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Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 5

Bleacher Report PollsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2012

Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 5

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    What another great week of college football, as Oklahoma couldn't avoid the upset bug, losing to Kansas State, 24-19, in Norman on Saturday night. The Wildcats continue to surprise the country, starting the season 4-0 for the second consecutive season.

    LSU struggled on offense, putting up just 12 points against a very stubborn Auburn defense, but still won, 12-10.

    After a soft early schedule, Florida State proved it was the the real deal, beating Clemson, 49-37, in a matchup of two ranked teams.

    Read on to see the newest B/R Top 25!

Others Receiving Votes

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    Virginia Tech: 26

    Baylor: 24

    Arizona: 17

    Northwestern: 14

    Oklahoma State: 12

    Wisconsin: 11

    UCLA: 9

    Tennessee: 5

    Cincinnati: 4

    Ohio: 4

    Louisiana Tech: 3

    Purdue: 2

    Arizona State: 1

    Miami: 1

    Minnesota: 1

No. 25: Michigan Wolverines

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    Poll Points: 38                              

    Record: 2-2 (0-0, Big Ten)             

    Last Game: Sept. 22, lost to Notre Dame, 13-6

    Next Game: Oct. 6 at Purdue Boilermakers

    Previous Ranking: 18

    Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson struggled, throwing four interceptions and losing a fumble in the Wolverines' 13-6 loss to Notre Dame.

    Robinson did rush for 90 yards on 26 carries, but Michigan couldn't overcome the turnovers.

No. 24: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Poll Points: 39                       

    Record: 4-0 (1-0, Big East)   

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat Arkansas, 35-26

    Next Game: Oct. 6 vs. Connecticut Huskies

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova completed 25 of 35 passes for 397 yards and five touchdowns as Rutgers beat Arkansas, 35-26.

    Wide receiver Brandon Coleman led the Scarlet Knights with six receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns.

    Rutgers welcomed back Razorback quarterback Tyler Wilson, who was out with an injury, by picking him off two times in the win.

No. 23: Boise State Broncos

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    Poll Points: 46                             

    Record: 2-1 (1-0, MWC)     

    Last Game: Sept. 20, beat BYU, 7-6

    Next Game: Sept. 29 at New Mexico Lobos   

    Previous Ranking: 24

    The Boise State defense stopped BYU's two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter, and the Broncos held off the Cougars, 7-6, on Thursday night.

    Defensive tackle Michael Atkinson dropped back into coverage to intercept BYU quarterback Riley Nelson and ran it in for a 36-yard touchdown for Boise State's only score of the game.

    The Broncos defense held the Cougars to 200 yards of total offense.

No. 22: Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 92                       

    Record: 4-0 (1-0, SEC)            

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat South Alabama, 30-10

    Next Game: Oct. 6 at Kentucky Wildcats

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Bulldog running back LaDarius Perkins ran for 69 yards and a touchdown in Mississippi State's 30-10 victory over South Alabama.

    Quarterback Tyler Russell completed 13 of 27 passes for 171 yards for the Bulldogs.

    Mississippi State's defense created three turnovers in the win.

No. 21: Oregon State Beavers

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    Poll Points: 100                           

    Record: 2-0 (1-0, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat UCLA, 27-20   

    Next Game: Sept. 29 at Arizona Wildcats

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Beaver quarterback Sean Mannion completed 24 of 35 passes for 379 yards and two touchdowns to lead Oregon State's 27-20 upset win over UCLA.

    Oregon State wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton combined for 15 receptions for 325 yards and two touchdowns.

    The win gives the Beavers their second straight win over a ranked opponent.

No. 20: Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Poll Points: 102                            

    Record: 3-1 (1-0, Big Ten)               

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat Idaho State, 73-7

    Next Game: Sept. 29 vs. Wisconsin Badgers     

    Previous Ranking: 23

    Nebraska ran for 385 yards and five touchdowns in a 73-7 rout of Idaho State. Running back Rex Burkhead led the rushing attack with 119 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries for Nebraska.

    Imani Cross tacked on another 100 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Cornhuskers.

    Nebraska racked up 569 yards of total offense.

No. 19: Michigan State Spartans

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    Poll Points: 133                             

    Record: 3-1 (0-0, Big Ten)               

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat Eastern Michigan, 23-7 

    Next Game: Sept. 29 vs. Ohio State Buckeyes     

    Previous Ranking: 20

    Michigan's defense held Eastern Michigan to 183 yards of total offense, and the Spartans beat the Eagles, 23-7.

    The Spartan defense limited the Eagles to just 46 yards rushing on 29 carries.

    Spartan running back Le'Veon Bell torched Eastern Michigan for 253 rushing yards and a touchdown on 36 carries.

