College Football Rankings: How Losses By Nebraska, Ohio State Impact Poll Picture

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College Football Rankings: Ohio State Falls, Will Plummet

Ohio State's 31-18 loss in Madison will drop the Buckeyes in the college football polls. But it might be more significant in its ramifications for the national landscape.

The Buckeyes were top-ranked in all of the major polls, and that means that there will be a new number one next week. It will likely be idle Oregon, as the Ducks ascend to the top spot for the first time in program history.

Boise State should be sitting pretty, too. The Broncos will probably move up to second in both polls, putting them well within striking range of the BCS Championship Game.

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College Football Rankings: Kentucky's Upset Should Sink South Carolina

South Carolina just can't stand prosperity.

Despite beating Alabama last week, the Gamecocks are set to tumble in the college football polls thanks to their 31-28 loss to Kentucky.

South Carolina was ranked 10th in the AP Poll and 12th in the USA Today coaches poll. Now, after losing their second game of the season, the Gamecocks will likely slot in behind undefeated teams like Oklahoma State and Missouri, and perhaps behind one-loss Arizona as well. It's even worth wondering whether pollsters will remember that South Carolina beat one of the two top-ten teams the Gamecocks and Arkansas Razorbacks both played, and whether they'll be rewarded more for that or punished for losing to an unranked team on the road.

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College Football Rankings: Could Auburn's Big Win Boost The Tigers?

Auburn won big against Arkansas today, scoring a 65-43 triumph that's sure to impress pollsters.

Auburn might even move into the top five of the college football polls. Wins over South Carolina and Arkansas are arguably more impressive than Oklahoma's accomplishments, and Nebraska will drop after departing the ranks of the undefeated.

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College Football Rankings: What Will Nebraska's Loss Change?

Nebraska was just upset by Texas; what implications does that have for the college football polls?

The Cornhuskers were ranked fifth in the AP Poll and fourth in the USA Today coaches poll. With a loss to two-loss Texas, the Huskers could fall out of the top ten in both polls. It would seem hard to put Big Red, whose best win came against Washington, ahead of a one-loss team like 10th/12th-ranked South Carolina, that beat Alabama.

The BlogPoll has a little less correction to do: Nebraska was sixth this week, and should tumble, but that's not as bad as a top-five team removing itself from contention for top spots.

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College Football Rankings, Week 7: Led By Appalachian State, FCS Top-Eight Remains Unchanged

The top-eight teams in The Sports Network FCS Top-25 College Football Poll remain unchanged for Week 7, with Appalachian State strengthening its position as the No. 1 team in the country following their 34-31 win against then-No. 24 Elon -- the Mountaineers received 106 of a possible 146 first-place votes. They are 5-0 for the first time since 1998. 

In fact, all eight teams in the FCS Top 10 that played won (No. 6 Villanova and No. 8 Massachusetts had byes); the only "shake-up" was No. 9 Montana State and No. 10 South Carolina State switching spots. 

Delaware maintained it No. 2 position with an easy win over CAA opponent Maine, 26-7. Jacksonville State went on the road and beat Tennessee-Martin, 30-20, while No. 4 William & Mary improved to 5-1 with an easy home win, 26-7, versus Rhode Island. 

Full rankings of The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top-25 College Football Poll for Week 7 (as voted on by the sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters and writers) are as follows (first-place votes included):

1. Appalachian State Mountaineers (106)
2. Delaware Blue Hens (29)
3. Jacksonville State Gamecocks (10)
4. William & Mary Tribe
5. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (1)
6. Villanova Wildcats
7. James Madison Dukes
8. Massachusetts Minutemen
9. Montana State Bobcats
10. South Carolina State Bulldogs
11. Montana Grizzlies
12. Eastern Washington Eagles
13. Cal Poly Mustangs
14. Wofford Terriers
15. North Dakota State Bison
16. New Hampshire Wildcats
17. Southern Illinois Salukis
18. Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
19. Liberty Flames
20. Richmond Spiders
21. Georgia Southern Eagles
22. Northern Iowa Panthers
23. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
24. Elon Phoenix
25. Penn Quakers

The two newcomers to the top 25 this week are Bethune-Cookman (5-0) and Penn (3-1). For the Wildcats, one of just four remaining undefeated FCS teams, its their first time being ranked in more than six years. 

The Colonial Athletic Conference remains the strongest in the country: seven of the top-20 teams are from the CAA, including five of the top-eight and six of the top-16. A complete FCS Top-25 conference break down: 

  • Colonial Athletic, 7: Delaware, W&M, Villanova, JMU, UMass, New Hampshire, Richmond); 
  • Southern, 4: Appalachian State, Wofford, Georgia Southern, Elon
  • Missouri Valley, 3: North Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Northern Iowa
  • Big Sky, 3: Montana State, Montana, Eastern Washington
  • Ohio Valley, 2: Jacksonville State, Southeast Missouri State
  • MEAC, 2: South Carolina State, Bethune-Cookman
  • Southland: Stephen F. Austin
  • Great West: Cal Poly
  • Ivy: Pennsylvania
  • Big South: Liberty

As you might expect, the CAA is prominently involved in Week 7's key games: No. 23 Bethune-Cookman puts its new ranking on the line at No. 10 SC State; No. 16 New Hampshire travels to No. 7 JMU; No. 8 UMass hosts a struggling No. 20 Richmond team.

