Week Seven College Football Top 25 Rankings
Dr G's Top 25 Week Six
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Ever drop a big rock into a pond? Such an event would describe what transpired in college football this past Saturday. Four top 25 match-ups and a few upsets later, there were ripple effects all throughout the college football landscape. Here is how separation Saturday affected my rankings.
Trending Up: Give a shout out to the Florida Gators knocking off my previous second ranked LSU Tigers. Will Muschamp has built his kind of ballclub with a physical run first style. I officially like the Gators a lot.
The most impressive win was accomplished by the South Carolina Gamecocks who body slammed the Georgia Bulldogs. The other USC is now in my top three. No one can ignore the West Virginia Mountaineers after holding on for a tough shootout win in Austin.
Trending Down: I dropped the Texas Longhorns a long way to 20. Don't get me wrong, the 2012 Horns are much better than the past two years. However, that run defense has me worried going forward.
LSU is bad on offense. No imagination coupled with a weak performance by Zach Mettenberger at quarterback means more loses to come for the Bayou Bengals against the better defenses.
Staying in the SEC Georgia had an opportunity to solidify themselves as a top five team. HAD being the key word. Blown away in Columbia by the Gamecocks, I move the Bulldogs down to nine. Yes that is still high considering, but I have a feeling this team will regroup, and is better than the 35-7 final score.
Dropping out: A loss at the Cal Bears keeps the Pac-12 carousel moving and the UCLA Bruins are no longer in my rankings. By virtute of others winning, the Baylor Bears have vanished as well, with a solid chance to move back in. The Northwestern Wildcats brief stint in the top 25 ends with a loss at Happy Valley.
What to Watch for in Week Seven: Texas tangles with the Oklahoma Sooners in Dallas. LSU could find some redemption with a home upset of South Carolina. Stanford could hand the Notre Dame Fighting Irish their first loss of the year. Another game on the radar is the Texas A&M Aggies and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
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25. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (5-0) (0-0 WAC)
This coming weekend is when we really get a feel for how good this La Tech team is. Short on defense but high on offense, the Dogs put up over 50 a game.
24. Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-2) (0-2 Big 12)
Coming off a bye week, the Pokes could not move up or drop out of the top 25. If you wonder why I have this team in my rankings you probably haven't seen them play. Mike Gundy's Oklahoma State Cowboys compete.
23. Arizona State Sun Devils (4-1) (2-1 Pac-12)
Also on a bye, the Arizona State Sun Devils are a surprise team in 2012. So far Todd Graham has gotten excellent play out of quarterback Taylor Kelly (above) and an athletic defense. Sparky is 12th in the FBS in points allowed.
22. Texas A&M Aggies (4-1) (2-1 SEC)
Year one in the SEC has proven to be a tough task, but one that freshman QB Johnny Manziel can handle. There is a lot of schedule of left, but if the Aggies can pull an upset or two, these guys belong.
20. Texas Longhorns (4-1) (1-1 Big 12)
There is a lot to like about Mack Brown's 2012 Longhorns. Giving up big plays on defense isn't one of them. West Virginia made the Horns pay for it over the weekend. A win in Dallas Saturday will give UT fans amnesia.
19. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-0) (2-0 Big East)
OK so the Scarlet Knights are undefeated. The big question is can they stay that way until their showdown against Cincinnati? If so, it will be on the back of the 5th ranked FBS defense.
18. Florida State Seminoles (5-1) (2-1 ACC)
This happens every year doesn't it? Florida State finds a way to fall when no one expects it. NC State has Jimbo Fisher's number. The good news is that the Noles have an opportunity to climb back back into the national conversation. A championship run outside the ACC is likely gone.
17. Mississippi State Bulldogs (5-0) (2-0 SEC)
The Bulldogs are playing great defense limiting the oppositions point total thus far averaging a shade over 13 a game. Now the schedule gets more difficult so the mystery over how good Dan Mullen's squad really is will soon end.
16. Louisville Cardinals (5-0) (0-0 Big East)
It's all good in the Louisville hood. But for how long? Living off of poor non-conference games and a weak bottom half of the Big East, Charlie Strong's goose egg in the loss column might be smoke and mirrors. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is not a mirage and can make 2012 a season to remember for UL.
