CFN 2013 Rankings
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2013 Week 6 Rankings, No. 26-125
1. Alabama 5-0
Last Week: W, Georgia State, 45-3
Why They Should Be No. 1: The Crimson Tide already owns wins over Texas A&M on the road, Ole Miss at home and Virginia Tech at a neutral site. The 35-10 victory at the Georgia Dome keeps getting better and better since it's the Hokies' only loss of the year. 'Bama hasn't allowed a touchdown in 12 quarters.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The offense has been just so-so up to this point in the season, exposing issues along the offensive line. As good as the D has been lately, the Tide was eminently beatable against the pitch-and-catch combo of Johnny Manziel to Mike Evans in Week 2.
2. Oregon 5-0
Last Week: W, Colorado, 57-16
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Oregon has scored at least 55 points in all five of its games, including this past weekend in Boulder. How many offenses can roll up the second most total yards in school history without a player of De'Anthony Thomas' caliber? In Week 3, the Ducks trucked the same Tennessee team that took Georgia to overtime on Saturday.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Based solely on the evidence through six weeks, is Oregon really that much different than Baylor? The Ducks are burying all comers with a high-powered offense and an underrated D, but they haven't beaten anyone that would even be remotely confused with a Top 25 squad.
3. Clemson 5-0
Last Week: W, Syracuse, 49-14
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Carrier Dome can be a tricky spot for opponents. The Tigers, though, might disagree after rolling behind 624 total yards and five Tajh Boyd touchdown passes. Until further notice, Clemson still owns the best win of the year, a defeat of surging Georgia in the opener.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Sure, the Bulldog win was huge, but the Tigers have spent the four games since fattening up against ACC also-rans. If Clemson is going to nudge into the top 2 ahead of either Oregon or Alabama, it needs another statement win, such as over Florida State two weeks from now.
4. Florida State 5-0
Last Week: W, Maryland, 63-0
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The 'Noles laid a historically impressive beating on Maryland, which began the day ranked No. 25 in the nation. The D shook off its awkward performance a week earlier at BC, and QB Jameis Winston continues to play as if he's been at this level for four years.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: To be fair, Florida State has not defeated a great team this year. The Terps wound up being an imposter, meaning the Seminoles will have to defeat Clemson two weeks from now to be considered one of the two or three best teams in the country.
5. Georgia 4-1
Last Week: W, Tennessee, 34-31
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Forget the fact that Georgia had to go all 15 rounds with a middling Tennessee team. This was about as resilient a victory as will be seen all year, with the Dawgs rallying on the road, despite being without a number of injured offensive stars.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Bulldogs are not home to a top 5 defense, allowing more than 32 points a game. Heck, the offense might take a step back, too, if more than one of Aaron Murray's playmakers is lost for a significant period of time.
6. LSU 5-1
Last Week: W, Mississippi State, 59-26
Why The Ranking Should be Higher: In the week following an emotional loss to Georgia, the Tigers started slowly before finishing with a flurry. In fact, they scored the final 31 points to coast to the final gun. LSU's only loss came at one of the nation's best teams, and the Auburn win got better after the Tigers defeated Ole Miss in Week 6.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The defense is uncharacteristically flawed this season. A week after allowing 44 points in the loss to Georgia, Mississippi State tagged LSU for 468 yards, despite using a backup quarterback for part of the night.
7. Texas A&M 4-1
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: A&M’s only loss came by a touchdown against the team favored to win a third straight national championship. The offense is among the most prolific in the country, scoring at least 42 points against everyone, including Alabama.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The defense is struggling badly, ranking near the bottom of the FBS at the midway point of the season. Just how good are the Aggies? No one knows for sure, because their best win was over a middling Arkansas team that got to within five points in the final quarter.
8. Stanford 5-0
Last Week: W, Washington, 31-28
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cardinal held on to win its first prove-it game of the year, defeating a Washington team that has a case as one of the ten best in the country. The emergence of WR Ty Montgomery gives Stanford the big-play guy needed to complement its blue-collar approach.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Yeah, Stanford won on Saturday night, but it got outplayed in many areas, gaining just 284 yards to the Huskies’ 489 yards. The Cardinal D was more vulnerable than expected to the passing of Keith Price and the running of Bishop Sankey.
