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USA Today College Football Poll 2012: Complete Week 6 Rankings

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 29:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass against the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer ISeptember 30, 2012

The 2012 USA Today College Football Poll is anti-change.

In Week 6’s updated rankings, the top eight teams in the nation remained the same.

The highest-ranked school to get knocked off on Saturday was then-No. 9 Stanford. The Cardinals fell to Washington by the score of 17-13.

Texas, Notre Dame and the teams directly below Stanford in the standings reaped the benefits of the Huskies’ upset as the Cardinals plummeted to No. 18.

Here are recaps of the weekends the top five teams in the USA Today poll just had as well as the complete Top 25 rankings.

 

No. 1 Alabama

When a 33-14 victory over an SEC opponent is the Crimson Tide’s worst win of the season, you know that season has been spectacular.

Alabama defeated Ole Miss in a game which the Rebels hung around in for a while. Early in the second quarter, the score was just 6-0 Crimson Tide after two Jeremy Shelley field goals.

Then the flood gates opened.

Outside of LSU—it doesn’t look like anyone on Alabama’s schedule will be able to compete with Nick Saban’s juggernaut for four quarters.

 

No. 2 Oregon

Washington State gave Oregon a scare in the first half of their showdown on Saturday.

At CenturyLink Field with just a 23-19 lead at halftime, the Ducks were in position to suffer a shock like the Green Bay Packers did earlier in the week. A 21-point effort in the third quarter extinguished such a threat.

After its 56-26 triumph, Oregon will take on the team that shuffled the top 10 this past week in Washington.

 

No. 3 LSU

LSU beat Towson 38-22 and should’ve won by more.

The Colonial Athletic Association opponent managed to rush for 188 yards and two touchdowns on 4.7 yards per pop. While LSU walked away with a convincing victory, it wasn’t nearly enough to leapfrog Oregon in the standings.

The Tigers will either be exposed as contenders or pretenders against Florida and South Carolina the next two weeks.

 

No. 4 Florida State

Florida State didn’t dominate, but, like the rest of the top five, they overcame a slow start to handily defeat their opponent. The Seminoles knocked off their in-state rival USF by the score of 30-17.

As clear ACC favorites, they must win with style over the next few weeks in conference play against unranked opponents to solidify their national standing.

 

No. 5 Georgia

If Oregon suffered a scare, Georgia was horrified this past weekend.

The Bulldogs escaped a 51-44 shootout against Tennessee. They can’t dwell on their victory, though, with South Carolina waiting in the wings. When Georgia faces off against the Gamecocks next Saturday, the showdown could shape a new top five. 

 

USA Today Top 25

Rank Team Record
1 Alabama 5-0
2 Oregon 5-0
3 LSU 5-0
4 Florida St. 5-0
5 Georgia 5-0
6 South Carolina 5-0
7 West Virginia 4-0
8 Kansas St. 4-0
9 Texas 4-0
10 Notre Dame 4-0
11 Florida 4-0
12 USC 3-1
13 TCU 4-0
14 Oklahoma 2-1
15 Clemson 4-1
16 Louisville 5-0
17 Oregon St. 3-0
18 Stanford 3-1
19 Mississippi St. 4-0
20 Nebraska 4-1
21 Rutgers 4-0
22 Northwestern 5-0
23 Cincinnati 3-0
24 Texas Tech 4-0
25 Boise St. 3-1

 

 

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.

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