College Football Power Rankings: Week 7
October 19th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

#1- Oregon Ducks

The Oregon Ducks are the top-ranked team in the human polls, but have slipped to second in the first BCS Standings of the 2010 College football season.  It’s hard to put Oregon in any position other than No.1 however, as they sport the top-ranked offense in all of football, averaging 54.3 points per game.  What’s more is that they are getting it done on the ground courtesy of LaMichael James, and through the air behind quarterback Darren Thomas.  Thomas suffered a shoulder injury, but the team has said that he will start this Saturday night against UCLA.  If the Ducks continue to win, and win impressively, they likely stay in the top spot unless those in the few slots below do something that warrants a jump.

#2-  Oklahoma Sooners

For the majority of the season, it has seemed as if the Oklahoma Sooners have flown under the radar, despite being ranked in the top-10 since the beginning of the season.  Oklahoma stamped their claim as one of the best in the country after a blowout win over Florida State back on September 11, a win that looks better and better each week as the Seminoles are 5-0 since the loss.  Oklahoma played in some close contests against weaker competition, but defeated Texas and then blew away Iowa State in their first two Big XII games of the season.  The Sooners are No.1 in the computer average, which was enough to vault them to the top in College Football Standings.  They get a tough challenge this week on the road against No.11 Missouri, who also comes into the year undefeated.

#3-  Auburn Tigers

There is no player in college football who can take over a game like Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.  Pick a game this season in which the Tigers played, and watch.  Whether Auburn won by three points like they did at Kentucky, in over time like they did against Clemson, or by 20 against Arkansas, Newton was the reason the Tigers are undefeated this season, and No.3 in the power rankings this week.  The Tiger quarterback has thrown for 1,278 yards and 13 touchdowns, while rushing for 860 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.  That is 25 touchdowns in six games that Newton has been responsible for.  The 43 points, and 34 points that the Tigers defense has surrendered the last season is a cause for concern however.  So far though the offense that ranks sixth in the country in scoring is picking up the slack.

#4- TCU Horned Frogs

TCU has allowed a grand total of three points in the last three games.  It doesn’t matter what level of competition a team is playing, that statistic is impressive.  That is why the Horned Frogs have the top-ranked scoring defense in the country, and are ahead of Boise State as the highest-ranked non-automatic qualifier in college football power rankings for week seven.  TCU averages 40 points per game, which ranks seventh in the nation and makes the Horned Frogs one of the most complete teams in all of football.  The Horned Frogs should get by in their next two games, but a November 6 showdown with No.9 Utah looms.

#5-  Alabama Crimson Tide

Michigan State and LSU may not have a loss to their credit, but put them on a neutral field with Alabama, and the Crimson Tide get it done.  For that reason, Alabama slides into the No.5 spot this week.  The loss against South Carolina is behind them, and the Crimson Tide will get their chance to move up the rankings, with games against both LSU and Auburn still on the schedule, with a possible SEC Championship game as well.  Alabama is by no means out of the national championship hunt, not when they play in the toughest division in all of college football in the SEC West.

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