9. UCLA 4-0
Last Week: W, Utah 34-27
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Bruins have legitimized their top 10 ranking with two statement road wins in the first four games, at Nebraska and at Utah. Cold weather and an electric Rice-Eccles crowd couldn’t keep UCLA from remaining unbeaten on Thursday night.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: UCLA is entering the rarified air occupied by teams in the national championship hunt. Inching higher will require the Bruins to knock off other ranked Pac-12 teams, a task made more difficult by the broken ankle suffered by LT Torian White against the Utes.
10. Ohio State 6-0
Last Week: W, Northwestern, 40-30
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Buckeyes have beaten ranked conference opponents, Wisconsin and Northwestern, in consecutive weekends. In a tough setting this past Saturday in Evanston, they solidified their claim as the Big Ten’s top team by scoring 27 of the game’s final 34 points.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: It’s another down year for the Big Ten, which is going to stifle Ohio State’s ability to ascend much higher without some help. The Buckeyes, who continue to have problems in pass defense, are not going to beat—or even face—a top 10 opponent during the regular season.
11. Oklahoma 5-0
Last Week: W, TCU, 20-17
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: On a night when points came at a premium in Norman, the Sooner D continued to play at a Big 12 championship-caliber level. Last week’s win over Notre Dame carries more weight now that the Irish got to 4-2 with a win over Arizona State.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Sooners are the Buckeyes of the Big 12, an unbeaten team being held back by a conference lacking other heavyweights to help boost the profile. Oklahoma needs Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma State to continue winning in order to justify top 5 visions.
12. Washington 4-1
Last Week: L, Stanford, 31-28
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Even in losing, the Huskies made a statement on the Farm over the weekend. They went toe-to-toe on the road with one of the nation’s best programs, outgaining the Cardinal by more than 200 yards. Even better, Washington matched Stanford’s physicality, which few programs can boast.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: With a chance to capture the win that would boost the Huskies higher, they failed to deliver in the waning moments. In the end, too many penalties and too many big plays by Cardinal Ty Montgomery doomed Washington, who has not beaten a team currently ranked.
13. Louisville 5-0
Last Week: W, Temple, 30-7
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cardinals have yet to win a game by fewer than two touchdowns. The offense boasts one of the game's best players, QB Teddy Bridgewater, and the D has been outstanding, giving up just 34 points in five games.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Louisville still hasn't faced a team that’d be ranked in the top 50, let alone the Top 25. The weakness of the schedule is a knock that'll be brought up all year. The Cards need to improve in the red zone after stalling three times against Temple.
14. Miami 5-0
Last Week: W, Georgia Tech, 45-30
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: In their first big game since the Week 2 upset of Florida, the 'Canes pulled away from the Yellow Jackets in the fourth quarter. The once-muddled ACC Coastal now looks as if it'll come down to Miami and Virginia Tech, who play at Sun Life on Nov. 9.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Beating the Gators got the Hurricanes into the Top 25. Climbing much higher will require another marquee win. Miami still has defensive question marks that'll likely get exposed during next month's visit to Tallahassee.
15. Florida 4-1
Last Week: W, Arkansas, 30-10
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gators only loss of the season came on the road against a Miami team that's ranked and unbeaten. Florida's D continues to be as stout as any in the country, ranking in the top 10 in just about every major category.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: While QB Tyler Murphy has been a very pleasant surprise since replacing Jeff Driskel, the offense in Gainesville remains a liability. The Gators have yet to nab a quality win, which means the upcoming games with LSU, Mizzou and Georgia will determine the height of their bar in 2013.
16. Missouri 5-0
Last Week: W, Vanderbilt, 51-28
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: It’s time to start taking Mizzou more seriously after it crushed the Commodores, worse than either Ole Miss or South Carolina, behind four James Franklin touchdown passes and seven defensive sacks. The offense is humming now that Franklin has regained his sophomore form, averaging 46 points a game.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Who have you beaten to warrant this—or any—ranking? The Tigers’ best wins came over Indiana and Vandy, neither of whom is a top 50 program right now. More will certainly be learned about Mizzou in upcoming games with Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.
