College Football Rankings 2012: Top-25 Teams That Came Away Winners in Week 5
Saturday's slate of action was one of the most exciting set of games that college football has seen in the 2012 season, thus far.
The spotlight belonged to the top-five teams in the poll, as each of them scored at least 30 points. But we can't forget about the other Associated Press Top-25 teams in action.
The top spot still belongs to the Alabama Crimson Tide (shocker!) and there weren't many drastic shakeups amongst the top teams, but a few squads made one or two-spot jumps that will prove crucial as we approach the second half of the year.
Here are three teams that came away winners from the newest Week 5 college football rankings.
No. 3 Florida State Seminoles (5-0)
The Florida State Seminoles came into Saturday ranking No. 4 in the AP Top-25, but were the beneficiaries of a lackluster win from the, now No. 4, LSU Tigers.
Teams typically don't fall in the polls following a win, but LSU was far from impressive in its 38-22 win over the 2-2 Towson Tigers from the Colonial Athletic Conference.
FSU didn't dominate the South Florida Bulls in its 30-17 win, but it was in control for the entire game thanks to another bruising performance by running back Chris Thompson and Co.
The Seminoles stingy defense, combined with their high-powered rushing attack will keep even the best teams at bay for the rest of the season.
No. 8 West Virginia Mountaineers (5-0)
The West Virginia Mountaineers would be higher than No. 8 if they could play a lick of defense, but who needs defense when you have an offense that Dana Holgorsen has at his disposal.
Can West Virginia catch Florida State in the polls this season?
Geno Smith separated himself from the pack in the Heisman Trophy debate by throwing for 656 yards and eight touchdowns as WVU held on for a 70-63 win over No. 25 Baylor.
West Virginia caught a break when the former No. 8 team, Stanford, fell all the way to No. 18 after losing to Washington.
As long as Smith has Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin and J.D. Woods to throw to, the Mountaineers won't need to make any defensive stands.
No. 14 Oregon State Beavers (3-0)
Sean Mannion and the Oregon State Beavers have won their first three games after the team's opener against Nicholls State was postponed until December 1 due to Hurricane Isaac.
Since then, the Beavers have beaten two top-25 teams and were able to squeak out a victory over the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday.
Mannion has looked better each week and Storm Woods is the perfect all-purpose weapon for Mike Riley's offense.
The Beavers moved up four spots from No. 18 in Sunday's poll and should stay right where they are for the next three weeks, thanks to some favorable scheduling. After that, though, things get dicey with Stanford and Oregon on the card in November.
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