Ranking the top 25 teams in college football after Week 7
Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The seventh weekend of the 2019 season was headlined by Oklahoma's victory over Texas in Dallas, LSU's home win against Florida and South Carolina's upset over Georgia. Alabama, LSU, Ohio State and Clemson take the top four spots, with Oklahoma at No. 5 and Wisconsin jumping to No. 6 in the post-Week 7 top 25 rankings. With the seventh week of the 2019 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:
College Football Top 25 Rankings
1. Alabama (6-0)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Texas A&M
Tua Tagovailoa has passed for four or more touchdowns in five out of Alabama’s six games this year.
2. LSU (6-0)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Florida
LSU’s offense shredded Florida’s standout defense for 10.6 yards per play and 42 points in another big win for coach Ed Orgeron’s team.
3. Ohio State (6-0)
Week 7 Result: Off Week
The Buckeyes were off in Week 7 and return to action next Friday at Northwestern.
4. Clemson (6-0)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Florida State
Tigers were rested and angry coming out of the bye week and took out their frustration in a 45-14 win against Florida State. Clemson has defeated the Seminoles 104-24 over the last two years.
5. Oklahoma (6-0)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Texas
Jalen Hurts accounted for over 300 yards and four total touchdowns, but Oklahoma’s defense stole the spotlight in the win over Texas. The Sooners allowed just 4.2 yards a play, generated nine sacks and did not surrender a pass longer than 22 yards.
6. Wisconsin (6-0)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Michigan State
The Badgers earned their fourth shutout of the season in a dominant 38-0 win over Michigan State.
7. Penn State (6-0)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Iowa
Penn State’s defensive line created its share of havoc, while freshman running back Noah Cain shined in the 17-12 win over Iowa on Saturday night.
8. Florida (6-1)
Week 7 Result: Lost to LSU
The Gators came up short in the second half, but coach Dan Mullen’s team shouldn’t slip too far in the rankings after a 42-28 loss in Baton Rouge.
9. Georgia (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Lost to South Carolina
Uncharacteristic performance by Jake Fromm (four turnovers) dooms Georgia in overtime loss to South Carolina. The Bulldogs aren’t out of the playoff picture, but there’s no margin for error the rest of the way.
10. Notre Dame (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Defeated USC
USC made it interesting late, but Notre Dame was in control for most of Saturday night’s 30-27 win. The offense pounded the Trojans for 308 rushing yards, and the defense held USC’s high-powered passing game to just 255 yards.
11. Auburn (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Off Week
The Tigers were off in Week 7 and return to action next Saturday at Arkansas.
12. Texas (4-2)
Week 7 Result: Lost to Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s improved defense held the Longhorns to just 100 rushing yards and didn’t allow any big plays in the passing game. Tom Herman’s team has a lot to work on before a potential rematch in the Big 12 Championship.
13. Oregon (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Colorado
Oregon’s ground game showed signs of life, while the defense dominated once again in a 45-3 win over Colorado on Friday night.
14. Boise State (6-0)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Hawaii
Hank Bachmeier was knocked out of Saturday night’s game against Hawaii, but backup Chase Cord and a tough defense ensured the Broncos rolled to a 59-37 win.
15. Utah (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Oregon State
Zack Moss’ return from a shoulder injury is good news with Arizona State up next.
16. Baylor (6-0)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Texas Tech
Bears haven’t lacked for drama in Big 12 play this season with a last-minute victory over Iowa State and Saturday’s overtime win against Texas Tech.
17. Michigan (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Illinois
A trip to Penn State next week should provide a good barometer test for whether or not Michigan’s offense has improved since the loss at Wisconsin.
18. Cincinnati (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Houston
Desmond Ridder’s 313 total yards and five forced turnovers by the defense ensured Cincinnati didn’t have a letdown after last week’s win over UCF.
19. Arizona State (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Washington State
Bad news for the rest of the Pac-12 South: Jayden Daniels is only going to get better over the second half of the season.
20. SMU (6-0)
Week 7 Result: Off Week
The Mustangs did not play in Week 7 and host Temple in Week 8.
21. Tulane (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Defeated UConn
The Green Wave have a tough second-half schedule to navigate: at Memphis, at Navy, Tulsa, at Temple, UCF and at SMU. The race to win the AAC will be one of the top conference battles to watch.
22. Missouri (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Ole Miss
The Tigers have rebounded nicely since losing to Wyoming in the season opener.
23. Minnesota (6-0)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Nebraska
With Rutgers and Maryland up next, Minnesota is likely to be 8-0 going into a key November showdown against Penn State.
24. Wake Forest (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Lost to Louisville
Jamie Newman’s shoulder injury is a major concern, but the Demon Deacons also have plenty to clean up on defense after giving up 7.5 yards a play to Louisville on Saturday night.
25. Iowa (4-2)
Week 7 Result: Lost to Penn State
Iowa’s offense managed only 15 combined points in losses to Michigan and Penn State.