NCAAF Power Rankings: Week 5

By Jesse Schule - Covers Expert

Oklahoma busts into the top three this week, fueled by a monster performance from freshman Samaje Perine Saturday. Michigan State enters the top ten and East Carolina cracks the top 25 after putting up 70 points against the Tar Heels.

NCAAF Power Rankings

Current Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 4-0-0
(1-3-0)
-25 Oregon
Marcus Mariota completed 21-of-25 pass attempts for 329 yards and five TDs in a win on the road over WSU this week.
2 2 same 4-0-0
(1-3-0)
-24.5 Alabama
Blake Sims silenced his critics with a monster game against SEC rivals Florida (445 passing yard, five TDs).
3 6 up 3 4-0-0
(3-1-0)
-24 Oklahoma
The Sooners did not miss RB Keith Ford in West Virginia, freshman Samaje Perine ran for 242 yards and four TDs in a 45-33 victory.
4 4 same 3-0-0
(2-1-0)
-23.5 Auburn
The Tigers escaped with a hard fought win on the road versus Kansas State on Thursday, but the schedule only gets more challenging.
5 5 same 4-0-0
(3-1-0)
-22 Texas A&M
The Aggies rank second in the nation in scoring, averaging over 55 points per game.
6 3 down 3 3-0-0
(0-3-0)
-21.5 Florida State
The Seminoles were very fortunate to have escaped with an overtime win over Clemson, but the behavior of QB Jameis Winston appears to be a problem that just isn't going away.
7 7 same 3-0-0
(3-0-0)
-20 Baylor
The Bears have suffered injuries to their starting QB and two of their top receivers, but that hasn't stopped them from leading the nation in scoring averaging 59 points per game.
8 12 up 4 2-1-0
(2-1-0)
-19.5 Michigan State
The Spartans are coming off a 73-14 victory over Eastern Michigan, and they host Wyoming this week.
9 9 same 3-0-0
(3-0-0)
-19 Mississippi
After just three games, Rebels QB Bo Wallace has already thrown for over 1000 yards and nine TDs.
10 11 up 1 3-0-0
(2-1-0)
-18.5 Notre Dame
The Irish had the week off, and they will play Syracuse at Met Life Stadium on Saturday.
11 15 up 4 3-1-0
(1-3-0)
-18 South Carolina
After a terrible start, the Gamecocks have won three in a row, and sit first in the SEC East.
12 10 down 2 2-1-0
(2-1-0)
-17.5 Georgia
The Bulldogs bounced back from a loss to South Carolina, with a 66-0 win over Troy.
13 29 up 16 4-0-0
(3-1-0)
-17 Mississippi State
The Bulldogs shocked the Tigers at Baton Rouge this week, and they are now off to a 4-0 start to the season.
14 13 down 1 2-1-0
(2-1-0)
-16 Stanford
The Cardinal own the top defense in the nation, having allowed a total of 13 points in three games. All of those points came against USC in a 13-10 loss.
15 14 down 1 3-0-0
(0-3-0)
-15.5 UCLA
The Bruins have a tough road game this week, facing undefeated Arizona State.
16 8 down 8 3-1-0
(3-1-0)
-15 Louisiana State
The Tigers will need to put a home loss to Mississippi State behind them, as four of their final eight games come against ranked opponents.
17 16 down 1 3-0-0
(1-2-0)
-14.5 Arizona State
RB D.J. Foster is putting up big numbers for the Sun Devils, with over 500 yards and 5 TDs so far.
18 24 up 6 4-0-0
(2-2-0)
-14 Brigham Young
The Cougars are 4-0 with an impressive win at Texas, and they have people asking if an independent can get serious consideration for a playoff spot.
19 23 up 4 2-1-0
(1-2-0)
-13.5 Wisconsin
The Badgers lead the nation, averaging 360 yards rushing per game.
20 19 down 1 2-1-0
(2-1-0)
-13 Southern California
The Trojans slipped way down in the rankings after a loss at Boston College.
21 17 down 4 2-1-0
(1-2-0)
-12.5 Kansas State
The Wildcats came up short at home against the Tigers, but holding Auburn to just 20 points was quite impressive.
22 22 same 2-1-0
(2-1-0)
-12 Ohio State
J.T. Barrett picked apart Kent State, throwing for over 300 yards and 6 TDs.
