Power Poll: With no changes in top 10, unbeaten Mizzou shows up at 23

Searching for surprises following a week when the Power Poll barely stirred:

The Power Poll's 24 teams in action gained a total of 11,672 yards in Week 6. No. 17 South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney was not in for any of them. This will be a developing story.

Hello, Vegas: Some folks lost their homes Saturday. Some were able to buy Cadillacs. More than one gambling degenerate noticed that back door cover for No. 4 Ohio State at the gun.

No. 12 Oklahoma is playing defense. No. 11 Baylor is wrecking them. Should be a heck of a Big 12 race.

Maryland is not quite back, but Jameis Winston rules the world. No. 9 Florida State was favored by 15½ over the Terps. The Noles won by 47½ more than that.

No. 24 Texas Tech ran 100 plays against Kansas but didn/t exactly run well -- 2.7 yards per carry.

As the halfway point of the season approaches, the Heisman race is beginning take shape. My top five: 1) Johnny Manziel, 2) Marcus Mariota, 3) Winston, 4) Bryce Petty, 5) Zach Mettenberger.

SEC's defenses are giving up way more points than usual but four teams in the top eight of the Power Poll seems about right (No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 7 Georgia, No. 8 LSU).

Welcome No. 23 Missouri which means it's about time someone set up an SEC East/Pac-12 North challenge.

Power Poll

1. Alabama (1): That DeAndrew White catch was sick. That's about it from a scrimmage vs. Georgia State.

2. Oregon (2): Marcus Scariota -- five touchdown passes, two rushing TDs vs. Colorado. That makes it 21 total touchdowns in five games and puts him on pace for 55 for the season.

3. Stanford (3): Thank goodness for Ty Montgomery (290 all-purpose) yards. Washington more than threw a scare into the Cardinal.

4. Ohio State (4): Urban Meyer bangs the podium last week, Carlos Hyde breaks up this week after surviving Northwestern. Somebody give the Buckeyes a hankie.

5. Clemson (5): Five touchdowns in three quarters for Tajh Boyd. Welcome to the ACC, Syracuse.

6. Texas A&M (6): Bye while Kevin Sumlin scrutinizes USC job and starts thinking about Ole Miss next Saturday?

7. Georgia (7): The real takeaway from overtime at Tennessee? Dawgs are running out of players and the Vols are turning the corner.

8. LSU (8): Zach Mettenberger (25 of 29 vs. Mississippi State) may be going from Dawg house to Best Buy Theater.

9. Florida State (9): I want to make friends with that move Famous Jameis made against Maryland.

10. UCLA (10): Solid win on Thursday against Utah. Jim Mora's Bruins play host to Cal next Saturday.

11. Baylor (12): Among the mind-boggling numbers amassed by the Bears: They scored 73 points against West Virginia and their points per minute of possession actually went down.

12. Oklahoma (11): Defense continues to thrive in close one against TCU, 20-17. Texas, in the Red River Rivalry, is up next.

13. Louisville (13): I'd love to love the Cardinals more but it's the AAC and it's Temple. The 'Ville is 5-0 for a third straight season.

14. Miami (14): Four turnovers, down by 10? No problem. Hurricanes post solid 15-point win against Georgia Tech.

15. Washington (15): Put up almost 500 yards against Stanford and lost. The slog continues this week against Oregon.

16. Michigan (16): Here's a switch -- no turnovers for Devin Gardner this week against Minnesota. Still not convinced how good Wolverines are.

17. South Carolina (17): Kentucky scores 21 in the fourth quarter to make it close. Clowney sits it out to cast doubt upon his want-to.

18. Florida (20): Gators are better off with Tyler Murphy at quarterback. Yeah, I said it. Three touchdown passes against Arkansas.

19. North Dakota State (19): While you were sleeping on the Bison, Northern Iowa played 'em off their hooves. But North Dakota State Bohl's 'em over 24-23.

20. Northwestern (18): Touchdowns instead of field goals, Wildcats. Touchdowns instead of field goals. That's the fatal flaw in losing to Ohio State.

21. Fresno State (21): Idaho's a high school team but still, Derek Carr goes crazy. Five touchdown passes -- all in the first half.

22. Oklahoma State (23): Really, really trying to figure out the Cowboys. Gag it up in Morgantown, come from behind against K-State. Gundy: "Whoever flipped the switch, I wish they'd flip it earlier."

23. Missouri (NR): When James Franklin (the quarterback) is healthy, the Tigers are dangerous. They rip Vandy to move to 5-0. Georgia, Florida, South Carolina next. If you want a dream a little in the SEC East ...

24. Texas Tech (24): Red Raiders drop 54 unanswered on Kansas. Baker Mayfield hurt!

25. Northern Illinois (25): Cameron Stingily almost gave up football. Now he has to buy IHOP for the offensive line after running for 266 yards against Kent State.

Also receiving love: Cincinnati after losing teammate Ben Flick, Virginia Tech, Indiana, Navy, Notre Dame, East Carolina, Ball State, Bowling Green, Oregon State, Rutgers, Central Florida, Tennessee's Pig Howard.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Dennis Dodd has covered college football for CBS Sports since it was CBS SportsLine in 1998. He is one of only seven media members to attend all 16 BCS title games and has chronicled conference realignment... Full Bio

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