College Football Rankings Week 5: Can Alabama Overtake Oklahoma?

Stephen UrbaniakCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 24:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Week 5 of the college football season is upon us and we have some new rankings as the LSU Tigers overtook the Oklahoma Sooners for the top spot in college football. 

Alabama fell to No. 3, even though the Crimson Tide beat the Arkansas Razorbacks convincingly. It relied on the heavy running of Tony Richardson to keep them balanced against the upstart Razorbacks.

Oklahoma is coming off of a tough win against Big 12-rival Missouri, as Landry Jones and the Sooners' offense overcame a slow, sluggish start. Ryan Broyles was the target of three of Jones' touchdown passes and the Sooners came alive in the second half to beat the Tigers 38-28.

Now with Oklahoma having fallen to the No. 2 spot in the rankings, one can't help but wonder if Nick Saban's boys can overtake the Sooners to take an early inside track to reach the national championship game.

Oklahoma plays the Ball State Cardinals next in what should be an easy win for the Sooners. If they want to keep pace with LSU, they need to keep winning and win in dominating fashion. 

If the Sooners even slip up once, the Tide are going to be right there to snatch the second spot away.

The Crimson Tide crushed the Arkansas Razorbacks by a score of 38-14 and have the upstart Florida Gators up next in a match of SEC programs on the rise.

Oklahoma should be able to hang onto the No. 2 spot, unless Alabama gains more style points if they can beat Florida in Gainesville, which is never an easy place to play.

Then again, funnier things have happened over the course of a college football season.