College FB Polls: Week 7 Top 25

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College FB Polls: Week 7 Top 25
Icon Sports Media#1 LSU
Last Week: #1
LSU 28, Florida 24

After a brutally entertaining 58 minutes of struggle, the undefeated Tigers and their gamblin’ coach hit the jackpot with a last minute touchdown to snag the victory over 9th ranked Florida. LSU kept rolling the dice and coming up with winners. The Tigers scored two touchdowns on fourth-down plays and another after pulling off a fake field goal.

Coach Miles has certainly secured respect from a shaky fan base and no longer does Miles feel Nick Saban's lingering presence. Miles has sustained heavy criticism for not "getting it done" when it counted most. Again and again, when everything was on the line, he made the call, and it came through. His critics are silenced.

While most LSU fans are already screaming of an undefeated ‘07 season and another BCS title, I remain wary. The Tigers still have a difficult schedule ahead of them, They will travel to face Kentucky on the road this week, then battle a resurging Auburn squad in Death Valley the week after. If the Tigers are going to lose a regular season game, they are going to do it in the next two weeks.

This Week:
LSU @ Kentucky


#2 Cal
Last Week: #3
BYE

Simply put, it's time for the Golden Bears to put-up or shut-up. During the remaining games of their season, the Bears will play some key inter-conference match-ups. The most important game of the season (for Cal at least) will come on November 10, when the USC Trojans come to town. Can Cal take the Pac-10? Yes. Will they? That remains to be seen, I’ll give you my prediction after the Bears travel to Arizona St. in late October.

This Week:
Oregon St. @ Cal


#3 Ohio State
Last Week: #4
Ohio State 23, Purdue 7

The Buckeye defense shut-down one of the nation’s highest scoring teams, Purdue. The Boilermakers had averaged 45 points and 496 yards per game, but Ohio State held them to 272 total yards.

Purdue was Ohio State's first win over a ranked team this season - but it was a big win. The Buckeyes faced a veteran Purdue squad in hostel territory. QB Todd Boeckman passed for 200 yards and two touchdowns, Chris Wells ran for 85 yards, and Ryan Pretorius made all three of his field goal attempts.

Now the Buckeyes will have to focus and take their season one game at a time until theie November 10th showdown @ Illinois. If the Buckeyes can keep it together and come out victorious on the 10th, they just might have a ticket to the national title game.

This Week:

Kent State v. OSU


#4 South Florida
Last Week: #5
South Florida 35, Florida Atlantic 23

Williams ran for 186 yards and four touchdowns. Super Sophomore, Matt Grothe added 122 yards in the air, 120 on the ground, and his own TD to take the lead during the third quarter.

Victory didn’t come without a price. Defensive end George Selvie, who entered the game leading the nation in sacks, had a beautiful sack on the first series. It gave him 10 1/2 on the season, breaking the single-season school record. He was injured in the next series but expect to see him start next week. "I'm a little banged up, but I'll be OK after some rehab," said Selvie.

There is one important stat from this game: 4 USF turnovers. The Bulls had three turnovers in the opening half, and FAU turned one of them into points. Perhaps it was just a “hangover” after last week’s upset victory over West Virginia, but I don’t expect to see it again if the Bulls want to remain undefeated.

Now that the pigskin has settled, for a few days at least, there is one important truth that was displayed by a fan. Amidst the crowd, one yellow and green sign summed it up best: USF, the only Undefeated School in Florida.

This Week:
UCF @ South Florida


#5 Boston College

Last Week: #10
Boston College 55, Bowling Green 24

Last week, I stated “Boston College will need to find some more depth if they expect to run with the elite," after the Eagles’ offense only accounted for 4 non-Andre Callender yards. This week, the Eagles took charge in the first half with Matt Ryan throwing four touchdown passes and the defense's four interceptions to keep the ball in BC possession.

The Eagles have a fairly easy schedule but I expect them to fall on the road when they face Virginia Tech.  They can still win the ACC championship with one loss.

