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2014 Fierce 40: Week 7

by DJ Boyer on Oct. 12, 2014

 

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - 2014 Week 7

Ranking

Team

W-L

Result

Previous

1

Mississippi State

6-0

W: #2 Auburn 38-23

3

Mississippi State at #1, the last time that happened was.....well....never.

2

Florida State

6-0

W: Syracuse 38-20

1

Sets up a big game with Notre Dame next week.

3

Ole Miss

 6-0

W: #15 Texas A&M 35-20

4

The years of promise we heard surrounding quarterback Bo Wallace looks like it is finally coming to fruition.

4

Baylor

6-0

W: #13 TCU 61-58

7

In a season full of surprises and big finishes, Baylor provided us with one of the best comebacks we have seen.

5

Notre Dame

6-0

W: North Carolina 50-43

5

The Fighting Irish found a way to get it done to set up the big showdown with Florida State. Notre Dame won despite being outplayed for much of the game.

6

Michigan State

5-1

W: Purdue 45-31

6

Couldn't put Purdue away early when they had the chance, the Boilermakers made this game tighter than it had to be.

7

Auburn

5-1

L: #3 Mississippi State 23-38

2

Too many missed tackles for this defense, this needs to be corrected or we will see Auburn drop a few more before the season is over.

8

Oregon

4-1

W: #18 UCLA 42-30

9

Marcus Mariota looked like a Heisman candidate and the offensive line responded after the return of left tackle Jake Fisher.

9

Oklahoma

5-1

W: Texas 31-26

8

A return on special teams and on defense was enough to get the Sooners back in the win column.

10

Georgia

5-1

W: #19 Missouri 34-0

12

Winning without Todd Gurley was a bit of a surprise, a dominant shutout was shocking.

11

Alabama

5-1

W: Arkansas 14-13

10

Arkansas showed that when you handle Amari Cooper things get rough for this offense.

12

Ohio State

4-1

Idle

11

Bad time for a week off as Ohio State is playing their best football of the year right now.

13

TCU

4-1

L: #7 Baylor 58-61

13

4th and 3 at the Baylor 45 with over a minute to go, the decision to go for it rather than punt may have cost TCU a shot at the Big 12 Championship Game.

14

Nebraska

5-1

Idle

16

A week off before Northwestern, Rutgers and Purdue. Nebraska could be looking at 8-1 if they take care of business against these upcoming teams.

15

Arizona

5-1

L: #29 USC 26-28

14

After winning so many close games a missed 36-yarder by the Wildcats as time was winding down sealed their fate.

16

Kansas State

4-1

Idle

17

Oklahoma has not been dominant and Kansas State matches up well with them. Can they put it together on the road and get the win in Norman this week?

17

Stanford

4-2

W: Washington State 34-17

20

The Cardinal got the tight ends inolved in the offense against Washington State a week after they were shutout against Notre Dame, it makes a huge difference for this offense.

18

East Carolina

5-1

W: South Florida 28-17

21

East Carolina showed a running game in this game. This shows teams it will take more than just stopping Shane Carden to keep the Pirates down.

19

Oklahoma State

5-1

W: Kansas 27-20

22

Tyreek Hill showcased his return skills, makes a big difference for the Cowboys.

20

Texas A&M

5-2

L: #4 Ole Miss 20-35

15

Texas A&M does not want to see any Mississippi teams for awhile.

21

Clemson

4-2

W: #28 Louisville 23-17

24

Clemson passed a tough test against Louisville, this remains a very dangerous team.

22

Washington

5-1

W: Cal 31-7

25

Perhaps the most surprising result of the weekend, was not expecting Washington to dispatch Cal with such ease.

23

Arizona State

4-1

Idle

23

This weeks game with Stanford is shaping up to be one of the marquee matchups.

24

Duke

5-1

W: #26 Georgia Tech 31-25

31

Just when we started hearing whispers about last years team being a fluke the Blue Devils come out and lay the wood to the previously unbeaten Yellow Jackets.

25

USC

4-2

W: #14 Arizona 28-26

29

After coming off a Hail Mary loss, had Arizona hit their last second field goal, USC would have led the hard-luck-team-of-the-year category.

26

Iowa

5-1

W: Indiana 45-29

27

The offense for Iowa is starting to show signs of life.

27

LSU

5-2

W: #35 Florida 30-27

30

LSU was staring 0-3 in the SEC in the face but they got this very important victory.

28

Utah

4-1

Idle

32

Game with Oregon State is huge as there are no undefeated teams left in the Pac-12.

29

UCLA

4-2

L: #9 Oregon 30-42

18

After Oregon lost to Arizona the Bruins were supposed to run with the Pac-12. The Bruins are now riding a two game losing streak and looking to stop the bleeding.

30

Oregon State

4-1

Idle

33

Utah and Stanford in consecutive weeks could make-or-break the Beavers season.

31

Georgia Tech

5-1

L: #31 Duke 25-31

26

Get the Tar Heels this week, a game that always seems to be wild and high scoring.

32

Louisville

5-2

L: #24 Clemson 17-23

28

Louisville did slow Clemson down a bit with that defense and they were in the game till the end.

33

Virginia Tech

4-2

Idle

34

Consecutive Thursday games with Pitt and Miami on the horizon.

34

Marshall

6-0

W: Middle Tennessee 49-24

36

It's not the fact that Marshall is winning, they are laking it look too easy.

35

Missouri

4-2

L: #11 Georgia 0-34

19

They seemed like they were playing at a different speed then Georgia, and it wasn't a faster one.

36

Wisconsin

4-2

W: Illinois 38-28

38

I think Melvin Gordon is still scoring.

37

Minnesota

5-1

W: Northwestern 24-17

39

Trying to stockpile wins now as the season ends with Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

38

Florida

3-2

L: #30 LSU 27-30

35

First time in any week since 2006 that Florida is not in the top 40 of any major statistical category for offense or defense.

39

Kentucky

5-1

W: UL Monroe 48-14

40

Kentucky is a legitimate contender in the SEC East....we aren't talking about basketball.

40

Virginia

4-2

Idle

NR

Only two losses are UCLA and BYU and Virginia pushed both teams to the brink.

Dropped Out: BYU.

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