College Football Rankings: Carter's Top 25 Power Rankings for Week 7

David CarterCorrespondent IMarch 29, 2017

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1. Oregon Ducks (6-0) Last Week: No. 1
Oregon had 558 total yards against Washington State as it moved to 6-0 for the first time since 2002.

2. TCU Horned Frogs (6-0) Last Week: No. 4
The win over Wyoming was TCU's 19th consecutive regular-season victory and 11th straight conference win. 12 of the last 13 wins for the Horned Frogs have come by 17 points or more. Andy Dalton passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns as he picked up his 35th win as a starter, the most among active FBS quarterbacks.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) Last Week: No. 2
Terrelle Pryor passed for a career-high 334 yards and three touchdowns, and Ohio State won their 16th straight over Indiana on Saturday. Coach Jim Tressel won his 100th game at Ohio State. Only Bo Schembechler and Fielding Yost reached the century mark in fewer games in Big Ten history. It was the 29th straight game for the Buckeyes defense without allowing a 100-yard rusher.

4. Nevada Wolfpack (6-0) Last Week: No. 5
Nevada improved to 9-1 in its last 10 WAC games. Another typical game for Vai Taua, who rushed for a season-high 196 yards and three touchdowns.

5. Michigan State Spartans (6-0) Last Week: No. 7
One of the most inspiring wins I’ve seen in sports. Michigan State ran for 261 yards and passed for 275 to win in coach Mark Dantonio's first game back since his heart attack on Sept. 19. Michigan State beat Michigan for the third straight time. It was the first time that's happened since 1965-67. The Spartans are 6-0 for the first time since 1999, and they haven’t lost a game of football or men's basketball against the Wolverines in 1,072 days.

6. Auburn Tigers (6-0) Last Week: No. 6
Auburn starts 6-0 for the first time since 2004. That season, Auburn went undefeated and finished No. 2 in the AP poll. Cam Newton rushed for 200 yards and four TDs in the win over Kentucky. All four of Newton's scores were in the first half. Auburn is now 16-1 in their last 17 games against Kentucky.

7. LSU Tigers (6-0) Last Week: No. 9
Saturday’s win over the Florida Gators was LSU's third win at the Swamp this decade.

8. Utah Utes (5-0) Last Week: No. 12
Utah scored 31 unanswered points in the second quarter and overcame an early 14-10 deficit. Utah snapped a four-game losing streak to Iowa State, though the teams have not played since the 1970's. Seven different players scored a touchdown for the Utes.

9. Boise State Broncos (5-0) Last Week: No. 13
The Broncos won for the 19th straight time. That is the longest active win streak in the FBS. Against non-AQ opponents, the Broncos have won by a combined score of 167-20 in three games. They have won 70-54 against teams from AQ conferences in two games.

10. Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-0) Last Week: No. 14
Taylor Martinez finished with 241 rushing yards in the win over Kansas State, the most by a QB and eighth-most in a single game in Nebraska history. He is only the third player this year to rush for 200 yards and four touchdowns in a game. He also threw for another score.

11. Missouri Tigers (5-0) Last Week: No. 15
The Tigers won their fifth straight game over Colorado on Saturday. Blaine Gabbert passed for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Missouri starts 5-0 for just the 10th time in its 119-year history.

12. Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-0) Last Week: No. 17
Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon has more than 100 yards receiving in each of the Cowboys' first five games. The five game streak ties Rashaun Woods (2002) and Hart Lee Dykes (1988) for the longest such streak in school history. Oklahoma State leads the all-time series between schools 6-0 and is 3-0 against the Ragin' Cajuns in Lafayette.

13. Oklahoma Sooners (5-0) Last Week: No. 11
After a week off from competition, the Sooners get back to work against Iowa State on Saturday. Let’s see if the their three stars—Landry Jones, DeMarco Murray, Ryan Broyles—can bring them a 6-0 record.

14. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-1) Last Week: No. 3
Alabama's 38 yards rushing against South Carolina were the third fewest in the Nick Saban era. They had 20 in a loss to LSU in 2007 and 31 in the 2009 Sugar Bowl loss to Utah.

15. Florida State Seminoles (5-1) Last Week: No. 21
Florida State won for the fourth time in the last six games against the Miami Hurricanes. The road team in the FSU-Miami rivalry won for the fifth straight time. Florida State allowed 47 points at Oklahoma in Week 2. In its other five games, FSU has allowed a combined 47 points.

16. Stanford Cardinal (5-1) Last Week: No. 20
Andrew Luck finished the win over USC with only four incomplete passes, 285 passing yards, and three touchdowns.

