College Football Power Rankings - Week 7

Originally Published: October 15, 2012
By ESPN.com staff

How did Week 7's results affect this week's ESPN Power Rankings?

Florida checked in at No. 2 in the first BCS standings but Power Rankings voters still favor Oregon.

West Virginia went crashing out of the top 10, while Texas disappeared from the top 25 entirely.

Texas Tech, Michigan and Ohio enter this week's top 25.

1. Alabama (6-0)

Lightning may have slowed the Tide's roll in Columbia, but Alabama was not to be denied against Missouri. Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon combined for 321 yards and 5 TDs in a 42-10 win over Missouri.

2. Oregon (6-0)

Oregon was off this week and one imagines there was no shortage of disappointment in Eugene after the Ducks checked in at No. 3 in the first BCS standings. They can take their frustration out on Arizona State Thursday night.

3. Florida (6-0)

Jeff Driskel rushed for 177 yards to lead Florida to a 31-17 win over Vanderbilt. It was the Gators' 22nd straight win over the Commodores. First place in the SEC East is up for grabs when South Carolina visits on Saturday.

4. Notre Dame (6-0)

Notre Dame's fourth-down, goal-line stand was a fitting way to end what was a defensive slugfest. The Irish found themselves trailing for the first time against Stanford, but rallied for a 20-13 OT win. They've yet to allow a rushing touchdown.

4. Kansas State (6-0)

Farmageddon was ultimately decided on a pair of fourth-down stands late in the fourth quarter, but it was Collin Klein's 292 total yards and three rushing TDs that saw Kansas State past Iowa State in a 27-21 win.

6. LSU (6-1)

LSU's offense took a lot of heat after being bullied by Florida in the Swamp. The Tigers answered their critics, on the ground at least, rushing for 258 yards in a 23-21 win over South Carolina.

7. Oregon State (5-0)

It's easy to see why Cody Vaz at least pushed Sean Mannion for the starting QB job in the spring. Filling in for the injured Mannion, Vaz passed for 332 yards and 3 TDs in Oregon State's 42-24 win.

8. Ohio State (7-0)

Braxton Miller turned in 360 total yards and 3 TDs -- his fifth game with over 300 yards -- as Ohio State managed to swat aside Indiana in a 52-49 win. The Buckeyes host Purdue on Saturday.

9. South Carolina (6-1)

South Carolina had a chance to steal it late but couldn't claim to be better than LSU on the night as the Gamecocks fell 23-21 in Death Valley. The going doesn't get any easier, with a visit to the Swamp on Saturday.

10. Oklahoma (4-1)

Oklahoma dropped at least 60 points on Texas in the Red River Shootout for the third time under Bob Stoops. Hard as it might be to believe, the 63-21 final may have flattered the Longhorns.

11. USC (5-1)

USC is slowly climbing back up in the rankings. Saturday's 24-14 win over Washington was the Trojans' third straight since losing to Stanford. With dates with Oregon and Notre Dame still on the schedule, USC is still a player in the BCS race.

12. Florida State (6-1)

Florida State shook off the cobwebs from its loss to NC State with a 51-7 drubbing of Boston College. EJ Manuel passed for a career-high 449 yards and 4 TDs to lead the Seminoles, who visit Miami on Saturday.

13. Georgia (5-1)

Georgia was off this week and returns to action Saturday against Kentucky. The Dawgs will be among the more interested viewers of South Carolina-Florida at the Swamp on Saturday.

14. Clemson (5-1)

Clemson was off this week; the Tigers return to action Saturday against Virginia Tech. Florida State's loss last week opened the door for the Tigers in the ACC race. Can they take advantage?

15. Mississippi State (6-0)

Mississippi State is off to its best start since 1999. The Bulldogs have navigated the early portion of their schedule to perfection. After Saturday's visit from Middle Tennessee, the road gets considerably more difficult.

16. West Virginia (5-1)

Sooner or later, West Virginia was going to have a bad day at the office offensively and was going to need its defense to carry some of the load. It went MIA in Lubbock as the Mountaineers went crashing in the polls after a 49-14 loss to Texas Tech.

17. Louisville (6-0)

Maybe the 11 a.m. start caught Louisville off guard. The Cardinals came alive after halftime, using a 21-0 third quarter to take control against Pitt in a 45-35 win. Senorise Perry rushed for 101 yards and 4 TDs on 12 carries.

18. Rutgers (6-0)

Rutgers started 2-0 in Big East play for the first time since 2001 after a 23-15 win over Syracuse. The Scarlet Knights, one of the most penalized teams in the nation, had only four for 43 yards against the Orange.

19. Texas Tech (5-1)

It's been an eventful few weeks for the Red Raiders, who followed an impressive win against Iowa State with an embarrassing loss to Oklahoma before sweeping aside West Virginia Saturday. Texas Tech visits TCU on Saturday.

20. Texas A&M (5-1)

It wasn't settled until the early morning hours but after 1,293 yards and 116 points, Texas A&M claimed victory against Louisiana Tech. Johnny Manziel continues to outdo himself, this time combining for 576 yards and 6 TDs.

21. Cincinnati (5-0)

The Bearcats cruised to a 49-17 win over Fordham Saturday. They face a potentially tricky visit to 6-1 Toledo Saturday before visiting Louisville on Oct. 26.

22. Stanford (4-2)

Stanford will feel aggrieved after Stepfan Taylor was ruled not to have crossed the goal line on the Cardinal's final push in OT. It won't matter now. The Pac-12 North is still in play, with dates with the Oregon Schools coming up in November.

23. Arizona State (5-1)

Arizona State sits in first place in the Pac-12 South with a 3-0 record. The Sun Devils' title credentials will be put to the test on Thursday with a visit from Oregon.

23. Michigan (4-2)

Michigan is playing its best football since beginning Big Ten play. The Wolverines improved to 2-0 in league play after blanking Illinois 45-0 on Saturday. They'll try and end a four-game skid against Michigan State Saturday.

25. Ohio (7-0)

Ohio weathered a late rally against Akron to remain unbeaten with a 34-28 win. The Bobcats' remaining games are all against MAC opponents.

Also receiving votes: TCU (30), Boise State (28), Northwestern (8), Louisiana Tech (3), Wisconsin (1)