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CFN College Football Rankings No. 1 To 128 After Week 7

The CFN After Week 7 Rankings. Based on head-to-head as well as talent, here’s the latest ranking of all 128 teams.

Week 7 Rankings & Quick Takes 
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Georgia-Vanderbilt | Alabama-Tennessee | Ohio State-Wisconsin

Oklahoma’s loss to Houston continues to screw everything up.

Here’s the problem. The four teams Oklahoma has beaten – ULM, TCU, Texas, Kansas State – might sound like an okay run, but those four teams haven’t beaten anyone deserving of a decent ranking.

The Big 12 as a whole is missing a huge win, with Texas beating Notre Dame now no big deal; Oklahoma State beating Pitt, but losing to Central Michigan; Baylor and TCU’s best non-conference win, probably, SMU; Kansas State’s best non-Big 12 win Florida Atlantic; Texas Tech with an okay win over Louisiana Tech; and on and on.

West Virginia, though, is the one exception, with a win over BYU a help and a victory over Missouri a really big deal, and that’s why the unbeaten Mountaineers are allowed to be ranked high.

Missouri doesn’t have a truly bad loss, and it destroyed Eastern Michigan. EMU’s only other loss is to Toledo, who can be ranked high with its record and body of work. EMU beat Wyoming, whose only other loss is to an unbeaten Nebraska. The Cowboys beat Air Force, who beat Navy, who beat Houston, who beat Oklahoma, who – technically, according to the team-vs.-team-vs.-team thing – hasn’t beaten anyone.

EMU won again this week, beating Ohio. So until the Eagles lose again – Western Michigan is up next – even though Oklahoma would probably be a 27-point favorite against them, at least, it has to be ranked lower.

Got all of that?

The goal is try to preserve the integrity of the season results as long as possible, but this week, Syracuse just can’t go ahead of Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt can’t be ranked higher than Georgia – there are too many other variables involved. But for the most part, if you’re a 5-2 team – like EMU – and your two losses are to much higher-ranked teams, you get to be up high in the fun.

Hopefully this makes sense, and for any thoughts or interpretations, hit us at @ColFootballNews.

Based on looks, talent, and what’s happened so far on the field, here we go with the After Week 7 Rankings 1 to 128.

CFN After Week 7 College Football Top 25 Rankings

1. Alabama (7-0)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 2
Final Score: Alabama 49, Tennessee 10
Up Next: Texas A&M

Usually, teams at this point start to look like they’re slowing down and struggling. Not Alabama. The Crimson Tide are only looking stronger with the offense ripping up everything in its path. There’s still work to do with Texas A&M before getting a week off to deal with a suddenly-hot LSU.

2. Ohio State (6-0)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 4
Final Score: Ohio State 30, Wisconsin 23, OT
Up Next: at Penn State

And there you go. It might have been Ohio State’s one close game so far, but the overtime win over Wisconsin was the real test that it passed to prove that it really is a real deal team built for the long haul.

3. Michigan (6-0)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 2
Up Next: Illinois

The UCF win doesn’t mean quite as much after the Temple loss, but beating Colorado, Penn State, and Wisconsin still matter a whole lot. However, soon, the Wolverines need to beat someone decent again, but with Michigan State going into the tank, that might not happen until going to Iowa in mid-November.

4. Washington (6-0)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 5
Up Next: Oregon State

The Stanford win over Notre Dame only makes the Husky win a few weeks ago look even better. However, and here’s the crazy part, that might be the only Washington win over a team that’ll go bowling.

5. Clemson (7-0)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 3
Final Score: Clemson 24, NC State 17, OT
Up Next: at Florida State (Oct. 29)

Just take the 7-0, and enjoy the week off. Clemson might not be the Clemson we all wanted, but the wins over Auburn, Louisville, Troy, and NC State – technically, should mean a No. 3 spot, at worst. But the struggles put the Tigers at fifth.

6. Louisville (5-1)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 6
Final Score: Louisville 24, Duke 14
Up Next: NC State

It was a huge, huge fight against a vastly inferior Duke team, but it was still a double-digit win – as rough as it was to get there. Now the Cardinals have to gear it back up for a nasty date with NC State this week.

7. Texas A&M (6-0)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 7
Up Next: at Alabama

Alabama isn’t looking the slightest bit vulnerable right now, but the Aggies are getting two weeks off to rest up and prepare. Just look good – 11-1 with a loss at Alabama could still get it done for the College Football Playoff.