17. Baylor 4-0
Last Week: W, West Virginia, 73-42
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Bears began the weekend averaging 69 points a game, yet actually raised it against the same West Virginia team that upset Oklahoma State just a week earlier. Baylor hung 73 on an underrated Mountaineer D. Oklahoma, the Big 12’s highest-rated team, produced just 16 points against the ‘neers back on Sept. 7.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Baylor played its toughest game of the season so far, yet still hasn’t faced anyone with Top 25 credentials. This program has a lot to prove, but probably won’t get a chance to do it until next month.
18. Wisconsin 3-2
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Badgers’ two losses have come against quality opponents, Ohio State and Arizona State, on the road. And the Sun Devil loss had a controversial ending that could have altered the outcome. Wisconsin is averaging 300 yards rushing a game, with the depth to wear down opponents as the season grinds on.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Wisconsin’s pass defense got exposed in Tempe and Columbus. Taylor Kelly threw for 352 yards in Week 2, while Braxton Miller tagged the Badgers for four touchdown passes the week before the break.
19. South Carolina 4-1
Last Week: W, Kentucky, 35-28
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gamecocks have sustained just one loss, a 41-30 defeat in Athens against one of the nation's top teams. The combination of a steady D and a veteran backfield has made this program a resilient one in tight games.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Where's the quality win or the total effort out of South Carolina this season? The 'Cocks closed with a whimper against Vandy, needed to rally to defeat UCF and needed all 60 minutes to put away 1-4 Kentucky on Saturday night.
20. Northwestern 4-1
Last Week: L, Ohio State, 40-30
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Wildcats were every bit as good as the Buckeyes, the Big Ten standard-bearer, for about 55 minutes of Saturday night’s showdown in Evanston. Northwestern actually won the battle of the quarterbacks, and will keep improving on offense now that RB Venric Mark is back in the fold.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Northwestern needed more than a moral victory in Week 6 to climb any higher, especially after opening the season with a soft non-conference schedule. The Wildcats’ best win so far was over 2-3 Syracuse, whose best win came against Tulane.
21. Michigan 5-0
Last Week: W, Minnesota, 42-13
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Wolverines played their best game in a month, blowing past the Gophers in the second half to retain the Little Brown Jug. No, it hasn't always been pretty, but Michigan has found a way to endure and remain in that select group of unbeaten programs.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Week 2 win over the Irish no longer carries much impact, but close calls with Akron and Connecticut sure do. The Wolverines have been too inconsistent through five games, lacking the signature moment that screams out for a higher ranking.
22. Notre Dame 4-2
Last Week: W, Arizona State, 37-34
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Facing a fork in the road, the Irish earned a quality win over the Sun Devils at a neutral site. Notre Dame now has two decent wins over Michigan State and Arizona State, while its losses came to ranked teams from Michigan and Oklahoma.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Irish have lacked consistency all year, even laboring to put away a brutal Purdue team a few months back. When facing two of the better teams on the schedule, the Wolverines and the Sooners, Notre Dame was unable to rise to the challenge.
23. Texas Tech4-0
Last Week: W, Kansas, 54-16
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Red Raiders have won all five of their games by double-digits behind the nation’s third-ranked passing game and a sneak-good D. They overcame a slow start on start to blow past the Jayhawks in Lawrence.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Texas Tech has yet to be truly tested in 2013. Yeah, the TCU win on Sept. 12 earned the Red Raiders a degree of validation, but the Horned Frogs are below the .500 mark at this point.
24. Auburn 4-1
Last Week: W, Ole Miss, 30-22
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers are off to a terrific start for rookie head coach Gus Malzahn, already surpassing last year’s win total. Auburn earned its Top 25 stripes by beating the same Ole Miss team that crushed Texas in September. It’s only loss came at No. 6 LSU.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Heading in the right direction, yes, but Auburn still has a long way to go on both sides of the ball. None of its current victims are ranked, and the wins over average teams from Washington State and Mississippi State came by just 11 points combined.
25. Fresno State 5-0
Last Week: W, Idaho, 61-14
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Bulldogs easily disposed of Idaho in Moscow behind five Derek Carr touchdown passes and a monster game from WR Davante Adams. The offense, specifically the passing attack, is among the most dangerous and polished in the FBS.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Fresno State's upward mobility is severely stunted by the schedule it plays. The Bulldogs beat Hawaii by five, Rutgers by one in overtime and Boise State during a down year for the Broncos. This is not a year when the Mountain West is going to do any favors for its top team.
2013 Week 6 Rankings, No. 26-125