For the first time all year, one of the top five teams in our college football power rankings lost. The Stanford Cardinals, who entered last week as our number five team, lost a tough road game at Utah. Backed near their own goal line, a fired-up Utes team stopped the Cardinals on fourth down to preserve a 27-21 victory. The loss was the first for QB Kevin Hogan as a starter, and it snapped a 10-game winning streak for Stanford. You can see if the Cardinals stayed in our top 10 and check out how the other elite teams did in our Week 7 power rankings.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0); beat Kentucky 48-7, retains same ranking – Oregon may be gaining ground on the Tide, but we see no reason to knock Alabama from the top spot. This is especially true after a dominating win at Kentucky, where T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake led the route by splitting four touchdown runs.
2. Oregon Ducks (6-0); beat Washington 45-24, retains same ranking – Facing a tough, 16th-ranked Washington team on the road, Oregon was rarely challenged. About the only bad thing that came out of this game was that, for the first time, the Ducks failed to eclipse 45 points. However, this is understandable when you consider that the Huskies were previously allowing just 14.8 PPG.
3. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0); bye week, retains same ranking – The Buckeyes got a week to rest up after their close contest against Northwestern two weeks ago. Now they’ll face conference opponent Iowa this week.
4. Clemson Tigers (6-0); beat Boston College 24-14, retains same ranking – Clemson might have been looking ahead to FSU since this game was a lot closer than the 10-point margin suggests. BC actually led 14-10 going into the fourth quarter, but Tajh Boyd threw a TD to put his team up for good. Vic Beasley sealed the deal by taking a Chase Rettig fumble 13 yards to the house.
5. Florida State Seminoles (5-0); bye week, moves up one spot – Clemson’s win means that this week’s matchup will pit two of the top five teams against each other. The Tigers are slightly favored because they’re playing at home. However, you certainly can’t count Jameis Winston and the Seminoles out in this high-profile game.
6. Texas A&M Aggies (5-1); beat Ole Miss 41-38, moves up one spot – With Johnny Manziel having an injury scare early on, the Rebels were able to grab the lead for a while. However, Manziel turned out to be okay and went on to spark a rally by gaining 177 yards in the fourth quarter. Defensive concerns aside, this team can really put up points.
7. Louisvile Cardinals (6-0); beat Rutgers 24-10, moves up one spot – This wasn’t Louisville’s most dominant victory. But their defense really came through in the clutch, as Calvin Pryor and Terrell Floyd both had big fourth-quarter interceptions to seal the victory. The Cardinals have a nice setup and could definitely run the table.
8. LSU Tigers (6-1); beat Florida 17-6, moves up one spot – The Tigers defense turned in a very strong effort as they stifled Florida’s offensive attack and held them to 240 total yards. LSU might have a much tougher time repeating this performance at Ole Miss, where they’ll face a high-powered offense.
9. UCLA Bruins (5-0); beat Cal 37-10, previously unranked – UCLA became the latest team to dominate Cal, which served as more of a tuneup for their showdown at Stanford. So far, the Bruins boast road victories over Utah and Nebraska this season. So it’s not out of the question to think that they could win one in Stanford too.
10. Miami Hurricanes (5-0); bye week, previously unranked – The Hurricanes jump into our rankings as Stanford and Georgia both fall out. Miami has some nice wins over Florida, South Florida and Georgia Tech this season. They travel to North Carolina tonight in what should be a pretty close game.