The Associated Press (AP) Top 25 College Football Rankings Poll for Week 7 saw a bit of a shake-up next to the top with Alabama and Texas trading places. LSU’s loss to the top-ranked Florida Gators Saturday night ensured another #4 football team, but all in all, the AP Top 25 college football rankings saw a little exchanging of positions, with only three teams climbing into the top slots.
Florida, of course, remained at No. 1. No. 3 Alabama, after a big football game against a tough #20 Mississippi, kicked their way (five field goals) to the No. 2 sport for Week 7, while previously No. 2 Texas had a little trouble with the struggling and unranked Colorado Buffaloes and, even though they prevailed, fell to No. 3.
LSU’s loss dropped them to No. 10 and Virginia Tech, Boise State, and USC moved up one position.
Cincinnati was the only football team in the Top 10 to remain in position at No. 8. They were hurdled by the #9 Ohio State Buckeyes, who came off a hardfought victory over previously undefeated and unranked Wisconsin to land at #7 in Week 7.
Miami jumped into the AP Top 25 Top 10 again to #9.
TCU, which held down the No. 10 college rankings spot last week, fell to No. 12 spot, although they remained undefeated.
The big game — THE GAME — was played in Baton Rouge. A defensive struggle, neither team seemed to be to move but a certain distance before the opposing defense shut them down. Since the winner of that game has produced the last three national champions — Florida, 2006; LSU, 2007; Florida, 2008 — some are already talking about Florida playing in the BCS national championship. Since the rest of their schedule is a bit light (Mississippi State, Georgia, and South Carolina seem like the only viable contenders in the next seven weeks, although Arkansas, their next opponent, destroyed a previously undefeated Auburn squad Saturday), they just might finish the regular season undefeated.
And since Florida and Alabama do not play each other during the regular season this year, they may just meet in the SEC Championship Game again (like last year). Alabama is going to have to play some heavy hitters to get there, though. They still have to take on LSU, Auburn (not an easy game even in a bad Auburn season, which this is not), South Carolina, Tennessee (who upset Georgia Saturday and lost to Florida by only 10 points), and Mississippi State.
LSU, of course, will be looking to knock off the Alabama Crimson Tide so they can get to the SEC Championship Game as well, not to mention still making it to the BCS national championship game.
The big mover within the AP Top 25 poll in Week 7 was Nebraska, moving up six spaces to land at No. 15.
The AP Top 25 pollsters showed little respect for the undefeated teams this week. They dropped Texas a spot. They let TCU fall two places to #12. Kansas fell one notch to No. 17. And although the still undefeated South Florida football squad moved up two spaces to #21, they were still ranked behind Oklahoma, which has lost two games.
As always, for those who don’t like to muddle through all the wordage:
AP Top 25 College Football Rankings for Week 7 (October 11):
4. Virginia Tech
5. Boise State
7. Ohio State
14. Penn State
16. Oklahoma State
19. Georgia Tech
21. South Florida
22. South Carolina
25. Notre Dame
For comparison, check out last week’s AP Top 25 College Football Rankings Poll (Week 6).