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

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)

Mike McCarn/Associated Press

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 (4-0)

22. Texas (2-1)

23. Louisiana-Lafayette (3-0)

24. Iowa State (2-1)

25. UCF (2-1)

        

Top 25 Week 6 Schedule, Predictions

Saturday, Oct. 10

No. 4 Florida at No. 21 Texas A&M, noon, ESPN

No. 19 Virginia Tech at No. 8 North Carolina, noon, ABC

No. 22 Texas at Oklahoma, noon, Fox

Coastal Carolina at No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette, noon, ESPN2

No. 14 Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia, 3:30 p.m., CBS

UTSA at No. 15 BYU, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2

Texas Tech at No. 24 Iowa State, 3:30 p.m., ABC

Arkansas at No. 13 Auburn, 4 p.m., SEC Network

No. 2 Alabama at Ole Miss, 6 p.m., ESPN

No. 7 Miami at No. 1 Clemson, 7:30 p.m., ABC

Florida State at No. 5 Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBC

Missouri at No. 17 LSU, 9 p.m., ESPN

All times ET. Picks in bold.

Complete Week 6 schedule available at ESPN.com

      

Week 6 Matchups to Watch

No. 7 Miami at No. 1 Clemson

Clemson hasn’t lost a game to an ACC opponent since falling at Syracuse on Oct. 13, 2017. Since then, the Tigers have won 24 straight games against conference teams, with their most recent coming at home against Virginia this past Saturday. Clemson won 41-23 in a rematch of last season’s ACC Championship Game.

But the Tigers have a few difficult games on their regular-season schedule, which includes this Saturday’s home matchup against No. 7 Miami. The Hurricanes have started the season 3-0, which includes a pair of ACC wins against Louisville and Florida State. But they’re going to have a much tougher task going on the road to take on Clemson.

As expected, Tigers junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence is off to another tremendous start, passing for 848 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions through his team’s first three games. If the Hurricanes want any chance at an upset victory, they’ll need to either find a way to limit Clemson’s high-powered offense or be able to keep up with it.

Although Miami leads the all-time series against Clemson 6-5, the Tigers have won the past two meetings (2017 and 2015), with the Hurricanes’ last win coming in 2010. But even if Miami doesn’t win Saturday, this has the potential to be one of the more exciting games featuring top teams from the ACC this season.

         

No. 14 Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia

Brynn Anderson/Associated Press

If there were any concerns about Georgia after its slow start in its season opener at Arkansas, those should be gone now. Not only did the Bulldogs come back to win that game against the Razorbacks, but they had an impressive showing in their home opener this past Saturday, notching a 27-6 win over Auburn.

It hasn’t been USC transfer JT Daniels or redshirt freshman D’Wan Mathis leading Georgia to success on offense, either. It’s been junior quarterback Stetson Bennett, who replaced Mathis in the season opener and has since passed for 451 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the pair of victories. The Bulldogs have also relied on their strong defense, which held Auburn to 216 total yards.

Tennessee is ranked No. 14 in the country, but it has yet to face a true test this season. After wins over South Carolina and Missouri, the Vols will be looking to prove they’re contenders in the SEC this year with an upset road victory at Georgia. It’s the first of five games against current ranked opponents for Tennessee this season, as it will also face No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 Florida, No. 13 Auburn and No. 21 Texas A&M later on.

Georgia has been a top team in the country in recent seasons, so it’s not surprising it owns three straight wins over Tennessee. But this could be the Vols’ best chance to hang with the Bulldogs since notching back-to-back victories against them in 2015 and 2016.

       

No. 22 Texas at Oklahoma

Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

There probably weren’t many people that predicted Oklahoma to open the season 1-2 and be out of the AP Top 25 poll heading into Week 6. However, after opening the year with a win over Missouri State, the Sooners have lost the past two weeks against Kansas State and Iowa State, making for a tough start after they were ranked No. 3 in the country.

Oklahoma isn’t the only top Big 12 team to have already suffered an upset loss. This past Saturday, Texas fell to 2-1 with a home loss to TCU. Now, the Longhorns could also be close to falling out of the rankings if they lose on the road against the Sooners this week.

As to be expected with a Big 12 matchup, there’s going to be a ton of offense in this contest. Even though both teams have had some recent struggles, Texas is averaging 517.7 total yards per game, while Oklahoma is averaging 513. So, this game could certainly turn into an offensive shootout late.

That’s to be expected in this Red River Showdown series, and it should be fun to watch, especially with both teams looking to get their seasons back on course. Oklahoma has won four of its past five matchups against Texas, and if the Sooners don’t continue that strong stretch, they’ll fall to a surprising 1-3 in 2020.  

Source Article