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College Football Rankings Week 7: Illinois down to 1 point in the Coaches Poll

An upset victory in Iowa City might have vaulted the Illini into the polls, but the team is still receiving votes.

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Another weekend of college football is in the books, and as we head towards the halfway point of the season, the College Football Playoff picture is as murky as ever. No. 1 Ohio State had some early trouble with an inferior opponent (sound familiar?) in Maryland, but they were able to pull away in the second half for the win. Fourth-ranked MSU had problems with Rutgers, but they also managed to pull away and remained undefeated to become bowl-eligible. Elsewhere around the Big Ten, No. 18 Michigan pitched its third-straight shutout against an impressive Northwestern squad to move to 5-1, and Penn State held serve at home as well against the Hoosiers.

Some other upsets from around the nation this weekend included Washington going into LA and beating USC, Texas finally getting a signature victory over No. 10 Oklahoma, and Tennessee mounting a huge comeback to shock nineteenth-ranked Georgia. Some lower-level undefeated top 25 teams that continue to surprise are Toledo and Oklahoma State.

Illinois is continuing to receive votes despite the loss in Iowa City, but a close defeat against the undefeated Hawkeyes is nothing to be ashamed of. A homecoming win two weeks from now against Wisconsin might put them in consideration for a top 25 spot.

Week 7 Rankings:

*This post will be updated with new rankings throughout the afternoon

Coaches Poll

1 Ohio State (47)
2 Baylor (8)
3 TCU (5)
4 Michigan State (1)
5 LSU (1)
6 Clemson
7 Utah (1)
8 Florida State
9 Alabama
10 Texas A&M
11 Florida
12 Ole Miss
13 Notre Dame
14 Michigan
15 Oklahoma State
16 Stanford
17 Iowa
19 Oklahoma
20 Boise State
21 Northwestern
22 Memphis
23 Cal
24 Duke
25 Toledo

Others Receiving Votes (Coaches Poll):

Houston 75; Temple 71; Georgia 61; Arizona State 33; Mississippi State 21; Wisconsin 20; Kentucky 13; Kansas State 11; Penn State 6; Southern California 4; Texas 4; Texas Tech 4; West Virginia 3; North Carolina 3; Navy 2; Washington 2; Tennessee 1; Illinois 1; Arizona 1.