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College football is now seven weeks in, and we are beginning to see who might be real and who the fakers were. As the College Football Playoff rankings near their first release, we have two more weeks of breaking down the AP Top 25 Poll. After that, we’ll switch over to the committee’s poll. This past weekend, we saw two top-10 schools fall, as well as five other schools in the top 25 who also could not hang on. Let’s dive in! 

Beginning at the top of the rankings, #1 Alabama did not have trouble handling their SEC rival #24 Texas A&M, as they went on to win, 47-28. As for Texas A&M, they became losers once again, as they took a beating on one of the toughest schedules in college football and fell to 3-3. Alabama Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa shined in this one, passing for 293 yards and four touchdowns, in route to a 6-0 midseason record. Next, #2 Clemson played much better after avoiding upset, as they defeated ACC rival Florida State, 45-14. Contribution from the entire team really helped Clemson in this one, as they improved to 6-0 as well. 

Keeping with the top 10, we saw an upset in Athens, GA, as South Carolina took #3 Georgia to overtime and won in the second overtime. In the first overtime period, Georgia Quarterback Jake Fromm threw his third interception of the game, but South Carolina missed the game winning field goal. Then, South Carolina nailed a field goal to begin the second overtime. Georgia was unable to connect as South Carolina held on to the victory, 20-17. Georgia fell for the first time this season, as they sit at 5-1. 

Then, a marquee top-10 matchup between SEC foes did not disappoint. #5 LSU defeated #7 Florida, 42-28 at home. LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow led the offensive surge with 293 yards passing and three touchdowns. Florida was able to take it to the half with an even score but could not hold on in the second half. LSU improved to 6-0, while Florida fell to 6-1. 

The Red River Showdown did not disappoint as #6 Oklahoma was able to hold on and take down #11 Texas for the seventh time in the past decade, 34-27. The Oklahoma quarterback was the leading passer and rusher for the game as he threw for 235 yards and gained 131 yards on the ground, while accounting for four total touchdowns. Hurts favorite target on the day was Wide Receiver CeeDee Lamb, who had 10 receptions for 171 yards and received all three touchdowns in the passing game. Oklahoma is sitting well, as they improve to 6-0; meanwhile, Texas is credited with their second flaw and sits at 4-2. 

Continuing with the top 10, #8 Wisconsin continued their excellent defense as they took down Michigan State, 38-0. Wisconsin now has four shutouts on the season as a defense and tallied their fourth defensive touchdown, which matches the number of touchdowns they have given up as a unit. Wisconsin continues to impress, as they improved to 6-0. Moving over to another rivalry game, in South Bend, IN, it was the Battle of the Jeweled Shillelagh, as #9 Notre Dame hosted USC. It was a battle until the end, but Notre Dame was able to hold on behind the strength of their Running Back Tony Jones, who rushed for a career high, 176 yards. Notre Dame improved to 5-1 with their 30-27 victory over USC. Rounding out the top 10, #10 Penn State traveled to take on Big Ten counterpart, #17 Iowa. Iowa was not able to avenge their loss last week as they lost two in a row. It was another defensive contest that Iowa was on the wrong side of, as Penn State won, 17-12. Penn State improved to 6-0, while Iowa fell to 4-2. 

Looking at the rest of the top 25, #14 Boise State was able to remain undefeated and improve to 6-0 by beating Hawaii, 59-37. A team that could not remain undefeated was #19 Wake Forestas they hosted ACC foe Louisville and fell victim to upset in a shootout by the score of 62-59. Wake Forest outscored Louisville28-17, in the final quarter in efforts of a comeback, but it was just not meant to be, as Wake Forest fell to 5-1. Miami (FL) was able to complete the upset over #20 Virginia, as a defensive battle was in favor of Miami (FL), 17-9. Then, #22 Baylor was able to defeat Texas Tech in overtime, 33-30 and improve to 6-0 as well. Another undefeated fell as well, as #23 Memphis could not hold on against Temple. Tempe darted out to a 16-0 lead and never looked back as they won, 30-28. Memphis fell to 5-1 after the loss. 

Looking at the shifts in the AP Top 25 poll, four teams move up big, as #5 LSU jumped three spots with their win over Florida up to #2. Then, #10 Penn State also jumped three spots to #7.  #22 Baylor remained undefeated and jumped four spots to #18. Finally, #25 Cincinnati jumped four spots to #21 after taking down their conference opponent.  

We had also had three big losers, beginning with #3 Georgia, who dropped seven spots to #10 after being upset. Another loser was #11 Texas, who dropped four spots to #15 after falling for the second time. Then, #17 Iowa lost their second game in a row and fell six spots to #23. Looking at the new faces, #19 Wake Forest, #20 Virginia, #23 Memphis and #24 Texas A&M all moved out, creating room for #20 Minnesota, #22 Missouri, #24 Appalachian State and #25 Washington, after leaving last week. 

Looking into week eight matchups, the only Friday game is a prime-time matchup between #4 Ohio State and Big Ten counterpart, Northwestern in Evanston, IL. On Saturday, two matchups look interesting. At noon, #3 Clemson is on the road against Louisville, who is playing well this season. Then, after upsetting Georgia, South Carolina will get to host #9 Florida this weekend. One afternoon matchup to look out for is the Pac-12 matchup between #12 Oregon and #25 Washington in Seattle, WA. Then, for the evening matchups, the most exciting is a Big Ten matchup between #16 Michigan and #7 Penn State in University Park, PA. 

What will next week bring in us in college football? How many upsets will we see? Will the top ten see changes? Keep reading every week to see how things shake up in college football! To see the complete Associated Press Top 25, see below. 

 

#1 Alabama (6-0) 

#2 LSU (6-0) 

#3 Clemson (6-0) 

#4 Ohio State (6-0) 

#5 Oklahoma (6-0) 

#6 Wisconsin (6-0) 

#7 Penn State (6-0) 

#8 Notre Dame (5-1) 

#9 Florida (6-1) 

#10 Georgia (5-1) 

#11 Auburn (5-1) 

#12 Oregon (5-1) 

#13 Utah (5-1) 

#14 Boise State (6-0) 

#15 Texas (4-2) 

#16 Michigan (5-1) 

#17 Arizona State (5-1) 

#18 Baylor (6-0) 

#19 SMU (6-0) 

#20 Minnesota (6-0) 

#21 Cincinnati (5-1) 

#22 Missouri (5-1) 

#23 Iowa (4-2) 

#24 Appalachian State (5-0) 

#25 Washington (5-2) 

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