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NCAA Football Rankings 2013: Predicting the Top 25 After Week 5

Aaron Murray quarterbacked the Bulldogs to an enormous conference win.
Aaron Murray quarterbacked the Bulldogs to an enormous conference win.Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
David KenyonFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2013

Week 5 of the 2013 college football season put the cupcake-filled Week 4 to shame as four games featured a matchup of ranked teams.

No. 14 Oklahoma handed No. 22 Notre Dame its second loss of the season with a 35-21 victory on the road in South Bend, Indiana.

Senior quarterback Aaron Murray led No. 9 Georgia to a fantastic win over sixth-ranked LSU 44-41 in a thrilling SEC shootout.

Aided by a top-notch defense, T.J. Yeldon and No. 1 Alabama defeated No. 21 Ole Miss 25-0.

No. 23 Wisconsin had plenty of chances to spoil Braxton Miller's return for fourth-ranked Ohio State, but the Buckeyes kept The Horseshoe rocking with a 31-24 conference victory.

There will unquestionably be more movement in this week's poll, but which teams will move up the rankings, and which ones will fall?

Notes: Previous rankings based on Week 5 AP Top 25. 

 

Fun Facts

The SEC again leads the projections with seven member schools represented, the PAC-12 lists five and both the ACC and Big 12 have four ranked programs each.

Stanford will be ranked in the Top 10 for 10 consecutive polls. The last time the Cardinal accomplished this feat was over the final 10 weeks of the 2011 campaign.

Maryland (4-0) is looking for its first AP poll position since Week 13 of the 2008 campaign. The Terrapins did not play this past weekend. Should Maryland grab a spot in the rankings, it would be the first time the ACC has had four ranked teams since Week 11 of 2011.

Notre Dame has been ranked in the Top 25 every week since Week 2 of 2012, but the streak of 20 consecutive appearances will end.

  

Falling: Oklahoma State Cowboys

Sep 28, 2013; Morgantown, WV, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver Tracy Moore (87) is tackled by West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker Doug Rigg (47) during the first half at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
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There was no absolutely way Oklahoma State was going be shocked by a struggling West Virginia team fresh off a 37-0 dismantling at the hands of Maryland.

But 60 minutes later, the Mountaineers had forced three turnovers, and the Cowboys fell to WVU 30-21.

Ok. State outgained West Virginia 433-388, but Darwin Cook's interception with 3:24 remaining in the fourth quarter led to Josh Lambert's game-sealing 34-yard field goal.

The Cowboys drop to 3-1 on the season and will suffer the biggest drop by a team that will stay ranked.

 

Rising: Georgia Bulldogs

 

Aaron Murray accounted for five total touchdowns (four passing, one rushing), and he engineered the Bulldogs' game-winning drive to take down SEC foe LSU 44-41.

Chris Conley led Georgia with five receptions for 112 yards and a score, while Keith Marshall added 96 yards on the ground.

Mark Richt's squad improved to 2-0 in the SEC, and the Bulldogs are officially in the driver's seat for an East Division championship.

Georgia did, however, allow 372 passing yards and 10-of-15 third-down conversions to Zach Mettenberger and the Tigers, so the Bulldogs defense has much to improve upon.

 

Falling: Ole Miss Rebels

The upstart Rebels traveled into enemy territory and stuck with No. 1 Alabama throughout the first half, but T.J. Yeldon's 68-yard touchdown run propelled the Crimson Tide to a 25-0 victory.

Bo Wallace threw for 159 yards, but Ole Miss managed just 46 rushing yards against Bama's stout defense.

Hugh Freeze's team suffers its first loss of the season and is now 3-1. The Rebels likely would have fallen out of the polls, but No. 22 Notre Dame, No. 23 Wisconsin, (No. 27) Georgia Tech and (No. 29) UCF all lost on Saturday.

 

Falling: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 28:  Jordan Phillips #80 of the Oklahoma Sooners sacks Tommy Rees #11 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 28, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. Oklahoma defeated Notre Dame 35-21.  (Photo by Jonathan D
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Despite Tommy Rees finding his target on just nine of 24 passes and throwing three interceptions, Notre Dame had a shot to win Saturday's game vs. Oklahoma.

George Atkinson carried the ball 14 times for 148 yards and one touchdown, including an 80-yard scamper during the 35-21 loss.

But just 106 seconds after the Irish cut the Sooners' lead to six points, Blake Bell connected with Sterling Shepard for a 54-yard score. Additionally, Oklahoma's new-found rushing attack gashed the Irish for 212 yards on a 5.0-yard per carry average.

Notre Dame falls to 3-2 on the season and will exit the AP poll.

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