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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Week 5

Rick Gagliano | Through games of September 28, 2013

RANK TEAM RECORD
1 Oregon 4-0
2 Clemson 4-0
3 Alabama 4-0
4 Ohio State 5-0
5 Louisville 4-0
6 Stanford 4-0
7 Michigan 4-0
8 UCLA 3-0
9 Florida State 4-0
10 Texas A&M 4-1
11 Georgia 3-1
12 Baylor 3-0
13 Washington 4-0
14 Oklahoma 4-0
15 LSU 4-1
16 Northwestern 4-0
17 Miami 4-0
18 Virginia Tech 4-1
19 South Carolina 3-1
20 Fresno State 4-0
21 Florida 3-1
22 Maryland 4-0
23 Northern Illinois 4-0
24 Texas Tech 4-0
25 East Carolina 3-1

--- Week 5 Notes below ---


Week 5 Notes:

LSU, Oklahoma St. Drop on Losses

A weekend full of meaningful games resulted in six losses for members of Downtown Magazine's Top 25 rankings from the prior week.

Topping the losers' list was LSU, which cannot be found very faulty, losing by a mere three points on the road at #11 Georgia, 37-34, in one of the best SEC contests of this or any year. LSU QB went toe-to-toe (or rather, arm to arm) with Georgia's Aaron Murray and came up just short, Murray guiding the Bulldogs to the winning score with less than two minutes left in the game, which proved not enough time for Mettenberger to respond.

Regardless, a loss is a loss, and LSU dropped from #8 to #15 in the rankings.

#14 Oklahoma State had no similar excuse, losing on the road to West Virginia, a team that was an 18-point underdog going in, after their disastrous, 37-0, loss to Maryland a week earlier. The Mountaineers played terrific defense and the offense found usefulness from their backs and receivers to record the 30-21 upset. The Cowboys got kicked all the way out of the Top 25, due to the seriousness of their under-performance.

Previously unbeaten #18 Mississippi was bested by #3 Alabama, 25-0. The Rebels had several good opportunities to score on the Crimson Tide, but opted, each time, to elect going on fourth and yardage rather than kicking field goals. Ole Miss gets booted from the Top 25, though the feeling is they could be back, their defense being top-notch.

#19 Georgia Tech got behind by a couple of scores and could not crack the tough Virginia Tech defense on Thursday, resulting in a 17-10 home loss that had major effects on this week's rankings. Virginia Tech, whose only loss was in week one to Alabama, is resurgent, winning four straight, and re-installed at #18 this week. Additionally, since their only loss was to Virginia Tech, 15-10, 3-1 East Carolina gets the last spot, #25, whipping North Carolina, 55-31.

Northern Illinois and Texas Tech, both 4-0, enter the Top 25 for the first time this season, at 23 and 24, respectively.

#22 Arizona was soundly hammered, 31-13, at Washington, a team that appears to be on a steady run toward not only a bowl game, but a possible BCS bowl. The PAC-12 is probably the most talent-laden conference outside of the SEC, with four ranked teams - Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and the Huskies - all on various collision courses which should provide for plenty of interesting games over the coming weeks.

Wisconsin, which entered the week at #24, lost by a touchdown to #4 Ohio State, their record now 3-2, and no room in the rankings for any team with more than one loss this early in the season.

Idle teams moved up on the losses of others, including UCLA, Baylor, Northwestern and Maryland. #5 Louisville and #7 Michigan also had the week off and remained in their respective positions.

At the top, #1 Oregon easily dismissed Cal, 55-16, and are second in the nation in scoring, averaging 59.75 points per game. Saturday's win, surprisingly, was their lowest point output of the season. Baylor leads the nation in scoring at 69.7 ppg, but they've yet to play a conference opponent.

#2 Clemson absolutely blistered visiting ACC foe, Wake Forest, 56-7; #6 Stanford won, 55-17, at Washington State; #9 Florida State was a 48-34 winner at Boston College and #10 Texas A&M won, 45-33 at Arkansas.

#14 Oklahoma is looking solid and dangerous at 4-0, having taken down Notre Dame, 35-21, while South Carolina moved up from #21 to #19, despite nearly blowing a huge fourth-quarter lead at UCF, eventually holding on, for the 28-25 victory.

Copyright 2013, 2014, Rick Gagliano, Downtown Magazine. All rights reserved. Downtown Magazine is located in the Uinted States of America and is not affiliated with the National Football League or the NCAA. For more information, contact us here. Use of this site is for entertainment purposes only.

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