College football AP Top 25 poll, Week 7: Baylor, Florida State rise after big blowouts

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The polls are starting to pay attention to the high-flying Baylor Bears and the star-powered Seminoles.

It appears the AP Poll went out on a bit more of a limb than the Coaches' Poll last week, as five AP ranked teams (compared to three Coaches' Poll teams) lost in a busy weekend of college football.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 5-0 1,495 1
2 Oregon (5) 5-0 1,424 2
3 Clemson 5-0 1,359 3
4 Ohio State 6-0 1,305 4
5 Stanford 5-0 1,278 5
6 Florida State 5-0 1,158 8
7 Georgia 4-1 1,138 6
8 Louisville 5-0 1,051 7
9 Texas A&M 4-1 1,003 9
10 LSU 5-1 993 10
11 UCLA 4-0 844 12
12 Oklahoma 5-0 819 11
13 Miami (FL) 5-0 780 14
14 South Carolina 4-1 764 13
15 Baylor 4-0 681 17
16 Washington 4-1 556 15
17 Florida 4-1 536 18
18 Michigan 5-0 514 19
19 Northwestern 4-1 418 16
20 Texas Tech 5-0 358 20
21 Fresno State 5-0 258 23
22 Oklahoma State 4-1 204 21
23 Northern Illinois 5-0 138 NR
24 Virginia Tech 5-1 115 NR
25 Missouri 5-0 105 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Auburn 61, Notre Dame 50, Nebraska 35, Wisconsin 29, Michigan State 16, UCF 7, Arizona State 3, Mississippi 3, Rutgers 2

Here's the latest Coaches Poll, which does factor into the BCS.

Alabama holds on to the No. 1 spot, while Northwestern and Washington drop despite close losses to top-five teams (Ohio State and Stanford, respectively). After just one week in the poll, Maryland falls out after a 63-0 drubbing at the hands of Florida State, while Baylor moves up after setting records in a 73-42 win over West Virginia.

Arizona State and Ole Miss both fall out after losses to unranked teams (Notre Dame and Auburn, respectively), while Northern Illinois moves in after their 5-0 start. Virginia Tech is in as well, after their fourth straight win and second over a Coastal competitor (Georgia Tech last week and North Carolina this week), as is the unbeaten Missouri Tigers, who have No. 7 Georgia up next.

As always, the AP Poll is your favorite poll that doesn't matter. It is voted on by members of the media, who presumably have time to watch all of these games, but it does not count in the BCS rankings, which means it does not actually affect anything.

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