CFN 2013 Rankings
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2013 Week 5 Rankings, No. 26-125
1. Alabama 4-0
Last Week: W, Ole Miss, 25-0
Why The Tide Should Be No. 1: The circumstances and the opponents change, but the Tide just keeps winning. After shutting out previously unbeaten Ole Miss, ‘Bama has now knocked off two ranked teams, and another, Virginia Tech, on the lip of the Top 25 cup.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: There are holes on this team, a few more, in fact, than recent Nick Saban teams. The offense, in particular, continues to be spotty, struggling to put up points for the third time this year.
2. Oregon 4-0
Last Week: W, Cal, 55-16
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Another opponent, another blowout win. The Ducks opened their Pac-12 campaign with a rout of the Golden Bears, aided by special teams wiz Bralon Addison, making it four straight routs by at least 39 points.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Oregon was unusually sloppy Saturday night, fumbling the ball six times, committing nine penalties and only converting 4-of-14 third downs. The Ducks’ best win is probably over Tennessee, which nearly fell at home to South Alabama this past weekend.
3. Clemson 4-0
Last Week: W, Wake Forest, 56-7
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers maintained their focus against a second-rate opponent, never getting challenged by the Demon Deacons. The more Georgia keeps winning and climbing the ladder, the better Clemson's opening day defeat of the Bulldogs becomes.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: There are still question marks surrounding the Clemson D that might not be answered until the Florida State game on Oct. 19. In their only game with a quality offense, the Tigers got dinged for 545 yards by the Bulldogs.
4. Georgia 3-1
Last Week: W, LSU, 44-41
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Even with a loss, the Bulldogs may have had the best first month of any FBS school. They've defeated two top 10 teams, South Carolina and LSU, and that lone defeat was by three points at undefeated Clemson.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The defense remains a worry, and could be that way all year. Georgia is yielding more than 30 points a game, and while stingy against the run on Saturday, it had few answers for Zach Mettenberger and the talented Tiger receivers.
5. LSU 4-1
Last Week: L, Georgia, 44-41
Why The Ranking Should be Higher: The Tigers went between the hedges and game Georgia all it could handle. Les Miles' best offense in years in Baton Rouge is averaging more than 40 points per game, burning the Dawgs for 372 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: LSU is exciting, yet like a year ago, still incomplete. The defense was non-existent in Athens, and the running game produced just 77 yards on 36 carries. This is a very good team, but one that's also flawed in a number of areas.
6. Florida State 4-0
Last Week: W, Boston College, 48-34
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: After starting slowly and trailing on the road in the second quarter, the Seminoles regrouped behind the heroics of QB Jameis Winston to outclass BC. In a year when points will be needed to win a national championship, FSU is norming more than 50 a game.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Florida State's toughest opponent so far has been Pitt, so the height of their ceiling remains to be seen. An average Boston College offense exposed the 'Nole defense, rushing for 200 yards and throwing four touchdown passes.
7. Texas A&M 4-1
Last Week: W, Arkansas, 45-33
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Aggies’ only loss of the year came against top-ranked Alabama by a touchdown. The offense was humming in Fayetteville Saturday, balancing out 262 rushing yards with 261 yards through the air.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The leaky D will continue to leave A&M vulnerable against just about everyone remaining on the schedule. Beating Arkansas, which fell to Rutgers a week ago, was the win of the year so far, but the Hogs were in the game from wire-to-wire.
8. UCLA 3-0
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Bruins have handled all three opponents by at least 20 points, including Nebraska in Lincoln in the signature moment so far for the program. The Brett Hundley-led offense is balanced and potent, averaging more than 50 points a game.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Scaling new heights will require UCLA to be as sharp in Pac-12 play as it was against non-conference competition. Hey, beating the Huskers was terrific, but Nebraska is a highly flawed team that nearly fell to Wyoming in the opener.
