Pa RJ Young
FOX Sports College Football Writer

The Ohio State Sides the best team in the country.

Both Georgia and Alabamaprevious No. 1s here have shown weaknesses against teams that simply aren’t talented enough to exploit them.

Georgia needed a big fourth quarter to pull out a 42-10 victory Chestnut looks more impressive than it was and Alabama almost lost to the same Texas A&M a team that has now lost three of its last six games, including one in which the Aggies put money in the bag against a 3-3 Appalachian State.

Meanwhile, the Buckeyes didn’t play a full complement of offensive playmakers — wide receivers Jackson Smith-Njigba, Julian Fleming as well as running backs Mian Williams and TreVeyon Henderson – all at once. However, they’ve done nothing but show their dominance since Week 2 and the double-digit win they got Notre Dame doesn’t look like a stinker anymore thanks to the ranking-busting Fighting Irish BYU team on Saturday.

And Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud was otherworldly during this stretch.

Against State of MichiganStroud has thrown more touchdown passes (six) than incomplete passes (five) and his results in the first half of the season make him the favorite to win the Heisman if its shape is preserved.

Ohio State beat Michigan State in Week 6

RJ Young reacts to the Buckeyes’ win over Michigan State.

Midway through the season, it’s not just about Ohio State being the No. 1 team in the country. The fact is, the Buckeyes are the only team that has proven worthy of the crown over the past two weeks.

1. Ohio State (6-0)

Defeated State of Michigan, 49-20

Stroud completed 21 of 26 passing attempts for 361 yards with six TDs and an INT. Henderson added 118 yards on 19 carries and receptions Emeka Egbuka and Marvin Harrison Jr each amassed more than 100 receiving yards in a route run for the Spartans.

2. Alabama (6-0)

Defeated Texas A&M, 24-20

Alabama missed out on the reigning Heisman winner Bryce Young but managed to survive a game that came down to the last play. The Tide turned the ball over four times and the backup quarterback Jalen Milro completed 12 of 19 passes for 111 yards with three TDs and an INT.

3. Georgia (6-0)

Defeated Chestnut, 42-10

Georgia hasn’t lost the Deep South’s oldest home rivalry since 2005 and extended its winning streak against the Tigers to six.

4. Michigan (6-0)

Defeated Indiana, 31-10

JJ McCarthy completed 28 of 46 for 304 yards with an INT and is a Heisman candidate Blake Corum rushed for 124 yards on 25 carries as the Wolverines outscored the Hoosiers 21-0 in the second half in Bloomington.

Michigan looks dominant against Indiana

R. J. Young talks about how the Michigan Wolverines beat Indiana despite a scary moment on the Wolverines’ sideline.

5. Clemson (6-0)

Defeated Boston College, 31-3

DJ Uiagalelei passed for 220 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers rallied late.

6. Oklahoma State (5-0)

Defeated Texas Tech, 41-31

Pouke held off the Red Raiders to set up a showdown for Big 12 supremacy against undefeated TCU on Saturday.

7. Tennessee (5-0)

Defeated LDU, 40-13

The oxen were handed over LDU lost for the first time since 2016, improving to 5-0, its best start since 2016. Tennessee looks to get its first win against Alabama since 2006 next week.

8. USC (6-0)

Defeated Washington State, 30-14

USC running back Travis Dye rushed for at least 100 yards in four of the Trojans’ five wins. He registered 27 carries for 146 yards with a TD against Wazzu.

9. Pension state (5-0)


10. Mississippi (6-0)

Defeated Vanderbilt, 52-28

The Rebels came back from a 20-10 deficit to blow the doors off the Commodores. Ole Miss quarterback Jackson Dart threw for 448 yards with three TDs and two INTs in the win.

11. Oregon (5-1)

Defeated Arizona, 49-22

Because Nix passed for 265 yards and rushed for three touchdowns in the Ducks’ easy win.

12. UCLA (6-0)

Defeated Utah 42-32

The Bruins became the first Chip Kelly team to start a season 6-0 since his Oregon Ducks in 2012. The Ducks finished the season as the No. 2 ranked team in the nation at 12-1.

UCLA is for real!

RJ Young talks about UCLA’s impressive upset win over Utah and explains why Chip Kelly’s Bruins are starting to look like a premier team.

13. TCU (5-0)

Defeated Kansas 38-31

The Horned Frogs improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2017 when head coach Sonny Dykes was an analyst on the TCU coaching staff.

14. Mississippi State (5-1)

Defeated Arkansas, 40-17

The Bulldogs took advantage of the fact that the Arkansas team was without its mascot and starting quarterback K. J. Jefferson. Defender of MSU Will Rogers threw for 395 yards while setting the all-time record for an SEC quarterback with 31 passing attempts on 48 passes against the Hogs.

15. Kansas State (5-1)

Defeated Iowa State, 10-9

Adrian Martinez passed for 246 yards as the Wildcats avoided the upset.

16. Syracuse (5-0)


17. Wake Forest (5-1)

Defeated Army, 45-10

The Demon Deacons led 38-0 entering the fourth quarter in a game that was never close.

18. North Carolina State (5-1)

Defeated State of Florida, 19-17

With the balance tied, the Wolfpack defense made a critical turnover in the closing moments of the game to earn its fifth win.

19. Utah (4-2)

He lost UCLA42-32

Utah dropped 30-plus points for the first time all season.

20. Kansas (5-1)

Lost to TCU, 38-31

The Jayhawks responded valiantly to the loss of their starting quarterback, Jaylon Danielsin the first half and fell just short of their sixth win.

21. Texas (4-2)

Defeated Oklahoma, 49-0

The Longhorns handed the Sooners their worst loss in Red River Showdown history, shutting out the Sooners for the first time since 1965 and posting Texas’ biggest win in the game.

Oklahoma blew up in the Red River Showdown

Arjay Young reacts to the Texas Longhorns’ 49-0 rout of Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown.

22. Minnesota (4-1)


23. North Carolina (5-1)

Defeated Miami, 27-24

UNC’s defense gave up 496 passing yards and 540 total yards to the Hurricanes, but the offense picked off the defense with 470 total yards despite allowing five quarterback sacks Drake May.

Maye finished 19-for-28 for 309 yards passing, with two TDs and two INTs.

24. Coastal Carolina (5-0)

Defeated Louisiana-Monroe, 28-21

CJ Beasley rushed for 115 yards and a pair of scores on 15 carries in the win.

25. Cincinnati (5-1)

Defeated South Florida, 28-24

35-yard TD run Charles McClelland in the fourth quarter won it for the Bearcats.

Read more:

– Heisman Watch: Stroud dominates with 6-TD day

– Even at 6-0, No. 4 Michigan is hard to pin down

– Michigan pulls away to win emotional game after reliever goes down

– Red River Clash: With Quinn Ewers back, Texas beats Oklahoma

– Best College Football Plays: All the best from a wild Week 6

– Dorian Thompson-Robinson leads UCLA to big win over Utah

RJ Young is a national football writer and analyst for FOX Sports and host of the podcast “College football’s number one show.” Follow him on Twitter at @RJ_Young and subscribe to “The RJ Young Show” on YouTube.

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