CFN Rankings No. 1 to 119 - Week Seven
There's one very important distinction in the CFN rankings: these are based on how good the teams are and NOT how they're going to finish. Some teams have easier schedules than others, some get tougher road games and some will need a little bit of time to jell meaning they might be better than their final record might indicate.
one very important distinction in the CFN rankings: these
are based on how good the teams are and NOT
how they're going to finish. Some teams have easier
schedules than others, some get tougher road games and some will
need a little bit of time to jell meaning they might be better than
their final record might indicate.
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One note: This
is the week of adjustment. While the rankings are done based on how good
the teams are at the moment, sometimes, to be fair, the puzzle has to be
put together based on what has actually happened on the field.
Sometimes, things don’t fit. Texas Tech beat Texas A&M, A&M beat
Missouri, Missouri beat Texas Tech … that’s why most of the rankings
still have to be based on how good the teams are overall. But the top
ten is dead-on right with what has happened.
1. Ohio State (7-0)
W, Michigan State 38-7
next game: Indiana
Now it’s not even close. While teams are getting picked off left and
right, and others are struggling, Ohio State is winning with ease week
after week after week. The Iowa win doesn’t matter now, but the Texas
win will get better and better as the year goes on.
2. Michigan (7-0)
W, at Penn State 17-10
next game: Iowa
Outside of one big play from Tony Hunt, the Michigan defense dominated
Penn State. Even so, Penn State isn’t 2005 Penn State, and it took a
little too long to put the game away. All Michigan has to do is win five
more games and it’s playing for the national title.
3. Texas (6-1)
W, Baylor 63-31
next game: at Nebraska
The offensive line is crushing and killing, and it’s allowing Colt McCoy
to kick back, have a sandwich, and find the open receivers. Much will be
made out of Baylor exploding for several big plays, but Texas is way too
athletic and way too good right now to fall to anyone. However, this
week’s road game at Nebraska will show whether or not the team is for
4. USC (6-0)
W, Arizona State 28-21
at Oregon State (Oct. 28)
Call this a puzzle piece fit. USC is not playing like the fourth best
team in America right now, but it did blowout Arkansas to start the
season. The Hogs beat Auburn, which beat Florida, which beat Tennessee,
which beat Cal. This is a concession to what USC has earned and now how
well it’s playing.
5. West Virginia (6-0)
W, Syracuse 41-17
next game: at Connecticut
The defense is no big deal and the offense still has yet to face a run
defense with a pulse, but it’ll keep on rolling thanks to Pat White,
Steve Slaton, and the marvelous offensive line. With Louisville looking
like garbage, WVU is now the clear class of the Big East.
6. Arkansas (5-1)
W, SE Missouri State 63-7
next game: Ole Miss
Fine, so Arkansas might not be the sixth best team in America, but it
beat Auburn who beat, well, you know the drill. This is an innocent
until proven guilty ranking. Arkansas, go out and earn this.
7. Auburn (5-1)
W, Florida 27-17
next game: Tulane
The defense finally started to play like the crushing and killing group
we were all waiting for. Now it’s up to Kenny Irons and the offense to
finally get going for the Tigers to get back into the national title
8. Florida (6-1)
L, at Auburn 27-17
next game: Georgia (Oct. 28)
This probably isn’t fair, but it is what it is after the tough loss at
Auburn. About 100 other teams would have at least three losses with the
9. Tennessee (5-1)
Didn’t play this week
next game: Alabama
Do you want to play the Vols right now? The Georgia win lost some of its
luster this weekend, but the team really is playing well. If this is a
true contender for big things, it blows out a mediocre Alabama after
having two weeks to prepare.
W, Washington State 21-3
next game: Washington
Cal proved it can win in breathtaking fashion, and now against
Washington State, it proved it can win when it doesn’t get the home run
ball. This might be everyone’s pick to win the Pac 10, but it’s still
going to take a monumental effort to knock off USC in L.A.
11. Notre Dame
Didn’t play this
next game: UCLA
Basically, the belief is that the Notre Dame team that got whacked
around for three quarters by Michigan State is the same one that would
get its doors blown off by Cal, Tennessee, and everyone else ranked in
the top ten, with the exception of Arkansas. The Irish caught a bigger
break than you might think with the injury to Brian Madden making Navy a
shadow of its former self for what was going to be a dangerous game two
weeks from now.
