After Week 7, college football power rankings continue to be dominated by Alabama and Clemson as they remain the top two spots. Behind them is a new entry as Michigan finally made their debut at 3rd place after defeating Penn State last week.
The “college football rankings week 7” is a ranking of the top teams in college football after Week 7. The rankings are based on a number of factors, including how well each team has performed in conference play and against their opponents’ records.
Week 7 of college football seemed to be a return to routine following a crazy Week 6 with many Top 25 teams on byes and few rated matches on the schedule. Purdue University’s Boilermakers opted against it.
The Boilermakers came into Iowa City as a double-digit underdog and exited with a 24-7 statement win against the No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes in one of the biggest surprises of the 2021 season. Purdue’s offense wouldn’t allow the Hawkeye defense off the field, and as the advantage grew to 17 points in the fourth quarter, it seemed as if the Hawkeyes had no way back.
Except for the Big Ten surprise, Week 7 went basically according to plan. The top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs put on another spectacular show, this time defeating the previously undefeated Kentucky Wildcats 30-13 in the second half.
Alabama rallied back after a conference setback, as it always does. The Crimson Tide raced to a 49-9 victory against Mississippi State to reclaim their spot in the College Football Playoff.
The Cincinnati Bearcats rose to No. 2 in the Power Rankings this week, their best ranking this season, while the Oklahoma Sooners maintained their perfect record despite a new starting quarterback.
Despite the season’s high level of parity, it seems like a top four is forming. But if there’s one thing this season has taught us, it’s that we never really know what’s going to happen next. Inquire of the Hawkeyes.
With that out of the way, let’s get to the Power Rankings for this week.
The Bulldogs faced their greatest challenge since the season opening against Kentucky — at least for a half — after being named No. 1 in the AP top 25 poll for the first time since 1982. After trailing 14-7 after two quarters, Georgia’s defense and special teams regained control, leading to a 30-13 win and a 7-0 record. For the third consecutive game, quarterback Stetson Bennett III began and performed well, completing 14-of-20 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Once former starter JT Daniels recovers from a muscle injury, it will be tough for UGA coach Kirby Smart to pull him off the field. Brock Bowers, a true freshman tight end from Napa Valley, Calif., had five receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns. For opposition defenders, he has emerged as a matchup nightmare. Georgia will have a week off before facing rival Florida on Oct. 30 in Jacksonville, Fla. — Schlabach, Mark
The Bearcats’ chances of making the playoffs hinge on their ability to dominate lesser AAC opponents the remainder of the road. A club that struggled to get off to a good start earlier this season is certainly not wasting any time now. Cincinnati jumped out to a 35-0 lead against UCF, thanks to Jerome Ford and the run game. Ford’s 189 yards and four touchdowns are a positive indication for an offense that has been too dependent on monster plays in the pass game at times. UCF was restricted to 14 first downs, 296 yards, and 4.6 yards per play by the Bearcats’ defense. Desmond Ridder didn’t have a very impressive game (13-of-23 passing, 140 yards, one touchdown), but Cincinnati didn’t need much assistance because to its strong run game and defense. Adam Rittenberg’s remark
A refocused Crimson Tide defense took out some wrath on Mississippi State in a 49-9 triumph in Starkville, after giving up 41 points and 6.5 yards per play in their upset defeat to Texas A&M last week. MSU quarterback Will Rodgers was sacked seven times by the defense, and Jordan Battle returned an interception for a score in the first quarter. Early on, Alabama’s defense set the tone, and the offense settled into fifth gear. Bryce Young passed for 348 yards on 28 attempts, and the Tide cruised to victory with 28 scores in the second half. — Sean Connelly
Lincoln Riley’s transition to the Caleb Williams era couldn’t have gone any better. Williams threw for 261 yards on 13 of 15 passing against TCU, averaging 20.1 yards per completion in the first half alone against Gary Patterson’s solid defense. While the Sooners worked with Kennedy Brooks, who finished with 153 yards on 7.7 yards per run, Williams racked up 361 yards and five touchdowns in front of a home crowd that cheered him on at every turn. The Sooners’ defense struggled once again, giving up 519 yards to the Horned Frogs, but that isn’t what OU supporters will remember about this game. Dave Wilson is an author.
