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College Football Rankings Week 6: Bleacher Report's Official Top 25

Jonathan McDanalContributor IIISeptember 29, 2013

College Football Rankings Week 6: Bleacher Report's Official Top 25

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    College football's Week 5 is over, and a number of upsets led to a revamped Top 25 in what was an eventful weekend.

    Here is Bleacher Report's official Top 25 poll for Week 6 (all times ET). 

    Poll voters (in alphabetical order): Chris Bello, Eric BowmanCarter BryantAlex Callos, Phil Callihan, Andrew Coppens, Bill Eichenberger, Sean Frye, Kyle Kensing,Ben KerchevalSanjay Kirpalani, Marc Kohn, Adam KramerDavid Luther,Jonathan McDanalLafe Peavler, Max Rausch, David RegimbalPatrick Runge, Barrett Sallee, Alex Sims, Marc Torrence and Greg Wallace.

    Each voter submitted an individual Top 25, and every first-place team was given 25 points. The second-place team received 24, and so on with the 25th-place team earning one point. The teams are ranked in order according to total points.

Others Receiving Votes

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    Maryland Terrapins: 34

    Wisconsin Badgers: 21

    Nebraska Cornhuskers: 18

    Virginia Tech Hokies: 11

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 9

    Oregon State Beavers: 4

    USC Trojans: 3

    BYU Cougars: 2

    UCF Knights: 1

25. Northern Illinois Huskies

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    Previous Rank: N/A

    Week 5 Result: Northern Illinois 55, Purdue 24

    Week 6: at Kent State, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 35

    Northern Illinois took down Purdue by a commanding 31 points in Week 5. The Huskies are now 4-0 on the season, and they are 2-0 against Big Ten opponents. They are putting together a potential BCS-busting season.

    NIU had a couple of close wins over Idaho and Eastern Illinois, but the Purdue victory put the Huskies firmly on the BCS radar. They are in the Top 25 now, and the schedule looks like it will keep them there for a while.

24. Arizona State Sun Devils

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    Previous Rank: N/A

    Week 5 Result: Arizona State 62, USC 41

    Week 6: vs. Notre Dame, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 3-1

    Poll Points: 36

    Arizona State got the lead over USC early in the game, let the Trojans back in it (21-20 early in the third quarter), then dominated the rest of the game. The Sun Devils looked like more than a Pac-12 pretender, and they put up 612 total yards, split 351 and 261 between passing and rushing, respectively.

    These guys did not mess around, and they tagged what was the country's No. 11 scoring defense for more points than it had given up in the four prior games combined. 

23. Ole Miss Rebels

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    Previous Rank: No. 21

    Week 5 Result: Alabama 25, Ole Miss 0

    Week 6: at Auburn, Saturday, Oct. 5, time TBD

    Overall Record: 3-1

    Poll Points: 41

    Ole Miss fell to the Crimson Tide 25-0 in Week 5 and proved they still need to make a few more strides to be on par with the nation's best. Alabama's defense hadn't exactly proved it was capable of this kind of performance yet, and it's always disheartening to fail to put any points on the board.

    The Rebels didn't perform badly enough that they deserve to fall outside of the Top 25, but it became clear that they will not be making it to the SEC title game this season. The good news is that an eight- or nine-win season is still a possibility.

22. Fresno State Bulldogs

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    Previous Rank: No. 25

    Week 5 Result: Fresno State 42, Hawaii 37

    Week 6: at Idaho, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-0 

    Poll Points: 96

    Fresno State scored a huge win (in emotion, not in quality) over conference foe Hawaii on Sept. 29, and the Bulldogs stayed undefeated and ranked for the next week.

    With its current undefeated status, Fresno State is one of the last remaining potential BCS busters at the moment. Things can get crazy at any minute in this sport, as the final minutes of the Bulldogs game proved quite well.

    Fresno State took a 42-17 lead into the fourth quarter, and Hawaii decided that still wasn't enough to prevent a huge comeback. The Warriors hung 20 unanswered points and a fourth-down conversion on the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter to fall 40 yards shy of the upset.

