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Game Changer Sports Network College Football Top 25- Week 7

  1. Ohio State (6-0)
  • Week 6: win vs. Michigan State 34-10
  • Week 6 ranking: 2
  • Breakdown: Michigan State scored twice against the Buckeye defense on Saturday Night Football, ABC and ESPN’s premier game of the week. It was the second straight week Ohio State was in that time slot, and the second straight week the game was over by halftime. The 10 points marked the most any team has scored against Ohio State this year. Sure, Michigan State may be offensively challenged, but they’re good on the other side of the ball. Well, at least not against Justin Fields and company. Over the last 100 games, they’re 91-9, which equals the best record of any team over that stretch with Alabama.
  • Week 7: bye

2. LSU (5-0)

  • Week 6: win vs. Utah State 42-6
  • Week 6 ranking: 1
  • Breakdown: The knock against the Tigers all year has been their lack of a defense and this may be justified. Surrendering 38 points to Vanderbilt is not a great look. But on Saturday, LSU had their best performance on that side of the ball forcing potential NFL prospect Julian Love into three INTs. It’s safe to say Utah State had less than a 0% chance of winning a game in Baton Rouge, but the Aggies planned on keeping the game relatively close. Remember, this is a team that has only lost to two undefeated teams with Wake Forest being the other. The Gators obviously have more play makers on the outside than Utah State, but if you are strictly comparing Kyle Trask and Love then Tigers fans should feel good about stopping Trask on Saturday.
  • Week 7: vs. Florida, 10/12 8:00pm

3. Alabama (5-0)

  • Week 6: bye
  • Week 6 ranking: 4
  • Breakdown: I’m sure Alabama fans loved what they saw during the Florida-Auburn game. The Tide defense is susceptible to plays through the air so seeing Bo Nix’s struggles passing on Saturday should make them feel much more comfortable about the Iron Bowl. LSU is a whole different animal. Saturday’s trip to College Station should not be much of a problem.
  • Week 7: @Texas A&M, 10/12 8:00pm

4. Clemson (5-0)

  • Week 6: bye
  • Week 6 ranking: 5
  • Breakdown: Saturday feels like a statement game for the Tigers. Gone from the Heisman conversation are Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne. There’s probably not a whole lot those two can do to get themselves to New York, but the prospect of back to back national championships is still very much on the table. Will they play with a chip on their shoulder against Florida State?
  • Week 7: vs. Florida State, 10/12 3:30pm

5. Georgia (5-0)

  • Week 6: win @Tennessee 43-14
  • Week 6 ranking: 6
  • Breakdown: Georgia let Tennessee hang around with them for a quarter. I’m not going to knock the Dawgs for that; you would the Vols would eventually play with some pride. But they still managed to roll over their SEC-East rival in the end. They got production from a lot of different players on offense in the victory.
  • Week 7: vs. South Carolina, 10/12 12:00pm

6. Oklahoma (5-0)

  • Week 6: win @Kansas 45-20
  • Week 6 ranking: 7
  • Breakdown: The Sooners are off to a 2-0 start in the Big 12 after outscoring Kansas and Texas Tech 100-36. 13 different Sooners recorded a catch on Saturday and five scored. Oklahoma is getting a ton of love from Las Vegas (10 point favorites) against rival Texas so the oddsmakers must like something they are doing. How can you not, based on the start to the season for Jalen Hurts?
  • Week 7: vs. Texas (at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas), 10/12 12:00pm

7. Wisconsin (5-0)

  • Week 6: win vs. Kent State 48-0
  • Week 6 ranking: 8
  • Breakdown: Saturday marked the third shutout of the season for the Badgers in just five games. The most points they’ve surrendered in any contest is 15. Saturday marks a great opportunity to see how they stack up against Michigan State who sport a tough defense but are limited offensively. Ohio State disposed of the Spartans with little issue. How will the Badgers do?
  • Week 7: vs. Michigan State, 10/12 3:30pm

8. Florida (5-0)

  • Week 6: win vs. 24-13
  • Week 6 ranking: 9
  • Breakdown: Florida secured one of the best wins of any team in the country this past weekend against Auburn. The defense was superb giving Bo Nix fits the entire day and they were excellent on third down particularly third and short. The question for the Gators remains on offense. They mustered a couple of big plays which won them the game but other than that they were not able to sustain much of an attack. Auburn has one of the best defenses in the country and Kyle Trask is hardly a blue-chip NFL prospect so his struggles were understandable. But he is going to have to make plays against LSU because LSU’s offense can score in bunches.
  • Week 7: @LSU, 10/12 8:00pm

