USA Today College Football Poll 2013: Complete Week 5 Rankings Released

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 21:  Quarterback Kenny Guiton #13 of the Ohio State Buckeyes completes a pass in the first half against the Florida A&M Rattlers at Ohio Stadium on September 21, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated FAMU 76-0.   (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Only two teams ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll lost in Week 4, and those two programs, Arizona State and Michigan State, both lost to higher-ranked teams on the road. As a result, not much has changed in this week's poll. Here's a look at B/R's ranks as well.

College football fans can only hope the basketball scores give way to more upsets in Week 5.

The two-time defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide remain atop the poll after a 31-6 win over Colorado State in Tuscaloosa. Nick Saban's offense converted just 20 percent of the time on third down but was able to hang more than enough points on the board to win.

Riding shotgun to Alabama, Oregon took a break from putting 60 points on the scoreboard and enjoyed a bye in Week 4. The Ducks will host California in Week 5 to close out September.

As for the rest of the Top 10, this past weekend featured very little adversity. Clemson defeated NC State by 12 points on the road in Thursday night's prime-time showdown while Ohio State, Stanford, Louisville, LSU, Florida State, Texas A&M and Georgia all won by at least 14 points at home.

The Buckeyes made arguably the biggest statement, though, drubbing Florida A&M 76-0 behind six touchdown passes from backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who set a school record in Braxton Miller's absence.

In other early-afternoon action, Heisman Trophy candidate Teddy Bridgewater tossed four touchdowns as Louisville won 72-0 over Florida International.

Ohio State's bitter rival Michigan, survived a scare on the road at Connecticut in prime time on Saturday night. Despite trailing by 14 points in the second half, the Wolverines were able to take the lead on a late field goal and go on to win 24-21 after shutting down the Huskies on their final drive.

Sep 21, 2013; East Hartford, CT, USA; Michigan Wolverines kicker Brendan Gibbons (34) kicks a field goal against the Connecticut Huskies in the fourth quarter at Rentschler Field. Michigan Wolverines defeated the Connecticut Huskies 24-21. Mandatory Credi
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But while the Wolverines were struggling to stay unbeaten, Miami (FL) and Baylor were making it look easy. Like Ohio State and Louisville, the Hurricanes and Bears each hung 70 points on their overwhelmed opponents at home on Saturday. Both are 3-0 after four weeks.

The Florida Gators ran their winning streak against rival Tennessee to nine in a row on Saturday afternoon at The Swamp, but Florida's 31-17 win came at a cost as starting quarterback Jeff Driskel was lost for the year after suffering a broken right leg in the first quarter.

Will Muschamp's squad will now have to rally around junior signal-caller Tyler Murphy the rest of the way.

Fortunately for college football fans, Week 5 will feature some big-time matchups, including LSU traveling to Athens to take on Georgia in a massive Top 10 tilt. Elsewhere, Ohio State will host Wisconsin in another of Week 5's can't-miss games.

 

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