College Football Rankings 2011: Teams That are Ready to Make a Statement in Week 6
In Week 5, we saw a few top teams like Alabama and Wisconsin assert their dominance and make a big statement to the college football world.
Now, as we head into Week 6, it’s time for some new teams to step up and open some eyes.
Here are four Top 25 teams that could be ready to make a statement this weekend.
No. 10 Arkansas
Arkansas pulled off a much-needed bounce back victory when they rallied to beat Texas A&M at Cowboys Stadium last weekend and now the Razorbacks are back on track and ready to compete in the SEC West.
This weekend, they’ve got a huge division game against Auburn, a team that is flying high after beating South Carolina.
Arkansas has a great opportunity to show just how explosive its offense can be by taking on an Auburn defense that has one of the shakiest secondaries in the country.
If they can come up with big back-to-back high-scoring performances, this offense could start picking up a lot of momentum for the stretch run of the season.
No. 12 Michigan
Michigan has looked very impressive so far this season, but remember, even though the Wolverines are 5-0, all five of those wins have come on their home turf.
It’s now time to head out on the road, and it all starts at Northwestern this Saturday.
The Wildcats are licking their wounds after failing to get the job done against Illinois last week, but now that QB Dan Persa’s back, they’ve got the leader they need to finally put things all together this season.
Michigan has to prove that it can handle playing away from the Big House and the Wolverines will certainly have a great shot to do that when they head to Evanston on Saturday.
No. 14 Nebraska
Nebraska was embarrassed at Wisconsin last week when the Cornhuskers got run out of Camp Randall Stadium by QB Russell Wilson and the Badgers offense.
The Nebraska defense has lost its mojo and it needs a great performance this weekend to start gaining back some respect.
Luckily, Ohio State, a team with no offensive identity to speak of right now, comes to town this weekend.
The Cornhuskers could use a dominant defensive showing to quiet some of the growing number of critics.
No. 21 Virginia Tech Hokies
It’s rare that you see Virginia Tech get physically outmatched but that’s exactly what happened last week in a 23-3 home loss to Clemson.
Now the Hokies will be searching for redemption when Miami comes to town and they’re going to be looking to take out their frustrations on Al Golden’s crew.
Don’t forget about the Hokies. They’re still the favorite to win the ACC Coastal Division until either North Carolina or Georgia Tech steps up and knocks them off.
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