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Can Clemson Regain the Top Spot?

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Successes in September may impact the College Football Playoff, but October could bring some scary matchups.

Our Games of the Week include a showdown between #7 Auburn and #10 Florida. The outcome of that one will decide which team challenges Alabama, Georgia, and LSU for SEC supremacy. Our other two Games of the Week at Michigan State at Ohio State and California at Oregon.

Impact of Week 5

As expected, Alabama leapfrogged Clemson in the college football rankings for Week 6 of the season after the Tigers had to stop a last-minute two-point conversion attempt by Mack Brown’s Tarheels. Ohio State also moved up a notch to #4 on the AP Top 5, knocking LSU back one spot. Impressed by their 48-7 win over Nebraska, we have the Buckeyes ranked third in the Kickoff Top 25, which Florida falling at #8. The AP knocked the undefeated Gators back one spot to #10 to make room for 3-1 Notre Dame at ninth. We also moved Oklahoma up a spot to #5 following the 55-16 performance against Texas Tech. Georgia and LSU were both idle this past weekend, the Bulldogs remaining at #3 while LSU tumbled from #4 in Week 5 to #5 for Week 6.

Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagoailoa, Tanner Morgan, Bo Nix, and Tyler Huntley all turned in superlative performances this weekend. Hurts is arguably the Heisman favorite, but Bama’s bump in the polls puts Tua in position to take the Tide all the way to another championship and sweet revenge over Clemson.

Auburn continues to impress, unleashing an offensive a 56-23 storm on Mississippi State, but some very talented teams ahead of them in the rankings will need to lose for them to make it into the College Football Playoff. This weekend’s game against Florida marks the start of a grueling road stretch that will last until November, including a clash with #5 LSU in Death Valley, plus #3 Georgia and #1 Alabama before season’s end to give Auburn room to enter the Playoff picture if they miraculously survive the next month unscathed. It will be fun to see if victories over #11 Oregon and #17 Texas A&M were flukes or early indications of greatness.

Clemson’s slip shows that with such a title race for the Playoffs, contenders need to not only win but pretty much blow out their opponents by double digits to stay in place or advance.

In this Week’s Edition

In Issue 6 of our 69th season of publishing our college football newsletter, we list this weekend’s matchups and assign each team a Power Rating. You’ll also find the Conference Breakdown, FBS Top Scoring Offenses per game, top FBS Defense-Points Allowed Per Game, News and Notes, the Kickoff Thermostat, a review of the rankings this week in 1969, Expanded standings, average margin of victory leaders, Kickoff times and television schedules for this week, Opening Over/Under Odds and our picks, Opening Consensus Odds and our picks, and more!

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Week 5: Emerging Contenders and Disappointments for 2019 College Football

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The SEC fares well in the AP Top 25 rankings for Week 5. Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Florida, and Texas A&M all remain in the hunt.

No. 3 Georgia overcame #10 Notre Dame, which fell 3 spots in the polls.

Oklahoma slipped one spot to #6 as Ohio State moved up to #5.

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Week 4 College Football Preview

Here we go again.

After 3 weeks of college football, it increasingly looks like it’s going to be a repeat of Clemson vs Alabama, Tua Tagovailoa vs Trevor Lawrence.

So routine it has become that Alabama has resorted to using smartphone games to encourage students to stay in the stadium seats once the Tide starts running up the score against the likes of Duke, New Mexico State, and Western Carolina. The Tide has come a long way since Louisiana-Monroe left Bryant-Denny with the win in 2007, but at least Clemson can 30 unanswered points on Nick Saban.

Absent some change, it looks like Alabama will again play Georgia for the SEC title, but LSU could disrupt that pattern. The real suspense is in which teams will make the other two College Football Playoff spots.

Jalen Hurts continues to impress as a transfer at Oklahoma with 4,100 passing yards, 1,700 rushing yards and a combined 60 touchdowns against Houston, South Dakota and UCLA. Ohio State is impressing in spite of a head-coaching and quarterback changes this year. Notre Dame and Wisconsin are also making good cases for Playoff inclusion. Heading into Week 4 of the season, the AP Top 25 still includes 21 undefeated teams; Texas is the top-ranked one-loss team at #12.

Things are also about to get real for #8 Auburn, which beat #11 Oregon in Week one before victories over Tulane and Kent State. This weekend, the Tigers travel to play #17 Texas A&M, then face a grueling schedule that includes Mississippi State, Florida, Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, and Georgia, getting a chance to breath with Samford before the annual Iron Bowl against Alabama. It will be interesting to see whether Quarterback Bo Nix has enough confidence and experience under his belt to lead them through that gauntlet.

Iowa is another under-the-radar 3-0 team that could shake up the College Football Playoff race, although a major obstacle could be that they’ve only moved up two spots from preseason #20 in the AP Poll.

The top-ranked teams playing lesser opponents have satisfied the need to run up the score to avoid losing their spot in the rankings. The Fighting Irish scored 66 points on New Mexico. The Georgia Bulldogs shut out Arkansas State with 55 points. LSU ran up 64 points against Northwestern State. All hoped that if Clemson struggled against Syracuse or Alabama faced a real challenge from South Carolina, huge margins of victory might push them into the higher echelons.

Stanford had preseason buzz, but they’ve lost two straight and are on a downward trajectory on the Kickoff Thermostat. UCF beat them 45-27 on Saturday.

Speaking of stuggling teams, the Tennessee Vols finally won a game against UT Chattanooga – it must have felt good for fans to watch them shut out a team 45-0 — but they are third in the SEC East and projected to be favorites in only two remaining games this year.

The Kickoff Top 25

Last week’s #4 LSU drops to #6. Georgia and Oklahoma jump ahead to #4 and #5. Florida moves from #9 to #8 and Notre Dame advances from #10 to #9. Michigan falls from #8 last week to #10 this week after looking merely decent against Middle Tennessee and very shaky in a near loss to Army.

Games of the Week

In this week’s issue, we preview Utah at Southern Cal, Notre Dame at Georgia, and Michigan at Wisconsin.

Also in this week’s Kickoff, we look at overall trends through last week, examining the performance for home and road favorites.

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Week 3 Potential Upsets in the Making

Week 3 potential college football upsets

Will Week 3 be the Saturday when the Polls get shaken up? With four of the nation’s Top 6 teams playing on the road, there are several potential upsets in the making if contenders are sleepy.

Kickoff Games of the Week

In this week’s issue of The Kickoff, we preview four games for Week Three: #1 Clemson at Syracuse, Arizona State at #18 (#12) Michigan State, Stanford at #17 (#24) UCF, and #19 (#20) Iowa at Iowa State.

There are three games tonight (Friday): North Carolina at Wake Forest, Kansas at Boston College, and #20 Washington State vs Houston.

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Week Two Losses Take Some Shine Off Texas Teams

It was another great weekend of early-season college football with some notable upsets and Heisman contenders continuing to build their résumés.

Stanford lost to USC, Clemson proved they deserve their top ranking, UCLA starts 0-2 again, Nebraska’s loss to Colorado lowers expectations for the second year of the Scott Frost era, and Tennessee… well, let’s just say that UT Chattanooga has to feel better than they usually would about going into Neyland Stadium to face the Vols.

Losses took some of the shine off of Texas and Texas A&M, both of which were riding buzz last week. In fact, in the Kickoff Top 25 Texas dropped from #8 to #17 and Texas A&M fell from #13 last week to #22 this week. The AP Poll dropped Texas from #9 to #12, Texas A&M from #12 to #16.

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