College Football Rankings: LSU and the Top 5 BCS Title Contenders

Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2011

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 24: Lavar Edwards #89 of the Louisiana State University Tigers celebrates after recovering a fumble from the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game on September 24, 2011 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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There is no better time to be a college football fan. Conference play is upon us and we are finding out exactly what teams are made of.

There is still a lot of football to be played, but BCS title contenders are definitely beginning to emerge. The five teams that follow are chief among them.

LSU Tigers

You can't help but be impressed with what LSU has done so far this season. Three of their four wins have come against ranked teams and they have done all this without their starting quarterback, Jordan Jefferson.

The real tragedy here is that their schedule is still tough enough that they could slip up and end up on the outside looking in. This team is without a doubt the best team in the nation as it stands today.

Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma is the one team I feel could give LSU a good game. They have a ton of experienced talent on both sides of the ball and they are versatile and deep enough that they can win games in any number of ways.

In the world of college football, Oklahoma, a team that is not as good as LSU, actually has a better chance to get to the national title game. They have some tough games on their slate, but nothing like what the Tigers will face.

Alabama Crimson Tide

After a few weeks of sputtering, the Crimson Tide offense finally seems to be hitting its stride. A.J. McCarron has emerged as clearly the best quarterback for the job and Trent Richardson has put together back-to-back good games.

Their Week 4 dismantling of Arkansas is a good indication of what Alabama is capable of. Arkansas is a good team, but they stood no chance of beating the Tide. A late-season game for Alabama against LSU looms large.

Stanford Cardinal

There was concern that Stanford would struggle without the leadership of their departed coach Jim Harbaugh. After an impressive 3-0 start, I think we can put those concerns to rest.

The only real concern with Stanford is that their conference schedule won't give them enough quality wins to leapfrog other teams. I'm of the opinion that there won't be more than two undefeated teams. If Stanford gets past Oregon and stays undefeated, they will be in.

Wisconsin Badgers

After years and years of being a good, solid Big Ten team, it looks like the Badgers finally have a team that can get them to the promised land. They built off their Rose Bowl appearance last season and are even better this time around.

Quarterback Russell Wilson gives them a play-making quality Wisconsin has never had and the running game is once again as good as advertised.