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Who Needs a Blogpoll: Week 7 - Not much movement following a status quo Saturday

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The top of the pack remains largely unchanged following a relatively tame weekend.

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Here is this week's WNaBP. We can dither over the exact order of Nos. 1-7, but it's hard to say that those seven aren't the best after the halfway mark. A few quick notes:

OSU-Michigan again flipflop based on the H2H comparison vs. Wisconsin. The Badgers lit up the Buckeyes for over 300 yards in the first half...they had 169 total against Michigan and scored just one TD (after a Wolverine turnover.) Also, not a thing about Barrett scares me. The talent is there on defense, absolutely, but it is so young and it is undisciplined at times. The Buckeyes won that game on Signing Day, not on the sidelines.

Washington's biggest threat looks to come in the Apple Cup...THE APPLE CUP. That's wild.

No one really thinks Nebraska is a Top-10 team, right? But, here we are. The backloaded schedule will tell us a lot more about Riley's Huskers.

I've decided to cut teams like USC, Arkansas, Tennessee etc. a break. Alabama has beat the brakes off everyone it has played, save one half versus Ole Miss and some mental letdowns in a blowout at Arkansas. Tennessee, for instance, still has a good resume, though the bloom is falling off that UGA win. Finally, don't look now, but the Trojans are rebounding in Pac 12 play, and that may very well wind up being a quite good win should Alabama require it to make the playoffs.

Don't sleep on Boise State. I say this every week and will continue to say it. The BYU matchup looks to be their last test. Western Michigan has a nice team and play very well, but they're probably chasing the Broncos, the Middies, and the Cougars for that New Year's Six money.

Miami couldn't complete a meaningful pass against the rebounding Seminoles last week. This week, they couldn't get a meaningful stop then couldn't complete the comeback. I think it's still a good team, but it needed to beat some solid competition -- before that happens, the Canes have to start scoring.

FSU's 17-6 win over Wake doesn't look so hot, until you reflect that the Demon Deacons are sitting at a quiet 5-2 and have gotten there with defense.

Holgorsen may not be lighting up the scoreboard in the Big 12 this year, but the 'Eers are playing very well on defense, running the ball, and doing all the little things right. He's your B12 CoY at the midway mark.

Finally, the Pac 12 is a font of misery and mediocre football. At this point it's the ACC with less tackling and a slightly higher SAT score.

1

Alabama Crimson Tide

1

2

Texas A&M Aggies

2

3

Washington Huskies

3

4

Michigan Wolverines

4

5

Ohio State Buckeyes

6

6

Clemson Tigers

5

7

Louisville Cardinals

9

8

Nebraska Cornhuskers

7

9

Houston Cougars

11

10

Boise State Broncos

12

11

Wisconsin Badgers

10

12

Tennessee Volunteers

8

13

Washington State Cougars

19

14

Navy Midshipmen

16

15

Western Michigan Broncos
15

16

West Virginia Mountaineers

18

17

Florida Gators

22

18

Arkansas Razorbacks

23

19

North Carolina Tar Heels

24

20

Oklahoma Sooners

20

21

Florida State Seminoles

21

22

Toledo Rockets

19

23

Auburn Tigers

25

24

Ole Miss Rebels

13

25

South Florida Bulls

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Dropped Out: Miami Hurricanes (woof) and Virginia Tech Hokies (dear, that was dreadful)

Up next: Pittsburgh Panthers, San Diego State Aztecs, LSU Tigers

Playoff Projection/seedings:

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

2. Michigan Wolverines

3. Clemson Tigers

4. Washington Huskies