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 2017 season was filled with exciting games and intriguing league matchups. Alabama dominated Arkansas to remain No. 1 in the rankings, and Georgia moved to No. 2 after a win over Missouri, along with Clemson's loss to Syracuse. Road defeats by top 25 teams was the theme of Week 7. In addition to Clemson, Washington, Auburn and Washington State each lost away from home against an unranked opponent. Penn State was off in Week 7 but moves to No. 3, with TCU jumping to No. 4 after beating Kansas State. Clemson fell to No. 5 but has plenty of time to climb back in the playoff race. Texas A&M, LSU and West Virginia join the rankings following the Week 7 action.
College Football Top 25 Rankings
1. Alabama (7-0)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Arkansas
Another week, another blowout win for the Crimson Tide in SEC play.
2. Georgia (7-0)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Missouri
Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm threw for a season high 326 yards in Saturday night’s win over Missouri.
3. Penn State (6-0)
Week 7 Result: Bye Week
The Nittany Lions were off in Week 7 and return to action in Week 8 against Michigan.
4. TCU (6-0)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Kansas State
Quarterback Kenny Hill and Horned Frogs’ defense lead the way in Saturday’s 26-6 win over Kansas State.
5. Clemson (6-1)
Week 7 Result: Lost to Syracuse
Friday night’s loss against Syracuse won’t end Clemson’s CFB Playoff hopes. However, coach Dabo Swinney’s team has to do a better job against the pass and needs quarterback Kelly Bryant to return to full strength.
6. Oklahoma (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Texas
Sooners rebound from disappointing loss against Iowa State to beat Texas 29-24 in Red River Rivalry.
7. Ohio State (6-1)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Nebraska
Buckeyes rout Cornhuskers in Lincoln thanks to big performance from quarterback J.T. Barrett. Up next for Ohio State? A matchup against Penn State in Columbus.
8. Wisconsin (6-0)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Purdue
Defense and running back Jonathan Taylor lead the way for coach Paul Chryst’s Badgers in win over Purdue.
9. Miami (5-0)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Georgia Tech
For the second week in a row, last-second heroics give the Hurricanes a key win in ACC play.
10. Oklahoma State (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Baylor
Cowboys pile up 747 yards (a school record) and average a whopping 10.5 yards per play in Saturday’s win over Baylor.
11. Notre Dame (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Bye Week
The Fighting Irish were off in Week 7 and return to action on Saturday night against USC.
12. Washington (6-1)
Week 7 Result: Lost to Arizona State
The troubles in Tempe continue, dealing a blow to Washington’s hopes of a repeat bid to the CFB Playoff. The offensive line struggled to protect quarterback Jake Browning on Saturday night and now has an injury concern with standout left tackle Trey Adams.
13. Washington State (6-1)
Week 7 Result: Lost to California
Cougars’ high-powered offense sputters on the road against California’s aggressive defense.
14. USC (6-1)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Utah
Second-half comeback against Utah keeps USC’s playoff hopes intact.
15. NC State (6-1)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Pitt
The Nov. 4 showdown against Clemson looms large in the ACC title picture. But the Wolfpack have a tough matchup ahead against Notre Dame on Oct. 28 before the contest against the Tigers.
16. Virginia Tech (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Bye Week
Coach Justin Fuente’s team will return to action on Saturday to take on North Carolina.
17. Michigan State (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Minnesota
After giving up 5.5 yards per play in 2016, the Spartans are allowing just 4.3 through six games in 2017.
18. Michigan (5-1)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Indiana
Karan Higdon’s big day (200 yards and three scores) and an overtime goal-line stand on defense prevents Michigan from back-to-back losses.
19. USF (6-0)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Cincinnati
Bulls now own the nation’s longest winning streak (11 games).
20. UCF (5-0)
Week 7 Result: Defeated East Carolina
Knights have scored 50 or more points three times this season, including 63 in Saturday’s win over East Carolina.
21. Stanford (5-2)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Oregon
Running back Bryce Love has recorded a rush of 60 or more yards six times this season.
22. LSU (5-2)
Week 7 Result: Beat Auburn
What a difference a couple of weeks can make in the world of college football. After losing to Troy, LSU has defeated Florida and Auburn in back-to-back weeks.
23. Auburn (5-2)
Week 7 Result: Lost to LSU
Saturday’s loss at LSU was a bad one for coach Gus Malzahn. After leading 20-0 in the first half, the production on offense over the final two quarters was simply inexcusable.
24. West Virginia (4-2)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Texas Tech
Receiver David Sills leads all receivers in college football this year with 12 touchdown catches (including three in Saturday’s win over Texas Tech).
25. Texas A&M (5-2)
Week 7 Result: Defeated Florida
A couple of clutch plays from receiver Christian Kirk and four field goals from kicker Daniel LaCamera gave the Aggies a win in the Swamp – and a place in the top 25 this week.