College Football Rankings 2013: Complete Order After Telling Week 7

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College Football Rankings 2013: Complete Order After Telling Week 7
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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: 

AP Top 25 Poll Week 8
Ranking Team (First place votes) Record Points Previous BR Rank
1 Alabama (55) 6-0 1,495 1 1
2 Oregon (5) 6-0 1,438 2 2
3 Clemson 6-0 1,352 3 4
4 Ohio State 6-0 1,330 4 3
5 Florida State 5-0 1,242 6 5
6 LSU 6-1 1,137 10 6
7 Texas A&M 5-1 1,105 9 8
8 Louisville 6-0 1,077 8 7
9 UCLA 5-0 1,017 11 9
10 Miami (FL) 5-0 912 13 12
11 South Carolina 5-1 896 14 11
12 Baylor 5-0 849 15 10
13 Stanford 5-1 824 5 13
14 Missouri 6-0 749 25 15
15 Georgia 4-2 615 7 14
16 Texas Tech 6-0 590 20 16
17 Fresno State 5-0 383 21 18
18 Oklahoma 5-1 380 12 19
19 Virginia Tech 6-1 352 24 21
20 Washington 4-2 309 16 22
21 Oklahoma State 4-1 264 22 17
22 Florida 4-2 249 17 20
23 Northern Illinois 6-0 185 23 23
24 Auburn 5-1 156 NR NR
25 Wisconsin 4-2 153 NR 25

Associated Press

 

No. 2 Oregon

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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

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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 

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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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