NCAA Football Rankings 2013: Winners and Losers from Week 5
A relatively stale week of games allowed for stagnation throughout the rankings, but perhaps that shouldn't have been the case.
Were some teams snubbed by not moving up? Were some teams lucky to not move down?
Who won and who lost in the Week 5 polls?
The Ducks didn't play this weekend, but by virtue of Alabama's merely thorough (as opposed to dominant) showing against Colorado State, they walked away a winner.
The Crimson Tide ceded first-place votes to Oregon in both polls. The Ducks jumped from one vote to each in last week's rankings to four in this week's AP and three in the coaches.
As the year goes on, if Oregon continues to pound opponents into submission, it might become trendy to rank it ahead of Alabama, but the Tide still need to lose if they're going to relinquish the top spot.
One bad week could be forgiven, cast aside as a no-show and a fluke, but two bad games in a row: That's a trend.
The voters punished Michigan for its close win at Connecticut, the Wolverines' second consecutive nail-biter against inferior competition. It dropped from No. 15 to No. 18 in the AP rankings and from No. 14 to No. 17 in the coaches'.
Brady Hoke & Co. still have an undefeated record, and at the end of the day—as hated rival Ohio State can attest—that's all that really matters.
They will have to earn back their public esteem, though.
This could have gone one of two ways.
There's a chance voters might have belatedly punished Wisconsin after seeing Arizona State—one week after edging out the Badgers—get so thoroughly beaten at Stanford. It would have been hard to take issue with that.
But instead they focused on what Bucky did itself, opening Big Ten play with an equally thorough beatdown of Purdue.
The Badgers moved up from No. 24 to No. 23 in the AP poll and from unranked to No. 24 in the coaches'.
Loser: Notre Dame
Unlike almost every other ranked team in Week 4, the Irish beat a very good opponent.
Michigan State entered the weekend ranked in the coaches poll, and Notre Dame was able to outlast it in a war of attrition, 17-13. The Irish needed a little help from the referees to get there, but a win is a win is a win.
Still, the coaches remained unimpressed (despite being the ones who had Sparty ranked) and actually dropped Notre Dame down a spot from No. 21 to No. 22, behind idle Ole Miss.
So there's that.
This could just be the start.
Baylor's offense looked unstoppable once again on Saturday, tossing up an effortless 70 points against Louisiana-Monroe.
It gained exactly 781 yards of total offense for the second consecutive week!
As a reward, the Bears climbed above Florida in both polls, moving from No. 20 to No. 19 in the AP and No. 19 to No. 18 in the coaches'.
If they continue to look so powerful against Big 12 teams, they won't grace the low teens for long.
On the flip side of Baylor's jump, Florida—despite winning its SEC opener over longtime rival Tennessee—dropped a spot in both polls.
Oh, how far the once-mighty Vols have fallen.
A spot in the rankings isn't all Florida lost on Saturday. Starting quarterback Jeff Driskel broke his leg and will miss the rest of 2013.
Is that a blessing in disguise for a turnover-riddled offense? It only seemed fitting that his last play of the season was a pick-six.
Winner: Fresno State
The Bulldogs snapped a seven-year losing streak against Boise State, and in the process, they became a consensus ranked squad.
After debuting in the coaches poll last week, Fresno State now joins the AP poll at No. 25. It also jumped up two spots to No. 23 in the coaches poll, which is more important for the BCS rankings.
The highest-ranked non-AQ team in America, Fresno is in good position to crash the final BCS. It has almost no real competition left on its schedule and should enter the MWC championship game undefeated.
Will Boise State be waiting for a rematch?
Loser: Ohio State
The Buckeyes hung 34 points on Florida A&M on Saturday...in the first quarter.
When it was all said and done, OSU won by more than 70, and backup quarterback Kenny Guiton had smashed all sorts of passing records. It was against FCS competition, sure, but it was hard not to be impressed.
Unless you're an AP voter, that is. Ohio State still found itself ranked No. 4, behind No. 3 Clemson, which had jumped it earlier this season.
The Tigers almost Clemson'd against NC State on Thursday night and might have lost if not for a momentum-altering blown call that took a Wolfpack touchdown off the board.
Weird to see no correction from the media.