Editor's note: Each week, Stewart Mandel and Bruce Feldman will break down their top 10 teams based on the most recent slate of games. Here are Mandel's rankings after Week 7 (Also: Feldman's Top 10):
There were no real upsets among the primary contenders, just some wild endings and statement performances. Here's where my Top 10 stands at the midpoint of the season.
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1. Utah (6-0). The Utes on Saturday beat their fifth opponent that currently holds a winning record. Once again, they did it with defense, holding Arizona State to just 257 yards and 3.7 yards per play in a 34-18 win.
2. LSU (6-0). My biggest holdup about LSU was its passing game, but QB Brandon Harris was superb in Saturday night's 35-28 win over undefeated Florida, going 13-of-19 for 202 yards, two touchdowns and no picks.
3. Baylor (6-0). I'm finally bumping the Bears above TCU because it's becoming clear they're a better defensive team than the Frogs. That, and they just tied an FBS record with their fifth straight 60-plus point outing.
4. Clemson (7-0). The Tigers put up 34 points and 532 yards on a Boston College defense that came in allowing an average 7.2 points and 140.3 yards per game. Credit to QB Deshaun Watson, who tossed for 420 yards.
5. Ohio State (7-0). It took seven games to finally feel comfortable with the Buckeyes' offense, which found its groove against a tough Penn State defense thanks in large part to J.T. Barrett taking the reins at quarterback.
6. TCU (7-0). Playing its third road game in four weeks, TCU allowed 21 first-quarter points to Iowa State before pitching a shutout the rest of the way. QB Trevone Boykin was superb yet again, racking up 510 total yards.
7. Michigan State (7-0). It took the craziest play in recent years to secure the win, but the injury-riddled Spartans went to the Big House and scored three offensive TDs on a Michigan D coming off three straight shutouts.
8. Alabama (6-1). Derrick Henry can still overpower people, but the Tide's impressive 41-23 win at Texas A&M showed their continued improvement both at quarterback (where Jake Coker has been more consistent) and in the secondary (which had three pick-sixes).
9. Florida State (6-0). Halfway through the season, the 'Noles have yet to throw an interception and have lost just one fumble. That's impressive. They also haven't yet beaten a Top 25-caliber foe, which is keeping me from elevating them much higher.
10. Stanford (5-1). The Cardinal offense, led by prolific RB Christian McCaffrey, is on fire. Stanford's 56-35 rout of UCLA moved it to 4-0 in the Pac-12, a string of games in which it's averaged 48.5 points per game.
Stewart Mandel is a senior college sports columnist for FOXSports.com. He covered college football and basketball for 15 years at Sports Illustrated. You can follow him on Twitter @slmandel and Facebook. Send emails and Mailbag questions to Stewart.Mandel@fox.com.