23 87 up 64 3-1-0
(4-0-0)
-11.5 East Carolina
The Pirates are 3-1 with impressive wins over the Tar Heels and Hokies.
24 20 down 4 4-0-0
(3-1-0)
-11 Nebraska
The Cornhuskers can move to 5-0 with a win over Illinois this week, but it gets a whole lot tougher on the road at East Lansing a week later.
25 25 same 2-1-0
(2-1-0)
-10.5 Oklahoma State
The Cowboys host Texas Tech this week, looking to move to 3-1.
26 26 same 4-0-0
(3-1-0)
-9.75 Marshall
27 18 down 9 3-1-0
(2-2-0)
-9.5 Missouri
28 27 down 1 2-1-0
(1-2-0)
-9 Florida
29 28 down 1 3-1-0
(3-1-0)
-8.75 Louisville
30 21 down 9 1-2-0
(2-1-0)
-8.5 Clemson
31 45 up 14 4-0-0
(2-1-1)
-8.25 Duke
32 31 down 1 1-2-0
(2-1-0)
-8 Texas
33 32 down 1 3-1-0
(1-3-0)
-7.7 Iowa
34 33 down 1 4-0-0
(3-1-0)
-7.5 Penn State
35 34 down 1 4-0-0
(1-3-0)
-7.4 Washington
36 35 down 1 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
-7.2 Michigan
37 36 down 1 2-1-0
(1-2-0)
-7 Tennessee
38 37 down 1 2-0-0
(1-1-0)
-6.9 Cincinnati
39 38 down 1 1-2-0
(1-2-0)
-6.7 Central Florida
40 39 down 1 4-0-0
(1-3-0)
-6.5 Arizona
41 68 up 27 2-1-0
(3-0-0)
-6.3 California
42 41 down 1 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
-6 Miami
43 42 down 1 2-1-0
(0-3-0)
-5.5 Texas Tech
44 43 down 1 1-2-0
(2-1-0)
-5.5 Texas-San Antonio
45 44 down 1 1-2-0
(1-2-0)
-5.3 Western Kentucky
46 30 down 16 2-0-0
(2-0-0)
-5 Texas Christian
47 46 down 1 3-1-0
(3-1-0)
-4.7 Boise State
48 47 down 1 4-0-0
(2-2-0)
-4.5 Georgia Tech
49 48 down 1 3-1-0
(3-1-0)
-4.2 Northern Illinois
50 49 down 1 3-0-0
(1-2-0)
-4 Oregon State
51 55 up 4 2-1-0
(3-0-0)
-3.9 Texas El Paso
52 40 down 12 3-1-0
(2-2-0)
-3.75 Minnesota
53 54 up 1 3-1-0
(3-1-0)
-3.6 Boston College
54 51 down 3 3-1-0
(2-2-0)
-3.358925 Pittsburgh
55 52 down 3 2-1-0
(2-1-0)
-3.3 Alabama-Birmingham
56 53 down 3 2-1-0
(3-0-0)
-3.2 Kentucky
57 50 down 7 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
-3.01663 Virginia Tech
58 61 up 3 3-0-0
(3-0-0)
-2.824 Utah
59 65 up 6 3-1-0
(3-1-0)
-2.652183 Rutgers
60 57 down 3 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
-2.34134 Navy
61 62 up 1 2-1-0
(2-1-0)
-2.03074 Temple
62 63 up 1 2-1-0
(1-2-0)
-2.017646 UL Monroe
63 70 up 7 1-2-0
(2-1-0)
-1.94649 Iowa State
64 64 same 2-1-0
(1-2-0)
-1.891847 Syracuse
65 67 up 2 4-0-0
(2-2-0)
-1.827188 North Carolina State
66 60 down 6 3-1-0
(1-3-0)
-1.8008 Illinois
67 66 down 1 2-1-0
(2-1-0)
-1.643903 Nevada
68 59 down 9 1-2-0
(0-3-0)
-1.622344 Northwestern
69 58 down 11 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
-1.4995 Central Michigan
70 77 up 7 2-2-0
(4-0-0)
-0.9835208 Virginia
71 73 up 2 3-1-0
(2-2-0)
-0.885625 Maryland
72 105 up 33 3-1-0
(3-1-0)
-0.7743854 Arkansas
73 56 down 17 1-3-0
(1-3-0)
-0.6733229 UL Lafayette
74 71 down 3 2-1-0
(2-1-0)
-0.6160104 Colorado State
75 69 down 6 3-1-0
(2-2-0)
-0.4627708 Wyoming
76 76 same 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
-0.3676667 Purdue
77 81 up 4 2-2-0
(4-0-0)
-0.3566007 Georgia Southern
78 85 up 7 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
