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Game Changer Sports Network College Football Top 25- Week 6

Welcome to the meat of college football season

  1. LSU (4-0)
  • Week 5: bye
  • week 5 ranking: 2
  • Breakdown: We have a new number one team in the country. After Clemson barely squeaked out a win against North Carolina, the door was opened for LSU to snag this spot still riding the best win any team has in the country, it’s week 2 triumph on the road against Texas. The story is still the same for the Tigers. Their spread offense led by Joe Burrow has added a dimension to their attack which they haven’t had in what seems like forever. No longer are they exclusively “ground and pound” and that should be very scary to everyone in the country.
  • Week 6: vs. Utah State, 10/5 12:00pm

2. Ohio State (5-0)

  • Week 5: win @Nebraska 48-7
  • Week 5 ranking: 5
  • Breakdown: Ohio State has outscored opponents 243 to 43 through five games. Saturday was the biggest game in Lincoln in 12 years and it was over before the 1st quarter. People will bring up their schedule as a reason they should not be ranked this high while voting for Alabama and Clemson one and two. The “eye test” should apply to other teams not named Alabama but that does not appear to be the case. If you want to go by “eye test” how can you put anyone ahead of Ohio State at this point in the season. They’ve completely dominated every opponent they’ve played and have shown zero weaknesses.
  • Week 6: vs. Michigan State, 10/5 7:30pm

3. Auburn (5-0)

  • Week 5: win vs. Mississippi State 56-23
  • Week 5 ranking: 7
  • Breakdown: Another team that does not get the benefit of the “eye test”. If there’s any team that has taken care of businesses this season, its been Auburn. On Saturday, they absolutely dominated Mississippi State to the tune a 33 point win. Dropping 56 points on a team that prides themselves on defense when you are playing a true freshman QB is insane. Not to mention their defense may be the best in the country. As Bo Nix continues grooming into a seasoned veteran in Gus Malzahn’s offense, Auburn will look more and more like a championship caliber team.
  • Week 5: @Florida, 10/5 3:30pm

4. Alabama (5-0)

  • Week 5: win vs. Ole Miss 59-31
  • Week 5 ranking: 3
  • Breakdown: After a first quarter which saw Alabama allow the lowly Rebels to hang around, the Tide flexed their muscles in the 2nd quarter to put the game away by halftime. Devonta Smith had a ridiculous day catching five touchdowns as part of the best receiving core in the country. But through five weeks, the defense should be a bit of a concern as their only ranked 38th overall in the country but a lot of those stats are inflated based on the use of 2nd and 3rd stringers. However, teams have been able to throw against the Bama secondary which should make Tide fans a bit uneasy.
  • Week 5: bye

5. Clemson (5-0)

  • Week 5: win @North Carolina 21-20
  • Week 5 ranking: 1
  • Breakdown: What is the deal with this Clemson offense? After being anointed as the next great quarterback, Trevor Lawrence has not come close to living up to that hype. North Carolina is not a team that should be going toe to toe with the defending National Champs. With the amount of talent on that offense, and considering how well the defense has replaced the four defensive lineman lost to the NFL, games against UNC should not be close. They did win, so their goals are still ahead of them but the offense has to improve or they are in for a rude wake up call if they are able to make the college football playoff.
  • Week 6: bye

6. Georgia (4-0)

  • Week 5: bye
  • Week 5 ranking: 4
  • Breakdown: This is not a knock against Georgia like it was against Clemson. Ohio State and Auburn have forced me to move them up. I would like Georgia to unleash their offense a lot more, however because I think they are far more explosive than what they have shown through their first four games.
  • Week 6: @Tennessee, 10/5 7:30pm

7. Oklahoma (4-0)

  • Week 5: win vs. Texas Tech 55-16
  • Week 5 ranking: 5
  • Breakdown: I don’t think anyone expected Texas Tech to compete against the Sooners but this one was not even close. Jalen Hurts is ahead of the pace of both Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield when it comes to passing yards and touchdowns. It sure looks like Oklahoma is on a collision course with Texas in two weeks which will decide first place in the conference.
  • Week 6: @Kansas, 10/5 12:00pm

