Miss. State takes over No. 1 in college football Power Rankings after Week 7

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Can Mississippi State finish the season at no. 1?
Tuesday October 14th, 2014

Growing up my interests didn’t fall too far from many other suburban kids. I played sports -- organized and in the street or the backyard -- watched cartoons, got into trouble and loved, loved, video games. (Now I mostly just get into trouble and still watch cartoons.)

I gravitated towards fighting and beat ‘em up games, which I wasn’t all that good at playing, but I had a lot of fun with them. I poured quarters into the usual suspects: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Mortal Kombat II," "Street Fighter II," "The Simpsons" and others, but I especially liked the "X-Men" arcade game. Everyone typically had a player they gravitated towards, and it became a kind of Buzzfeed quiz of the early 90s. (“I’m a Nightcrawler!” “My best friend is a Colossus!”)

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My problem was I never could focus on any one particular character. Everybody had a weakness. Everybody got boring after awhile. More and more I’m feeling the same way about the crop of top teams in the 2014 college football season. There are a few teams out there that can make a run through the robots, goons and super villains, but everybody’s stuck with something that keeps them from being unstoppable. There are no cheat codes this year.

So while a new top team emerges, it’s just as possible to see them get knocked to the deck, forced to pump another quarter in to continue and select another character -- until it’s Game Over and time to see which four teams can put their initials in with their high scores.

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1Mississippi State Bulldogs
last week: 4
record: 6-0

Next game: Oct. 25 at Kentucky

2Ole Miss Rebels
last week: 3
record: 6-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Tennessee

3Florida State Seminoles
last week: 1
record: 6-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Notre Dame

4Baylor Bears
last week: 7
record: 6-0

Next game: Saturday at West Virginia

5Notre Dame Fighting Irish
last week: 6
record: 6-0

Next game: Saturday at Florida State

6Oregon Ducks
last week: 10
record: 5-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Washington

7Michigan State Spartans
last week: 11
record: 5-1


8Auburn Tigers
last week: 2
record: 5-1

Next game: Oct. 25 vs. South Carolina

9Georgia Bulldogs
last week: 13
record: 4-1

Next game: Saturday at Arkansas  

10TCU Horned Frogs

Next game: Saturday vs. Oklahoma State

11Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 9
record: 5-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Texas A&M

12Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 12
record: 5-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Kansas State

13Kansas State Wildcats
last week: 14
record: 4-1

Next game: Saturday at Oklahoma 

14Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 17
record: 4-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Rutgers

15East Carolina Pirates

Next game: Oct. 23 vs. UConn 

16Oklahoma State Cowboys
last week: 18
record: 5-1

Next game: Saturday at TCU

17Arizona State Sun Devils
last week: 21
record: 4-1

Next game: Saturday at Stanford

18Nebraska Cornhuskers


19USC Trojans
last week: NR
record: 4-2

Next game: Saturday vs. Colorado

20Arizona Wildcats
last week: 8
record: 5-1


21Clemson Tigers
last week: 23
record: 4-2


22Utah Utes
last week: NR
record: 4-1


23Washington Huskies
last week: NR
record: 5-1


24Minnesota Golden Gophers
last week: NR
record: 5-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Purdue

25Marshall Thundering Herd
last week: 25
record: 6-0


Next five: Stanford, Duke, UCLA, Colorado State, Kentucky

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