Alex Scheer - College Football Analyst
Not much change at the top, while Clemson holds on to the number one spot for yet another week. Some massive drops, teams dropping out, teams coming back in, and a few newcomers to this week’s Power Rankings following what was a wild Week 4 in the college football world.Check out the Power Rankings for Week 5 below, and tell us what you think!
1.Clemson (Previous Rank:1)
Honestly? They probably won’t relinquish the top spot until they lose, and honestly, that doesn’t look all too likely until the playoffs. Clemson should dominate once again, this time against North Carolina.
2.Alabama (Previous Rank: 2)
I almost feel bad for the rest of the SEC, as Alabama continues to run through the conference. The only potential challengers in the conference? LSU and Georgia. Tide hold onto the number 2 spot for a few more weeks.
3.Georgia (Previous Rank: 5)
Georgia welcomed Notre Dame and showed the Irish what they were made of. Georgia took advantage of the minuscule Irish mistakes and turned them into a W. Now they have a signature win on the resume and a bye to prepare for fast fading Tennessee.
4.LSU (Previous Rank: 3)
I called it, right? Joe Burrow is dominating the competition, with over 1,200 yards in the air, and 18 touchdowns. LSU looks legit, and it's because of Burrow. Watch for him to face some real test in the next few weeks to see if he’s as legit as everyone says.
5.Ohio State (Previous Rank: 6)
So, They were going to fall in these rankings if they continued to struggle against Miami (OH). After a 5-0 deficit, the Buckeyes smacked around the MAC school for 76 unanswered points… in a 57 minute game (rain delay turns agreement to end the game). Ohio State heads to Nebraska, a new venue for Justin Fields to show off his skills.
6.Oklahoma (Previous Rank: 4)
Oklahoma got a much needed rest after destroying UCLA. Plenty of extra time to figure out how to beat the Texas Tech Raiders, opening their conference slate. The Sooner offense is capable of putting up loads of points as they continue to roll through their schedule.
7.Florida (Previous Rank: 7)
34-3 over Tennessee? Ooof. the Gators enjoy their last non-conference matchup against Towson before jumping back into the rigors of the SEC schedule. The perfect tune up for the Gators, essentially giving them a bye early in the season.
8.Wisconsin (Previous Rank: 11)
So, Wisconsin is either REALLY good, or Michigan is really bad. Let’s go with the former. Wisconsin’s win over the Wolverines was a lot worse than the score indicated, as the Badgers were up 28-0 at one point in the game. Look for them to continue their recent dominance
9.Auburn (Previous Rank: 13)
Beating TAMU on the road is no easy task, but the Tigers did what they had to do to maintain their spotless record. Can they keep it up against Mississippi State this week?
10.Texas (Previous Rank: 10) Oklahoma State gave them a scare, but the Longhorns held on for the victory at home. (Alright, alright, alright!) Texas gets a break as they begin preparations for the Mountaineers of West Virginia on October 5th.
11.Notre Dame (Previous Rank: 8) It’s all but confirmed that Notre Dame is now out of the playoff race, but college football is anything but predictable. If the Irish can finish their season unblemished, there’s always a chance they can beat out a conference opponent for a playoff spot… assuming chaos takes over.
12.Oregon (Previous Rank: 14)
Oregon hasn’t skipped a beat since the season opening loss to Auburn. Stronger defense, better play style and a focused game plan. The Ducks get their second test of the season, and this one has conference title implications as the Ducks play host to the Huskies.
13.Cal (Previous Rank: 18)
Uhhhh, Cal is the last undefeated team in the PAC-12. When was the last time Cal looked this good? You might have heard of a player named Marshawn Lynch. Don’t look now, but Cal could sneak up and make some conference noise. Yes, it’s still early, but keep an eye on the Golden Bears as the season progresses.
14.Boise State (Previous Rank: 15)
After handling Air Force, the Broncos turn their attention to conference play after the upcoming bye week. They are the only hope for Group of Five teams to crack into the CFP, but there would need to be a LOT of chaos happen as the season moves on.
15.Iowa (Previous Rank: 17) So, Iowa doesn’t look half bad this year. One last non-conference opponent in Middle Tennessee State, but the Hawkeyes are playing some solid football and are undefeated going into the weekend. Expect more of the same.
16.Penn State (Previous Rank: 19)
After taking a short break from their emotional win over Pitt, the Nittany Lions head to College Park to take on a Maryland team who is sitting at 2-1 after being upset by Temple. Penn State can’t overlook the Terrapins as they start conference play, but in their quest to win the Big Ten, Maryland doesn’t hold a candle to other conference heavyweights.
17.Virginia (Previous Rank: 24)
Virginia is off to a hot start, but this is the week they get the chance to prove to the nation that they are legit. A tough road game against Notre Dame looms large for what should hopefully be a great match-up in South Bend.
18.Kansas State (Previous Rank: 23)
Oh hey there, KSU. They had no reason beating Ole Miss, yet here we are. They take to the road the play Oklahoma State, but amazingly, Kansas State is 3-0. Look for them to push that to 4-0 against the Cowboys.
19.Michigan (Previous Rank: 9)
Michigan got SMACKED by Wisconsin, with the Badgers accumulating over 350 rushing yards… that just won’t do. Michigan can still win the Big Ten, but they have A LOT of work to do. Dropping a game to Rutgers right now would all but assure that Harbaugh’s now glowing-hot seat burns through the khakis.
20.Utah (Previous Rank: 12)
Just when you think Utah is starting to establish themselves as the team to beat in the PAC-12, USC steps up and shakes up the conference race. Utah will look to bounce back against Washington State this week.
21.UCF (Previous Rank: 16)
The dream for another undefeated season is no more, at least until next year. After losing last minute to Pitt 35-34, UCF still has a chance at a good bowl game and another conference title.Look for a rebound against UConn.
22. USC (Previous Rank: N/R) The Trojans like to make noise, and make noise they did. Knocking off Utah 30-23 this past weekend, they look to continue to show why the rest of the PAC-12 should be on alert. I really wanna know what’s in the water in Los Angeles, because it certainly seems like they can just plug and play quarterbacks at will.
23. Michigan State (Previous Rank: N/R)
Beating Northwestern vaults them back into the rankings. The Spartans looked great on offense and played some really tough defense, forcing 3 turnovers against the Wildcats, and Brian Lewerke looking great commanding the offense by throwing three touchdowns last week.
24. Washington (Previous Rank: N/R)
Sneaking up quietly in the national rankings earns them a place on our Power Rankings list.
Beating BYU 30-19, the Huskies have had a peculiar season, including their weird loss to Cal earlier this year. If they can’t hang with USC this weekend, they are effectively done in the conference race.
25.Wake Forest: Previous Rank: N/R)
Welcome to the rankings, Wake Forest! While they haven’t had the most difficult schedule, thy have been slowly working on their own undefeated campaign. Loads of points on offense and a decent defense keep them moving forward.