College Football News: CFB Power Rankings As Of 10/5/14
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October 5, 2014
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After a crazy weekend of college football, here are your power rankings heading into week 7.
1. Auburn Tigers - The Auburn Tigers simply crushed the LSU Tigers on both sides of the ball and have to be the top team by default. I still have questions about Nick Marshall’s throwing ability, and that could hurt Auburn as early as this weekend.
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2. Mississippi State Bulldogs - Overreaction a little bit? Maybe. But the Mississippi State Bulldogs have beaten two top 10 teams back-to-back weeks and gave Texas A&M fits on the defensive side of the ball. Stop sleeping.
3. Florida State Seminoles - I’m still waiting for the Florida State Seminoles to beat somebody good. We’ll find out more about the Noles in a couple of weeks when they play Notre Dame.
4. Baylor Bears - The Baylor Bears weren’t that impressive against the Texas Longhorns, but it was their third straight road game. Baylor is still top five in the country in points scored and points allowed.
5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - I’m still not sure how Everett Golson made that throw to beat Stanford. The Irish keep finding ways to win and are taking the proper steps to become a playoff team.
6. Michigan State Spartans - Have any questions about Michigan State’s defense? The Spartans held Ameer Abdullah to under two yards per carry on 24 touches.
7. Ole Miss Rebels - The Ole Miss Rebels proved they’re for real with a victory over Alabama. A road win over Texas A&M this week could help the Rebels jump to the top spot.
8. Alabama Crimson Tide - Like it or not, the Alabama Crimson Tide are still one of the best teams in the country and can still win the SEC. However, six turnovers in their last two games will create many sleepless nights for Nick Saban.
9. Oregon Ducks - That young Oregon offensive line is a major red flag for the Ducks. The last four Oregon Ducks losses came when they were held under 30 points.
10. TCU Horned Frogs - The TCU Horned Frogs are no joke defensively and have enough offensive playmakers to give more teams trouble. The Baylor Bears will be on upset alert this weekend in Waco.
11. Georgia Bulldogs - The Georgia Bulldogs have been beating up on subpar competition lately but the schedule starts to pick up here. Todd Gurley has close to 400 rushing yards and four touchdowns in his last two games.
12. Texas A&M Aggies - While everybody falls in love with the Texas A&M Aggies offense, I look at a defense that has allowed more than 1,000 yards in their last two games. Texas A&M can't compete in the SEC with a defense that continues to get gashed.
13. Missouri Tigers - This week’s matchup against the Georgia Bulldogs is a make or break game for the Missouri Tigers. Missouri’s last three losses came when a team rushed for more than 200 yards.
14. Oklahoma Sooners - Trevor Knight has thrown an interception in four of his last five games and has completed under 62 percent of his passes in every game. Unless the QB play improves, the Oklahoma Sooners will suffer more than just one loss.
15. Arizona Wildcats - While the Arizona Wildcats struggled against mediocre teams, they did beat the Oregon Ducks in Eugene. That’s more than what Michigan State can say.
16. Ohio State Buckeyes - All of a sudden the Ohio State Buckeyes have topped 50 points in their last three games. OSU won’t be tested until next month, but they’ll have a shot to run the rest of the table if they can continue to score at this rate.
17. Oklahoma State Cowboys - The Oklahoma State Cowboys have not lost a game since that close season opener against the Florida State Seminoles. We’ll find out more about Oklahoma State in a couple of weeks when they play the TCU Horned Frogs.
18. Kansas State Wildcats - I’ve been watching the Kansas State Wildcats closely, but they haven’t played anybody yet besides losing to Auburn. A game in a couple of weeks against Oklahoma will either make or break KSU.
19. Nebraska Cornhuskers - The Nebraska Cornhuskers loss to the Michigan State Spartans does hurt, but they did a great job of not quitting and had a chance to win late. The Cornhuskers should still be considered the favorite to win the Big Ten West.
20. East Carolina Pirates - Shane Carden has 11 touchdown passes in his last three games and the East Carolina Pirates continue to cruise through a conference full of basketball schools.
21. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are the only undefeated ACC team besides Florida State. The Yellow Jackets are playing great football on both sides of the ball and that option has looked unstoppable to this point.20
22. Arizona State Sun Devils - Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. A Hail Mary to beat USC is good enough to get the Sun Devils back in the Top 25.
23. Stanford Cardinal - The Stanford Cardinal still have one of the better defenses in the country and can still win the Pac-12. However, an offense that can’t move the ball the length of a coffee table is what will hold Stanford back.
24. UCLA Bruins - Even with a loss to Utah, the UCLA Bruins are still an extremely talented team that is capable of winning the Pac-12. Like Oregon, UCLA’s offensive line has to improve or else…
25. Clemson Tigers - The Clemson Tigers have lost to all of the good teams they’ve played this season. A win this week over the Louisville Cardinals will make a statement.