9. Penn State (5-0)

  • Week 6: win vs. Purdue 35-7
  • Week 6 ranking: 12
  • Breakdown: The lions really look like they are starting to hit their stride in the last two weeks outscoring their opponents 94-7. Sean Clifford has thrown six TDs over that span, too. The success comes at the perfect time as Penn State gears up for a trip to Kinnick Stadium to face Iowa. Night games in Iowa are always tough but Penn State will almost certainly have to win this game if they want to win the Big 10.
  • Week 7: @Iowa, 10/12 7:30pm

10. Notre Dame (4-1)

  • Week 6: win vs. Bowling Green 52-0
  • Week 6 ranking: 11
  • Breakdown: You want to keep this spot and maybe move up in the rankings? Blow out, USC. If you don’t, the “Notre Dame is a fraud” crowd will just get louder and louder.
  • Week 7: vs. USC, 10/12 7:30pm

11. Texas (4-1)

  • Week 6: win @West Virginia 42-31
  • Week 6 ranking: 10
  • Breakdown: It wasn’t always the prettiest on Saturday, but Texas escaped Morgantown with a win over West Virginia. Now, pretty much their whole season comes down to the Red River Rivalry. A win and the playoffs will be all the talk in Austin. Can Sam Ehlinger get it done? The Longhorns will probably have to stop Jalen Hurts a few times in order to win.
  • Week 7: vs. Texas (at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas) 10/12 12:00pm

12. Auburn (5-1)

  • Week 6: loss @Florida 13-24
  • Week 6 ranking: 3
  • Breakdown: What was more disappointing than the fact that Auburn lost was the way that they did so. The offense was stagnant most of the day and Gus Malzohn handcuffed his true freshman QB with conservative play calls most of the game. Florida took advantage and teed off on running back JaTarvious Whitlow. When Malzohn did call pass plays, Nix made very poor decisions with the ball. If Auburn is ever in a scenario where they need to throw to get back into a game, they are in serious trouble which was definitely the case Saturday.
  • Week 7: bye

13. Oregon (4-1)

  • Week 6: win vs. Cal 17-7
  • Week 6 ranking: 13
  • Breakdown: The Ducks offense was held in check most of the game as their game against the Golden Bears became a defensive struggle. A loss would’ve looked really bad, but Oregon did enough to get a win. A Pac-12 title and a playoff appearance are still in play, even if the playoffs look like a dream for the conference as a whole right now.
  • Week 7: @Colorado, 10/11 10:00pm

14. Boise State (5-0)

  • Week 6: win @UNLV 38-13
  • Week 6 ranking: 15
  • Breakdown: Another week, another Broncos victory. Under center, Hank Bachmeier has thrown for just under 1500 yards and just three INTs while they’re in the backfield by the two headed attack of Robert Mahone and George Holani. Hawaii may be more difficult of a task than UNLV but the Broncos seem like they’re on a collision course with a New Year’s Six Bowl.
  • Week 7: vs. Hawaii, 10/12 10:15pm

15. Utah (4-1)

  • Week 6: bye
  • Week 6 ranking: 17
  • Breakdown: The Utes were off last week and face one of the doormats in the Pac 12 in Oregon State. The game should serve as nothing more than a tune up game before their contest with Arizona State where the Pac 12 South title may be on the line.
  • Week 7: @Oregon State, 10/12 8:00pm

16. Michigan (4-1)

  • Week 6: win vs. Iowa 10-3
  • Week 6 ranking: 22
  • Breakdown: The sky isn’t falling in Ann Arbor. At least not right now. A loss to Iowa may have caused a firestorm of changes but those will have to wait for another week. The offense didn’t show vast signs of improvements but the defense played great forcing Hawkeye QB Nate Stanley into a career high 3 INTs. It would have been a devastating game to lose, but Big Blue beat a good football team even if they were only able to muster up 10 points.
  • Week 7: @Illinois 10/12, 12:00pm

17. Wake Forest (5-0)

  • Week 6: bye
  • Week 6 ranking: 19
  • Breakdown: As other teams keep losing, Wake Forest keeps moving up. None of their wins will blow anyone away (I think I’ve said this in other week’s polls, too) but that 0 in the loss column is enough to keep you in this poll.
  • Week 7: vs. Louisville, 10/12 7:30pm

