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Josh Furlong's AP Top 25: Purdue plays spoiler as Oklahoma finds dynamic QB

Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams (13) runs in for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against TCU, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Norman, Okla.

Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams (13) runs in for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against TCU, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Iowa rose the ranks of the Big Ten and was in prime position to make a case for the College Football Playoff.

Then came along a Purdue team that wanted to play spoiler. And just like that, a 12-game winning streak was gone.

The Boilermakers gradually suffocated an otherwise sound Iowa team as it built up a lead quarter by quarter. Not even a touchdown in the second quarter by Iowa could dissuade Purdue from upsetting a team ranked No. 2 for the second time in four seasons.

Purdue quarterback Aidan O'Connell threw for 375 yards and two touchdowns, and added another touchdown on a 6-yard run to start Purdue's scoring in the upset win.

P.S. the social media manager for Purdue deserves a raise.

The Iowa loss was the biggest upset of Week 7 as seven team went undefeated on their bye week. Here's a look at where I ranked some teams in this week's Associated Press Top 25 ballot.

  • Georgia cannot be stopped. Even an undefeated Kentucky team couldn't knock the Bulldogs off their short-lived reign at No. 1. Georgia is the complete package and appears destined for a leading role in the College Football Playoff. The Bulldogs have been the one stable force in an otherwise chaotic season. Credit goes to Kentucky, which drops to No. 17 in my ballot, for managing 13 points against Georgia.
  • Cincinnati is legit. Enough said.
  • Oklahoma has its quarterback ... and it's not Spencer Rattler. Freshman Caleb Williams threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns in his first start as he led the Sooners to a 52-31 win over TCU. Under Williams, Oklahoma looks like the dominant team many expected in the preseason. How far it will take the Sooners is to be determined, but there's a lot to like about the freshman.
  • Oregon should have lost to Cal Friday night. Injuries have plagued the Ducks this season and they're not playing like a top 10 team, which is why I dropped them to No. 12, despite the win. The one shining spot (as it has been for some time) remains edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux. His play in one half was simply phenomenal.
  • Is it raining mustard bottles? Or golf balls? In a wild finish, Ole Miss escaped Tennessee with a win following an assault from fans that threw everything they could find in the stands. It's a despicable showing of "fandom" for a program that has started to piece things together. Still, Ole Miss leaves with a win and a No. 11 ranking in my ballot.
  • Baylor is an underrated team this season and deserves more praise. The Bears narrowly lost to Oklahoma State and dismantled BYU at home. While not entirely perfect, Baylor could play spoiler in the Big 12 race this year. Baylor replaces BYU at No. 19 in the rankings this week, up six spots from where I had them last week.
  • For picks No. 20 and on in the rankings, it's kind of a crapshoot. There's a lot of changes in the bottom of the poll this week and many (if not all) of the teams included could be interchanged in one form of another, or replaced by other team's outside the rankings. There's a lot of fluidity here, and I'm not too confident about much of it at this point.

Checking in: Auburn, Pittsburgh, Utah, UTSA

Dropping out: Arizona State, Arkansas, BYU, Florida

In consideration: Air Force, Fresno State, Iowa State, Nevada, Purdue, UAB, UTEP

If you can't see the ballot below, click here.

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