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College Football Top 25 Week Six – Four New Teams Join the Ranks

Rank Team  Change Result Explanation
 1  Alabama (5-0)  No Change  Beat Ole Miss 66-3  Every time I want to move Clemson up to the #1 spot, Alabama does something to convince me not to. Everybody expected the Tide to beat Ole Miss, but 66-3, wow. Alabama goes on the road to face Texas A&M this week, a 3-1 team that I have at #30 in my rankings at the moment, it might be under the radar, but that would be the Tide’s first win against a team currently ranked in my top 30.
 2  Clemson (5-0)  No Change  Beat Virginia Tech 31-17  Clemson’s resume is worthy of a #1 ranking, that’s absolutely true, and anyone who ranks Clemson #1 is perfectly fine, I had the Tigers in the top spot two weeks ago after they beat Lousiville. The Tigers only play one team in my Top 30 the rest of the year, Georgia Tech on October 28th. If they get through that, the College Football Playoff seems to be a near certainty for Clemson.
 3  Oklahoma (4-0)  No Change  BYE WEEK  Oklahoma has the best win of the year, on the road against Ohio State, but they also struggled with an 0-5 Baylor team. For now, the Sooners stay in the #3 spot, but after Iowa State this week, they go into a murderers row, with Texas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and TCU in a row with no bye week. That stretch includes three games against top 25 teams.
 4  Penn State (5-0)  No Change  Beat Indiana 45-14  Penn State got another win, 45-14 over an ok Indiana team. They have Northwestern on the road this week. Northwestern gave Wisconsin some trouble last Saturday. After that, Saquon Barkley and the Nittany Lions will have Michigan and Ohio State back-to-back, the games that will decide the Big Ten East, and potentially a spot in the College Football Playoff.
 5  Georgia (5-0)  Up  Beat Tennessee 41-0  Ok Georgia, we get it. I said that Clemson had the best resume in the country Georgia is probably #2 or 3. Blowout wins against Appalachian State, Tennessee, and Mississippi State, as well as a road win over a Notre Dame team that is top 15 worthy in my opinion. The Bulldogs’ game against Florida on October 28th will determine the SEC East champion.
 6  Ohio State (4-1)  Up  Beat Rutgers 56-0  I still think Ohio State is a national title contender despite that “1” in the loss column. The Buckeyes should take care of Maryland and Nebraska the next two weeks, then, Ohio State will get a bye before welcoming Penn State to the ‘Shoe on October 28th, a game that will make or break Ohio State’s season. Even with a win there, the Buckeyes would still have to get by Michigan and Wisconsin to make the playoff.
 7  Wisconsin (4-0)  Down  Beat Northwestern 33-24  I say it every week, it’s the W’s, Wisconsin and Washington, they’re the two teams that I can’t figure out. Both are undefeated but have no victories against teams ranked in my top 30. For now, I’m ranking Wisconsin higher because the Badger’s out of conference schedule was a lot more difficult. We won’t really find out if Wisconsin is for real until November, with games against Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota.
 8  Michigan (4-0)  No Change  BYE WEEK  Michigan at least has a win against a team in my top 25 (Florida) but the Wolverines struggled with Cincinnati and Air Force out of conference. Jim Harbaugh’s squad will take on a 3-1 Michigan State team under the lights in Ann Arbor before back-to-back road games against Indiana and Penn State. The Wolverines are contenders for a playoff spot.
 9  TCU (4-0)  No Change  BYE WEEK  College Gameday will be in town for TCU’s tilt with Big 12 foe West Virginia, I would say the Horned Frogs actually have a better chance of getting upset the following week, on the road in the “Little Apple” against Kansas State. If TCU wins those games, there is a good chance they jump up a few spots in my rankings.
 10  Washington (5-0)  Down  Beat Oregon State 42-7  Just like Wisconsin, I can’t seem to figure Washington out, and also like Wisconsin, we won’t really find out if they are for real until November. The Huskies have Oregon, Stanford, Utah, and Washington State to close out the year, until then, there is a good chance they just float between fifth and tenth depending on the week.
 11  Auburn (4-1)  Up  Beat Mississippi State 49-10  Auburn is a top ten team, their only loss, a one possession game on the road against Clemson, is looking a lot better now that Virginia Tech and Louisville got blown out at home against the Tigers. They just need that signature win, and I thought that it would come against Mississippi State this week, but then LSU lost to Troy, which means Mississippi State’s win over LSU wasn’t as significant, which trickles down to Auburn.
 12  Miami (3-0)  Up  Beat Duke 31-6  Miami is 3-0 after going on the road an controlling from start to finish a Duke team that I thought was pretty good. This week the ‘Canes have Florida State, a game that they should win, but you never know in rivalry games, I would actually think that next week against Georgia Tech has more upset potential, coming off of a rivalry game against that triple option attack.
