By: David Folz
The sixth week of the college football season brought much change to the top 25 rankings. The first two teams stayed the same in this week’s rankings but after that, there was a ton of changing spots. Five teams (TCU, Washington, UCLA, Nebraska and Northwestern) all fell out of the rankings while five new teams either entered or re-entered the rankings (Cincinnati, Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech, Boise State and Michigan.) With that change and much more just inside the rankings, here are the Top 25 power rankings.
1. Alabama (1)- The Crimson Tide experienced a bye week in order to prepare this week for an opponent that has been reeling of late. Next Game: Saturday at Missouri.
2. Oregon (2)- Routed Washington 52-21 on Saturday Night. The Ducks will have a weekend off prior to playing Arizona State next Thursday night.
3. South Carolina (6)- The Gamecocks defense flexed its muscle in a 35-7 rout of Georgia on
Saturday night. They will head to Death Valley where points will again be at a premium in a
tough SEC showdown. Next Game: Saturday at LSU.
4. Florida (10)- Stout defensively and speed their new found speed on offense to beat LSU 14-6 on Saturday. Following their win, they can ill-afford to drop back on Saturday on the road. Next Game: Saturday at Vanderbilt.
5. West Virginia (8)- Their lightning fast paced offense upended Texas on Saturday night, winning 48-45. The Mountaineers will stay in Texas this weekend as they take on an opponent who is known to have a surprising upset every year. Next Game: Saturday at Texas Tech.
6. Kansas State (7)- Blasted rival Kansas 56-16 to take home the Governor’s Cup this year. Kansas State has been very good all-around this year and they hope that will continue as they travel to take on an opponent looking to pull off a major upset on their homecoming weekend. Next Game: Saturday at Iowa State.
7. Notre Dame (9)- Trounced Miami in Chicago on Saturday night 41-3. The Irish are outsiders to the spotlight in years past, but this year they look primed for a big year and this weekend they
can test their might against a long-time rival. Next Game: Saturday vs. Stanford.
8. Ohio State (12)- The Ohio State offense was in big display on Saturday winning over Nebraska 63-38. The Buckeyes are by far the Big Ten’s best team, and they will go on the road against a usual conference bottom feeder. Next Game: Saturday at Indiana.
9. LSU (4)- Offensively struggled again in a 14-6 loss to Florida. The second game of a crucial five game stretch continues for LSU against a team with national title hopes. Next Game: Saturday vs. South Carolina.
10. Oregon State (14)- Defensively dominated Washington State 19-6. Easily college football’s best surprise, the Beavers will have a big test against a BCS buster team on the road. Next Game:Saturday at BYU.
11. USC (13)- Revived their offensive prowess against Utah on Thursday night winning 38-28. The Trojans will take on a Pac-12 opponent who is no stranger to upsets already this year. Next
Game: Saturday at Washington.
12. Florida State (3)- Florida State lost the only shot the ACC had at a national title contender when they lost 17-16 to N.C. State on Saturday night. The Seminoles still have a shot at the ACC crown and get to take out their anger at an ACC bottom feeder. Next Game: Saturday vs. Boston College.
13. Oklahoma (17)- The Sooner offense got going on Saturday, beating Texas Tech 41-20. The Sooners cannot rest their laurels as they have a very important game in the Red River Rivalry.Next Game: Saturday vs. Texas in Dallas.
14. Georgia (5)- Fell in a 35-7 loss to South Carolina as the offense never got going. Luckily for
Georgia, this week is a bye week for them to fix what went bad.
15. Texas (11)- The defense struggled to put away West Virginia’s high flying offense, losing 48-45. The Red River Rivalry is next up for the Longhorns, who want to bounce back from this last loss.Next Game: Saturday vs. Oklahoma in Dallas.
16. Clemson (15)- Beat up on Georgia Tech on Saturday, winning 47-31. The Tigers have a bye week to see where they will stack up in the ACC race.
17. Stanford (18)- Won an overtime, high-powered contest against Arizona 54-48 on Saturday. Stanford will have a week to get the defense back in order when they take on a familiar rival on the road. Next Game: Saturday at Notre Dame.
18. Louisville (19)- Had a bye week to dry out their uniforms following their win in a monsoon
against Southern Mississippi. This week they get back to Big East play against a team starting to gel this year. Next Game: Saturday at Pittsburgh.
19. Mississippi State (20)- The Bulldogs pulled out a 27-14 win on Saturday against Kentucky. This week the 5-0 Bulldogs will take on a team who has been very spotty this year. Next Game:
Saturday vs. Tennessee.
20. Rutgers (22)- Beat up Connecticut on defense Saturday, winning 19-3. The Scarlet Knights may throw a wrench into Louisville’s Big East plans this year, but will have to get through their next opponent first. Next Game: Saturday vs. Syracuse.
21. Cincinnati (NR)- The Bearcats followed up their upset of Virginia Tech by beating Miami of Ohio 52-14. The Bearcats are a mild surprise thus far and will have a fairly easy game this week against an FCS team. Next Game: Saturday vs. Fordham.
22. Texas A&M (NR)- Texas A&M gets into the ranks following a thrilling 30-27 win over Ole Miss.The Aggies are the seventh team from the SEC in the ranks and this weekend faces a major BCS buster in a matchup delayed from Hurricane Isaac. Next Game: Saturday at Louisiana Tech.
23. Louisiana Tech (NR)- Entered the ranks following a 58-31 win over UNLV. In what could be the biggest game in school, the Bulldogs will play an SEC team in the ranks at home. Next Game:Saturday vs. Texas A&M.
24. Boise State (NR)- For the third time this year, the Broncos enter the rankings following their 40-14 win over Southern Mississippi. The Broncos will face a familiar rival as they look to dominate the Mountain West this year. Next Game: Saturday vs. Fresno State.
25. Michigan (NR)- Destroyed Purdue 44-13 on Saturday to re-enter the rankings. The Wolverines hope to drive back up the rankings as they take on a team who has been in a downward slide in a big hurry. Next Game: Saturday vs. Illinois.