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We’re Going Polling: Week 5

October 5, 2012
  1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  2. Kansas St. Wildcats – We stay the same in the top two spots this week. Both teams had byes, but K-State still has arguably the best win of the season, as well as a thorough beat-down of Miami. Notre Dame’s beaten three good teams, as well as Navy. The Irish has only given up three touchdowns, tied for tops in the nation.
  3. Oregon St. Beavers – The Beavers aren’t necessarily flashy, even though they do rank fourth in passing yards. They don’t score too much, and they don’t have Alabama or Notre Dame’s defense. But what they do have is three high-quality wins, including two on the road, against BCS competition. All three teams they’ve beat have been ranked at some point this year.
  4. Florida Gators – It’s tough to win on the road in the SEC, but Florida’s done it twice in two hostile environments. The Gators started out slowly against UK, but ended up winning 38-0 and holding the Cats to 219 yards.
  5. Florida St. Seminoles – 2.5ish quality wins, including holding off a feisty USF team on the road last week.
  6. Georgia Bulldogs – Despite putting up impressive numbers the Dogs have been somewhat inconsistent on a quarter-to-quarter basis so far. But their offense is legit, and their defense should be only getting better.
  7. Texas Longhorns – I think I’m a little too high on Texas, but the Horns have won on the road the past two games against SEC and Big 12 teams.
  8. South Carolina – Trailed 17-7 at halftime against Kentucky, but ended up winning 38-17. The defense is monstrous – 12th in yards per game and sixth in points allowed – but they’ll need the offense to continue being efficient in their next three: versus Georgia, at LSU, at Florida.
  9. Ohio St. Buckeyes – They don’t have a great win, but they’ve beaten five FBS schools, including a MAC team, a Pac 12 team and Michigan St.
  10. Oregon Ducks – I feel like I have Oregon a bit too high, but it’s got back-to-back impressive wins.
  11. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs – Of course the Bulldogs aren’t ranked even though they’ve won three road games, two of which were against Illinois and Virginia. They’ve got the fifth best offense in the nation so far.
  12. Arizona St. Sun Devils – Another unranked team, even though it has three good wins and whose only loss (at Mizzou) is a “good” loss.
  13. LSU Tigers – That Washington demolition looks even better now that the Huskies beat Stanford. It hasn’t been pretty on offense this year, but when is it ever? The Tigers D is still one of the best in the country.
  14. West Virginia Mountaineers – Their defense isn’t as bad as it appears, and their offense is top-three in the country, in my opinion.
  15. Alabama Crimson Tide – I’m pretty sure Alabama could play FCS schools every week and they wouldn’t drop from the top spot in the official polls. Which is unfortunate, because once again the Tide isn’t playing anyone but getting away with is. Michigan’s lucky to be 2-2, and could easily be 1-3.
  16. Northwestern Wildcats – Four wins against BCS schools. We’ll see what they can do at Penn St. and at Minnesota in the next two weeks.
  17. Washington Huskies – Held Stanford to season-lows in yards and yards per play.
  18. Stanford Cardinal – Still have an impressive win over USC, and can’t fault them for losing on the road to a solid Washington team.
  19. Ohio Bobcats – That Penn St. win keeps looking better and better.
  20. UCLA Bruins – One impressive win, and only one loss, which qualified as a “good” loss.
  21. Rutgers Scarlet Knights – I don’t think anyone saw Rutgers being 4-0 to start out the season, especially after Greg Schiano’s departure.
  22. Clemson Tigers – A little over-ranked in the official polls, just due to being “Clemson.”
  23. USC Trojans – They’ve been mightily unimpressive so far this season.
  24. Michigan St. Spartans – Michigan St. – one quality win, two quality losses. Nebraska – No quality wins, almost lost to Wisconsin at home. Nebraska’s ranked even though it hasn’t played anyone besides UCLA.
  25. Boise St. Broncos – Almost blew it against New Mexico.
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