July 24, 2017

Seminoles Show Might As Favorites Win in Week 6

Week 6 in college football had many great matchups but every favored Top 16 team that played won their game, meaning no great shakeup in the rankings.

The one game that stood out for me was the Florida State-Maryland game in Tallahasse. Did the Seminoles make a statement by thrashing the Terrapins 63-0? Maryland was 4-0 coming into the game, a pretty good start to the season for the Randy Edsall-coached team. In his first two seasons as coach of Maryland, Edsall only won six games while losing eighteen after coming from UConn where he led the Huskies to five bowl games in his last sevens years in Storrs, Connecticut.

Jameis Winston showed why he is in play for the Heisman by passing for 393 yards and five touchdowns. On the year, he has 17 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. The kid can play.

With their lopsided victory, FSU moved up one spot for the #6 position in the poll after the steady top five teams who keep on winning. FSU did gain 22 points and is now within striking distance of challenging Stanford and Ohio State for the 4 and 5 spots in the poll. FSU has Week 7 off before they face Clemson in an ACC matchup. The winner of this game will stay in the top five while the loser will drift to the middle of the pack.

The other high scoring game of the week was Baylor and West Virginia in Waco, Texas. The Bears had 864 yards of total offense and beat the Mountaineers 73-42. Bryce Petty passed for 347 yards and two scores while Lache Seastrunk ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns and freshman Shock Linwood contributed 126 rushing yards and a touchdown. Baylor moved up two spots in the poll and sit at #14.

Last night Louisville beat Rutgers and now are 6-0. The top games for the weekend that may create changes in the Top 16 include Oregon at Washington, Missouri at Georgia and Florida at LSU.

Here are the rankings by Leatherheads of the Gridiron after Week 6:

Rank Team Record Points Last Week
   1 Alabama (11)    5-0   176        1
   2 Oregon    5-0   164        2
   3 Clemson    5-0   147        3
   4 Ohio State    6-0   138        4
   5 Stanford    5-0   136        5
   6 Florida State    5-0   120        7
   7 Georgia    4-1     98        6
   8 Louisville    5-0     95        8
   9 (Tied) LSU    5-1     68      11
   9 (Tied) Oklahoma    5-0     68      10
 11 Texas A&M    4-1     66        9
 12 UCLA    4-0     60      12
 13 Miami    5-0     37      13
 14 Baylor    4-0     26      16
 15 South Carolina    4-1     22      14
 16 Michigan    5-0     16      NR


Others receiving votes
: Texas Tech – 9, Virginia Tech – 9, Wisconsin – 8, Arizona State – 7, USC – 6, Washington – 6, Oregon State – 5, Northwestern – 4, Florida – 3, Fresno State – 2.

Participating voters: Jon Blayne, David Boyce, Ronnie Foreman, Chris Garbarino, RUFANJerry, Terry Keshner, Bob Lazzari, Tex Noel, Bob Swick, Joe Williams, Tony Williams.