Each Week I will be posting my power rankings for the Power 5 schools and my top 10 New Years Six teams every Tuesday or Wednesday. This will be the starting point for the College Football season until the playoff race heats up and within each power ranking I will highlight a few teams in each conference.
Two main storylines shook the ACC a bit. Clemson QB Trevor Lawerence went out due to injury causing the Tigers to have to fight for a close victory over a tough Syracuse team with their third string quarterback. Virginia Tech also showed us that they could actually win without their first string QB Josh Jackson as they won a crucial game against a ranked Duke team to stay alive in the coastal division. To add one more thing, Florida State came back to beat Louisville in a game between two very disappointing teams.
The common theme is still Oklahoma vs West Virginia, as contender Texas Tech could not get the job against West V in week 5. The next potential contender is Texas who will look to defeat Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry on the big stage as College Gameday heads into Norman.
In my opinion, Penn State once again blew their chance of beating Ohio State as they ran what people are calling the worst 4th down play of all time. Ohio State is on top of the Big Ten and they have two wins where I think the opposing team severely let Ohio State back into the game to eventually lose to the Buckeyes (TCU and PSU). Outside of the top two teams, Michigan received a scare from the finally healthy Northwestern Wildcats, where the Wolverines scored in the final three minutes of the game to take their first lead and the win.
Stanford was exposed in South Bend Week 5, so Washington is back to being the team to beat in the conference. Oregon looked great in a road win over Cal, and Colorado is looking for their first loss as they became ranked this week. In week 5 Colorado beat UCLA who is still looking for its first win and to be honest there is no game on the entire Bruins schedule that I can say is a for sure win.
The top 4 are still on an island in the SEC, but Kentucky is on a boat looking to get onto the island themselves. Kentucky is now ranked 13th in the country and they have another massive test this week as they travel to College Station to take on Texas A&M. If they win in College Station I believe that they earn a spot on the island with their only relevant opponent after Texas A&M being Georgia.
New Years Six
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The major story this week is that North Texas showed me they are not as good as I expected as they lost to Louisiana Tech who enters the Top 10 this week as North Texas exits. UCF remains on top as their rival USF jumps up to #3 as they were ranked just outside of the Ap Top 25. Boise State was also ranked just outside of the AP Top 25 after a good week and they have three teams in my New Years Six Top 10 eyeing them down. Utah State, Fresno State, and San Diego State are all in my Top 10 out of the Mountain West and I am not really sure who the number one contender to Boise State is quite yet.