Another week, another group of contenders tumbling down the rankings.
Saturday was a huge day in college football, as a number of playoff contenders clashed in games that will likely have a huge impact on the rest of the season. And both the Amway coaches poll and Bleacher Report poll were shaken up in the process.
Let's break down the new rankings and take a look back at the week that was.
Clemson established itself as one of the playoff favorites with an impressive, though nail-biting, victory over Notre Dame on Saturday. The Tigers led 21-3 heading into the fourth quarter before Notre Dame mounted a furious comeback, and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins was the late hero, bringing down Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer on a two-point attempt with seven seconds remaining that would have tied the game.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was thrilled with the heart his team showed, per ESPN:
This is what it's all about. It ain't always perfect. I told them, "Listen, we give you scholarships, we give you stipends and meals, we give you nice uniforms and a place to live. I can't give you guts. I can't give you heart." ... Tonight it was BYOG, bring your own guts. They brought some guts and some heart and they never quit until the last play.
Clemson was the deserving winner, though Notre Dame was its own worst enemy, turning the ball over four times in the second half. Still, Notre Dame lost by two points to a national championship contender on the road and likely didn't play its best football in the process, so the Fighting Irish still should be considered a serious playoff contender.
Ole Miss and Georgia's odds at reaching the playoff got a bit longer this week, however, as each lost 38-10, with Ole Miss falling to a resurgent Florida while Georgia was hammered by Alabama. It was a good day for the Gators, as Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press noted:
The SEC also became a lot more interesting, as Alabama and Ole Miss find themselves chasing undefeated Texas A&M and LSU in the West, while Florida is alone at the top of the standings in the East, though games against LSU and Georgia still loom.
Finally, UCLA tumbled down the rankings after a home loss to Arizona State that left Utah as the favorite in the Pac-12 North and left Utah, California and Stanford as the only undefeated teams in Pac-12 play. Did anyone see that one coming?
At least one of those teams will fall from the ranks of the unbeaten in Week 6, however, as Utah and California will clash in one of the highlight matchups on Saturday. Northwestern and Michigan will have huge implications for a Big Ten that looks wide open after Ohio State and Michigan State each failed to impress in close wins this weekend, while a slew of contenders will look to avoid the upsets that put a major damper on the playoff hopes of teams like Ole Miss and UCLA.