Why Clemson is No. 1 over Ohio State on Nathan Baird’s Associated Press Top 25 ballot: College rankings

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The real college rankings that matter won’t be released until late November, when the College Football Playoff selection committee goes to work.

The rest of us will keep coming up with a consensus snapshot of how we think college football looks from week to week. And for the first time in 2020, I have a new No. 1 team.

Ohio State has been my No. 1 since the preseason, and on paper, the Buckeyes have an undoubtedly great team. Even with questions on defense, the totality of the offense will make OSU as dangerous as any team in the country.

Clemson, however, looks great on the field right now. The latest evidence came in Saturday’s 42-17 dismantling of Miami. Regardless of whether or not the Hurricanes were overrated coming into that game, what the Tigers are doing on the field right now deserves recognition.

Miami could not summon a pass rush that threatened Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and he and running back Travis Etienne both looked sharp. Yet it was a Tigers defense that made the Hurricanes look completely pedestrian at times that mostly swayed my vote. Look around college football over the past weekend you’ll see why defense might ultimately decide who lifts the CFP trophy in January.

As such, I’m voting Clemson No. 1 and Ohio State No. 2. I was one of only two No. 1 votes for the Buckeyes last week. We’ll see if they have any after today’s poll comes out at 2 p.m. — and whether Clemson also took some votes from Alabama after a defense-optional victory at Ole Miss.

I similarly considered flipping Georgia and Alabama, but they will decide that question in person on Saturday anyway.

Here’s the rest of my ballot:

1-Clemson (4-0)

2-Ohio State (0-0)

3-Alabama (3-0)


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No. 7 Miami travels to face No. 1 Clemson in Death Valley on Saturday in a top-10 battle sure to have implications on the ACC title and College Football Playoff races. There wasn’t much hype for the Tigers-Hurricanes game when the schedule was released in the preseason, but the impressive start by UM has made this early-season showdown one of the biggest games of the year — not only in the ACC but in all of college football.

After all, the ACC doesn’t get a ton of matchups between teams ranked in the top 10. This is the first such game since the 2017 ACC Championship Game when Clemson beat Miami 38-3, and only the 17th meeting between AP top 10 teams in the ACC in the league’s history.

That adds an extra layer of intrigue to the perception portion of Saturday night’s events, as the quality not only of Clemson, the five-time ACC champs, and Miami, the most exciting 2020 contender so far, will carry implications that extend to the entire league.

There’s going to be a ton of talent on the field in Clemson with much of the nation’s eyes on the game. Let’s take a closer look at what to expect in this top-10 showdown as well as make some expert picks both straight up and against the spread.

Clemson: The events of last Saturday had so much for college football fans to digest that Clemson’s win against Virginia likely appeared routine and without worry or concern. After all, when eight ranked teams lose in the same day, there’s enough carnage around the country to focus on without getting distracted by a 41-23 Tigers victory.


College football odds, picks, predictions for Week 6, 2020: Proven model backing Florida, Clemson

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Clemson hasn’t lost to an ACC opponent since Syracuse in October of 2017. The top-ranked Tigers will look to keep that amazing streak alive as they take on No. 7 Miami (FL) at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Week 6 college football odds from William Hill give Clemson a 14-point edge at home. Elsewhere in the ACC, No. 8 North Carolina is a 5.5-point favorite in the latest college football lines as the Tar Heels host No. 19 Virginia Tech in another top-20 clash.

Which ACC teams have value in the college football spreads this week? And which teams from the SEC, Big 12 and every other conference in action should you back in your college football bets? Before making any Week 6 college football picks on those games or others, be sure to see the latest college football predictions from SportsLine’s proven model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 20-3 on top-rated picks through five weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning over $1,300 in profit already. Anybody who has followed it is way up. 

Now, it has turned its attention to the latest college football odds for Week 6 from William Hill and locked in picks for every FBS matchup. Head to SportsLine to see every pick.

Top Week 6 college football predictions 

One of the top Week 6 college football picks the model is recommending: No. 4 Florida (-6.5 at William Hill) wins and covers on the road against No. 21 Texas A&M in a noon ET kickoff on Saturday. The Gators rank fourth nationally in


College football picks, odds for ACC in Week 6: Clemson relying on defense in top-10 showdown with Miami

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Week 6 in the ACC sets up a key piece of the conference championship race with one of the games of the year not just in the league but in all of college football taking center stage. Not everyone had Miami at Clemson circled as one of the pivot points in the season, but after watching D’Eriq King thrive in Rhett Lashlee’s new offense, the Hurricanes are looking like an appropriate foil to the Tigers’ pursuit of a sixth-straight conference title. 

Whether the top-10 showdown between Miami and Clemson serves as a preview of a potential ACC Championship Game rematch is highly dependent on what happens elsewhere in the conference, particularly at Notre Dame, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. In that sense, Saturday’s game between the Tar Heels and the Hokies is yet another key piece to figuring out who ends up in the top two spots of the final standings in this 15-team, one-division 2020 season. It’s too early to throw out terms like “elimination game,” but that first conference loss at this point in the season can quickly have a contender on the outside looking in when it comes to the championship race.

Speaking of, we begin this week’s picks with ACC Friday night action and Louisville’s trip to Georgia Tech.

Louisville (-4.5) at Georgia Tech: Circle the wagons, back against the wall time, whatever cliche you want to use — that’s where we’re at for Louisville right now. A team that finished solo behind Clemson in the ACC Atlantic Division in Year 1 of the Scott Satterfield era returned most of its key pieces on offense and entered 2020 with hopes of contending for a conference championship. With two conference losses in September, the Cards will need to basically run the table and get some help


College football odds, lines, schedule for Week 6: Clemson opens as big favorite over Miami

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Miami Hurricanes head into bye knowing true test in No. 1 Clemson is on the other side
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Week 6 in college football is loaded with ultra-compelling matchups, including a top 10 matchup in the ACC, two massive SEC showdowns and plenty of other games that gamblers could drop a few dollars down on. The battle between No. 1 Clemson and No. 7 Miami (FL) will be the day’s signature game, but don’t sleep on No. 4 Florida’s road trip to College Station to take on No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 3 Georgia’s home game vs. No. 14 Tennessee.

Early lines for the week have been released by William Hill Sportsbook. Let’s take a look at how the boys in the desert see the week playing out.

No. 7 Miami at No. 1 Clemson (-15): The Hurricanes have been one of the biggest surprises of the young season but will face their toughest test to date in Death Valley against the Tigers. Quarterback D’Eriq King and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee will make a big statement if they’re able to hang with the top-ranked team in the sport.

No. 14 Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia (-14): The win over Auburn must have made a big impression, because the Bulldogs are laying two touchdowns at home against a Volunteers team that is riding high on an eight-game winning streak. Both of these teams boast stout offensive lines, so expect an old-school slugfest. 

No. 4 Florida (-5.5) at No. 21 Texas A&M: The Aggies couldn’t shut down Alabama last week and now have to find a way to stop the “Super Swamp Brothers” Kyle Trask and Kyle Pitts. Meanwhile, the Gators defense needs to find its stride heading into the meat of the season. There’s no time like the present. 

No. 19 Virginia Tech at No. 8 North Carolina (-5.5): Both of these teams have been flying under

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