CFN 2013 Rankings
Oct. 13, Week 7
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2013 Week 7 Rankings, No. 26-125
1. Alabama 6-0
Last Week: W, Kentucky, 48-7
Why They Should Be No. 1: The Crimson Tide has been on a tear since the close call with Texas A&M in Week 2, yielding just 16 points in the last four games. That win over the Aggies keeps getting better, as does the 35-10 victory over Virginia Tech, which hasn't lost since opening day.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: 'Bama is currently feasting on the softest portion of the schedule, handling the likes of Colorado State, Georgia State and Kentucky over the last month. The D is fine, but the offense has question marks that'll still need to be answered next month against LSU.
2. Oregon 6-0
Last Week: W, Washington, 45-24
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Ducks remain unbeaten, surviving their toughest test of the year with a three-touchdown victory on the road at a very good Washington team. Now that Stanford has lost, Oregon is the clear-cut top team of a Pac-12 that's the second best conference behind the SEC.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Winning at Husky Stadium was a start, but the Ducks still played a largely soft schedule during the first half of the year. Oregon has already faced two of the Pac-12's worst members, Cal and Colorado, to go along with Nicholls State, Tennessee and Virginia in non-conference games.
3. Florida State 5-0
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Seminoles reached their bye week as one of the hottest teams in America. They’ve yet to be held below 41 points in a game, peaking with last week’s 63-0 demolition of then-No. 25 Maryland.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: If Florida State wants to move higher, into the area where national title contenders roam, it has got to beat another BCS wannabe. The Terps don’t qualify. Beat Clemson in Death Valley next week, and the ‘Noles can be debated as college football’s best team.
4. Clemson 6-0
Last Week: W, Boston College, 24-14
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers have successfully navigated their first six games leading up to the showdown with Florida State in Death Valley a week from now. The Tajh Boyd-led offense is among the most prolific in the game, and the D just got done shutting down nation's-leading rusher Andre Williams, sacking Chase Rettig five times and scoring a touchdown.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Looking ahead? Maybe, but the Tigers sure did have a tough time shaking free from Boston College. The Seminoles scored double the points on the Eagles than Clemson did, and did so in Chestnut Hill.
5. LSU 6-1
Last Week: W, Florida, 17-6
Why The Ranking Should be Higher: The Tigers beat a ranked team for the first time this year, keeping the Gators out of the end zone. The win proved that they're now capable of surviving games in a number of different. LSU's only loss came on the road to a Georgia team that was in the top 10 at the time.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: It remains to be seen if LSU has a championship defense, or simply faced a flawed Florida offense in Week 7. The loss back on Sept. 28 hurts a little more now that the Dawgs have fallen to Mizzou between the hedges.
6. Texas A&M 5-1
Last Week: W, Ole Miss, 41-38
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Aggies outlasted the Rebels in a thriller that was every bit as exciting as possible. Their only loss of the year was to the ‘Bama, the No. 1 team in the country, by a touchdown. A&M scored 42 points in that loss. Five other opponents have produced just 26 on the Tide.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: A&M is hanging its hat on a loss since its best win was on Saturday against an Ole Miss team that’s now dropped three straight games. It won’t be until before Mark Snyder’s D sees genuine progress. The unit has allowed an average of 40 points in three SEC games.
7. UCLA 5-0
Last Week: W, Cal 37-10
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Bruins have suddenly gotten unexpected help from two victims, Nebraska and Utah, who have surged into the rankings. UCLA beat the 5-1 Huskers in Lincoln on Sept. 14, and a week ago slipped past the Utes in Salt Lake City, which Stanford was unable to do Saturday evening.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Teams don’t pass go in the Pac-12 these days until they can get past North Division heavyweights Stanford and Oregon. The Bruins have their opportunity over the next two weekends on the Farm and in Eugene. UCLA has to win one of the next two games to rise into the top 5.
8. Ohio State 6-0
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Buckeyes have successfully navigated the toughest stretch of their schedule, defeating ranked conference rivals Wisconsin and Northwestern in consecutive games. Ohio State is averaging just under 47 points a game, and won’t be slowed by any opponent left on the schedule.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Unlike the SEC, Pac-12 or even the ACC, playing in the Big Ten does not afford a team many chances to face elite opponents. The Buckeyes played a soft non-conference schedule, and unless Michigan goes on a tear, they won’t face a top opponent all year.
