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College Football: Week 7 Power Rankings – Can anyone stop Baylor???

If Baylor head coach, Art Briles bottled up the offensive formula that has the Bears shattering NCAA records left and right, how many coaches do you think would be in line to get it? All I can say, is you better get there early and bring lots of cash. What’s going on in Waco, Texas is nothing short of remarkable and Briles can just about name his price right now. Forget who the Bears have played. It doesn’t matter who you’ve played when you’ve scored 70+ points in the last 3 games, and are averaging over 70 points overall. The only team that seems to have Baylor’s number so far this season is Wofford, who held the Bears to only 69 points. Wofford also held Baylor to a paltry, and season low 692 yards. Maybe, it was first game of the year jitters. Maybe, the offense needed time to gel.

The most amazing part of this whole thing is not how many yards Baylor averages per game (779 ypg,), or how many points they’re putting up (282 total, 70.5 average per game), but its the fact that over the last 3 years there have been 3 different starting quarterbacks. From RG3, to Nick Florence, and now Bryce Petty this offense has not thought about skipping a beat. In 2011, RG3’s Heisman season, the Bears scored 45 points per game, and last season with Nick Florence at QB the Bears scored 44 points per game. Surely, they won’t keep up this 70 ppg pace, but its a sure bet the Bears will score more than the previous two seasons. We’ve seen a lot of offenses put up crazy number like these for a few games, and some for a full season or two, but how many of those offenses can claim those numbers with 3 different starters at QB over 3 seasons?

Now, I know I said it doesn’t matter who you play when you’re putting up numbers like this, but let’s be real, the Bears haven’t played anyone. The competition will get better, but is there anyone in the Big 12 that can stop them? I don’t think so. Maybe, Oklahoma, OkState, or Kansas State can hold them under 50, but I don’t put any stock in that. There isn’t another Big 12 defense that has a chance to slow them down at all. I’ve had my eye on Baylor, as far as placing them in my power rankings for weeks, but they’ve yet to appear. I think we all need to see them against better competition. Honestly, I think Baylor’s defense or an off night by the offense will keep them from going undefeated, but it’s not like the Big 12 is loaded with great teams. So, anything is possible. One things for sure, the Bears be will interesting to watch the rest of the season.

Elsewhere, Week 6 in college football was pretty exciting. Several key game went right down to the wire, including Ohio State beating Northwestern 40-30, and Stanford beating Washington 31-28. The Huskies have to get over the loss quick, as they prepare to host Oregon and ESPN Gameday. Georgia had a major scare from Tennessee, before beating the Vols in OT, 34-31. Now, the ‘Dawgs get ready for Missouri. With Georgia’ injuries, Mizzou has a legitimate shot to make things interesting, Between The Hedges. Week 7 should be a great one. Now, onto the rankings.

 

Week 7 Power Rankings (Sixteen with Swag)

 

1. Alabama Crimson Tide – (This Week: at Kentucky)  Bama’s defense has looked dominating in wins over teams like Ole Miss, but the now its time to see a dominating performance by the offense. Bama’s near the bottom in the SEC in rushing, which is unheard of, and other categories.

2. Stanford Cardinal – (This Week: at Utah)  Now, is the time for Stanford and Oregon to make their move towards number 1. The schedule has been amped up and Bama’s schedule is softer. Cardinal just good enough last week to beat U-Dub, now tricky trip to Utah is on tap today. Could be interesting.

3. Oregon Ducks – (This Week: at Washington)  The Ducks have just been humming along. Marcus Mariota looks like the Heisman favorite right now, but these Ducks haven’t been tested yet. That should change today in Seattle.

4. Clemson Tigers – (This Week: vs Boston College) One more week! The Tigers should be fine against BC at home, before next week’s titanic battle against FSU. Clemson is another team that can make a move before the BCS rankings come out after next week.

5. Ohio St. Buckeyes – (This Week: Idle)  Buckeyes and the Big Ten got a huge win at Northwestern last week. Ohio St is the only team that will have a shot at Pasadena for BCS Title. Those hopes are alive, but the schedule is weak until the rivalry game at Michigan. Will that be enough?

6. Florida St. Seminoles – (This Week: Idle) The ‘Noles get the week off before travelling to Death Valley. I have FSU here, but they’re a top 5 team. Freshman QB,  Jameis Winston, looks like an upgrade over Senior QB, EJ Manuel from last season, to me.

7. Georgia Bulldogs – (This Week: vs Missouri)  The ‘Dawgs injury situation is unbelievable right now, which makes what Aaron Murray pulled off last week at Tennessee that much more incredible. That said, the competition will get stiffer, starting today. Can Georgia navigate the rest of the schedule with freshman skill players around Murray?

8. Louisville Cardinals – (This Week: vs Rutgers)  Quite simply, the Cards have to hope for a chaotic October and November to have any shot at BCS Title, even if they’re unbeaten. The good news is, a chaotic October and November are very much possible.

9. LSU Tigers – (This Week: vs Florida)  LSU’s defense has looked very ordinary at times. The Gators offense looks better right now, and the defense has been outstanding. Still, oints may be at a premium in Baton Rouge. This is a very intriguing game, that’s not receiving the attention a Florida/LSU game would normally receive.

10. Texas A&M – (This Week: at Ole Miss)  The Aggies travel to ‘The Grove’ in a game that could push 100 total points. The Rebels offense has been exposed the last 2 weeks in the state of Alabama, but can A&M’s D take advantage? Tough test for Manziel and company if the D doesn’t show up again.

11. UCLA Bruins – (This Week: vs California)  Look ahead game vs Cal? Bruins should be fine at home against the Bears, before the schedule goes full throttle (at Stanford, at Oregon) the next two weeks.

12. Oklahoma Sooners – (This Week: vs Texas)  The Red River Rivalry seems to get quieter and quieter every year. The rumblings about Mack Brown are very loud, but other than that its as ho-hum as I ever seen this game be. The Sooners should win and continue their recent dominance over the Longhorns.

13. Miami Hurricanes – (This Week: Idle)  The ‘Canes are saying what about us, what about us? Still unbeaten, Miami travels to UNC next Thursday then Wake the following week. It will be hard to do, but I think pulling for FSU vs Clemson would be smart. Miami and FSU unbeaten in Tallahassee puts them squarely in the BCS title race.

14. Michigan Wolverines – (This Week: at Penn St.)  How good are the Wolverines? Michigan looked a lot better last week vs Minnesota. A really dominating performance, but now the schedule is amped down again, which means there are few opportunities to move up.

15. Washington Huskies – (This Week: vs Oregon) There’s no shame at all losing a close game at Stanford. I have even more respect for the Huskies now, because of that. Now, the Ducks come calling. The atmosphere will be unbelievable in Seattle tonight. Huskies will be tough out from now on.

16. Florida Gators – (This Week: at LSU)  We welcome the Gators back to the rankings. The offense is still questionable, but the defense isn’t and the offense is improving. With South Carolina a mess, questions about teams like Baylor, the Gators get the nod here. Only loss was at Miami.

 

Just Missed the Cut: 

South Carolina – On paper, the Gamecocks are better than a lot of teams in the rankings. They have yet to show that on the field, however.

Baylor Bears – Still have questions about the Bears. Today, at Kansas State could tell us a lot more.

Missouri Tigers – Mizzou gets their chance to impress today at Georgia

Virginia Tech – No one is talking about the Hokies. They deserve some chatter. Only loss to Bama. Looks like a dangerous team in the ACC.

Others teams on the rise:  Northern Illinois, Auburn, Texas Tech

 

 

 

 

 

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