By RJ Young
FOX Sports College Football Writer
Editor’s note: Every Sunday morning during the college football season, RJ Young will release his updated Top 25 rankings.
We live in a twilight world. The tenets of college football have been shaken.
The best example of Jerry Lee Lewis’ whole lot of shaking going on is unranked Texas A&M knocking off undefeated juggernaut and (formerly) No. 1 Alabama. Never mind that Ampersand U began the season ranked No. 6 in the country. The Aggies knocked off the Tide with a backup quarterback and a Heisman front-runner at quarterback.
Another example of college football’s shakeup is perhaps just who is left among the undefeated teams.
Who’d have thought that among Oklahoma, Ohio State and Alabama, only the Sooners would be bowl-eligible after Week 6? Or that Coastal Carolina, San Diego State and Texas San-Antonio would boast more wins than Texas, LSU and Clemson.
But that is the reason we play the games and cast not our view toward recruiting rankings and eye tests alone. We watch the results, and, like the Eternals, intervene only when presented with a deviant.
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Here are my Top 25 teams in the country after Week 6:
Georgia has beaten three top-25 teams by a combined score of 81-13 through six weeks.
Iowa has defeated three top-25 teams and two top-10 teams in six games. The Hawkeyes are 6-0 for the first time since 2015.
Alongside Iowa fans in the parking lot, Joel Klatt breaks down the Hawkeyes’ victory over Penn State.
3. Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-0)
The Pokes have beaten two top-25 teams in five games, twice as many top-25 wins as the remaining unbeatens below them. Don’t like their ranking here? Find a team that can beat them.
Cincy has a top-10 win on the road at Notre Dame.
UK is 6-0 for the first time since 1950. Like Cincinnati, the Wildcats have an AP Top-10 win — UK’s was over Florida.
This was the first AP Top-25 win of the season for the Sooners. They trailed 28-7 before mounting the largest come-from-behind victory in Red River Rivalry history.
RJ Young shares his thoughts after the Oklahoma Sooners pulled off an epic 55-48 comeback win over the Texas Longhorns in the Red River Rivalry.
The Chants have scored at least 49 points in five of their six games this season and average 48.8 PPG.
The loss is Alabama’s first in 101 games (100-1) to an unranked AP Top-25 opponent and the first by Nick Saban to a former assistant (24-1). The defeat also snapped the nation’s longest active win streak at 19.
Alabama, however, has three ranked wins in six games. That’s more than any other one-loss team in the country.
BYU still has two AP Top-25 wins on its résumé.
15. Oregon Ducks (4-1)
Then there are the losses. ND’s is to an undefeated and top-10 Cincinnati while UO’s is to unranked Stanford.
18. North Carolina State Wolfpack (4-1)
The Bears have a top-25 win against Iowa State and their only loss came to an undefeated Oklahoma State.
The Buckeyes have looked spectacular since losing to Oregon. But they still haven’t beaten a single ranked top-25 team. But keep winning, Ohio State. The season is only half-done, and your schedule is backloaded.
The Razorbacks are the best two-loss team in the country. But they have two losses. One is to the No. 1 team here, and the other is to the No. 14 team here. They’ve beaten the team that knocked off Alabama (Texas A&M) and the one that nearly knocked off undefeated Oklahoma (Texas).
This is the best win of the season for any team. It’d be easier to rank the Aggies higher without two losses, though. One is to an Arkansas team that got thumped by Georgia and Ole Miss, and the other is to a Mississippi State squad that lost to Memphis. And that Memphis team lost 35-29 to 2-4 Tulsa.
RJ Young is a national college football writer and analyst for FOX Sports and the host of the podcast “The No. 1 Ranked Show with RJ Young.” Follow him on Twitter at @RJ_Young, and subscribe to “The RJ Young Show” on YouTube. He is not on a StepMill.
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