After yet another wild weekend in the 2013 college football season, the Week 7 rankings for the Associated Press have been released and the landscape of the sport has once again shifted.
Take a look at the latest rankings and compare them to Bleacher Report’s official poll. This is how the Top 25 teams shake out heading into Week 7.
The Alabama Crimson Tide started the week—and the year—at No. 1 and have not moved after a lopsided 45-3 win over Georgia State. The competition wasn’t that impressive, but Alabama proved once again how dominant it can be this season.
The Oregon Ducks and Clemson Tigers remain at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively after convincing victories. No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Stanford may not have won in as decisive fashion, but victories over ranked opponents (the Buckeyes beat now No. 19-ranked Northwestern and the Cardinal beat now No. 16 Washington) proved that each is worthy of maintaining its position in the rankings.
Maryland was ranked 25th in the nation coming into Week 6, but Florida State’s 63-0 destruction of the Terrapins helped the Seminoles build credibility. The FSU program is currently ranked No. 6.
Georgia heads into Week 7 ranked No. 7 after a close 34-31 battle with the Tennessee Volunteers, and the Louisville Cardinals sit at No. 8 after thoroughly dominating Temple 30-7 Saturday. Texas A&M is ranked No. 9.
While No. 10 LSU dominated Mississippi State 59-26, both Oklahoma (ranked No. 12) and South Carolina (ranked No. 14) were involved in close games with unranked teams. That’s not a good sign for the two latter programs as each makes its case for BCS Bowl contention.
No. 13 Miami added a big win over ACC rival Georgia Tech, and No. 15 Baylor, No. 17 Florida, No. 18 Michigan and No. 20 Texas Tech also won against conference rivals Saturday.
Those teams didn’t have trouble beating their foes, but UCLA was involved in a fierce Thursday night 34-27 matchup with Utah and is ranked No. 11. Oklahoma State was also in a tough 33-29 victory over Kansas State (the Cowboys are ranked No. 22).
While No. 21 Fresno State was able to add another convincing win to its rankings resume (beat Idaho 61-14), formerly ranked teams Arizona State and Ole Miss faced tough losses and were dropped from the Top 25.
After Maryland also dropped out, it was No. 23 Northern Illinois, No. 24 Virginia Tech and No. 25 Missouri that jumped up and are now part of the upper echelon.
If Week 6 is a proper gauge for the rest of the season, this is going to be a memorable 2013.
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