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College Football Rankings: Harris Interactive Poll Likes Ohio State, Oregon

The first Harris Interactive Poll of the year has been released, and it looks a lot like the AP and USA Today polls.

Ohio State and Oregon are 1-2, just like in the other two major polls. Boise State and TCU trail at 3-4, just like the AP Poll. Alabama slots in at eighth.

There's not a lot that can change when taking a poll of college football observers in a year with no "great" teams.

Full poll rankings are as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Auburn
  8. Alabama
  9. LSU
  10. Utah
  11. South Carolina
  12. Michigan State
  13. Arkansas
  14. Stanford
  15. Iowa
  16. Wisconsin
  17. Florida State
  18. Oklahoma State
  19. Missouri
  20. Nevada
  21. Arizona
  22. Florida
  23. Air Force
  24. Michigan
  25. West Virginia
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College Football Rankings: The Winners And Losers Of The Week 7 Polls

The best part of the college football polls every week is the discussion they bring. With that in mind, a rundown of the winners and losers from this week's rankings.

Winners

South Carolina is the big winner in the Week 7 polls. The Gamecocks' victory over Alabama vaults them from the lower regions of the top 20 in both polls to near the top 10. With just two ranked teams left on the schedule and a one-game lead on the SEC East, South Carolina has a great chance to make its first SEC Championship Game this year.

Michigan State is also moving up. The Spartans lurk just outside the top 10 in both polls and stand to benefit from the inevitable SEC carnage.

Boise State and TCU also rank among the big winners. Though every team in the top 10 was helped by Alabama's loss, the Broncos are now in line to play in the BCS Championship Game should Ohio State or Oregon lose, and TCU's hot on their heels.

The AP Poll voters deserve commendation, too, for elevating Oregon State after a big win over Arizona, and keeping virtually untested Oklahoma State and Missouri squads on the outskirts of the top 20.

Losers

The big losers this week are Sunshine State squads Miami and Florida, both falling after home losses to conference foes. Florida's loss was at least of the heartbreaking variety, which keeps the Gators in the top 25; Miami falls out of both rankings after being shellacked by FSU.

Arizona tasted defeat for the first time this season after a loss to Oregon State, and the Wildcats fell in both polls because of it.

And of course, the coaches show up in the losers category for, among other issues, ranking Michigan State ahead of South Carolina, Oklahoma State and Missouri ahead of Nevada, and Nebraska ahead of TCU.

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Complete College Football Rankings: The Week 7 AP And USA Today Polls

The Week 7 AP Poll:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Auburn
  8. Alabama
  9. LSU
  10. South Carolina
  11. Utah
  12. Arkansas
  13. Michigan State
  14. Stanford
  15. Iowa
  16. Florida State
  17. Arizona
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Nevada
  20. Oklahoma State
  21. Missouri
  22. Florida
  23. Air Force
  24. Oregon State
  25. West Virginia

The Week 7 USA Today coaches poll:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. Nebraska
  5. TCU
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Auburn
  8. Alabama
  9. LSU
  10. Utah
  11. Michigan State
  12. South Carolina
  13. Arkansas
  14. Iowa
  15. Stanford
  16. Wisconsin
  17. Florida State
  18. Oklahoma State
  19. Missouri
  20. Arizona
  21. Nevada
  22. Florida
  23. Air Force
  24. Michigan
  25. West Virginia
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College Football Rankings: How BCS Busters Boise State, TCU Fare In Week 7 Polls

Boise State and TCU have put themselves in good position in both the USA Today and AP polls, but the one that doesn't factor into the BCS formula is the one that looks better for the BCS busters.

Boise State is third in both polls, while TCU is fourth in the AP Poll and fifth in the USA Today poll.

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College Football Rankings: SEC Has Four Teams In Top Ten Of AP Poll

The SEC dominance continues in Week 7 AP Poll

How competitive is the SEC? Four SEC teams appear in the top ten, and five in the top 12.

Full SEC rankings:

- No. 7 Auburn
- No. 8 Alabama
- No. 9 LSU
- No. 10 South Carolina
- No. 12 Arkansas
- No. 22 Florida

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College Football Rankings: Ohio State Tops Week 7 AP Poll

The Week 7 AP Poll is out, and just confirms what the USA Today coaches poll proffered: Ohio State rules the college football rankings this week.

Ohio State and Oregon are now in position to play for a national championship, thanks to Alabama's loss to South Carolina. But Boise State and TCU lurk just outside the top two, at third and fourth.

The Crimson Tide fall to eighth after their loss, and South Carolina vaults from 18th to 10th.

