Mississippi teams soar in college football Power Rankings after Week 6

College Football
College football roundup: Week 6
Tuesday October 7th, 2014

I couldn’t help thinking about Jeff Goldblum after pausing to reflect on the madness of Week 6. Although admittedly I think about Jeff Goldblum a lot. No, not the Jeff Goldblum currently hawking smart light bulbs in this surrealist Tim & Eric-directed commercial. Rather I was thinking about Ian Malcolm, the character Jeff Goldblum played in "Jurassic Park."

Malcolm is obsessed with chaos theory, which he explains as “unpredictability in complex systems.” He demonstrates this “butterfly effect” by showing that it’s impossible to predict which way a drop of water will roll off a hand. His theory is ultimately proven right thanks in part to Wayne Knight and Barbasol as the dinosaurs make a mess of things.

We may think we have a general idea of what will happen over the course of the football season, but we don’t. We can crunch numbers, break down film, parse quotes, look at historical data, heck, even analyze the weather report, but chaos ultimately rules all.

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Chaos is what breaks fans hearts. Chaos allows a Hail Mary to drop conveniently into the arms of a receiver strolling into the end zone. Chaos drags one foot in bounds. Chaos makes college football great.

As Malcolm says in the movie, “God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.”

There was plenty of creation and destruction in Week 6, and the Power Rankings show no one is above chaos.

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1Florida State Seminoles
last week: 4
record: 5-0
Next game: Syracuse
2Auburn Tigers
last week: 5
record: 5-0
Next game: Mississippi State  
3Ole Miss Rebels
last week: 14
record: 5-0
Next game:
4Mississippi State Bulldogs
last week: 12
record: 5-0
Next game:
5TCU Horned Frogs
last week: 24
record: 4-0
Next game: Baylor
6Notre Dame Fighting Irish
last week: 10
record: 5-0
Next game: North Carolina
7Baylor Bears
last week: 9
record: 5-0
Next game:
8Arizona Wildcats
last week: NR
record: 5-0
Next game:
9Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 1
record: 4-1
Next game: Arkansas
10Oregon Ducks
last week: 3
record: 4-1
Next game:
11Michigan State Spartans
last week: 4-1
record: 8
Next game: Purdue
12Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 2
record: 4-1
Next game:
13Georgia Bulldogs
last week: 15
record: 4-1
Next game: Missouri
14Kansas State Wildcats
last week: 22
record: 4-1
Next game:
15Texas A&M Aggies
last week: 6
record: 4-1
Next game:
16East Carolina Pirates
last week: 17
record: 4-1
Next game: South Florida
17Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 19
record: 4-1
Next game: Rutgers
18Oklahoma State Cowboys
last week: 23
record: 4-1
Next game:
19Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
last week: NR
record: 5-0
Next game:
20UCLA Bruins
last week: 7
record: 4-1
Next game:
21Arizona State Sun Devils
last week: NR
record: 4-1
Next game:
22Nebraska Cornhuskers
last week: 16
record: 4-1
Next game: Northwestern
23Clemson Tigers
last week: NR
record: 3-2
Next game: Louisville
24Missouri Tigers
last week: NR
record: 4-1
Next game:
25Marshall Thundering Herd
last week: 25
record: 5-0
Next game:

Next five: Stanford, Utah, Louisville, USC, Katy Perry

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