What a great week of college football it was in week 6. While there are no major shakeups in this week’s rankings, teams like TCU and Michigan State just narrowly avoided upsets yet again, keeping them in the top 10, for now. Teams such as: Georgia, USC and California are out his week; while a pair of non-Power 5 teams replace them in Houston and Memphis, plus Duke. Oklahoma slipped ten slots this week after an upset loss against Texas, a team that nine more than anyone.
Ohio State remains the top team, but Baylor isn’t far behind.
Michigan was the story this week as they posted their 3rd consecutive shutout in a surprising, 38-0 blowout win against Northwestern. Do they find themselves in the top 10 this week? Find out below.
1.) Ohio State Buckeyes (+/- 0)
Still holding the top spot in my Top 25 college football rankings are the Ohio State Buckeyes, but barely. They did, however, show a lot more consistency this past week, especially at the QB position, in a rout of Maryland. They are still without a signature win and are barely hanging on to the top spot. They don’t face any tough matchups until their last two games against Michigan State and Michigan.
2.) Baylor Bears (+/- 0)
Week after week the Baylor Bears make their case as the nation’s top team. They posted their 4th consecutive 60 point game, no other team has more than 3 since last season. Heisman hopeful, Seth Russell leads the nation’s top scoring offense, averaging 64 points per game. Can anyone keep up with Baylor’s offense? Perhaps West Virginia can next week, they defeated the Bears last season and held them to only 27 points, Baylor’s lowest mark since week 13 of the 2013 season. Definitely not a “gimme” for Baylor next week, but a game they should win.
3.) Clemson Tigers (+2)
With TCU and Michigan State barely avoiding upsets, Clemson moves up a few spots in our college football rankings after a big win against a respectable Georgia Tech opponent. Dabo Swinney has done a tremendous job with this team so far in 2015 and has made a strong case for Coach of the Year.
4.) Utah Utes (+6)
I’m still not as high on the Utes as most, especially after barely winning a game against California in which they were pretty much given the win. However, Kyle Whittingham has done a tremendous job this year and knows how to win football games. Boy, is that win during opening week against Michigan looking good right now. The Utes play Arizona State at home next week in another tough, conference matchup. Utah is the last remaining undefeated team in the Pac-12.
5.) LSU Tigers (+1)
LSU continues to roll, and so does their prodigy in the backfield, Leonard Fournette. Who needs a QB when you can just give it to Fournette every play? The Tigers have been getting by with their defensive play and effectiveness running the ball, Brandon Harris has been a non-factor at QB. Will Fournette be able to run wild on a tough Florida defense next week? The Tigers host the Gators next week in a huge SEC matchup.
6.) TCU Horned Frogs (-3)
It seems like every week TCU just barely avoids an upset, and it seems like every week Trevone Boykin is there to save the day. Three of TCU’s six wins this season have come by 7 points or less, two of which have come on late comeback opportunities. Boykin flashed more magic this past week and strengthened his Heisman hopes. The Horned Frogs should continue to roll against Iowa State next week.
7.) Michigan State Spartans (-3)
Like TCU, the Spartans are another team that barely made it out alive in week 6. After being ranked #2 just two weeks ago, they have steadily fallen down our college football rankings after two poor performances. Michigan State has a lot to prove next week as they take on the upstart Wolverines in Ann Arbor in what will be a heated rivalry game with huge Big Ten implications.
8.) Alabama Crimson Tide (-1)
They didn’t start off hot against Arkansas this past week, but the defense propelled them to victory, as they often do for the Crimson Tide. Alabama faces a tough test next week in a top 10 matchup with Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide can’t afford another loss, they need Jacob Coker to show up and play consistent under center.
9.) Texas A&M Aggies (+/- 0)
After a bye week, the Aggies stay put at #9 in this week’s rendition of our college football rankings. Texas A&M has their biggest game of the year this week as they try to upset Alabama for the first time since Johnny Manziel was under center. A win for Kevin Sumlin would catapult his squad as a premier team in the College Football Playoff discussion. Perhaps a bye week was just what they needed in order to prepare for Alabama.
10.) Michigan Wolverines (+10)
The biggest jump this week sees the Wolverines climb 10 spots after a huge, 38-0 blowout win against a ranked Northwestern opponent. Michigan has posted three consecutive shutouts for the first time in 35 years. During that span they have outscored opponents 97-0. Appearing in the top 10 shows they are way ahead of schedule under Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines have another huge home game next week, this time against the rival Spartans.
11.) Florida Gators (+1)
The last of the three undefeated SEC teams to appear in this week’s Top 25 rankings, Florida continued to get by with their defense as they held Missouri to only 3 points. They have a tough test ahead of them this week as they are given the task of stopping Leonard Fournette in Death Valley. A win for the Gators would be a huge statement win with huge conference implications.
12.) Florida State Seminoles (-1)
Finally the Seminoles were able to get a big win on their résumé against the rival Hurricanes, but barely. Thanks to Dalvin Cook’s huge performance, Florida State came out of Doak Campbell with a win as they remain undefeated. Their past two victories have come by one possession, Louisville won’t go down easy this week.