8. Wisconsin (4-2)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 8
Final Score: Ohio State 30, Wisconsin 23, OT
Up Next: at Iowa

The two losses are to Michigan in Ann Arbor in a 14-7 dogfight and an overtime war with Ohio State – this might be the fourth-best team in the country, theoretically. However, it’s time to come up with a decent win again, and with a trip to Iowa followed up by Nebraska, it’s prove-it time.

9. Arkansas (5-2)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 11
Final Score: Arkansas 34, Ole Miss 30
Up Next: at Auburn

Don’t look now, but the Hogs have a terrific resume with wins over Louisiana Tech, TCU, and now Ole Miss. The two losses? Alabama and Texas A&M. That’s not bad.

10. Tennessee (5-2)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 9
Final Score: Alabama 49, Tennessee 10
Up Next: at South Carolina

Just like Arkansas, the two losses are to two unbeaten teams – Alabama and Texas A&M. Forget how the Crimson Tide loss looked, this is still a great Vol team with a good win over Florida and a strong one over Virginia Tech.

11. Nebraska (6-0)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 12
Final Score: Nebraska 27, Indiana 22
Up Next: Purdue

Beating Northwestern on the road just isn’t good enough. Yeah, the Huskers are 6-0, but they didn’t play Michigan and Ohio State like Wisconsin did, or Texas A&M and Alabama like Tennessee and Arkansas did.

12. Auburn (4-2)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 21
Up Next: Arkansas

Okay, Auburn. You’ve had two weeks off, but you need another good win after living off the last-second thriller over LSU. Losing to Clemson and Texas A&M, though, is more than fine right now – but beat Arkansas.

13. LSU (4-2)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 24
Final Score: LSU 45, Southern Miss 10
Up Next: Ole Miss

It took a half to get everything going against Southern Miss, but then the Tigers showed just how good they could be in the blowout. It’s been fun so far under Ed Orgeron, winning two games by a combined score of 87 to 17. The tests are here, though, with Ole Miss up next before getting a week off to prepare for Alabama.

14. West Virginia (5-0)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 26
Final Score: West Virginia 48, Texas Tech 17
Up Next: TCU

The Mountaineers have the two decent wins by any Big 12 team beating Missouri and BYU, and now they look even stronger with a dominant road victory over Texas Tech. Everything is clicking.

15. Boise State (6-0)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 18
Final Score: Boise State 28, Colorado State 23
Up Next: BYU

Not … good … enough. The Broncos were dominating Colorado State, but they let their guard down late and almost got tagged. It’s a short week against BYU with the final shot at coming up with a good win. They need to look amazing.

16. Washington State (4-2)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 19
Final Score: Washington State 27, UCLA 21
Up Next: at Arizona State

The loss to Eastern Washington to start the season still stinks, and losing to Boise State hurts, but the Cougars are on a four-game winning streak and rolling. There’s no one left on the schedule who should beat them until the battles with Colorado and Washington at the end of the fun.

17. Virginia Tech (4-2)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 10
Final Score: Syracuse 31, Virginia Tech 17
Up Next: Miami

Here’s the deal, Hokies. We won’t overrate the 34-3 North Carolina win in the storm, and we won’t go overboard with the braincramp against Syracuse. Beat Miami on Thursday, and you get to stay this high. At the moment, the Hokies have to be ahead of the Tar Heels, who have to be behind …

18. Georgia (4-3)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 14
Final Score: Vanderbilt 17, Georgia 16
Up Next: Florida (Oct. 29)

Really, Georgia? At the moment, the Dawgs will still be ahead of UNC because of the Week One win, and the victory over Missouri helps, but losing at home to Vanderbilt is inexcusable. There’s no arguing this ranking being this high, though, other than the UNC win. A win over Florida is a must or else the plummet will come.

19. North Carolina (5-2)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 18
Final Score: North Carolina 20, Miami 13
Up Next: at Virginia

Final Score: Virginia Tech 34, North Carolina 3
Up Next: Miami

The Tar Heels will get tagged with the Georgia loss for just a little bit longer – they’re building up their resume to be a top 15 team with a win over Virginia next week. Beating Miami matters, and now it’s a big deal that it beat …

20. Florida State (5-2)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 16
Final Score: Florida State 17, Wake Forest 6
Up Next: Clemson

Alright, Florida State. You want to get back into this thing? You want to be relevant again? Use these two weeks off to rest up and get by Clemson in Tallahassee.

21. Ole Miss (3-3)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 13
Final Score: Arkansas 34, Ole Miss 30
Up Next: at LSU

Yeah, the Rebels are 3-3, but the three losses are to Florida State, Alabama, and a decent Arkansas team, battling hard in all three games. However, they need to beat LSU on the road next week to get some real credibility.

