Week 7 Top 25 in College Football
College Football Top 25
This weekend in college football saw three of my top five ranked teams suffer a defeat. This is the first time that three teams inside the top five lost on the same weekend since October 11th in the 2008 season.
Heading into this Saturday we knew there would be a shake-up at the top of the 25 with five games featuring two ranked opponents- two were matchups between top 10 teams from the SEC. While we knew there would be teams falling from the ranks of the unbeaten on Saturday, the fashion in which the teams lost was stunning.
LSU could not generate any offense in their loss to Florida and barely was able to cross midfield against a staunch Gators defense that forced three turnovers in their win.
Georgia needed a touchdown in the final two minutes to avoid the shutout at South Carolina and was outplayed in every facet of the game in their 35-7 loss.
Ohio State blew out Nebraska and put up a whopping 63 points scoring on offense, defense, and special teams in the Big Ten rout.
Geno Smith and West Virginia outlasted Texas and to the surprise of many did so in large part because of an extraordinary rushing effort.
However, the biggest surprise of the night came in Raleigh, North Carolina when North Carolina State put up 17 unanswered points on Florida State, including the game winning touchdown with a scant 16 seconds left in regulation.
Nebraska, TCU, and Northwestern fall out of the rankings this week after their losses, so that means three new schools make an appearance this week.
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25. Boise State
Broncos were idle last week, but slide back into the top 25 by virtue of teams falling out
24. Louisiana Tech
The undefeated Bulldogs are given their due and make their first appearance inside the top 25 after a 58-point outburst over UNLV.
6-0 and looking like the best mid-major in the country behind quarterback Tyler Tettleton
22. Texas A&M
Quarterback Johnny Manziel is putting up huge numbers in Kevin Sumlin's offense.
Improved to 4-0 with 52- point performance behind the arm of quarterback Munchie Legaux
Now 5-0 after grinding out a win over UCONN behind a strong ground game.
19. Oregon State
Perhaps they should be ranked higher, but the Beavers are 4-0 and a team to keep an eye on in the Pac 12.
Teddy Bridgewater has guided the Cardinals to a 4-0 start and head coach Charlie Strong is a candidate for coach of the year.
Piled up more than 600 yards of offense in their win over Georgia Tech to improve to 5-1
Rallied to beat Arizona in overtime behind the arm of Andrew Nunes and the legs of Stephan Taylor to improve to 4-1
15. Mississippi State
The Bulldogs are 5-0 for the fourth time in school history and for the first time since they started out 8-0 in 1999. Will be tested at home vs. Tennessee this weekend.
Improved to 3-1 after beating Texas Tech and their stingy defense. Big test vs. Texas this weekend.
Looked completely over matched in their 35-7 loss to South Carolina Saturday and tumble from the top 5 to 13
Tough loss at home to West Virginia that came down to the wire, but didn't have enough left in the tank to outlast Geno Smith and company. Will look to get back in the win column vs. Oklahoma on Saturday
11. Florida State
Crushing loss to NC State in which they were shut out in the second half and surrendered 17 points including the game winning touchdown in the final seconds to fall from national title consideration
The defense and special teams is as good as it has been in recent years, but the offense may be worse with Zach Mettenberger at the helm than it was with the highly criticized Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee
The loss to Florida drops LSU from inside my top 2 and will their reward is a dangerous South Carolina team this Saturday.
Don't sleep on the Trojans as they will continue to rise in these rankings and Matt Barkley creeps back into the Heisman conversation.
8. Notre Dame
The defense is legit, but i have some questions about their offense and whether they can score against a tough defense, but the ground game looked improved in the dominant win over Miami. Big game vs. Stanford this Saturday will be another test to see if Notre Dame is back.
7. Ohio State
Destroyed Nebraska on Saturday as Braxton Miller continue to impress with his dual-threat ability. He broke his rushing record with 184 vs. the Cornhuskers as Ohio State scored touchdowns on offense, defense, and special teams on the way to 63 points
6. West Virginia
The offense looked great vs. a good, but not great Texas defense and winning on the road in Austin in quite impressive for a team that could arguable be inside the top 4
Statement win over LSU leads me to believe Florida will be contenders for the SEC east division crown this year, but they still have stiff competition in the schedule. They can't rest on their laurels like Florida State and lose to a team they should beat.
4. Kansas State
Collin Klein continues to fill the box score, and is a legit contender for the Heisman trophy so long as the Wildcats continue to win.
3. South Carolina
Had the most impressive in on Saturday in the fashion they dismantled Georgia. Marcus Lattimore looks all the way back from his ACL tear suffered last year vs. Mississippi State, Connor Shaw is as consistent as they come, and the defense is scary good.
Another game and another 50-plus outburst from the Ducks offense in their win over previously ranked Washington. The best bet at ending the SEC's run on 6-straight BCS National Championships. However, must still get past USC, perhaps twice.
Idle this week, but there is zero doubt as to who the best team in college football is. I wonder if Alabama could beat the Cleveland Browns. Their game vs. LSU doesn't look at daunting as it did a couple weeks ago now.