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  • Virginia Tech quarterback Ryan Willis (5) is slammed to the ground by a group of Notre Dame tacklers on third down near the goal line during the first half in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Sunday, October 07, 2018 3:20 pm

Sinn's AP Poll: Week 6

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Week 6 didn't present many premium matchups, at least on paper. When the games were played, however, it turned into a rowdy day around college football, with a pair of undefeated Top 10 teams – LSU and Oklahoma – suffering their first losses and another previously undefeated team – Kentucky – losing in overtime thanks in large part to a pass that went through a receiver's hands and into the hands of a different receiver for a touchdown. After the dust settled, there was a pretty clear Top 6 (the order can be debated), with everyone else falling in line behind that group. Here is my poll this week:

1. Alabama (6-0)

2. Ohio State (6-0)

3. Georgia (6-0)

4. Notre Dame (6-0)

5. Clemson (6-0)

6. West Virginia (5-0)

7. Central Florida (5-0)

8. Washington (5-1)

9. Michigan (5-1)

10. Penn State (4-1)

11. Texas (5-1)

12. Oklahoma (5-1)

13. Wisconsin (4-1)

14. Florida (5-1)

15. Oregon (4-1)

16. LSU (5-1)

17. Kentucky (5-1)

18. Auburn (4-2)

19. Miami (5-1)

20. Colorado (5-0)

21. South Florida (5-0)

22. Iowa (4-1)

23. Texas A&M (4-2)

24. North Carolina State (5-0)

25. Cincinnati (6-0)

To see the full AP Poll, follow this link: https://collegefootball.ap.org/poll

As usual, we'll start by discussing the Irish. For the first time this season, Notre Dame moved into the Top 5 in the composite poll after a rousing 45-23 road win over Virginia Tech. I had the Irish No. 5 last week and moved them up to No. 4 this week because they have a claim on the best current resume in the country. Notre Dame has won three games over teams that were ranked in the Top 25 at the time, including one (Michigan) that has rattled off five straight wins since its loss to the Irish and is back in my Top 10 at No. 9. Notre Dame's closest competitors in the poll (Clemson and West Virginia) have a combined one win over teams in the Top 25 when they met and that was the Mountaineers' 42-34 win over then-No. 25 Texas Tech. Notre Dame's remaining schedule is mostly weak (although there are no gimmes), but its resume to date stacks up against anyone. 

Elsewhere in Indiana football news, I have kept Ohio State at No. 2 all season because I thought the Buckeyes were simply more talented than anyone besides Alabama (sorry, Georgia fans). Their win over the Hoosiers on Saturday, however, leaves me wondering if a big upset is coming for the Buckeyes at some point this season. They continue to struggle giving up big plays, even against a team like Indiana with mostly inferior athletes (though that gap has closed significantly in recent years). Ohio State gave up 55 points to Iowa in a huge loss last year and I can see a team that lives off big plays giving the Buckeyes major problems this year. Hmm...which Big Ten team has flown under the radar, makes a ton of big plays on offense and gets the Buckeyes at home? Oh look, Ohio State travels to Purdue in two weeks. Be afraid, OSU fans, Rondale Moore is coming.

Meanwhile, I have to issue a semi-apology to Florida and Texas. I resisted putting both teams back in the Top 25 because I remembered their ugly early losses and didn't fully believe in either of them even as they improved to 4-1. Now, there's no denying it. The Gators and Longhorns are good. Neither is a CFP contender, but they're much better than I thought they'd be a few weeks ago. Also, Oklahoma is in big trouble if it can't figure out how to stop somebody.

Bold Pick of the Week: LSU 17, Georgia 16

Coach Ed Orgeron will help the Tigers pick themselves up after a rough loss to Florida and end the Bulldogs' undefeated season in Death Valley. 

For the record, last week's pick of Northwestern over then-No. 20 Michigan State by 10 turned out to be correct, when the Wildcats went to East Lansing and dispatched the Spartans, 29-19. Still, feel free to yell at me on Twitter about my picks @DylanSinn or via email at dsinn@jg.net.