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College Football Rankings 2011: Stanford Likely Holding Steady Into Week 7

We provide some early predictions as to how the Stanford Cardinal will fare in the new AP and USA Today college football rankings following their easy win over Colorado. For more on the Cardinal, visit Rule of Tree.

STANFORD, CA - OCTOBER 08:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal shakes hands with players from the Colorado Buffaloes after their game at Stanford Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
STANFORD, CA - OCTOBER 08: Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal shakes hands with players from the Colorado Buffaloes after their game at Stanford Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Stanford Cardinal dominated once again in week six as they rolled to a 48-7 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes. The victory moved the Cardinal to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in Pac-12 play. Stanford joins Oregon, Washington and Washington as undefeated squads in the North division, while Arizona State is undefeated in the South division.

The next round of college football polls will come out this week as we get one week closer to the first BCS rankings of the 2011 season on October 16. The top of the polls was dominant once again in week six as the top ten in the AP Poll all won. The top nine in the Coaches Poll emerged victorious with Texas the only top ten team losing.

The "best" win of the week would have to go to No. 1/3 Oklahoma who absolutely romped over No. 10/11 Texas 55-17 in the Red River Shootout. No. 1/2 LSU had little trouble with No. 17/18 Florida, rolling to a 41-11 victory. There might be some shuffling in the top three of the rankings, but otherwise there should be little change up top. Stanford is ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the Coaches Poll. There is really no reason to see a whole lot of change this week.

Based on the victories over the past few days, I'd predict no change in the top seven:

AP Poll
1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma
4. Wisconsin
5. Boise State
6. Oklahoma State
7. Stanford

USA Today/Coaches Poll
1. Oklahoma
2. LSU
3. Alabama
4. Stanford
5. Wisconsin
6. Boise State
7. Oklahoma State

The week seven slate of games provides few realistic opportunities for changes. Aside from Oklahoma State facing a ranked Texas team, Stanford likely won't have a chance to move up. They face a tough task traveling to Washington State but the next two weeks could allow them to get some space in the Pac-12 as they travel to WSU and then host Washington.