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SQ College Football Top-25 Power Rankings: Week 5

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Oklahoma State falls out of the top-10, and two new teams climb in. Find out who made it in our weekly power rankings.

If there’s anything college football can tell us after four weeks, it’s to expect the unexpected. Not too many people could’ve or would’ve predicted the meteoric rise of both TCU and Georgia. Yet, here both programs are, building their case for a shot at the College Football Playoff. This week offers another chance for teams to build up their resumes and rise up the rankings. Before things get shaken up again, here’s how the teams stack going into the week.

25. Notre Dame

Previous Rank: Unranked

“Notre Dame had no trouble Saturday with Michigan State, jumping out to a halftime lead of 28-7 and cruising to a 38-18 victory. The Fighting Irish forced three turnovers, and will look to continue to wreak havoc on defense this week against Miami of Ohio.” - Colton Spaur

24. Stanford

Previous Rank: 25


“A week after being beaten by an unlikely foe in San Diego State, Stanford came back with a vengeance, putting up 58 against UCLA. That beating was something the Cardinal needed in order to get back on track after losing two straight. Running back Bryce Love continues to impress, racking up 263 yards against the Bruins. It’s also worth noting that he has yet to have a game where he’s averaged fewer than eight yards per carry.” - Sean Berger

23. Mississippi State

Previous Rank: 17

“Maybe all the hype was too much. Mississippi State looked like a dynamic football team when it bulldozed over LSU. However, Georgia made Mississippi State look like just an average SEC team this past weekend. The Bulldogs were held to just 280 yards of total offense after putting up no fewer than 459 in each of their three games prior. Needless to say it wasn’t exactly the kind of game Mississippi State was hoping for in their top-25 debut. This week presents another tough matchup with an Auburn team that has improved offensively over the past few weeks. Expect Nick Fitzgerald to come ready to play.” - Sean Berger

22. West Virginia

Previous Rank: Unranked

“The Mountaineers are beginning to make some noise behind former Florida quarterback Will Grier. Grier is currently tied for first in the Big 12 with 13 TD passes and is second in the conference with 1,374 passing yards. After this week’s bye, West Virginia faces their first conference test against #9 TCU in Fort Worth.” - Quinn Douglas

21. Utah

Previous Rank: 24

“Utah took down Arizona in Tucson last week, but lost starting quarterback Tyler Huntley to an injury. Head coach Kyle Whittingham doesn’t expect the offense to miss a beat if Huntley can’t start, as they have a bye week before taking on Stanford Oct. 7.” - Colton Spaur

20. San Diego State

Previous Rank: 22

“The Aztecs were able to slow down the Air Force triple-option enough to score a 28-24 victory over the Falcons. San Diego State’s defense limited the Air Force run game to just 3.67 yards per carry and 3.83 yards per play overall. Meanwhile, Rashaad Penny ran for over 100 yards for a fourth straight game, while scoring three touchdowns in this go-around. SDSU ends their non-conference slate at home against MAC opponent Northern Illinois.” - Quinn Douglas

19. Florida

Previous Rank: 20


“For a while there, it seemed as if Florida’s 30-game win streak over Kentucky was all but over, but the Gators made a 14-point comeback behind backup QB Luke Del Rio in the fourth quarter to continue the longest active win streak over any opponent. Gators fans should be thanking Kentucky’s defensive coordinator for that after the Wildcats had two blown coverages that cost them two touchdowns. Lucky or not, Florida continues to find ways to win games. This week Florida takes on Vanderbilt with the Commodores bringing in one of the nation’s best defenses. With the way the season has gone so far, fans might be in for another thriller down in the Swamp.” - Sean Berger

18. USF

Previous Rank: 21

“The Bulls beat down on Temple by a final of 43-7 thanks to another strong performance by the two-headed monster in the backfield. Darius Tice and D’Ernest Johnson combined for 223 yards on the ground, while averaging 5.72 yards per carry.  The Bulls travel to Greenville to take on an East Carolina squad that ranks 124th against the run.” - Quinn Douglas

17. Louisville

Previous Rank: 19

“After getting smothered by the Clemson defense, Lamar Jackson and company had no troubles this week, topping Kent State, 42-3. Jackson threw for 299 yards, averaging 13.6 yards per attempt. The Heisman hopeful also threw for two touchdowns and added another score on the ground. The Cardinals host Murray State this week before the heart of the ACC schedule begins.” - Colton Spaur

16. Washington State

Previous Rank: 18

“Washington State is starting to make some noise, as quarterback Luke Falk has the Cougar offense clicking on all cylinders. He threw for almost 500 yards and five scores on Saturday, leading the Cougars to a 45-7 victory over Nevada. Washington State will look to prove themselves as true contenders this week as they host fifth-ranked USC.” - Colton Spaur

15. Miami

Previous Rank: 15


“The Hurricanes finally got back on the game field for the first time in two weeks against Toledo and took care of business, 52-30. However, Mark Richt’s squad had to stave off a Toledo comeback when the Rockets pulled it to within eight midway through the fourth quarter. A pair of rushing touchdowns by Malik Rosier and Travis Homer sealed the deal after that. Miami opens up conference play in Durham against a solid Duke squad.” - Quinn Douglas

14. Oklahoma State

Previous Rank: 6

“Last week’s loss could end up costing Oklahoma State in long run. The Cowboys turned the ball over four times and gave up 44 points. Another loss and this team could find themselves completely out of the playoff hunt. Oklahoma State needs to be careful this week with the high-flying offense of Texas Tech rolling into town. If anything, this could be another game for Mason Rudolph to pad his stats.” - Sean Berger 

