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Ranking the Earned Qualifying (EQ) Teams | Ain't you LEARNED? Nothing automatic, everything EARNED.
EQ Top Ten (Week 7)
- Ohio (7-0): For the third consecutive week, Ohio won a little less than convincingly against an opponent that they should have handled without much difficulty. That they are the remaining undefeated among the EQ ranks and theoretically have the best shot at being a "BCS buster" is the reason that the Bobcats find themselves at the top of the list.
- Louisiana Tech (5-1): The Bulldogs hung 57 points on a very good Texas A&M team and managed to get within two points after spotting the Aggies a 27 point lead. Tech's defense was true to form and just gave up too many points to come away with the win but keeping up with this offense would be quite the task for many teams. Fortunately for Tech there aren't many teams left on their schedule that can exploit the soft defense.
- Boise State (5-1): The Broncos used their running game and defense to control the game against a solid Fresno State team. The victory was the Broncos' seventh straight over the Bulldogs and 11th win in the last 12 meetings.
- NIU (6-1): On a day when NIU's lone 1-point loss got a little better looking, the Huskies dominated Buffalo at home to extend their current winning streak to six games, their winning streak within the conference to 11 games, and their winning streak at Huskie Stadium to 19 games.
- Utah State (5-2): The Aggies overwhelmed a tough San Jose State team that was at home and had an extra week to prepare. The late season matchup against Louisiana Tech will probably be for the WAC crown.
- Nevada (6-1): For the second straight week the Wolf Pack barely escaped losing to a one-win conference foe with a loss to a FCS team. Nevada needs to figure out how to stay on the positive side of the turnover ledger.
- Western Kentucky (5-1): The Hilltoppers were gifted a whole football field in penalties by Troy in an extremely even matchup and got the win despite losing the turnover battle to stay undefeated in conference play.
- Tulsa (6-1): Ja'Terian Douglas and Alex Singleton combined for 224 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Golden Hurricane dominated an overmatched Texas-El Paso team, holding the Miners to 31 yards rushing on 33 attempts for 0.9 yards per carry.
- Toledo (6-1): The Rockets seemingly found a way to stay engaged long enough to not give the game away this week.
- Louisiana-Monroe (4-2): The Warhawks' record is such that I now feel comfortable adding them to the list, plus they look like they could be the best team in the Sun Belt.