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Game Changer Sports College Football Top 25- Week 5

Another week, another poll. We’re at the point in the season where teams are going to start dropping like flies. Only the strong will survive.

  1. Clemson (4-0)
  • Week 4: win vs. Charlotte 52-10
  • Week 4 ranking: 1
  • Breakdown: The road does not seem to be getting any tougher for the Tigers. There’s a couple games in November that may still be competitive after the first quarter but as long as the Tigers get off the bus, none of their next five opponents have much of a chance.
  • Week 5: @North Carolina, 9/28 3:30pm

2. LSU (4-0)

  • Week 4: win vs. Vanderbilt 66-38
  • Week 4 ranking: 2
  • Breakdown: As long as LSU keeps doing what they’re doing, this number two ranking is theirs. If theres any concern over the Tigers its ironically their secondary. But you would assume that true freshman Derrick Stingley, JR. will only get better with more experience. If they tighten up their defense combined with their lethal offense, this team can go wherever they want to go.
  • Week 5: bye

3. Alabama (4-0)

  • Week 4: win vs. Southern Mississippi 49-7
  • Week 4 ranking: 3
  • Breakdown: Bama fans may be wondering what they have to do in order to jump LSU as Tua Tagovailoa has thrown 17 touchdowns to 0 interceptions. The answer is that they need to do this against a real opponent. But don’t worry Tide fans. Alabama’s two meaningful games both come in November so they’ll get those opportunities to show their worth.
  • Week 5: vs. Ole Miss, 9/28 3:30pm

4. Georgia (4-0)

  • Week 4: win vs. Notre Dame 23-17
  • Week 4 ranking: 4
  • Breakdown: This game was a lot closer than many of the experts predicted but the Dawgs still got a huge non-conference win against a quality opponent. Their offense has been a bit lack luster overall but when the game mattered the most, they made plays. If Jake Fromm can keep being clutch, Zamir White and DeAndre Swift should be able to have success behind that monster offensive line.
  • Week 5: bye

5. Ohio State (4-0)

  • Week 4: win vs. Miami (OH) 76-5
  • Week 4 ranking: 5
  • Breakdown: Ohio State has scored more than 200 points through their first four games. But their biggest challenge awaits them Saturday night in Lincoln. The crowd will certainly be electric.
  • Week 5: @Nebraska, 9/28 7:30pm

6. Oklahoma (3-0)

  • Week 4: bye
  • Week 4 ranking: 6
  • Breakdown: Oklahoma was off last week after racing to a 3-0 record out of the gates. Their quest for another Big 12 championship begins on Saturday.
  • Week 5: vs. Texas Tech, 9/28 12:00pm

7. Auburn (4-0)

  • Week 4: win @Texas A&M 28-20
  • Week 4 ranking: 7
  • Breakdown: Auburn never relinquished control securing their first SEC win of 2019. It was also the first road game and win for Bo Nix. He’s not nearly as much of a threat through the air as he is with his legs. But Auburn has won a lot of games this decade without much of an aerial threat. Nix is still just a freshman.
  • Week 5: vs. Mississippi State, 9/28 7:00pm

8. Wisconsin (4-0)

  • Week 4: win vs. Michigan 35-14
  • Week 4 ranking: 11
  • Breakdown: Wisconsin is a lot like LSU. Year in and year out, they have a hard nosed defense but they lag behind with quarterback play. This year is different. Jack Coan has been great through their first four games and Quintez Cephus is a baller. They are good enough to win the Big 10 and make the playoffs.
  • Week 5: @Northwestern, 9/28 12:00pm

9. Florida (4-0)

  • Week 4: win vs. Tennessee 34-3
  • Week 4 ranking: 9
  • Breakdown: It seems like this team has rallied around Kyle Trask and are playing their best football of the season. Sure Tennessee is one of the most disappointing team in the country, but the Gators trashed them from the get-go.
  • Week 5: vs. Towson 9/28, 4:00pm

10. Texas (3-1)

  • Week 4: win vs. Oklahoma State 36-30
  • Week 4 ranking: 14
  • Breakdown: Texas escaped Oklahoma State to get their first win of the season. But this Cowboy team should not be slept on and will give K-State all they can handle this week. Texas will look to regroup this week during their bye as their Big 12 slate is about to go into full gear.
  • Week 5: bye

11. Notre Dame (2-1)

  • Week 4: loss @Georgia 17-23
  • Week 4 ranking: 10
  • Breakdown: I think Notre Dame impressed a lot of people. They showed up for the game against Georgia when most experts thought they would bow down. The Irish are a legitimately good team even if they are a bit of from the rest of the country. Just don’t screw around with Virginia this week.
  • Week 5: vs. Virginia 9/28 3:30pm

12. Penn State (3-0)

  • Week 4: bye
  • Week 4 ranking: 17
  • Breakdown: Last week I hammered Penn State for letting Pitt hang around in a game at home. But then all the Panthers did was end UCF’s winning streak. Is that the only reason Penn State is back where they were in week 3? Short answer: yes.
  • Week 5: @Maryland 9/27 8:00pm

13. Oregon (3-1)

  • Week 4: win @Stanford 21-6
  • Week 4 ranking: 15
  • Breakdown: Oregon is looking more and more like the team that played against Auburn in the first three quarters than the one that played them in the 4th. Justin Herbert has 10 touchdowns and 0 interceptions but their defense has been just as good. I know Stanford is beat up, but winning that decisively on the farm is never a cake walk.
  • Week 5: bye

