Week Six College Football Top 25 Rankings
College Football Top 25 by Dr. G
The Doc is in. After week four saw several major shakeups, week six was less than momentous. Several teams displayed remarkable ability on the national stage, while other top programs had the weekend off.
Trending up: For those who witnessed what the West Virignia Mountaineers did to the scoreboard this Saturday, there is little doubt Geno Smith is the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy. A final score befitting a basketball game, Smith led the Mountaineers with 656 passing yards, eight touchdowns, and no interceptions. I challenge anyone to do that on PS3.
Someone give major props to Mike Riley and the Oregon State Beavers. This is a team that won three games last season making 2012 a year OSU had to show improvent. Sean Mannion has been stellar at quarterback. Saturday's win at the Arizona Wildcats provided the second quality road win in a row for the now 3-0 Beavers.
I don't care if it was a loss, but did you see the Oklahoma State Cowboys performance against the Texas Longhorns? With a freshman quarterback no less? Mike Gundy and OSU will finish the season in the top 25.
Did anyone notice the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are a quiet 4-0?
Trending down: Dropping from ten to 16 are the Stanford Cardinal. The Washington Huskies pulled out the Thursday night win over the Stanford Cardinal in a tight ballgame. Josh Nunes for all his accolades is still not quite Andrew Luck, and it showed in Seattle.
Dropping Out: I am no longer keeping the Louisville Cardinals in my top 25. There are too many other teams that have better wins. Arizona loses again, this time at home. After a one point loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Michigan State Spartans just don't have the offense to beat the better teams on their schedule.
What to Watch For in Week Six: It's a big one, the LSU Tigers meet the Florida Gators in a top 10 showdown in Gainesville. Two more of my top ten teams meet up as West Virginia is in Austin to tangle with the Texas Longhorns. The Huskies are in Eugene in the hopes of shocking the world against the Oregon Ducks. Much is on the line when the South Carolina Gamecocks battle the Georgia Bulldogs.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) (2-0 SEC)
Is there any doubt the best team in the country is in Tuscaloosa? A.J. McCarron is leading what could be Nick Saban's best offense during his tenure as head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
3. Oregon Ducks (5-0) (2-0 Pac-12)
Chip Kelly says he has his best D since being the head coach in Eugene. Quarterback Marcus Mariota is just a freshman, which makes his level of play all the more impressive.
4. Florida State Seminoles (5-0) (2-0 ACC)
A talented team on offense and defense, plus a favorable schedule has the Noles possibly looking at their best season since their 1999 National Championship.
5. Georgia Bulldogs (5-0) (3-0 SEC)
Smiling faces are adorning Athens. Quarterback Aaron Murray has the tools to lead Georgia to a second consecutive SEC Championship game.
6. West Virginia Mountaineers (4-0) (1-0 Big 12)
So the good news is that Geno Smith is a human highlight reel and led the Mountaineers to 70 points against the Baylor Bears. The bad news is the defense gave up 63.
7. Florida Gators (4-0) (3-0 SEC)
It's a gauntlet of a schedule that the Gators are navigating, but give them credit for doing so unblemished to this point. Jeff Driskel is growing up before our eyes.
8. South Carolina Gamecocks (5-0) (3-0 SEC)
The Gamecocks will go as far as QB Connor Shaw takes them. A win Saturday against Georgia will be the biggest in Steve Spurrier era in Columbia.
9. Kansas State Wildcats (4-0) (1-0 Big 12)
You cannot mention the Kansas State Wildcats without Collin Klein. Maybe no player has as much guts as the Cats quarterback.
10. Texas Longhorns (4-0) (1-0 Big 12)
Quarterback David Ash has improved dramatically from last season. If the sophomore can keep up his level of play, the Horns will challenge for a Big 12 title.
11. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0)
I know the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defense is a lot better than in years past. How good can this team be? I'm not sure yet.
12. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) (1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Urban Meyer continues to show his ability to mold athletic QBs to his system. Braxton Miller is looking more dangerous by the day.
13. USC Trojans (3-1) (1-1 Pac-12)
With the teams remaining on their schedule, the USC Trojans still control their own destiny in the race for the National Championship.
14. Clemson Tigers (4-1) (1-1 ACC)
The Dabo Swinney Shock the World Tour hit a road-bump in Tallahassee. Don't be surprised if the Tigers are undefeated when they play their in-state rival South Carolina at the end of the season.
15. Stanford Cardinal (3-1) (1-1 Pac-12)
Quarterback Josh Nunes has weapons around him. A little more experience and time in the pocket would help. The Cardinal will trend up or down from here on out.
16. Oregon State Beavers (3-0) (2-0 Pac-12)
It would appear that OSU has put it all together this year with QB Sean Mannion having his breakout season.
17. TCU Horned Frogs (4-0) (1-0 Big 12)
The TCU Horned Frogs D has been excellent so far. Is that reality or the result of a weak non-conference schedule?
18. Oklahoma Sooners (2-1) (0-1 Big 12)
Whatever is ailing quarterback Landry Jones, better be cured soon. The Oklahoma Sooners D will be tested in Lubbock this weekend.
19. Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-2) (0-1 Big 12)
There are incredible set of freshman QBs in Stillwater. Joseph Randle is one of the best running backs in America. I don't care about the two losses, the Pokes pass the eyeball test and are a very good team.
20. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-0) (1-0 Big East)
People are beginning to notice 4-0 Rutgers. The Big East's best D is in New Jersey.
21. Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-0) (1-0 SEC)
Until Dan Mullen's squad beats a quality opponent, I can't move them higher than the low 20s.
22. Arizona State Sun Devils (4-0) (2-0 Pac-12)
Todd Graham's Sun Devils keep winning. While quarterback Taylor Kelly and the offense have hit the ground running, it is the defense that is going to cause havoc for Pac-12 schools.
23. Baylor Bears (3-1) (0-1 Big 12)
If the Baylor Bears can figure out their defense, the offense has plenty of ability with Nick Florence throwing to a talented corps of receivers.
24. UCLA Bruins (4-1) (1-1 Pac-12)
Quarterback Brett Hundley has a Heisman caliber running back in Johnathan Franklin, an elite tight end in Joseph Fauria, and a large line. Defense is holding Jim Mora back in 2012.