College football fans will have to wait until mid-October to find out where every team stands in the 2013 BCS rankings.
But with five weeks of action already in the books, it's not too early to make some predictions.
Below, I'll project the top 25 teams in the BCS rankings heading into Week 6, highlighting the top national championship contenders through five weeks.
Note: BCS rankings aren't released until Week 8. The following rankings are projections.
|Rank||Team||Record||Week 6 Opponent|
|1||Alabama||4-0||vs. Georgia State|
|4||Ohio State||5-0||at No. 16 Northwestern|
|5||Stanford||4-0||vs. No. 15 Washington|
|7||Florida State||4-0||vs. No. 25 Maryland|
|10||LSU||4-1||at Mississippi State|
|13||Miami (FL)||4-0||vs. Georgia Tech|
|14||South Carolina||3-1||vs. Kentucky|
|15||Washington||4-0||at No. 5 Stanford|
|16||Baylor||3-0||vs. West Virginia|
|17||Northwestern||4-0||vs. No. 4 Ohio State|
|20||Texas Tech||4-0||at Kansas|
|21||Oklahoma State||3-1||vs. Kansas State|
|22||Arizona State||3-1||vs. Notre Dame|
|23||Fresno State||4-0||at Idaho|
|24||Ole Miss||3-1||at Auburn|
|25||Maryland||4-0||at No. 8 Florida State|
Record/Opponent info courtesy of ESPN.com
*AP and USA Today Poll rankings courtesy of ESPN.com.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0)
AP Poll Ranking: 1
USA Today Poll Ranking: 1
The reigning national champions have made a trio of statements to start the year, throttling Virginia Tech, handing Texas A&M its only loss in College Station in Week 3 and shutting out Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa this past weekend.
Alabama has only allowed six points over the past eight quarters. With upcoming games against Georgia State, Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee, the Tide should be a lock to reach 8-0 before Nov. 9's showdown with LSU.
2. Oregon Ducks (4-0)
AP Poll Ranking: 2
USA Today Poll Ranking: 2
Although Oregon hasn't been quite as dominant defensively as Alabama in recent wins over Tennessee and California, the Ducks have been lighting up the scoreboard, averaging just under 60 points per game this season and blowing out every opponent on the schedule.
While Oregon will be tested in upcoming conference tilts against No. 15 Washington and No. 12 UCLA, its Nov. 7 date with Stanford will likely be the game that determines whether the Ducks play for the title in January.
3. Clemson Tigers (4-0)
AP Poll Ranking: 3
USA Today Poll Ranking: 4
There's no denying that Clemson's season-opening win over Georgia was massive. The Bulldogs have since knocked off South Carolina and LSU, adding to the significance of that result.
For the Tigers, Oct. 19's matchup with No. 8 Florida State will be colossal. The winner of that game will have a real shot at finishing the regular season undefeated in 2013. But with Clemson playing at home and Heisman candidate Tajh Boyd leading the way, the Tigers will likely be favored to win, per ESPN Stats & Info:
Clemson QB Tajh Boyd now has 11 games with at least 2 Pass TD and 1 Rush TD, the most such games in FBS since the start of the 2011 season.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 28, 2013
4. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0)
AP Poll Ranking: 4
USA Today Poll Ranking: 3
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Ohio State's schedule has been far from difficult to start the year when compared to other top contenders, but you can't fault the Buckeyes for winning.
The Big Ten favorites have won 17 straight to begin the Urban Meyer era in Columbus and should easily run the table if they can pick up road wins at No. 16 Northwestern and No. 19 Michigan. The Buckeyes took the first big step by beating Wisconsin in Week 5.
5. Stanford Cardinal (4-0)
AP Poll Ranking: 5
USA Today Poll Ranking: 5
Stanford will continue to fly under the radar while Oregon keeps racking up the points. But you'll get your chance, Cardinal fans. Stanford will host Oregon on Nov. 7 in a game that will likely determine the Pac-12 champion in 2013.
Like Oregon, David Shaw's squad also has challenging matchups against No. 15 Washington and No. 12 UCLA on the horizon but will be favored to win.
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