12. LSU (5-2)
W, Kentucky 49-0
next game: Fresno State
It really is creepy how destructive the Tigers are at home. It would’ve
been interesting to see where they’d be if they got Florida and Auburn
in their house. It helps to play mediocre competition, but this really
is a night-and-day different group in Death Valley.
13. Boston College (5-1)
W, Virginia Tech 22-3
next game: at Florida State
The one loss came on a last second deep pass to NC State. Beating
Clemson and Virginia Tech proves that BC is among the cream of the ACC
crop, but if it’s the real deal, it beats an average Florida State in
Tallahassee. Doesn’t it seem like every week is when BC is going to
prove it’s really, really good? What does it have to do?
14. Clemson (6-1)
W, at Temple 63-9
next game: Georgia Tech
The Georgia Tech game will go a long way to determining the ACC pecking
order. The running game is there, but now the defense will have to prove
it can keep Calvin Johnson in check.
15. Georgia Tech (5-1)
Didn’t play last week
next game: at Clemson
Sort of lying in wait after the opening night loss to Notre Dame,
Georgia Tech can get into the top ten discussion with a win at Clemson.
The Coastal Division is there for the taking.
16. Oregon (5-1)
W, UCLA 30-20
next game: at Washington State
Isn’t it amazing how everyone jumped off the bandwagon after getting
blasted by a very, very good Cal team at home? The Ducks have balance
and just enough defense to make more noise in the race. The number two
spot is still within reach, but with a little luck, the Pac 10 title is
still a possibility.
17. Wisconsin (6-1)
W, Minnesota 48-12
next game: at Purdue
No one played Michigan tougher than the Badgers, and now the offense has
a passing game to rely on. If Wisconsin is worthy of a top 15 spot, or
even higher, it’ll come out of West Lafayette with a blowout win next
week. No one in America is running better right now than P.J. Hill.
18. Louisville (6-0)
W, Cincinnati 23-17
next game: at Syracuse
Yup … Louisville sank like a stone. The Miami win now appears to be
slightly more impressive than beating Miami University, and there have
been absolutely no other wins of note. A national title-caliber team, at
home, doesn’t let Cincinnati have a shot at the end zone to win the
19. Texas A&M (6-1)
W, Missouri, 25-19
next game: at Oklahoma State
Missouri is absolutely that good, and Texas A&M was able to take care of
business at home. Don’t be the slightest bit shocked if Oklahoma State
boots A&M right out of the Top 25 next week.
20. Missouri (6-1)
L, at Texas A&M 25-19
next game: Kansas State
What has to be most frustrating for Missouri is that it knows in its
heart of hearts that it’s better than Texas A&M, but didn’t bring
anything close to its A game to College Station. There are chances
against Oklahoma and Nebraska coming up to get the groove back.
21. Nebraska (6-1)
W, at Kansas State 21-3
next game: Texas
Even after seven games this is still a mystery team. It would be nice to
see the attack open things up a little bit, but just getting out of next
week with a win over Texas would be enough.
22. Oklahoma (4-2)
W, Iowa State 34-9
next game: Colorado
It might not seem cruel to ask, but is Oklahoma a top 25 team without
No. 28? Probably not.
23. Boise State (7-0)
W, at New Mexico State 40-24
next game: Idaho
The Utah win now looks like it might as well have been against Utah
State, however, the wins over Wyoming and Hawaii are better than you
24. Pitt (6-1)
W, at UCF 52-7
next game: Rutgers
Don’t forget about this bunch down the stretch. It’s starting to hit its
stride at just the right time and gets the big boys, Louisville and West
Virginia, at home.
W, at Navy 34-0
next game: at Pitt
Much will be made out of keeping the Navy running game under wraps, but
that was mostly due to knocking out Midshipman QB Brian Madden. A win at
Pitt would show everyone that Rutgers deserves to be considered a Big
East title contender.
NC State (3-3)
Penn State (4-3)
Texas Tech (4-3)
Air Force (3-2)
Iowa State (3-4)
Kent State (5-2)
Ole Miss (2-5)
New Mexico (3-4)
San Jose State
San Diego State
Ball State (3-4)
New Mexico State
Utah State (1-6)
UL Monroe (1-5)