College Football Rankings Week 5: Bleacher Report's Official Top 25

Jonathan McDanal@@jdmcdanalContributor IIISeptember 22, 2013

College Football Rankings Week 5: Bleacher Report's Official Top 25

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    The college football weekend is over, complete with another heart-wrenching performance from the Michigan Wolverines. After the upsets and general mayhem of another weekend, here is Bleacher Report's Official Top 25 Poll.

    Poll voters (in alphabetical order): Chris Bello, Eric Bowman, Carter Bryant, Phil Callihan, Alex Callos, Andrew Coppens, Bill Eichenberger, Michael Felder, Trenise Ferreira, Kyle Kensing, Ben Kercheval, Sanjay Kirpalani, Marc Kohn, Adam Kramer, David Luther, Jonathan McDanal, Lafe Peavler, Max Rausch, David Regimbal, Patrick Runge, Barrett Sallee, Alex Sims, Erin Sorensen, Marc Torrence and Greg Wallace.

    Each voter submitted an individual Top 25, and every first-place team was given 25 points. The second-place team received 24, and so on, with the 25th-place team earning one point. The teams are ranked in order according to total points.

     

    *All times are ET

Others Receiving Votes

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    Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: 26

    Nebraska Cornhuskers: 21

    UCF Knights: 15

    Maryland Terrapins: 13

    Michigan State Spartans: 12

    Arizona State Sun Devils: 5

    USC Trojans: 4

    Northern Illinois Huskies: 3

    BYU Cougars: 2

    Arizona Wildcats and Texas Longhorns: 1

25. Fresno State Bulldogs

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    Previous Rank: N/A

    Week 4 Result: Fresno State 41, Boise State 40

    Week 5: at Hawaii, Sunday, Sept. 29, at noon

    Overall Record: 3-0

    Poll Points: 47

    Fresno State took on the Boise State Broncos on Friday night, and the Bulldogs held on in the waning minutes to score a one-point victory over the Mountain West stalworth. Derek Carr went 39-of-60 for 460 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Broncos, as the Bulldogs showed in front of national television audience what they are capable of.

24. Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Previous Rank: N/A

    Week 4 Result: Texas Tech 33, Texas State 7

    Week 5: BYE

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 53

    Texas Tech displayed its defense yet again against the Texas State Bobcats. The Red Raiders didn't gain much favor with voters, but they didn't do anything to hurt themselves in the 33-7 win.

    Texas Tech was a little rusty, or it was overlooking the Bobcats. The Raiders quarterbacks were less efficient than they probably should have been:

    Davis Webb: 19-of-43 for 310 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions

    Baker Mayfield: 14-of-20 for 124 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception

    Assuming they can iron out those kinks over the upcoming bye week, the Red Raiders are just as capable of winning the Big 12 as any other team in the conference.

23. Wisconsin Badgers

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    Previous Rank: No. 24

    Week 4 Result: Wisconsin 41, Purdue 10

    Week 5: at Ohio State, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m.

    Overall Record: 3-1

    Poll Points: 69

    Wisconsin got off to a bit of a slow start against Purdue, but the 41-10 final score came as a result of 27 unanswered points from the Badgers. At 3-1, Wisconsin isn't currently at the top of the list of potential national champions, but the Badgers are one controversial ending away from being 4-0. 

    If the Badgers want true respect, they can earn it against Ohio State in Week 5.

22. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Previous Rank: No. 22

    Week 4 Result: Notre Dame 17, Michigan State 13

    Week 5: vs. Oklahoma, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 3-1

    Poll Points: 94

    In a battle against the Michigan State Spartans reminiscent of some of their previous tilts from the past few seasons, Notre Dame was able to pull out the victory 17-13. The Spartans had more yards and more first downs in the loss, but they also had more penalties and turnovers.

    The Irish aren't likely to make the national championship game again this season, but they are proving that they are on the right track, improving one game at a time.

21. Ole Miss Rebels

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    Previous Rank: No. 23

    Week 4 Result: BYE

    Week 5: at Alabama, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 3-0

    Poll Points: 143

    Ole Miss got a fortuitous break in the schedule before taking on Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 28. The Rebels are definitely talented enough to knock off some big SEC teams this season, and the Tide could be one. We've seen the Rebels improve quickly over the past couple of recruiting cycles, and have already shown what they are capable of in their smashing of Texas in Week 3.

    They aren't ready for a national championship yet, but they're going to punish any team that doesn't take them as a serious threat.

20. Florida Gators

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    Previous Rank: No. 19

    Week 4 Result: Florida 31, Tennessee 17

    Week 5: at Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m.

    Overall Record: 2-1

    Poll Points: 151

    Florida took down the Tennessee Volunteers in Week 4 by 14 points, but the Gators lost quarterback Jeff Driskel for the season. He hurt his ankle throwing a pick-six in the first quarter.

    They also lost Brian Poole for the first half of the Kentucky game due to a targeting call against him in the fourth quarter against the Vols. The Gators still scored a solid conference win, though, and it pushed them to 2-1 on the season.

