Zach's College Football Rankings after Week 5
1(1) Florida: The Gators had a bye week to prepare for a highly ranked LSU team. What's more important is the health of the second coming of God, err... Tim Tebow. If he's unable to go, look for Florida to run a more conventional offense with Brantley at QB. They still have Chris Rainey, Emmanuel Moody, and Jeff Demps on offense, which is more than their opponents can say. This could be a loss for mighty Florida, but we'll see.
2(2) Texas: The Longhorns also had a bye week to get ready for a Colorado club that has been reeling as of late. Heisman frontrunner Colt McCoy needs an effective running game and it looks better than last year, but still not good enough to pose as a threat. The sun is shining in Austin, as they watched the rival Sooners play bad on primetime television.
3(3) Alabama: The Crimson Tide made mincemeat of another lowly SEC team, this time against Kentucky. Mark Ingram had a big day for Alabama and the defense remained steady. They have a big game coming up at Mississippi, which could be a loss for Alabama. Jevan Snead can't have another poor game, can he? Well if there's a defense that can stop him, it's Alabama.
4(5) LSU: The Bayou Bengals needed a late touchdown from RB Charles Scott to win between the hedges in Athens. His 2 TDs made up for the lackluster play of QB Jordan Jefferson and WR Brandon LaFell. The defense looks better than last year, despite the losses of Tyson Jackson and Ricky Jean-Francoius.
5(4) Boise State: The Broncos basically had a scrimmage against UC Davis, but the game was interesting for 3 1/2 quarters. The Aggies pulled within 11 points, but couldn't get any closer. The running game was bad today, but Kellen Moore stepped up in a big way, tossing 3 touchdowns. Austin Pettis and Titus Young is the best WR duo in the WAC, catching those three touchdowns.
6(6) Virginia Tech: This matchup against Duke is a true definition of a trap game. Overlook your opponent and the game could be close. The eight point victory by the Hokies was a narrow escape from a Duke team that isn't going in the right direction. Tyrod Taylor is trying his best to become a pass first QB and he's doing better than excepted. The defense gave up a high point total (for VA Tech) of 26. They are now 2-0 in ACC play.
7(7) USC: The win in Berkley knocked out Cal's chances of being Pac-10 champs, as Matt Barkley showed how important he is to the club. The men of Troy also had someone to play for: RB Stafon Johnson, who had a weight lifting accident earlier in the week. C.J. Gable and Allen Bradford are more than capable of filling his role. The Trojans are on upset alert, as the Golden Domers come calling soon.
8(9) TCU: Look out Broncos! The Horned Frogs are climbing up the rankings and have decent teams left to play. The Horned Frogs shut down the Run N' Shoot offense of Coach June Jones in an easy win at home. Andy Dalton doesn't put up eye-popping stats, but does enough to win. Think of Eli Manning in the NFL because AD is a winner. Air Force is a trap game next week.
9(10) Ohio State: Chris Martin on the Big Ten Network chalked this game as an upset loss to Indiana. Not so fast my friend, as the Buckeyes easily shut down the Hooisers on the road. Terrelle Pryor has done a good job spreading the ball around, as three different receivers caught touchdowns. Buckeye nation should also rejoice because the Wolverines are no longer undefeated. Unbeaten Wisconsin comes into Columbus next week.
10(11) BYU: Folks, look who's back in the Top 10 in the poll. When everyone left the Cougars for dead after the disaster in Provo against the Florida State Seminoles, Brigham Young University is back. RB Harvey Unga looks healthy again after starting the season being slowed by an injury. He ran for over 100 yards and a score. Imagine if Max Hall didn't throw so many INTs? (two more today). Then, they could beat the Utah States by 20+.
11(12) Iowa: Talk about a major letdown for the Hawkeyes. They beat the lowly Arkansas State Red Wolves by a field goal on Saturday and nearly took away the big win from a week ago and then some with a poor performance overall. Ricky Stanzi had a good game, but they gave Arkansas State too many opportunities to score. The defensive line has been solid this year after losing two starters last year.
12(15) Cincinnati: So much for the Big East being wide open this year. It looks like Tony Pike and company are only one of two contenders for the title (South Florida). Their 5-0 start is better than in state rival Ohio State. That would be a game I would pay to see. A bye week for the Bearcats, then a big showdown to decide the Big East crown in Tampa.
13(13) Kansas: The Jayhawks also had a bye week, which seemed to be the theme in the Big XII this week (Kansas, Texas, Nebraska). KU SHOULD be 6-0 before a home game against Oklahoma, but they have to go through Iowa State and at Colorado, two very winnable games for Mark Mangino and the rest of the crew.
