College Football Week 5: Nitty-Gritty Showdowns

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College Football Week 5: Nitty-Gritty Showdowns
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It's the nitty-gritty stage of the season. No more smashing pumpkins.

B/R's College Football Top 25 Poll was released Monday and several teams are discovering their stride as the elite begin to separate themselves from the pretenders.   

Top-dog Alabama followed by Oregon, LSU, Florida State and Georgia, all look invincible heading into  Week 5 action this weekend.

And how about those Florida State Seminoles? They overpowered Clemson, 49-37. The swagger is back in Tallahassee and the "war chant" is more obnoxious than ever.

And what about No. 8 Notre Dame?  The resurgent Fighting Irish moved into the Top Ten for the first time since 2006 after defeating Michigan, 13-6. They have a bye this week before playing the Miami Hurricanes Oct. 6.

What happened to Oklahoma? The Sooners lost to Kansas State, 24-19. They plummet to No. 16 and have a week to recover before Oct. 6 meeting with Texas Tech.

Enough of last week.

This week serves up four intriguing match-ups—reality check, gut check, revenge and conference debut—as eight teams battle for validation.

Check out these made-for-television games. 


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