If there was a theme to Week 4 of the 2012 college football season, it would have been "Statement Saturday."
Last week was all about the upsets, but this week we didn't see too many surprises. Instead, we saw favorites and ranked teams show the world, including the voting constituents, just what they are made of.
Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Notre Dame all held serve on their home turf. On the flip side, LSU showed its true colors against Auburn with one of the least inspiring wins that you will ever see.
The Tigers have a tremendous defense, but unless Zach Mettenberger can make plays and a running back can step up to fill the enormous shoes of Alfred Blue, they are in serious trouble.
Another team in trouble is Oklahoma. The Sooners had Kansas State in Norman, a place where the Wildcats haven't won since 1997. So naturally Kansas State would use its rushing attack to control the ball and walk away with a huge victory.
The Sooners came into the season with high expectations, again, and have yet to do anything to validate them—again. This is becoming an ugly trend for Bob Stoops' teams, and one that he doesn't seem to have an answer for.
Another team with a huge letdown on Saturday was UCLA. After a strong 3-0 start that included a win over Nebraska, the Bruins laid an egg at home against Oregon State.
The rankings reflect all that we saw and learned from Saturday's action. This is shaping up to be an unpredictable season in college football.
Here are the Week 5 Associated Press Top 25 Rankings.
|WEEK 5 AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS|
|4. Florida State|
|6. South Carolina|
|7. Kansas State|
|9. West Virginia|
|10. Notre Dame|
|14. Ohio State|
|18. Oregon State|
|20. Michigan State|
|21. Mississippi State|
|24. Boise State|