14. Clemson Tigers (5-1) (2-1 ACC)
Dabo Swinney brings a high powered offense to field every Saturday. The rest of the schedule is navigable until South Carolina. Will their defense let them down before the in-state rivals come calling?
13. Oklahoma Sooners (3-1) (1-1 Big 12)
Just when prognosticators wanted to sell Sooners stock, OU got a needed win in Lubbock. With the Texas game this Saturday, a chance at a Big-12 title is on the line. Landry Jones (above) must be the leader he was recruited to be.
12. LSU Tigers (5-1) (1-1 SEC)
I was wrong. Simple as that. I knew the Tigers offense had struggled but I didn't think QB Zach Mettenberger would look THAT bad in Gainesville. Unless LSU can find a way to take pressure off their running game, each contest versus a good defense will have a similar outcome to this past Saturday.
10. Oregon State Beavers (4-0) (3-0 Pac-12)
So far it has been the best case scenario for Mike Riley in 2012. Sean Mannion is looking exactly like the NFL quarterback prospect he is supposed to be. Markus Wheaton has elite speed and can stretch defenses like salt water taffy. Many potholes remain on a tough Pac-12 schedule, but hope is alive in Corvallis.
9. Georgia Bulldogs (5-1) (3-1 SEC)
Saturday was UGA-ly in Columbia. Nothing went right for the Athens crew. Aaron Murray was dealing with a heavy off-the-field issue prior to the game. If the Dogs can down Florida October 27, which is highly possible, this could be a one loss team.
8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-0)
So far the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have passed every test given to them so far. Saturday Stanford visits in what is sure to be the truest exam yet. If the Irish defense can keep up their stellar play, South Bend will finally have a solid top 10 team.
7. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) (2-0 Big Ten)
Ladies and gentlemen the best team in the Big Ten lives in Columbus. Braxton Miller has developed into every bit of the blue chip quarterback he was hailed to be. A complete dismantling of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leaves no doubt probation is the only thing holding Urban Meyer back from a conference title in his first year.
6. Kansas State Wildcats (5-0) (2-0 Big 12)
The Kansas State Wildcats begin and end with Collin Klein. Perhaps no quarterback is as important to his team as Klein is. Bill Snyder has built the team he loves, strong defense, and a mobile physical QB. Will KSU look past a good Iowa State Cyclones before the Mountaineers game?
5. West Virginia Mountaineers (5-0) (2-0 Big 12)
Geno Smith has proven this offense travels and scores on good defenses on the road. Next up, can West Virginia defense hold up throughout the entire Big-12 gauntlet that Smith and company are embarking? Shootout after shootout could take its toll. Until then, this is the scariest offense in the country.
4. Florida Gators (5-0) (4-0 SEC)
These are not your older brothers Gators. New school is old school in The Swamp. The more I watch Jeff Driskel the more I like him. Add in a strong defense that is stingy against the run and the pass, an offensive line that wore out LSU, and a stud running back in Mike Gillislee, you have an SEC championship contender. That being said, South Carolina and Georgia are still in the Gators future.
3. South Carolina Gamecocks (6-0) (4-0 SEC)
The Gamecocks made Georgia look like a broken pinata this past Saturday in Columbia. Steve Spurrier has the defense, the running back, quarterback, and magic he's been searching for all these years as the SC head coach. A showdown with the Alabama Crimson Tide in Atlanta is looking more likely by the day.
2. Oregon Ducks (6-0) (3-0 Pac-12)
The more I watch the Ducks, the more convinced I am that the only team that could derail their season is the USC Trojans. Unfortunately, because of the way the Pac-12 is set up, the Ducks might have to defeat USC twice if they meet in the conference championship. If so, how could you not put Oregon in the National Championship?
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) (2-0 SEC)
With LSU coming back down to Earth, the Arkansas Razorbacks being deflated, and the Auburn Tigers looking as disappointing as ever, the Tide's biggest challenge will likely come from the SEC East. Maybe Alabama should be in the NFC South instead. Kidding, but seriously, shouldn't they?