9. Miami 5-0
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hurricanes took two quality wins into their bye week, beating Florida in Week 2 and Georgia Tech before the break. Knocking off the Gators, one of the SEC’s better teams, served as validation for a Miami program still searching for national respect.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The ‘Canes have yet to leave the Sunshine State for a game, and their only road test came at an awful South Florida team. Miami still has plenty to prove, especially since it was outplayed for much of the game with the Gators.
10. Florida 4-2
Last Week: L, LSU, 17-6
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gators' two defeats have come on the road against a couple of high ranking teams, Miami and LSU. The Florida D is among the elite in college football, holding the Tigers four touchdowns below their season average over the weekend.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: You want to be considered one of the 10 or so best teams in America? You've got to knock off another ranked opponent once in a while. The Gators haven't beaten anyone better than Tennessee in 2013, largely because the offense is inconsistent and lacking a workhorse or a gamebreaker.
11. Missouri 6-0
Last Week: W, Georgia, 41-26
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers validated their ranking by going on the road to beat Georgia, one of the hotter teams in the country. Mizzou has now won back-to-back SEC road games behind an offense averaging 46 points per game.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Missouri was a little fortunate that it didn't face a Georgia team with all of its weapons. Heck, even if RB Todd Gurley was healthy, might the outcome have been different? The Tigers' season figures to shift into a complete mystery now that QB James Franklin is done for the year with a separated shoulder.
12. Georgia 4-2
Last Week: L, Missouri, 41-26
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Dawgs have now lost to two terrific ranked opponents, Clemson and Missouri, the latter without many of their key offensive personnel. Georgia also owns marquee wins over South Carolina and LSU this season.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Even with a depleted roster, the Bulldogs shouldn't be losing to Mizzou at home, especially after getting within two points in the final quarter. The team turned the ball over four times, while the defense continues to struggle with youth and poor tackling.
13. South Carolina 5-1
Last Week: W, Arkansas, 52-7
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gamecocks were very impressive in Fayetteville, outgaining the Hogs, 537-248 for a rare lopsided SEC game. South Carolina shook off a shaky effort versus Kentucky a week earlier, and it appears to be gaining a head of steam at the right time.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The best team that the 'Cocks have beaten this season is UCF, and that victory was by just three points. Georgia falling in the rankings hurts South Carolina, which lost to the Dawgs in September.
Last Week: W, Northwestern, 35-6
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Badgers erupted out of their bye week by thoroughly schooling ranked Northwestern in every phase of the game. Wisconsin allowed just 241 yards and 10 first downs, and it had an easier time with the 'Cats than unbeaten Ohio State did a week earlier.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The loss to Arizona State on Sept. 14, controversial as it may have been, is going to limit the Badgers' upward mobility. It's one of two Wisconsin losses, and it came to a team that has since dropped from the Top 25.
15. Louisville 6-0
Last Week: W, Rutgers, 24-10
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Louisville has Teddy Bridgewater on offense to go along with a defense that’s been as stingy as any in the country through the first half of 2013. It’s a combination that’s likely to lead the Cards to a perfect regular season.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Cardinals needed to make an example out of Rutgers on Thursday night in order to begin addressing the softest schedule among Top 25 teams. Instead, this was a one-score game in the final quarter, hardly the effort of a top 10 team.
16. Nebraska 5-1
Last Week: W, Purdue, 44-7
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Huskers have regrouped from their loss to a terrific UCLA team, with rookie QB Tommy Armstrong playing in place of Taylor Martinez. The maligned D has played well during the stretch, allowing just 15 points a game.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Bruins are a top 10 team, but the Huskers were schooled by them, 41-21 … at home. Nebraska has yet to defeat a team better than Illinois, which will stunt a program’s ability to climb higher in the rankings.