The Wolverines have a bye this week, which coach Jim Harbaugh says will allow his players to recuperate and prepare for the second half of the schedule. After a thrilling comeback victory against Nebraska, Michigan will have some time to rest before facing Northwestern. Finally, the squad is preparing for their game in East Lansing versus in-state foe Michigan State. Michigan has a chance to become 8-0 with a victory against the Spartans if it gets by Northwestern unharmed. Tom VanHaaren (Tom VanHaaren)
The Buckeyes had a bye week, but given their recent success, it’s likely that they would have chosen to play. In a 66-17 victory against Maryland on Oct. 9, the squad looked more like what we anticipated to see this season. C.J. Stroud passed for 406 yards and five touchdowns against the Terps, looking more comfortable and in charge than he did at the start of the season. The defense has improved in recent weeks as well, which comes at a perfect time with Penn State just two weeks away. VanHaaren (VanHaaren)
After a disappointing effort against Indiana, MSU was able to remain undefeated on the season thanks to solid defense and luck. Payton Thorne, the quarterback, averaged just 4.8 yards per attempt and threw two interceptions, including one in the end zone late in the fourth quarter when MSU needed to run out the time. Fortunately for Thorne and the offense, the defense came through with three interceptions, one of which was returned for a score, and just one touchdown on seven drives that approached Spartan territory. MSU didn’t put up much of a fight and struggled on third down (8 of 20 conversions allowed), but it made plays when it was required. Despite having almost as many penalties (12) as first downs (14), and just 241 total yards, the Spartans triumphed. Beginning Oct. 30 against Michigan, they’ll have to be crisper down the stretch. — Richard Rittenberg
Texas was driving with eight minutes remaining in the second quarter, aiming for a 24-3 advantage. That’s when Jason Taylor II intercepted Longhorns quarterback Casey Thompson and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown, allowing the Longhorns to head into halftime with a 17-13 lead instead of a large deficit. The Cowboys have made plays like this all season, with a defense capable of keeping them in any game. They’ve only outscored opponents by 42 points this season, or seven points per game, the third-lowest difference by a team that has won all six games since the AP poll started in 1936. With 3:12 left in the game, the defense stuffed Thompson on a fourth-and-three run, then intercepted Thompson again with 1:57 left. Jaylen Warren, a Utah State transfer, wore down the Longhorns with 193 yards on 33 runs, 154 of which came in the second half surge. Wilson’s words
After an agonizing defeat to Iowa on the road, the Nittany Lions were given a week of respite with a bye. Quarterback Sean Clifford was injured in the second half versus Iowa and his fate for the rest of the season is unknown. Clifford was absent from practice on Wednesday, and coach James Franklin gave no indication of when he could return. If the club has to play another game, or more, without its main quarterback, a week off could be beneficial. VanHaaren (VanHaaren)
Despite a 6-0 start and a No. 2 rating, the Hawkeyes knew they couldn’t overcome a lackluster performance, particularly against a club (Purdue) and a player (wide receiver David Bell) who had them covered. Iowa not only struggled offensively (unsurprising), but also had no defensive answers for the Boilermakers (much more surprising). Against Iowa, Bell added 240 receiving yards to his already impressive career total (545 yards on 36 receptions). The Hawkeyes’ pristine season came to an end, and the Boilers even drank their beer. Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras had a terrible game (four interceptions), while leading rusher Tyler Goodson only got 12 touches. Iowa’s stalwart defense couldn’t get off the field, enabling Purdue to convert nine of 16 third-down opportunities. — Richard Rittenberg
Cal’s trip to No. 9 Oregon was no exception to the late Friday night time slot that seems to suit Pac-12 After Dark mayhem like a glove. It didn’t matter that the Bears were 1-4, with their lone victory coming against an FCS opponent, or that Oregon was coming off a bye week after a disappointing defeat to Stanford. It was time for some mayhem. Oregon won 24-17, but they continued to look like a shell of the squad that defeated Ohio State in Week 2. With Anthony Brown at the helm (90th in passing), the offense seems to have reached its ceiling, if not its bottom. Surviving and progressing is always a positive outcome, but when it comes to the playoffs, Oregon is missing not just in style points, but also in emphatic wins. Paolo Uggetti (Paolo Uggetti)
