AP Poll College Football Week 7: 5 Teams We're Still Not In Love With
In this year's college football season, teams have begun to separate themselves and make the case that they deserve to be in the sport's most prestigious games.
Alabama, LSU and Oklahoma are making their cases to be involved in the 2012 BCS National Championship game in New Orleans as they are looking to stay unbeaten the entire season to punch their tickets to the game.
There are also teams who have been under-performing such as Virginia Tech, Texas, Michigan State and and Florida State. These teams have lost to teams that they shouldn't have lost to, and the voters have made them pay for it by dropping them out of the AP and coaches' polls.
Here are five teams that people still aren't in love with going into Week 7.
1. Virginia Tech Hokies
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The Virginia Tech Hokies have been the model for success in the ACC in the past four to six years, as they have won the ACC Championship four times since coming over from the Big East in 2004.
They have stumbled a bit lately as they dropped a game to the sudden ACC heavyweight No. 8 Clemson Tigers, and Miami gave them everything they could handle yesterday before the Hokies escaped with a 38-35 win over the Hurricanes.
Quarterback Logan Thomas has had the tendency to make mistakes in critical times, and the special teams has disappeared as of late, which is uncharacteristic in a Frank Beamer-coached team.
Virginia Tech's defense has also been a sieve lately, as Miami's Lamar Miller gashed them again for over 100 yards rushing, and they surrendered 35 points to the Hurricanes' offense.
It is a wonder as to how the Hokies have been able to stick around in the polls, as they have been hot and cold for two weeks now.
2. Florida State Seminoles
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The preseason No. 5 ranked team in the country, the Seminoles have dropped way off the radar as of late.
With losses to Oklahoma, Clemson and Wake Forest already having crippled their hopes of winning the ACC championship for the first time since 2005, the Seminoles appear to be dead in the water.
The Seminoles sustained a lot of injuries in their loss to Oklahoma, namely QB E.J. Manuel as they had dropped from No. 5 to No. 11 in the country and then they lost to Clemson to continue the free-fall.
With three losses in the conference, the title hopes for the Seminoles are all but dead in the water as Clemson and Wake Forest have both established leads in the Atlantic Division and have head-to-head advantages over the boys from Tallahassee.
3. Michigan State Spartans
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In the new-look Big Ten, Nebraska and Wisconsin have been dominating the headlines and been dominating teams on the field.
With QB Kirk Cousins, the Spartans have also been another hot-and-cold team with the ability to be great one week, and bad the next.
After their disappointing loss to Notre Dame, the Spartans rebounded to beat the free-falling Ohio State Buckeyes and keep pace with the Cornhuskers and Badgers.
Mark Dantonio just got another five-year deal to be able to coach in East Lansing, and the team is slowly emerging out of the shadow of their adversaries in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
It will be interesting to see how the Spartans respond in conference play as they have games against Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin upcoming, which will tell the tale of how far they go this season.
4. Boise State Broncos
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The Boise State Broncos have always been screwed by the voters. They are not a major program from a BCS conference, so they always are under pressure to win their conference championship in order to get an automatic bid.
They have slid to No. 5 in the standings, as the Wisconsin Badgers leapfrogged them in the rankings and if none of the teams ahead of them lose, they may again miss out on getting a chance in the national title game.
The biggest knock against the Broncos is their conference alignment, and the fact that they have a soft schedule. The team has went undefeated the past few seasons, but has fallen short of the ultimate game in college football.
They have dominated every opponent that has come before them, but it is never enough in the eyes of the voters as they are skeptical as to how the Broncos would fare against a team from a power conference.
5. Oklahoma Sooners
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The former No. 1 team in the country has been the target of speculation in recent weeks as to whether they can reclaim their former ranking from LSU.
The Sooners have won every game they are supposed to, but voters have held it against them that they struggled two weeks ago against the Missouri Tigers in Norman, and that some of their wins were against now-less than competitive teams.
The Sooners dominated a less-than deserving then No. 11 Texas in the Red River Shootout and they are still No. 3 in the most recent rankings that came out today.
There is no reason why Oklahoma should be kept out of the national title game if they stay unbeaten and one of the top two teams ahead of them lose along the way.