19. Michigan Wolverines

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    Previous Rank: No. 16

    Week 4 Result: Michigan 24, Connecticut 21

    Week 5: BYE

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 162

    Michigan survived its second scare in a row in Week 4, this time a 24-21 win over the Connecticut Huskies. The Wolverines were trailing with 1:47 remaining in the first half, and they didn't gain the lead back until there was just 4:36 left in the fourth quarter.

    Michigan may not be as highly ranked as it was last week, but that "4-0" record carries a lot of weight. All that can really be said is the Wolverines have a ton of work to do over the Week 5 bye if they want to win against the Big Ten teams on their schedule.

18. Northwestern Wildcats

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    Previous Rank: No. 17

    Week 4 Result: Northwestern 35, Maine 21

    Week 5: BYE

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 190

    Northwestern beat FCS foe Maine by 14 points in Week 4 to hold onto its spot in the rankings. The Wildcats were less than impressive in the win, but there weren't a ton of impressive wins at all during the weekend.

    They are entering their bye week at a convenient time, before starting conference play against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Oct. 5

17. Washington Huskies

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    Previous Rank: No. 18

    Week 4 Result: Washington 56, Idaho State 0

    Week 5: vs. Arizona, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m.

    Overall Record: 3-0

    Poll Points: 217

    Washington shut the Idaho State Bengals out 56-0 in Week 4, and that puts the Huskies at 3-0 heading into their first conference match against the Arizona Wildcats. UW put up a total of 640 yards against the Bengals, and they held Idaho State to just 22 yards rushing.

    Washington should be respected this season, but conference play will help determine just how much.

16. Baylor Bears

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    Previous Rank: No. 20

    Week 4 Result: Baylor 70, Louisiana-Monroe 7

    Week 5: BYE

    Overall Record: 3-0

    Poll Points: 228

    Baylor completely demolished Louisiana-Monroe on both sides of the ball. They took the Warhawks down 70-7, holding ULM's star quarterback Kolton Browning in check for the vast majority of the game.

    Offensively, the Bears look good enough to compete with anyone in the country, and they may become known as the Oregon of the Big 12 before this season is over. Baylor's total yardage against ULM was 781, on their way to their third straight game with at least 60 points.

15. Oklahoma Sooners

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    Previous Rank: No. 14

    Week 4 Result: BYE

    Week 5: at Notre Dame, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 3-0

    Poll Points: 282

    Oklahoma has two weeks to prepare for Notre Dame, and based on last season's score, the Sooners are glad to have had it line up like this. The Sooners are well-entrenched for a run at the Big 12 title and more, but they first need to take care of business against the Irish in Week 5.

14. Miami Hurricanes

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    Previous Rank: No. 15

    Week 4 Result: Miami 77, Savannah State 7

    Week 5: at South Florida, Saturday, Sept. 28, at noon

    Overall Record: 3-0

    Poll Points: 284

    The Miami Hurricanes took care of business against Savannah State to the tune of 77-7. Three different Miami quarterbacks combined for this stat line: 20-of-23, 313 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

    The rushing attack was responsible for 324 yards and six touchdowns of its own. Miami completely dismantled the lesser team, exactly as it was supposed to. It holds its spot in the Top 25 as a result.

13. UCLA Bruins

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    Previous Rank: No. 13

    Week 4 Result: UCLA 59, New Mexico State 13

    Week 5: BYE

    Overall Record: 3-0

    Poll Points: 330

    UCLA trounced the New Mexico State Aggies, as the Bruins should have. The final score of 59-13 reflected just how big the difference in talent can be between two FBS teams. The Bruins cruised to a 3-0 record on the way into their second bye week.

    Upon return, they will take on a Utah squad that already threatened to ruin Oregon State's unblemished conference record. UCLA had better be prepared for battle.

12. South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Previous Rank: No. 11

    Week 4 Result: BYE

    Week 5: at UCF, Saturday, Sept. 28, at noon

    Overall Record: 2-1

    Poll Points: 351

    South Carolina's pass for the Sept. 21 weekend gave the Gamecocks an extra week to prepare for Blake Bortles and the UCF Knights in Week 5. The Knights are not to be trifled with, and any lack of respect will be answered by points on the scoreboard.

    The Gamecocks stay well inside the Top 25, but their days are numbered if they don't take every game seriously, starting with next week's clash with UCF.

11. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Previous Rank: No. 12

    Week 4 Result: BYE

    Week 5: at West Virginia, Saturday, Sept. 28, at noon

    Overall Record: 3-0

    Poll Points: 353

    Oklahoma State also sat this round out, as many of the other Top 25 teams did. The Cowboys have been incredibly impressive on offense this season, and they've shown flashes of greatness on defense. Conference play hasn't started yet for the Cowboys, but it appears as if there are few teams in the Big 12 who will be able to withstand their onslaught.

10. Texas A&M Aggies

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    Previous Rank: No. 10

    Week 4 Result: Texas A&M 42, SMU 13

    Week 5: at Arkansas, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m.

