NCAAF Power Rankings: Week 5

By Jesse Schule - Covers Expert

What's the old saying among sports bettors? Good teams win and great teams cover. That's exactly what Ohio State has done, covering in tough matchups and against heavy chalk alike. That's exactly why the Buckeyes remain at No. 1 in our latest college football Power Rankings. Where does your favorite program rank?

ncf Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 3-0-0
(3-0-0)
-25 Ohio State
The Buckeyes didn't just win on the road at Oklahoma, they completely out-classed a team that came into the season as the favorite to win the BIG12. Ohio State has out-scored opponents 170-37 in three games.
2 2 same 4-0-0
(3-1-0)
-24.5 Alabama
The Crimson Tide are getting it done on offense, ranking ninth nationally averaging 46.5 points per game so far. Their defense has been equally impressive, and they pitched a shutout in a 48-0 win over Kent State last Saturday.
3 3 same 4-0-0
(2-2-0)
-24 Clemson
The Tigers defense held Georgia Tech to a minuscule 124 total yards in a 26-7 win in Atlanta last Thursday, but they'll face an even bigger challenge against Lamar Jackson and Louisville this week.
4 4 same 4-0-0
(3-0-1)
-23.5 Louisville
The Cardinals have raised plenty of eyebrows during a 4-0 start, but we'll find out what this team is made of this Saturday when they play at Clemson.
5 5 same 4-0-0
(3-1-0)
-22 Michigan
The Wolverines have impressed during a 4-0 start, but this week's home game against Wisconsin will be their first test against a ranked opponent. They lost two of three versus ranked teams last season.
6 7 up 1 3-0-0
(3-0-0)
-21.5 Stanford
Ryan Burns engineered an impressive game winning drive at UCLA, with the go-ahead score coming with 24 seconds remaining on the clock. Stanford will have another tough opponent this Friday, playing the Huskies in Seattle.
7 8 up 1 4-0-0
(4-0-0)
-20 Texas A&M
The Aggies were backed up on their own goal line in a tie game early in the second half at home versus Arkansas on Saturday. A goal line stand that forced a turnover on downs completely shifted momentum, and Texas A&M dominated play for the remainder of the game.
8 6 down 2 4-0-0
(3-1-0)
-19.5 Houston
The Cougars will get a chance to avenge their only loss in 2015 when they host Connecticut Thursday. They aren't expected to have as much trouble with the Huskies this time around, coming in as a four-touchdown favorite.
9 9 same 4-0-0
(2-2-0)
-19 Washington
The Huskies have taken advantage of a soft schedule, and last week at Arizona they needed overtime to slip past the Wildcats.
10 10 same 4-0-0
(3-1-0)
-18.5 Wisconsin
The Badgers are a double-digit underdog on the road at Michigan this week, and the Badgers have won three of their last four versus their BIG10 rivals.
11 13 up 2 4-0-0
(2-2-0)
-18 Tennessee
The Vols got a huge monkey off their back when they came from behind to beat the Gators on Saturday, ending their long losing streak against Florida.
12 14 up 2 3-1-0
(2-1-0)
-17.5 Florida State
The Seminoles were thoroughly embarrassed in a 63-20 loss to Louisville, but they bounced back beating South Florida 55-35. Dalvin Cook ran for 267 yards and a pair of TDs in the victory.
13 15 up 2 4-0-0
(1-3-0)
-17 Baylor
The Bears are coming off a double-digit home win over BIG12 rivals Oklahoma State, and they sit at the top of the conference standings with a 4-0 record.
14 24 up 10 4-0-0
(3-0-1)
-16.5 Nebraska
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. is having a standout season so far, throwing for 931 yards with eight TDs and just one INT, while running for 281 yards and four TDs in four games.
15 18 up 3 3-0-0
(3-0-0)
-16 Miami
The Canes will face their toughest test to date when they play Georgia Tech in Atlanta this week.
16 11 down 5 2-1-0
(1-2-0)
-15.5 Michigan State
The Spartans head out on the road this week, playing at Indiana. They need to bounce back from a shocking 30-6 home loss to Wisconsin.
17 20 up 3 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
-15 Mississippi
The Rebels have blown big leads twice already this season, but they finally put together a solid 60 minutes in a home win over Georgia.
18 22 up 4 4-0-0
(2-2-0)
-14.5 Utah
Utah looks to avoid a let down on the road at Cal this week, coming off a come-from-behind home win over USC.