14 Iowa (3-0)

  • Week 4: bye
  • Week 4 ranking: 16
  • Breakdown: The Hawkeyes defense appears to be the strength of the team through three weeks surrendering an average of just under 12 points a game. If the trend continues, this should bode well for Iowa’s next two huge Big 10 games against Michigan and Penn State.
  • Week 5: vs. Middle Tennessee State, 9/28 12:00pm

15. Boise State (4-0)

  • Week 4: win vs. Air Force 30-19
  • Week 4 ranking: 21
  • Breakdown: Here’s where the rankings get a little bit tricky and could see some real turnover in the weeks to come. Boise State’s win over Air Force should not be slept on. Prior to that game, the Broncos had surrendered over 100 yards a game on the ground and that’s all Air Force was trying to do. To only allow 19 puts keeps the Broncos in line for a potential New Years Six birth.
  • Week 5: bye

`16. Kansas State (3-0)

  • Week 4: bye
  • Week 4 ranking: 22
  • Breakdown: K-State was off last week and are the beneficiaries of teams ahead of them losing. Are they for real? A win against Mississippi State helps answer that question a little bit, but a win in Stillwater against OK State could make it even more obvious.
  • Week 5: @Oklahoma St 9/28 7:00pm

17. Cal (4-0)

  • Week 4: win @Mississippi 28-20
  • Week 4 ranking: N/A
  • Breakdown: The team that many experts think has the best defense got a boost last Sunday when Washington hung 45 on BYU two weeks after they scored just 19 against the Bears. Cal has Arizona State this week before a showdown with Oregon with a potential Pac 12 North title on the line.
  • Week 5: vs. Arizona St 9/27 10:30pm

18. Washington (3-1)

  • Breakdown: speaking of Washington, the Huskies offense look like the Cal game never happened. They’ve scored 97 points and some are throwing QB Jacob Eason’s name around as a potential 1st overall pick in the draft. The defense hasn’t been too shabby either.
  • Week 5: vs. USC 9/28 3:30pm

19. Utah (3-1)

  • Week 4: loss @USC 23-30
  • Week 4 ranking: 8
  • Breakdown: The third Pac 12 team in a row, suffered a disappointing loss to USC and in the process relinquished control of the Pac 12 south. The Utes have to figure out their offense or they aren’t going anywhere. QB Tyler Huntley looks limited through the air. His running ability is a threat but if teams can get away with playing defense by selling out to stop the run, Utah is not going anywhere close to reaching their goals.
  • Week 5: vs. Washington State 9/28 10:00pm

20. UCF (3-1)

  • Week 4: loss @Pittsburgh 35-34
  • Week 4 ranking: 12
  • Breakdown: A one point loss to Pitt should not take away from anything UCF has accomplished over the last three years. I know that this poll is about the 2019 addition of the team, but this game should add a bigger chip on their shoulder than the one that already existed. Their offense is still high flying and unless a non-power 5 runs the table, they could still see themselves back in a New Years Six bowl.
  • Week 5: vs. Connecticut 9/28 7:00pm

21. Wake Forest (4-0)

  • Week 4: win vs. Elon 49-7
  • Week 4 ranking: 22
  • Breakdown: A win over Elon is not going to get people too fired up over Wake but a win extends their record to 4-0 as they begin ACC play against a team they’ve had a decent rivalry with over the years, Boston College. QB Jamie Newman threw five scores in the win.
  • Week 5: @Boston College, 9/28 3:30pm

22. Virginia (4-0)

  • Week 4: win vs. Old Dominion 28-17
  • Week 4 ranking: 23
  • Breakdown: How good are the Cavaliers? Old Dominion hung around for most of the game but the Cavs certainly didn’t let the game slip away. They’ll get a chance to prove it with a trip to South Bend.
  • Week 5: @Notre Dame, 9/28 3:30pm

23. Michigan State (3-1)

  • Week 4: win vs. Northwestern 31-10
  • Week 4 ranking: N/A
  • Breakdown: Sparty’s last two games may be a microcosm of their season. If they can actually score some points, they will roll right over teams like was the case against Northwestern. If the offense is stagnant, they’ll lose to Arizona State at home. The defense, specifically the run defense, is as good as any in the country which will keep them in nearly any game they play. But if Brian Lewerke and Co. can’t score any points, they’ll lose some of those close games.
  • Week 5: vs. Indiana, 9/28 3:30pm

24. USC (3-1)

  • Week 4: win vs. Utah 30-23
  • Week 4 ranking: N/A
  • Breakdown: Their week 4 win kind of felt like a game Utah was going to steal the whole time. Credit to the Trojans for not letting that happen. Matt Fink played well enough to win as the 3rd USC QB to start this season. At least for now, it looks like the Trojans are playing with a sense of urgency trying to save head coach Clay Helton’s job.
  • Week 5: @Washington, 9/28 3:30

25. Michigan (3-1)

  • Week 4: loss @Wisconsin 14-35
  • Week 4 ranking: 13
  • Breakdown: As Charles Woodson said after the game, Michigan was an embarrassment against Wisconsin. Really, they’ve been an embarrassment all season. Their offense has been a train wreck and they’ve gotten next to nothing from Shea Patterson depite it being his second year under supposed QB whisperer Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh’s days in Michigan look to be numbered.
  • Week 5: vs. Rutgers, 9/28 12:00pm

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