Another weekend of college football is in the books. Week 7 featured a promising slate of games, and we fans finally got our first major shocker of the 2013 campaign – not to mention a few other close games for top-10 caliber teams.
When the new AP Poll is released on Sunday we will see some big changes. One of the Pac-12’s two powerhouses, Stanford, lost in a major upset to Utah, 27-21. The Utes gave UCLA a big run in Week 6 before losing 34-27, so the writing was on the wall for tough contest. With the Stanford failing to play up to its potential, the Cardinal should tumble out of the top five.
LSU just keeps impressing, this time dispatching of cross-divisional SEC rival Florida 17-6. Meanwhile, the Gators’ biggest rivals, the Georgia Bulldogs, fared poorly. The Dawgs were upset by Mizzou at home, 41-26, and hardly resembled the team that beat LSU earlier in the year. In another SEC showdown, Texas A&M survived a real scare to take down Ole Miss in Oxford, 41-38.
Alabama struggled at first but then put away Kentucky, while Oregon impressed in a big way on the road against Washington. The two powerhouses should have no problem maintaining their holds on the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, respectively.
Ohio State was idle this week, as was Florida State. Both should gain votes, however, as a result of the Stanford and Georgia games.
Oklahoma fell to Texas, meaning the Sooners’ chance at the top 10 went bye-bye along with the gold 10-gallon hat. Baylor’s closer-than-expected 35-25 win over Kansas State means the Bears may still be a week away from our projections.
How will the rest of the top 10 shake out?
10. Stanford Cardinal – Lost to Utah Utes, 27-21
9. UCLA Bruins – Beat Cal Golden Bears, 37-10
8. Texas A&M Aggies – Beat Ole Miss Rebels, 41-38
7. LSU Tigers – Beat Florida Gators, 17-6
6. Louisville Cardinals – Beat Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 24-10
5. Florida State Seminoles – BYE
4. Clemson Tigers – Beat Boston College Eagles, 24-14
3. Ohio State Buckeyes – BYE
2. Oregon Ducks – Beat Washington Huskies, 45-24
1. Alabama Crimson Tide – Beat Kentucky Wildcats, 48-7