No. 18: Louisville Cardinals

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    Poll Points: 176                          

    Record: 4-0 (0-0, Big East)               

    Last Game: Sept. 15, beat Florida International, 28-21

    Next Game: Sept. 29 at Southern Miss Golden Eagles    

    Previous Ranking: 19

    Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdowns and ran for another to help Louisville hold off Florida International, 28-21.

    Bridgewater came into the game completing 82 percent of his passes, but struggled against FIU, completing just 19 of 36 passes for 194 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran the ball four times for 16 yards.

No. 17: Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Poll Points: 228                       

    Record: 4-0 (0-0, Big Ten)               

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat UAB, 29-15

    Next Game: Sept. 29 at Michigan State Spartans     

    Previous Ranking: 14 (tie) 

    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller ran for 64 yards and scored twice on the ground as the Buckeyes held off pesky UAB, 29-15. Miller also completed 12 of 20 passes for 143 yards.

    Running back Jordan Hall ran 17 times for 105 yards and a touchdown for Ohio State.

    The Buckeyes were actually outgained 403 to 347 yards in total offense.


No. 16: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Poll Points: 230                            

    Record: 2-1 (0-1, Big 12)              

    Last Game: Sept. 22, lost to Kansas State, 24-19

    Next Game: Oct. 6 at Texas Tech Red Raiders     

    Previous Ranking: 5

    Sooner quarterback Landry Jones completed 28 of 43 passes for 298 yards, a touchdown and an interception, but it wasn't enough, as Oklahoma was upset by Kansas State, 24-19.

    Oklahoma came into the game averaging more than 46 points per game.

No. 15: TCU Horned Frogs

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    Poll Points: 245                             

    Record: 3-0 (1-0, Big 12)               

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat Virginia, 27-7

    Next Game: Sept. 29 at SMU Mustangs      

    Previous Ranking: 16

    TCU quarterback Casey Pachall completed 21 of 32 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns as the Horned Frogs beat the Cavaliers, 27-7.

    Wide receiver Brandon Carter caught five passes for 128 yards and a touchdown for the Horned Frogs.

    Linebacker Kenny Cain picked off two passes from Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco.

No. 14: Clemson Tigers

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    Poll Points: 247                       

    Record: 3-1 (0-1, ACC)                

    Last Game: Sept. 22, lost to Florida State, 49-37

    Next Game: Sept. 29 at Boston College Eagles  

    Previous Ranking: 9

    Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns, but the Tigers fell short against Florida State, 49-37.

    Clemson racked up 426 yards of total offense, but was unable to keep up with the high-powered Seminoles.

No. 13: Florida Gators

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    Poll Points: 271                         

    Record: 4-0 (3-0, SEC)             

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat Kentucky, 38-0

    Next Game: Oct. 6 vs. LSU Tigers     

    Previous Ranking: 17

    The Gators intercepted Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton three times in their 38-0 win over the Wildcats.

    Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel completed 18 of 27 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown while adding another 35 yards on the ground. He also scored on a one-yard run.

    Florida limited Kentucky to 219 total yards of offense.

No. 12: Texas Longhorns

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    Poll Points: 276                        

    Record: 3-0 (0-0, Big 12)               

    Last Game: Sept. 15, beat Ole Miss, 66-31    

    Next Game: Sept. 29 at Oklahoma State Cowboys      

    Previous Ranking: 12

    No game scheduled.

No. 11: USC Trojans

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    Poll Points: 337                           

    Record: 3-1 (1-1, Pac-12)                

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat Cal, 27-9 

    Next Game: Oct. 4 at Utah Utes   

    Previous Ranking: 10 (tie)

    USC running back Silas Redd ran for 158 yards and a touchdown in the Trojans' 27-9 victory over the Golden Bears. Running back Curtis McNeal also hit the century mark with 115 rushing yards for the Trojans.

    Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley struggled, completing 22 of 34 passes for 192 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

    USC's defense was solid, holding California to 250 yards of total offense.

No. 10: Stanford Cardinal

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    Poll Points: 355                         

    Record: 3-0 (1-0, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Sept. 15, beat USC, 21-14   

    Next Game: Sept. 27 at Washington Huskies      

    Previous Ranking: 10 (tie)

    No game scheduled.

No. 9: Kansas State Wildcats

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    Poll Points: 362                          

    Record: 4-0 (1-0, Big 12)               

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat Oklahoma, 24-19

    Next Game: Oct. 6 vs. Kansas Jayhawks      

    Previous Ranking: 14 (tie)

    Running back John Hubert ran for 130 yards and a touchdown as Kansas State upset Oklahoma, 24-19, on Saturday night.

    Quarterback Collin Klein completed 13 of 21 passes for 149 yards while running for another 79 yards and a touchdown for the Wildcats.