It took 412 hours, a career night from Matt Corral, 977 total yards from scrimmage, a pair of key late defensive stops, and a lengthy delay caused by Tennessee supporters hurling things onto the field, including a golf ball that almost struck Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin. It needed one more stop and a near-game-winning pass from Tennessee backup quarterback Joe Milton III to seal the victory. But, after all of that, Ole Miss is 5-1 after a 31-26 victory in Knoxville. Since Johnny Manziel, Corral was on the verge of being the first SEC quarterback to pass and sprint for 200 yards in the same game. Indeed, Corral outplayed Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker, and the Rebels held on to an early lead despite scoring just once in the second half. — Connelly
The Irish were one of several top 25 teams to get a bye week, allowing them to prepare for USC for an additional week. The Irish are coming off a three-point triumph against Virginia Tech and a week ago’s defeat to Cincinnati. The club still has a lot of work to do, including deciding out who will play quarterback. Against Virginia Tech, Jack Coan and Tyler Buchner shared plays, and the question of who quarterback provides the team the greatest opportunity to win persists. The offensive line has been a source of worry, but it is coming off one of its better games against the Hokies, so continuing to build on that momentum will be crucial for Notre Dame’s attack. VanHaaren (VanHaaren)
For two quarters, the Wildcats fought valiantly against the Bulldogs, but they couldn’t create any offense in the remaining two quarters, and they fell for the first time this season. In the first half, Kentucky had a terrific offensive game plan and dominated possession time. However, the Bulldogs’ stout defense adjusted at halftime as the offense relied heavily on trick plays and throwbacks. Georgia was given a scare when the Wildcats had a few too many dropped passes. Kentucky may find solace in the fact that it is the first team to score two touchdowns against Georgia this season. Will Levis passed for 192 yards and two touchdowns, but he didn’t get much support from the ground game. Georgia only gave up 51 yards on 27 carries against the Wildcats. Kentucky will have a week off before facing Mississippi State on October 30. Schlabach’s words
The Demon Deacons had an open date to prepare for the second half of the season, when their strength of schedule would improve dramatically. However, with a 6-0 record, Wake Forest understands what it takes to compete in close games that go down to the wire if necessary. To get to this point, Wake Forest has relied on offensive balance and an experienced squad. Wake Forest has also been able to remain pretty healthy for the first half of the season, which is a significant plus. Andrea Adelson is a businesswoman.
The Chanticleers had an open date and additional time to prepare for a crucial Sun Belt game against Appalachian State next Wednesday. Since 2019, Coastal Carolina has won 11 consecutive conference games. The Chants recorded 685 yards in their previous game, which was their second-highest total in a single game in school history, and Grayson McCall had a career-high 365 yards. — Sheldon Adelson
Jimbo Fisher’s squad had no Bama hangover after an upset win over the top-ranked Crimson Tide was followed by a relatively stress-free victory against Missouri. After the first quarter, the Aggies lead 21-0, outgaining the Tigers 184-49. Isaiah Spiller and Devon Achane combined for 292 running yards and three touchdowns for Texas A&M, which isn’t the first team to take advantage of Missouri’s nation-worst run defense. Zach Calzada didn’t play quite as well as he did against Alabama, completing 13 of 25 passes for 148 yards, a score, and an interception, but Texas A&M had more than enough to win comfortably. Mike Elko’s defense bounced back from its toughest test against Alabama by limiting Missouri’s downfield passing attack and intercepting Connor Bazelak twice. — Richard Rittenberg