    The Warriors proved that they have it in them to compete at a high level, and Fresno State barely escaped with the win. This was bad news for both the Bulldogs—who should have won bigger—and the Maryland Terrapins—who are relegated to the "Others Receiving Votes" slide for at least one more week.

21. Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Previous Rank: No. 24

    Week 5 Result: Bye

    Week 6: at Kansas, Saturday, Oct. 5, at noon

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 114

    Texas Tech sat this week out, but the Red Raiders' performance so far this season was good enough to get them in the Week 6 poll. They are 4-0, with their biggest win over then-No. 24 TCU.

    While that's not exactly going to get them into a BCS bowl, it's a solid start to a season in a wide-open conference.

20. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Previous Rank: No. 11

    Week 5 Result: West Virginia 30, Oklahoma State 21

    Week 6: vs. Kansas State, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 3-1

    Poll Points: 126

    Oklahoma State suffered a devastating 30-21 upset to unranked West Virginia on Saturday. The Cowboys were still in the game late in the fourth quarter, but things went awry during their comeback bid.

    J.W. Walsh threw a crucial interception that led to the final field goal, a 34-yarder by West Virginia to ice the game. 

    West Virginia was fresh off a 37-0 blowout loss to Maryland, and the Mountaineers did not look like a quality team last week. The stigma of losing to a "bad" team could end up haunting Oklahoma State for the rest of the season.

19. Michigan Wolverines

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    Previous Rank: No. 19

    Week 5 Result: Bye

    Week 6: vs. Minnesota, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 182

    Michigan's bye week came at the opportune moment. After two straight weeks of nearly losing to inferior opponents, they could definitely use the time off to prepare for a hot Minnesota squad.

    The Wolverines have started 4-0, which is good enough to keep them in the rankings. However, sloppy play, like against Akron and Connecticut, will not keep them here.

18. Florida Gators

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    Previous Rank: No. 20

    Week 5 Result: Florida 24, Kentucky 7

    Week 6: vs. Arkansas, Saturday, Oct. 5, time TBD

    Overall Record: 3-1

    Poll Points: 186

    Florida might not have had the world's greatest performance against the Kentucky Wildcats, but the Gators did perform better than the Louisville Cardinals did against the 'Cats in Week 3.

    The Gators totaled 402 offensive yards, 22 first downs and just one turnover on Saturday. That performance was good enough to keep them inside the Top 25.

    Florida might just claw its way back into the Top 10 before the season ends.

17. Northwestern Wildcats

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    Previous Rank: No. 18

    Week 5 Result: Bye

    Week 6: vs. Ohio State, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 216

    Northwestern avoided playing football in Week 5, and that's a good thing. With teams like Oklahoma State biting the dust, the Wildcats have to be thrilled that they get to extend their undefeated record for another week.

    Northwestern next faces Ohio State in its biggest test of the season. The Wildcats have faced California, Syracuse, Western Michigan and Maine, in that order.

    They've played weaker and weaker opponents each week, and that could bite them in Week 6 against the Buckeyes. Until that game kicks off, though, they enjoy a solid spot in the Top 25.

16. Washington Huskies

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    Previous Rank: No. 17

    Week 5 Result: Washington 31, Arizona 13

    Week 6: at Stanford, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 218

    Washington extended its undefeated start to the season with a 31-13 win over the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday. The Huskies cemented themselves as Pac-12 contenders with a strong defensive showing.

    Washington limited Arizona to just 119 passing yards during the game, and the Wildcats couldn't turn their 199 rushing yards into enough points. The Huskies outgained the Wildcats, although they kept possession of the ball just 44 seconds longer.

    Washington has looked like a Top 15 team so far this season, and it finally has the rank to prove it.

15. Baylor Bears

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    Previous Rank: No. 16

    Week 5 Result: Bye

    Week 6: vs. West Virginia, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m.

    Overall Record: 3-0

    Poll Points: 239

    Baylor took a break from Week 5's slate before facing its first conference foe of the year: West Virginia. The Bears have averaged a 62-point margin of victory through three games so far, and that's a lot of momentum to carry into the meat of the schedule.

