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2017 Fierce 40: Week 6

by DJ Boyer on Oct. 8, 2017

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - Week 6

Ranking

Team

W-L

Result

Previous

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Alabama 6-0 W:#29 Texas A&M 27-19

1

The ability for Alabama to wear out a defense with Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough is impressive.

2

Clemson 6-0 W:Wake Forest 28-14 2

The health of quarterback Kelly Bryant is the big story in college football right now.

3

Georgia 6-0 W:Vanderbilt 45-14 5

Leapfrog Penn State in the rankings because they have continued to look so balanced and impressive.

4

Penn State 6-0 W:Northwestern 31-7 4

A win in a few weeks over Michigan will be so big for htis teams confidence as a Penn State-Wisconsin Big Ten title game rematch is starting to come into focus.

5

Washington 6-0 W:Cal 38-7 6

They look to be on the outside of the top 4 bubble put they just keep quietly taking care of business.

6

TCU 5-0 W:#21 West Virginia 31-24 7

Two quality tough wins against Oklahoma State and West Virginia have shown the Horned Frogs are for real.

7

Washington State 6-0 W:#26 Oregon 33-10 8

We all knew Washington State would have a potent offense but it's the defense responsible for this epic start.

8

Ohio State 5-1 W:#35 Maryland 62-14 10

Impressive performance against a very athletic Maryland team which they held to 66 yards of offense.

9

Wisconsin 5-0 W:Nebraska 38-17 9

As we have pointed out before, Michigan is the only ranked team on Wisconsins schedule that remains and they are reeling right now. Don't sleep on the Badgers as Big Ten Champions.

10

Oklahoma 5-1 L:Iowa State 31-38 3

Oklahoma has suffered some huge losses and epic collapes...this one ranks near the top all time.

11

Auburn

5-1 W:Ole Miss 44-23 12

Jury is still out on just how good Auburn is at the moment.

12

Miami 4-0 W:Florida State 24-20 13

Hard to find a more clutch receiver than Braxton Berrios right now.

13

USC 5-1 W:Oregon State 38-10 14

Sam Darnold posts his best game of the season for the Trojans.

14

Michigan 4-1 L:Michigan State 10-14 11

Were the Wolverines guilty of looking ahead to Penn State? Doubtful...five turnovers will doom just about any team.

15

Oklahoma State 4-1 Idle 15

Oklahoma State has to hope for a TCU stumble and to win out the remainder of the schedule for a shot at a BCS birth.

16

South Florida 5-0 Idle 16

The Bulls remain perfect despite  adown start to the year for Quinton Flowers.

17

Virginia Tech 5-1 W:Boston College 23-10 18

Virginia Tech has a pair of very winnable games at home against North Carolina and Duke before traveling to Miami in what could decide the Coastal Division crown within the ACC.

18

Notre Dame 5-1 W:North Carolina 33-10 20

Josh Adams continues to carve up opposing defenses running the football.

19

San Diego State 6-0 W:UNLV 41-10 22

A win at home against Boise State this week means playing in a BCS Bowl game is suddenly a distinct possibility as the at-large squad.

20

Central Florida 4-0 W:Cincinnati 51-23 24

We and many others had all but proclaimed South Florida the winner of the AAC in the preseason....after watching UCF so far we are not so certain.

21

NC State 5-1 W:#17 Louisville 39-25 34

If only the Wolfpack has closed the deal against Soiuth Carolina in the season opener.

22

Georgia Tech 3-1 Idle 23

The Ramblin Wreck had the week off to prepare going on the road to face the undefeated Hurricanes.

23

Stanford 4-2 W:#25 Utah 23-20 33

Apparently the new plan for Stanford is lose a pair of games early in the schedule and go on a tear a la 2016.

24

West Virginia 3-2 L:#7 TCU 31-24 21

It's a shame someone had to lost the West Virginia-TCU game as both teams showed they are forces in the Big 12.

25

Michigan State 4-1 W:#11 Michigan 14-10 NR

It was the definititon of an ugly win but Michigan State has announced they are back amongst the Big Ten elite.

26

Louisville 4-2 L:#34 NC State 25-39 17

This certainly kills Lamar Jackson's hopes at consecutive Heisman Trophies.

27

Florida 3-2 L:LSU 16-17 19

A home matchup with Texas A&M looms with the loser getting their third loss and likely dropping ouit of the SEC race.

28

Memphis 4-1 W:UConn 70-31 28

Riley Ferguson is getting some attention from pro scouts at quarterback and rightfully so.

29

Troy 4-1 Idle

27

Too bad Troy had to settle for a bye week after what was likely the most significant victory in the history of the program.

30

Utah 4-1 L:#33 Stanford 20-23 25

A home loss before going on the road to USC was not what the Utes envisoned.

31

Texas A&M 4-2 L:#1 Alabama 19-27 29

Texas A&M showed well and proved their defensive line is for real as they came into the game leading the SEC in sacks.

32

Texas Tech 4-1 W:Kansas 65-19 31

Beating Kansas is like a bye week but it's still a victory.

33

Navy 5-0 W:Air Force 48-45 30

Navy can breathe easy after getting a last second victory after blowing a 21-point lead.

34

Oregon 4-2 L:#8 Washington State 10-33 26

Can't remember the last time we saw an Oregon offense held to under 300 yards of offense.

35

Mississippi State 3-2 Idle 32

Gets a reeling BYU team next week that has started the year 1-5.

36

Tennessee 3-2 Idle 36

Tennessee needs to beat South Carolina to avoid a 0-3 start in the SEC.

37

Kentucky 5-1 W:Missouri 40-34 37

Kentucky is guilty of playing toi the level of their opponent. The largest margin of victory this year has been 11 points and their lone loss was by a single digit against Florida.

38

LSU 4-2 W:#19 Florida 17-16 NR

What a difference a week makes. LSU bounces back with some stout defense late after the Troy debacle a week ago.

39

UCLA 3-2 Idle 39

Even with a bye week Josh Rosen threw 20 passes.

40

Virginia 4-1 W:#38 Duke 28-21 NR

Defense held Duke to 255 total yards and the Cavaliers next three opponents have a combined record of 5-13...big things could be happening at Virginia.

Dropped Out: Maryland, Colorado and Duke.