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Florida College Football Power Rankings: Week 6

The Turnover Chain makes multiple cameos but UCF’s dominance keeps the Hurricanes grounded.

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After week 5 brought minimal movements, the ‘Sunshine Seven’ had wins in all but one of the seven games. In week 6, three teams will play in rivalry match-ups (FSU/Miami, LSU/Florida), while most of the rest will continue conference play. These games will likely affect the power rankings in one way or the other should losses come.

#1. UCF Knights (LW: 1), Week 5 Result: 45-14 W vs. Pittsburgh, Next Week: vs. Southern Methodist

As long as UCF continue to win, they’ll stay at the top of the power rankings. Holding the longest winning streak in college football, the Knights had no issues handling Pittsburgh as McKenzie Milton scored 6 touchdowns en route to a blowout win. The Knights will meet up with SMU as conference play continues.

#2. Miami-Florida Hurricanes (LW: 2), Week 5 Result: 47-10 W vs. North Carolina, Next Week: vs. Florida State

Even though the Canes dominated in all aspects against North Carolina, they remain at second because of UCF’s continued domination. In week 6, the Hurricanes continue conference play with arch-rival Florida State. The Hurricanes will need another strong performance should they hope to handle the Seminoles with ease.

#3. Florida Gators (LW: 4), Week 5 Result: 13-6 W @ Mississippi State, Next Week: vs. LSU

Are the Florida Gators officially back? No, likely not. However, a win against a ranked Mississippi State is a good place to start. Sitting at 4-1, the Gators have finally gotten a strong start from Felipe Franks and defense, who has been hard to beat all season.

#4. South Florida Bulls (LW: 3), Week 5 Result: BYE, Next Week: @ UMass

USF is definitely the state of Florida’s biggest surprise. In week 6, USF is still undefeated with multiple quality wins. With sustained success from Blake Barnett, the Bulls will travel to Massachusetts to battle UMass. After that, however, the schedule turns into pure conference opponents.

#5. Florida State Seminoles (LW: 6), Week 5 Result: 28-24 W @ Louisville, Next Week: @ Miami

After sitting in last place just a few weeks ago, the Seminoles have continued to climb up the ranks. Despite being down at halftime to Louisville, the Seminoles showed true resolve to battle back and score 21 points in the second half, en route to a comeback victory over the Cardinals.

#6. Florida International Panthers (LW: 7), Week 5 Result: 55-9 W vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Next Week: vs. Middle Tennessee State

There is little to say when a team defeats a FBS team at home but FIU handled business and getting a win after the loss to Miami is a nice start. The Panthers got another good performance out of James Morgan, who had 4 touchdowns through the air.

#7. Florida Atlantic Owls (LW: 5), Week 5: 25-24 L @ Middle Tennessee State, Next week: vs. Old Dominion

While it isn’t officially panic time in Boca Raton, there is cause to be worried about this year’s Florida Atlantic. In a game where the Owls lead by 11 points at halftime, Middle Tennessee State was able to defeat Florida Atlantic on a late score and two-point conversion. In a game where the Owls produced little offense, it was Chris Robison who was especially poor, throwing for less than 200 yards.