    The Bears have a long way to go before any kind of championship, but their offense looks like it can hang with anyone in the country right now.

14. Miami Hurricanes

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    Previous Rank: No. 14

    Week 5 Result: Miami 49, South Florida 21

    Week 6: vs. Georgia Tech, Saturday, Oct. 5, time TBD

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 283

    Miami stomped South Florida 49-21 to remain undefeated and stay in the rankings for another week. Quarterback Stephen Morris went 11-of-16 for 222 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions in the win.

    As the field of undefeated teams thins out, the Hurricanes are moving up simply by not losing. The Hurricanes now carry a 4-0 record into conference play, and they take on Georgia Tech next.

13. UCLA Bruins

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    Previous Rank: No. 13

    Week 5 Result: Bye

    Week 6: at Utah, Thursday, Oct. 3, at 10 p.m.

    Overall Record: 3-0

    Poll Points: 295

    UCLA has taken down Nevada, Nebraska and New Mexico State so far this season, and the Bruins got their week off at just the right time.

    In Week 6, they'll open their conference slate against the Utah Utes, and it's all uphill from there against California, Stanford and Oregon. The Bruins have their work cut out for them, but they have earned their spot here for now.

12. South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Previous Rank: No. 12

    Week 5 Result: South Carolina 28, UCF 25

    Week 6: vs. Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 3-1

    Poll Points: 312

    South Carolina fought back from a 10-0 halftime deficit to topple the UCF Knights 28-25 in Week 5. The Gamecocks pulled out a three-point victory, but it wasn't pretty.

    In the last 10 minutes of the game, the Knights scored 15 unanswered points to nearly score the comeback win. The Gamecocks weathered the storm, but they didn't do anything to help their national title chances.

11. Oklahoma Sooners

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    Previous Rank: No. 15

    Week 5 Result: Oklahoma 35, Notre Dame 21

    Week 6: vs. TCU, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 322

    Oklahoma is fighting for the Big 12 title, but its 35-21 win over Notre Dame was so much sweeter than any conference win would have been in Week 5. The Sooners were 1-9 against Notre Dame heading into this matchup, and the win was "especially gratifying," according to Bob Stoops.

    The Sooners looked like a team hell-bent on shedding the "Choklahoma" nickname, and their 4-0 record to start the season speaks for itself. So does their ranking.

10. LSU Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 6

    Week 5 Result: Georgia 44, LSU 41

    Week 6: at Mississippi State, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-1

    Poll Points: 380

    LSU was engaged in an offensive shootout on Saturday. As you can see from the 44-41 score, not a whole lot of defense was played.

    LSU's defense has a lot of work to do before it can contend for the SEC title, and the list of undefeated SEC teams shrank by one when the final whistle blew.

9. Texas A&M Aggies

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    Previous Rank: No. 10

    Week 5 Result: Texas A&M 45, Arkansas 33

    Week 6: Bye

    Overall Record: 4-1

    Poll Points: 381

    Arkansas put up a valiant fight for four full quarters against Texas A&M, but the Razorbacks fell short against Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies. Johnny Manziel racked up 320 yards of total offense and tossed two touchdown passes in the tussle.

    The Aggies won 45-33, and they remained a one-loss powerhouse that's in line to make a BCS bowl. They also hung on to their Top 10 spot.

8. Louisville Cardinals

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    Previous Rank: No. 8

    Week 5 Result: Bye

    Week 6: at Temple, Saturday, Oct. 5, at noon

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 414

    Louisville's Sept. 28 bye ensured that it would remain among the undefeated squads for another poll. The Cardinals had a bit of a slip-up against Kentucky, but they are generally beating teams like a Top 10 team should.

    So far, they are winning at an average of 41.3 points per game. That's good enough to keep them in the hunt for now.

7. Florida State Seminoles

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    Previous Rank: No. 7

    Week 5 Result: Florida State 48, Boston College 34

    Week 6: vs. Maryland, Saturday, Oct. 5, time TBD

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 415

    Florida State got off to a bit of a slow start against Boston College, as the Seminoles let the Eagles go up 14-3 in the first quarter. They recovered quickly and rallied to a 24-17 halftime lead.

