College Football Rankings: Predictions and Analysis of AP and Coaches Polls

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College Football Rankings: Predictions and Analysis of AP and Coaches Polls
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The 2011 college football season is now in full swing. Conference play is underway for most teams and the great games are only increasing in number.

Week 5 of the season certainly did not disappoint. There were great games up and down the schedule.

Some teams got signature wins that pushed them higher in the rankings and others were dealt crushing losses that left them outside of the rankings or just hanging on in the AP poll.

Wisconsin is foremost among teams with big wins. They jumped all the way to No. 4 after soundly beating Nebraska on Saturday.

Alabama moved up as well after beating a short-handed Florida team. They look up now only to LSU.

Other big movers include No. 8 Clemson, No. 11 Texas and No. 19 Illinois.

Those that took big tumbles include Nebraska, who fell to No. 14 after losing to Wisconsin. Virginia Tech fell to No. 21 after losing badly to Clemson, and Baylor fell to No. 25 after losing to Kansas State.

Texas A&M continues to turn crushing losses into an art form. They come in this week at No. 24.

Week 5 was really the first week that shook up the rankings. Ranked teams can no longer hide behind wins against FCS opponents or teams from much weaker conferences.

As the calendar turns to October, the games get better and the rankings undergo huge changes on a weekly basis.

Hang on for the ride, college football fans. The fun is just beginning.

Seismic shifts like we saw this week in the polls are going to become much more common.

Stay tuned to this space as Bleacher Report's talented team of writers will bring you news, analysis and predictions about the AP and coaches polls.

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