Week 6 Sports Brew Top 25 poll

Here is the official Sports Brew top 25 poll. We will have first the rank of the teams, last week’s ranking in parentheses and their overall record.

1. Alabama (1) 5-0

2. Oregon (2) 5-0

3. Georgia (4) 5-0

4. Florida State (5) 5-0

5. LSU (3) 5-0

6. West Virginia (6) 4-0

7. South Carolina (8) 5-0

8. Kansas State (9) 4-0

9. Florida (10) 4-0

10. Texas (11) 4-0

11. Oregon State (21) 3-0

12. USC (12) 3-1

13. Notre Dame (16) 4-0

14. Mississippi State (18) 4-0

15. Louisville (19) 5-0

16. Ohio State (17) 5-0

17. TCU (14) 4-0

18. Oklahoma (15) 2-1

19. Clemson (13) 4-1

20. Rutgers (20) 4-0

21. Nebraska (21) 4-1

22. Cincinnati (24) 3-0

23. Northwestern (25) 5-0

24. UCLA (NR) 4-1

25. Stanford (7) 3-1

TOP 5

Alabama, as it has been since the preseason, is our #1 ranked team. The champs won a “ho-hum” game at home vs Ole Miss 33-14, which is a typical win for a Nick Saban team. Dude just wins games and goes about his business. Best coach in college football right now.  Oregon was challenged for a half vs Washington St (23-19), then outscored them by 21 in the 2nd half to win by 25. They’re just messing around until their Nov 3 game at USC, which will be the 2nd biggest game that day (Bama @ LSU). Georgia won a shootout at home vs Tennessee 51-44 and it should not have been that close. Just too many turnovers and some head scratching coaching decisions in that game. Can’t do that on the road this week vs South Carolina and the old ball coach. Still, we liked Georgia from the beginning of this season to make an appearance in the National Title game and this weekend is one of the biggest hurdles in their way. Florida State has perhaps the easiest path to the National title game of any team in the top ten. The ACC is a weak conference and the Noles toughest game of the season will be  at home vs the Florida Gators to end the season. Yes, the rivalry game at Miami and to a lesser degree the Thursday night game at Blacksburg (Va Tech) will be tough, but both are very winnable games. LSU may be the biggest head scratchers this season. Are they just holding back or are they really THIS bad? They gave up 22 points to Towson….a CAA team….and only scored 39 against them. Give credit to Towson for showing up to fight, but if LSU is a SEC/National powerhouse, then Towson needs to replace Kentucky in the SEC East. UL Monroe can replace Arkansas in the SEC West.

Biggest Mover of the Week

Oregon State (up to 11th from 21st) has won three games this season….and none against cupcakes.  They have won all three games by a total of 13 points, but have defeated Wisconsin at home and both UCLA and Arizona on the road. I don’t know how they will fare the rest of the year, but that is as impressive a start as any team could have. The Pac-12 is challenging the SEC in terms of quality teams from top to bottom and while Utah, BYU and Washington may not be ranked currently (all Sports Brew preseason ranked teams) they are tough games that the Beavers will be challenged in. The Civil War vs Oregon to end the season will be an epic game.

Biggest Free Fall of the Week

Stanford (7th to 25th) like Florida State was on upset alert this week. When coming off an emotional home win and then going on the road, you have to expect a let down. Well, Stanford lost at Washington 17-13, while Florida State beat South Florida 30-17. Now, don’t get me wrong,  Washington is a much better team than South Florida but still you can’t lose to Washington if you’re Stanford. Not after beating USC and having 10 days off to prepare for the Huskies. Did I drop Stanford too far?  Probably. Did they deserve it? Yes.

Game and Player of the Week

Baylor at West Virginia, as Shannon predicted on the podcast would exceed the over/under of 85 points and each team would score well over 40 points a piece.  Well, it damn near set the regulation record for combined points scored in the modern era. The final ended up being 70-63 with West Virginia pulling out the video game type win. However, the Sports Brew’s leading Heisman candidate (and many others as well) Geno Smith, QB WVU, put up some of the most ridiculous numbers you will ever see. We’ll end this week’s edition with quite possibly the sickest stats you’ll see from a player this season. Here is Geno’s line:

Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
45 51 656 88.2 12.9 1 3 8 0 248.0
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