8. Wisconsin (4-0)

  • Week 5: win vs. Northwestern 24-15
  • Week 5 ranking: 8
  • Breakdown: The Badgers are another team that has impressed so far this year. Their win over Northwestern was not to the scale that the one against Michigan was but their defense was still stingy.
  • Week 6: vs. Kent State, 10/5 12:00pm

9. Florida (5-0)

  • Week 5: win vs. Towson 38-0
  • Week 5 ranking: 9
  • Breakdown: It is almost guaranteed Florida will not remain in this spot in the weeks to come. Their next four games is as brutal of a stretch as any this season with showdowns against Auburn, LSU, and Georgia. Surviving all those seems impossible but if the Gators go 2-1, they will remain squarely in the playoff discussion. I don’t think anyone could knock them for losing two.
  • Week 5: vs. Auburn, 10/5 3:30pm

10. Texas (3-1)

  • Week 5: bye
  • Week 5 ranking: 10
  • Breakdown: Texas has flown under the radar since their heartbreaking loss to LSU. A trip to Morgantown could prove to be a challenge but if the Longhorns plan on reaching their goals, they should be able to take care of the Mountaineers.
  • Week 6: @West Virginia, 10/5 3:30pm

11. Notre Dame (3-1)

  • Week 5: win vs. Virginia 35-20
  • Week 5 ranking: 11
  • Breakdown: Notre Dame got back to their winning ways this past Saturday. Although they let Virginia hang around for the first half at home, the Cavaliers were ranked in the top 15 for a reason. A two touchdown win puts the Irish back on the right track.
  • Week 6: vs. Bowling Green 10/5 3:30pm

12. Penn State (4-0)

  • Week 5: win @Maryland 59-0
  • Week 5 ranking:12
  • Breakdown: What a performance turned in by Penn State this past Friday. The Lions dominated on both sides of the ball with Sean Clifford throwing for nearly 400 yards and the defense barely surrendering 100. Penn State may not have gotten the attention that other Big 10 schools have so far, but if they keep this up, they most definitely will.
  • Week 6: vs. Purdue, 10/5 3:30pm

13. Oregon (3-1)

  • Week 5: bye
  • Week 5 ranking: 13
  • Breakdown: The Ducks were off last week after suffocating Stanford on The Farm. As the Pac 12’s best defense enters Autzen Stadium this week, Justin Herbert’s 10 TDs to 0 INTs do as well.
  • Week 6: vs. Cal 10/5 8:00pm

14. Iowa (4-0)

  • Week 5: win vs. Middle Tennessee State 48-3
  • Week 5 ranking: 14
  • Breakdown: How good are the Hawkeyes? A 48-3 win over Middle Tennessee State isn’t going to answer that question but a a game against Michigan might. Iowa will try to bully big blue with their physical defensive line.
  • Week 6: @Michigan 10/5 12:00pm

15. Boise State (4-0)

  • Week 5: bye
  • Week 5 ranking: 15
  • Breakdown: Boise State was off this past week as they head into their Mountain West slate looking to be the representative from the Group of Five for a New Year’s Six Bowl.
  • Week 6: @UNLV, 10/5 10:30pm

16. Washington (4-1)

  • Week 5: win vs. USC 28-14
  • Week 5 ranking: 18
  • Breakdown: The Huskies have played probably their three best games in a row following their disappointing loss to Cal. With the Golden Bears losing to Arizona State this past week, Washington is back in control of their own destiny in the conference.
  • Week 6: @Stanford, 10/5 10:30pm

17. Utah (4-1)

  • Week 5: win vs. Washington State 38-13
  • Week 5 ranking: 19
  • Breakdown: The offense finally showed up for the Utes in their win over Washington State. Tyler Huntley threw for 334 yards and a couple of scores. If the Utes can get consistent play out of the quarterback position, they are going to be a really tough out in the Pac 12 South. Their defensive physicality will never go out of style.
  • Week 6: bye

