College Football Playoff picks after Week 6

For the first time in two campaigns, Alabama lost a regular-season game, and the College Football Playoff picks suddenly got difficult.

Texas A&M upset visiting Alabama 41-38 to cap off a truly wild day of college football that saw close calls, other upsets and a new, wide-open path to the CFP.

In the Big Ten, Iowa and Penn State battled for conference control in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes intercepted four Nittany Lions passes and held on late to win 23-20 in their biggest test of the season. Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford was knocked out of the game with the Lions leading 17-3, and the offense struggled to find any rhythm after. The win puts the Hawkeyes in the Big Ten driver’s seat and makes them a unanimous selection this week.

With Penn State falling out of the CFP talk for the moment, the Cincinnati Bearcats made the biggest move of the week. The Bearcats rolled to a comfortable 52-3 victory against Temple on Friday night and got to watch the chaos unfold on Saturday. The big win and crucial losses landed the Bearcats on all 14 ballots.

Georgia is once again a unanimous selection following an easeful win. This time it was a 34-10 decision at Auburn. The Bulldogs — outside of an opening-week battle with Clemson — are the only team without a true close call this season, and they land in the No. 1 spot on each ballot this week.

Oklahoma became a popular choice in this week’s picks following a 55-48 win over Texas in the Red River Showdown. The Sooners are 6-0 and have an inside track to the playoff given how many teams have lost in the opening half of the season.

Michigan State moved to 6-0 on Saturday and jumped into fourth in two of the polls.

Alabama wasn’t completely dropped from the ranks after the loss. The Crimson Tide landed in fourth place on one ballot.


Andrea Adelson: 1. Georgia, 2. Iowa, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Oklahoma
Kyle Bonagura: 1. Georgia, 2. Iowa, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Oklahoma
Bill Connelly: 1. Georgia, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Iowa, 4. Michigan State
Heather Dinich: 1. Georgia, 2. Iowa, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Oklahoma
David M. Hale: 1. Georgia, 2. Iowa, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Alabama
Chris Low: 1. Georgia, 2. Iowa, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Oklahoma
Harry Lyles Jr.: 1. Georgia, 2. Iowa, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Oklahoma
Ryan McGee: 1. Georgia, 2. Iowa, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Oklahoma
Adam Rittenberg: 1. Georgia, 2. Iowa, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Oklahoma
Alex Scarborough: 1. Georgia, 2. Iowa, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Oklahoma
Mark Schlabach: 1. Georgia, 2. Iowa, 3. Oklahoma, 4. Cincinnati
Paolo Uggetti: 1. Georgia, 2. Iowa, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Oklahoma
Tom VanHaaren: 1. Georgia, 2. Iowa, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Michigan State
Dave Wilson: 1. Georgia, 2. Iowa, 3. Oklahoma, 4. Cincinnati

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