The Top Fan's Top 25 - Week Six
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Florida State was the most impressive team of the weekend as they dismantled Maryland 63-0 in Tallahassee. Georgia won in OT at Tennessee, Stanford held on against Washington, and Oregon and Clemson won big on the road....
Here is my top 25 following the games of week six:
1. Alabama (5-0) - The Crimson Tide went up 38-0 at halftime and held on for a 45-3 win over Georgia State. Obviously, this was a paycheck game for the visitors and a scrimmage for the home guys. Up next for Alabama are three winnable games: at Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee. The Tide are positioned to go into November undefeated with LSU and Auburn the main final hurdles before the SECCG.
2. Oregon (5-0) - Colorado was the latest team to feel Oregon's wrath as the Buffaloes lost 57-16 at home to the visiting Ducks. QB Marcus Mariota continues to stay in the Heisman race as he went for 355 yards and seven total TDs (five passing, two rushing). Oregon is the national number two, but at some point a couple of huge wins will be needed to keep the flock of unbeaten teams behind them from jumping ahead.
3. Clemson (5-0) - As a Clemson fan who just saw my squad destroy Syracuse 49-14 in a game a thousand miles from home (and in a game the Orange had circled), it is tough for me to keep putting the Tigers behind Oregon. CU has beaten a top five team (Georgia) - no other team in the nation can make that claim. Senior QB Tajh Boyd has accounted for 18 TDs on the year after passing for five scores and 455 yards against Syracuse.
4. Ohio State (6-0) - The Buckeyes extended their winning streak to 18 games with a tough road victory over Northwestern, 40-30. The Wildcats brought all they had and then some, and yet OSU still stands unbeaten and firmly in the chase for a national title. Coach Urban Meyer has yet to lose on the Buckeye sideline, but needed a lot of help from running back Carlos Hyde in this one or else the first Meyer loss was here. Hyde scored three TDs on 26 carries for 168 yards. He had been little used before this game.
5. Florida State (5-0) - The Seminoles were the most impressive team of the weekend, and so I jumped them over Stanford, who won by three at home over Washington. FSU welcomed in Maryland for the final time as they leave the ACC, and sent the Terps out with a 63-0 dismantling in Doak-Campbell Stadium. Freshman sensation "Famous" Jameis Winston went for 393 yards and five TDs in the drubbing. The 'Noles have a week off before heading to Clemson for an ACC Atlantic showdown.
6. Stanford (5-0) - Stanford held on for a three-point win over Washington at home Saturday night. The Cardinal drop a spot in my poll, but it is more so that I was impressed with Florida State than it is that I am disappointed in Stanford's close home win over the Huskies. This team is solid, and they will have their chances to move up in this poll as the weeks go by. A trip to Utah awaits in six days.
7. Louisville (5-0) - The Cardinals defeated Temple 30-7 at Lincoln Financial Field to remain undefeated. Temple scored with less than a minute to go to keep Louisville from recording their second shutout of the season. The Cardinals will host Central Florida in two weeks in what I would consider their biggest regular season test. QB Teddy Bridgewater continues to have impressive numbers for UL (1,562 yards and 16 TDs).
8. Texas A&M (4-1) - Since the loss to Alabama, followed by a couple of ho-hum wins and an off week this past week, the Aggies have kind of gone cold in the national eye after months of being in the spotlight. But don't count this team out of the BCS title chase just yet. If they can get a few breaks, they could find themselves back in the talks. With so many great QBs in 2013, it will be tough for Johnny Manziel to win back-to-back Heisman Trophies. But his numbers are good: 1,489 yards passing and 17 total TDs.
9. UCLA (4-0) - The Bruins have two solid road wins and two home blowouts so far in 2013. They are led by a solid coach in Jim Mora and a very impressive QB in 6'3" Brett Hundley. UCLA seems to have all of the tools needed to have a huge year. I don't know if they are a top five caliber team, but from what I have seen so far I have no trouble at all listing them in my top ten. The schedule ahead sees them play at Stanford and at Oregon in back-to-back weeks at the end of this month.
10. Georgia (4-1) - My prediction for the Dawgs' game at Tennessee was dead on. I said it would be scary as hell, and it was. UGA needed a field goal in overtime to escape Neyland Stadium with a 34-31 win over the Vols as Aaron Murray continues to go down as one of the all-time great Dawg QBs. Tennessee may be working to get back to national prominence, but they are an arch-rival and fans remember wins over the Vols, no matter the records of the two teams.
11. LSU (5-1)
12. South Carolina (4-1)
13. Miami (5-0)
14. Michigan (5-0)
15. Oklahoma (5-0)
16. Baylor (4-0)
17. Texas Tech (5-0)
18. Florida (4-1)
19. Fresno State (5-0)
20. Washington (4-1)
21. Oklahoma State (4-1)
22. Missouri (5-0)
23. Virginia Tech (5-1)
24. Northwestern (4-1)
25. Auburn (4-1)
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