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USA Today College Football Poll 2013: Complete Week 6 Rankings Released

on Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of USA Weekend USATODAY 3:56 a.m. EDT September 30, 2013 USA WEEKEND and Destination America honor two all-American towns with special Fourth of July celebrations Rob LaBerta, former chief of the Union Beach volunteer fire department, holds a U.S. flag he recovered after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. (Photo: Eileen Blass for USA WEEKEND) SHARECONNECT TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Rob LaBerta, former chief of the Union Beach volunteer fire department, holds a U.S. flag he recovered after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. (Photo: Eileen Blass for USA WEEKEND) Nothing says Fourth of July like fireworks, but for many American communities the annual displays have become an unaffordable luxury. That was the problem this year at Fort Bragg, N.C., an Army post hit by federal budget cuts, and in Union Beach, N.J., a shore town that lost a big chunk of its tax base to Hurricane Sandy. But Fort Bragg and Union Beach will enjoy their traditional Independence Day fireworks celebrations after all, as winners of the “Red, White and You” contest sponsored by the Destination America TV network and USA WEEKEND . The contest asked communities across the nation to explain why they were most deserving of a big holiday bash. Judges said the best answers, out of about 3,500 submitted, came from Rob LaBerta, a volunteer firefighter in Union Beach, and Staff Sgt.

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Some marquee programs in the Top 25 had bye weeks, and those at the very top took care of business, but a battle between Southeastern Conference teams and a notable upset have had an impact on the rankings. Here’s a look, along with B/R’s official Top 25 : USA Today Coaches Poll Top 25 Week 6 Ranking NR Source: The hosting Georgia Bulldogs won a showdown in Athens with the rival LSU Tigers, as Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray out-dueled counterpart Zach Mettenberger in a thrilling shootout, 44-41. Elsewhere in the SEC, the two-time reigning national champion Alabama Crimson Tide remained at No. 1, courtesy of a resounding 25-0 shutout victory over Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa. Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon popped off one of the best runs of the 2013 season. The super sophomore’s spin move and breakaway speed allowed him to take the ball 68 yards to pay dirt to break open the game in the third quarter: Video Credit: SEC Digital Network Speaking of sophomores, two Heisman Trophy-contending quarterbacks led their teams to victory. No. 2 Oregon’s Marcus Mariota accounted for three total touchdowns in a 55-16 trouncing of Cal, while Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 59 additional yards in a road triumph over Arkansas. A less heralded signal-caller is Stanford’s Kevin Hogan, whose three touchdown tosses boosted the Cardinal to a 55-17 blowout conquering of Pac-12 foe Washington State. Florida State freshman Jameis Winston continued a magnificent campaign for the Seminoles in keying a 48-34 win at Boston College by throwing for 330 yards and four touchdowns. As for the Big 10 battle many fans were eager for, Ohio State benefited from Braxton Miller ‘s return , as the junior quarterback threw four touchdowns in a 31-24 win over Wisconsin at Ohio Stadium. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports Miller put to rest any concerns of rust after missing two-plus games with a knee injury.

Does C-USA get its final Liberty? For sure?

In its large, sideways chart of all bowls, it lists the Liberty as “C-USA/American vs. SEC.” Uh, oh. The ghost of 2011 is running in my mind. That’s the year a beyond-bizarre format was concocted to boot the C-USA champ – with both finalists in the top 25, mind you – to the curb. Remember this? If the SEC had eight eligible bowl teams, the Liberty would be C-USA vs. Big East. If the SEC had nine, SEC vs. Big East. If the SEC had 10, SEC vs. C-USA. Instead of league champion Southern Mississippi taking its rightful spot at Memphis, we were treated to Cincinnati vs. Vanderzzzzzz …(Gosh, that bowl was so much better when the C-USA champ played the Mountain West champ, wasn’t it?) For the love of the few things that are holy in college football, please tell me there is no repeat. I didn’t get the straightest answer Friday afternoon out of Memphis.