Week 6 proved to be college football‘s best slate of the season thus far, with exciting finishes in many of the big games and upsets galore. Then-No. 1 Alabama lost to a reeling Texas A&M squad, while Oklahoma pulled off an improbable comeback to win the Red River Rivalry against Texas. Iowa’s defense also proved its worth by shutting down another top opponent.
Following all of that action, here are the top-graded players through Week 6.
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Power Five: Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Panthers | 92.6
The Panthers were off this week, but Pickett retains his top spot in the rankings. He stays tied for third in passing touchdowns this season in the FBS. Pittsburgh’s schedule gets a little harder going forward — with Virginia Tech, Clemson and Miami over the next three weeks — but if Pickett can keep up his prolific start to the season, the Panthers could win each of those contests.
Group of Five: Malik Willis, Liberty Flames | 93.7
Willis is still the top-graded quarterback in the country. His big-time throw rate is an absurd 13.1%, making him the only qualifying player over 10%. The Flames hammered Middle Tennessee State this weekend, and although Willis made three big-time throws, he was also credited with two turnover-worthy plays.
Power Five: Treshaun Ward, Florida State Seminoles | 90.8
It’s been another disappointing season in Tallahassee, but a big win over North Carolina might be the boost Florida State needs to finish the season strong. Ward has been dominant with the ball in his hands in 2021. He's been great on the ground, but he’s also dominated in pass protection. His 83.4 pass-blocking grade ranks ninth-highest in the country among running backs.
Group of Five: Rodrigues Clark, Memphis Tigers | 90.6
The Tigers may have lost to Tulsa in Week 6, but Clark still snatched the Group of Five running back throne. He has forced 0.45 missed tackles per carry, which ranks third-highest in the Group of Five. And with 6.7 yards per carry, he slots into 13th in the Group of Five.
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Power Five: Drake London, USC Trojans | 90.0
It was another dominant week for London. He has 10 more catches and 15 more targets than anyone else in the country and still ranks ninth in yards per route run (3.47). His 18 contested catches are double the next highest player, too. He has been as advertised this season.
Group of Five: Demario Douglas, Liberty Flames | 92.8
Douglas is averaging an absurd 5.39 yards per route run this season. On just under 100 receiving snaps, he has 34 catches for 528 yards. Quarterback Malik Willis is finding Douglas for a catch — not just a target — every third passing play the receiver is on the field for. His 238 yards after the catch rank 10th in the Group of Five.