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:
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…
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.