SQ College Football Power Rankings: Week 7

Things are getting interesting in college football as we reach the halfway point of the season. Michigan, Florida, and Utah have all done surprisingly well, with the latter two currently placing in the Top 10 of the AP Poll. This week offers another chance for a shakeup in the rankings.

1. Ohio State

Previous SQ Rank: 1

Coaches Poll Rank: 1

"With Ezekiel Elliott eclipsing 100 yards rushing for the 11th straight game, the Buckeyes were able to put Maryland away in the second half. Also, J.T. Barrett was used as a redzone QB and it paid off, as he had three rushing touchdowns. I expect to see a lot more of Barrett when they are in the redzone because it resulted in the Buckeyes turning in their highest point total of the season (49) against the Terrapins." - Nate Wallace

2. Baylor

Previous SQ Rank: 3

Coaches Poll Rank: 2

"Baylor's offense continues to impress and hasn't had a letdown yet. The Bears currently lead the nation in scoring offense (64.2 points per game) and total offense (725 yards per game). But what is really making Baylor look good is their defense. Giving up only 22.2 points per game has the team ranked third in the Big 12, and is making people think twice about who the best team in the country is." - Sean Berger

3. Utah

Previous SQ Rank: 4

Coaches Poll Rank: 7

"Utah had an impressive showing against No. 23 Cal in Week 6. The Utes’ defense forced five interceptions out of outstanding Cal quarterback Jared Goff. Utah won the game, 30-24, and extended their impressive season to a 5-0 record." - Ray Boone 

4. TCU

Previous SQ Rank: 2

Coaches Poll Rank: 3

"Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson are tough to stop. The duo connected eight times for 155 yards and two touchdowns while Boykin also rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns against Kansas State. TCU falls just behind Baylor this week as their defense continues to struggle." - Nate Wallace

5. LSU

Previous SQ Rank: 7

Coaches Poll Rank: 5

"We finally saw that Brandon Harris can indeed be a factor on offense for LSU. Harris completed 18 of 28 passes and threw for a career-high 228 yards. This could be a confidence booster for the young QB as the Tigers take on a Florida defense that has dominated nearly every team it has faced so far." - Sean Berger

6. Clemson

Previous SQ Rank: 6

Coaches Poll Rank: 6

"At this point, it looks like the ACC-Atlantic title will be decided on November 7th when Clemson battles Florida State (the fighting Dalvin Cooks). Even though Deshaun Watson isn’t putting up stats that will blow you away, the Tigers are definitely a dangerous championship contender." - Nate Wallace

7. Michigan State

Previous SQ Rank: 5

Coaches Poll Rank: 4

"Even though the Michigan State Spartans are 6-0, this team is completely underwhelming. They have played down to their competition all season, and their Week 6 31-24 win over 2-3 Rutgers is no exception. The Spartans’ 57th-ranked defense gave up 141 rushing yards to the Scarlet Knights, and that’s with a -31 yard rushing effort from Knights’ quarterback Christian Laviano." - Ray Boone

8. Texas A&M

Previous SQ Ranking: 9

Coaches Poll Rank: 10

"The Aggies had a bye week this past Saturday, which is useful because it gave them an extra week to prepare for a huge game against Alabama at home. A win against the Tide would help A&M keep pace with LSU in the SEC-West and possibly launch them into the Top 5." - Nate Wallace

9. Florida

Previous SQ Rank: 11

Coaches Poll Rank: 11

"Florida was dealt a big loss after the news that star QB Will Grier would be out for a full calendar year due to testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Now backup QB Treon Harris must step up and fill the void, which he is very capable of doing after posting a 4-2 record as the team's starter last season. He's not the polished passer that Grier is, but his mobility could be the x-factor in this week's tilt against LSU. Florida's defense has been phenomenal up to this point, so look for them to continue that trend against Leonard Fournette and LSU." - Sean Berger

10. Alabama

Previous SQ Rank: 8

Coaches Poll Rank: 9

"Alabama took care of business in their Week 6 win over Arkansas. The Crimson tide won the game 27-14 due to a stellar rushing defense. The Tide held star running back Alex Collins to only 26 yards on 12 carries. The longest run of the game for the Razorbacks came on an eight yard scramble from quarterback Brandon Allen. Going forward, the success of the Crimson Tide will largely depend on their quarterback play. Jake Coker was mediocre in the effort, throwing for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions." - Ray Boone 

11. Michigan

Previous SQ Rank: 18

Coaches Poll Rank: 14

"Michigan has built quite the resume up to this point of the season. The Wolverines just shut out their third straight opponent, and are tied for best in the nation in third down defense (has allowed only 18.82% of third down conversions). Jim Harbaugh turned this team around quicker than expected and has the team looking to compete for a Big Ten title this season. First, Michigan must beat in-state rival Michigan State this weekend." - Sean Berger

12. Florida State

Previous SQ Rank: 13

Coaches Poll Rank: 8

"Dalvin Cook (269 total yards and three touchdowns) is single-handedly carrying the Seminoles to victory week after week. If Everett Golson can find a way to contribute like we’ve seen him do many times at Notre Dame, the Florida State offense has the ability to be very explosive." - Nate Wallace

