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College Football Week 5 Power Rankings

The College Football Week 5 Power Rankings took a hit this week as two very prominent powerhouses lost in interesting fashion. Did your favorite team make the cut? Check out the full results below:

* New editions Clemson & Michigan replace Nebraska and South Carolina this week.

1 – LSU Tigers: The best team in the country got Jordan Jefferson back from suspension Saturday as he was reinstated earlier in the week after a grand jury reduced charges the quarterback faces in connection with an August 19th bar fight to a misdemeanor. Jefferson stepped onto the field amid a roar of “Boos” from the home crowd in Baton Rouge. By the end of the game, the jeers turned to cheers as Jefferson stretched across the goal line to seal the deal for the Tigers. LSU’s starting QB Jarrett Lee continued to put up mediocre numbers in the 35-7 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats, throwing 169 yards and a touchdown while completing only 8-of-21 passes. The Bayou Bengal defense continued its dominance over opposing offenses, allowing 155 yards of total offense, 66 yards in the air and sacking Kentucky QBs Morgan Newton and Maxwell Smith a combined five times. LSU next plays host to Florida, who may be without their starting QB John Brantley this Saturday in a nationally televised afternoon matchup. – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank; 1 :Next Game: 10/8 vs. Florida

2 – Alabama Crimson Tide: The Tide rolled into The Swamp as the third ranked team in the country and rolled on out with a 38-10 victory over the Gators Saturday night. The last time Florida had a home loss this sever was a 36-7 loss to LSU in 2002. Both defeats were at the hands of a Nick Saban coached team. Alabama was dominant in every aspect of the game, especially on defense, allowing the dynamic duo of Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps a combined eight yards rushing. Florida had a total of nine first downs in the contest, one of them stemming from a penalty to Alabama. RB Trent Richardson, a Pensacola FL native, ran for a career high 181 yards and two touchdowns and caught two receptions for 27 yards and QB AJ McCarron went 12-for-25 for 140 yards and ran in a score from the one yard line. This week, the Vanderbilt Commodores travel to Tuscaloosa in one of the most uneven matchups on the Crimson Tide’s schedule. – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank; 2 :Next Game: 10/8 vs. Vanderbilt

3 – Oklahoma Sooners: Another Saturday, another win for the Sooners. Oklahoma has held steady at or near the top of the rankings since the season began with big wins over Tulsa and Ball State and a couple of quality wins against Florida State and Missouri. They’ll face a ranked Texas team next Saturday, which should help them in schedule quality, and a currently undefeated Kansas State looms at the end of the month. As long as they keep winning, they should be in the national title game at the end of the year with Alabama and LSU facing each other later in the season. –Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 3 ;Next Game: 10/8 @ Texas

4.5 – Wisconsin Badgers: Russell Wilson may be the most exciting player to watch in college football. He passes accurately, runs powerfully, scores touchdowns, and make very little mistakes. Saturday night, Nebraska was welcomed to the Big Ten with a little taste of All Russell Wilson Everything when they were pounded 48-17 in front of 80,000-plus at Camp Randall Stadium.  Wilson completed 14-of-20 passes, threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for another. Montee Ball handled the rest of the four scores, rushing for 151 yards along the way. The Badger defense allowed 335 yards of total offense by the Cornhuskers, but intercepted Taylor Martinez three times. After going up 14-7 to start the second quarter, Wisco’s D wouldn’t allow another point by Nebraska until a field goal in the first two minutes of the fourth. Wisconsin is running like a well-oiled machine and has to be favorites to repeat as conference champions. The Badgers are off this Saturday, but will host Indiana when they come back to play October 15th. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank; 4 :Next Game: 10/15 vs. Indiana

4.5 – Boise State Broncos: We thought the path to an undefeated season was there for the Broncos last season after they beat Virginia Tech in the opener, but Nevada proved us all wrong late in the season. With revenge for last year’s loss out of the way, the Broncos must keep a wary eye not to be surprised again. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank; 5 :Next Game: 10/7 @ Fresno State

6 – Stanford Cardinal: Stanford extended their winning streak to 12 games, the longest in the country, with a 45-19 win over UCLA Saturday night. Andrew Luck, once again, continued to show why he is still a Heisman favorite and future overall number one pick in the NFL Draft but this week he added a little extra. Luck was 23-of-27 for 255 yards and three touchdowns and late in the first, sprinted down the right sideline, reached out and with his right hand grabbed a 13 yard pass from WR Drew Terrell as he tiptoed the line before falling out of bounds. Ranked the best run defense in the country, the Cardinal allowed more than the 36.0 average yards per game as the Bruins ran for 141 yards, 96 of them to Johnathan Franklin. Stanford next hosts the 1-4 Colorado Buffaloes Saturday, October 8th. – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank; 7 :Next Game: 10/8 vs. Colorado

7 – Oklahoma State Cowboys: The Cowboys were off this week after a stellar come-from-behind victory over Texas A&M last weekend. The Aggies even let Arkansas come back this weekend after getting up early. There’s a lot of football to be played between now and December, but the way Oklahoma State has played it appears as though they could be on a collision course with the Sooners on December 3. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank; 6 :Next Game: 10/8 vs. Kansas

8 – Oregon Ducks: The Ducks are another team off this weekend. Since their opening week loss to now-number one LSU, we haven’t talked much about Oregon. They’ve won three straight scoring more than 55 points, and the showdown with Arizona State in a couple of weeks will be an interesting one. For now, they prepare for Cal on Thursday night. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 9 ; Next Game: 10/6 vs. California

9 – Clemson Tigers: Not only has Clemson beaten three unranked teams the last three weekends, they’ve played like a top ten team should. The Tigers defense allowed the Hokies to score only three points in Blacksburg, and despite a defensive struggle that held quarterback Tajh Boyd to 13-for-32 passing, Clemson stayed strong all game, pulled away in the second half, and have a top ten ranking to show for it. To think, nobody was talking about the Tigers in the preseason as just about everybody practically anointed Florida State ACC Champions – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank; 8 :Next Game: 10/8 vs. Boston College

10 – Michigan Wolverines: Michigan and Minnesota have been playing for the Little Brown Jug trophy since 1909, and the Wolverines would keep it once again as they shut out the Gophers 58-0. Denard Robinson went back-to-back in weeks three and four rushing for over 190 yards, but only ran for 51 Saturday. Robinson, who is often criticized for not being an accurate passing threat, completed 11 out of 11 attempts to start the game, and finished 15-of-19 for 169 yards and two touchdowns, while adding another on the ground.  Michigan’s defense held the over-matched Gophers to 177 yards of total offense and allowed only two rushing first downs. This week, Big Blue travels to Evanston to take on a Northwestern squad that almost upset Illinois before heading to East Lansing to meet their in-state rivals, Michigan State October 15th.– Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank; 12 :Next Game: 10/8 @ Northwestern

Danny Hobrock is our College Football Editor. Danny's writing on College Pigskin has garnered national attention and has been critically acclaimed. You may email Danny directly @ or follow him on Twitter @DannyHobrock


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