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Week 6 Playoff and Heisman Watch

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0)

Last Week: W – @ Arkansas – 49-30

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Facing one of their toughest opponents yet this season, Alabama cruised to another big win on the road at Arkansas. At no point this season as Alabama looked like the worst team on the field. They are running away with the No. 1 spot right now.

2. Clemson Tigers (6-0)

Last Week: W – @ Boston College – 56-10

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Clemson is starting to play the dominant brand of football we all expected at the beginning of the season. Of course Boston College isn’t great competition, but you can’t help by be impressed by Deshaun Watson’s four touchdown game while Wayne Gallman got the job done on the ground with 109 yards and a score, one of three rushing touchdowns of the game for Clemson.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0)

Last Week: W – Indiana – 38-17

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Could Ohio State be ranked No. 2 in the country over Clemson? They could be, but despite Ohio State’s victory and dominance on the ground, just a 9-for-21 performance for 93 yards, one touchdown and one interception by JT Barrett can’t happen again if they want to stay around as their schedule gets tougher.

4. Michigan (6-0)

Last Week: W – @ Rutgers – 78-0

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It’s nearly impossible to pick between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines right now and clearly both look to be two of the best teams in the country. Because of Houston’s loss and the underwhelming top teams in the Pac 12 and Big 12, the Big Ten gets two teams in the projected playoffs. While Rutgers is a miserable program, a 78-0 victory over a Division I opponent is pure dominance.

Rose Bowl: Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-0) vs. Washington Huskies (6-0)

Washington is undefeated and has out-scored their last two opponents 114-27, but their big victory over Stanford took a major hit when the Cardinal were out-classed by Washington State. The Huskies simply have to build a more impressive resume; wins over Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State and an overtime victory at a middle of the road Arizona squad aren’t enough to put them in the top four, but it is enough to show they are the best team in the Pac 12. And while both Ohio State and Michigan are in our playoffs right now, Nebraska moves into the Rose Bowl as the Big Ten representative.

Sugar Bowl: Texas A&M Aggies (6-0) vs. Baylor Bears (5-0)

The Aggies got a huge victory over Tennessee last week to showcase themselves as the No. 2 team in the SEC. They do seem like a clear step behind the Crimson Tide, but the Sugar Bowl needs and SEC team and they are clearly the most worthy fill-in. Meanwhile, Baylor had a bye week, but with Oklahoma getting a good win over their rival Longhorns, the Bears will have to start picking up more big wins as their schedule gets tougher to stay in the top spot among Big 12 teams.

Orange Bowl: Louisville Cardinals (4-1) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (4-1)

Somehow, after a bye week following a loss the Badgers get back into the playoff picture, but if it’s out of a fourth Big Ten team or a third SEC team, the Badgers get the nod. Ole Miss is close behind, and Tennessee doesn’t drop all that far, but the Badgers are the team right now. Meanwhile, Louisville suffered a huge loss in their bye week. Their only hope to become a non-conference champion in the playoffs was to have Houston keep winning so their game against them later in the season could be viewed as more impressive, but Houston’s loss to Navy killed those hopes. Louisville will likely just have to ‘settle’ for the Rose Bowl as long as they keep on winning.

Cotton Bowl Bowl: Navy Midshipmen (4-1) vs. Tennessee Volunteers (5-1)

Navy’s incredible beat Houston in Annapolis. The game wasn’t even as close as the final score either. Navy dominated Houston in the second half. Their running game couldn’t be stopped and they ripped through what was previously the nation’s best defense. Now, with a victory over a top 10 team, the Mids are 3-0 in conference play with the biggest in among “Group of Five” teams and get the spot. Tennessee doesn’t drop too far because of other losses by both Miami and North Carolina. The Volunteers have been very, very underwhelming this season. They’ll still need to show more to stay around in the big bowl game picture.

Dropping Out

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Houston Cougars (5-1): Harsh to have a team go from No. 4 and in the playoffs to out of the bowl picture completely? Maybe it is, but Houston was dominated in the second half by Navy and the Oklahoma win can’t save them at this point. Unless the Cougars beat Louisville impressively later in the season, the Cougars are going to have a tough time getting back in the selected bowl game picture.

Stanford Cardinal (3-2): After back-to-back blowout losses in Pac 12 play, the Cardinal have pretty much no hope to get back in the selected bowl game picture. Making matters worse, Christian McCaffrey was banged up in the blowout loss to Wazzu and his Heisman hopes have dried up.

On the Cusp

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Boise State Broncos (5-0): The undefeated Broncos could jump Navy to take that “Group of Five” spot. Their game against BYU will be key in that, but the Broncos just have to do what they do best: keep on winning.

Florida State Seminoles (4-2): Whether Miami was a legitimate Top 10 team or not, the Seminoles won’t go away and have rebounded from their losses both times with solid victories. The Seminoles still have to be viewed as a dangerous team and could sneak back into a big bowl game.

Florida Gators (4-1): The Gators are more like being on the cusp of being on the cusp, but the Volunteers loss to Texas A&M opened up the door for Florida again in the SEC East.

Key Week 7 Games

Tennessee Volunteers (5-1) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0): Though Tennessee lost to Texas A&M, the probably played the best they have this year in the second half and in overtime of that game. They certainly have the potential to upset Alabama, but it’s a matter of whether they have the ability to. Alabama is clearly the best team in the country right now and should they win, the Volunteers are probably knocked out.

Wisconsin Badgers (4-1) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0): Wisconsin scared Michigan in a tight game, so clearly they have the ability to challenge Ohio State. This game will also be key in evaluating the Buckeyes against the Wolverines.

Heisman Watch

lamar-jacksonLamar Jackson – QB, Louisville

101/170 (59.4%), 1625 Pass Yards, 14 Pass TDs, 4 INTs, 688 Rush Yards (7.5 YPC), 14 Rush TDs

Deshaun Watson – QB, Clemson

124/205 (60.5%), 1,568 Pass Yards, 18 Pass TDs, 7 INTs, 239 Rush Yards (4.2 YPC)

JT Barrett – QB, Ohio State

79/123 (64.2%), 981 Pass Yards, 15 Pass TDs, 3 INTs, 342 Rush Yards (4.9 YPC), 4 Rush TDs

Jake Browning – QB, Washington

104/144 (72.2%), 1,418 Pass Yards, 23 Pass TDs, 2 INTs

Jabrill Peppers – LB, Michigan

33 Tackles, 7.5 TFL, 2 Sacks, 98 Rush Yards (6.3 YPC), 2 Rush TDs

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