Week 5 College Football Power Rankings - 9/23/2014
Randy Ranks College Football Teams As Of September 23, 2014
September 23, 2014
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Here are the college football power rankings as we enter week 5 of the season.
1. Oregon Ducks - The Oregon Ducks have already beaten a Top 10 team in the Michigan State Spartans and haven’t really experienced a moment where you thought they might lose. Led by Marcus Mariota, the Ducks offense is flying higher than ever.
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2. Alabama Crimson Tide - After absolutely destroying the Florida Gators, the Alabama Crimson Tide are starting to grow on me. Not thrilled with quarterback Blake Sims, but the rest of the Tide are improving each week.
3. Florida State Seminoles - With or without Jameis Winston, two of the Florida State Seminoles three games have been decided by on possession. We need to see more from FSU before giving them the top spot.
4. Oklahoma Sooners - Winning in Morgantown is never easy, and that’s exactly what the Oklahoma Sooners did last week. The Sooners have an elite defense and a running game that is tough to stop.
5. Baylor Bears - Despite not having a marquee win under their belt yet, the Baylor Bears are still first in points scored and second in points allowed. Baylor is scary good.
6. Texas A&M Aggies - Johnny Manziel, who? Texas A&M has steamrolled their first four opponents, which includes a win over South Carolina. It’s safe to say Kenny Hill is a pretty good quarterback and the Aggies are in good hands.
7. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Notre Dame has allowed just 14 points in their last two games, and Everett Golson is a completely different QB than he was a couple years ago. The Fighting Irish are a real threat against anybody right now.
8. Auburn Tigers - I’m obviously not as high on the Auburn Tigers as most, as they should have lost to the Kansas State Wildcats. While Auburn is still a solid team, the lack of production from QB Nick Marshall is scary and could be the reason the Tigers lose soon.
9. Mississippi State Bulldogs - There’s not enough love going on for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Their defense has forced nine turnovers and 14 sacks, while the offense is one of the more balanced in the entire country. The Bulldogs win over LSU was no fluke.
10. Ole Miss Rebels - The Ole Miss Rebels are allowing only 10.3 points per game, while the offense has produced 12 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Talk about explosive.
11. Michigan State Spartans - People forget that the Michigan State Spartans controlled the Oregon Ducks for pretty much three quarters before eventually caving in the last 15 minutes. The Spartans are still one of the more complete teams in the country with an elite defense and balanced offense.
12. UCLA Bruins - We’ll find out more about the UCLA Bruins sooner than later, but right now they’re one of the more talented teams from top to bottom and are led by NFL prospect Brett Hundley. Bruins still need a marquee win, though.
13. South Carolina Gamecocks - The South Carolina Gamecocks have bounced back nicely from their opening week loss to the Georgia Bulldogs and are starting to play like the team most thought they would see. Dylan Thompson has been on a tear the last few weeks.
14. Georgia Bulldogs - If the Georgia Bulldogs actually decided to give Todd Gurley the ball more than 20 times, they would have probably beaten South Carolina and remained undefeated. More Gurley, more wins for Georgia. We’ll see if the Bulldogs take that advice moving forward.
15. BYU Cougars - Taysom Hill should be in Heisman conversations, while the BYU defense has forced an average of two turnovers per game. For whatever reason it’s taking a little longer for the media to pick up on it, but the BYU Cougars are for real.
16. Arizona State Sun Devils - The Arizona State Sun Devils have a chance to make a statement on Thursday against UCLA. The combo of D.J. Foster and Taylor Kelly has made Arizona State one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the Pac-12.
17. LSU Tigers - Even with the loss to Mississippi State, the LSU Tigers are still loaded defensively and are averaging a solid four yards per carry on offense. LSU is still a squad you have to respect, especially now that its angry.
18. Nebraska Cornhuskers - We know all about Ameer Abdullah, but what about a Nebraska Cornhuskers defense that’s allowing less than 330 yards per game? Nebraska is slowly starting to prove itself as a Big Ten contender.
19. Wisconsin Badgers - The Wisconsin Badgers have the best rushing offense in the country that’s averaging 7.8 yards per game. Wisconsin would also be undefeated right now if it wasn’t for falling apart in the final 15 minutes against LSU.
20. Stanford Cardinal - Yes, the loss against USC hurt, but Stanford is still a great defensive team that’s allowing just 204.3 yards, which are the fewest in the country. Stanford will have plenty of chances to prove itself in the coming weeks.
21. Oklahoma State Cowboys - The only loss Oklahoma State has experienced was a nailbiter against Florida State. The Cowboys are still a threat to win the Big 12.
22. Duke Blue Devils - Say what you want about the Duke Blue Devils lack of competition, they’ve scored more than 30 points and allowed no more than 17 points in all four of their games this season. That’s consistency and is well deserved of a Top 25 ranking.
23. Ohio State Buckeyes - I wouldn’t be surprised if another loss is coming to Ohio State soon with the lack of consistent quarterback play from J.T. Barrett. But despite that one glaring issue, the Buckeyes are still one of the top teams in the country and can more than hold their own.
24. Kansas State Wildcats - Again, Kansas State should have beaten Auburn if it weren’t for silly turnovers and several missed field goals. While moral victories don’t mean much, the Wildcats are still a team that’s not going anywhere.
25. East Carolina Pirates - The East Carolina Pirates held their own against South Carolina, beat up Virginia Tech and waxed a decent North Carolina team. Shane Carden has to be one of the more underrated players in the country.