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Top 25 Poll - Week 7 - We Have a New No. 1 - Auburn
by: Ed Bagley

The AP Top 25 and Coaches Top 25 College Football Polls are nationally recognized, but after 50+ years of watching and/or covering college football games, and being a former sports editor for a daily newspaper, here is another view of the rankings:

1) Auburn (7-0) - Overwhelmed 12th-ranked Arkansas 65-43. Still unbeaten and has two wins against current AP Top 25 teams - South Carolina and Arkansas. Hosts 6th-ranked LSU next. Must win to stay on top. Strength of schedule is better than Oregon.

2) Oregon (6-0) - Idle this week. Has beaten exactly one Top 25 team - Stanford. Hosts up and down UCLA next. Better win big.

3) Oklahoma (6-0) - Still unbeaten and has two wins against current Top 25 teams - Florida State and Texas. Has played the 15th toughest schedule in the country, and the toughest schedule among the 10 unbeaten teams. Next up for the Sooners: Must travel to unbeaten Missouri.

4) Michigan State (7-0) - Still unbeaten with one Top 25 win - Wisconsin. Must travel to Northwestern next, and must win big.

5) Boise State (6-0) - Still unbeaten with one Top 25 win - Virginia Tech. Hosts mediocre Louisiana Tech next. Does have numbers, as in 3rd nationally in scoring offense, 4th in total offense, 3rd in scoring defense and 1st in total defense, but does play a lot of really weak sisters.

6) Wisconsin (6-1) - Lost to Michigan State but just upset No. 1 Ohio State, kicking the Buckeyes senseless with smash-mouth football. When the AP and Coaches Polls both had Ohio State No. 1 last week, I had them at No. 5, and said they had beaten no one. The first decent team they play beats them easily. Ohio State will be No. 5 in my poll this week only in their dreams. Wisconsin travels to Iowa next. This should be a good match-up as both teams like to run into each other.

7) TCU (7-0) - Has not beaten a Top 25 team but, like Boise State, has some numbers against weak competition -- like 7th nationally in scoring offense, 15th in total offense, 1st in scoring defense and 2nd in total defense. Hosts Air Force next, had better win.

8) LSU (7-0) - Has not beaten a current Top 25 team, has some very unimpressive victories, and just had a lousy showing in beating AA McNeese State. Only here because they have played the 2nd toughest schedule among the 10 unbeaten teams remaining. Must travel to Auburn next, and the LSU Tigers had better beat the Auburn Tigers or they will not be 8th in my poll next week. One loss will give me a real excuse to downgrade them.

9) Utah (6-0) - Has not beaten a current Top 25 team, and has played the weakest schedule among the unbeaten teams. Hosts lousy Colorado State team next, had better win, and win big.

10) Oklahoma State (6-0) - Has not beaten a current Top 25 team, and has played the second weakest schedule among the unbeaten teams. Hosts Nebraska next, has chance to show its stuff. Better beat the Cornhuskers to remain here.

11) Missouri (6-0) - Has not beaten a current Top 25 team. Hosts Oklahoma next and must beat the Sooners to remain here.

12) Arizona (5-1) - Has beaten one Top 25 team - Iowa. That's more than Stanford can say. Just had lame win over Washington State and hosts the Washington Huskies next. Had better beat the Huskies to remain here.

13) Iowa (5-1) - Has not beaten a current Top 25 team. Hosts Wisconsin next. Should Hawkeyes win, they will move up and Wisconsin will move down.

14) Nebraska (5-1) - Has not beaten a current Top 25 team. Why is that so hard to believe? Hype only goes so far. Just lost to the Texas Longhorns, who might have finally found themselves. If the Cornhuskers thought Texas was just a barrel of laughs, they get to travel to Oklahoma State next. Nebraska had better beat the Cowboys or they will really drop in my poll.

15) Alabama (6-1) - Just came off a really lame 23-10 victory over Mississippi. It's a good thing for the Crimson Tide that the wheels did not come off the wagon, like they did for Florida. Travel to Tennessee next, had better beat the Vols or they will not be here next week.

16) Ohio State (6-1) - I said I threw them a bone last week in putting them at No. 5 in my poll. Now you know why. The Buckeyes met their first real opponent all year and got a good butt kicking from Wisconsin. I am throwing the Buckeyes another bone this week because they host a really weak Purdue team and might take their record to 7-1.

17) Stanford (5-1) - Idle this week. Travel to Washington next, and absolutely must win or drop in this poll.

18) Florida State (6-1) - Just racked up weak win over Boston College. Travel to North Carolina State next. The Wolfpack just lost to East Carolina, so they don't have much going on. The Siminoles need to win big against NC State.

19) Texas (4-2) - First two-loss team in my poll. Just might be getting it together after big road victory against Nebraska. It was so much fun watching Bo Pelini torque his jaws. Longhorns face Iowa State next, and must crush the Cyclones to win more support.

20) South Carolina (4-2) - Gamecocks lost to Auburn by 8 and Kentucky by 3. Has Top 25 win over Alabama. Played 18th toughest schedule in the country. Travels to Vanderbilt next and must absolutely win.

21) Southern California (5-2) - Trojans lost to Washington by 1 and Stanford by 2. Has now beaten Hawaii, Virginia, Minnesota, Washington State and California. Idle this coming week and then hosts Oregon in big time showdown.

22) Arkansas (4-2) - Just lost to Auburn 65-43 and lost to Alabama by 4. At least the Razorbacks are playing some tougher competition. Hosts Mississippi next, and must win.

23) Kansas State (5-1) - Lost to Nebraska, but has played a better schedule than a lot of teams and just whipped rival Kansas 59-7 in an away game.

24) West Virginia (5-1) - Lost on the road to LSU by 6. Faces really easy Syracuse team next. Has played an incredibly weak schedule of nobodies.

25) Hawaii (5-2) - Lost to Southern California and Colorado, but has also beaten Army, AA Charleston Southern, Louisiana Tech, Fresno State and now Nevada while playing the 19th toughest schedule in the country. Not too shabby. Probably just as good if not better than Virginia Tech, Mississippi State or Miami-Fl. The Warriors travel to a very weak Utah State team next and must dominate the Aggies to remain here.

At least 2 of college football's 10 remaining, unbeaten major teams will lose this weekend as 4 of them clash with perfect records. To remain No. 5 Auburn must beat LSU this weekend in the marquee game.

Copyright 2010 Ed Bagley

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