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A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.

Weekly Rankings

P.S.R. 1-120: Week 7 Re-Ranking

With the weekend in the books, here’s a look at how the country ranks — using the original rankings as the starting point, with the season’s results as rationale for any movement. The top 25 teams land a one-sentence breakdown. The rest? Not so much. Part of the perks of being one of the best. Think your team is too low? Feel another team deserves more credit, less credit? Let’s hear it below. It’s a delicate ranking process, but with more than a month in the books, things are growing clearer.

The Top 25

1. Alabama (6-0, 3-0)
Did you believe that Vanderbilt could hang tight? I didn’t.
2. L.S.U. (6-0, 3-0)
Really, Florida never had a chance at all.
3. Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0)
Judged by the score, you’d have thought O.U. played Texas State.
4. Boise State (5-0, 0-0)
These prime time beatings are only good for Boise.
5. Wisconsin (5-0, 1-0)
Fresh off Nebraska and a bye, the Badgers look ahead.
6. Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0)
Pretty sure the Cowboys could have scored 100 points on Kansas.
7. Stanford (5-0, 3-0)
The Cardinal barely broke a sweat against Colorado.
8. Clemson (6-0, 3-0)
Typical Clemson would have lost to B.C.; these are atypical times.
9. Oregon (4-1, 2-0)
The Ducks are right in this thing, as I’ve said many times before.
10. Arkansas (5-1, 1-1)
Have to be impressed with the way Arkansas dispatched Auburn.
11. Georgia Tech (6-0, 3-0)
The Jackets won, but it was far from pretty.
12. Michigan (6-0, 2-0)
Michigan fans outnumbered N.U. faithful in Evanston.
13. Virginia Tech (5-1, 1-1)
A major moment for sophomore quarterback Logan Thomas.
14. South Carolina (5-1, 3-1)
Meet Connor Shaw: he should be the starter for good.
15. Illinois (6-0, 2-0)
Hey, the Illini have already clinched bowl eligibility.
16. Arizona State (5-1, 3-0)
Utah was absolutely outclassed all the way.
17. West Virginia (5-1, 1-0)
Once again, the Mountaineers pulled away in second half.
18. Nebraska (5-1, 1-1)
The Cornhuskers had no business being behind by 21 points.
19. Kansas State (5-0, 2-0)
You have to get behind this team and its coach.
20. Penn State (5-1, 2-0)
So we know the defense is national-title caliber.
21. Washington (4-1, 2-0)
Next comes Colorado, then a big one against Stanford.
22. Houston (6-0, 2-0)
For the first time, Houston looked like a real contender.
23. Texas (4-1, 1-1)
Only one loss, but what an ugly, lopsided loss it was.
24. Michigan State (4-1, 1-0)
The Spartans are flying in under the radar in the Big Ten.
25. Auburn (4-2, 2-1)
Clemson sneaked past Auburn; the Razorbacks went to town.