19 29 up 10 3-1-0
(1-3-0)
-14 Texas Christian
The Horned Frogs will have their hands full, hosting a desperate Oklahoma team this week. The bookmakers have them listed as an underdog to the 1-2 Sooners.
20 16 down 4 3-1-0
(1-3-0)
-13.5 Florida
The Gators blew a 21-3 halftime lead on the road at Tennessee on Saturday, but they should be able to get back on track this week versus Vanderbilt.
21 21 same 2-1-0
(2-1-0)
-13 Texas
The Longhorns will be an underdog at Oklahoma State this week, and we expect this game to be an old fashioned shootout.
22 12 down 10 3-1-0
(1-3-0)
-12.5 Georgia
The Bulldogs had no answer for Chad Kelly last week, and it doesn't get any easier this Saturday as they host the Tennessee Volunteers.
23 23 same 3-0-0
(1-2-0)
-12 Boise State
The Broncos are considered the most likely team to run the table this season, as they will be a significant favorite in all their remaining games.
24 17 down 7 3-1-0
(2-2-0)
-11.5 Arkansas
The Razorbacks took a beating at College Station last Saturday, and after minnows Alcorn State this week, they host Alabama the following Saturday.
25 25 same 4-0-0
(3-1-0)
-11 Arizona State
The Sun Devils scored 31 points in the fourth quarter to come back to beat Cal. As good as they look on offense, they appear to have some big problems on defense.
26 26 same 1-2-0
(0-3-0)
-9.75 Oklahoma
27 27 same 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
-9.5 Oklahoma State
28 28 same 3-1-0
(2-2-0)
-9 North Carolina
29 19 down 10 2-2-0
(0-4-0)
-8.75 Louisiana State
30 30 same 3-0-0
(1-1-1)
-8.5 San Diego State
31 31 same 3-1-0
(3-1-0)
-8.25 South Florida
32 32 same 2-2-0
(0-4-0)
-8 UCLA
33 33 same 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
-7.7 Auburn
34 34 same 3-1-0
(1-3-0)
-7.5 Iowa
35 35 same 1-3-0
(1-3-0)
-7.4 Notre Dame
36 36 same 1-3-0
(1-3-0)
-7.2 Southern California
37 37 same 2-2-0
(0-3-1)
-7 Oregon
38 75 up 37 3-1-0
(2-2-0)
-6.9 Virginia Tech
39 78 up 39 3-0-0
(1-2-0)
-6.7 Minnesota
40 40 same 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
-6.5 Western Kentucky
41 41 same 3-0-0
(1-2-0)
-6.3 West Virginia
42 42 same 3-0-0
(2-0-1)
-6 Navy
43 44 up 1 2-1-0
(2-1-0)
-5.5 Texas Tech
44 43 down 1 3-1-0
(2-1-1)
-5.4 Southern Mississippi
45 45 same 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
-5.3 Appalachian State
46 46 same 2-1-0
(1-2-0)
-5 Kansas State
47 47 same 3-1-0
(4-0-0)
-4.7 Colorado
48 48 same 3-0-0
(2-1-0)
-4.5 Memphis
49 49 same 3-1-0
(3-1-0)
-4.2 Central Michigan
50 50 same 3-1-0
(3-1-0)
-4 Army
51 39 down 12 1-3-0
(4-0-0)
-3.9 Brigham Young
52 38 down 14 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
-3.8 Pittsburgh
53 51 down 2 2-1-0
(1-2-0)
-3.8 Indiana
54 52 down 2 3-0-0
(3-0-0)
-3.130806 Toledo
55 57 up 2 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
-3.087805 California
56 74 up 18 4-0-0
(2-2-0)
-3.025349 Wake Forest
57 53 down 4 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
-2.553756 Mississippi State
58 60 up 2 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
-2.084637 Missouri
59 62 up 3 3-1-0
(3-1-0)
-2.035165 Troy
60 72 up 12 4-0-0
(4-0-0)
-1.989905 Western Michigan
61 56 down 5 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
-1.948458 Arizona
62 55 down 7 1-3-0
(1-3-0)
-1.920854 Northwestern
63 58 down 5 3-1-0
(4-0-0)
-1.756739 Ball State
64 54 down 10 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
-1.580263 Duke
65 65 same 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
-1.56669 Ohio
66 64 down 2 3-0-0
(2-1-0)
-1.501434 Air Force
67 67 same 1-2-0
(2-1-0)
-1.486255 Washington State
68 59 down 9 3-1-0
(1-3-0)
-1.416276 Georgia Southern
69 66 down 3 3-0-0
(1-2-0)
-1.118984 Maryland
70 69 down 1 3-1-0
