The Top Fan's Top 25 - Week Five
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1. LSU (5-0, 2-0) - Defeated Kentucky, 35-7 - Last week: 1 - The Tigers are ninth nationally in points against, at just 12.8 points per game. LSU now enters the meat of their schedule with Florida, Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama in the next four weeks. The game at Alabama to conclude that stretch is looking more and more like a national title play-in game. Next: Florida.
2. Alabama (5-0, 2-0) - Defeated Florida 38-10 - Last week: 2 - A close 10-10 game was broken open in the second quarter. Trent Richardson scored his tenth and eleventh touchdowns on the season in the win. He is averaging 6.5 yards per carry. The LSU defense is tough, but Bama's is too, ranking first nationwide in points per game. Next: Vanderbilt.
3. Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0) - Defeated Ball State 62-6 - Last week: 3 - QB Landry Jones threw for 425 yards and five touchdowns in this dismantling of Ball State. A crazy stat happened in this game as Sooner DB Tony Jefferson picked off passes on three straight drives. Yes, three interceptions on three straight drives. Next Texas.
4. Wisconsin (5-0, 1-0) - Defeated Nebraska, 48-17 - Last week: 5 - After a beat down of Nebraska, I have the Badgers jumping Boise State for now. The Broncos have a good win (Georgia), but I think the Badgers win over Nebraska is more impressive. UW is third nationally in points for (48.4) and second nationally in points against (10.2). Next: Indiana.
5. Boise State (4-0, 0-0) - Defeated Nevada, 30-10 - Last week: 4 - Kellen Moore is usually one of the best passers in the game. But he was off against Nevada (only 142 yards and two INTs, with two scores). So the Broncos used the rushing of Doug Martin to get it done (126 yards and two touchdowns). Next: at Fresno State.
6. Stanford (4-0, 2-0) - Defeated UCLA, 45-19 - Last week: 6 - Stanford steadily outscored the Bruins over four quarters, countering each Bruin score with two of their own. When the dust cleared, the Cardinal are 4-0 and looking at three games where they should be heavy favorites. A 7-0 start is on the way leading to a trip to USC at the end of this month. Next: Colorado.
7. Oregon (3-1, 1-0) - Defeated Arizona 56-31 - Last week: 9 - The Ducks have a whole heap of good teams - undefeated good teams - behind them. But since their only loss came in a good game to the best team in the country, LSU, I will let Oregon remain in front of a handful of these unbeaten teams. But I want to see them continue to light up the scoreboard to stay ahead. Next: California.
8. Oklahoma State (4-0, 1-0) - Open Date - Last week: 12 - Not playing a game this weekend saw the Cowboys jump four spots in my poll! But hey, Nebraska, VT, Florida and South Carolina all lost, opening the door for OSU to move up into the top 10. They are worthy to be here, having one of the top offenses in the land. Next: Kansas.
9. Texas (4-0, 1-0) - Defeated Iowa State, 37-14 - Last week: 13 - The Longhorns hit the road for the second straight week, and brought a W back to Austin for the second time this year. Sophomore Case McCoy and junior Garrett Gilbert had been splitting time, with UT having just 68 throwing attempts between them. McCoy has taken over fully in the last two games. Next: Oklahoma.
10. Clemson (5-0, 2-0) - Defeated Virginia Tech, 23-3 - Last week: 18 - Behind a new offensive scheme (QB Tajh Boyd has 1,459 yards and 14 scores already in 2011), Clemson is unbeaten and on a roll. But first year OC Chad Morris shouldn't get all of the credit. DC Kevin Steele has had a strong unit for three seasons now, and his shutdown of the VT offense led to this last victory. Next: Boston College.
11. Michigan (5-0, 1-0) - Defeated Minnesota, 58-0 - Last week: 16 - I know Minnesota is lowly, but this was just a massacre. To combine 58 points with a goose-egg means something must be going right! UM fans have to be elated to have a good squad to cheer for for the first time in a good while. QB Denard Robinson's stats so far: eight passing TDs, six rushing TDs, 1,398 combined yards. Next: at Northwestern.
12. Auburn (4-1, 2-0) - Defeated South Carolina, 16-13 - Last week: 14 - If it is a close, tight game, you can bet the ranch that Auburn will find a way to win. While USC fans will forever see this win as controversial, Auburn once again wins a close one, and is once again undefeated in SEC play (eleven straight SEC wins). The next three weekends are very tough. Next: at Arkansas.
