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College Football Rankings: AP Poll Ranks Stanford No. 7

The college football season starts in two weeks and we have another view of the field as the Associated Press released their first poll of the new season. The 2011 AP college football poll has Oklahoma number one and the Stanford Cardinal sitting at seventh. The Cardinal are sixth in the coaches poll.

The current rankings open the door for a shakeup right off the bat. The number three Oregon Ducks face the LSU Tigers in Arlington, Texas in the first monster matchup of the season. Although it's a long season, the winner of this contest puts themselves in the early driver's seat for a serious BCS opportunity.

The number five Boise State Broncos face a tough challenge early on as they travel to Athens, GA to face the 19th ranked Georgia Bulldogs. Boise will be a tough team this year, but road contests can always be tough and an upset would not be shocking.

These two games could have Stanford in the AP top five a week into the season.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Oklahoma (36) 0-0 1,464 NR
2 Alabama (17) 0-0 1,439 NR
3 Oregon (4) 0-0 1,330 NR
4 LSU (1) 0-0 1,286 NR
5 Boise State (2) 0-0 1,200 NR
6 Florida State 0-0 1,168 NR
7 Stanford 0-0 1,091 NR
8 Texas A&M 0-0 965 NR
9 Oklahoma State 0-0 955 NR
10 Nebraska 0-0 910 NR
11 Wisconsin 0-0 900 NR
12 South Carolina 0-0 848 NR
13 Virginia Tech 0-0 821 NR
14 TCU 0-0 690 NR
15 Arkansas 0-0 686 NR
16 Notre Dame 0-0 530 NR
17 Michigan State 0-0 519 NR
18 Ohio State 0-0 443 NR
19 Georgia 0-0 369 NR
20 Mississippi State 0-0 361 NR
21 Missouri 0-0 258 NR
22 Florida 0-0 228 NR
23 Auburn 0-0 219 NR
24 West Virginia 0-0 207 NR
25 USC 0-0 160 NR