9. Ohio State 5-0
Last Week: W, Wisconsin, 31-24
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Buckeyes solidified their spot as the top team in the Big Ten by handling Wisconsin in Saturday night’s showdown. The return of QB Braxton Miller, who threw four touchdown passes, was another promising sign for a school that’s won 17 straight games.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Ohio State may be top-shelf by the Big Ten measuring stick, how does that translate to other leagues? The Buckeyes would lack the overall talent to even finish in the top 2 of, say, the SEC, Pac-12 or possibly the ACC.
10. Stanford 4-0
Last Week: W, Washington State, 55-17
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: In what could have been a tricky trip to Seattle, the Cardinal annihilated the same Wazzu team that defeated USC earlier in the year. Stanford is beginning to get more from QB Kevin Hogan and the passing game, adding balance to the power running game.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Stanford had the luxury of a relatively easy September schedule, only facing one opponent, Arizona State, worthy of Top 25 consideration. The Cardinal’s opportunity for upward mobility arrives with upcoming games with Washington, UCLA and Oregon over the next month.
11. Oklahoma 4-0
Last Week: W, Notre Dame, 35-21
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Sooners bucked history and avenged last year's loss, defeating Notre Dame for just the second time ever. Oklahoma got contributions from all over the roster in South Bend, rushing for 212 yards, passing for 232 more and picking off three passes.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Oklahoma outclassed a slow and overrated Irish team in Week 5, but will it have enough in the passing game and in run defense to keep pace with the higher scoring teams in the Big 12? Good start, but this Sooner team still has a lot to prove this fall.
12. Washington 4-0
Last Week: W, Arizona, 31-13
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Huskies have won all four games by double-digits, including Saturday’s Pac-12 opener with Arizona. The defense ranks No. 4 nationally in scoring, helping make U-Dub one of the more complete teams in the Pac-12.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: None of Washington’s first four victims will grace the Top 25 this season. If the Huskies want to aim higher, and crack the top 10, they’ll need to win at least two of the next three games with Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State.
13. South Carolina 3-1
Last Week: W, South Carolina, 28-25
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Their quarterback with his arm in a sling, and their backs against the wall on the road, the Gamecocks got out of Orlando with a gut-check win. South Carolina showed a ton of heart by winning the final two quarters behind the running of Mike Davis.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: South Carolina continues to have issues in pass defense, which has been evident in the last three games. The Gamecocks have yet to beat a ranked team, and darn near lost to an unranked one on Saturday.
14. Ole Miss 3-1
Last Week: L, Alabama, 25-0
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Rebels own road wins over Vanderbilt and Texas, and their lone loss came against the nation’s No. 1 team … in Tuscaloosa. Ole Miss has a high ceiling, especially since it plays six consecutive home games after this week’s trip to Auburn.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: After talking a good game all week, Ole Miss got taken down a peg by ‘Bama, failing to score a point. As nice as the Commodore and Longhorn victories were, neither of those two opponents have been at the top of their games in 2013.
15. Louisville 4-0
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cardinals are taking care of business with authority, pounding their first four opponents by a combined score of 192-27. Louisville boasts one of the game’s best players, QB Teddy Bridgewater, and a defense that’s improving with each week.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Cards haven’t faced a team that’d be ranked in the top 50, let alone the Top 25. When afforded an opportunity to make a statement against rival Kentucky two weeks ago, they slogged to an unimpressive 27-13 victory.
16. Wisconsin 3-2
Last Week: L, Ohio State, 31-24
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Yeah, the Badgers have lost twice, but both were to ranked opponents, Arizona State and Ohio State, outside of Madison. The Wisconsin ground game will grind opponents to a pulp, especially as attrition hits defenses during the second-half of the year.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Two losses are two losses, indications that the Badgers have a hard cap to their 2013 ceiling. The pass defense had issues against the Sun Devils and the Buckeyes, allowing four touchdown passes this past Saturday night.
