The college football rankings 2010 for Week 7 had real intrigue. Unlike the other college football rankings 2010, Week 7 carried suspense as to who would rule college football. The Buckeyes were favored to do it after Alabama lost, and that is indeed what happened. However, the order behind Ohio State and Oregon was in question, as everyone wondered where Alabama, Boise State and TCU would place. As it turned out, the college football rankings put Alabama down pretty far, while Boise State moved up.
The AP and USA Today polls were not friendly to Alabama, after the Tide fell to South Carolina. In both polls, the Tide is down to eighth, as their body of work didn’t keep them in the top 5 – for now.
The college football rankings 2010 in Week 7 look fairly similar in the AP and USA Today. Ohio State and Oregon are the new 1-2 in both polls, while Boise State is back up to third again. The only difference is in the 4-5 order, as TCU is fourth in the AP, whereas Nebraska leap frogged the Horned Frogs in the USA Today.
Oklahoma, Auburn, Alabama and LSU make up 6-9 in both polls, while South Carolina is 10th in the AP, but only 12th in the USA Today. Michigan State cracked the top 15, as Arizona tumbled down, and Florida is now only 22nd after two straight losses.
Although Michigan was charging up the rankings this year, they are completely out of the AP poll after being thumped by Michigan State. They remain at 24th in the USA Today, although beating Iowa this week would improve their standing. Meanwhile, Miami is completely out in both polls, due to their blowout loss against Florida State.
After all the curiosity over the Week 7 college football rankings, they actually turned out pretty clear cut. Ohio State and Oregon have the clear advantage for now, while Boise State has the inside track to No. 2 again if one of them slips. Yet since Nebraska jumped over TCU in the USA Today, perhaps they might go over Boise State eventually, if they keep rolling along.
Alabama is now reduced to playing catch up, but there is still a lot of time. Beating LSU and Auburn would look more impressive now, and winning the SEC would probably put them over the top, even with one loss. If the Tide can finally lose, then the Buckeyes, Ducks and others may now feel free to drop off as well.
Now that the college football rankings have finally shaken up, the question is whether Week 7 will do it again. The No. 1 Buckeyes will get tested at Wisconsin, while the Ducks are off, the Huskers host Texas, and Auburn and Arkansas have the week’s big SEC showdown.
ESPN- “2010 NCAA Football Rankings – Week 7”