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  • Notre Dame's Miles Boykin celebrates after making the game-winning catch during the second half against Pittsburgh, Saturday in South Bend. Notre Dame won 19-14 and moved up to No. 4 in this week's AP Poll. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Sunday, October 14, 2018 6:30 pm

Sinn's AP Poll: Week 7

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Every college football season seems to have one week in which every top team loses or comes close to losing. The Top 25 undergoes a radical transformation as contenders fall and others emerge. When the history of the 2018 season is written, Week 7 seems like a solid bet to be that week. 

The AP Top 10 entering Week 7 went just 5-4, with Clemson taking the week off. Of the five that did win, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas and UCF all seemed in danger of losing at some point during the game. Only Alabama (of course) came away relatively unscathed. After that shake-up, here's my new Top 25.

1. Alabama (7-0)

2. Ohio State (7-0)

3. Notre Dame (7-0)

4. LSU (6-1)

5. Clemson (6-0)

6. Central Florida (6-0)

7. Michigan (6-1)

8. Georgia (6-1)

9. Oregon (5-1)

10. Texas (6-1)

11. Oklahoma (5-1)

12. Kentucky (5-1)

13. Florida (6-1)

14. Washington (5-2)

15. Texas A&M (5-2)

16. West Virginia (5-1)

17. South Florida (6-0)

18. North Carolina State (5-0)

19. Wisconsin (4-2)

20. Iowa (5-1)

21. Penn State (4-2)

22. Cincinnati (6-0)

23. San Diego State (5-1)

24. Maryland (4-2)

25. Texas Tech (4-2)

As usual, we'll start with Notre Dame. I have the Irish at No. 3, while the composite poll puts them at No. 4. The disparity is mostly about Clemson. Most voters have the undefeated Tigers at No. 2 or No. 3, but I have them down at No. 5, below the Irish, because I haven't been impressed with them this season. Clemson's best win is over two-loss Texas A&M and they trailed most of the game at home against Syracuse. Give me Notre Dame and its wins over Michigan, Stanford and Virginia Tech. I expect Clemson to struggle with NC State next week, and Notre Dame could move up on its bye week.

In addition, the chaotic week helped Notre Dame's College Football Playoff chances. First, Michigan destroyed Wisconsin and continued its climb up the polls since its season-opening loss to the Irish. Then, USC bottled up undefeated Colorado and took the lead in the Pac-12 South. It would help the Irish if both of those teams continue to play well and boost Notre Dame's resume.

Next, I'd like to take a moment for an "I told you so." I've been saying all season that Georgia hadn't earned their No. 2 ranking  and the Bulldogs proved me right this week. Any team that loses Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Roquan Smith in one offseason was bound to take a step back, no matter how talented the group returning is. I predicted LSU would beat the Bulldogs this week (takes a bow), but even I didn't think the Tigers would discombobulate Georgia the way they did. I had LSU No. 4 this week because, despite its loss to Florida, it has one of the best resumes in college football and looked like a playoff contender against Georgia. Alabama visits Death Valley on Nov. 3, for those wondering.

Bold Pick of the Week: Purdue 48, No. 2 Ohio State 41

I hinted at this last week and I'm making it official today. The Boilermakers are going to make their season by upsetting the Buckeyes in West Lafayette. Ohio State's Achilles heel is giving up big plays, and no Big Ten team makes more big plays than Purdue. Of course, Dwayne Haskins will probably throw for 500-plus yards and five touchdowns, but I don't think the Buckeyes' defense can stop anybody. With Notre Dame off, I'll be covering this game for the Journal Gazette. Get excited, Purdue fans. As always, feel free to yell at me on Twitter @DylanSinn or via email at dsinn@jg.net.