Amway College Football Poll 2018: Complete Week 7 Rankings Revealed

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2018

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) tries to get away from Arkansas defender De'Jon Harris in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
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The Alabama Crimson Tide maintained a stranglehold on the top spot in the Amway Coaches Poll after throttling Arkansas 65-31 on Saturday afternoon.

Georgia, Ohio State and Clemson held steady at Nos. 2, 3 and 4, but there was a shakeup in the Top Five following Oklahoma's 48-45 loss to Texas in the Red River Rivalry.

Here's a look at the Week 7 rankings:

  • 1. Alabama (61 first-place votes)
  • 2. Georgia
  • 3. Ohio State (1)
  • 4. Clemson (2)
  • 5. Notre Dame
  • 6. West Virginia
  • 7. Washington
  • 8. Penn State
  • 9. Central Florida
  • 10. Wisconsin
  • 11. Oklahoma
  • 12. LSU
  • 13. Michigan
  • 14. Texas
  • 15. Miami
  • 16. Florida
  • 17. Oregon
  • 18. Colorado
  • 19. NC State
  • 20. Kentucky
  • 21. Auburn
  • 22. Texas A&M
  • 23. South Florida
  • 24. Stanford
  • 25. Cincinnati

The Sooners' hopes of piecing together an undefeated run through the Big 12 came crashing down when Sam Ehlinger led the Longhorns on a clutch nine-play, 52-yard drive punctuated by Cameron Dicker's game-winning 40-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining.

"The first three quarters were very impressive," Texas head coach Tom Herman said, per ESPN.com. "But maybe that last drive was the most impressive to me because ... we had really given up a lot of the energy. For him to go shut the door, with his teammates, that says a lot about his grit."

Thanks to that effort, Texas climbed from No. 20 to No. 14 and is in position to make a midseason surge with showdowns against Baylor, Oklahoma State and West Virginia on tap.

Unlike Texas, Auburn suffered a setback and dropped out of the Top 10 with a dispiriting 23-9 loss to Mississippi State. The Tigers surrendered 418 yards of offense, including 349 on the ground.

Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald led the way with 28 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Kylin Hill tacked on 23 carries for 126 yards.

"You make the right reads," Fitzgerald said, according to the Associated Press' David Brandt. "The offense is designed to put one player in conflict. You can take the running back or take me. My job is to make him wrong."

Elsewhere, Stanford's slide continued.

One week after the Cardinal lost to Notre Dame 38-17, they laid another egg in a 40-21 home defeat to Utah. As a result, Stanford dropped all the way to No. 24 a week after dropping from No. 7 to No. 14.

Now 4-2, the Cardinal will hope running back Bryce Love can work his way back from an ankle injury that sidelined him Saturday in time for their game against Arizona State on Oct. 18.

Looking ahead, Week 7 promises even more movement with ranked matchups galore, including a Georgia-LSU tilt jam-packed with College Football Playoff implications.

The Week 7 slate also features a meeting between Washington and Oregon as well as Penn State in search of redemption versus a Michigan State program that lost to Northwestern 29-19 on Saturday.

The Big Ten action will continue in the evening when Wisconsin heads to the Big House for a clash with Michigan.

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