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College Football Rankings 2020: Week 7 Polls, Schedule and Standings Predictions | Bleacher Report

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Alabama quarterback Mac Jones looks for a receiver against Michigan during the second half of the Citrus Bowl NCAA college football game, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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One of the most anticipated games of the college football season will give us an insight into which team may be the best College Football Playoff contender out of the SEC.

No. 2 Alabama hosts No. 3 Georgia Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium in a game that should take over the national spotlight. This will also be the first time the the two teams have met in the regular season since 2015. 

The winner of the SEC showdown will be viewed as the top contender to Clemson in the Top 25 rankings and will gain a massive advantage in the playoff discussion. 

Although no other ranked programs face each other in the upcoming week, seven Top 25 sides have to go on the road, and some may have tougher challenges on their hands than expected. 

          

Week 7 Schedule

All Times ET.

Wednesday, October 14

Coastal Carolina at No. 21 Louisiana (7:30 p.m., ESPN)

       

Friday, October 16

No. 17 SMU at Tulane (6 p.m., ESPN)

No. 15 BYU at Houston (9 p.m., ESPN)

     

Saturday, October 17

No. 1 Clemson at Georgia Tech (Noon, ABC)

No. 8 Cincinnati at Tulsa (Noon, ESPN2)

Pittsburgh at No. 13 Miami (Noon, ACC Network)

No. 14 Auburn at South Carolina (Noon, ESPN)

Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame (2:30 p.m., NBC)

LSU at No. 10 Florida (3:30 p.m., ESPN)

No. 11 Texas A&M at Mississippi State (4 p.m., SEC Network)

No. 5 North Carolina at Florida State (7 p.m., ESPN)

No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama (8 p.m., CBS)

Boston College at No. 23 Virginia Tech (8 p.m., ACC Network)

            

Predictions

Alabama Handles Georgia At Home, Tests Clemson For No. 1 Spot

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Since the two best teams in the SEC last met in regular-season play, Alabama have taken wins

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College Football Rankings 2020: Week 6 Standings, Schedule and Predictions | Bleacher Report

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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) warms up prior to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against Clemson in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

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There have been times over the past few seasons that Clemson has been criticized for playing a light regular-season schedule. While the Tigers are typically one of the top teams in the country, they roll through the majority of their ACC competition on their way to the College Football Playoff.

This year, though, Clemson will have some tests along the way. That includes Saturday’s matchup against Miami, the No. 7-ranked team in the country, as the top-seeded Tigers will look to maintain their No. 1 spot in the rankings with their toughest game thus far.

It’s one of four matchups featuring a pair of ranked teams this upcoming weekend, which should provide plenty of exciting action.

Here’s a look at everything you need to know heading into Week 6 of the 2020 college football season.

     

Week 6 Polls

AP Top 25 Poll

1. Clemson (3-0)

2. Alabama (2-0)

3. Georgia (2-0)

4. Florida (2-0)

5. Notre Dame (2-0)

6. Ohio State (0-0)

7. Miami (3-0)

8. North Carolina (2-0)

9. Penn State (0-0)

10. Oklahoma State (3-0)

11. Cincinnati (3-0)

12. Oregon (0-0)

13. Auburn (1-1)

14. Tennessee (2-0)

15. BYU (3-0)

16. Wisconsin (0-0)

17. LSU (1-1)

18. SMU (4-0)

19. Virginia Tech (2-0)

20. Michigan (0-0)

21. Texas A&M (1-1)

22. Texas (2-1)

23. Louisiana-Lafayette (3-0)

24. Iowa State (2-1)

25. Minnesota (0-0)

       

Amway Coaches Poll

1. Clemson (3-0)

2. Alabama (2-0)

3. Georgia (2-0)

4. Florida (2-0)

5. Notre Dame (2-0)

6. Ohio State (0-0)

7. Miami (3-0)

8. Penn State (0-0)

9. North Carolina (2-0)

10. Oklahoma State (3-0)

11. Cincinnati (3-0)

12. Tennessee (2-0)

13. Auburn (1-1)

14. Wisconsin (0-0)

15. BYU (3-0)

16. LSU (1-1)

17. Oregon (0-0)

18. Virginia Tech (2-0)

19. Michigan (0-0)

20. Texas A&M (1-1)

21. SMU

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College Football Rankings 2020: Final NCAA Overview of Week 5 Standings | Bleacher Report

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Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith runs the ball during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

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One of the benefits of the SEC’s conference-only schedule is that we should be treated to at least one ranked matchup each week.

On Saturday, there are two Top 25 meetings in the SEC that could shake up the complexion of both divisions. 

Alabama hosts Texas A&M in the first of those two games, but it will serve as the appetizer to the main event between Auburn and Georgia.

The “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” will be contested under the lights at Sanford Stadium and will serve as an early measuring stick for each team’s championship hopes. 

Georgia is in a much more favorable position to make a title run from the SEC East, but Auburn might be able to lay claim to the title of second-best squad in the SEC West if it comes out of Athens, Georgia, with a victory.

        

Week 5 Rankings

AP Top 25

1. Clemson (2-0)

2. Alabama (1-0)

3. Florida (1-0)

4. Georgia (1-0)

5. Notre Dame (2-0)

6. Ohio State

7. Auburn (1-0)

8. Miami (3-0)

9. Texas (2-0)

10. Penn State 

11. UCF (2-0)

12. North Carolina (1-0)

13. Texas A&M (1-0)

14. Oregon

15. Cincinnati (2-0)

16. Mississippi State (1-0)

17. Oklahoma State (2-0)

18. Oklahoma (1-1)

19. Wisconsin

20. LSU (0-1)

21. Tennessee (1-0)

22. BYU (2-0)

23. Michigan 

24. Pittsburgh (3-0)

25. Memphis (1-0)

     

The four SEC teams in the Top 25 matchups will be under the biggest spotlights Saturday. 

Alabama looked like the most impressive of the four squads in the opening week of SEC play by beating Missouri by 19 points. 

Auburn was frustrated by Kentucky, Georgia struggled in the first half against Arkansas, and Texas A&M failed to pull away from Vanderbilt. 

Georgia could be in the best position to improve out of the