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College Football Rankings 2013: Projecting Where Week 5's Top Teams Will Land

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College Football Rankings 2013: Projecting Where Week 5's Top Teams Will Land
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More conference games in Week 5 meant more great matchups for college football fans, and we witnessed more than one team make a big statement on Saturday. 

Those teams will have to wait until the new polls are released to see if the voters will recognize their breakthrough performances by bumping them up the rankings. 

Earlier weeks saw very few top teams go down and pave the way for teams to climb up the polls. Week 5 saw No. 6 LSU, No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 21 Ole Miss, No. 22 Notre Dame and No. 23 Wisconsin lose, and fans should expect all to give way to teams that came out victorious on Saturday. 

Here's a look at the full projections for the top 25 and a closer look at where Week 5's best teams will wind up on the polls. 

Projected Top 25
Rank Team Previous
1 Alabama 1
2 Oregon 2
3 Clemson 3
4 Ohio State 4
5 Stanford 5
6 Georgia 9
7 Louisville 6
8 Florida State 8
9 Texas A&M 10
10 Oklahoma 14
11 LSU 6
12 Washington 16
13 South Carolina 12
14 UCLA 13
15 Miami (FL) 14
16 Northwestern 17
17 Michigan 18
18 Baylor 19
19 Florida 20
20 Oklahoma State 11
21 Texas Tech 24
22 Arizona State NR
23 Fresno State NR
24 Maryland NR
25 Northern Illinois 21

 

Oklahoma: No. 10

Heading into Week 5 it was safe to say that the Big 12 favorite resided in Oklahoma. After the Sooners 35-21 victory over Notre Dame, that same statement can be made, but it looks like the champion may come out of Norman, not Stillwater. 

Traveling to South Bend, the Sooners put in a nearly flawless performance to avenge last year's home loss to the Fighting Irish. Oklahoma's offense, led by an efficient 22-of-30 performance from Blake Bell had 25 first downs to Notre Dame's 12 on the season. 

The Sooner defense forced Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees into three interceptions on that side of the ball as Oklahoma proved to be too balanced for 2012's runner-up. 

The win now gives the Sooners a huge resume booster and the right to be a Top 10 team. Especially when you consider how much better their 16-7 win over West Virginia looks in light of Oklahoma State's loss to the Mountaineers. 

 

Georgia: No. 6

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Yes, these projections have a one-loss Georgia team jumping an undefeated Louisville and Florida State.

Even college football's reverence for the zero in the loss column can't deny that this Georgia team deserves recognition as an elite squad despite an early loss to the Clemson Tigers. 

While Tajh Boyd was able to out-duel Aaron Murray in that game, Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs showed they're just as capable of winning a shootout against LSU. Despite 372 passing yards from Mettenberger and 41 points from the Tigers, the Bulldogs prevailed, 44-41.

The Bulldogs may have one loss, but few teams could go 3-1 while playing Clemson, South Carolina, North Texas and LSU. That makes them worthy of top 5 consideration. 

 

Washington: No. 12

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Washington and Arizona appeared to be similar teams before their Week 5 meeting. Both were undefeated Pac-12 members with talented running backs.

As it turns out, Washington was prepared to show Arizona's success was attributed to a highly favorable schedule. The Huskies easily handled the Wildcats, 31-13. 

Bishop Sankey was exceptional in the victory. According to Adam Jude of The Seattle Times, his 40 carries in his 40-carry, 161-yard game was a school record. 

With a true workhouse back and a 4-0 record, the Huskies deserve to receive a nice boost in the rankings. We'll get a real opportunity to see what Steve Sarkisian's squad can do when it travels to Stanford in Week 6. 

 

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