13. Georgia Tech (5-0, 2-0) - Defeated NC State, 45-35 - Last week: 19 - The Yellow Jacket offense continues to roll, putting 45 more on the scoreboard Saturday in Raleigh. The nation's second best unit in the scoring department (first in rushing) bails out a defense that ranks 66th in points allowed. GT went up 21-0 on State before having to pour on 24 late to close the Pack out. Next: Maryland.
14. Arkansas (4-1, 0-1) - Defeated Texas A&M, 42-38 - Last week: 20 - If the Hogs can get by Auburn Saturday night at home, big things could await this team. The six games following would see them favored (in my opinion), setting up for a season finale at LSU. Playing in the toughest division in the game doesn't benefit Arkansas, who would have a good shot to win any other division in America. Next: Auburn.
15. West Virginia (4-1, 0-) - Defeated Bowling Green, 55-10 - Last week: 21 - Another team to make a huge leap this week due to so many teams losing is West Virginia. First-year head man Dana Holgorsen has the 'Neers with the sixth best passing attack in the land at 362.8 yards per game. The schedule from here out is set up for a long winning streak. Next: Connecticut.
16. Florida (4-1, 2-1) - Lost to Alabama, 38-10 - Last week: 10 - Here is where this week's losing teams begin to show back up. The Gators took one on the chin in the Swamp, allowing 28 straight points after an early 10-10 tie. I still think this team will have a good season, but clearly there is a long way to go to get back to national title contention. Things don't get easier anytime soon. Next: at LSU.
17. South Carolina (4-1, 2-1) - Lost to Auburn, 16-13 - Last week: 11 - A heartbreaking home loss to Auburn has USC still in position to win the East, but probably now out of contention for a long coveted national championship. To get back in that talk, the Gamecocks would have to win out, including beating the SEC West champion in the Georgia Dome. Next: Kentucky.
18. Nebraska (4-1, 0-1) - Lost to Wisconsin, 48-17 - Last week: 7 - I predicted the Huskers to lose in Madison, but I never expected this. It is back to the drawing board for the guys wearing Cornhusker red. QB Taylor Martinez was particularly disappointing in this game, throwing for just eleven completions and three interceptions. No scores. Next: Ohio State.
19. Illinois (5-0, 1-0) - Defeated Northwestern, 38-35 - Last week: 23 - It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win is a win. The Illini snuck past Northwestern by three to stay unbeaten. The schedule is much tougher in the second half of the season, so we will see how long they stay up here. Next: at Indiana.
20. Virginia Tech (4-1, 0-1) - Lost to Clemson, 23-3 - Last week: 8 - It was a cold, miserable night for Hokie fans in a loss to Clemson. The home team was only able to muster three points against a good, but not great, Clemson defense. QB Logan Thomas had a mediocre game, going 15 of 27 with no scores and an INT. Next: Miami.
21. Arizona State (4-1, 2-0) - Defeated Oregon State, 35-20 - Last week: 24 - Evenly balanced at 31st in the country in both points for and points against, ASU is looking to challenge for the Pac-10 crown. Stanford is off the schedule - which is good - but a trip to Oregon is on the horizon. The next game is tough, as well. Next: at Utah.
22. Kansas State (4-0, 1-0) - Defeated Baylor, 36-35 - Last week: unranked - The Wildcats are an unlikely team to be seen here in the top 25. But after beating Baylor to become the Big 12's sleeper team, here they are. At 4-0, and with a home date with Mizzou this weekend, it is exciting times for KSU! Next: Missouri.
23. Penn State (4-1, 1-0) - Defeated Indiana, 16-10 - Last week: unranked - Yes, I know they have a loss (heck, it was Alabama, 27-11), and I know their three wins are not all that impressive, but hey, we all love the Old Man, and I will rank him all I can while he is still able to coach. Besides, by the end of the year, I see PSU having 8-10 wins, anyway. Next: Iowa.
24. Michigan State (4-1, 1-0) - Defeated Ohio State, 10-7 - Last week: unranked - MSU is riding the defense, which is a national second best at 10.6 yards per game. Against Ohio State this past weekend, they gave up just 178 yards. Not bad at all.The Spartans have an open date to prepare for a battle with Michigan, October 15th. Next: Michigan.
25. Baylor (3-1, 0-1) - Lost to Kansas State, 36-35 - Last week: 15 - I am kind of surprised with myself for having Baylor ranked here with a loss - and the loss being Kansas State. But no other teams on the fringe of the top 25 are impressive enough to me to keep them from being in here. The Bears are better than normal, but I have yet to decide if they are good. Next: Iowa State.
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