Week Six College Football Top 25 Rankings

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College Football Top 25 by Dr. G

Top 25
James Lang-US Presswire

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.

Todd Graham and his Arizona State Sun Devils move into my top 25 after a quality win in Berkeley. ASU has looked formidable on both sides of the ball in the highly competitive Pac-12.

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.

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1. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) (2-0 SEC)

Alabama
John David Mercer-US Presswire

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.

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2. LSU Tigers (5-0) (1-0 SEC)

LSU
Derick Hingle-US Presswire

I know my belief in the LSU Tigers is controversial. Virtually everyone has them lower than two. This weekend in Gainesville will either validate or render my praise overly optimistic. Something tells me this defense will prove their worth in SEC play.

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3. Oregon Ducks (5-0) (2-0 Pac-12)

Oregon
James Snook-US Presswire

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.

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4. Florida State Seminoles (5-0) (2-0 ACC)

Florida State
Kim Klement-US Presswire

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.

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5. Georgia Bulldogs (5-0) (3-0 SEC)

Georgia
Daniel Shirey-US Presswire

Smiling faces are adorning Athens. Quarterback Aaron Murray has the tools to lead Georgia to a second consecutive SEC Championship game.

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6. West Virginia Mountaineers (4-0) (1-0 Big 12)

West Virginia
Rob Christy-US Presswire

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.

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7. Florida Gators (4-0) (3-0 SEC)

Florida
Kim Klement-US Presswire

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.

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8. South Carolina Gamecocks (5-0) (3-0 SEC)

South Carolina
Mark Zerof-US Presswire

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.

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9. Kansas State Wildcats (4-0) (1-0 Big 12)

Kansas State
Matthew Emmons-US Presswire

You cannot mention the Kansas State Wildcats without Collin Klein. Maybe no player has as much guts as the Cats quarterback.

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10. Texas Longhorns (4-0) (1-0 Big 12)

Texas
Mark D. Smith-US Presswire

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.

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11. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0)

Notre Dame
Matt Cashore-US Presswire

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.

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12. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) (1-0 Big Ten)

Ohio State
Mike Carter-US Presswire

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.

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13. USC Trojans (3-1) (1-1 Pac-12)

USC
Kirby Lee-US Presswire

With the teams remaining on their schedule, the USC Trojans still control their own destiny in the race for the National Championship.

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14. Clemson Tigers (4-1) (1-1 ACC)

Clemson
Greg M. Cooper-US Presswire

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.

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15. Stanford Cardinal (3-1) (1-1 Pac-12)

Stanford
Joe Nicholson-US Presswire

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.

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16. Oregon State Beavers (3-0) (2-0 Pac-12)

Oregon State
Rick Scuteri-US Presswire

It would appear that OSU has put it all together this year with QB Sean Mannion having his breakout season.

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17. TCU Horned Frogs (4-0) (1-0 Big 12)

TCU
Jim Cowsert-US Presswire

The TCU Horned Frogs D has been excellent so far. Is that reality or the result of a weak non-conference schedule?

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18. Oklahoma Sooners (2-1) (0-1 Big 12)

Oklahoma
Matthew Emmons-US Presswire

Whatever is ailing quarterback Landry Jones, better be cured soon. The Oklahoma Sooners D will be tested in Lubbock this weekend.

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19. Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-2) (0-1 Big 12)

Oklahoma State
Mark D. Smith-US Presswire

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.

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20. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-0) (1-0 Big East)

Rutgers
Nelson Chenault-US Presswire

People are beginning to notice 4-0 Rutgers. The Big East's best D is in New Jersey.

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21. Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-0) (1-0 SEC)

Mississippi State
Spruce Derden-US Presswire

Until Dan Mullen's squad beats a quality opponent, I can't move them higher than the low 20s.

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22. Arizona State Sun Devils (4-0) (2-0 Pac-12)

Arizona State
Ed Szczepanski-US Presswire

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.

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23. Baylor Bears (3-1) (0-1 Big 12)

Baylor
Jarred Salubi-US Presswire

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.

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24. UCLA Bruins (4-1) (1-1 Pac-12)

UCLA
Ron Chenoy-US Presswire

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.

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25. Northwestern Wildcats (5-0) (1-0 Big Ten)

Northwestern
Benny Sieu-US Presswire

Right now the 5-0 run the Northwestern Wildcats are on is cute. If Pat Fitzgerald's team can stay undefeated when they play the Nebraska Cornhuskers October 20, things will get very real.

James Gomez is a Pac-12 and Mountain West columnist for Rant Sports and member of the Football Writers Association of America. You can follow James on Twitter as well.

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