College Football Power Rankings and Stock Report – Week 7

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STOCK UP:  Michigan Wolverines –  Three consecutive shut outs demand a lot of attention, and that’s exactly what Jim Harbaugh’s team has done. In this era of explosive offenses, it just doesn’t matter who you’re giving the goose egg to. It’s mighty impressive. Now, Michigan State gets their shot. I’m not sure Mark D’Antonio’s squad wants any part of it though. The Spartans’ struggles continued this past Saturday  as they had to escape against Rutgers. Harbaugh, has done an absolutely incredible job with this team, especially defensively. With their only loss being to Utah they are a serious threat to make the College Football Playoff. I still don’t think they make it. But, what a story they are for now, and what a lift they have been to the Big Ten.

STOCK DOWN: Paul Johnson – Georgia Tech  At this point the stock isn’t just down for the Ramblin Wreck, it has plummeted. They are completely out of options. Pun intended. Tech was a popular choice of many as a darkhorse in the College Football Playoff race. QB Justin Thomas, was supposed be a darkhorse for the Heisman. Actually, the offense hasn’t been terrible. The defense has. The Yellow Jackets have lost four in a row, and they’ve given up 30 points or more in each of those games. That includes 43 to Clemson last Saturday. Head coach Paul Johnson’s tenure has been up and down to say the least. Somehow, he must come up with a way to get some consistency going in Atlanta.

Now, on to the rankings. Not a lot of change.

THE TOP 4

1. UTAH  5-0 The Utes were able to hold off a good Cal team at home 30-24. In my book, the win combined with another so-so performance by Ohio State, solidifies their number one ranking. The Utes probably won’t stay here, but their wins over Michigan and Oregon are still two of the best out there. Then again, if the passing attack can help DeVontae Booker any, there’s no one remaining on their schedule they can’t beat.

2. OHIO STATE  6-0   Giving up 28 points and struggling against a two-win Maryland team with it’s coach headed out the door isn’t exactly an impressive enough showing to warrant the Buckeyes moving back to number one. On the bright side, the offense did look a little better.

3. TCU 5-0  The Frogs are starting to feel the love again after thrashing Texas, and passing the tricky test at K-State. The love never faltered here on this site. Trevone Boykin, is starting to look like the Heisman candidate we thought he’d be coming into the season. Right now, we know a lot more about the Horned Frogs than we do about Baylor. That’s enough for me to put them comfortably ahead of the Bears at this point.

4. CLEMSON  6-0  Whatever you do don’t even whisper the word ‘Clemsoning’ if Dabo Swinney is in the room. If you do and he here’s you be prepared to fight. Swinney, went off on the media after the Tigers win on Saturday when a media member mentioned the word. ‘Clemsoning’ is a word that was very fair to use when referring to this team in the Tommy Bowden era. So far, in the Dabo Swinney era the word holds little substance. The Tigers are rolling and should finish the season undefeated. If they don’t against this weak ACC, the term ‘Clemsoning’ will be very relevant again.

The Rest of the Rankings

5. BAYLOR  4-0

6. LSU  5-0

7. MICHIGAN STATE  5-0

8. FLORIDA  6-0

9. ALABAMA 5-1

10. TEXAS A&M 5-0

11. FLORIDA STATE  5-0

12. OLE MISS  5-1

13.  NOTRE DAME  5-1

14. MICHIGAN  5-1

15.  STANFORD  4-1

16. IOWA  6-0

17. OKLAHOMA STATE  6-0

18. UCLA  4-1

19. OKLAHOMA  4-1

20. CALIFORNIA  5-1

21. NORTHWESTERN  5-1

22. BOISE STATE  5-1

23. TOLEDO  5-0

24. DUKE  5-1

25. HOUSTON  5-0

Bowing OUT:  Georgia, USC

Making their Entrance:  Duke, Houston

Next In Line:  Memphis, Temple, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Kansas State, BYU

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