College Football Rankings Week 5: 5 Teams Bound To Rise In the Top 25
Week 5 of the college football season is here already. There have been some risers (Clemson), and some fallers (Auburn, Ohio State, Florida State) so far this season and we are sure to be in store for more drama during this year's version of the "Push to the BCS".
Florida State had risen all the way to No. 5 in the country before the season started, and with their loss to Oklahoma and Clemson, the Seminoles may be yet another elite preseason team to fall out of the Top 25 all together.
Auburn, the defending national champion was a victim of the Clemson Tigers, as they saw their nation-leading 17-game home winning streak snapped by the visitors in stunning fashion as they fell all the way out of the Top 25.
Ohio State had been a perennial contender in both the Big Ten and in the national picture.They had been to two BCS national championship games, but unfortunately lost them both.
This season was tarnished by the "Tattoos for Memorabilia" scandal that saw Jim Tressel leaving his longtime post as head coach, and star QB Terrelle Pryor leave for the NFL.
The Miami Hurricanes ended Ohio State's 7-year run in the Top 25 after the Buckeyes went to South Beach and were run off the field at Sun Life Stadium by the Hurricanes by a score of 24-6.
After Week 4's games, here are five teams that should make a jump in the Top 25 when the new rankings are released:
1. Clemson Tigers
Talk about giant-killers. When you associate the term with the 2011 version of the Clemson Tigers, it fits like a glove.
The Tigers have beaten the defending national champion Auburn Tigers and the ACC heavyweight Florida State Seminoles in consecutive weeks.
Clemson should jump from #21 in the Top 25, as they have taken down two premier teams in college football.
They are led by QB Tajh Boyd and WR Sammy Watkins and have proven that they can and will play with anybody, anywhere.
Clemson is 4-0 for the first time since 2007, and has an early edge in the ACC's Atlantic Division after beating the Seminoles at home.
2. Nebraska Cornhuskers
An old adage in football is that if you can control the tempo of the game, you control the time of possession and impose your will on the game.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have finally gotten back to their roots. They have a power running game and it is spearheaded by the junior RB Rex Burkhead and it takes a lot of the pressure off of QB Taylor Martinez.
Nebraska is ranked #9 in the country, and could fly higher as they took care of business against Wyoming to move to 4-0 on the year.
The Cornhuskers could very well challenge for the Big Ten championship and if they keep winning, they could very well be in the national championship picture.
3. Virginia Tech Hokies
The Virginia Tech Hokies, led by Frank Beamer have been the class of the ACC since joining with Miami and Boston College back in 2004.
They have won three conference championships and have been ranked in the Top 15 almost every year.
Stinging from a Orange Bowl beatdown by the Stanford Cardinal, the Hokies came into 2011 with something to prove.
Led by RB David Wilson, the Hokies have just been destroying people with no mercy, and they have been making it look easy.
The Hokies may again be the class of the ACC, as Florida State has fallen two straight games and is in danger of falling out of the Top 25 altogether.
4. LSU Tigers
What a season of dominance by Les Miles' boys in Baton Rouge.
LSU has beaten three ranked teams in three weeks and has looked almost perfect doing it. QB Jarrett Lee has provided a steady, game-managing presence at quarterback and the defense has been head-hunting.
They have beaten some of the better teams in the country in West Virginia, Mississippi State and Oregon by convincing margins.
Defensively, the Tigers are a force to be reckoned with. Led by DB Tyrann Matheiu, the team can play the run and the pass and pretty much shut down a team's primary receiving threat.
A lot of people believe that LSU should be the No. 1 ranked team in the country in front of Oklahoma.
5. Boise State Broncos
The consensus pick to be a BCS-buster year in and year out, the Boise State Broncos are the definition of perfection on the football field.
The only thing that has held them out of the top 2 rankings is that they are NOT from a BCS conference.
Voters hold that against them on a yearly basis as they are constantly denied a shot at the BCS National Championship.
They have gone undefeated the past few seasons, but to no avail. They have beaten anyone, anywhere. They still get shut out of the title game, only to find consolation in other BCS bowl games, such as the Fiesta Bowl.
Boise State's QB Kellen Moore is hoping that this is their year.
If they go out and destroy their opponents on a weekly basis, they will finally get their shot to prove that they are indeed among college football's best teams.
Boise State will also get to prove, it doesn't matter that they aren't from a power conference to get to the top of the mountain.