13. Ole Miss

Previous SQ Rank: 14

Coaches Poll Rank: 12

"Ole Miss needed that monster 52-6 win over New Mexico State to boost their confidence after getting humiliated by Florida in the prior week. The Rebels step up their non-conference schedule this week, taking on an undefeated Memphis squad that has done very well this season. Hugh Freeze's squad controlled the Tigers last season with a stout defense, but this defense doesn't seem as formidable as it once was. If Ole Miss can't get to Memphis QB Paxton Lynch, the Rebels could find themselves on the end of another upset loss this season." - Sean Berger

14. Notre Dame

Previous SQ Rank: 15

Coaches Poll Rank: 13

"Notre Dame has been a solid team so far this season, but I’m not overly impressed with them. The only quality opponent they have played this season, Clemson, they lost to. However, the Fighting Irish’s rushing attack was stellar in their Week 6 41-24 win over Navy. Tailback C.J. Prosise rushed for 129 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns." - Ray Boone 

15. Stanford

Previous SQ Rank: 16

Coaches Poll Rank: 16

"If there is any team that could be a quick riser next week, it's Stanford. For the second straight week, Stanford's offense mauled a PAC-12 opponent, beating UCLA, 56-35. So far, the Cardinals have beaten every conference opponent they've faced (USC, Oregon State, Arizona and UCLA) by at least 10 points, with the average margin of victory being 22 points. Maybe Stanford is the PAC-12 team we should be watching." - Sean Berger

16. Oklahoma State

Previous SQ Rank: 21

Coaches Poll Rank: 15

"The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 6-0 this season, coming off a solid 33-26 win over a good West Virginia team. However, if this team wants to continue to be successful, it will have to tighten up its run defense. The Cowboys gave up 256 yards on the ground to the Mountaineers." - Ray Boone

17. UCLA

Previous SQ Rank: 20

Coaches Poll Rank: 18

"We may have seen the last of UCLA in our rankings this week after the thrashing they received Thursday night at the hands of Stanford. This UCLA defense is definitely hurting after losing Myles Jack and has given up at least 30 points in each of the three games since his injury." - Sean Berger

18. Iowa

Previous SQ Rank: 23

Coaches Poll Rank: 17

"Jordan Canzeri’s performance (43 carries, 256 yards and a touchdown) cemented the Hawkeyes in the top 25, but they can’t celebrate for long. Iowa is playing Northwestern this weekend and, although it is still early, the winner will take control of the Big Ten West and start to pave their path to Indy." - Nate Wallace

19. Northwestern

Previous SQ Rank: 12

Coaches Poll Rank: 21

"Wow. It’s hard to explain what happened to Northwestern in Week 6. Their offensive capabilities were thoroughly exposed in their Week 6 loss to a stout Michigan defense. The Wildcats were held scoreless and could not get anything going in both the passing game and running game. Their defense was also put into question, giving up 38 points to a Wolverines team that hangs their hat on defense." - Ray Boone  

20. Oklahoma

Previous SQ Rank: 10

Coaches Poll Rank: 19

"Hopefully losing to Texas was just a fluke. Oklahoma looked really good up until that game, and had many thinking they could compete for the Big 12 title. Although Baker Mayfield was productive against the Longhorns, he only averaged 7.5 yards per pass attempt which is the second-lowest total for him this season. The Sooners need him to revert back to his previous strong performances if they're going to beat a Kansas State team that nearly upset TCU last week." - Sean Berger

21. Boise State

Previous SQ Rank: 24

Coaches Poll Rank: 20

"Boise State destroyed Colorado State 41-10 in Week 6. For an offensive-minded team, the Broncos have actually been pretty solid on defense this year. They have held two opponents scoreless and three others to under 15 points each." - Ray Boone

22. California

Previous SQ Rank: 22

Coaches Poll Rank: 23

"Five Jared Goff interceptions, whether they were his fault or not, is just unacceptable. You can’t expect to win big games against ranked teams when you turn the ball over at that rate. The good news is that Cal somehow only lost by six to the Utes, so they’re doing something right." - Nate Wallace

23. Toledo

Previous SQ Rank: Not Ranked

Coaches Poll Rank: 25

"For their level of talent, the Toledo Rockets are actually a pretty solid team. They are 5-0 and beat Kent State 38-7 in Week 6. The Rockets were awesome in the running game, rushing for a whopping 288 yards and three touchdowns." - Ray Boone

24. Houston

Previous SQ Rank: Not Ranked

Coaches Poll Rank: Not Ranked

"Tom Herman has his squad playing excellent football right now. QB Greg Ward Jr. has 11 rushing touchdowns, which ranks first in the nation among quarterbacks, while LB Steven Taylor ranks third in the nation with eight sacks." - Nate Wallace

25. Duke

Previous SQ Rank: Not Ranked

Coaches Poll Rank: 24

"After holding their Week 6 opponent, Army, to only three points, I think the most interesting thing about this Blue Devils team is their defense. You don’t usually think of great defense when you think of Duke Football, but the unit actually ranks fourth in the nation in total defense. If they manage to run-the-table the rest of this season, something that is highly possible, they could find themselves playing in the ACC Championship for the second time in three years." - Ray Boone

Others Receiving Votes: Memphis

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