The Top Fan's Top 25 - Week Seven
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The Top 25 was shaken up quite a bit this past weekend as Stanford, Oklahoma and Michigan were all knocked from the list of undefeated teams. Meanwhile, Georgia, Washington and Northwestern all took their second loss of the season, severely hurting any chances of major hardware...
Here are my top 25 teams following the games of week seven:
1. Alabama (6-0) - The Crimson Tide defeated Kentucky on the road, 48-7. Quarterback AJ McCarron threw 35 passes, completing 21 of them for 359 yards and a score. Alabama has calmly gotten off to a 6-0 start without much to hurdle over. Outside of the Texas A&M game, Alabama has cruised without breaking a sweat. That changes soon as Tennessee (home), LSU (home) and Auburn (away) are on the slate.
2. Oregon (6-0) - As I predicted, the Ducks went into Seattle and took care of business with ease. In fact, my predicted score of 42-21 was eerily close to the actual score of 45-24 (thank you very much)...Oregon now has Washington State and UCLA at home in back-to-back weeks. Stanford, Utah and Oregon State are all still left, as well. The schedule has quite a few road bumps, but Oregon will fly right all over all of them.
3. Ohio State (6-0) - A bye week saw OSU chill out and relax. The Buckeyes have two big home games coming up in Iowa and Penn State, followed by four road games to close the season. Ohio State is 19th nationally in yards per game with 493. On defense, the Buckeyes are pretty good, too, ranking at #24 while giving up 19 ppg.
4. Clemson (6-0) - As a Tiger fan, Boston College gave me all of the stress I needed yesterday in a 24-14 loss to Clemson! The Eagles are not a bad squad, haven given FSU fits earlier this season. In this one, they hung around due to Tiger fumbles. In the end, though, QB Tajh Boyd led Clemson to the deciding score, followed less than a minute later by a defensive score. Up next is the much-anticipated game with the Seminoles - ESPN "Gameday" and all.
5. Florida State (5-0) - The Seminoles had a bye week to rest and regroup before they head up to Clemson for the ACC's biggest game in years. Two Heisman Trophy candidates will go at it in Death Valley as Jameis Winston of FSU and Tajh Boyd of Clemson will look to stay unbeaten. Florida State is third nationally in both points for (54 ppg) and points against (12 ppg).
6. Louisville (6-0) - I was not impressed all that much with Louisville on Thursday night last week. They had the national spotlight and an average Rutgers team at home. They should have put on a clinic about why they belong in the top five. Instead, they got a ho-hum 24-10 win. I actually bumped Louisville up a spot this week, but I want to see a better performance against UCF Friday night - again the spotlight will be there.
7. Texas A&M (5-1) - Johnny Manziel played another entertaining game, this time in Oxford, Mississippi as he went for 470 total yards and scored two TDs with his quick feet. He also picked up a few key third-downs in the second half to lead A&M to a very hard fought win over the Rebels. Ole Miss led by seven with under four minutes to go, but that is when Manziel led the Aggies to ten points to close the game, including the game winning FG as time expired.
8. UCLA (5-0) - The Bruins are firmly in control of the PAC-12 South with a home date with Arizona State circled for November 23rd. If UCLA goes one game at a time from here out, they will find themselves in the national title talks by year's end. The schedule, however, says otherwise. A trip to Stanford this weekend, followed by a trip to Oregon in 13 days will tell us a ton more about UCLA. In two weeks they will either be unranked, or in the serious national title talks.
9. LSU (6-1) - This team is very well rounded as the defense is always good, but the offense is now coming around, as well. Though they scored just 17 points against Florida, they gained 327 yards on a good defense and kept control of the ball throughout the game. The November ninth game at Alabama is picking up steam quickly to be this season's Game of the Century!
10. South Carolina (5-1) - The Gamecocks went on the road and laid a whooping on Arkansas, 52-7. In talking with my Gamecock friends at a wedding in Columbia, they were much more excited that the USC defense allowed just seven points more so than than that the offense scored 52. The Gamecocks now have two tough road trips, Tennessee and Missouri, before wrapping things up with a few key home games.
11. Miami (5-0)
12. Baylor (5-0)
13. Texas Tech (6-0)
14. Stanford (5-1)
15. Fresno State (5-0)
16. Virginia Tech (6-1)
17. Oklahoma State (4-1)
18. Oklahoma (5-1)
19. Missouri (6-0)
20. Auburn (5-1)
21. Oregon State (5-1)
22. Michigan State (5-1)
23. Michigan (5-1)
24. Georgia (4-2)
25. Utah (4-2)
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