Week Seven College Football Rankings: Do Voters Watch The Games?

Three Mountain West teams are now ranked in both the coaches and AP poll. Even though TCU posted their second consecutive shutout AND received a first place vote they fell behind Nebraska in the coaches poll. Nebraska had a good performance, but shutouts are really impressive. My other beef is that shouldn't South Carolina be ahead of Alabama? SC easily beat Alabama and the only loss that South Carolina has is to Auburn who is now #7 in the coaches poll.

On to Utah, they just smoked Iowa State 68-27 and scored the most points ever against Iowa State at home. Yet, LSU who did beat a ranked team in Florida, by virtue of a fake field goal, and needed mass confusion to beat a team equally as bad as Iowa State in Tennessee. I guess since LSU is in the SSSSSSSS-EEEEEEEEEE-CCCCCCCC they deserve the benefit of the doubt in close wins.

If people were to actually do a little research when they vote and look at Utah and Oregon, those two teams are quite comparable. They have a similar schedule (Oregon is a little better) and have won all of their games with the exception of Utah squeaking past Pitt. I think Utah is closer to Oregon then people realize. Both teams have comparable stats; Oregon's here and Utah's here. I think Utah can play with any team in the country and with Oregon getting moved up with only a slightly better schedule then Utah; why not give Utah that same benefit. In the rankings I think Utah is playing worthy of being right behind TCU which would put them at six; the way a lot of voters vote is that Utah will only move up if other teams lose, or when they beat TCU in a month.



Oct. 10, 2010
Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Last week's ranking
1.
Ohio State (49)
6-0
1,455
2
2.
Oregon (6)
6-0
1,388
3
3.
5-0
1,335
4
4.
5-0
1,272
6
5.
TCU (1)
6-0
1,213
5
6.
5-0
1,193
7
7.
6-0
1,060
8
8.
5-1
1,029
1
9.
LSU
6-0
1,021
9
10.
5-0
940
10
11.
Michigan State
6-0
838
16
12.
4-1
835
20
13.
4-1
780
13
14.
4-1
710
15
15.
5-1
618
18
16.
5-1
542
19
17.
Florida State
5-1
496
24
18.
Oklahoma State
5-0
478
21
19.
5-0
434
22
20.
4-1
367
11
21.
Nevada
6-0
329
23
22.
Florida
4-2
242
12
23.
5-1
151
NR
24.
Michigan
5-1
137
17
25.
West Virginia
4-1
88
NR
 
Dropped out
No. 14 Miami (Fla.) (3-2, lost to then-No. 24 Florida State 45-17), No. 25 Northwestern (5-1, lost to Purdue 20-17).
Others receiving votes
Miami (Fla.) (3-2) 66; North Carolina State (5-1) 41; Texas (3-2) 31; Oregon State (3-2) 30; Virginia Tech (4-2) 24; Northwestern (5-1) 23; Mississippi State (4-2) 7; Maryland (4-1) 2.


AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS PVS
1 Ohio State (34) 6-0 1453 2
2 Oregon (15) 6-0 1427 3
3 Boise State (8) 5-0 1395 4
4 TCU (1) 6-0 1304 5
5 Nebraska 5-0 1236 7
6 Oklahoma (2) 5-0 1225 6
7 Auburn 6-0 1104 8
8 Alabama 5-1 1021 1
9 LSU 6-0 999 12
10 South Carolina 4-1 978 19
11 Utah 5-0 926 10
12 Arkansas 4-1 813 11
13 Michigan State 6-0 806 17
14 Stanford 5-1 732 16
15 Iowa 4-1 648 15
16 Florida State 5-1 547 23
17 Arizona 4-1 472 9
18 Wisconsin 5-1 410 20
19 Nevada 6-0 376 21
20 Oklahoma State 5-0 348 22
21 Missouri 5-0 298 24
22 Florida 4-2 209 14
23 Air Force 5-1 187 25
24 Oregon State 3-2 186 NR
25 West Virginia 4-1 141 NR


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