Week 5 of the 2013 college football season was a thrilling one. It featured a number of close calls, a shakeup inside the Top 10 and one major upset of an AP Top 25 squad.
That’s a big change from the previous week, in which ranked teams barely had any trouble dispatching their opponents.
Of course, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Oregon Ducks remain on top after convincing wins, but let’s take a look at the complete Week 6 AP rankings. Once you’ve digested those, compare the latest results with B/R's official Top 25 poll.
As mentioned, the top-ranked Crimson Tide remain in the driver’s seat after blanking Ole Miss. The Rebels were dropped down to No. 24 after a somewhat disappointing showing against the back-to-back national champions.
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The Ducks are holding on to No. 2 with another 50-plus-point explosion, this time against Cal. Oregon is looking tougher and tougher to stop, with Colorado the next team to get a chance in Week 6.
Clemson is still No. 3, as the Tigers obliterated Wake Forest in an ACC matchup that was never close. No. 4 Ohio State finally proved its mettle against Wisconsin, as the Buckeyes won a close battle with a ranked foe—although the Badgers dropped from the poll after the loss.
Stanford is rounding out the Top Five after eviscerating Washington State in a lopsided matchup.
The rankings get a bit interesting after that, as voters rewarded the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs for their gutsy performance against No. 10 LSU. Quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger battled throughout Saturday afternoon, with Murray getting the last word on a touchdown strike with just under two minutes left to play.
The back-and-forth affair showcased the strength of the SEC and didn’t cost the Tigers much, as voters respected their loss and only dropped them four spots.
Rounding out the Top 10 is bye-week team No. 7 Louisville, No. 8 Florida State after a shaky win over doormat Boston College and No. 9 Texas A&M, which took care of business in Arkansas.
Oklahoma State took the biggest hit this week, dropping from No. 11 down to No. 21 after being upset by unranked West Virginia. The Cowboys simply couldn’t get it done and committed a number of critical special teams errors in Morgantown.
The Pokes will have to try to turn things around against Kansas State in Week 6. Otherwise, their hopes of a BCS bowl are cooked.
Former No. 22 Notre Dame is also out of the Top 25 after suffering a second loss on the season, this time to the No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners.
New teams this week include No. 22 Arizona State, as the Sun Devils convinced the pollsters with a blowout win over the USC Trojans. The Sun Devils posted a statement on Twitter:
#Devils are back in, move up to No. 22 in latest AP rankings. Wear GOLD vs ND on Saturday— Sun Devil Football (@FootballASU) September 29, 2013
No. 25 Maryland is also in the rankings after rolling past West Virginia 37-0 last week.
It should be another exciting slate of games with plenty of intrigue, upsets and adjustments inside the AP Top 25 poll next week.