    In a rare case of twin halves, FSU outscored the Eagles 24-17 after the break for a final score of 48-34. The Seminoles stayed undefeated at 4-0, and they pushed themselves further up the rankings as a result of the solid win.

6. Georgia Bulldogs

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    Previous Rank: No. 9

    Week 5 Result: Georgia 44, LSU 41

    Week 6: at Tennessee, Saturday, Oct. 5, time TBD

    Overall Record: 3-1

    Poll Points: 453

    Georgia beat LSU 44-41, and that put the Bulldogs at 3-1 for the season with a 2-1 record against Top 10 teams (loss to Clemson, wins against South Carolina and LSU). They are looking very good for the SEC title game in December.

    Georgia is a one-loss team, but everyone must respect the schedule the Dawgs have done that against. It's been brutal, and notching just one loss is impressive.

5. Stanford Cardinal

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    Previous Rank: No. 4

    Week 5 Result: Stanford 55, Washington State 17

    Week 6: vs. Washington, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 496

    Stanford's defense had its way with the Washington State Cougars, and the final score of 55-17 makes that abundantly clear. At first it seemed like a defensive battle that would drag into the night, but Stanford quickly changed that.

    The Cardinal took a 17-3 lead into halftime, and they came out after the break to dominate both sides of the ball and rack up that lopsided final score. Stanford firmly established itself as a clear front-runner for the Pac-12 title in Week 5, and now Pac-12 fanatics must be absolutely salivating for the Oregon at Stanford battle in early November.

4. Clemson Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 5

    Week 5 Result: Clemson 56, Wake Forest 7

    Week 6: at Syracuse, Saturday, Oct. 5, time TBD

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 507

    Clemson tore up yet another opponent on Saturday. This time, it was a 56-7 thrashing of Wake Forest. Clemson is not unstoppable, but the list of teams capable of beating the Tigers is thin. 

    They have realistic national title hopes, and they used the Demon Deacons to show that they are back on track. After a close game with unranked NC State, that proof is a welcome addition to the Clemson resume.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Previous Rank: No. 3

    Week 5 Result: Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 24

    Week 6: at Northwestern, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m.

    Overall Record: 5-0

    Poll Points: 514 (1)

    Ohio State scored an excellent 31-24 win over the Wisconsin Badgers on Sept. 28, and that kept the Buckeyes undefeated at 5-0. Braxton Miller's return to the field went swimmingly, and he finished the game 17-of-25 for 198 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

    Turnovers proved to be the difference in this game, and the Buckeyes won that battle 1-0. They also won the rushing battle 192 yards to 104. The most impressive stat of the night for the Buckeyes? That's 3-of-12.

    The Buckeyes stuffed the Badgers on nine of their 12 third-down attempts and walked away with the seven-point win.

2. Oregon Ducks

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    Previous Rank: No. 2

    Week 5 Result: Oregon 55, California 16

    Week 6: at Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 544 (3)

    Oregon decimated California 55-16 in Week 5. The Ducks keep confirming their defensive legitimacy each passing week, and their offense came pre-certified from recent seasons.

    Oregon held tightly to its undefeated record, and the only remaining question is, "Who can beat the Ducks?" They are averaging nearly 60 points per game and have yet to allow more than the 16 they did to Cal.

    That is a huge statistical resume, and it's good for second place in the country at the moment.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Previous Rank: No. 1

    Week 5 Result: Alabama 25, Ole Miss 0

    Week 6: vs. Georgia State, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 12:21 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 569 (19)

    Alabama's defense proved the pundits wrong with its performance against the Ole Miss Rebels, scoring a 25-0 shutout over a team that was averaging 38 points per game prior to the bout.

    The Crimson Tide defense needed a shot of credibility after allowing Texas A&M to crash them for 42 points. The Rebels managed just 205 total yards of offense, and an insignificant 46 of those were on the ground.

    It's extremely difficult to beat anyone when you can't run the football, and Ole Miss couldn't do that.


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