17. Baylor 5-0
Last Week: W, Kansas State, 35-25
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Tested and on the road for the first time this season, the Bears responded with a crucial win in Manhattan. The defense stepped up when it needed, while the prolific offense cranked out three touchdowns of at least 50 yards.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Beating Kansas State, which is now two games below .500? Big whoop. The Bears got exposed as mortal, even on offense, and the team still hasn't defeated an opponent that's even remotely close to the Top 25.
18. Texas Tech6-0
Last Week: W, Iowa State, 42-35
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Red Raiders have overcome injuries to the quarterback position to remain one of the nation's unbeaten teams. On Saturday, rookie Davis Webb threw for 415 yards and three scores in his first career start.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Tech's early schedule has been tissue-soft, featuring not a single ranked team. The Red Raiders got a scare from a middling Cyclone team, and they'll finally play a tough road game in the next two weeks.
19. Oregon State 5-1
Last Week: W, Washington State, 52-24
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Beavers haven’t lost since the opener, reeling off five straight behind the passing of QB Sean Mannion. Oregon State did in Week 3 what Stanford was unable to do this past weekend, beat Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Not all losses are equal. Oregon State fell to Eastern Washington, 49-46, a very good FCS team, but an FCS team nonetheless. The Eagles have since lost to Toledo and Sam Houston State before regrouping in October.
20. Auburn 5-1
Last Week: W, Western Carolina, 62-3
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers are amassing confidence with each passing week, pulling to within a victory of bowl eligibility with Saturday's blowout of the Catamounts. Auburn's only loss of the year was against LSU, one of the nation's top teams.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Where's the marquee win this season that validates a higher ranking for Auburn? The Tigers have only left the Plains once, and the Oct. 5 victory over Ole Miss doesn't carry quite the same punch now that the Rebels have drifted back from their torrid start.
21. Utah 4-2
Last Week: W, Stanford, 27-21
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Utes quietly pieced together a very solid first half of the year, capped by Saturday’s upset of one-time national championship contender Stanford. Utah has also won the state with wins over Utah State and BYU, while losing to ranked Oregon State and UCLA by only 10 points combined.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The losses to the Beavers and the Bruins both came in Utah’s building. When the Utes feel in Week 3, Oregon State was a struggling team that was dealing with injuries and a couple of poor efforts against Eastern Washington and Hawaii.
22. Stanford 5-1
Last Week: L, Utah, 27-21
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: After losing for the first time in 2013, the Cardinal must hang their hat on last week's win over a very good Washington team that gave Oregon a 50-minute tussle on Saturday. Stanford has also beaten Arizona State and Washington State, both of whom hope to bowl in December.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Stanford looked flawed last week against U-Dub, but lived to tell about it. This weekend, the Huskies weren't so fortunate, losing to an unranked team as the offense struggled for a second straight week.
23. Washington 4-2
Last Week: L, Oregon, 45-24
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Huskies held up well against two of the best teams in the Pac-12, hanging with Stanford and Oregon into the fourth quarter in consecutive weeks. Now that the schedule will lighten up just a bit, Washington has a chance to prove that it's the third best team in the country's second best conference.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: U-Dub is a very good team, but it proved on the field not to be quite as good as Stanford or Oregon. The Huskies' best win to date came against Boise State back in the opener, but this has not been a vintage year for the Broncos.
24. Oklahoma 5-1
Last Week: L, Texas, 36-20
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Sooners generally played well in the five games leading up to Saturday's Red River Rivalry in Dallas. Oklahoma has been consistent on defense, especially in a road win over Notre Dame two weeks ago.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: OU was awful versus Texas, a team that had already lost to BYU and Ole Miss, and needed help to beat Iowa State two weeks ago. The defense isn't the same without LB Corey Nelson, and QB Blake Bell had issues in the passing game against the 'Horn D.
25. Virginia Tech 6-1
Last Week: W, Pittsburgh, 19-9
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hokies are in the midst of a six-game winning streak, going perfect since falling in Week 1 to Alabama, the nation’s top-ranked team. The defense has been the catalyst throughout, collecting sacks at an impressive rate.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Virginia Tech still doesn’t own a win over a ranked team, and it won’t have a chance to capture one until the Nov. 9 trip to Miami. The offense remains a liability, failing to reach 30 points in six tries against fellow FBS teams.
2013 Week 7 Rankings, No. 26-125