The week 7 college football rankings will crown a new No. 1. These week 7 college football rankings are starting to also show the chaos to come, and we are only approaching the halfway point of the 2010 season. What happens next? Well Alabama fell to South Carolina 35-21 on Saturday, in a game that wasn’t even close. The Alabama vs. South Carolina game was supposed to be easier for the Crimson Tide, but it instead turned into a one-sided game that favored South Carolina from the first quarter on.
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With Alabama sporting a big one in the loss column, the Associated Press voters and the voting Coaches are going to have to select a new No. 1 in college football. This is where the debate will begin about which school deserves the spot, and it will be very interesting to see how those votes turn out. Alabama was the clear choice as the No. 1 team in both polls, with only three votes (combined) going to other schools for that first place slot last week. Logic states that the Ohio State Buckeyes should be taking over as the No. 1 team now, but maybe it could also be the Oregon Ducks.
Oregon is a strong third ranked school, and it could just come down to perception by the voters. What works against them is that they are a West Coast team, so many of the voters on the East Coast may not stay up every week to see their games. The game where they crushed Stanford finished far after midnight out East, and could have caused people to miss how well Oregon closed that one out. It may also punish Boise State, which had one of the latest games going on Saturday, and which people can’t even watch on TV out East. All that leads to Ohio State being your safe bet for the new No. 1 in both polls.
Regarding the overall top 10, it is going to be interesting to see how things play out. LSU beat Florida, garnering LSU more points, and surely pushing Florida deeper down the polls. Arizona also lost to Oregon State, which will cost them a top 10 spot in the AP Top 25, and should drop them from No. 11 in the Coaches’ Poll. Then there was Florida State beating Miami and Michigan State beating Michigan, which will drop Miami out of the top 15, and give the Michigan State Spartans a very nice bump. How high will Michigan State jump though? They were No. 17 in the AP Top 25, but are now 6-0 with an impressive string of wins.
The question that SEC fans will be asking is how far Alabama will fall in the polls. Alabama losing will punish Arkansas, because of Alabama beating them already this year, and it will further tarnish the outlook for Florida as well. This is where things are going to get very interesting. Alabama can’t drop out of the top 10, because voters won’t let them, but where does South Carolina get to go? South Carolina fans had better prepare to be disappointed, because Alabama will still outrank South Carolina, even though South Carolina crushed them on Saturday.
Our prediction for the new AP Top 25 is going to be Ohio State, Oregon, Boise State, TCU, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and then Alabama. Alabama deserves to fall further, but we don’t have as much faith in the voters as we should be able to have. This could be very frustrating to LSU and Auburn fans, because both schools should be ahead of Alabama, and even though they are both undefeated, they could find themselves behind them. Hopefully we are proven wrong, and Alabama is dumped from the top 10 like they deserve, South Carolina is bumped ahead of them, and Michigan State as well as LSU are pushed into the top 10 of both polls.