Ranking the top 25 teams in college football after Week 6.
Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The sixth weekend of the 2017 season was filled with exciting games and intriguing league matchups. Alabama defeated Texas A&M 27-19 to remain No. 1 in the rankings, and Clemson stayed at No. 2 following a home victory against Wake Forest. Georgia, Penn State and Washington round out the top five, with TCU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Auburn highlighting the next tier of teams. Michigan slips to No. 20 following Saturday night's loss to Michigan State. Stanford and Michigan State join the rankings following the Week 6 action.
College Football Top 25 Rankings
1. Alabama (6-0)
Week 6 Result: Defeated Texas A&M
Even though Alabama won at Texas A&M, it’s probably safe to say the sluggish second-half performance will make for a tough week of practice in Tuscaloosa.
2. Clemson (6-0)
Week 6 Result: Defeated Wake Forest
The Tigers had no letdown from last week’s victory at Virginia Tech, as coach Dabo Swinney’s team defeated Wake Forest 28-14 on Saturday. Quarterback Kelly Bryant’s ankle injury isn’t serious, and the junior could play in Friday night’s matchup against Syracuse.
3. Georgia (6-0)
Week 6 Result: Defeated Vanderbilt
Georgia’s ground attack recorded 423 yards in Saturday’s 45-14 blowout victory against Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs have allowed just 17 points through three SEC games this year.
4. Penn State (6-0)
Week 6 Result: Defeated Northwestern
The Nittany Lions have yet to allow an opponent to score more than 19 points this year.
5. Washington (6-0)
Week 6 Result: Defeated California
Freshman tight end Hunter Bryant is an emerging weapon in the passing game for the Huskies.
6. TCU (5-0)
Week 6 Result: Defeated West Virginia
Kenny Hill’s all-around performance and 14 points off two West Virginia turnovers keep TCU in the ranks of the unbeaten.
7. Oklahoma (4-1)
Week 6 Result: Lost to Iowa State
Defensive issues – especially in the secondary – are back for the Sooners after the loss to Iowa State.
8. Ohio State (5-1)
Week 6 Result: Defeated Maryland
The Buckeyes turned in one of the year’s top defensive performances so far in 2017, limiting Maryland to just 66 total yards in a 62-14 victory.
9. Wisconsin (5-0)
Week 6 Result: Defeated Nebraska
Badgers’ rushing attack gashed Nebraska for 353 yards in Saturday night’s win in Lincoln.
10. Auburn (5-1)
Week 6 Result: Defeated Ole Miss
Despite missing two games due to injury, running back Kerryon Johnson ranks fourth among SEC rushers in total yardage (504) this season.
11. Washington State (6-0)
Week 6 Result: Defeated Oregon
A short-handed Oregon offense provided little trouble for the Cougars in their first road game of the season.
12. Miami (4-0)
Week 6 Result: Defeated Florida State
Hurricanes snap seven-game losing streak to Florida State, but the win was costly for coach Mark Richt’s team. Standout running back Mark Walton is out for the rest of the year due to an ankle injury.
13. USC (5-1)
Week 6 Result: Defeated Oregon State
The Trojans were far from flawless in the victory over Oregon State, but the performance allowed coach Clay Helton’s team to move on from last week’s loss to Washington State.
14. Oklahoma State (4-1)
Week 6 Result: Bye Week
The Cowboys were on bye this Saturday and return to action in Week 7 against Baylor.
15. Notre Dame (5-1)
Week 6 Result: Defeated North Carolina
With quarterback Brandon Wimbush sidelined due to a foot injury, Notre Dame’s defense and ground attack led the way in Saturday’s 33-10 victory over North Carolina.
16. NC State (5-1)
Week 6 Result: Defeated Louisville
The Nov. 4 showdown against Clemson in Raleigh looms large for the ACC Atlantic Division title.
17. San Diego State (6-0)
Week 6 Result: Defeated UNLV
After he was limited to just 107 yards against Northern Illinois, San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny rebounded with 170 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday night’s win at UNLV.
18. Virginia Tech (5-1)
Week 6 Result: Defeated Boston College
Bye week comes at a good time for coach Justin Fuente’s team. Top receiver Cam Phillips suffered a foot sprain against Boston College and needs to be at full strength for the stretch run to win the Coastal Division.
19. Michigan State (4-1)
Week 6 Result: Defeated Michigan
Spartans have won eight out of the last 10 games against Michigan.
20. Michigan (4-1)
Week 6 Result: Lost to Michigan State
Five turnovers simply too much for Jim Harbaugh’s team to overcome against Michigan State.
21. USF (5-0)
Week 6 Result: Bye Week
The Bulls had a bye on Saturday and return to action in Week 7 against Cincinnati.
22. UCF (4-0)
Week 6 Result: Defeated Cincinnati
Knights averaged 12.9 yards per play in Saturday’s rain-shortened victory over Cincinnati.
23. Georgia Tech (3-1)
Week 6 Result: Bye Week
Yellow Jackets had a timely bye on Saturday. Coach Paul Johnson’s team has a huge showdown against Miami in Week 7.
24. Stanford (4-2)
Week 6 Result: Defeated Utah
Bryce Love’s 68-yard touchdown run sealed the victory for the Cardinal in Salt Lake City.
25. Louisville (4-2)
Week 6 Result: Lost to NC State
Lamar Jackson continues to play at a high level, but the Louisville defense has been a mess in conference play, allowing 40.3 points a game through ACC contests.