AP College Football Poll 2013: Complete Week 7 Rankings Released
Although there were a couple of close calls in Week 6 of the college football season, the nation's elite teams were able to avoid disaster, which leaves the top of the rankings largely unchanged.
To nobody's surprise, the Alabama Crimson Tide continues to roll by virtue of a 45-3 win against an overwhelmed Georgia State Panthers team.
While it was tough to learn much about 'Bama against such an inferior opponent, the fact that quarterback AJ McCarron completed 15 of 16 passes for four touchdowns is encouraging, to say the least.
A host of strong teams have been chasing Alabama for No. 1 honors over the past few weeks, and all of them were able to come up with victories. Oregon shook off a slow start against Colorado and ultimately blew out its Pac-12 rival by a score of 57-16.
Clemson was never challenged, either, as it pounded Syracuse 49-14 at the Carrier Dome, always a difficult venue to perform in.
Ohio State very nearly saw its national title hopes and undefeated streak go by the wayside, but the Buckeyes were able to secure an impressive road win over Northwestern.
Urban Meyer's squad trailed its Big Ten rival in the fourth quarter. However, stellar play from running back Carlos Hyde was enough to help Ohio State come away victorious.
Stanford was able to avert near disaster as well against a game Washington Huskies team. Steve Sarkisian's Huskies pushed the Cardinal to the limit, but Stanford's running game and special teams led to a three-point win.
With running back Todd Gurley on the shelf, the Georgia Bulldogs were on the ropes late against Tennessee.
Quarterback Aaron Murray threw his third touchdown of the day to tie things up with five seconds remaining in regulation. A fluky play in overtime led to a touchback in favor of Georgia and allowed the Bulldogs to kick a game-winning field goal.
The most impressive performance on Saturday unquestionably came courtesy of Florida State.
Many expected the Seminoles to be pushed around by the previously unbeaten Maryland Terrapins, who were ranked No. 25 in Week 6, but Florida State had other ideas.
Freshman sensation Jameis Winston bolstered his Heisman candidacy by throwing for nearly 400 yards and five touchdowns as the Seminoles cruised to a 63-0 win.
If the season ended today, which team would most deserve a shot against Alabama in the National Championship Game?
While Northwestern, Washington and Maryland all lost to teams that were ranked higher than them as of last week, a pair of ranked teams fell to Top 25 outsiders on Saturday.
Arizona State was able to equalize Notre Dame about midway through the fourth quarter, but quarterback Tommy Rees orchestrated a late field-goal drive for the Irish, and linebacker Dan Fox put an exclamation point on the upset with a pick-six.
Also, the Auburn Tigers officially announced their return after a couple tough seasons, upsetting the Ole Miss Rebels 30-22. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall ran the ball all over the sliding Rebels as the Tigers improved their SEC record to 2-1 after failing to win a single SEC contest in all of 2012.
While non-BCS schools haven't received much Top 25 love this season, one potential BCS buster continued to make a case for itself on Saturday as the undefeated Fresno State Bulldogs tore apart the Idaho Vandals by a score of 61-14.
Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr threw for 419 yards and five touchdowns, and the Bulldogs continued to prove that they are a true threat to the high-profile programs ahead of them.
With a few more battles between ranked teams looming in Week 7, there is no telling what the rankings will look like one week from now.
Based on how well the top-ranked teams have performed thus far, it remains to be seen if they'll truly be challenged in the near future.
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