17. Wisconsin Badgers (5-1) Last Week: No. 22
The most-played rivalry among FBS teams went Wisconsin's way, extending the Badgers' win streak in the series to seven straight. The Badgers extended their home win streak over Minnesota to eight games and have won 14 of the last 16 against the Golden Gophers at Camp Randall Stadium. John Clay (111) and James White (118) both ran for more than 100 yards for the Badgers. That's the second time this season they've both rushed for 100 yards in a game. James White has rushed for 361 yards and eight touchdowns over his last three games. The Badgers are 4-2 under coach Bret Bielema when rushing for 200 yards or more.

18. Air Force Falcons (5-1) Last Week: No. 24
Asher Clark ran for 125 yards and a touchdown as Air Force defeated Colorado State for the fifth straight time, and sixth of last seven. Air Force, which came in leading the nation in rushing with 373.60 yards per game, was held to 248 yards. Three touchdown passes (two from Tim Jefferson, one from Ben Cochran) carried them to victory. The Falcons are 5-1 for the first time since 2003 and are 18-4 at home since 2007.

19. North Carolina State Wolfpack (5-1) Last Week: NR
Wolfpack QB Russell Wilson continues to impress me. He passed for over 300 yards for the fifth time this season, breaking the record for most 300 yard passing games in a season that he shared with Philip Rivers. Rivers had four 300 yard games in 2003, and Wilson had four last year. Head Coach Tom O'Brien picked up his 1st win against Boston College, where he spent 10 years as head coach. O'Brien's 1st ACC game he ever coached at NC State was against Boston College on September 8, 2007, which was a 37-17 loss

20. UTEP Miners (5-1) Last Week: NR
Miners QB Trevor Vittatoe threw for three touchdowns and 327 yards while breaking a trio of school records to lead UTEP to a 44-24 victory over Rice on Saturday night.
Vittatoe set new career records for touchdown passes (89), passing yards (11,260) and total offensive yards (11,117). The win over Rice was UTEP’s fourth win by a margin of at least 18 points.

21. Michigan Wolverines (5-1) Last Week: No. 8
Wolverines QB Denard Robinson has had his way with defenses through the first five games. The nation's top rusher was held to 84 yards against Michigan State, 97 less than his average. He was also averaging 9.2 yards a carry but had 4.0 yards a carry Saturday. The Wolverines had season lows in points and total yards (377) in the loss to Michigan State.

22. Northwestern Wildcats (5-1) Last Week: No. 10
The Wildcats had no answer against Purdue QB Rob Henry’s legs. He ran for 132 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Northwestern last started a season 6-0 in 1962, when Ara Parseghian was the Wildcats' coach.

23. Iowa Hawkeyes (4-1) Last Week: No. 19
The Hawkeyes have given up seven points or less to four of their first five opponents this season. This task will be hard to accomplish again when they go up against Denard Robinson and the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday.

24. Arizona Wildcats (4-1) Last Week: No. 16
Oregon State defeated the Wildcats for the 10th time in the last 12 meetings between the two schools, and the fifth straight time in Tucson. Nick Foles passed for 399 yards and two scores in the loss for Arizona.

25. West Virginia Mountaineers (4-1) Last Week: NR
Geno Smith, Brad Starks, and Noel Devine all looked fantastic as they helped the Mountaineers total 445 yards in the 49-10 blowout win over UNLV on Saturday. They hope to stay fantastic again when the South Florida Bulls travel to Morgantown on Thursday night.

Individual Player Rankings:
1. Bryant Moniz (Hawaii)
2. Russell Wilson (NC State)
3. Ryan Mallett (Arkansas)
4. Robert Griffin III (Baylor)
5. Taylor Potts (Texas Tech)
6. Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State)
7. Steven Threet (Arizona State)
8. Ryan Radcliff (Central Michigan)
9. G.J. Kinne (Tulsa)
10. Dan Persa (Northwestern)

Running Backs:
1. LaMichael James (Oregon)
2. Vai Taua (Nevada)
3. Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma State)
4. Jordan Todman (Connecticut)
5. John Clay (Wisconsin)
6. Daniel Thomas (Kansas State)
7. Bilal Powell (Louisville)
8. Edwin Baker (Michigan State)
9. Johnathan Franklin (UCLA)
10. Chad Spann (Northern Illinois)

Wide Receivers:
1. Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State)
2. Greg Salas (Hawaii)
3. Kealoha Pilares (Hawaii)
4. Kris Adams (UTEP)
5. Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina)
6. Jeremy Ebert (Northwestern)
7. Kamar Jorden (Bowling Green)
8. Aldrick Robinson (SMU)
9. Conner Vernon (Duke)
10. Jordan White (Western Michigan)

Defensive Players
1. Vinny Curry (Marshall)
2. Josh McNary (Army)
3. Logan Harrell (Fresno State)
4. Ja’Gared Davis (SMU)
5. Roosevelt Nixon (Kentucky)
6. Jeremy Beal (Oklahoma)
7. Justin Houston (Georgia)
8. Jarvis Phillips (Texas Tech)
9. Jeramy Bryant (Hawaii)
10. Donovan Fletcher (Ohio)


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