College Football Top 25 Week 5: Alabama Dominates, Oregon Moves Into Top Three

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College Football Top 25 Week 5: Alabama Dominates, Oregon Moves Into Top Three
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He may be undefeated as a starting QB, but McElroy is the only piece holding Alabama back right now.

Tyler Stimson votes in the ESPN-U poll.

1. Alabama (5-0)

Rolled past Florida, 31-6.

Alabama has won 18 straight games overall, and 28 straight regular season games.

Despite returning only 3 starters on defense, Alabama is only giving up nine points per game. That's the best in the country.

And their RB duo of Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson is also the best in the country.

The only question I have is their quarterback Greg McElroy. He is a decent game manager, but if they had a better QB they might challenge for best college team of all time. 

2. Boise State (4-0)

Destroyed New Mexico State, 59-0.

Everything seems to be pointing towards another undefeated season for Boise. The only real scary team left on their schedule is Nevada. If Nevada is undefeated when both of these teams meet in November, it might be enough for an undefeated Boise to finally get a shot at the title game. The WAC is the best it's ever been.

3. Oregon (5-0) 

Beat Stanford, 52-31.

This was an incredible performance by Oregon. After trailing 21-3 at the end of the 1st quarter, Oregon outscored Stanford 49-10 to end the game, and 28-0 in the second half. Oregon is close to unbeatable at Autzen stadium.

4. TCU (5-0) 

Won at Colorado State, 27-0.

It was TCU's first road shutout under Gary Patterson. Before the end of the season, this team has a real chance to make some noise. If you are looking for a team that might sneak into the BCS championship game (if Boise State slips up), TCU may be that team.

The MWC is ranked fifth in the country according to ESPN's conference power rankings, behind only the SEC, Pac-10, Big 12, and Big 10. TCU has won 16-straight regular season games.

5. Ohio State (5-0) 

Survived at Illinois, 27-14.

This was an unexpectedly tight game for the Buckeyes. I wasn't very impressed by their first performance on the road. Their win at home against Miami was impressive. I just want to see how they do on the road before I jump all the way on the bandwagon. Especially when teams like TCU, Oregon, and Boise are playing so well.

6. Oklahoma (5-0)  

Beat Texas, 28-20. 

Ranked teams on Oklahoma's remaining schedule: 0.

I'll be pretty surprised if we don't see an OU vs. Nebraska Big 12 championship game.

7. Nebraska (4-0) 

Had a bye week.

It seems like OU and Nebraska are on a collision course considering the strength (or lack thereof) of both teams' schedules.

8. Utah (4-0)

Had a bye.

9. Nevada (5-0)

Won at UNLV, 44-26.

If you compare Nevada and Arizona (the team I have right behind the Wolfpack), both faced Cal at home in back-to-back weeks. Nevada beat Cal by three TDs. Arizona scored a late TD to sneak away with a one-point victory. Nevada has never trailed this season. Their closest game so far is a fairly dominant 27-13 win at BYU.

10. Arizona (4-0)

Had a bye.

11. Stanford (4-1)

Lost 52-31 at Oregon.

Stanford seemed to be in complete control of the game until Oregon got that onside kick.

12. Auburn (5-0)

Dominated Louisiana Monroe, 52-3.

13. Iowa (3-1) 

Beat Penn State, 24-3.

It was an almost perfect imitation of Alabama's 24-3 win against Penn State.

14. Miami (3-1)

Beat Clemson, 30-21. 

15. Arkansas (3-1)

Had a bye.

16. Florida (4-1)

Lost, 31-6 at Alabama.

Alabama can make anyone look bad, but it easily could've gone different 

17. Michigan State (5-0)

Beat Wisconsin, 34-24 at home.

18. Michigan (5-0)

Beat Indiana, 42-35 on the road.

Denard Robinson has video game type numbers. If Michigan keeps winning, the Heisman is his to lose.

19. LSU (5-0)

Survived at home against Tennessee, 16-14.

I'm almost counting that as a loss. That was awful officiating. Tennessee's defense was not given enough time to counter LSU's substitutions, and got called for having 13 men on the field. LSU's clock management was awful. In all reality, neither team deserved to win that game.

LSU did win and move to 3-0 in the SEC, but they'll really have to change things up if they don't want to get embarrassed in the rest of their schedule. They play at Florida, at Arkansas, at Auburn, and get Alabama at home.

20. Kansas State (4-0)

Had a bye.

21. South Carolina (3-1) 

Had a bye.

22. Air Force (4-1)

Beat Navy, 14-6.

The Commander-in-Chief trophy is theirs to lose.

23. Oregon State (2-2)

Beat Arizona State, 31-28

Their two losses are to two top-five teams on the road: TCU and Boise State.

24. Virginia Tech (2-2)

Beat NC State, 41-30.

25. Wisconsin (4-1)

Lost 34-24, at Michigan State.

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