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    Previous Rank: No. 15

    Week 6 Result: Baylor 73, West Virginia 42

    Week 7: at Kansas State, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 325

    Baylor took a 56-14 lead into halftime, and the Mountaineers scored half of their points in garbage time at the end of the game.

    The Bears set a Big 12 record for yards in a single game at 864. No, that was not combined yardage. They got that on their own and looked good enough to win the Big 12 title while doing it. Baylor held its spot in the Top 25, and it made a statement against West Virginia in Week 6.

12. UCLA Bruins

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    Previous Rank: No. 13

    Week 6 Result: UCLA 34, Utah 27

    Week 7: vs. California, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 10:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 336

    UCLA took down a plucky Utah program 34-27 on Thursday, and that kept the Bruins undefeated and in the hunt for the Pac-12 title. The Bruins have a nine-day break before taking on the California Golden Bears.

    UCLA is scoring 48 points per game, and the Bruins have a ranked opponent lying in their wake (then-No. 23 Nebraska), which gives their stat line more credibility.

11. Oklahoma Sooners

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    Previous Rank: No. 11

    Week 6 Result: Oklahoma 20, TCU 17

    Week 7: vs. Texas, Saturday, Oct. 12, at noon

    Overall Record: 5-0

    Poll Points: 359

    Congruent with the fighting spirit of Week 6, the Oklahoma Sooners wrestled a three-point victory from the TCU Horned Frogs. It may not have been pretty, but it was their fifth win of the season against zero losses.

    Considering how the rest of the week played out, Sooners fans should just be thankful that their team remains unblemished. 

10. LSU Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 10

    Week 6 Result: LSU 59, Mississippi State 26

    Week 7: vs. Florida, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 5-1

    Poll Points: 404

    LSU scored a decisive 59-26 victory over Mississippi State on Oct. 5, and that style of win was a rarity for the day. The Tigers proved that they are still one of the teams to beat in the SEC West.

    Next on LSU's menu is a tough game with the one-loss Florida Gators. A win there would go a long way toward fortifying their resume. 

9. Texas A&M Aggies

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    Previous Rank: No. 9

    Week 6 Result: Bye

    Week 7: at Ole Miss, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 8:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-1

    Poll Points: 412

    Texas A&M had a week off, staying as a one-loss team gunning for the SEC title. The Aggies are still in need of major wins over some serious competitors, but they are capable of winning every one of their remaining games.

    Next up is a test against an Ole Miss squad that's still missing a signature win for the season. It will be tough, but the Aggies' 49.2 point-per-game offense is capable.

8. Louisville Cardinals

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    Previous Rank: No. 8

    Week 6 Result: Louisville 30, Temple 7

    Week 7: vs. Rutgers, Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 5-0

    Poll Points: 442

    Louisville's 30-7 win over Temple left a little to be desired, but the game was never in doubt. If they keep winning, they'll be in the mix for the national championship, and the slate of opponents in front of them is favorable. 

    If the Cardinals defense can keep their opponents' scoring average of 6.8 points per game going, they'll be in great shape at the end of the season. 

7. Georgia Bulldogs

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    Previous Rank: No. 6

    Week 6 Result: Georgia 34, Tennessee 31 (OT)

    Week 7: vs. Missouri, Saturday, Oct. 12, at noon

    Overall Record: 4-1

    Poll Points: 472

    Georgia barely escaped Neyland Stadium with a 34-31 overtime victory after failing to quell a Tennessee comeback in regulation. The Bulldogs won their second straight game by three points (LSU being the other), and they stand at 4-1 for the season.

    Georgia is still striving for the SEC title, but it keeps making things difficult on itself. The Week 7 match against Missouri's seventh-ranked offense entering the week is a potential trap for Georgia, and the Dawgs need to be on their game. 

6. Florida State Seminoles

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    Previous Rank: No. 7

    Week 6 Result: Florida State 63, Maryland 0

    Week 7: Bye

    Overall Record: 5-0

    Poll Points: 485

    Florida State absolutely dominated the Maryland Terrapins in a 63-0 Week 6 shutout. The Seminoles are improving week after week, and they stand at 5-0 for the season.

    The Seminoles looked unstoppable in their nine-touchdown win over Maryland, but there are still seven games left before the conference title game. Anything can happen, but there's no denying this is a Top 10 team as of early October.

5. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Previous Rank: No. 3

    Week 6 Result: Ohio State 40, Northwestern 30

    Week 7: Bye

    Overall Record: 6-0

    Poll Points: 539 (1)

    Northwestern could not pull off a miracle on the final play of the game, and their botched lateral boosted the Buckeyes' final score to 40 instead of 34. The Buckeyes remain an undefeated 6-0 for the 2013 season.

    They have a bye week to recover from the toll Saturday took on them, and the players and coaches will surely welcome that. 

4. Stanford Cardinal

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    Previous Rank: No. 5

    Week 6 Result: Stanford 31, Washington 28

    Week 7: at Utah, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m.

    Overall Record: 5-0

    Poll Points: 540

    Stanford beat the Washington Huskies 31-28 in the Week 6 nightcap that was hotly contested throughout. An opening kickoff return for a touchdown by the Cardinal could have been a season-saving play. 

    As it stands, Stanford lives to fight another week and also remains high in the rankings.

3. Clemson Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 4

    Week 6 Result: Clemson 49, Syracuse 14

    Week 7: vs. Boston College, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 5-0

    Poll Points: 559 (1)

    Clemson gave Syracuse a 49-14 shellacking to move to 5-0 for the season. They maintained their place at the top of the ACC with Tajh Boyd's 20-of-27 performance for 455 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.

    The Tigers are still on a trajectory for an undefeated season, and they host the Boston College Eagles in Week 7.

2. Oregon Ducks

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    Previous Rank: No. 2

    Week 6 Result: Oregon 57, Colorado 16

    Week 7: at Washington, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m.

    Overall Record: 5-0

    Poll Points: 593 (3)

    Oregon's 41-point pasting of the Colorado Buffaloes put the Ducks at 5-0 and on a direct path to the BCS National Championship Game.

    Oregon posted 755 yards of total offense against the Buffaloes, and it continues to be one of the most formidable forces in college football. The Ducks deserve to be ranked at No. 2.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Previous Rank: No. 1

    Week 6 Result: Alabama 45, Georgia State 3

    Week 7: at Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m.

    Overall Record: 5-0

    Poll Points: 616 (20)

    Alabama took down FBS newcomer Georgia State 45-3 on Oct. 5, and that put the Tide right back at No. 1 for the Week 7 edition of the poll. AJ McCarron went 15-of-16 for 166 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, and backup Blake Sims was 14-of-18 for 130 yards, one score and zero picks.

    The Tide didn't have a tough game, but the contest was enough to move them to 5-0 on the season.