In the second half, the Wolfpack blew the game open against Boston College, capitalizing on many errors, including a muffed punt kick and an interception. They also did a good job of shutting down BC’s rushing game, rendering it irrelevant when they got out to such a large lead. Devin Leary threw three touchdown passes for NC State, and wideout Emeka Emezie became the school’s all-time top receiver. It was a major road victory for a club that struggled in a defeat to Mississippi State the previous time it played away from home. — Sheldon Adelson
After a bye week, the 6-0 Mustangs will remain unbeaten for at least another week. SMU opened 5-0 or better for the third consecutive season, and cracked the Top 25 for the first time last week after getting as high as No. 16 last season. Tanner Mordecai, an Oklahoma transfer, leads the nation with 26 touchdown passes for Sonny Dykes. Last Saturday, the Mustangs upset Navy in Annapolis for the first time in 23 years, escaping with a victory on a Hail Mary over Louisiana Tech. The Mustangs make things interesting, and in Dykes’ opinion, they haven’t yet played a full game. Wilson’s words
Dave Aranda’s Bears dropped their first game of the season two weeks ago, a heartbreaking 24-14 loss at Oklahoma State. They’ve retaliated with a vengeance. They trounced a ranked BYU, 38-24, in Waco, a week after thrashing West Virginia by 25 points. The Bears accomplished anything they wanted offensively, with Abram Smith and Trestan Ebner rushing 38 times for 283 yards and three touchdowns, and Gerry Bohanon throwing 231 yards and a touchdown. Early in the second half, the Bears led by three points, then went on a 21-3 run to put away their future Big 12 opponents. — Sean Connelly
The Aztecs remained unbeaten despite a grind of a game against San Jose State on Friday night. This was expected to be the start of SDSU’s most difficult run of the season, and it delivered. Through four quarters, both sides failed to accomplish much other than punt the ball to each other and kick a pair of field goals. The Aztec defense lived up to its top-10 ranking, while the Aztec offense matched their ranking (93rd in the US) by accumulating 240 total yards, including overtime. The 6-6 tie required not one, but two overtime sessions to decide a winner. There, both teams opted to test the end zone’s limits, and it was an Aztec interception followed by their second score that kept their 6-0 unbeaten season alive just barely. Uggetti –
After a 38-23 victory against Arkansas, the Tigers are back in the rankings. Bo Nix completed 21 of 26 passes for 292 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception, and his 23-yard touchdown run with 2:30 remaining secured a crucial victory. Arkansas outgained the Tigers 460-427 and had more scoring opportunities, but the Tiger defense forced two turnovers on downs and two field goal tries, recovered a fumble in the end zone, and limited Arkansas to 35 yards in the fourth quarter. The difference was created by big plays, and Auburn had more of them. — Sean Connelly
After defeating Virginia Tech 28-7 on the road, the Panthers are clearly the overwhelming favorite to win the ACC Coastal Division. Pitt is the Coastal’s lone unbeaten team and currently has the tiebreaker over the Hokies, who are the division’s second-closest team. Kenny Pickett completed 22 of 37 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns, but it was the Panthers’ running game that stood out, providing them the sort of balance that makes them difficult to defend. In the triumph, Israel Abanikanda rushed for 140 yards. — Sheldon Adelson
It took place. It ultimately came to pass. The UTSA Roadrunners improved to 7-0 on the season with a 45-0 blowout of Rice, restricting the Owls to just 102 yards on offense. The Roadrunners have been one of the finest stories of the 2021 season, while just being in their 10th season of football. The Roadrunners’ seven-game winning streak to open the season is the longest in school history, and the rest of the schedule is kind to them. The real issue now is how long they can keep the run going. — Carlson, Shea
Clemson defeated Syracuse, which is wonderful news. The bad news is that the Tigers’ offense did not get back on track after last week’s open date. Clemson has yet to score 20 points or more against a Power 5 opponent this season, scoring 17 points in the win. D.J. Uiagalelei threw for 181 yards and was inaccurate on several of his deliveries, but his receivers didn’t help matters by dropping a slew of passes. At this stage in the season, it is evident that Clemson will win games based on their defense, which was once again outstanding. — Sheldon Adelson
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