NCAAF Power Rankings: Week 7

By Jesse Schule - Covers Expert

The Clemson Tigers continue to hold down the top spot in our College Football Power Rankings. The Tigers remain unbeaten despite playing a very tough schedule through six games and will have to continue to win moving forward with the powerhouse Alabama Crimson Tide right on their heels.

ncf Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 6-0-0
(4-2-0)
-25 Clemson
The defending champs continue to impress despite playing a tough schedule. They rank 5th nationally in scoring defense, which is even more impressive when you consider half of their games came against ranked teams.
2 2 same 6-0-0
(3-3-0)
-24.5 Alabama
Alabama just barely beat the Aggies at College Station, winning 27-19. Jalen Hurts threw for a pedestrian 123 yards and a TD on 13-of-22 passing.
3 4 up 1 6-0-0
(4-1-1)
-24 Penn State
Saquon Barkley had a quiet first half at Northwestern, but finished with 75 yards and two TDs on 16 carries. He's still considered one of the favorites to win the Heisman.
4 5 up 1 6-0-0
(4-2-0)
-23.5 Washington
The Huskies have yet to be tested in the PAC12, and they will be a heavy favorite versus an inferior opponent this week.
5 8 up 3 6-0-0
(4-2-0)
-22 Georgia
The Bulldogs dynamic duo on Sony Michel and Nick Chubb each ran for over 100 yards and scored a combined three TDs in last week's win over Vanderbilt.
6 6 same 5-0-0
(3-2-0)
-21.5 Wisconsin
The Badgers are taking advantage of a favorable schedule, and they will be a double-digit favorite at home versus Purdue this week.
7 9 up 2 5-0-0
(2-3-0)
-21 Texas Christian
Kenny Hill scored a hat trick in the win over West Virginia, with a passing TD, a rushing TD and a receiving TD.
8 10 up 2 5-1-0
(3-3-0)
-20 Ohio State
The Buckeyes rank 4th nationally in scoring, averaging 45.8 points per game. They have scored 50+ points in three straight games.
9 11 up 2 6-0-0
(4-2-0)
-19.5 Washington State
The mad scientist Mike Leach has something cooking with the "Air Raid" and quarterback Luke Faulk. The Cougars are now a serious contender in the PAC12.
10 13 up 3 4-0-0
(3-1-0)
-19 Miami
After a taxing game against Florida State, the Hurricanes will get the week off. Their game verus Georgia Tech has been postponed.
11 12 up 1 5-1-0
(2-2-2)
-18.5 Auburn
The Tigers only loss came against #1 ranked Clemson, and all five of their wins have come by a double-digit margin.
12 3 down 9 4-1-0
(3-2-0)
-18 Oklahoma
The Sooners playoff hopes took a serious hit with Saturday's loss to Iowa State. Baker Mayfield's Heisman bid is also in jeopardy.
13 16 up 3 5-1-0
(1-5-0)
-17.5 Southern California
The Trojans bounced back from a loss at Washington State with a convincing win over the Beavers. They face a tougher test this week, hosting Utah.
14 14 same 4-1-0
(3-2-0)
-17 Oklahoma State
The Cowboys are the highest scoring team in the country, averaging 46.8 points per game.
15 7 down 8 4-1-0
(2-3-0)
-16.5 Michigan
The Wolverines suffered another heartbreaking loss to rivals Michigan State, and it's going to be tough for Jim Harbaugh to pick up the pieces.
16 18 up 2 5-1-0
(5-1-0)
-16 Notre Dame
The loss to Georgia doesn't look so bad now that the Bulldogs are 6-0.
17 22 up 5 5-1-0
(3-3-0)
-15.5 Virginia Tech
The Hokies defense has been spectacular this season, ranking 8th nationally allowing just 13.7 points per game.
18 23 up 5 5-1-0
(2-4-0)
-15 North Carolina State
Wins over Florida State and Louisville look good on the Wolfpack's resume.
19 21 up 2 6-0-0
(4-2-0)
-14.5 San Diego State
The Aztecs are still undefeated, but a tough home game awaits as they host Boise State on Saturday.
20 20 same 5-0-0
(3-2-0)
-14 South Florida
The Bulls might be the most likely team to run the table this season. They have a ton of returning talent, and a Heisman candidate at QB.
21 N/R N/R 4-1-0
(4-1-0)
-13.5 Michigan State
The Spartans make their first appearance in the Top 25 coming off their big uspet win at Ann Arbor.
22 24 up 2 4-0-0
(4-0-0)
-13 Central Florida
The Knights rank 3rd nationally scoring a whopping 46 points per game during a 4-0 start.
23 17 down 6 4-1-0
(4-0-1)
-12.5 Utah
The Utes are coming off their first loss of the season, and another loss at USC this week would knock them out of the Top 25.
24 N/R N/R 4-1-0
(5-0-0)
-12 Texas Tech
The Red Raiders are still an offensive powerhouse, but an improved defense has made them far more competitive this season.
25 25 same 3-2-0
(3-2-0)
-11.5 West Virginia
The Mountaineers suffered a tough loss to the Hokies in their season opener, but they then scored over 50 points in three straight blowout wins. Last week they battled hard in a loss to TCU, easily covering as a double digit dog.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.

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