13.) Ole Miss Rebels (+/- 0)
The Rebels rebounded in a big way this past week after suffering a stunning loss against Florida the previous week. Chad Kelly and the defense returned to form and obliterated a weak New Mexico State team by nearly 50 points. Ole Miss is on upset watch this week as they visit a ranked Memphis team in a big rivalry game.
14.) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (+2)
After a horrid 1st half where they entered the half up by only 3 points, the Fighting Irish rebounded in the 2nd half and went on to beat a then undefeated Navy team by 17 points. C.J. Prosise has come on in a big way as a senior and has picked up the slack left behind by Malik Zaire; DeShone Kizer has played very good as well. Notre Dame hosts a descending USC team this week in a big rivalry game.
15.) Oklahoma State Cowboys (+7)
It looked like the Cowboys were finally going to get knocked off this past week, but they went on to survive West Virginia in a thrilling overtime win. They now sit at 6-0 and join Baylor and TCU as the only undefeated teams in the Big 12.
16.) Stanford Cardinal (+1)
The Cardinal will take the field after their bye week, following their dismantling of Arizona the previous week. Stanford has been on a roll since falling in week one. They put their 3-0 conference record on the line in a big Pac-12 matchup against UCLA this week in Palo Alto.
17.) UCLA Bruins (+1)
Sitting right behind Stanford for the past two weeks, UCLA has a great chance to leapfrog the Cardinal this week, they just have to win on the road. Easy right? Freshman phenom, Josh Rosen will have to show up in a big way and lead the Bruins to victory. UCLA will try to avoid their 2nd straight conference loss.
18.) Oklahoma Sooners (-10)
My sleeper team for the College Football Playoff, the Sooners killed their shot at that with a huge upset loss in the Red River Rivalry against Texas. Bob Stoops now desperately needs a win this week on the road against Kansas State, a team who was minutes away from upsetting TCU this past week.
19.) Iowa Hawkeyes (+2)
The only other undefeated team in the Big Ten besides Ohio State and Michigan State is Iowa. Kirk Ferentz has done a tremendous job so far this season, but faces a tough, hungry Northwestern team this week. A win on the road in this ranked matchup would be huge for the Hawkeyes and prove themselves worthy of a top 15 spot in next week’s rankings. Watch for workhorse Jordan Canzeri to have another big performance, he carried Iowa to a victory against Illinois with over 250 rushing yards.
20.) Northwestern Wildcats (-6)
Who would’ve thought the tough, physical defense of Northwestern would go into Ann Arbor and give up 38 points, with the offense posting a donut to add insult to injury. Still, Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats are a threat and don’t deserve to drop out of the Top 25 college football rankings. They look to rebound this week at home in another ranked, conference game against an undefeated Iowa team. Kirk Ferentz vs. Fitzgerald makes for a tremendous coaching battle. The Wildcats could redeem themselves in a big way with a win.
21.) Boise State Broncos (+3)
You know Boise State is always going to be one of those non-Power 5 teams that always have a place in the top 25; the highest ranked team of that criteria. Since losing to BYU in week 2, the Broncos have been rolling and have outscored opponents 204-24 during their 4 game winning streak. Sophomore running back, Jeremy McNichols leads the FBS with 14 touchdowns.
22.) Toledo Rockets (+3)
The Rockets advanced to 5-0 after a 31 point win against Kent State. Their road win against a ranked Arkansas team in week 2 remains their claim to fame. Matt Campbell is setting himself up for a great job upgrade this upcoming offseason.
23.) Duke Blue Devils (NR)
Sitting at 5-1 and their only loss coming against Northwestern, the Blue Devils have built themselves a solid résumé heading into week 7. Their defense has been tremendous this season and has allowed more than 10 points only once so far. They have a well-timed bye week as it gives them extra time to prepare heading into their game against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
24.) Houston Cougars (NR)
The Cougars advanced to 5-0 with a big win against SMU. The story for Houston this season has been the tremendous play of Greg Ward Jr. and his dual threat ability. So far he has 19 total TDs to just one interception. He is 2nd among all QBs in rushing yards and his 11 rushing TDs are 2nd in the nation. His 72% completion percentage is 2nd in the nation as well. Perhaps a darkhorse Heisman contender?
25.) Memphis Tigers (NR)
Memphis just barely edges Temple as the final team in week 7’s top 25 college football rankings. The Tigers have been led by their fearless leader at QB, Paxton Lynch. Lynch has been the pivotal piece in Memphis’ success this season, he has 10 passing TDs with 0 interceptions thus far. The junior has at least 300 passing yards and a pair of TDs in 4 consecutive games. Memphis hosts the rival Ole Miss Rebels this week in what could be the upset game of the week. A win would be absolutely huge for Justin Fuente and the program. The Tigers haven’t beaten Ole Miss since 2004.
Dropped Out: Georgia, USC, California
Under Consideration: Temple, Mississippi State