AP Polls College Football 2013: Projecting Top 25 Rankings for Week 5
It was a mostly uneventful week of college football action as the top 25 teams picked on lesser opponents while prepping for more competitive conference play in the coming weeks.
That doesn't mean the polls will sit still.
There will be plenty of movement in the polls with some highly regarded teams struggling against what was supposed to be tune-up competition. Other top teams did even better than expected and will see rank adjusted accordingly.
Only one game featured a showdown between ranked opponents, with No. 5 Stanford breezing past No. 23 Arizona State. Here's a full prediction of how the Top 25 will shake out in Week 5.
|Ranking||Team||Projected Week 5 Rank|
|23||Arizona State||NR (26)|
Projected Week 5 Ranks
Wisconsin and the Risers
After a strange ending a week ago that ended in a loss to Arizona State, Wisconsin bounced back in Week 4 with a major win over Big 10 rival Purdue.
The Boilermakers aren't the stiffest competition around, but rather than look nonchalant in a trap game after a heart-breaking loss, Wisconsin exploded for 41 points. The Badgers' trio of star running backs—Melvin Gordon, James White and Corey Clement—put up a jaw-dropping 370 yards in the rout.
Not a bad way to bounce back for the Badgers.
Joining Wisconsin as risers is Texas Tech after a victory over Texas State, and Miami (FL) leap-frogging Michigan after an impressive performance while the Wolverines struggled against Connecticut.
Finally, Baylor makes the jump over Florida and Northwestern after three straight performances of 69 points or more. Both Florida and Northwestern looked questionable at best against Tennessee and Maine, respectively.
Arizona State and the Fallers
There won't be much in the way of fallers in Week 5 with such a non-competitive slate of games, but a few stand out.
Leading the pack is the Arizona State Sun Devils after suffering a defeat at the hands of Stanford. The Sun Devils won't be out of the Top 25 for long with a prolific top 10 passing offense, but for now the loss removes them from the rankings.
The Florida Gators also take a dip in the rankings after losing starting quarterback Jeff Driskel for the season. Backup Tyler Murphy came in the game against Tennessee and played well, but Florida only won 31-17 and the potential quarterback issue will weigh heavily in the minds of voters.
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