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This Week's Vegas Oddsmakers' Top 25

Fans of lightly regarded teams who keep sending me hate mail, I don't make these rankings. These are the ineffable wisdom of Nevada Oddsmakers, through the fingers of Las Vegas Sports Consultants. Don't hate the punter, hate the Gambling Industry.

Biggest frauds, according to Vegas: Louisville is ranked 11 spots too high by the AP. Clemson is ranked 10 spots too high. Texas A&M is ranked nine spots too high. Kentucky is ranked eight spots too high. Virginia Tech is ranked five spots too high.

Biggest sleepers, according to Vegas: Florida State is ranked 14 spots too low by the AP. Arizona State is ranked 13 spots too low. Missouri is ranked 10 spots too low. Arkansas is ranked eight spots too low. Nebraska is ranked seven spots too low. UCLA and Georgia Tech, coming off disastrous performances that swayed weak-minded AP voters, are ranked six spots too low.

Vegas looked smart when: Florida State, snubbed by the AP but beloved by Vegas, got a fairly nice road win at Colorado. Clemson, which Vegas has been cool on, struggled didn't crush a I-AA Football League Championship club. Vegas darling Missouri won handily, as did Vegas darling Arizona State. Again, Wisconsin struggled against a team Wisconsin should not struggle against.

Vegas looked dumb when: Vegas fave Nebraska didn't do much with Southern Cal; heck with that, Vegas says, we still love Nebraska. Vegas fave Georgia Tech (11th last week) didn't do much with BC. Vegas faves Miami and BYU both looked bad; both dropped out of Vegas's rankings this week.

Games to watch: Unimpressed-by-Vegas Clemson is at N.C. State; expect a smaller-than-expected line. Impressed-by-Vegas Arizona State hosts Oregon State; expect a larger-than-expected line. Washington is at UCLA; Vegas expects a nice UCLA rebound.

(On the week's actual big games--LSU/South Carolina and 'Bama/Georgia--Vegas and the AP are mostly agreed.)

Numbers after the jump. AP rankings in parentheses.

1. Southern Cal (1)
2. LSU (2)
3. Oklahoma (4)
4. West Virginia (5)
5. Florida (3)
6. Texas (7)
7. Penn State (10)
8. Ohio State (8)
9. Oregon (13)
10. California (6)
11. Wisconsin (9)
12. South Carolina (12)
13. Boston College (14)
14. Rutgers (11)
15t. Missouri (25)
15t. Arizona State (28)
17. Nebraska (24)
18. Arkansas (26)
19. Alabama (16)
20. Florida State (34t)
21. Georgia Tech (27)
22. Virginia Tech (17)
23. Hawaii (19)
24. UCLA (30)
25t. Georgia (22)
25t. South Florida (23)
25t. Clemson (15)
28. Purdue (33)
29t. Louisville (18)
29t. Texas A&M (20)
29t. Kentucky (21)

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 17, 2007; 8:29 AM ET
Categories:  College Football  
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