College Football Rankings 2013: Full Top 25 Breakdown for Week 6
Georgia stole the Week 5 headlines with its thrilling 44-41 win over LSU and was rewarded in the Week 6 rankings as a result.
Joining the Bulldogs as a big riser of the week was Oklahoma. The Sooners manipulated Notre Dame in a 35-21 road win to rise in both polls.
A number of schools also benefited from the loss of OU's rival, Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were the only Top 25 team to lose to an unranked foe; they fell on the road against West Virginia.
Finally, a few new additions cracked the back end of the rankings, including one familiar team that is looking for its second-straight BCS berth.
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24. Ole Miss
23. Fresno State
22. Arizona State
21. Oklahoma State
24. Arizona State
23. Northern Illinois
22. Texas Tech
21. Fresno State
The media has a very eclectic mix of teams in its back five, while the coaches were a little more straightforward.
From No. 21 to No. 25, the AP poll has two new additions, two teams that fell back and one team that moved up slightly from last week. The coaches picked three new additions at the back and slid Texas Tech and Fresno State up.
The only constants between the polls are Fresno State and Arizona State. Both rankings gave the Bulldogs a two-spot jump after they held off Hawaii 42-37 on the road. Meanwhile, ASU was given a nod in each after downing USC and sparking the firing of Lane Kiffin. The Sun Devils' only loss came the week prior to No. 5 Stanford.
The coaches dropped Mississippi, Notre Dame and Wisconsin all out after losses, despite the fact that each lost to a ranked team. The media had more mercy on Ole Miss after losing to No. 1 Alabama, keeping the Rebels in at No. 24.
The media's second new addition is Maryland at No. 25. The Terrapins' signature win over West Virginia saw a boost last week, as the Mountaineers upset then-No. 11 Oklahoma State. That loss dropped OSU to No. 21 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the coaches poll.
Nebraska re-entered the Top 25 along with Northern Illinois as two of coaches' new additions. The Huskers were idle last week, while NIU stomped Purdue for its second win over a Big Ten team this season.
The Huskies could be poised to run the table and make another BCS bowl run.
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20. Texas Tech
20. Oklahoma State
The coaches and media were relatively in agreement over this section of the poll.
Baylor continued its climb as it ranked up two spots in each poll despite having a bye week. The Bears take on West Virginia this week and will look to avoid the same fate as Oklahoma State against the Mountaineers.
Michigan also had a bye and remained frozen at No. 17 in the coaches poll, while dropping one spot in the media poll. The Wolverines' signature win lost a bit of its luster as Notre Dame fell to Oklahoma and is now unranked.
The media also proved to be a bit more fickle than the coaches in the case of Florida. The Gators topped Kentucky 24-7 and earned a two-spot bump in the AP poll but stayed at No. 19 in the coaches poll.
Washington and Northwestern were unanimous winners in both polls. The Huskies jumped three spots between the two after their rainy win over Arizona. The Wildcats had a bye but rose a spot in each of the rankings.
Both will be tested this coming week. NU will host Ohio State, while UW travels to Stanford.
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14. Miami (FL)
13. South Carolina
14. Miami (FL)
12. South Carolina
It was a nice bye week for UCLA, which stole one spot in both of the rankings. The Bruins will head to the road to take on Utah this Thursday and will square off with both Stanford and Oregon before the end of October.
Miami also made a small jump after dominating South Florida, as the Hurricanes became one of the many benefactors of Oklahoma State's upset at the hands of WVU.
Oklahoma was one of the biggest winners of the day after it beat Notre Dame and its rival OSU lost. The Sooners were in control throughout and never trailed the Irish in South Bend and are now the Big 12 favorites.
Both polls agreed on a bump for the Bruins, 'Canes and Sooners but disagreed on what to do with South Carolina and LSU.
The coaches sent the Gamecocks up one spot, while the media dropped them one after narrowly beating unranked UCF.
Meanwhile, the coaches had a bit less mercy on LSU, dropping it to No. 11 in favor of OU at No. 10. While the loss to Georgia hurt the Tigers, it's hard to argue that they aren't a Top 10 team.
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9. Texas A&M
8. Florida State
9. Texas A&M
8. Florida State
As previously mentioned, the only disparity in this part of the rankings is the swapping of Oklahoma and LSU at No. 10.
While OU deserves to be rewarded for its win over Notre Dame, its hard to watch LSU and not label it as one of the 10-best teams in the nation.
Moving forward, both polls rank Texas A&M, Florida State, Louisville and Georgia in order from No. 9-6.
After yet another impressive win—a 44-41 thriller over LSU—there is no doubt that Georgia is the best one-loss team in the nation and could be set up to sneak into the BCS title game.
Louisville had a bye week and was jumped by UGA. The Cardinals will more than likely go undefeated, but they won't have an opportunity to notch a signature win, making a BCS title run unlikely.
Florida State was challenged mightily by Boston College but came out on top, as Jameis Winston had another big day under center.
Texas A&M also struggled a bit with Arkansas but picked up the win. However, with Alabama playing well, the Aggies might be left on the outside looking in at the BCS when the regular season is over.
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4. Ohio State
2. Oregon (5)
1. Alabama (55)
4. Clemson (1)
3. Ohio State
2. Oregon (2)
1. Alabama (59)
(First place votes in parentheses)
There is still no question which team is No. 1. Alabama took home an overwhelming majority of the first-place votes yet again after blanking Ole Miss 25-0.
Oregon remained in second place and gained a bit more steam, garnering five first-place votes after a dominant performance against Cal. The Ducks defense was especially impressive in shutting down the Bears' explosive offense in the 55-16 win.
The two polls remain split at Nos. 3 and 4 between Ohio State and Clemson.
OSU picked up a quality win over a tough Wisconsin team in Braxton Miller's return under center. The Buckeyes beat the Badgers 31-24 and will have another test next week against Northwestern.
Clemson, meanwhile, made it back to Top 5 form after struggling a bit against North Carolina State. This week the Tigers trounced Wake Forest 56-7 behind a big day from Tajh Boyd.
Still sitting at No. 5 is Stanford, which seems to improve with each passing week. This time around, the Cardinal mauled Washington State 55-17. They will have their first major test against Washington Saturday night.