College Football Rankings 2011: Top 40 Teams Heading into Week 8

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College Football Rankings 2011: Top 40 Teams Heading into Week 8
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Thirteen teams entered Week 7 of the college football season unbeaten. Ten of those teams remained perfect when everything was said and done on Saturday.

Denard Robinson was contained by Michigan State for the second straight year as the Michigan standout was just 9-for-24 passing for 123 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and his ground heroics were almost completely bottled up by the Spartans, to the tune of 18 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown.

It marked the third consecutive year that the Wolverines were unbeaten heading into their annual clash with Michigan State and left the game with their first loss. It was Michigan State's fourth straight win overall in the series.

Also in the Big Ten, Illinois suffered its first loss as Ohio State coach Luke Fickell channeled his inner Woody Hayes, calling just four pass plays as Dan Herron returned from his six-game suspension to rush for 114 yards and a touchdown in the Buckeyes' 17-7 win over the Fighting Illini. 

In the Atlantic Coast Conference, Georgia Tech suffered its first loss at Virginia, 24-21, as Perry Jones ran for 149 yards and the Cavaliers were able to at least slow the Yellow Jackets' triple-option attack.

I have been ranking teams this season since after Week 4 at my blog, After Further Review, but this is my first contributions to the rankings here at B/R. So any references to previous rankings reflect the work I've done up to this point in the season.

Dropping out of this week's rankings are South Florida (No. 32 last week, lost at Connecticut 16-10), Tennessee (No. 39 last week, lost to LSU 38-7) and Southern Mississippi (No. 40 last week, idle).

And with no further ado, here's the Top 40:

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