-0.1871354 West Virginia
79 89 up 10 2-1-0
(3-0-0)
-0.09846528 Memphis
80 80 same 2-1-0
(1-2-0)
-0.03874306 Indiana
81 79 down 2 2-1-0
(1-2-0)
0.0570625 Air Force
82 72 down 10 1-2-0
(1-2-0)
0.1106125 South Alabama
83 74 down 9 2-1-0
(0-3-0)
0.1395417 North Carolina
84 75 down 9 1-2-0
(1-2-0)
0.2911563 Army
85 78 down 7 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
0.4469844 New Mexico State
86 82 down 4 1-3-0
(2-2-0)
0.52025 Ball State
87 92 up 5 3-1-0
(2-2-0)
0.5425677 Old Dominion
88 101 up 13 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
0.5723333 Louisiana Tech
89 86 down 3 1-2-0
(2-1-0)
0.688625 Texas State
90 84 down 6 1-2-0
(2-1-0)
0.7281666 San Diego State
91 93 up 2 2-1-0
(1-2-0)
0.8576111 Kansas
92 90 down 2 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
0.9018623 Middle Tennessee
93 98 up 5 2-1-0
(2-1-0)
0.9582188 Western Michigan
94 95 up 1 1-3-0
(3-1-0)
1.065469 Hawaii
95 83 down 12 1-3-0
(3-1-0)
1.085562 Florida International
96 88 down 8 1-3-0
(2-2-0)
1.097635 Georgia State
97 91 down 6 0-3-0
(1-2-0)
1.10899 Idaho
98 100 up 2 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
1.293758 Wake Forest
99 96 down 3 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
1.296906 South Florida
100 97 down 3 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
1.466861 Ohio
101 102 up 1 1-3-0
(2-2-0)
1.595188 Washington State
102 103 up 1 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
1.685542 Arkansas State
103 106 up 3 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
1.694016 North Texas
104 94 down 10 1-2-0
(1-2-0)
1.7621 Tulsa
105 111 up 6 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
1.817333 Houston
106 99 down 7 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
1.850521 Buffalo
107 107 same 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
1.869839 Colorado
108 104 down 4 1-2-0
(1-2-0)
2.128167 Akron
109 112 up 3 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
2.597135 Toledo
110 109 down 1 0-4-0
(3-1-0)
2.655864 Miami (Ohio)
111 108 down 3 1-3-0
(1-3-0)
2.715833 Tulane
112 114 up 2 1-3-0
(0-4-0)
3.183187 Connecticut
113 110 down 3 0-3-0
(0-3-0)
3.185646 Kent State
114 115 up 1 1-2-0
(0-3-0)
3.202188 New Mexico
115 113 down 2 0-4-0
(2-2-0)
3.248729 Massachusetts
116 118 up 2 2-2-0
(0-4-0)
3.281073 Utah State
117 117 same 1-2-0
(1-2-0)
3.868 San Jose State
118 116 down 2 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
3.964802 Bowling Green
119 120 up 1 1-2-0
(1-2-0)
4.0415 Appalachian State
120 119 down 1 0-3-0
(1-2-0)
4.190198 Rice
121 124 up 3 1-3-0
(1-3-0)
5.313573 Vanderbilt
122 123 up 1 1-3-0
(0-4-0)
5.360823 UNLV
123 121 down 2 0-4-0
(1-3-0)
5.62324 Troy
124 125 up 1 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
5.69445 Southern Mississippi
125 122 down 3 1-3-0
(1-3-0)
5.900156 Eastern Michigan
126 126 same 1-3-0
(1-3-0)
6.705479 Fresno State
127 128 up 1 1-3-0
(3-1-0)
6.73479 Florida Atlantic
128 127 down 1 0-3-0
(0-3-0)
7.421354 Southern Methodist