22. Florida (5-1)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 29
Final Score: Florida 40, Missouri 7
Up Next: Georgia (Oct. 29)

It’s put on a tee for you now, Florida. Win out, and you win the SEC East, the SEC, and the national title. But first, beat someone good. There’s a good chance the Gators have yet to beat a team that’ll go bowling.

23. Stanford (4-2)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 20
Final Score: Stanford 17, Notre Dame 10
Up Next: Colorado

Everyone’s beating Notre Dame now, but it’s still a splashy road win to stop the slide. Beating USC is a big deal now, and getting by Colorado next week would turn the season completely around.

24. Baylor (6-0)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 25
Final Score: Baylor 49, Kansas 7
Up Next: at Texas (Oct. 29)

Yippee. Baylor is 6-0 with a win over Oklahoma State, and absolutely no one else. But the Bears did what they were supposed to do, and now they get two weeks to rest up and get ready for Texas.

25. South Florida (6-1)

CFN Week 6 Rank: 30
Final Score: South Florida 42, Connecticut 27
Up Next: at Temple

The Bulls had one bad half-plus against Florida State, and they’ve been killing everyone else. No one else on the schedule has come closer than the 15-point loss UConn got tagged with last week.

CFN After Week 7 College Football Rankings: No. 26-128

26. USC (4-3)

27. Miami (4-2)

28. Colorado (5-2)

29. North Carolina State (4-2)

30. Arizona State (5-2)

31. UCLA (3-4)

32. Western Michigan (7-0)

33. Northwestern (3-3)

34. Iowa (5-2)

35. Oregon State (2-4)

36. California (3-3)

37. Utah (6-1)

38. Minnesota (4-2)

39. Oklahoma State (4-2)

40. Pitt (5-2)

41. Penn State (4-2)

42. Georgia Tech (4-3)

43. Wake Forest (5-2)

44. BYU (4-3)

45. Arizona (2-5)

46. Maryland (4-2)

47. Indiana (3-3)

48. UCF (4-2)

49. Michigan State (2-4)

50. Toledo (5-1)

51. Memphis (5-1)

52. Middle Tennessee (4-2)

53. Texas Tech (3-4)

54. Louisiana Tech (4-3)

55. Missouri (2-4)

56. Eastern Michigan (5-2)

57. Wyoming (4-2)

58. Air Force (4-2)

59. Navy (4-1)

60. Houston (6-1)

61. Oklahoma (4-2)

62. Kansas State (3-3)

63. TCU (4-2)

64. Texas (3-3)

65. Troy (5-1)

66. Oregon (2-4)

67. Virginia (2-4)

68. Central Michigan (5-2)

69. Duke (3-4)

70. Notre Dame (2-5)

71. Syracuse (3-4)

72. Connecticut (4-3)

73. San Diego State (5-1)

74. Cincinnati (3-3)

75. Appalachian State (4-2)

76. Boston College (3-3)

77. Georgia Southern (3-3)

78. Mississippi State (3-3)

79. Colorado State (3-4)

80. Old Dominion (4-2)

81. UTSA (3-3)

82. Kentucky (3-3)

83. Vanderbilt (3-4)

84. Western Kentucky (4-3)

85. South Carolina (2-4)

86. East Carolina (2-4)

87. Southern Miss (4-3)

88. Utah State (2-4)

89. Purdue (3-3)

90. Tulsa (4-2)

91. Illinois (2-4)

92. Akron (4-3)

93. Arkansas State (2-4)

94. South Alabama (3-3)

95. Rutgers (2-5)

96. Tulane (3-3)

97. New Mexico State (2-3)

98. New Mexico (2-4)

99. Louisiana-Lafayette (2-4)

100. Army (4-2)

101. Temple (4-3)

102. SMU (2-3)

103. Idaho (4-2)

104. UNLV (3-4)

105. Hawaii (3-4)

106. Iowa State (1-6)

107. San Jose State (2-5)

108. Nevada (2-5)

109. ULM (1-5)

110. Georgia State (1-5)

111. Northern Illinois (1-6)

112. Ball State (4-3)

113. Texas State (2-4)

114. Ohio (4-3)

115. Kansas (1-5)

116. North Texas (3-3)

117. Marshall (2-4)

118. Bowling Green (1-6)

119. Massachusetts (1-6)

120. Miami University (1-6)

121. Kent State (2-5)

122. Buffalo (1-5)

123. FIU (3-4)

124. UTEP (1-5)

125. Fresno State (1-5)

126. Charlotte (2-5)

127. Florida Atlantic (1-6)

128. Rice (0-6)