The Rest

26. Notre Dame (4-2, 0-0)
27. Texas A&M (3-2, 1-1)
28. North Carolina (5-1, 1-1)
29. U.S.C. (4-1, 2-1)
30. South Florida (4-1, 0-1)
31. Florida (4-2, 2-2)
32. Baylor (4-1, 1-1)
33. Georgia (4-2, 3-1)
34. S.M.U. (4-1, 2-0)
35. T.C.U. (4-2, 2-0)
36. Wake Forest (4-1, 3-0)
37. Southern Mississippi (5-1, 1-1)
38. Cincinnati (4-1, 0-0)
39. Florida State (2-3, 0-2)
40. Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1)
41. Air Force (3-2, 0-1)
42. Ohio State (3-3, 0-2)
43. B.Y.U. (4-2, 0-0)
44. Rutgers (4-1, 2-0)
45. Tennessee (3-2, 0-2)
46. Western Michigan (4-2, 2-0)
47. Iowa (3-2, 0-1)
48. U.C.F. (3-2, 1-0)
49. Louisiana-Lafayette (5-1, 3-0)
50. San Diego State (3-2, 0-1)
51. Toledo (3-3, 2-0)
52. Missouri (2-3, 0-2)
53. Mississippi State (3-3, 0-3)
54. Navy (2-3, 0-0)
55. Miami (Fla.) (2-3, 0-2)
56. Hawaii (3-2, 1-0)
57. Syracuse (4-2, 0-1)
58. Temple (4-2, 2-1)
59. California (3-2, 0-2)
60. Vanderbilt (3-2, 1-2)
61. Northwestern (2-3, 0-2)
62. Utah (2-3, 0-3)
63. Duke (3-2, 1-0)
64. Pittsburgh (3-3, 1-1)
65. Tulsa (2-3, 1-0)
66. Nevada (2-3, 1-0)
67. N.C. State (3-3, 0-2)
68. Iowa State (3-2, 0-2)
69. U.C.L.A. (3-3, 2-1)
70. Washington State (3-2, 1-1)
71. Troy (2-3, 1-1)
72. Virginia (3-2, 0-1)
73. Purdue (3-2, 1-0)
74. Florida International (4-2, 1-1)
75. Arkansas State (4-2, 2-0)
76. Ohio (4-2, 1-1)
77. Mississippi (2-3, 0-2)
78. Maryland (2-3, 1-1)
79. Marshall (2-4, 1-1)
80. Louisville (2-3, 0-0)
81. Utah State (2-3, 0-0)
82. Louisiana Tech (2-4, 1-1)
83. Army (2-4, 0-0)
84. Connecticut (2-4, 0-1)
85. East Carolina (1-4, 1-1)
86. Fresno State (2-4, 1-0)
87. Colorado State (3-2, 1-0)
88. Northern Illinois (3-3, 1-1)
89. Ball State (3-3, 1-1)
90. Rice (2-3, 1-1)
91. UTEP (2-3, 0-2)
92. Wyoming (3-2, 0-0)
93. Kentucky (2-4, 0-3)
94. Oregon State (1-4, 1-2)
95. Colorado (1-5, 0-2)
96. Buffalo (2-4, 1-1)
97. Bowling Green (3-3, 1-1)
98. North Texas (2-4, 1-1)
99. Miami (Ohio) (1-4, 0-1)
100. Kansas (2-3, 0-2)
101. San Jose State (2-4, 1-1)
102. Eastern Michigan (2-4, 1-1)
103. Arizona (1-5, 0-4)
104. Boston College (1-5, 0-3)
105. Central Michigan (2-4, 1-2)
106. Tulane (2-4, 0-1)
107. New Mexico State (2-3, 0-1)
108. Western Kentucky (1-4, 1-1)
109. Middle Tennessee (1-4, 0-2)
110. La.-Monroe (1-4, 0-1)
111. Indiana (1-5, 0-2)
112. Idaho (1-5, 0-2)
113. U.N.L.V. (1-4, 0-0)
114. Minnesota (1-5, 0-2)
115. U.A.B. (0-5, 0-1)
116. Kent State (1-5, 0-2)
117. Florida Atlantic (0-5, 0-2)
118. Akron (1-5, 0-1)
119. Memphis (1-5, 0-2)
120. New Mexico (0-5, 0-1)

Three noteworthy jumps

Wake Forest 29 spots (No. 65 to No. 36)
U.C.L.A. 15 spots (No. 84 to No. 69)
Louisiana-Lafayette 14 spots (No. 63 to No. 49)

Three noteworthy tumbles

Ohio 25 spots (No. 51 to No. 76)
Florida State 19 spots (No. 20 to No. 39)
Arizona 18 spots (No. 85 to No. 103)

Previous rankings

Week 6 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 5 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 4 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 3 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 2 rankings Alabama, No. 1
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Comments

  1. Andrew says:

    So despite winning by a good margin, Michigan fell from #11 last week to #12 this week?