    The Wildcats forced three Sooner turnovers.

No. 8: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Poll Points: 365                      

    Record: 4-0               

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat Michigan, 13-6 

    Next Game: Oct. 6 vs. Miami Hurricanes   

    Previous Ranking: 13

    The Fighting Irish defense picked off Denard Robinson four times and Notre Dame beat Michigan 13-6 Saturday night. The Irish also picked off a halfback pass attempt by Vincent Smith.

    Irish quarterback Tommy Reese scored the only touchdown of the game when he ran it in from two yards out in the second quarter.

    The Irish held the Wolverines to six points, 30 under their average.

No. 7: South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Poll Points: 427                           

    Record: 4-0 (2-0, SEC)               

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat Missouri, 31-10  

    Next Game: Sept. 29 at Kentucky Wildcats     

    Previous Ranking: 8 

    South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw threw for 249 and two touchdowns while running for another 41 as the Gamecocks beat the Tigers, 31-10.

    Running back Marcus Lattimore ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries for the Gamecocks. Lattimore also led South Carolina with seven receptions for 60 yards.


No. 6: West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Poll Points: 430                  

    Record: 3-0 (0-0, Big 12)                

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat Maryland, 31-21

    Next Game: Sept. 29 vs. Baylor Bears    

    Previous Ranking: 6

    West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith completed 30 of 43 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns as the Mountaineers held off the Terrapins, 31-21.

    Wide receiver Tavon Austin had three receptions for 179 yards and three touchdowns for West Virginia.

    The Mountaineers were held to 31 points—24 below their average.

No. 5: Georgia Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 453                           

    Record: 4-0 (2-0, SEC)               

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat Vanderbilt, 48-3

    Next Game: Sept. 29 vs. Tennessee Volunteers     

    Previous Ranking: 7

    Running back Todd Gurley ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns as Georgia dismantled Vanderbilt, 48-3.

    Quarterback Aaron Murray completed 18 of 24 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

    Georgia had 567 yards of total offense.

No. 4: Florida State Seminoles

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    Poll Points: 493                

    Record: 4-0 (2-0, ACC)                

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat Clemson, 49-37

    Next Game: Sept. 29 at South Florida Bulls

    Previous Ranking: 4

    Seminole quarterback E.J. Manuel completed 27 of 35 passes for 380 yards and two touchdowns as Florida State overpowered Clemson, 49-37. Manuel also ran the ball 12 times for another 102 yards.

    Running back Chris Thompson led the Seminoles in rushing with 103 yards and two touchdowns.

    The Florida State offense was electric, racking up 667 yards of total offense.

No. 3: LSU Tigers

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    Poll Points: 507                      

    Record: 4-0 (1-0, SEC)               

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat Auburn, 12-10  

    Next Game: Sept. 29 vs. Towson Tigers 

    Previous Ranking: 2

    LSU avoided a huge upset, beating Auburn, 12-10, on Saturday night. Although LSU's offense couldn't get it going, the defense was in full force, holding Auburn to 183 yards of total offense.

    Running back Michael Ford score LSU's only touchdown when he scored from one yard out in the first quarter. He would finish with 42 yards on eight carries.

No. 2: Oregon Ducks

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    Poll Points: 511                      

    Record: 4-0 (1-0, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat Arizona, 49-0   

    Next Game: Sept. 29 at Washington State Cougars

    Previous Ranking: 3

    Oregon's defense returned two of four interceptions for touchdowns as the Ducks beat Arizona, 49-0.

    Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 20 of 35 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

    Oregon running back Kenjon Barner led all rushers with 86 yards on 20 carries.

No. 1: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 550 (22)                         

    Record: 4-0 (1-0, SEC)               

    Last Game: Sept. 22, beat Florida Atlantic, 40-7

    Next Game: Sept. 29 vs. Ole Miss Rebels  

    Previous Ranking: 1

    Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron completed 15 of 25 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns as Alabama demolished Florida Atlantic, 40-7.

    Running back Eddie Lacy rushed for 106 yards on 15 carries as Alabama racked up 256 yards on the ground against the Owls.

    Alabama's defense limited Florida Atlantic to 110 yards of total offense.


    Bleacher Report Voters: David Mayer (Poll Coordinator), Adam Jacobi, Alex Joseph, Alex Callos, Amy Daughters, Barrett Sallee, Carl Stine, Chad Robb, Daniel Hudson, David Luther, Rich Thomaselli, Eric Bowman, Ian Berg, James Brown, Jason Fraychineaud, Jonathan McDanal, Luke Pashke, Marty Sondermann, Max Rausch, Sanjay Kirpalani, Zach Dirlam.

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