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College Football Power Rankings: Week 6

by: AnthonyP On  Tuesday, November 4, 2008

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Total Pro Sports – The Big 12 and the SEC are dominating the college world at the moment. The Big 12 features 5 unbeaten teams while the SEC has 3 of it’s own respectively. They are currently holding down the top 5 spots in the Power Rankings and have a total of 11 teams in the Top 25.

We had a fairly calm week as there was only one surprise worth mentioning and that was the Pittsburgh Panthers beating the South Florida Bulls to jump into Top 25 NFL power rankings.

Our Top 25 College Football Power Rankings feature 5 new entrants as the Michigan State Spartans, Pittsburgh Panthers, Ball State, North Carolina Tar Heels and Tulsa are all welcomed in. The Oklahoma Sooners remain our undisputed no.1 with their dominating performance against Baylor.

Green ArrowOur biggest winners this week in our College Power Rankings, were the Vanderbilt Commodores moving up 7 spots after a big win against Auburn. The Virginia Tech Hockies moved up 8 spots to no. 17 and the Oklahoma State Cowboys climbed 7 spots respectively.

Red ArrowOur biggest losers this week in our College Football Power Rankings for week 5 were the South Florida Bulls dropping 10 spots to #19, They lost a big home game on Thursday night to the Pittsburgh Panthers. 5 teams fell out of the Top 25 this week as a result of big losses or not playing.

Rank Team Rec PRV Comment
1 Oklahoma Sooners 5-0 - Oklahoma continues to roll on, this week they had the game won in the first quarter scoring 4 touchdowns on their first 4 possessions. Sam Bradford has quickly jumped into the Heisman running and to some may even be leading the way. What a game they have next week as they host the equally impressive Texas Longhorns. Up Next: Texas Longhorns
2

Missouri Tigers

5-0 Green Arrow1 30 years of history was removed in one night as the Tigers dominated the Huskers for their first road win of the season. The Tigers relieved a 15 game losing streak to the Huskers, dating back to 30 years ago. The Tigers have yet to be stopped this season as the run/pass threat of Chase Daniel’s cannot be figured out. Their toughest match up thus far comes next week when the upstart Oklahoma St Cowboys visit. Up Next: Oklahoma State
3

Alabama Crimson Tide

6-0 Green Arrow1 The Crimson Tide were able to just manhandle the Wildcats this week. Glen Coffee was able to run wild against Kentucky, rushing for 218 yards and a touchdown. The Tide jumped on Kentucky early, scoring the first 2 touchdowns of the game, they needed every little bit as Kentucky battled all night but came up just short. Up Next: Nebraska Cornhuskers
4

Texas Longhorns

5-0 Green Arrow1 They are not too far from reaching the Top 3 in the rankings, next to Oklahoma and Missouri they are the only other team that has dominated every game they have played. This week they had their biggest scare against the Buffaloes, they won the game by 24 points! Their average margin of victory this year is 35.8 and they have posted three 52-10 scorelines. Up Next: Oklahoma Sooners
5

LSU Tigers

4-0 Red Arrow3 A week off see’s LSU lose 3 spots in the Power Rankings. It is ultra competitive at the top, LSU loses its spots based on other teams’ performances. Next week’s game at Florida has huge significance in terms of their Title hopes. Up Next: Florida Gators
6

