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College Football Power Rankings Week 5 by Jeff Spiegel
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Finally a week of what seems like stability.  No new teams amongst my top eight, and only four changes in the top fifteen.  While everything seemed to settle down in the rankings, however, the games themselves simply got more exciting.

The hour of football that contained the end of UCLA v Stanford, Georgia v LSU, and Notre Dame v Washington was as good as it gets on Saturdays.  These games all came down to the wire and reminded me why Saturdays are so special.  Who knew Jake Locker and Jimmy Clausen would put together a quarterback duel for the ages?  Who knew LSU and Georgia would find all of that offense as the game wound down?

Outside of these great games were some struggles from teams like Cincinnatti who led Miami (OH) by just a touchdown going into the fourth.  Virginia Tech looked vulnerable against a weak Duke team as well, while Iowa beat Arkansas State by just a field goal.  While a win is a win, sloppy play won’t earn you any bonus points in my poll, so there were some moves made.  Oregon had another impressive performance and is inching towards 2007 status in which their offense looks unstoppable (given, they did play Washington State this weekend).  USC and Miami also moved up, rebounding from questionable performances to reassure me they deserve better than last weeks ranking, while UCLA, California, Houston, and Oklahoma all dropped from the rankings following disappointing weekends.

Rank (prev.)

Team

 

Result

1

Florida (4-0)

 

BYE

2

Texas (4-0)

 

BYE

3

Alabama (5-0)

 

38-20 Kentucky

4 (6)

LSU (5-0)

 

20-13 Georgia

5

Boise St. (5-0)

 

34-16 UC Davis

6 (4)

Virginia Tech. (4-1)

 

34-26 Duke

7

Oklahoma St. (3-1)

 

BYE

8

TCU (5-0)

 

39-14 SMU

9 (12)

USC (4-1)

 

30-3 California

10 (9)

Cincinatti (5-0)

 

37-13 Miami (OH)

11 (10)

Georgia Tech. (4-1)

 

42-31 Mississippi State

12 (17)

Oregon (4-1)

 

52-6 Washington State

13

Kansas (4-0)

 

BYE

14

Penn St. (4-1)

 

35-17 Illinois

15

BYU (4-1)

 

35-17 Utah St.

16 (11)

Georgia  (3-2)

 

13-20 LSU

17 (22)

Miami (3-1)

 

21-20 Oklahoma

18

Iowa (5-0)

 

24-21 Ark. St.

19

Ohio St. (4-1)

 

33-14 Indiana

20

Nebraska (3-1)

 

BYE

21 (25)

Mississippi (3-1)

 

23-7 Vanderbilt

22 (NR)

Stanford (4-1)

 

24-16 UCLA

23 (NR)

South Florida (5-0)

 

34-20 Syracuse

24 (NR)

Wisconsin (5-0)

 

31-28 Minnesota

25 (NR)

South Carolina (4-1)

 

38-14 South Carolina St.

 


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