18. Baylor (5-0)

  • Week 6: win @Kansas State 31-12
  • Week 6 ranking: 24
  • Breakdown: Probably the power five team that’s flying under the radar the most along with Minnesota, the Bears demolished a veteran led Kansas State team on the road and are now 2-0 in the Big 12. They play both Texas and Oklahoma at the end of November so they’ll get some opportunities to rack up the wins. But at the same time, none of their upcoming games are lay ups starting with Texas Tech.
  • Week 7: vs. Texas Tech, 10/12 4:00pm

19. Iowa (4-1)

  • Week 6: loss @Michigan 3-10
  • Week 6 ranking: 14
  • Breakdown: Saturday was a tough one for the Hawkeyes. They had many opportunities to win that game but continuously got bested by the Michigan defense. Their defensive unit played inspired football particularly in the secondary despite being undersized compared to the Wolverine’s receivers. Iowa will certainly never give up and their offensive woes could have been strictly caused by their opponent but they just may not have enough talent to legitimately contend in the Big 10.
  • Week 7: vs. Penn State, 10/12 7:30pm

20. SMU (6-0)

  • Week 6: win vs. Tulsa 43-37 (OT)
  • Week 6 ranking: 23
  • Breakdown: SMU went into halftime of their game on Saturday trailing 27-3. Erasing that comeback is always impressive as it requires near perfect football. James Proche is a force on the outside and is Shane Buechele’s top target. Proche has 45 grabs for 7 touchdowns on the season a season after catching 93 for 12 scores. The senior found the end zone twice in the win over Tulsa.
  • Week 7: bye

21. Minnesota (5-0)

  • Week 6: win vs. Illinois 40-17
  • Week 6 ranking: N/A
  • Breakdown: Like many of the other undefeated teams on the list, some of the wins weren’t pretty; winning by 3 to Georgia State and a 7 point win against FCS’ South Dakota State come to mind. But, the Gophers have won 7 in a row dating back to last year and that includes a thumping of Wisconsin in last year’s regular season finale. The first real test is not until November when Penn State comes to town, but if they fall to Nebraska at home, it may prove this undefeated record is a fluke.
  • Week 7: vs. Nebraska, 10/12 7:30pm

22. Virginia (4-1)

  • Week 6: bye
  • Week 6 ranking: N/A
  • Breakdown: The Cavaliers season has officially entered crunch time. They can forget about the loss to Notre Dame since it has no affect on their standings in the ACC. The same can’t be said about their showdown against Miami. The winner goes on the fast track to represent the Coastal Division in the ACC title game. Bryce Perkins has thrown 8 touchdowns to 6 interceptions so he’ll need to take better care of the football to avoid seeing the Hurricanes’ trademark turnover chain.
  • Week 7: @Miami, 10/11 8:00pm

23. Cincinnati (4-1)

  • Week 6: win vs. UCF 27-24
  • Week 6 ranking: N/A
  • Breakdown: Could the Bearcats be the representative of the non-power fives in the New Years’ Six? Coached by former Ohio State headman Luke Fickell, the Cinci’s defense caused more fits for the explosive UCF offense than what we’ve seen in three seasons. Their only loss comes at the hands to Ohio State in Columbus which will certainly be forgiven. They may need the other undefeated teams particularly Boise State to lose but they’ll get a chance to build their own resume when they travel to undefeated Memphis during the last week of the season.
  • Week 7: vs. Houston, 10/12 3:30pm

24. Memphis (5-0)

  • Week 6: win @Louisiana-Monroe 52-33
  • Week 6 ranking: N/A
  • Breakdown: Speaking of Memphis, the Tigers are 5-0 after six weeks and aside from their opening win over Ole Miss, none of their victories have been decided by less than a touchdown. Who would have guessed at the beginning of the season that the American would have three teams in the top 25 and none are UCF or Houston? Kenneth Gainwell has done a good job of replacing the irreplaceable Darrell Henderson having rushed for 6 touchdowns already.
  • Week 7: @Temple, 10/12 12:00pm

25. Missouri (4-1)

  • Week 6: 42-10
  • Week 6 ranking: N/A
  • Breakdown: Missouri enters the rankings for the first time this season. The Tigers are rejuvenated at the quarteback position thanks to Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant who’s tossed for 1,246 yards and 11 scores through the team’s first five games. But the backbone of the team is their defensive unit. Following their disappointing loss to Wyoming where Mizzou surrendered 37 points, they’ve allowed just 31 in their next four. They should be able to build up some momentum before facing Georgia and Florida in early November.
  • Week 7: vs. Mississippi, 10/12 7:00pm

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