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2013 Week 6 NCAA Football Top 25: The Tailgater Poll

Stanford and Washington waged a tense battle on Saturday, with the Cardinal prevailing over the Huskies 31-28 to keep pace with Oregon in the Pac-12 North. [Stephen Lam/Getty Images]

Stanford and Washington waged a tense battle on Saturday, with the Cardinal prevailing over the Huskies 31-28 to keep pace with Oregon in the Pac-12 North. [Stephen Lam/Getty Images]

September has yielded to October. The air is getting a little crisper, the tailgates a little rowdier, and the stakes rise with each passing week. We are starting to get a better feel of conference pecking orders, as teams settle out the hierarchy on the field.

The first weekend of the month had the potential to throw serious wrenches into the rankings, with a couple of top-ten teams skirting disaster against well-matched opponents. But Stanford and Ohio State held on against Washington and Northwestern respectively, and the top seven positions stay the same after this weekend.

Before we go any further, though, here’s how our ballots combined to form the Week 6 poll after the conclusion of the first month of the 2013 regular season:

 

RANK TEAM POINTS LAST WK
1 Alabama (2) 74 1
2 Oregon (1) 73 2
3 Stanford 68 3
4 Clemson 67 4
5 Florida State 61 5
6 Ohio State 60 6
7 Louisville 53 7
8 UCLA 51 7
8 Baylor 51 10
10 Georgia 45 9
10 LSU 45 12
10 Miami (FL) 45 12
13 Texas A&M 42 12
14 Oklahoma 39 15
15 Washington 31 10
16 Texas Tech 26 18
17 South Carolina 25 17
18 Fresno State 22 20
19 Florida 21 19
19 Michigan 21 21
21 Northwestern 18 16
22 Missouri 11 NR
23 Northern Illinois 9 22
24 Virginia Tech 6 28
25 Michigan State 4 25

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Oklahoma State (3), Houston (2), UCF (2)

 

After falling to their higher-ranked opponents, both Washington and Northwestern fell five spots. Their stumbles were the most significant shake-up this week; we also saw Arizona State fall from 22nd to completely out of the rankings after dropping their neutral-site contest against Notre Dame.

The largest beneficiaries of the movement were Missouri and Virginia Tech. The Tigers, after a rough transition into the SEC last season, are now atop the East Division after improving to 5-0 with a 51-28 win over Vanderbilt. One of just 17 teams in the country that are still undefeated, Missouri had been creeping under the radar before showing up on two ballots this week. Meanwhile, the Hokies vaulted from merely receiving token votes to a spot in the rankings at 24th thanks to a 27-17 win over North Carolina. The victory improved Virginia Tech’s record to 5-1, making them a serious contender to Miami in the ACC Coastal Division.

The SEC ranks first among conferences with seven teams among the top 25. The Pac-12 remains best positioned to put two teams into the final BCS equation, with Stanford, Oregon and UCLA all in the top ten. And the BCS Buster hopes of Fresno State and Northern Illinois remain alive another week, with both featuring in this week’s top 25 for the second straight week.

That said, you’ve probably got a different opinion than us. With the spirit of contention in mind, you will find our individual ballots below. Leave your personal picks, acrimonious invective, base insults, insulting suggestions, or belligerent rants down  in the comments below. You’re also always welcome to hit up any of us on Twitter to offer a piece of your mind…

 

ZACH BIGALKE
@zbigalke

MATT STROBL
@mmstrobl

JOHN MITCHELL
@jlmitchell93

  1. Oregon
  2. Alabama
  3. Clemson
  4. Stanford
  5. Florida State
  6. Baylor
  7. UCLA
  8. Ohio State
  9. Louisville
  10. Miami (FL)
  11. LSU
  12. Georgia
  13. Texas A&M
  14. Fresno State
  15. Oklahoma
  16. Texas Tech
  17. Missouri
  18. Washington
  19. South Carolina
  20. Florida
  21. Northern Illinois
  22. Michigan
  23. Northwestern
  24. Houston
  25. Virginia Tech
  1. Alabama
  2. Oregon
  3. Stanford
  4. Clemson
  5. Ohio State
  6. Florida State
  7. Louisville
  8. UCLA
  9. Miami (FL)
  10. Baylor
  11. Oklahoma
  12. LSU
  13. Washington
  14. Georgia
  15. Texas A&M
  16. Texas Tech
  17. South Carolina
  18. Florida
  19. Nothwestern
  20. Michigan
  21. Fresno State
  22. Michigan State
  23. Oklahoma State
  24. Virginia Tech
  25. UCF
  1. Alabama
  2. Oregon
  3. Stanford
  4. Clemson
  5. Ohio State
  6. Florida State
  7. Georgia
  8. Texas A&M
  9. Louisville
  10. LSU
  11. Baylor
  12. UCLA
  13. Oklahoma
  14. Miami (FL)
  15. Michigan
  16. Washington
  17. South Carolina
  18. Northwestern
  19. Florida
  20. Texas Tech
  21. Fresno State
  22. Northern Illinois
  23. Virginia Tech
  24. Missouri
  25. UCF

 

Zach Bigalke

About the Author: Zach Bigalke

Zach is a historian and author who has been covering sports near and far for various publications since 2006. Formerly the managing editor of Informative Sports and Global Turnstile, he has also been featured at Helium, FanSided, the Portland State Vanguard and other online publications and is the author of three books, including "Dispatches from Vancouver: A Non-Traditional Sports Fan in America's View of the XXI Winter Olympiad". He currently lives in Eugene, Oregon. Follow him at Twitter @zbigalke; for more info on his books, visit Amazon.