College football rankings: Week 7, 2021

By Brian Wilmer -

College football rankings for week 7 of the 2021 season have been released. Georgia claimed the top spot in both polls, receiving all but one first-place vote.

The Iowa Hawkeyes (6-0) ascended to 2nd in both the AP Poll and Coaches Poll after a close victory over Penn State Saturday night. They now trail only Georgia, who finds itself atop the Coaches Poll for the first time in 13 years.

The Oklahoma Sooners (6-0) and Cincinnati Bearcats (5-0) each climbed two spots in both polls, with Cincinnati 3rd and Oklahoma 4th in the AP poll. The Coaches Poll reversed the rankings of the two clubs.

Georgia and Iowa are ranked first and second in both polls, respectively. Cincinnati (3), Oklahoma (4), and Alabama (5) round out the top five in the AP Poll, while Oklahoma (3), Cincinnati (4), and Alabama (5) complete the top five in the Coaches Poll.

Auburn dropped out of both polls following a 34-10 home loss to Georgia on Saturday. Additionally, the Texas Longhorns fell out of the Coaches Poll after succumbing to Oklahoma, 55-48, on a last-second score.

Below is the full AP Poll and USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for Week 7 of the 2021 season (first-place votes in parentheses). The STATS Perform FCS Top 25 and FCS Coaches Poll will be announced on Monday.

AP Poll – Week 7

1. Georgia (62)
2. Iowa
3. Cincinnati
4. Oklahoma
5. Alabama
6. Ohio State
7. Penn State
8. Michigan
9. Oregon
10. Michigan State
11. Kentucky
12. Oklahoma State
13. Ole Miss
14. Notre Dame
15. Coastal Carolina
16. Wake Forest
17. Arkansas
18. Arizona State
19. BYU
20. Florida
21. Texas A&M
22. NC State
23. SMU
24. San Diego State
25. Texas

Others receiving votes: Auburn 106, Clemson 63, Baylor 62, UTSA 22, Mississippi State 7, Kansas State 3, Air Force 2, Appalachian State 2, Pittsburgh 1

Dropped from rankings: Auburn 18

AFCA Coaches Poll – Week 7

1. Georgia (64)
2. Iowa (1)
3. Oklahoma
4. Cincinnati
5. Alabama
6. Ohio State
7. Michigan
8. Penn State
9. Michigan State
10. Oregon
11. Kentucky
12. Oklahoma State
13. Notre Dame
14. Ole Miss
15. Coastal Carolina
16. Wake Forest
17. Florida
18. Texas A&M
19. Arkansas
20. BYU
21. NC State
22. Arizona State
23. SMU
24. San Diego State
25. Clemson

Others receiving votes: Auburn 98, Baylor 91, Texas 74, Pittsburgh 36, Texas-San Antonio 30, Mississippi State 18, Iowa State 18, Appalachian State 18, Boston College 11, Air Force 9, Tennessee 8, Liberty 8, Nevada 7, UL Lafayette 3, Houston 3, Fresno State 3, UCLA 1

Dropped from rankings: Auburn 19, Texas 23

Stats Perform FCS Top 25 – Week 7

1. Sam Houston 39
2. Eastern Washington 9
3.North Dakota State 2
4. Southern Illinois
5. Montana
6. Villanova
7. South Dakota State
8. James Madison
9. Montana State
10. ETSU
11. Southeastern Louisiana
12. Rhode Island
13. UC Davis
14. Delaware
15. Kennesaw State
16. Northern Iowa
17. UT Martin
18. UIW
19. Weber State
20. Missouri State
21. South Dakota
22. North Dakota
23. New Hampshire
24. Jacksonville State
25. Princeton

Others receiving votes: Mercer 78, Jackson State 63, VMI 60, Duquesne 48, Harvard 36, William & Mary 28, Central Arkansas 21, Youngstown State 20, Stephen F. Austin 11, Nicholls 10, Eastern Kentucky 9, Prairie View A&M 8

Dropped from rankings: Stephen F. Austin 23, Nicholls 25

FCS Coaches Poll – Week 7

1. Sam Houston (27)
2. Eastern Washington (1)
3. North Dakota State
4. Southern Illinois
5. Villanova
6. Montana
7. James Madison
8. South Dakota State
9. Montana State
10. ETSU
11. Southeastern Louisiana
12. UC Davis
13. Kennesaw State
14. Rhode Island
15. Delaware
16. UT Martin
17. Northern Iowa
18. Weber State
19. Harvard
20. Princeton
21. South Dakota
22. Jacksonville State
23. Missouri State
24. North Dakota
25. Jackson State

Others receiving votes: Mercer 66, Eastern Kentucky 50, New Hampshire 44, VMI 43, UIW 26, Duquesne 19, William & Mary 19, Florida A&M 10, Central Arkansas 9, Yale 8, North Carolina A&T 7, Stephen F. Austin 6, Chattanooga 5, Holy Cross 3, Dartmouth 2, Elon 2, Monmouth 1, Nicholls 1.

Dropped from rankings: Chattanooga 19, Monmouth 25

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Comments (4)

@BrianWimer,

Dan-ke for the STATS Perform 1AA Top 25 Poll. It’s so refreshing to see All 1AA Schools eligible for the Top 25 during the Regular Season, regardless of whether they compete in The Playoffs. That way SWAC, MEAC, IvyLeague Fans still get to compare & contrast their Teams to the 10 Conference & 1 Conference Alliance Teams during The Season.

The Big 10 East has #6,7,8 and 9 and they have all yet to play each other. Will one team prevail over all the others for Playoff glory or will each of them end up with two or more losses? It will be fun to watch. Indiana, Maryland and Rutgers are dangerous as well.