Full poll is as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Auburn
  8. Alabama
  9. LSU
  10. South Carolina
  11. Utah
  12. Arkansas
  13. Michigan State
  14. Stanford
  15. Iowa
  16. Florida State
  17. Arizona
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Nevada
  20. Oklahoma State
  21. Missouri
  22. Florida
  23. Air Force
  24. Oregon State
  25. West Virginia
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College Football Rankings: Pac-10 Lead By Oregon In USA Today Poll

The Pac-10 places just three teams in the USA Today coaches poll for Week 7.

Of course, Oregon's second, in line to play for a BCS Championship. Quality makes up for quality in this case.

Full Pac-10 rankings:

- No. 2 Oregon
- No. 15 Stanford
- No. 20 Arizona

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College Football Rankings: Big 12 Has Four Undefeated Teams In Top 25

The Big 12 can claim a unique status in the college football rankings: no other conference has four undefeated teams in a poll.

Nebraska and Oklahoma are in the top ten, and Oklahoma State and Missouri both show up in the top 20.

Full Big 12 rankings:

- No. 4 Nebraska
- No. 6 Oklahoma
- No. 18 Oklahoma State
- No. 19 Missouri

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College Football Rankings: Big Ten Takes Five Spots In USA Today Poll

The Big Ten spends another week enjoying lofty spots in the college football rankings. This week, it has the highest spot.

Top-ranked Ohio State leads five Big Ten teams in the top 25 of the Week 7 USA Today coaches poll.

Full Big Ten rankings:

- No. 1 Ohio State
- No. 11 Michigan State
- No. 14 Iowa
- No. 16 Wisconsin
- No. 24 Michigan

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College Football Rankings: SEC Has Six Ranked Teams, Five In Top 13

The SEC is still king in the USA Today coaches poll for Week 7.

The most impressive thing about the SEC's performance is the glut of teams near the top: five SEC teams appear in the top 13 teams of the poll.

Full SEC rankings:

- No. 7 Auburn
- No. 8 Alabama
- No. 9 LSU
- No. 12 South Carolina
- No. 13 Arkansas
- No. 22 Florida

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College Football Rankings: West Virginia Gives Big East A Spot In The USA Today Poll

The USA Today coaches poll for Week 7 has some good news for the Big East.

West Virginia re-enters the poll as the 25th team ranked, and is the only Big East team in the poll. This is an improvement on last week, when no Big East teams were ranked.

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College Football Rankings: Florida State Carries The ACC Banner

In this week's USA Today coaches poll, the ACC makes up for a lack of quantity with a bit of quality.

Florida State is the only ACC team ranked, coming in at 17th. The Seminoles moved up from 24th after beating Miami.

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College Football Rankings: South Carolina, Miami, Florida Are Biggest Movers In USA Today Poll

The biggest movers in the Week 7 USA Today poll are two SEC teams.

South Carolina makes the biggest jump, vaulting eight spots from 20th to 12th. Miami falls the furthest, going from 13th to unranked. Florida takes the biggest tumble of any team that remained ranked, dropping ten spots from 12th to 22nd.

The full lists of movers:

Climbing

Ohio State to No. 1 from No. 2
Oregon to No. 2 from No. 3
Boise State to No. 3 from No. 4
Nebraska to No. 4 from No. 6
Oklahoma to No. 6 from No. 7
Auburn to No. 7 from No. 8
Michigan State to No. 11 from No. 16
South Carolina to No. 12 from No. 20
Iowa to No. 14 from No. 15
Stanford to No. 15 from No. 18
Wisconsin to No. 16 from No. 19
Florida State to No. 17 from No. 24
Oklahoma State to No. 18 from No. 21
Missouri to No. 19 from No. 22
Nevada to No. 21 from No. 23
Air Force to No. 23 from unranked
West Virginia to No. 25 from unranked

Falling

Alabama to No. 9 from No. 1
Arizona to No. 20 from No. 11
Florida to No. 22 from No. 12
Michigan to No. 24 from No. 17
Miami to unranked from No. 14
Northwestern to unranked from No. 25

No Change

TCU remains No. 5
LSU remains No. 9
Utah remains No. 10
Arkansas remains No. 13

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College Football Rankings: Ohio State Claims The Top Spot In USA Today Poll

The AP Poll hasn't dropped yet, but the USA Today coaches poll just came out, and it shows the expected shifts in the college football polls this week.

Ohio State and Oregon move up to the top and second spots after Alabama's loss to South Carolina. Boise State, Nebraska, and TCU round out the top five. The Crimson Tide fall all the way to eighth, while their conquerors, South Carolina, move up to 12th.

Florida is the only two-loss team in the poll. The Gators plummet from 12th to 22nd after a loss to LSU, which stays at ninth.

Full poll is as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. Nebraska
  5. TCU
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Auburn
  8. Alabama
  9. LSU
  10. Utah
  11. Michigan State
  12. South Carolina
  13. Arkansas
  14. Iowa
  15. Stanford
  16. Wisconsin
  17. Florida State
  18. Oklahoma State
  19. Missouri
  20. Arizona
  21. Nevada
  22. Florida
  23. Air Force
  24. Michigan
  25. West Virginia
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