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Alabama nabs No. 1 in college football Power Rankings after Week 5

Alabama grabs the top spot while UCLA makes a big jump in the post-Week 5 edition of college football Power Rankings.

Texas senior wide receiver John Harris hurled an ill-advised barb Monday straight at Art Briles and the Baylor Bears. “They’re still Baylor,” Harris said. “Just because they started playing better, that’s good for them. We’re still Texas.” Yes, this is bulletin board material, tried and true. At the heart of it, though, this says a lot about our own impressions toward name-brand teams, particularly those that struggle.

They’re still Baylor, the same Bears that won 29 games the past three seasons and started this year 4-0. Texas is still Texas, a team that hasn’t had a 10-win season since 2009. And out in Ann Arbor, Michigan is still Michigan. The Wolverines have won one of their last 10 meetings against Ohio State and appear headed towards their third head coach since Lloyd Carr coached his final game on New Year’s Day 2008.

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Coaches always say to play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back. But the name on the front can be deceiving. Definitions and reputations are fluid. Just because a word, a team or a name meant one thing in a certain era does not guarantee it will hold true in the next. Things can change in a year or a week -- or a game.

The power rankings this week have tried to address that. Teams that aren’t playing like top 25 teams don’t belong there based on their preseason rankings alone. That’s why there’s a new No. 1 once again and why so many teams have shuffled. As SI.com’s Andy Staples wrote in his Punt, Pass & Pork this week, “We may still have the wrong idea, but five weeks of data have provided a few hints.” I’ve tried to take those hints into consideration.

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1. Alabama Crimson Tide

PREVIOUS: 3

RECORD: 4-0

Next game: Saturday at Ole Miss

2. Oklahoma Sooners

PREVIOUS: 4

RECORD: 4-0

Last game: Beat West Virginia, 45-33 Next game: Saturday at TCU

3. Oregon Ducks

PREVIOUS: 2

RECORD: 4-0

Last game: Beat Washington State, 38-31 Next game: Thursday vs. Arizona

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4. Florida State Seminoles

PREVIOUS: 1

RECORD: 4-0

Last game: Beat North Carolina State, 56-41 Next game: Saturday vs. Wake Forest

5. Auburn Tigers

PREVIOUS: 5

RECORD: 4-0

Last game: Beat Louisiana Tech, 45-17 Next game: Saturday vs. LSU

6. Texas A&M Aggies

PREVIOUS: 7

RECORD: 5-0

Last game: Beat Arkansas, 35-28 (in overtime) Next game: Saturday at Mississippi State

7. UCLA Bruins

PREVIOUS: 16

RECORD: 4-0

Last game: Beat Arizona State, 62-27 Next game: Saturday vs. Utah

8. Michigan State Spartans

PREVIOUS: 11

RECORD: 3-1

Last game: Beat Wyoming, 56-14 Next game: Saturday vs. Nebraska

9. Baylor Bears

PREVIOUS: 6

RECORD: 4-0

Last game: Beat Iowa State, 49-28 Next game: Saturday at Texas

10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

PREVIOUS: 8

RECORD: 4-0

Last game: Beat Syracuse, 31-15 Next game: Saturday vs. Stanford

11. Stanford Cardinal

PREVIOUS: 10

RECORD: 3-1

Last game: Beat Washington, 20-13 Next game: Saturday at Notre Dame

12. Mississippi State Bulldogs

PREVIOUS: 12

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RECORD: 4-0

Last game: Beat LSU, 34-29 Next game: Saturday vs. Texas A&M

13. BYU Cougars

PREVIOUS: 15

RECORD: 4-0

Last game: Beat Virginia, 41-33 Next game: Friday vs. Utah State

14. Ole Miss Rebels

PREVIOUS: 9

RECORD: 4-0

Last game: Beat Memphis, 24-3 Next game: Saturday vs. Alabama

15. Georgia Bulldogs

PREVIOUS: 14

RECORD: 3-1

Last game: Beat Tennessee, 35-32 Next game: Saturday vs. Vanderbilt

16. Nebraska Cornhuskers

PREVIOUS: 21

RECORD: 5-0

Last game: Beat Illinois, 45-14 Next game: Saturday at Michigan State

17. East Carolina Pirates

PREVIOUS: 19

RECORD: 3-1

Last game: Beat North Carolina, 70-41 Next game: Saturday vs. SMU

18. LSU Tigers

PREVIOUS: 25

RECORD: 4-1

Last game: Beat New Mexico State, 63-7 Next game: Saturday at Auburn

19. Wisconsin Badgers

PREVIOUS: 18

RECORD: 3-1

Last game: Beat South Florida, 27-10 Next game: Saturday at Northwestern

20. USC Trojans

PREVIOUS: 20

RECORD: 3-1

Last game: Beat Oregon State, 35-10 Next game: Saturday vs. Arizona State

21. Ohio State Buckeyes

PREVIOUS: 22

RECORD: 3-1

Last game: Beat Cincinnati, 50-28 Next game: Saturday at Maryland

22. Kansas State Wildcats

PREVIOUS: 23

RECORD: 3-1

Last game: Beat UTEP, 58-28 Next game: Saturday vs. Texas Tech

23. Oklahoma State Cowboys

RECORD: 3-1

Last game: Beat Texas Tech, 45-35 Next game: Saturday vs. Iowa State

24. TCU Horned Frogs

RECORD: 3-0

Last game: Beat SMU, 56-0 Next game: Saturday vs. Oklahoma

25. Marshall Thundering Herd

RECORD: 4-0

Last game: Beat Akron, 48-17 Next game: Saturday at Old Dominion

Next five: Missouri, Arizona, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Arizona State