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No team was safe during a whirlwind college football slate that will force drastic ranking renovations heading into Week 7.
Something had to give during a huge Week 6 pitting several ranked schools against one another. Although the pecking order was sure to fluctuate regardless of the outcomes, several of those marquee matchups ended in upsets.
Of the top six squads, only Florida State and Auburn survived the weekend with undefeated records. Needless to say, those outcomes will produce a seismic shift in the upcoming polls.
Let's take a look at how all AP Top 25 teams fared over Week 6.
Winner: Florida State
A week ago, onlookers could have made a convincing case for Florida State deserving to lose the top spot after allowing 41 points to North Carolina State. The Seminoles' standing at No. 1, however, is no longer in dispute after a perfect week from their perspective.
Following a couple of imperfect victories, FSU finally played like a team befitting the nation's top ranking. A slumping defense shut down Wake Forest to a tune of 126 yards during a 43-3 blowout.
To make matters better, the AP's No. 2, 3, 4 and 6 schools all suffered losses over the week. ESPN Stats & Info showed the rarity of so many prominent defeats.
Their conquerors, most notably Ole Miss and Mississippi State, will now represent some of the new top challengers, but nobody is catapulting from outside the top 10 to No. 1 overnight.
A perfect series of events gives Florida State much more breathing room atop the college football standings. It's not locked in stone, though. Notre Dame's comeback victory against Stanford sets up a monumental clash against the reigning champions in two weeks.
If the Seminoles knock off the Fighting Irish, they'll have no trouble punching a ticket to the College Football Playoff. For now, they'll retain the prestigious lead slot after dominating a team they were supposed to dominate.
At least everyone else lost to fellow highly ranked opponents. Oregon, on the other hand, lost to Pac-12 rival Arizona for the second year in a row.
Marcus Mariota threw for 276 passing yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to upend the Wildcats. Now Oregon is once again on the verge of falling short of a championship.
"It doesn't feel good," Mariota told ESPN.com's Chantel Jennings after the loss. "We left a lot of points on the board, a lot of plays on the board. It's football."
While Arizona improved to 5-0, the Pac-12's only undefeated squad, it came into Thursday night's game having faced nobody of much significance. The Wildcats had also obtained their last three victories by a combined 14 points.
The Ducks were on the Seminoles' tail after a 4-0 start that included a massive win over Michigan State. That all changed after falling short against Arizona. They can redeem themselves with a victory over UCLA next Saturday, but they'll need some help in order to snag a CFP bid.
Winner: Mississippi State
Two straight huge wins over top-10 opponents puts Mississippi State in the forefront of the SEC title discussion. A week after defeating LSU, the Bulldogs responded with a rousing 48-31 victory over Texas A&M, who entered the bout at No. 6.
In a battle of Heisman contenders under center, Dak Prescott delivered the more efficient performance at home. While Hill threw three interceptions and registered 5.9 yards per attempt, Prescott devoured the Aggies through the air and on the ground.
Mississippi State's offense isn't just a one-man show. Josh Robinson and Brandon Halloway combined for 183 rushing yards on 23 carries, highlighted by two Robinson scores.
ESPN Stats & Info also examined the Bulldogs' excellent defensive outing despite what the scoreboard suggests.
With another colossal victory under their belts, they're headed to a cushy top-10 ranking. They get no time to celebrate, however, as Auburn is next on the schedule. If Prescott and Co. escape with another victory on Saturday, they could easily warrant the No. 2 ranking heading into Week 8.
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