USC

3-1 - Huge bounce back game for the Trojans as they dominated the Ducks this week. Marc Sanchez was great and the defence showed up for every down. The key to their season is still in the knees of Marc Sanchez as he continues to re aggravate that injury. Up Next: Arizona State
7 Penn State Lions 6-0 Green Arrow3 All season long it’s been the offense that has been carrying the torch for the Nittany Lions this week the defence dominated the game. With Paterno watching from the press box the Nittany Lions remained undefeated as they continue to keep their eyes on the prize, the goal…the Orange Bowl. Up Next: Wisconsin Badgers
8 Florida Gators 4-1 - The Gators get back on the right track as they win easily over a young Razorbacks team. The Gators remained focused this week and didn’t look forward to their upcoming game against the LSU Tigers. Up Next: LSU Tigers
9 Texas Tech Red Raiders 5-0 Green Arrow2 The three headed monster at Texas Tech is flexing it’s muscles each week. The combination of Graham Harrell, Shannon Woods, and Michael Crabtree are scorching opponents defences and have gotten the Red Raiders off to a 5-0 start. The only way to beat this team is to outscore them and not many teams in the nation can do that. Up Next:Nebraska Cornhuskers
10 Georgia Bulldogs 4-1 Red Arrow3 They had a bye week. Up Next: Tennessee Volunteers
11 Ohio State Buckeyes 5-1 Green Arrow2 This team may be 6-0 had they started Terrelle Pryor in that USC game. The kid was remarkably ‘cool’ leading the Buckeyes down the field for the go ahead score. The Badgers had just taken the lead and the crowd was rocking, but Pryor looked like a senior in the way he methodically drove the field, capped it with his won rushing touchdown. Up Next: Purdue Boilermakers
12 Utah Utes 6-0 Green Arrow1 The Utes survived another great effort from the Oregon State Beavers to run their record to 6-0. The Utes needed an 11 point comeback late in the fourth quarter, including a field goal with :01 second left on the clock. Up Next: Wyoming Cowboys
13 BYU 5-0 Green Arrow1 The second undefeated team of the Mountain West also extended the nations longest winning streak to 15 games. Max Hall led another Cougar offensive onslaught against a mediocre Utah State team. Up Next: New Mexico Lobos
14 Kansas 4-1 Green Arrow2 Ok, so your in halftime at Iowa State andtrailing 20-0. You have been outplayed and pushed around, what do you do? If your the Kansas Jayhawks, led by Todd Reesing, you don’t panic, you come out and rally for a 35-33 victory. I guess when you hit rock bottomn the only way to go is up. Nice win Jayhawks! Up Next: Colorado Buffaloes
15 Vanderbilt Commodores 5-0 Green Arrow7 How bout dem Commodores! They won the biggest game in years this past week, rallying behind Mckenzi Adams to upset the Auburn Tigers. The Commodores start the season at 5-0 for the first time since 1943. Up Next: Mississippi State Aggies
16 Oklahoma State 5-0 Green Arrow7 It’s not the same old faces that are leading this Cowboys attack, long gone are the Woods brothers, in are names like Zac Robinson, Kendall Hunter, Keith Toston, and Dez Bryant. Who are all making plays for Oklahoma State, who have averaged 56 PPG over their last 4. I expect 100 points to be scored in their next game. Up Next: Missouri Tigers
17 Virginia Tech 5-1 Green Arrow7 The Hockies did not look spectacular against the Hilltoppersbut they extended their winning streak to 5 games. They are a sound football team, with the potential to be even better, I look for them to win the ACC this year. Up Next: Boston College Eagles
18

Bosie State Broncos

4-0 Green Arrow3 Boise has looked good on that blue field in Idaho, holding opponents to 5.6 PPG at home. Kellen Moore is spreading the ball all over the field locating the available receiver each time he drops back to pass. Boise needs to continue winning games to remain in the Top 25. Up Next: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
19

South Florida Bulls

5-1 Red Arrow10 A week after a win in their toughest road test of the season the Bulls come home and stumble against Pittsburgh. The crowd showed no enthusiasm in the game, I guess their minds were still on the Rays first playoff win. A very disappointing performance bu South Florida. Up Next: Syracuse Orangmen
20 North Carolina 4-1 NR The Tar Heels appear to be for real, they had control of the game from the coin flip until the final play. The receiving core at NorthCarolina is really good, they have length, speed, and play-making ability. The Tar Heels dominated on both defence and special teams and handed the Huskies their first loss of the season. Up Next: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
21 Michigan State Spartans 5-1 NR They opened the season with a close loss at California but since then have 5 straight including impressive wins against Notre Dame and Iowa. Javon Ringer is the center piece to the offense at Michigan State and as long as he’s running well they have a chance to win. Up Next: Northweastern Wildcats
22 Pittsburgh 4-1 NR The Panthers jump from out of the Top 25 into the 22nd spot with a convincing win at South Florida. LeSean McCoy was all that and then some as he gave the Bulls defenders fits all game. Up Next: Auburn Tigers
23

Connecticut Huskies

5-1 Red Arrow4 A season breaker for the Huskies as they managed nothing but an impressive showing from Heismen candidate Donald Brown. Tyler Lorenzen’s injury means more to the team than anticipated as the Huskies looked awful throwing the football this week. Up Next: Rutgers Scarlet Knight
24 Ball State 6-0 NR In college football you must either be able to score a lot of points or defend extremly well. The Cardinals don’t defend as well as most teams but they can score a ton of points. Ball St broke away from a tight game at half and blew out Toledo 31-0, the same team that gave Fresno St a tough time a few weeks ago with. Up Next: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
25 Tulsa 5-0 NR The 25th spot is always a controversialone, with so many teams buying for the place it’s hard to decide who is most deserving. Let’s justify our reason for putting Tulsa in this spot, their 5-0, they have scored a lot of points, and they have the nations leading touchdown passer in David Johnson. Up Next: SMU

Honorable Mention: California, Northwestern, Wake Forest, Boston College, Florida State, Cincinnati, Western Michigan, TCU, Auburn, Arizona, Navy, Notre Dame

Be sure to check back next week with our 2008 College Football Power Rankings for Week 7.




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