The bulk of our rankings remained stable through week six with the exception of a pair of delicious upsets in Ann Arbor and Norman. This has caused a little bit of shifting but the top of the polls are still intact.
1 Clemson (E, 6-0, 28-14 W vs. Wake Forest)
Dinged up Kelly Bryant in the 3rd quarter couldn’t finish, the Tigers still cruised to a win.
2 Alabama (E, 6-0, 27-19 W at Texas A&M)
The Tide didn’t come close to covering the spread in a win that made Nick Saban very, very angry.
3 Georgia (E, 6-0, 45-14 W at Vanderbilt)
The Dawgs are +2.34 YPP and face one currently ranked team the rest of the way.
4 TCU (+1, 5-0, 31-24 W vs. West Virginia)
Likely a decent win for the Frogs assuming the ‘Neers don’t implode, TCU now sits atop the Big 12 standings.
5 Washington (+1, 6-0, 38-7 W vs. California)
So far, Washington is showing no signs of tripping up against their weak schedule to-date.
6 Penn State (+1, 6-0, 31-7 W at Northwestern)
Are we talking enough about the Nittany Lions defense? Now just 54 points allowed through 6 games.
7 Auburn (+2, 5-1, 44-23 W vs. Ole Miss)
Easily dispatch a floundering Ole Miss team. We might get a really entertaining Iron Bowl, you guys.
8 Ohio State (+2, 5-1, 62-14 W vs. Maryland)
I’ve heard Maryland filed paperwork to return to the ACC after this loss.
9 Washington State (+2, 6-0, 33-10 W at Oregon)
A decent win at Autzen against a really banged up Oregon team.
10 Miami (NR, 4-0, 24-20 W at Florida State)
Snapped their 7-game losing streak to the Seminoles in entertaining fashion.
11 Wisconsin (NR, 5-0, 38-17 W at Nebraska)
Finally enter the rankings again with a convincing win in Lincoln.
USC (+1, 5-1, 38-10 W vs. Oregon State)
The Trojans pick up a nice easy win in front of hundreds of fans inside the Coliseum.
Oklahoma (-9, 5-1, 38-31 L vs. Iowa State)
Out-scored 25-7 in the second half in one of the worst losses in school history.
Dropped out: Michigan, Oklahoma State
G5 Top 3
1 UCF (+1, 4-0, 51-23 W at Cincinnati)
Sliding into the top spot after scoring 51 points in a shortened game that didn’t even get to the 4th quarter.
2 San Diego State (-1, 6-0, 41-10 W at UNLV)
Helped the Las Vegas community mourn and easily ran past the Rebels.
3 USF (E, 5-0, Bye)
The Bulls had the week off and should remain in these rankings with a couple easy games coming up.
You Were Bad
The Huskies gave up 70 points on Friday night to Memphis.
Upset at home by Iowa State as 27-point favorites. Welcome to the spotlight, Lincoln Riley.
Gained 66 total yards in a blowout loss to Ohio State.
Surrendered 48 first half points to Tulane and lost 62-28.
Lost by 29 points to Iowa, let’s hope they don’t lose 4 straight with Rutgers coming up.
Followed up their trip to South Bend with a loss to previously win-less Bowling Green.
Now 2-3 and off to an 0-2 start in the SEC following a 26-point loss at South Carolina.
Off to an 0-3 start in Pac-12 play and allowed a NCAA-record 327 rushing yards to QB Khalil Tate.
Week 7 Preview
Georgia Tech (+6.5) at #11 Miami
#20 NC State (-12) at Pitt
UConn (+10) at Temple
Boston College (+21.5) at Louisville
Virginia (-4) at North Carolina
Miami, OH (-9.5) at Kent State
#25 Navy (+3.5) at Memphis
Missouri (+30.5) at #4 Georgia
Utah (+12.5) at #13 USC
#21 Michigan State (-4) at Minnesota
Oregon (+10.5) at #23 Stanford
Miami’s top running back Mark Walton is out for the season and wouldn’t it be something if they struggled against the triple option? Canes have won 7 out of the last 8 in the series, though.
Man, the Heels come in as home dogs to Virginia. Thing ain’t like they used to be.
Navy vs. Memphis this weekend is a not-so-sneaky big game for both programs. If the Middies win they will be getting a good look at the G5 top 3 after breaking in to the AP Top 25 this week.
That’s a healthy line for the Trojans who have lost 2 out of the last 3 against Utah. The Utes are dealing with some offensive issues, if you’re betting USC here.
Big game this weekend for P.J. Fleck who has already faced 2 out of the worst 3 or 4 league games of the season, and lost both. Also, kind of a big game for the Spartans to develop into a 9 or 10-win team instead of something more mediocre.
Too Close for Comfort
#2 Clemson (+22.5) at Syracuse
The last visits to the Carrier Dome, where its typically a vacuum of sadness, resulted in a meh 10-point win for Clemson in 2015. With Kelly Bryant a little banged up let’s say this one isn’t quite a cover for the Tigers.
Upset Pick of the Week
Texas A&M (+3) at Florida
This is based on the Aggies playing pretty well against Alabama and Florida wearing THESE uniforms. The Gators are totally losing this game. They’d drop to 3-3 with Georgia on deck.
#6 TCU (-4.5) at Kansas State
#12 Oklahoma (-7.5) at Texas
Purdue (+15.5) at #7 Wisconsin
#10 Auburn (-6.5) at LSU
Boise State (+7) at #19 San Diego State
Many dreams have died at the hands of Wizard Snyder in the Little Apple. For sure, the Frogs are fully on upset watch this weekend.
Should we expect an extremely pissed off Oklahoma team in the Red River Shootout? At least Texas knows how to beat Iowa State!
I put the Wisconsin game in here because they’ve flown under the radar and this might be, at worst, their 3rd toughest game of the season. No, seriously.
It should be entertaining to watch Auburn’s fearsome defense going up against LSU. Coach O bought a little bit of breathing room with a win in the Swamp and that could be destroyed with another home loss.
SDSU should be favored by 15+ points in their remaining games after this Boise matchup. They’ll have to face a tough opponent in the Mountain West title game (likely Colorado State or Boise again) but this is possibly the last big test for an undefeated regular season. That’d make Rocky Long 34-6 since 2015!