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College Football Rankings: NCAAF Top 25 (After Week 7)

Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State Football

Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State Football

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 2021 season was headlined by dominant wins by Georgia and Cincinnati, Utah's victory over Arizona State and upsets by Purdue and Oklahoma State. Georgia, Cincinnati, Alabama and Oklahoma take the top four spots, with Michigan at No. 5 and Oregon at No. 6 in the post-Week 7 top 25 rankings. With the seventh week of the 2021 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:

College Football Top 25 Rankings (After Week 7)

1. Georgia (7-0)
Week 7 Result:
Defeated Kentucky

Stetson Bennett threw for 250 yards, the rushing attack averaged 6.1 yards per carry, and the defense limited Kentucky to just 3.6 yards per play in a 30-13 win for coach Kirby Smart’s team.

2. Cincinnati (6-0)
Week 7 Result:
Defeated UCF

The Bearcats used 336 rushing yards and six touchdowns to crush UCF 56-21. Cincinnati has won its last two games by a combined score of 108-24.

3. Alabama (6-1)
Week 7 Result:
Defeated Mississippi State

Crimson Tide rebounded in a big way from last week’s loss at Texas A&M by pounding Mississippi State 49-9 on Saturday night. Quarterback Bryce Young directed an offense that averaged 7.9 yards per play, and the defense limited the Bulldogs to just 299 total yards.

4. Oklahoma (7-0)
Week 7 Result:
Defeated TCU

Caleb Williams shines (361 total yards and five touchdowns) in first start en route to leading Oklahoma to a 52-31 win over TCU.

5. Michigan (6-0)
Week 7 Result:
Off Week

The Wolverines were off in Week 7 and return to action next Saturday against Northwestern.

6. Oregon (5-1)
Week 7 Result:
Defeated California

A last-second goal-line stand lifts Ducks to 24-17 victory over California. Oregon still needs more consistency out of quarterback Anthony Brown and has to do a better job at limiting turnovers (two on Friday night).

7. Ohio State (5-1)
Week 7 Result:
Off Week

The Buckeyes were off in Week 7 and return to action next Saturday against Indiana.

8. Iowa (6-1)
Week 7 Result:
Lost to Purdue

Hawkeyes’ standout defense had no answer for Purdue’s passing game (378 yards), while four turnovers on offense prevented any hopes of a late comeback.

9. Penn State (5-1)
Week 7 Result:
Off Week

The Nittany Lions were off in Week 7 and return to action next Saturday against Illinois. Will quarterback Sean Clifford return to action after leaving the Week 6 loss against Iowa due to injury?

10. Michigan State (7-0)
Week 7 Result:
Defeated Indiana

Spartans were outgained 322 to 241 by Indiana, but coach Mel Tucker’s team earned a hard-fought win thanks to timely stops and mistakes by the Hoosiers.

11. Ole Miss (5-1)
Week 7 Result:
Defeated Tennessee

Matt Corral’s huge night (426 total yards) guides Rebels to win in wild ending in Lane Kiffin’s return as a head coach to Rocky Top.

12. Oklahoma State (6-0)
Week 7 Result:
Defeated Texas

The Cowboys trailed 24-13 early in the third quarter but rallied for a 32-24 win to stay unbeaten. Mike Gundy’s defense limited Texas to just 92 yards in the second half, while the Cowboys scored on four of their final six drives to pull off the upset in Austin.

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13. Kentucky (6-1)
Week 7 Result:
Lost to Georgia

No shame for the Wildcats’ 30-13 loss at Georgia. Kentucky battled until the end, but the Bulldogs are the best team in college football and simply had too much talent and depth. 

14. Coastal Carolina (6-0)
Week 7 Result:
Off Week

The Chanticleers were off in Week 7 and return to action on Wednesday night at Appalachian State.

15. Notre Dame (5-1)
Week 7 Result:
Off Week

The Fighting Irish were off in Week 7 and return to action next Saturday versus USC.

16. Texas A&M (5-2)
Week 7 Result:
Defeated Missouri

A week after beating Alabama, there was no letdown for Jimbo Fisher’s team against Missouri. The Aggies used 283 yards on the ground to crush the Tigers 35-14.

17. NC State (5-1)
Week 7 Result:
Defeated Boston College

The Wolfpack used a 21-point third quarter to pull away from Boston College for a 33-7 victory in Chestnut Hill.

18. Wake Forest (6-0)
Week 7 Result:
Off Week

The Demon Deacons were off in Week 7 and return to action next Saturday versus Army.

19. Auburn (5-2)
Week 7 Result:
Defeated Arkansas

Bo Nix was excellent (20 of 26 for 292 yards and three overall scores), while Auburn's defense stuffed Arkansas on two fourth-down attempts and scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery to help coach Bryan Harsin's take control of the game in the second half.

20. Baylor (6-1)
Week 7 Result:
Defeated BYU

The Bears won the battle up front against BYU to earn a 38-24 win and clinch bowl eligibility in coach Dave Aranda’s second year. Baylor gashed the Cougars for 303 rushing yards, and limited BYU’s ground game to just 67 yards over 24 carries.

21. SMU (6-0)
Week 7 Result:
Off Week

The Mustangs were off in Week 7 and return to action on Thursday against Tulane.

22. Pitt (5-1)
Week 7 Result:
Defeated Virginia Tech

The Panthers join the top 25 after a convincing 28-7 victory over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Quarterback Kenny Pickett (203 yards and three overall scores) was solid again, while Pitt’s defense limited the Hokies to 3.7 yards a snap.

23. San Diego State (6-0)
Week 7 Result:
Defeated San Jose State

Aztecs join the rankings after overtime win at San Jose State. Huge tests for coach Brady Hoke's team are up next with Air Force and Fresno State on tap.

24. BYU (5-2)
Week 7 Result:
Lost to Baylor

The Cougars couldn’t hold up in the trenches in a 38-24 loss to Baylor. Coach Kalani Sitake’s defense allowed 303 rushing yards, and the offense generated only 2.8 yards per carry for 67 rushing yards.

25. Utah (4-2)
Week 7 Result:
Defeated Arizona State

The Utes used a dominant second-half performance to knock off Arizona State and take control of the top spot in the Pac-12 South.