College football rankings aren’t always kind, but the week 7 polls punished Utah and Oklahoma. Both schools fell in the college football rankings that came out on Sunday, and the debate rages about whether it was fair or if the voters simply don’t know what they are doing. In the AP Top 25, it seemed like both Utah and Oklahoma would move up when No. 1 Alabama lost to South Carolina. Instead Utah fell from No. 10 to No. 11, and Oklahoma got passed in the poll by Nebraska. This was despite Oklahoma drawing two first place votes and Nebraska drawing zero in the week 7 AP Top 25.
So why exactly did Utah fall this week? Utah went on the road to beat Iowa State 68-27 on Saturday, an absolute blow out against a school from one of the large BCS eligible conferences. The win pushed Utah to 5-0 in the 2010 college football season, but apparently their resume is being used against them. They beat Pittsburgh in week one of the season, back when Pittsburgh was ranked No. 15 in the country, but their other four wins have not come against highly touted programs around the country. It seems their schedule is being used against them, and that the only way Utah will ever be able to prove themselves is against TCU on November 6.
With Oklahoma, it seems that they have become the victim of having a bye week at the wrong time. Oklahoma started out the college football season 5-0, and they have one of the most impressive resumes out there right now. In week 2 they beat Florida State 47-17, in week 3 they beat Air Force 27-24, and last week they beat Texas 28-20 to knock Texas right out of the Top 25. Florida State is now No. 16 in the AP Top 25 and Air Force is No. 23, showing that the wins were both quality. In the latest poll though, Nebraska passed them in the rankings to take over No. 5. Nebraska has been good, but they have no wins against any schools that have been ranked in the last two years.
So what exactly is going on here with Oklahoma and Utah? They are both quality teams that are putting up big numbers in their games, but can’t seem to find any support in the Associated Press. Maybe it is because there are so many teams out there that seem to be “equal” that the voters don’t know what to do. Maybe it is because East Coast voters haven’t even seen a Utah game this year. What is the argument for TCU to be ranked ahead of Oklahoma though? There isn’t one that holds up to any standard logic, and this is just one more thing that will shoe how chaotic the first 2010 BCS rankings are going to be.