Carter's Top College Football Power Rankings, Week 7: Frogs, Spartans in Top Two

David CarterCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2010

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 16:  Cornerback Elisha Olabode #6 of the TCU Horned Frogs celebrates with starting quarterback Andy Dalton #14 after TCU beat the BYU Cougars 31-3 at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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1. TCU Horned Frogs (7-0) Last Week: No. 2

The Frogs are one of the few teams that have looked great in every game this season. The win over Oregon State was the most important they’ve had all season so far. If they beat Air Force, it will be significant win No. 2 for them.

They had a tougher win against SMU but still beat them by 17 points. They still have Air Force and Utah left, so if they can beat them they have a legit shot at playing their last game in Arizona.

One other opponent they should watch out for is San Diego State because they have Ronnie Hillman who’s been tearing it up all year.


2. Michigan State Spartans (7-0) Last Week: No. 5

Sparty is looking pretty good so far with significant wins over Wisconsin at home and Michigan in Ann Arbor. Their win over Wisconsin looked even greater since the Badgers just beat Ohio State over the weekend. Their win over Illinois is great too because Illinois has a reasonably good football team this season.

The three remaining road game they have left against Northwestern, Iowa and Penn State all look to be tough ones. I honestly don’t see them beating Iowa or Penn State, but I think they could have a chance at beating Northwestern for some reason. Seven wins by a combined 125 points is pretty impressive.

3. Auburn Tigers (7-0) Last Week: No. 6

Who knows where this team would be without Cameron Newton? I expected the Tigers to be undefeated at this point once the season started, and they are meeting my expectations. I think they can beat the LSU Tigers, but for some reason the games against Georgia and Alabama look more interesting. If they go undefeated, there is no reason why they shouldn’t be in the title game.


4. LSU Tigers (7-0) Last Week: No. 7

LSU just finds ways to get it done. They beat a depleted North Carolina team to start the year and blew out Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. Not the most impressive wins over West Virginia, Tennessee and Florida, but they got it done regardless.

At the beginning of the year I saw them as a 6-1 team to this point (I thought they wouldn’t get past Florida), but they have proven me wrong and continue to get the job done.

Now it just gets tougher. They have Auburn and Alabama back-to-back. Both of these games I honestly have a hard time seeing them win. I also don’t think they can beat Arkansas, to be honest. But they’ve already beaten Florida, so they’ve already proven me wrong once. Let's see if they can do it a few more times.


5. Oregon Ducks (6-0) Last Week: No. 1

Six wins by a combined 228 points is the best total margin of victories of any team in the nation. LaMichael James is a stud and could have a great chance at winning the Heisman Trophy. Their only significant win is over Stanford.

The only tough games they have left are against USC and Oregon State. They face a UCLA team that knows how to pull upsets, but I honestly don’t see them losing to the Bruins. In fact, I think they could blow them out of the Pacific Ocean.


6. Boise State Broncos (6-0) Last Week: No. 9

What the Broncos have to do is win every game and win most of them by at least 15 or 20 points. If they start winning by a touchdown or less, then the computers/voters could start to think if they played a significantly good team outside of the WAC, they could get beaten, which is possible. Looking forward to seeing them play Hawaii and Nevada.


7. Utah Utes (6-0) Last Week: No. 8

Utah has a good team, but we're really going to see just how good they really are during their games against Air Force, TCU, Notre Dame and San Diego State. If they win all of those, they are definitely the real deal.


8. Missouri Tigers (6-0) Last Week: No. 11

Their 6-0 record includes wins over interesting Illinois and Texas A&M teams—and by interesting teams I mean teams that they could’ve been upset by. But they avoided the upset bug.

Now it’s time for their first real test of the year as they play Oklahoma on Saturday in Columbia. The Sooners know a little something about being pretty good at football, so if Mizzou happens to win this you could have them as the potential Big 12 champions.


9. Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-0) Last Week: No. 12

Another 6-0 team with a couple of interesting wins over Texas Tech and Texas A&M. They have not one, not two, but three players that are legit contenders for the Heisman Trophy to this point. It’s been a while since we’ve all seen a QB-RB-WR tandem as good as the Cowboys have in Brandon Weeden, Kendall Hunter and Justin Blackmon.

As long as these guys stay consistent, you could be looking at a future Big 12 South Division championship, possibly a Big 12 championship and maybe even a Heisman Trophy and a national championship appearance. But beating Nebraska, Kansas State, Texas and Oklahoma over the remainder of the season is going to be extremely tough.


10. Oklahoma Sooners (6-0) Last Week: No. 13

One of quite a few teams in the BCS that are ranked a little too high. As a Sooners fan, I still don’t know if these guys can stay consistent like they have over the past few weeks. The fact that they barely beat Utah State, Air Force and Cincinnati still makes me nervous.

If Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles can continue to do what they have been doing, and if they beat more good teams like Missouri, Baylor and Oklahoma State, then they should be in the top three in my rankings at the end of the year.


Those are my thoughts on the teams from my version of the top 10, so I'll just let you readers see how I have teams 11 through 25. Enjoy and I love those hating comments. Keep them coming!

11. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-1) Last Week: No. 3
12. Alabama Crimson Tide (6-1) Last Week: No. 14
13. Nevada Wolf Pack (6-1) Last Week: No. 4
14. Florida State Seminoles (6-1) Last Week: No. 15
15. Wisconsin Badgers (6-1) Last Week: No. 17
16. Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-1) Last Week: No. 10
17. Iowa Hawkeyes (5-1) Last Week: No. 23
18. Stanford Cardinal (5-1) Last Week: No. 16
19. Arizona Wildcats (5-1) Last Week: No. 24
20. West Virginia Mountaineers (5-1) Last Week: No. 25
21. Kansas State Wildcats (5-1) Last Week: NR
22. Northwestern Wildcats (5-1) Last Week: No. 22
23. Virginia Tech Hokies (5-2) Last Week: NR
24. Air Force Falcons (5-2) Last Week: No. 18
25. Baylor Bears (5-2) Last Week: NR

Individual Player Rankings


1. Bryant Moniz (Hawaii)
2. Russell Wilson (NC State)
3. Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State)
4. Matt Barkley (USC)
5. Taylor Potts (Texas Tech)
6. Robert Griffin III (Baylor)
7. Ryan Radcliff (Central Michigan)
8. Ben Chappell (Indiana)
9. G.J. Kinne (Tulsa)
10. Dayne Crist (Notre Dame)

Running Backs

1. Vai Taua (Nevada)
2. Bilal Powell (Louisville)
3. Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma State)
4. LaMichael James (Oregon)
5. John Clay (Wisconsin)
6. Ronnie Hillman (San Diego State)
7. Daniel Thomas (Kansas State)
8. Jordan Todman (Connecticut)
9. Bobby Rainey (Western Kentucky)
10. Chad Spann (Northern Illinois)

Wide Receivers
1. Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State)
2. Kealoha Pilares (Hawaii)
3. Greg Salas (Hawaii)
4. Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma)
5. Jermaine Kearse (Washington)
6. Kamar Jorden (Bowling Green)
7. Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina)
8. Michael Floyd (Notre Dame)
9. Marquess Wilson (Washington State)
10. Armand Robinson (Miami (OH))

Defensive Players
1. Josh McNary (Army)
2. Da’Quan Bowers (Clemson)
3. Vinny Curry (Marshall)
4. Logan Harrell (Fresno State)
5. Justin Houston (Georgia)
6. Brandon Jenkins (Florida State)
7. Ja’Gared Davis (SMU)
8. Donovan Fletcher (Ohio)
9. Jarvis Phillips (Texas Tech)
10. Morris Claiborne (LSU)


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