  2. Gotham Gator says:

    I had been hoping you would buck the trend and keep Florida in the top 25. I know two losses typically drops a team out of the polls, much less two losses by such big margins. However, Florida played the top 2 teams in the country back-to-back. Do you really think many teams in the bottom 10-15 of your top 25 wouldn’t have also lost both games, and by similar margins? Arkansas, your #10 team, lost to alabama 38-10. West Virginia, your #17 team lost to LSU by 26, and they were at home.

  3. BobJ says:

    Putting the Ducks at #9 is just about right. The defense is coming around, but the offense is not what it was last year. The one play they’re missing is the read option with Thomas and James. Last year, Oregon had a qualified backup in Nate Costa if Thomas got hurt running. This year they don’t, so that play is not being run at all. Ever. That’s a big offensive weapon gone. Also, they have no long pass threat with receiver Jeff Maehl having graduated.

    James being out could hurt this week against Arizona State, but he really doesn’t have to be back until the Washington game on November 5.

  4. Dave says:

    @ Gotham Gator –

    UF may have the two most impressive losses in the country, to borrow Paul’s backhanded complement, but what about your wins? Three laughers against FIU, UAB, and Kentucky; the only decent win was over # 45 Tennesee which has yet to win a conference game itself.

    Arkansas, on the other hand, has wins over Texas A&M (on the road) and Auburn, and Auburn itself has wins over Mississippi State and South Carolina (on the road).

    It’s not who you play; it’s who you beat. I’m sure if UF beats Auburn next week they’ll jump them in the rankings.

  5. 4.0 Point Stance says:

    I feel like Stanford is a better team than many people realize. You say they didn’t break a sweat against the Buffs. Truth is, they haven’t broken a sweat against *anybody*

  6. Gotham Gator says:

    Fair enough, but I certainly wasn’t suggesting that the Gators should be ranked as highly as the Razorbacks. The point was that losing big to Alabama and L.S.U. only means you shouldn’t be ranked in the top 10 teams or so. It doesn’t tell you much about where Florida might be below that.

    Florida dropped from 18 to 31 in these rankings for losing to a team it was supposed to lose to and by a margin that would be expected of a team ranked around that spot. The drop in the rankings doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

    You are right that Auburn will provide more information about where Florida belongs – at least while it’s starting QB is still out.

  7. BobJ says:

    4.0 Point Stance – It’s because they haven’t PLAYED anybody yet. San Jose State, Duke, Arizona, Colorado, UCLA.

    On the other hand, they did what a good team is supposed to do against teams like this -beat them all badly.

  8. Jeremy says:

    I disagree in your saying that Utah was outclassed all the way around. I am sure you did not watch the game, yes I am a Utah fan. For the first half and part way through the third quarter Utah was going toe-to-toe with ASU and had a 14-10 lead before their backup quarterback John Hays and the offense turned the ball over three straight times and were then blown out.

    So, while the final score indicated a blow out, the game was close until the turnovers happened. Saying Utah was outclassed is completely inaccurate.

  9. Lee says:

    Gotham Gator

    UF will be fine once John Brantley gets back. You can’t look at the last two games and take anything from them because we never had a chance with a third string qb.

    Charlie’s offense is dependent upon a good QB in the absence of a Big Back to lean on. UF currently doesn’t have the big running back so losing Brantley was huge. He alone keeps the defenses honest and gives rainey and company a chance…without him…well we have seen how that plays out.

  10. Adam H says:

    “the only decent win was over # 45 Tennesee which has yet to win a conference game itself”

    #45 UT beat #38 Cincinnati by 3 touchdowns, and lost to #31 and #33. Why aren’t they in the mid 30s?

    If you look just at UT, UGA, and Florida, their losses have only come to each other and to #1, #2, #4, and #14. Just move them all up a bit.

    I don’t have a problem with subjective rankings, but Dave’s justification for Florida’s ranking is a bit lukewarm.

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