College Football Rankings for Week 7: Brett McMurphy’s AP Top 25 Poll Ballot vs. Betting Power Ratings
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The top three teams on my Associated Press Top 25 ballot remain the same: Ohio State, Alabama and Georgia.
Ohio State dominated Michigan State, Alabama survived a scare against Texas A&M without quarterback Bryce Young and Georgia shook off a two-week funk by disposing of Auburn.
Clemson, which has Top 25 wins over Wake Forest and NC State, moved up to No. 4 on my ballot, while Tennessee vaults up to No. 5. UCLA moved into my top 10 after handling Utah in its second consecutive impressive performance against a Pac-12 team.
As for the remainder of the teams on my ballot, Mississippi State also made a big jump — up to No. 16 — after routing Arkansas.
There are five new teams on my ballot this week: Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, Cincinnati and Coastal Carolina. They replaced Kentucky, Maryland, LSU, BYU and Washington.
Here's my Top 25 ballot compared to Action Network senior writer Collin Wilson’s betting power ratings.
Brett McMurphy's Week 7 AP Top 25 Ballot
AP denotes Brett McMurphy's Associated Press Top 25 ballot.
PR denotes Collin Wilson's College Football Betting Power Ratings.
For a second consecutive week, Collin and I agree on our top four teams — Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia and Clemson. We also have Tennessee, TCU and Michigan ranked in our respective top 10s. I’m higher on Tennessee and TCU, and he’s higher on Michigan.
The biggest difference among my top-10 teams is UCLA. I have the Bruins at No. 8, while Collin rates them at No. 28.
There's more disagreement with Collin among my teams I ranked between Nos. 11 and 20.
Only Ole Miss and Penn State are both in the same ballpark. Collin rates Texas, Mississippi State and Oregon in his top 10, while I have the Longhorns, Bulldogs and Ducks a little lower but still among my top-20 teams.
The biggest difference in this group is Illinois. I have the Illini at No. 19, while Collin rates them at No. 44.
Collin and I have little agreement on my final five teams. Collin does have Utah and Cincinnati in his top 20, while I have the Utes at No. 22 and the Bearcats at No. 24.
The biggest discrepancy of any team I ranked this week belongs to No. 25 Coastal Carolina, as Collin only rates the Chanticleers No. 72.
Collin also had eight teams in the top 25 of his power ratings that I did not rank on my Top 25 ballot this week: No. 14 Notre Dame, No. 15 Florida State, No. 18 Baylor, No. 19 Texas A&M, No. 21 Minnesota, No. 22 Pitt, No. 24 Purdue and No. 25 Oklahoma.