College Rankings Week 5: 5 Of the Top 25 Teams Nobody's Talking About
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The sleepers of college football creep forth.
These are the teams that you won't hear about on sports radio on your way to work. They've broken the Top 25, but maybe they aren't the headliners of the day. And after week five of play, they're begging for notoriety.
You won't find these five teams worthy of feature spreads in the print media, but rather, just there—buried in single column-style in print—still not worthy of photos with their game recaps except in their hometown papers.
Today, after a weekend of rock and roll football throughout the country, these teams that nobody’s talking about are surprisingly polished, exuding talent.
Although the Associated Press football rankings list them, they are exceptions to the elite.
And after week five, here's our mix of Southern candor and Smurf-colored turf. Mixed in, you'll find some energized ACC teams and some surprises that we deemed worthy of chatter.
Rankings Week 5: No. 1 Team Nobody's Talking About: Georgia Tech, AP 13
Tech's Paul Johnson's advises QB Tevin Washington
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The Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech are a team awakened!
On a cool, blustery Saturday night in Raleigh, they took the wind out of a hostile crowd with home field advantage.
Georgia Tech made some position changes that paid off in a big win.
Could this be the win that pushes this team to the ACC championship?
Yes! Tech defeated N.C. State on Saturday, 45-35, earning its best start in more than 20 years.
Orwin Smith rushed for three touchdowns and finished the game with 74 yards. Smith scored on runs of 13, 9, and 3 yards, and the string of wins stands at 5-0, 2-0 in the ACC.
We’ve watched Coach Paul Johnson’s team mature in all levels, and none was more evident than his special teams in last night’s victory.
Tech held State’s T. J. Graham to five returns that did not go past the 30 yard line. Watch the brilliance of this Yellow Jacket team climb to the rankings top and live up to Johnson’s expectations.
Rankings Week 5: No. 2 Nobody's Talking About: Clemson, AP 8
Clemson dominated Virginia Tech on Saturday
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You probably won’t hear promos about the Clemson Tigers at the top of the SportsCenter hour, but we think this Clemson team is heading for a serious showdown in Charlotte.
Head Coach Dabo Swinneys' Tigers took down the 11-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies last night. The win convinced the sports nation this 4-0 is for.real.
Clemson also knocked off the Auburn Tigers—last year's national champions.
Spoiling veteran Coach Frank Beamer’s 300th game at the Hokie helm, Clemson has held a steady climb in the polls.
The Tigers have an explosive offense, averaging 502.8 yards per game. On the ground, they’ve averaged 187.3 yards per game.
These Tigers are roaring through the ACC. They now have broken the Top 10 with the confidence and toughness to initiate some national championship talk among the team's supporters.
For now at least, you can place them on chatter alert!
Rankings Week 5: No. 3 Team Nobody's Talking About: Auburn, AP 15
South Carolina couldn't hold on to defeat Auburn
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After tumbling in the rankings and falling out, guess who's back in?
The former National Champions Auburn Tigers, stunned the South Carolina Gamecocks last night, making them our choice for the No. 3 team nobody's talking about.
Like the Auburn Tigers of old—who could produce points under pressure with Heisman winner Cam Newton at quarterback.
This is a team that was perhaps, underrated this year.
After yesterday's win in Gamecock-ville, quarterback Barrett Trotter silenced the chickens with their 16-13 game-winning touchdown in the last two minutes of the game.
Give the Auburn coaching staff credit for winning their last 11 games against nationally ranked teams sinc
e head coach Gene Chizik set foot on the Plains. With one non-conference loss to Clemson (38-24), Auburn is 2-0 in the conference.
The doubters are becoming believers in this team that was predicted to be so bad this year, that their president sent a letter to boosters preparing them for the blows ahead for this young team.
Rankings Week 5: No. 4 Team Nobody's Talking About: Boise, AP 5
Boise holds on to its No. 5 position in the AP rankings
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We kept Boise in this week's pity list.
The boys in blue—although highly ranked—are still not mentioned with the elite of college football.
With four wins now—including a win over an SEC team—Boise is now 4-0 and leads the Mountain West going into Fresno State next weekend.
In their convincing win over Nevada on Saturday (30-10), Boise scored its first three point-after attempts and their first field goal of the season.
The offensive line conquered the Nevada defense to open holes for Doug Martin to run for his season high of 126 yards and two touchdowns.
The team in blue may not catch the eye of sports pundits yet, but look for them to keep playing serious football—enough to possibly get them up a notch or two soon.
Rankings Week 5: No. 5 Team Nobody's Talking About: Kansas State, AP 20
This Big 12 matchup ended in a thrilling interception and win for Kansas State
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Kansas State makes our list for their stunning 1-point win over Baylor (36-35) on Saturday.
Fans and media will be talking about this team in weeks to come.
This is a team that has fought its way through the rankings, leaving fans breathless in yesterday's game.
Picking off a pass by last week's No. 15 (Baylor) quarterback Robert Griffin III, Arthur Brown's interception gave Kansas State the edge in a thriller.
Competition like this against a Heisman Trophy candidate (Baylor QB Griffin) gives this week's Big 12 Wildcats a 4-0 record going into week six.
This statistic is more than that. It's the 10th time Kansas State has had a perfect start in Coach Bill Snyder's tenure.