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College football has technically been back for more than a month, but in Week 6, it feels like it is back full-force.
That’s because the Top 25 could see a major shakeup, with four games in which ranked teams will play each other—including a top-10 matchup between No. 1 Clemson and No. 7 Miami in ACC action.
With a truncated schedule and teams starting the season late, the margin for error is slim. Each game counts, and it’s going to be harder to bounce back from a loss even at this point in the campaign. There are quite a few teams facing their toughest challenge of the season, so this is as important a Saturday as there has been so far.
Here’s a final overview of the AP Top 25 poll and the standings heading into the vital Saturday slate of games.
AP Top 25 Poll
1. Clemson (3-0)
2. Alabama (2-0)
3. Georgia (2-0)
4. Florida (2-0)
5. Notre Dame (2-0)
6. Ohio State (0-0)
7. Miami (3-0)
8. North Carolina (2-0)
9. Penn State (0-0)
10. Oklahoma State (3-0)
11. Cincinnati (3-0)
12. Oregon (0-0)
13. Auburn (1-1)
14. Tennessee (2-0)
15. BYU (3-0)
16. Wisconsin (0-0)
17. LSU (1-1)
18. SMU (4-0)
19. Virginia Tech (2-0)
20. Michigan (0-0)
21. Texas A&M (1-1)
22. Texas (2-1)
23. Louisiana-Lafayette (3-0)
24. Iowa State (2-1)
25. Minnesota (0-0)
Top 25 Schedule—Saturday, October 10
No. 4 Florida at No. 21 Texas A&M, noon, ESPN
No. 19 Virginia Tech at No. 8 North Carolina, noon, ABC
Missouri at No. 17 LSU, noon
No. 22 Texas at Oklahoma, noon, Fox
No. 14 Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia, 3:30 p.m., CBS
UTSA at No. 15 BYU, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2
Texas Tech at No. 24 Iowa State, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Arkansas at No. 13 Auburn, 4 p.m., SEC Network
No. 2 Alabama at Ole Miss, 6 p.m., ESPN
No. 7 Miami at No. 1 Clemson, 7:30 p.m., ABC
Florida State at No. 5 Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBC
No. 4 Florida at No. 21 Texas A&M
Florida won’t get a chance to play Alabama this season unless they meet in the SEC Championship Game, but they’ll get a crack at a direct comparison this week. The Crimson Tide blew out the Aggies 52-24 in Week 5, and now the Gators will go to Kyle Field.
Awaiting them will be an Aggies team that is difficult to get a read on just two games into the season. Expectations were high with Kellen Mond and Jimbo Fisher entering their third year together. The results thus far have been less than inspiring, though.
The Aggies offense generated just 17 points in their five-point win over Vanderbilt to open the season, and then Mond was unable to keep up with Mac Jones and the Alabama offense in a 52-24 loss.
Another crushing loss would be devastating for A&M.
On the other side, Florida’s duo of Kyle Trask at quarterback and Kyle Pitts at