14(19) Ole Miss: Jevan Snead and the Rebels offense looked a lot better against a weak Vanderbilt team than they did against South Carolina last week. He threw three touchdowns and also ran the ball well. I like the way Coach Nutt is using star Dexter McCluster as both a running back and a receiver. The defense played well, allowing only seven points.
15(8) Oklahoma: Raise your hand if you thought Oklahoma would have two losses before the Red River Shootout? I didn't think so either, but they played poorly against Miami FL. The Sooners offense looked like they didn't trust Landry Jones throwing the ball, as the playcalling was very run heavy and conservative. Even the passes were 4 yard curl dumpoffs with no yards after the catch. A very disappointing start for Boomer Sooner.
16(16) Georgia Tech: Stop the presses! The SEC actually played somebody decent out of conference. Too bad for Mississippi State that it was the Yellow Jackets. The triple option produced more than 200 yards on the ground and four scores. Demaryius Thomas had a huge game and is one of the best receivers you haven't heard of. Josh Nesbitt looked a lot more comfortable throwing the football. This team is on the right track with a good road win.
17(20) Oklahoma State: The Cowboys also had a bye week in Week 5. This gives another week for hurting RB Kendall Hunter to get back. If the running game can get it together and the defense plays just a bit better, OSU can be a dark horse in the Big 12 South. They can outscore almost everyone on any given day with Bryant and Robinson.
18(21) South Florida: The entire fanbase for South Florida were shocked when Matt Grothe went down and out for the year. Enter B.J. Daniels, who has led the Bulls to two consecutive impressive wins against Florida State and at Syracuse. The Bulls are now 5-0 and have a big game against Cincinnati in two weeks. They have 12 days to prepare and Cincy should be wary of the Thursday night upset trend in recent history.
19(22) Oregon: The Ducks look like an entirely different team since the Boise State game, scoring 42 points in the first half against Washington State. Sure, it's the Cougars, but 42 points in one half is impressive nonetheless. The Ducks seem to be in good shape in the Pac-10, with USC with a loss and Cal with 2 losses. LeGarrette Blount might also come back for the November 7th game against Stanford, who is 3-0 in the Pac-10.
20(_) Miami: The Hurricanes overcame a brutal stretch of facing four ranked teams to start the season and came out of it 3-1 with wins over Florida State, Georgia Tech, and the latest victim, Oklahoma. Sure, it was a win against a Sam Bradford and Jermane Gresham less Sooners squad, but Oklahoma was ranked #8 in the country in both polls and my poll. What a start for Coach Shannon and company.
21(23) Penn State: The Nittany Lions rushing attack did its best to shake off the pitiful effort at home last week against Iowa and did so with great success. Penn State ran for nearly 350 yards on the ground and Darryl Clark had a fairly easy day against the Illini, who were supposed to be a Big Ten sleeper. The only part of that sentence is that Illinois must have been sleeping on defense, allowing more than 500 yards of offense. Penn State has a big game against Michigan on the road in two weeks.
22(14) Georgia: What a heartbreak for the Bulldogs. Not only do they lose in the final minute to LSU, they drop eight spots in my poll because of the home loss to the Tigers. Joe Cox had a horrendous final drive for Georgia and didn't really have a good game at all. The defense played well, but will the real UGA offense please stand up? Will we see the 35+ point Georgia, or the 13 point Georgia? Only time will tell.
23(_) Wisconsin: Well, it looks like Bret Bilema finally has a solid quarterback option in Madison. Scott Tolzien has propelled the Badgers to a 5-0 start and John Clay, despite his fumbling problems, has run the ball very well with a great offensive line. Their first real test comes against the Buckeyes on the 10th. We'll see how the young QB handles the noise level of the Horseshoe and if the defense can stop anybody.
24(18) Michigan: The Wolverines needed a big comeback late just to get the game into overtime, but by that time, Tate Forcier was gassed and the running game never got started. The leaders in the Big Ten in rushing, Michigan didn't even surpass 50 yards of rushing. We all knew Michigan wasn't going undefeated, but this game was winnable. This is the first time UM has lost to Michigan State two times in a row since LBJ was president.
25(_) Notre Dame: The only reason at this point in time Notre Dame is ranked below Michigan is because Michigan beat them. However, the Golden Domers can get a big boost by beating USC, which looks realistic after Jimmy Clausen's late heroics again led the Irish to a win. Golden Tate is a star in the making and the young players like Shaq Evans are stepping up. They might not make it to the BCS, but they'll be close.
Dropped: #16 Houston, #24 Utah, #25 Cal
Added: #20 Miami, #23 Wisconsin, #25 Notre Dame
2009 College Football Rankings after Week 5
Posted on: October 4, 2009 1:44 am