There were no major shakeups atop the latest college football power rankings.

By Colin Becht
October 13, 2015

Game control became the buzzword of the 2014 College Football Playoff race. It wasn't just, Did you win? or Who’d you beat? It was, How’d you win? This year’s playoff race looks like it will have a different buzz word: Survival.

It’s only mid-October, but the idea of expecting perfection—60 minutes of dominance week in and week out—seems laughable. So while winning with style may still help, it won’t save a team if that team goes on to lose the next week.

Week 6 was almost completely devoid of game control outside of Lawrence, Kan.—and beating up on the Jayhawks hardly seems impressive (despite TCU’s near loss last season). What’s most important is that, with a few exceptions, nearly every team with playoff aspirations managed to survive to contend another week.

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1
1Utah Utes
last week: 1
record: 5–0

Next week: Saturday vs. Arizona State

2
2Clemson Tigers
last week: 2
record: 5–0

Last week: Beat Georgia Tech 43-24
Next week: Saturday vs. Boston College
3
3Baylor Bears
last week: 3
record: 5–0

Last week: Beat Kansas 66–7
Next week: Saturday vs. West Virginia
4
4LSU TIGERS
last week: 5
record: 5–0

Last week: Beat South Carolina 45-24
Next week: Saturday vs. Florida
5
5FLORIDA GATORS
last week: 8
record: 6–0

Last week: Beat Missouri 21-3
Next week: Saturday at LSU
 
6
6Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 6
record: 5–1

Last week: Beat Arkansas 27-14
Next week: Saturday at Texas A&M
7
7Texas A&M Aggies
last week: 7
record: 5–0

Last week: Bye week
Next week: Saturday vs. Alabama
8
8TCU Horned Frogs
last week: 10
record: 6–0

Last week: Beat Kansas State 52-45
Next week: Saturday at Iowa State
9
9Michigan Wolverines
last week: 19
record: 5–1

Last week: Beat Northwestern 38-0
Next week: Saturday vs. Michigan State
10
10Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 11
record: 6–0

Last week: Beat Maryland 49-28
Next week: Saturday vs. Penn State
 
11
11Michigan State Spartans
last week: 12
record: 6–0

Last week: Beat Rutgers 31-24
Next week: Saturday at Michigan
12
12Ole Miss Rebels
last week: 13
record: 5–1

Last week: Beat New Mexico State 52-3
Next week: Saturday at Memphis
13
13Oklahoma State cowboys
last week: 23
record: 6-0

Last week: Beat West Virginia 33-26 in overtime
Next week: Bye week
14
Iowa Hawkeyes
last week: 15
record: 6-0

Last week: Beat Illinois 29-20
Next week: Saturday at Northwestern
15
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
last week: 14
record: 5–1

Last week: Beat Navy 41-24
Next week: Saturday vs. USC
 
 
16
Florida State seminoles
last week: 17
record: 5–0

Last week: Beat Miami 29-24
Next week: Saturday vs. Louisville
17
Northwestern wildcats
last week: 9
record: 5-1

Last week: Lost to Michigan 38-0
Next week: Saturday vs. Iowa
18
18Stanford Cardinal
last week: 18
record: 4–1

Last week: Bye week
Next week: Thursday vs. UCLA
19
19UCLA BRUINS
last week: 22
record: 4–1

Last week: Bye week
Next week: Thursday at Stanford
20
20Oklahoma sooners
last week: 4
record: 4–1

Last week: Lost to Texas 24-17
Next week: Saturday at Kansas State
 
21
21hOUSTON cOUGARS
last week: 24
record: 5-0

Last week: Beat SMU 49-28
Next week: Friday at Tulane
22
California Golden Bears
last week: 16
record: 5–1

Last week: Lost to Utah 30-24
Next week: Bye week
23
Boise State Broncos
last week: 25
record: 5–1

Last week: Beat Colorado State 41-10
Next week: Friday at Utah State
24
Toledo Rockets
last week: NR
record: 5–0

Last week: Beat Kent State 38-7
Next week: Saturday vs. Eastern Michigan
25
Duke Blue Devils
last week: NR
record: 5–1

Last week: Beat Army 44-3
Next week: Bye week

Dropped out: Georgia, USC​
Next five: Temple, Mississippi State, Wisconsin, Memphis, Georgia

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