 13  Oklahoma State (4-1)  Up  Beat Texas Tech 41-34  Oklahoma State survived and advanced in Lubbock, a very hard place to play, against a Texas Tech team that is actually not terrible on defense. The Red River Rivalry is in Early November this year, and if the Pokes want any shot at the playoff, they’ll have to be undefeated going into that game on November 4th in Stillwater.
 14  Notre Dame (4-1)  Up  Beat Miami (OH) 52-17  No, I’m not a Notre Dame fan, the Irish are just good this year. They are 4-1 with the wins an average score of 47-18, and their one loss was by one point at the last second to a Georgia team that I think is the fifth-best team in the country. The Irish will play USC and NC State later this month, maybe that will get them some national recognition?
 15  Washington State (5-0)  Up  Beat USC 30-27  There are a lot of people that will have Washington State higher than this, and that is okay, I didn’t have USC in my top ten coming into the week so I wasn’t as surprised as most by the Coug’s win. I can’t look past that Boise State game, where Wazzu should have lost, and while they came back and won, it took triple OT to do so, against a Boise team that got killed at home by Virginia.
 16  Virginia Tech (4-1)  Down  Lost to Clemson 34-17  Virginia Tech lost, but I expected them to lose, so I’m not going to punish them that much for it. Having both Miami and Georgia Tech on the road hurts their chances of winning the Coastal, but if they do win those games, they would be a playoff contender heading into a probable rematch with Clemson in the ACC Championship game.
 17  UCF (3-0)  Up  Beat Memphis 40-13  That’s right, I had UCF ranked last week when nobody else did (maybe like 2 or 3 AP voters) and then they go out and beat Memphis and everybody wants to jump on the bandwagon, that’s fine. I’ll go a step further. I think the Golden Knights are the best team in the group of five right now. Navy on October 21st and USF to end the year will prove me right or wrong.
 18  USC (4-1)  Down  Lost to Washington State 30-27  I only dropped USC seven spaces for their loss (AP dropped them nine) but that is partially because I had them ranked lower to begin with. USC’s offense has struggled all year, and to me, the Trojans don’t deserve a spot in the top 15. The Trojans have Utah and Notre Dame back-to-back later this month, and they can prove me wrong by winning both of those games.
 19  USF (4-0)  No Change  Beat East Carolina 61-31  East Carolina is bad, USF beat East Carolina, it’s not surprising. East Carolina plays Houston in a crossover game late this month, and they finish the year with UCF. Those two games will be our barometers so to speak of how good the Bulls are this year, and how much of it is just hype. Charlie Strong needs to have this team ready.
 20  Utah (4-0)  NEW  BYE WEEK  Utah had a bye week, but I decided to move them into my top 25. The Utes have Stanford this week and then USC the next week, they get through that, they start the year 7-0 (assuming they beat Arizona State the week after) and are probably ranked in the top-15, pretty good for a team I didn’t think would make a bowl in 2017.
 21  Louisville (4-1)  Down  Beat Murray State 55-10  I don’t know. North Carolina lost again, by a lot, and to this point, that is Louisville’s best win, other than maybe Purdue (who went 2-10 last year), and both of those games were close. I’m starting to get that vibe off of Louisville that they just aren’t that good. The Cards have NC State on the road in primetime this week, they can prove me wrong then.
 22  Oregon (4-1)  NEW  Beat California 45-24  I’m not going to lie, it was tough finding teams to rank 22nd-30th, because no one really deserves it other than maybe SDSU, but then they almost lost to Air Force. As for Oregon, the Ducks are 4-1 with wins over Nebraska, Cal, Wyoming, and Arizona State. They have Washington State at home in a letdown spot for the Cougs, upset alert perhaps?
 23  Georgia Tech (3-1)  NEW  Beat North Carolina 33-7  Yeah, they lost to a bad Tennessee team, I know, but they really should have won that game, and since they’ve blown out two (albeit not very good) ACC teams, North Carolina and Pitt. The Yellow Jackets are on a bye this week. They have Miami the week after, and maybe they catch the ‘Canes in a letdown spot after their game vs FSU.
 24  Florida (3-1)  Up  Beat Vanderbilt 38-24  Florida’s three wins are over Tennessee, Vandy, and Kentucky, and they probably should have lost two of those three, in fact in my original top 25 for this week, I dropped the Gators out of the top 25 all together. I’m expecting another game like that this week when LSU comes to town. Texas A&M on October 14th in a look ahead spot for the Gators looks intriguing to me.
 25  Kansas State (3-1)  NEW  Beat Baylor 33-20  Kansas State lost to Vanderbilt, I know, but they took care of business against Baylor this past week, and they have Texas on the road this week, in a game where Bill Snyder’s club is actually an underdog. They have TCU next week at home, the Horned Frogs will be coming off of College Gameday, potential letdown spot to keep in your peripheral.

NEXT FIVE OUT: #26 North Carolina State, #27 West Virginia, #28 San Diego State, #29 Stanford, #30 Texas A&M

Dropped Out: #18 Mississippi State, #21 Duke, #22 Florida State, #23 LSU

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