(1-1-1)
-1.04459 Georgia Tech
71 63 down 8 3-1-0
(2-2-0)
-0.7283838 Tulsa
72 76 up 4 2-1-0
(2-1-0)
-0.5516094 North Carolina State
73 73 same 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
-0.5408372 Vanderbilt
74 68 down 6 3-1-0
(1-3-0)
-0.5117835 Cincinnati
75 70 down 5 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
-0.4372656 Penn State
76 61 down 15 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
-0.1520885 Syracuse
77 77 same 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
0.2606782 Wyoming
78 81 up 3 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
0.2634664 South Carolina
79 82 up 3 2-2-0
(0-3-1)
0.3048854 Connecticut
80 87 up 7 2-2-0
(2-1-1)
0.3583553 Tulane
81 91 up 10 3-1-0
(2-2-0)
0.385901 Middle Tennessee
82 83 up 1 1-2-0
(1-2-0)
0.397026 New Mexico
83 98 up 15 1-3-0
(2-1-1)
0.4268565 Virginia
84 71 down 13 0-4-0
(0-4-0)
0.4593125 Northern Illinois
85 92 up 7 1-2-0
(1-2-0)
0.4734297 Buffalo
86 97 up 11 2-1-0
(1-2-0)
0.5685521 Purdue
87 99 up 12 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
0.5710742 Temple
88 79 down 9 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
0.6147813 East Carolina
89 84 down 5 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
0.6328437 Akron
90 85 down 5 1-3-0
(2-2-0)
0.6346028 Louisiana Tech
91 86 down 5 1-2-0
(2-1-0)
0.6590742 Oregon State
92 95 up 3 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
0.7218281 Nevada
93 113 up 20 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
0.7327799 Colorado State
94 90 down 4 1-3-0
(1-3-0)
0.7993906 Texas-San Antonio
95 96 up 1 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
0.8085951 South Alabama
96 88 down 8 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
0.928944 Southern Methodist
97 93 down 4 2-2-0
(1-2-1)
0.946543 Boston College
98 112 up 14 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
1.043199 Central Florida
99 101 up 2 3-1-0
(3-1-0)
1.079271 Eastern Michigan
100 110 up 10 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
1.126816 Kentucky
101 80 down 21 1-2-0
(1-2-0)
1.176987 Texas State
102 102 same 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
1.289912 Utah State
103 115 up 12 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
1.351707 Rutgers
104 94 down 10 1-2-0
(1-1-1)
1.386604 Marshall
105 105 same 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
1.460396 North Texas
106 107 up 1 0-4-0
(3-1-0)
1.543151 Miami (Ohio)
107 114 up 7 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
1.563803 UL Lafayette
108 111 up 3 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
1.574927 Old Dominion
109 108 down 1 1-3-0
(3-1-0)
1.5889 Massachusetts
110 104 down 6 1-3-0
(2-2-0)
1.614151 UNLV
111 118 up 7 1-3-0
(2-2-0)
1.655589 Iowa State
112 89 down 23 1-3-0
(1-3-0)
1.690373 Texas El Paso
113 106 down 7 1-2-0
(1-2-0)
1.749854 Kansas
114 109 down 5 1-2-0
(1-2-0)
1.757557 Illinois
115 116 up 1 1-2-0
(3-0-0)
1.791115 UL Monroe
116 100 down 16 1-3-0
(2-2-0)
1.840021 Kent State
117 117 same 0-3-0
(1-2-0)
2.014378 Georgia State
118 103 down 15 1-3-0
(2-2-0)
2.089359 New Mexico State
119 122 up 3 1-3-0
(1-2-0)
2.734988 Fresno State
120 119 down 1 1-3-0
(0-3-0)
2.747163 San Jose State
121 121 same 1-3-0
(0-4-0)
2.814333 Florida Atlantic
122 123 up 1 0-4-0
(0-4-0)
2.828098 Arkansas State
123 120 down 3 0-4-0
(0-4-0)
2.899228 Florida International
124 125 up 1 0-4-0
(1-3-0)
3.071774 Rice
125 124 down 1 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
3.180542 Idaho
126 126 same 1-3-0
(1-3-0)
3.646016 Charlotte
127 128 up 1 1-3-0
(2-1-0)
4.16325 Hawaii
128 127 down 1 1-3-0
(0-4-0)
4.923694 Bowling Green

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.