Clemson up, Ohio St. down in college football Power Rankings after Week 5

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Power Rankings: Clemson rises after Week 5
Tuesday October 6th, 2015

As the number of remaining undefeated teams decreased in Week 5, it became increasingly apparent that the season simply lacks a dominant team. There doesn’t appear to be a 2013 Florida State-type squad who pummels everyone in its path.

Rankings are, by their nature, a relative thing. How does Team A compare to Team B and Team C and every other team in the country? So other than making it a little harder to determine a team’s relative strengths, it doesn’t really matter how historically good the best teams are. What’s important is they’re the best teams this year. And for 2015, that doesn’t mean that they’re flawless, just that they seem to have the smallest or most manageable flaws.

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1
1Utah Utes
last week: 1
record: 4–0
Next week: 
2
2Clemson Tigers
last week: 12
record: 4–0
Last week: Beat Notre Dame 24–22
Next week: Saturday vs. Georgia Tech
3
3Baylor Bears
last week: 6
record: 4–0
Last week: Beat Texas Tech 63–35
Next week: Saturday at Kansas
4
4Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 10
record: 4–0
Last week: Beat West Virginia 44–24
Next week: Saturday vs. Texas (in Dallas)
5
5LSU Tigers
last week: 12
record: 4–0
Last week: Beat Eastern Michigan 44–24
Next week: Saturday at South Carolina
 
6
6Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 14
record: 4–1
Last week: Beat Georgia 38–10
Next week: Saturday vs. Arkansas
7
7Texas A&M Aggies
last week: 15
record: 5–0
Last week: Beat Mississippi State 30-17
Next week: Bye week
8
8Florida Gators
last week: 20
record: 5–0
Last week: Beat Ole Miss 38-10
Next week: Saturday at Missouri
9
9Northwestern Wildcats
last week: 17
record: 5–0
Last week: Beat Minnesota 27-0
Next week: Saturday at Michigan
10
10TCU Horned Frogs
last week: 11
record: 5–0
Last week: Beat Texas 50-7
Next week: Saturday at Kansas State
 
11
11Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 3
record: 5–0
Last week: Beat Indiana 34-27
Next week: Saturday vs. Maryland
12
12Michigan State Spartans
last week: 4
record: 5–0
Last week: Beat Purdue 24-21
Next week: Saturday at Rutgers
13
13Ole Miss Rebels
last week: 5
record: 4–1
Last week: Lost to Florida 38-10
Next week: Saturday vs. New Mexico State
14
14Notre Dame Fighting Irish
last week: 7
record: 4–1
Last week: Lost to Clemson 24-22
Next week: Saturday vs. Navy
15
15Iowa Hawkeyes
last week: NR
record: 5–0
Last week: Beat Wisconsin 10-6
Next week: Saturday vs. Illinois
 
 
16
16California Golden Bears
last week: 25
record: 5–0
Last week: Beat Washington State 34-28
Next week: Saturday at Utah
17
17Florida State Seminoles
last week: 9
record: 4–0
Last week: Beat Wake Forest 24-16
Next week: Saturday vs. Miami
18
18Stanford Cardinal
last week: 18
record: 4–1
Last week: Beat Arizona 55-17
Next week: Bye week
19
19Michigan Wolverines
last week: 23
record: 4–1
Last week: Beat Maryland 28-0
Next week: Saturday vs. Northwestern
20
20Georgia Bulldogs
last week: 8
record: 4–1
Last week: Lost to Alabama 38-10
Next week: Saturday at Tennessee
 
21
21USC Trojans
last week: 19
record: 3–1
Last week: Bye week
Next week: Thursday vs. Washington
22
22UCLA Bruins
last week: 2
record: 4–1
Last week: Lost to Arizona State 38-23
Next week: Bye week
23
23Oklahoma State Cowboys
last week: 22
record: 5–0
Last week: Beat Kansas State 36-34
Next week: Saturday at West Virginia
24
24Houston Cougars
last week: NR
record: 4–0
Last week: Beat Tulsa 38-24
Next week: Thursday vs. SMU
25
25Boise State Broncos
last week: NR
record: 4–1
Last week: Beat Hawaii 55-0
Next week: Saturday at Colorado State

Dropped out: Wisconsin, West Virginia, Mississippi State
Next five:<> West Virginia, Toledo, Duke, Oregon, Wisconsin

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