College Football Power Rankings Week Five

Molly GraySenior Analyst ISeptember 28, 2008

1. Oklahoma

In a week of upsets, Oklahoma destroyed TCU 35-10. They got it going early with a 24-yard TD pass from Sam Bradofrd to Juquin Iglesias on the Sooner’s first offensive series. Looks as if college football we’ll see our second No. 5 at No. 1 in two weeks when Oklahoma hosts Texas.

2. LSU

Coming off of a tough victory over Auburn, LSU had a decisive victory over Mississippi State for their ninth straight victory over the Bulldogs. Charles Scott had a successful performance, rushing for 141 yards and two touchdowns. They have a chance to defend their new rank when they visit Florida this week.

3. Alabama

Pulling off the upset against Georgia, Alabama exhibited their powerful defense shutting out the Bulldog’s in the first half with a halftime score of 31-0. The final score was 41-30. It wasn’t just their defense that was dominant however, Alabama had five straight scoring drives before they finally punted the ball with 9:19 left in the third quarter. The Crimson Tide host Kentucky next week.

4. Missouri

Missouri didn’t have to do much to move up in the rankings having a bye week this past Saturday. Heisman-hopeful Chase Daniels will lead the Tigers against Nebraska this week. After that: No. 21 Oklahoma State, No. 5 Texas.

5. Texas

The Texas Longhorns unsurprisingly defeated Arkansas 52-10. QB Colt McCoy threw for three TDs and ran for two. He now has 75 touchdowns, putting him at third on the all-time list. They are most likely looking past their matchup with Colorado this week, to when they travel to No. 1 Oklahoma in two weeks.

6. Penn State

Penn State jumps up to No. 6 after beating Illinois in the fourth quarter 38-24. The game was over when Derrick Williams had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter. They will play Purdue, who will be coming off of an emotional loss to Notre Dame, this week and then they will travel to No. 18 Wisconsin.

7. Brigham Young

BYU will be coming off of a bye week when they travel to play Utah State this week. The Cougars should run all over the Aggies and continue their offensive domination. Their biggest challenges coming up will be TCU on Oct. 16, San Diego State on Nov. 8, and regular season finale at No. 15 Utah.

8. Texas Tech

Texas Tech is also coming off of a week of rest. They will be playing Kansas State this week and you can expect Shannon Woods to have more huge numbers like he did in the game against Massachusetts.

9. South Florida

South Florida bullied North Carolina State this weekend beating them 41-10. Jamar Taylor scored on a one-yard run on USF’s first drive of the game. QB Matt Grothe was 20-29 for 259 yards and a touchdown. These numbers should continue this week when they host Pittsburgh.

10. Auburn

Auburn pulled off a win against Tennessee 14-12, but remember this Tennessee team is the same that got blasted by UCLA who got blasted by BYU. Auburn’s offense was very unimpressive in this game. They need to step it up when they visit No. 19 Vanderbilt this coming weekend. The only reason Auburn is ranked higher than USC, Georgia, and Florida, is that their loss came to No. 2 LSU, while the others lost to unranked teams.

11. USC

The King That Was: USC Football. The unbeatable Trojans have come to a surprisingly early downfall, as they were upset in Corvallis by Oregon State. The deal was sealed when OSU recovered USC’s onside kick with 1:19 left in the game. Freshman RB Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns against the Trojan defense. They will host the other Pac-10 leader this week when Oregon comes to town.

12. Georgia

Georgia’s loss to then-No. 8 Alabama was not a pretty one, as Georgia’s offensive couldn’t get a point on the board until the third quarter. They should be able to bounce back when they host Tennessee this weekend. After that, they play Vanderbilt and No. 3 LSU.

13. Florida

Florida was just one among the ranks of upset teams this week as they suffered an emotional loss to Mississippi 31-30. Their blocked PAT proved to be the difference late in the fourth quarter. Tim Tebow threw for 319 yards while Harvin and Moody combined for only 98 rushing yards. This Florida team just couldn’t convert as they were one for 11 on third down conversions and had three turnovers. Up next: Arkansas, LSU.

14. Ohio State

Beanie Wells returned as Ohio State beat Minnesota 34-21 in their first Big Ten game. The game however, was not as close as the score lets on as Ohio State’s offense and defense were dominant until late in the fourth quarter when they gave up two quick TDs and a two-point conversion to Minnesota.

Pryor recorded more rushing yards than he did passing with 97, teaming up with Wells who had 106 in his debut from injury. They visit Wisconsin, who will be out for revenge this weekend, and look to overcome their first Big Ten title obstacle so that they can focus on a home game against Penn State in three weeks.

15. Boise State

Boise State had a bye week this weekend, giving them plenty of time to rest up for Louisiana Tech after their fighting win over Oregon. Look for Ian Johnson to being running up some numbers this weekend, he is averaging 4.9 yards per carry on the season.

16. Kansas

Kansas was another one to sit out this week, but the 3-1 Jayhawks move up two spots. QB Todd Reesing has thrown for 1,405 yards and 11 touchdowns so far this season and the passing game should stay strong against Iowa State on Saturday.

17. Utah

The 5-0 Utes had another convincing win on Saturday when they beat Weber State 37-21. Louie Sakoda became the school’s leading all-time scorer as he went 3-3 in field goals. Next up: Oregon State who will still be on a high from beating USC, can they repeat a Top 25 upset? Probably not.

18. Wisconsin

With a score of 19-0 going into the second half it looked at is the Badgers had this one in the bag. However, some key interceptions on the part of the Michigan defense and Rich Rodriguez and Co. were able to turn it around and upset Wisconsin. The Wolverines dominated the second half, out-scoring Wisconsin 27-6. Wisconsin hosts Big Ten title defender, No. 14 Ohio State this weekend.

19. Virginia Tech

After their season-opening loss to East Carolina, the Hokies have gone an impressive 4-0 to jump back into the top 20 teams. Their latest win over Nebraska 35-30, saw a explosive effort from Tyrod Taylor who led the team in passing with 171 yards and rushing with 87 yards. Next up: Western Kentucky, Boston College.

20. Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt is surprisingly leading the SEC East right now with their 2-0 conference record, after both Georgia and Florida lost. They will host 2-1 Auburn this week in a battle of east vs. west.

21. Fresno State

Fresno State defeated UCLA, who have gone down hill since their season-opening crushing of Tennessee. The final score was 36-31. Fresno State has won four of their last five games versus BCS teams, and has won 14 games versus BCS teams since 2000 tying themselves with Utah for the most by a non-BCS team in that time frame. Next up for the Bulldogs: Hawaii.

22. Oregon

Oregon crushed Washington State 63-14 this past weekend. Jeremiah Johnson and LeGarrette Blount each ran for three touchdowns, while Jaison Williams caught two to jump start the Ducks back into the Top 25 after an embarrassing loss to Boise State the week prior. If Oregon really wants to prove that the loss was just a fluke, they need to kick USC while their down next week and emerge as the Pac-10 leaders.

23. Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State beat Troy 55-24 finishing with 612 yards of offense, the eighth highest in school history. This Oklahoma State offense is strong, having scored more than 50 points in three straight games. Zac Robinson led the team at QB with 254 yards passing and three touchdowns. The Cowboys host Texas A&M next weekend.

24. Connecticut

Connecticut jumps into the rankings after some lower-ranked upsets. The team became 5-0 with a 26-21 victory over Louisville. They visit North Carolina and Rutgers in the next two weeks.

25. Wake Forest

Rounding out the Top 25 is Wake Forest, who was upset by Navy this weekend, losing 24-17. Next week they will face Clemson, who dropped out of the polls after a loss to Maryland.


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