In 1984, they were ranked as high as fifth when Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie led them to a 10-2 record and a Cotton Bowl win. Can Matt Ryan pull something similar?

This Week:
Boston College @ Notre Dame


#6 Missouri

Last Week: #6
Missouri 41, Nebraska 6

Chase Daniel passed for a career-best 401 yards and ran for two scores and the Tigers got a big game from their defense in a 41-6 victory over Nebraska. Nebraska, which entered the game averaging 36 points, was held without a touchdown for the first time in almost three years.

Daniel was 33-for-47 and also was Missouri's rushing leader with 72 yards on 11 carries. Despite Daniel’s Heisman-worthy stats, the game ball goes to the Missouri defense who have been “iffy” this season (The Tigers are ranked #93 in defense). If their defense can consistently perform at this level, the sky’s the limit. But I don’t expect the Missouri defense to hold. Missouri will lose in November.

This Week:
Missouri @ Oklahoma


#7 Oregon

Last Week: #13
BYE

“Expect Oregon to double the amount of points that Washington St. puts up.” Oregon should be ranked #3.”  Can the Ducks live up to the hype? Let’s look at their average rankings: 4th in rushing yards, 5th in total yards, and 6th in points scored. You make your own decision. I’ll get back to you after their next game. I want to see how the Ducks look after a week of licking the wounds administered during the Cal game.

This Week:
Washington St. @ Oregon


#8 West Virginia
Last Week: #14
West Virginia 55. Syracuse 14

The Syracuse defense held Steve Slaton to 69 yards rushing on 15 carries. Slaton entered the game averaging 122.4 yards a game, second in the nation. Everything else went in favor of the Mountaineers.

Owen Schmitt scored his first two touchdowns of the season, defensive tackle Keilen Dykes returned an interception 19 yards for another score, and Coach Rich Rodriguez secured his 100th victory.

The Mountaineers have certainly improved after last week’s game against South Florida in which they committed six turnovers in a 21-13 loss last week that seriously damaged their national championship hopes.

Pat White was 12-of-15 for 148 yards and one touchdown and had 14 carries for a team-high 89 yards and another TD. White, who sustained a thigh bruise against South Florida and sat out the second half, was banged up again. He strained a chest muscle midway through the third quarter and never returned. Luckily, he has this week to get his health back up.

This Week:
BYE


#9 South Carolina
Last Week: #11
South Carolina 38, Kentucky 23

Spurrier stayed unbeaten against the Wildcats in their clash last week and keeps up hope for a South Carolina bid to the SEC championship game. Freshman Chris Smelley, making his second straight start for South Carolina, completed 17 of 30 pass attempts for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

The best individual effort came from defensive end Eric Norwood, who tied an NCAA record with two touchdown returns.  Norwood had a blocked punt that changed the momentum in South Carolina's 38-21 win over Mississippi State two weeks ago.

Andre' Woodson may have ruined his Heisman hopes with several key errors that, arguably, cost Kentucky the game. Woodson fumbled after Jonathan Williams' sack on Kentucky's first series, and Norwood picked up the pigskin for a 2-yard TD return that put the Gamecocks ahead 7-0. Then, with the teams tied at 10 in the second quarter, Woodson drove Kentucky to the 9, but threw his second interception of the season to destroy Kentucky‘s chance to take a lead at half-time.

It was the poorest performance of the season for Kentucky, which was held to half its SEC-leading average of 46.6 points a game.

This Week:

South Carolina @ North Carolina


#10 USC
Last Week: #2
Stanford 24, USC 23

With 49 seconds remaining on the clock, Mark Bradford caught a 10-yd pass from Tavita Pritchard  in the end zone, giving the 41-point underdog Cardinal a 24-23 victory over No. 2 Southern California.

Making his first career start, Pritchard had to convert on fourth-and-20 four plays before the winning TD. What’s more amazing, Pritchard was calling his own plays. Pritchard, filling in for T.C. Ostrander, entered the game having thrown only three passes. USC might also have to turn to a backup quarterback. Booty cracked the middle finger on his throwing hand when he hit it on a helmet in the second quarter.

