The Top Fan's Top 25 - Week Six
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The college football world was flipped upside down this past weekend as nine teams from the Top 25 lost, including Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma, UCLA and Texas A&M who were all in the Top 10. The race for the playoff is as wide open as ever! Here are my rankings following the games of week six....
1. Florida State (5-0) - The Seminoles move on as others fall back as they seek to defend their national title. Wake Forest went down 43-3 to Jimbo Fisher and company after a first quarter that saw FSU look half asleep. The 'Noles went down 3-0 before reeling off 43 unanswered points over the final 45 minutes. Up next for Florida State is a trip to the Carrier Dome to face Syracuse. The big, impressive win is still not on the resume, but as long as FSU keeps winning it doesn't appear that that will matter.
2. Auburn (5-0) - After a dismantling of LSU, Auburn will join Florida State as the two top teams in the land, squarely on a path to compete in the first CFP. The home Tigers took the visiting Tigers behind the woodshed in an old-fashioned 41-7 beat down with 566 total yards of offense. QB Nick Marshall passed for two scores and ran for two scores and kicker Daniel Carlson added 3-pointers from 42 and 46 as Auburn cruised. Up next is a trip to Mississippi State.
3. Baylor (5-0) - Even with a road 28-7 win over Texas, the jury is still out on the Bears. But next week, will certainly know more as Baylor travels to TCU for a game with the Horned Frogs, who are fresh off a win over Oklahoma. The Bears reminded UT just how far they have to go to regain the Lonestar State from the likes of the Bears, Aggies and Horned Frogs. For the season so far, Bryce Petty has 1,024 yards with nine TDs and just one pick.
4. Notre Dame (5-0) - Things are getting very interesting in South Bend as the Irish continue to climb up the polls. With a dramatic home win over Stanford yesterday, ND stays unbeaten and will crack the Top 5 of the major polls due out later today. Everett Golson threw the game-winner to Ben Koyack with just over a minute to go to save the season for Notre Dame. Up next is a visit from North Carolina followed by a trip to Florida State.
5. Mississippi (5-0) - In the biggest home game in Rebel history (or at least in a damned long time), the Rebels did what they had to do to get the big W over the visiting Crimson Tide. An interception with :37 to go sealed the game for Ole Miss, who stay alive in the race for the playoffs and the SEC crown. Up next for the Rebels is a trip to College Station to play Texas A&M. The Aggies will be upset after a loss to Mississippi State, so can the run keep going?
6. Mississippi State (5-0) - Just across the small state of Mississippi from Oxford, in Starkville, another huge win went down as the Bulldogs took down Texas A&M with no drama needed. A 48-31 win serves notice to the SEC and the country that MSU is for real and that they will be a contender for some big-time hardware this year. A ton is left to be determined, but this was a nice victory.
7. Georgia (4-1) - The Bulldogs of Georgia sort of disappeared off the radar after a loss to South Carolina in week two. But with so many teams in the top ten losing as of late, the Dawgs have crept back into the national race. The CFP is very possible if UGA can win out and reach the SEC title game as that league could possibly send two teams to the playoff. Up next for Georgia is a trip to Missouri.
8. Kansas State (4-1) - The only blemish on K-State's record so far is to Auburn in a game where they went toe-to-toe with my 2nd ranked team. I think KSU has a good team and is well-coached and until some other teams want to step up and keep their spots at the top of the polls, the Wildcats will move on up. Yesterday, Kansas State had an impressive 45-13 win over Texas Tech to stay in the lead in the Big 12.
9. Oregon (4-1) - Duck fans are most-likely in anguish after a loss to Arizona Thursday night. But the season is long and if they can get a winning streak going, the opportunities are there to jump back into the national scene. The problem though, is the offensive line might not be up to par with the skill positions. And with that said, QB Marcus Mariotta is the one who cost his team with a fumble late in the loss. Hey, the guy is human, and he will still lead Oregon to a big chunk of wins.
10. Michigan State (4-1) - A hard-fought 27-22 win over Nebraska keeps MSU alive in the national race for the playoffs as they are perhaps the league's best shot at getting a team into the CFP. On a cold, rainy night, Nebraska stormed back from down 27-3 and nearly pulled off the comeback before a game sealing interception from Trae Waynes. Michigan State now travels to Purdue to face the 3-3 Boilermakers.
11. TCU (4-0)
12. Oklahoma (4-1)
13. Alabama (4-1)
14. Ohio State (4-1)
15. Texas A&M (5-1)
16. Georgia Tech (5-0)
17. Arizona (5-0)
18. UCLA (4-1)
19. East Carolina (4-1)
20. Oklahoma State (4-1)
21. Missouri (4-1)
22. Louisville (5-1)
23. California (4-1)
24. Nebraska (5-1)
25. Arizona State (4-1)
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