The USA Today college football poll for Week 5 of the 2012 season has been released after a wild weekend of fascinating matchups.
Florida State took out Clemson in a battle between top-10 programs while Notre Dame took down its second consecutive ranked opponent.
Alabama and Oregon continued to destroy every team in their paths, but LSU was lucky to escape its game against Auburn with a victory.
These are a few of the games that influenced the coaches’ decisions while voting for this week’s poll. Here are the top-five teams.
No. 1 Alabama
The Crimson Tide did nothing to detract from their reputation as the best team in the country.
The Alabama defense was just under three minutes away from recording its third straight shutout before Florida Atlantic scored its only touchdown late in the fourth quarter of a 40-7 blowout.
A.J. McCarron and the Tide’s offense continued to be efficient and effective.
At this point, there is absolutely no question that Alabama is the top team in the nation.
No. 2 Oregon
The Ducks are frighteningly fast on both sides of the ball, and their speed completely overwhelmed the Arizona Wildcats.
Rich Rodriguez’s Arizona team was impressive at the start of the season, but his program was severely outclassed in Eugene and lost 49-0.
The offense was as explosive as it always is, and the defense caused five turnovers and accounted for two of the team’s touchdowns.
Chip Kelly and the Ducks proved that they are a serious threat to reach their second national championship game in three years.
No. 3 LSU
The Tigers were supposed to have a significantly more potent offense this season with strong-armed quarterback Zach Mettenberger taking snaps, but that did not appear to be the case against Auburn.
Mettenberger managed to complete 15-of-27 passes for 169 yards and no touchdowns while LSU edged out its SEC opponent 12-10.
The defense for last year’s runner-up still looks sensational, but the offense needs to come together before the Tigers can start thinking about a national championship.
LSU is certainly a contender, but has not looked as impressive as other teams in the top five.
No. 4 Florida State
The Seminoles were impressive in their first true test of the season as they came back from a 14-point deficit to defeat a difficult opponent in Clemson.
Senior quarterback E.J. Manuel had the finest game of his career, throwing for 380 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also gained 102 yards on the ground.
The potent Clemson offense was able to put up points on Florida State’s defense, but FSU’s ability to come back and win against a top-10 team gives it a legitimate argument to be ranked higher than No. 4.
The Seminoles will continue to move up the polls if they play at the same level going forward.
No. 5 Georgia
Georgia is the third SEC team in the top five and has had a fantastic start to the season.
Quarterback Aaron Murray continued to be efficient and led the Bulldogs to 48-3 over Vanderbilt.
Freshman running back Todd Gurley has been fantastic as well. He is averaging 9.2 yards per carry and has already scored six rushing touchdowns this season.
Georgia is in excellent position to continue moving up the rankings if any of the top-four teams falter.
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