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The Oregon Ducks moved up in both polls this week, but how far did they climb?
The Alabama Crimson Tide remained the nearly unanimous No. 1 in both Week 5 polls as a result of their dominating 40-7 victory over the Florida Atlantic Owls.
The pollsters clearly believe A.J. McCarron's development at the quarterback position, the Crimson Tide's impressive stable of running backs and the team's ferocious defense are all more than good enough to put them ahead of the Oregon Ducks, who moved up to No. 2 in this week's rankings after steamrolling the previously ranked Arizona Wildcats 49-0.
Although the Ducks improved to 4-0 and allowed the Wildcats to gain only 332 yards on offense (well below the 605 yards Arizona averaged through their first three games), the voters simply do not yet believe Oregon could slow down the Crimson Tide's offense or have success against Alabama's defense.
This year's Oregon team may be much different than the 2010 Ducks that were shut down by the Auburn Tigers in the 2011 BCS National Championship game. However, their recent struggles against the SEC are likely lingering in the minds of the voters.
The only other team to receive a first-place vote in this week's AP poll were the LSU Tigers, who came in just 10 points behind the Ducks.
The Tigers held the No. 2 spot in both polls last week, but after an underwhelming 12-10 victory over the struggling Auburn Tigers, and after LSU's defeat by Oregon, fans had to know LSU would drop back this week.
Meanwhile, the Florida State Seminoles did not fail to impress in their 49-37 shootout win over the Clemson Tigers in the only game of the week to feature two Top 10 teams.
Senior quarterback E.J. Manuel turned in a performance for the ages against a Clemson defense that has a lot of work to do before the Tigers can contend for a national championship. Manuel threw for 380 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 102 rushing yards on 12 carries.
Seminoles running backs Chris Thompson and James Wilder Jr. were unstoppable as well. The two combined for 256 total yards and four touchdowns.
As a result, the Seminoles held the No. 4 spot in both polls for the second straight week. Clemson fell seven spots to No. 16 in the coaches poll and No. 17 in the AP poll.
The Georgia Bulldogs come in at No. 5 in the AP poll for the second week in a row, and they have moved up one spot for an equivalent ranking in the coaches poll. The Bulldogs topped the Vanderbilt Commodores 48-3, and were helped by the Oklahoma Sooners loss to the Kansas State Wildcats.