It was not a great week to play a game on the road as a top-10 team in Week 7. Four teams near the top of the AP Top 25 poll tasted defeat away from home with Clemson, Washington State, Washington and Auburn all falling to unranked opposition.
As a result, there’s some new blood near the top of the rankings this week.
We read through the seventh in-season AP Top 25 poll of the year and made the following changes:
First teams out: Memphis (-1), San Diego State (No. 26) and Kentucky (No. 30)
25. Texas A&M (+2)
23. Stanford (-1)
22. West Virginia (+1)
21. Michigan (-4)
19. Auburn (+2)
Auburn had a 20-point lead at LSU, but let it slip away. The result is a new home near the bottom of the poll. Michigan falls a little this week, based on an unimpressive overtime win against Indiana. West Virginia used a furious second-half rally to clip Texas Tech, which allowed the Mountaineers to basically replace the Red Raiders in the rankings. LSU and Texas A&M picked up big conference wins, and since both are playing tougher schedules than other teams near them, both climb back into the poll.
18. South Florida (-2)
17. Michigan State (+1)
16. Washington State (-1)
15. N.C. State (+1)
Washington State got demolished at Cal on Friday night, which accounts for its dramatic dip this week. South Florida is still unbeaten, but none of its wins have come against a team with a winning record. N.C. State continues gathering momentum after losing its season opener while Michigan State fought off Minnesota for a Big Ten victory.
14. Notre Dame (-1)
13. Virginia Tech (+1)
12. USC (-1)
11. Washington (+1)
10. Oklahoma State
Washington, based on a soft schedule and its loss at Arizona State, falls all the way to No. 11 — which isn’t as far as their rivals tumbled this week. Oklahoma State, USC, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame all continue to build their resumes as one-loss teams.
7. Ohio State (-1)
6. Clemson (+1)
The defending national champions played the second half of a narrow loss at Syracuse without starting quarterback Kelly Bryant, so we’re hesitant to drop them too far. Miami won a hard-fought game against Georgia Tech to remain unbeaten while Oklahoma and Ohio State move up based on attrition.
3. Penn State (-1)
2. Georgia (+1)
Clemson and Washington’s road losses bounce them from the penthouse while TCU and Wisconsin eagerly slide into the vacated slots. Alabama and Georgia could be heading for an all-the-marbles showdown at the SEC Championship Game, but both have plenty of work to do before then. Georgia gets a slight nod over Penn State based on its schedule.