Oct. 10, 2016
Week 6 2016 NCAA College Football Power Rankings
Tennessee, Miami, and Houston were the latest teams that lost their undefeated streak this past weekend while Washington, Texas A&M, and Michigan continue to rise their stock in the return of my Power Rankings.
10. Baylor: With the off-field issues, the Bears are undefeated and will play a home game this weekend against the Kansas Jayhawks. After that, Baylor plays Texas, host TCU, and then play Oklahoma. And here's a fun fact, Baylor lost to all three teams last season.
9. Nebraska: After the bye week, Nebraska plays a huge game against Indiana. After a tough game against Indiana, they have two road games against Wisconsin and Ohio State. To be honest, I see the Cornhuskers going 2-1 in those set of games.
8. Wisconsin: With their bye week, the Badgers face a tough challenge against Ohio State at home. If Wisconsin somehow manages the upset, that puts them in the CFP debate. Also, it gives them the chance to get revenge against Michigan in the Big Ten game. Even if the Badgers don't make the Big Ten Championship game, the Badgers have surprised the college football world this season. Many experts didn't see this team compete with the Big Ten, but Iowa is struggling.
7. Louisville: Another team that had a bye week. Even though Lamar Jackson is a Heisman candidate, Louisville still has games to get their momentum back. Those two games start with easy games against Duke and Wake Forest.
6. Texas A&M: Before the start of the season, Kevin Sumlin was on the hot seat. Now, Texas A&M is undefeated and contenders in the SEC. Still, the Aggies have a tough road ahead playing the likes of Alabama, Ole Miss and LSU. Lastly, watch out for Trevor Knight, who could he a Heisman candidate after his performance against Tennessee.
5. Washington: Washington had ten seasons of misery. But these Huskies beat down Oregon with a 70-21 victory. I don't remember seeing a Washington team dominate anybody in the Pac-12, especially Oregon. Another player that got in Heisman contention is QB Jake Browning. Browning finished the game by going 22-28 for 304 yards and 6 TDs. Washington's next big game is in two weeks against Utah. Then it's games against Cal, USC, and Arizona State.
4. Michigan: Rutgers, how are you still feeling from that beatdown? To give up 78 points was bad. Michigan's defense only gave up five passing yards. Also, they managed 600 total yards. In the end, Jabrill Peppers scored two TDs. Michigan's next few games deal with Michigan State and Iowa. If Michigan goes 2-0, Michigan can remain undefeated until the biggest game of the season against Ohio State in Columbus.
3. Clemson: The Tigers easily defeated Boston College this past weekend. Deshaun Watson finished the game with 264 yards and 4 TDs. The Tigers only gave up 96 yards on defense. The only tough game is a road game against FSU, and if they beat FSU, they're in great position to make the ACC Title Game.
2. Ohio State: For the Buckeyes, their win over Indiana was looked at as a look ahead game. Sure, Indiana is a work in progress team, but the Buckeyes are looking ahead to their game against Wisconsin. Ohio State only had one test this season, and that was against Oklahoma in Norman. This will be a tough test. The Buckeyes have struggled in Camp Randall in the past, and the Buckeyes have been a great road team under Urban Meyer. However, they face another tough road test later in the season against Michigan State.
1. Alabama: Alabama passes another easy test against Arkansas. Jalen Hurt finished the game with 4 TDs (rushing and passing). I was shocked that the Crismon Tide gave up 30 points, but they still managed five turnovers in the game. Up next for the Crismon Tide is Tennessee, Texas A&M, and LSU. If Alabama can go 3-0, then Alabama is CFP bound. Another storyline to watch is Hurt possibility being a contender for the Heisman Trophy. Can he become the third Freshman in history to win that trophy? Only time will tell.