18. UCF (4-1)

  • Week 5: win vs. Connecticut 56-21
  • Week 5 ranking: 20
  • Breakdown: When UCF travels to Cinncinatti, it will be essentially an elimination game for the Knights. If they lose, they can kiss any chances of making a New Year’s Six Bowl goodbye. Their offense is just as explosive as they’ve ever been but the defense has to come up big against the Bearcats.
  • Week 6: @Cincinnati, 10/4 8:00pm

19. Wake Forest (5-0)

  • Week 5: win @Boston College 27-24
  • Week 5 ranking: 21
  • Breakdown: A win over Boston College certainly isn’t sexy, but their win was more convincing than that other ACC team. Jamie Newmann continues to lead the offense with his legs as much as his arms as he rushed for 102 yards on the ground. Wake is off this week before a very winnable game against Louisville.
  • Week 6: bye

20. Oklahoma State (4-1)

  • Week 5: win vs. Oklahoma State 26-13
  • Week 5 ranking: N/A
  • Breakdown: Cowboy’s running back Chuba Hubbard is squarely in the heat of the Heisman Trophy conversation. The sophomore rushed for 298 yards and a touchdown handing Kansas State their first loss of the season. He currently leads all of FCS in rushing yards by nearly 300 and is averaging a staggering 7.3 yards per carry. OK State gave the Longhorns all they could handle in their previous game falling by six on the road but if they continue to get this kind of production from Hubbard, he’ll find himself in New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony and the Cowboys may find themselves in a New Year’s Six bowl.
  • Week 6: @Texas Tech, 10/5 12:00pm

21. Michigan State (4-1)

  • Week 5: 40-31
  • Week 5 ranking: 23
  • Breakdown: Sure the Spartans gave up 31 points to Indiana. But if you are a Michigan State fan wouldn’t you rather have a high-scoring close game than a low-scoring one. You know the run defense is going to be there but the question mark has been whether or not Brian Lewerke and the offense can score enough points to win games. Granted the past two weeks have not been against the greatest opponents, but they have dropped 71 over that stretch.
  • Week 6: @Ohio State, 10/5 7:30pm

22. Michigan (3-1)

  • Week 5: win vs. Rutgers 52-0
  • Week 5 ranking: 25
  • Breakdown: A 52-0 win is about as good as you could ask for from Big Blue after their shellacking at the hands of Wisconsin the week prior. I’m well aware it was Rutgers so I’m not ready to say anything close to Michigan being back or even that their major problems have gone away. But for one week, they were all gone. They could come back with flying colors against Iowa.
  • Week 6: vs. Iowa, 10/5 12:00pm

23. SMU (5-0)

  • Week 5: win @South Florida 48-21
  • Week 5 ranking: N/A
  • Breakdown: This is the first week since 1986 that the Mustangs are in the AP top 25 and rightfully so. With former highly recruited Texas QB Shane Buechele under center, SMU’s offense is good enough to potentially compete with UCF in the American. And we really don’t know how good Buechele can be. Competing with Sam Ehlinger for one job may make any good QB want to transfer.
  • Week 6: vs. Tulsa, 10/5 7:30pm

24. Baylor (4-0)

  • Week 5: win vs. Iowa State 23-21
  • Week 5 ranking: N/A
  • Breakdown: There are two undefeated teams in the Big 12: Oklahoma and… Baylor. After 4 weeks, the Bears sit at 4-0. They won by a few yards against Iowa State and only beat Rice by one score but, wins are wins and other teams comparable to Baylor have lost games like that. I win at Kansas State would give them a lot of respect in next week’s poll.
  • Week 6: @Kansas State, 10/5 3:30pm

25. Arizona State (3-1)

  • Week 5: win @Cal 24-17
  • Week 5 ranking: N/A
  • Breakdown: The Sun Devils have beaten two very good defensive football teams already in 2019. They’ll get an opportunity to play a really good offensive team when they welcome Washington State to the desert in two weeks. They are very much in the thick of the Pac 12 South as everyone has at least one conference loss.
  • Week 6: bye

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