FanIQ Top 25: Week 7
1. Alabama Crimson Tide: 5-0 (no change)
Coming off a bye week are the Tide, who will travel to face a depleted Missouri squad still in search for its first SEC win.
2. Oregon Ducks: 6-0 (no change)
My prediction of 42-23 wasn't spot on, but the result was very close as the Ducks rolled over Washington, 52-21.
3. West Virginia Mountaineers: 5-0 (previously No. 6)
The schedule doesn't get a whole lot easier after beating Texas on the road, but the Mountaineers are on a great track to win the Big 12 in their inaugural season.
4. South Carolina Gamecocks: 6-0 (previously No. 7)
Domination. That's the only word that can explain what happened when the Gamecocks hosted Georgia last Saturday, as they jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and did not look back.
5. Florida Gators: 5-0 (previously No. 14)
I'm not sure what's more impressive: the fact that Florida beat the No. 2 team in the country, or that the front seven held LSU's dynamic rushing attack to just 42 yards.
6. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 5-0 (previously No. 11)
The Irish's stellar defense is holding opponents to an average of 7.8 points per game, which is second in the country behind Alabama (7.0).
7. Kansas State Wildcats: 5-0 (previously No. 8)
K-State was actually down 14-7 to Kansas at one point before Collin Klein and John Hubert combined for eight touchdowns and a 49-2 run.
8. Ohio State Buckeyes: 6-0 (previously No. 12)
Ohio State hasn't put up at least 60 points on a Big Ten opponent since 1983 (69 vs. Michigan).
9. LSU Tigers: 5-1 (previously No. 2)
Les Miles has a lot of work to do with quarterback Zach Mettenberger and an offense that ranks 100th in total passing.
10. USC Trojans: 4-1 (previously No. 9)
Matt Barkley had his first elite performance since Week 2, but the Trojans still struggled against the Utah offense all while compiling 14 penalties.
11. Oklahoma Sooners: 4-1 (previously No. 16)
So much for Texas Tech proving to be a difficult matchup for OU. Landry Jones wasn't overwhelming, but he got the job does as the defense forced three Seth Doege interceptions.
12. Florida State Seminoles: 5-1 (previously No. 4)
Can someone say 2011?
13. Clemson: 5-1 (previously No. 12)
Another day, another 40-plus point performance from the Clemson offense. The defense has obvious major issues all around, but at least it cleaned up in the second half vs. Georgia Tech.
14. Georgia Bulldogs: 5-1 (previously No. 5)
Aaron Murray sealed his Heisman fate as he played one of the worst games of his collegiate career in a 35-7 loss to South Carolina.
15. Texas Longhorns: 5-1 (previously No. 10)
The offense did all it could; we've seen what Geno Smith can do, and he did it Saturday night. Unfortunately for Texas' defense, it continues to have the holes no one expected it to have.
16. Texas A&M Aggies: 4-1 (previously No. 19)
The Aggies found themselves down by 10 early in the fourth quarter to a very competitive Ole Miss team before freshman QB Johnny Manziel rallied late.
17. Louisville Cardinals: 5-0 (no change)
They've had two weeks to prepare, but a road trip to Pittsburgh may be more difficult than the Cardinals think. This has all the makings of a trap game.
18. Oregon State Beavers: 4-0 (previously No. 21)
We won't see the true identity of the Oregon State football team until they make a visit to Seattle to play Washington in Week 9.
19. Rutgers Scarlet Knights: 5-0 (previously No. 20)
The defense was suffocating as it held Connecticut to 244 total yards and forced five turnovers.
20. Stanford Cardinal: 4-1 (previously No. 22)
QB Josh Nunes finally clicks and the defense gets picked apart for 617 yards and 48 points while allowing 38 first downs.
21. Mississippi State Bulldogs: 5-0 (previously No. 23)
Mississippi State will face its first test of the season as it hosts Tennessee this Saturday night.
22. Cincinnati Bearcats: 4-0 (previously unranked)
UC ran for 272 yards in a 52-14 win over rival Miami (Oh.).
23. Boise State Broncos: 4-1 (previously unranked)
The Broncos have scored 72 points in their last two games after putting up just 59 through the first three.
24. Louisiana Tech: 5-0 (previously unranked)
L-Tech has an extremely potent offense, which is currently ranked third in the nation at 53.2 points per game. The Bulldogs will put that to the test the week vs. Texas A&M.
25. TCU: 4-1 (previously No. 15)
Casey Pachall just cost his team big time.
Other receiving votes (in order): Iowa State, Arizona State, Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina State, Duke, Penn State, San Jose State, Baylor, Nebraska, Northwestern, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Nevada, Toledo