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College Football Rankings 2013: Complete Order After Telling Week 7

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 12:  Head coach Mark Helfrich of the Oregon Ducks pats running back Byron Marshall #9 on the head after he scored a touchdown in the second quarter against the Washington Huskies on October 12, 2013 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Ducks defeated the Huskies 45-24.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2013

Week 7 of the college football season didn't offer up a lot of upsets or changes in the top 25. That doesn't mean there wasn't a lot to be learned from the week's games. 

I have my eye on three teams in particular that offered fans enough evidence that should have us all questioning what we thought we knew about them. 

Have a look at the rankings, and then we'll get into the select three: 

 

No. 2 Oregon

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 12:  Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks rushes for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Washington Huskies on October 12, 2013 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Ducks defeated the Huskies 45-24.
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The Oregon Ducks went up to Seattle for the game of the week and beat the Huskies 45-24. It was an impressive road win against a ranked team. But let's face it, this is the kind of score we've come to expect from the Oregon program. 

However, what really impressed me was how Oregon won this game. 

The Ducks are second in the nation with 56.8 points scored per game. However, for much of the first half, the Huskies defense was doing a nice job of slowing the Ducks down. 

Oregon scored just seven in the first quarter and 21 for the first half. However, the Ducks were still able to take control of this game thanks to the play of their defense. 

Oregon limited the Huskies to just seven points in the first half and no points in the second quarter. The Ducks defense was stout on all levels. 

With the offense uncharacteristically struggling, the defense picked up the slack. This is a great sign for Oregon's chances of going undefeated. 

 

No. 10 LSU

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 12: Ego Ferguson #9 of the LSU Tigers reacts to a defensive stop against the Florida Gators during a game at Tiger Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  LSU won the game 17-6.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Image
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LSU rolled into Week 7 as an offensive juggernaut that had posted at least 400 yards of offense and 35 points. The Tigers scored just 17 on Saturday and still managed to beat No. 22 Florida by 11. 

Given the quality of Florida's defense, the 17 points and 327 yards of offense is not terribly concerning. And that is vastly outweighed by the play of LSU's defense. 

The Tigers defense has looked vulnerable this season. It cost LSU in their 44-41 loss against Georgia, and that unit threatened to derail the Tigers' season. 

However, there were definite signs of improvement on that side of the ball for LSU. 

Yes, Florida's offense has struggled all season, but LSU's defense was still impressive. Most notable was the play in the trenches. LSU limited the Gators to just 2.8 yards on 40 carries, and the Tigers were continually applying pressure on the Florida passing game. 

In all, the Gators totaled just 240 yards for the game. 

While LSU's defense still has questions to answer against a potent offense, the showing on Saturday proved this defense has things moving in the right direction.

 

No. 25 Missouri 

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 12:  Markus Golden #33 of the Missouri Tigers reacts after a sack against the Georgia Bulldogs with Lucas Vincent #96 at Sanford Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Tigers entered Week 7 with impressive stats and an unblemished record, but they still hadn't beaten a ranked team. 

On Saturday, they faced No. 15 Georgia, which was ranked No. 7 heading into the game, and throttled them. 

The Bulldogs were suffering from losses due to injuries, but that doesn't account for how easily the Tigers handled them. 

It is now safe to start taking Missouri seriously. This team has an excellent offense. The Tigers are eighth in the nation in points scored, and they've done that with a balanced attack that will be tough for any defense to stop. 

While the defense hadn't done anything to impress heading into Week 7, it did a decent job of holding up against the powerful Georgia attack. 

This all speaks to the Tigers' chances of continuing this impressive winning streak. 

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