    Overall Record: 3-1

    Poll Points: 406

    Texas A&M won yet again behind another stellar performance by Johnny Manziel, who went 14-of-21 for 244 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He tacked on 102 yards on the ground and two more scores off 12 carries, as well.

    The Aggies put up an eye-popping 581 yards of total offense to take home a 29-point win and a 3-1 record.

9. Georgia Bulldogs

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    Previous Rank: No. 7

    Week 4 Result: Georgia 45, North Texas 21

    Week 5: vs. LSU, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 2-1

    Poll Points: 428

    Georgia's 45-21 win over North Texas may have been unexpected to some, but the Mean Green have been much better this season than in recent years. Georgia finally created some distance on the scoreboard to log the 24-point win, but the Bulldogs definitely shook some fans' nerves.

8. Louisville Cardinals

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    Previous Rank: No. 9

    Week 4 Result: Louisville 72, Florida International 0

    Week 5: BYE

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 443

    Louisville's monster win over the Florida International Golden Panthers helped secure them in the Top 10. In the third quarter, the Panthers and Cardinals agreed to have a continuously running clock, which helped keep this game relatively reasonable.

7. Florida State Seminoles

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    Previous Rank: No. 7

    Week 4 Result: Florida State 54, Bethune-Cookman 6

    Week 5: at Boston College, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 3-0

    Poll Points: 446

    Florida State logged an expected win against Bethune-Cookman in Week 4, and the Seminoles are locked into the Top 10 as long as they keep winning. Jameis Winston went 10-of-19 for 148 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.

    The Seminoles may not have had gaudy statistics to go along with the win, but a 48-point margin of victory is always impressive.

6. LSU Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 6

    Week 4 Result: LSU 35, Auburn 21

    Week 5: at Georgia, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 512 (1)

    LSU dominated Auburn as well as an SEC rival can be dominated. The Tiger Bowl is generally a tight battle (Example: 2012 LSU won 12-10, even though Auburn was 0-8 in the conference).

    This particular bout was a relatively comfortable 35-21 victory for the Tigers from Louisiana. Next up is the epic showdown between LSU and the Georgia Bulldogs.

    Georgia cannot afford to lose this conference bout, but the Tigers don't really care what Georgia wants. LSU is as good a contender for the national championship as anyone else, and it's capable of getting it.

5. Clemson Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 4

    Week 4 Result: Clemson 26, NC State 14

    Week 5: vs. Wake Forest, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 3-0

    Poll Points: 539

    Clemson came into NC State's house on Sept. 19, and the Wolfpack gave them a tough game. Eventually, the Tigers logged a game-changing turnover, but NC State was never truly out of the game, though, and Clemson had to fight for the 12-point win.

4. Stanford Cardinal

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    Previous Rank: No. 5

    Week 4 Result: Stanford 42, Arizona State 28

    Week 5: at Washington State, Saturday, Sept. 28, time TBD

    Overall Record: 3-0

    Poll Points: 540

    Stanford brought Arizona State back to Earth immediately following the Wisconsin debacle by beating the Sun Devils 42-28 in Week 4. Stanford followed its usual winning formula by amassing 240 rushing yards out of 391 total—well over 50 percent.

    The Cardinal still have a long road to the national championship, but they are off to a wonderful 3-0 start. Next week, they hit the road to take on Washington State, which could turn out to be a trap game.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Previous Rank: No. 3

    Week 4 Result: Ohio State 76, Florida A&M 0

    Week 5: vs. Wisconsin, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m.

    Overall Record: 4-0

    Poll Points: 553

    Ohio State beat the Florida A&M Rattlers 76-0 in Week 4, and held serve in the top part of the rankings. Simply put, the Buckeyes won in a fashion befitting an elite team. While a win like this couldn't move them up the standings, it certainly didn't hurt them at all.

2. Oregon Ducks

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    Previous Rank: No. 2

    Week 4 Result: BYE

    Week 5: vs. California, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 10:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 3-0

    Poll Points: 590 (2)

    Oregon took the week off after knocking off the Tennessee Volunteers on Sept. 14. The Ducks have beaten everyone on their schedule so far by an average score of 61-9, and there are precious few teams on their schedule who will threaten to alter that average.

    The Ducks are on track for the BCS National Championship Game, and unless Ohio State or Clemson does something incredible this season, all Oregon has to do is keep winning.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Previous Rank: No. 1

    Week 4 Result: Alabama 31, Colorado State 6

    Week 5: vs. Ole Miss, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 3-0

    Poll Points: 618 (22)

    The final score in the Alabama game was 31-6, but it stood at 17-6 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Jim McElwain, Colorado State's head coach, used to be Alabama's offensive coordinator, and he knew Nick Saban and the Tide well enough to make a real game out of this match.

    AJ McCarron went 20-of-26 for 258 yards, one touchdown and one interception. But the Crimson Tide were just 2-of-10 on third down. The result was a win, but the Tide have a lot of work to do before taking on the Ole Miss Rebels on Sept. 28.