13. Auburn

Previous Rank: 14

“Auburn finally found a groove on offense and put up 51 points against Missouri. However, that might not really mean much considering Mizzou has given up an average of 40 points per game this season. With that being said, over the past two games this offense has shown vast improvements. The running game has gotten better, averaging just under five yards per carry last week and has combined to rush for over 400 yards over the last two games. That run game will be crucial to getting a big win over Mississippi State this week.” - Sean Berger 

12. Virginia Tech

Previous Rank: 13

“Freshman quarterback Josh Jackson has been sensational for the Hokies, throwing for over 1,100 yards and only one interception in four games. However, Jackson and company will be faced with a major test as the Clemson Tigers and their lights out defense come to town Saturday night in a matchup of undefeated ACC squads.” - Colton Spaur

11. Wisconsin

Previous Rank: 10

“Wisconsin had a bye this past week, but looks to rev things back up with an important divisional matchup against Northwestern. The Badgers come into this game ranking second in the Big Ten in total offense (511 yards per game) and third in total defense (248 yards per game), making them the only team in the conference in the top-4 in both. Northwestern ranks 12th in the conference in total defense and has given up 50 plays of 10-plus yards, so Wisconsin should be able to take care of business this week.” - Sean Berger

10. TCU

Previous Rank: 16


“The Horned Frogs picked up a huge conference win over Oklahoma State, as they were able to slow down Mason Rudolph and the potent Cowboys offense. TCU picked off two of Rudolph’s passes and had a total of three interceptions during the game. This team puts a lot of pressure on the opposing quarterback with 11 sacks and 10 QB hurries so far this season. TCU will have to rally the troops once more with an explosive West Virgina team coming to Fort Worth.” - Quinn Douglas

9. Ohio State

Previous Rank: 7

“The Buckeyes took care of business Saturday, routing UNLV, 54-21. Although Ohio State racked up 664 total yards, they will have to clean up the three turnovers they committed and the 21 points given up by the defense. Luckily, the Buckeyes play Rutgers this week, which will give them a chance to continue to fine-tune things before the schedule gets difficult.” - Colton Spaur

8. Michigan

Previous Rank: 9

“The Wolverines found themselves trailing at halftime to Purdue, but pulled away in the second half for a 28-10 victory over the Boilermakers. The defense had to carry Michigan as they lost quarterback Wilton Speight late in the first quarter to an injury. Backup John O’Korn stepped in nicely, leading the offense to a second half comeback. Michigan has this week off, as they hope to have Speight back for their next game against Michigan State.” - Colton Spaur

7. Georgia

Previous Rank: 12

 ”Georgia won decisively in the battle of the Bulldogs, shutting down a high-powered Mississippi State offense led by Nick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was held to just 2.9 yards per pass attempt and completed just 48% of his passes. The Bulldogs will have an interesting match-up this week as they travel to the talented yet inconsistent Tennessee Volunteers.” - Quinn Douglas

6. Washington

Previous Rank: 8

“In what was a rematch of last year’s Pac-12 title game, the Huskies once again bested Colorado, handing the Buffaloes a 37-10 loss. Jake Browning didn’t have his best performance, but running back Myles Gaskin carried the offense, rushing for over 200 yards and two touchdowns. The Huskies travel to Corvallis to take on Oregon State this week.” - Colton Spaur

5. USC

Previous Rank: 5

USC won in the fashion in which they’ve done all year: ugly, but comfortably, thanks to Sam Darnold. The Trojans will have to clean things up this week as they head to Pullman, Washington to face an up-start Washington State squad that can throw it all around the field.” - Quinn Douglas

4. Penn State

Previous Rank: 4


“Penn State survived a scare against Iowa’s upset bid last week, throwing a touchdown to save their undefeated season as time expired. Saquon Barkley continues to build his Heisman case, rushing for 211 yards and averaging 7.54 yards per carry against the Hawkeyes. Penn State should be able to breathe a little easier this week with a matchup against Indiana looming.” - Sean Berger

3. Oklahoma

Previous Rank: 3

“In what was a major mismatch on paper, the Sooners struggled to stop the Baylor offense on Saturday, winning a shootout in Waco 49-41. Once again Baker Mayfield played excellent, throwing for three touchdowns and almost 300 yards. The Sooner defense will have to step up after giving up 463 passing yards to a Baylor team that has struggled offensively.” - Colton Spaur

2. Clemson

Previous Rank: 2

“After posting back-to-back wins against ranked opponents, Clemson looked sluggish through three quarters against Boston College. Tied 7-7 after three quarters, the Tigers came alive in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Eagles 27-0 to move to 4-0. Once again the Clemson defense showed why they are an elite unit, forcing two turnovers and racking up six tackles for loss. Clemson will be tested once again this Saturday night, as they travel to Blacksburg to take on Josh Jackson and the 12th-ranked Hokies.” - Colton Spaur

1. Alabama

Previous Rank: 1


“Remember when Vanderbilt had a chance to beat Alabama? Yeah, neither do I. The Tide completely decimated the Commodores, outgaining them 677 to 78. Alabama’s rushing attack ran all over Vanderbilt for 496 yards, showing no mercy in the 59-0 blowout. Alabama looks to remain strong this week in a matchup against a sneaky Ole Miss team. This will be the game that the Tide doesn’t want to overlook.” - Sean Berger


Edited by Emily Berman, Coleman Gray.

SQuiz
Which college football program holds the record for consecutive wins over an opponent with 43?
Created 9/28/17
  1. Oklahoma
  2. Ohio State
  3. USC
  4. Notre Dame

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