17. Miami 4-0
Last Week: W, South Florida, 49-21
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The 'Canes continue to surge and build confidence following a demolition of South Florida. Miami has taken a break the last two weekends, but the Week 2 victory over Florida still stands as a signature moment.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Yeah, the defeat of the Gators was great, but Miami remains a little hard to figure out at this point. Such is the case after three of a team's first four opponents comprise of Florida Atlantic, Savannah State and South Florida.
18. Florida 3-1
Last Week: W, Kentucky, 24-7
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gator defense is sensational, allowing just over 200 yards per game. Florida’s only loss of the year came on the road against a Miami team that is steadily climbing in the rankings.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The offense is woeful, and likely to stay that way throughout the 2013 campaign. The Gators rarely impress in their victories, and their best win of the season so far came against a middling visitor from Tennessee.
19. Baylor 3-0
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: In three outings, the Bears have done little wrong, outscoring their opponents by a staggering margin of 209-23. The offense is a machine, but the defense has been a pleasant surprise, lending hope that this could be the best Baylor team in decades.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Baylor is Louisville, with gaudier numbers. The Bears are rolling, but what can seriously be gleaned from an opening slate that boasts Louisiana-Monroe as its thorniest obstacle? Baylor won’t face a ranked team for at least another month.
20. Arizona State 3-1
Last Week: W, USC, 62-41
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Sun Devils rebounded swimmingly from last week’s loss to No. 10 Stanford, lighting up a very good Trojan defense for 612 yards. Arizona State has also defeated Wisconsin, widely considered to be the next best thing to Ohio State in the Big Ten.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: ASU was thoroughly outclassed by the Cardinal two weeks ago in an outcome worse than the 42-28 final score indicated. The Sun Devils also should have lost to Wisconsin in Week 2, an outcome aided by poor officiating. What’s happened to the D in Tempe?
21. Missouri 4-0
Last Week: W, Arkansas State, 41-19
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Mizzou continues to surge behind the improved play of QB James Franklin. The Tigers have disposed of all four of its opponents by at least 15 points, and rank No. 8 nationally in total offense.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Tigers remain a gigantic black and gold mystery as September ends. Their most impressive victory came over Indiana, which has already lost to Navy. Check back after Missouri gets into the heart of its SEC schedule.
22. Northwestern 4-0
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Wildcats have won all four of their games by at least two touchdowns, scoring no fewer than 35 points in the process. They’ve remained unbeaten despite being without All-Big Ten RB Venric Mark, who’s been injured since the opener.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Just how good is Northwestern, which failed to impress in its last game against Maine? Next week’s visit from Ohio State will answer plenty of questions. The Wildcats’ best win so far was over Syracuse, whose best win came against Tulane.
23. Michigan 4-0
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Quality teams find a way to survive, even when they’re not at their best. The outcome has hung in the balance in the second-half of the last three Wolverines’ games, yet they’ve won each to remain unbeaten.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Struggling with Notre Dame? Okay. Akron and Connecticut, though, serve as warning signs that Michigan may be living a lie. The Wolverines are having O-line and turnover issues, helping put an asterisk next to that 4-0 start.
24. Notre Dame 3-2
Last Week: L, Oklahoma, 35-21
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: While the Irish has fallen to two teams, Michigan and Oklahoma, both of those opponents are currently ranked. Notre Dame also owns a victory over a pretty good Michigan State squad that leads the nation in total defense.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Notre Dame is an incomplete team that hasn’t played a complete game all season. Tommy Rees threw three picks in Saturday’s home loss to the Sooners, and the Wolverine loss gets worse after the maize and blue struggled against Akron and UConn.
25. Fresno State 4-0
Last Week: W, Hawaii, 42-37
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Bulldogs own two quality wins already, beating Boise State and the same Rutgers team that handled Arkansas a week ago. With Derek Carr dishing the ball around, Fresno State probably won’t be held below 40 points this year.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Fresno State continues to live dangerously, winning three of its first four games by no more than five points. The latest against a weak Hawaii team further exposed gaping holes in the Bulldog secondary.
2013 Week 5 Rankings, No. 26-125