The Trojans lost their top slot in the AP Top 25 after barely holding on for a 27-24 victory over underdog Washington two weeks ago. They drop to the bottom of the Top 10 this week after losing to a team that had been outscored almost 3-to-1 in Pac-10 play.

The Trojans rolled up 459 yards to just 235 for Stanford. However, the Trojans gave up 5 turnovers, 24 points, and brought their 35-game winning streak at the Coliseum to a screeching halt.

Credit for the Stanford victory is shared between the USC mistakes on offense and a Cardinal defense that never gave up. The Cardinal defense intercepted Booty four times on the night and held USC's talented running backs to just 96 yards on the ground.

This Week:
Arizona @ USC


#11 Virginia Tech
Last Week: #17
Virginia Tech 41, Clemson 23

This Week:

Virginia Tech @ Duke


#12 Oklahoma
Last Week: #8
Oklahoma 28, Texas 21

This Week:
Missouri @ Oklahoma


#13 Florida
Last Week: #9
LSU 28, Florida 24

This Week:
BYE


#14 Cincinnati
Last Week: #18
Cincinnati 28, Rutgers 23

This Week:
Louisville @ Cincinnati


#15 Arizona St.
Last Week: #15
Arizona St. 23, Washington St. 20

This Week:
Washington @ Arizona St.


#16 Illinois
Last Week: UNRANKED!?!
Illinois 31, Wisconsin 26

This Week:
Illinois @ Iowa


#17 Auburn
Last Week: Honorable Mention
Auburn 35, Vanderbilt 7

This Week:
Auburn @ Arkansas


#18 Hawaii
Last Week: #21
Hawaii 52, Utah St. 37

This Week:
Hawaii @ San Jose St.


#19 Florida St.
Last Week: Honorable Mention
Florida St. 27, North Carolina St. 10

This Week:
Florida St. @ Wake Forest


#20 Kansas
Last Week: UNRANKED!?!
Kansas 30, Kansas St. 24

This Week:
Baylor @ Kansas


#21 Kentucky
Last Week: #7
South Carolina 38, Kentucky 23

This Week:
LSU @ Kentucky


#22 Wisconsin
Last Week: #6
Illinois 31, Wisconsin 26

This Week:
Wisconsin @ Penn St.


#23 Tennessee
Last Week: UNRANKED!?!
Tennessee 35, Georgia 14

This Week:
Tennessee @ Mississippi St.


#24 Georgia
Last Week: #12
Tennessee 35, Georgia 14

This Week:
Georgia @ Vanderbilt


#25 Purdue
Last Week: #20
Ohio St. 23, Purdue 7

This Week:
Purdue @ Michigan


Honorable Mention:
Texas
Texas A&M
Virginia


Conference Representation:

#1 LSU - SEC
#2 Cal - Pac-10
#3 Ohio State - Big Ten
#4 South Florida - Big East
#5 Boston College - ACC
#6 Missouri - Big 12
#7 Oregon - Pac-10
#8 West Virginia - Big East
#9 South Carolina - SEC
#10 USC - Pac-10
#11 Virginia Tech - ACC
#12 Oklahoma - Big 12
#13 Florida - SEC
#14 Cincinnati - Big East
#15 Arizona State - Pac-10
#16 Illinois - Big 10
#17 Auburn - SEC
#18 Hawaii - WAC
#19 Florida St. - ACC
#20 Kansas - Big 12
#21 Kentucky - SEC
#22 Wisconsin - Big Ten
#23 Tennessee - SEC
#24 Georgia - SEC
#25 Purdue - Big Ten

Honorable Mention:
Texas-Big 12
Texas A&M-Big 12
Virginia-ACC


ACC-4
Big 10-4
Big 12-4
Big East-3
Pac 10-4
SEC-7
WAC-1
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