2012 College Football Rankings: Week 5 FanIQ Power Rankings

FanIQ Power Rankings: Week 5

9/23/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

FanIQ College Football Power Rankings: Week 5

1. Alabama Crimson Tide: 4-0 (no change)Blog Photo - 2012 College Football Rankings: Week 5 FanIQ Power Rankings

FAU defensive end Cory Henry said that Bama "ain't what people think" and "can be beat, too." That was before the Tide won 40-7.

2. Oregon Ducks: 4-0 (previously No. 4)

The Ducks' defense answered the test by shutting out an Arizona offensive unit that had put up 139 points (46.3 ppg) the previous three games.

3. LSU Tigers: 4-0 (previously No. 3)

A late fourth quarter field goal helped LSU avoid a colossal upset as it won on the road in Auburn, 12-10.

4. Florida State Seminoles: 4-0 (previously No. 7)

Thanks to the best performance of E.J. Manuel's career — and a little help from Oklahoma — the Noles move up three spots in the rankings and are well on their way to an ACC title.

5. West Virginia Mountaineers: 3-0 (previously No. 3)

Dana Holgorsen would have likely to put up a few more points on a subpar Maryland squad, but the Geno Smith and Tavon Austin show sufficed enough for a win.

6. Georgia Bulldogs: 4-0 (previously No. 8)

Jarvis Jones is back and the Dawgs' defense looks stronger than ever.

7. South Carolina Gamecocks: 4-0 (previously No. 9)

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Connor Shaw threw 20 straight completions against Missouri and the Gamecocks' offense has a very dangerous, balanced attack.

8. Kansas State Wildcats: 4-0 (previously No. 11)

Collin Klein is a legitimate Heisman contender, as are the Wildcats for the Big 12.

9. USC Trojans: 3-1 (previously No. 10)

The Trojans bounced back from last week's loss with a great defensive outing against a potent Cal offense.

10. Texas Longhorns: 3-0 (previously No. 12)

Texas' defensive unit will be put to the test this week as it faces a high-powered Oklahoma State offense.

11. Clemson Tigers: 3-1 (previously No. 5)

Tajh Boyd and Co. could only do so much as they watched Florida State rip apart their secondary.

12. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 4-0 (previously No. 15)

I'll consider Notre Dame a top-10 team when it can consistently put points up in the red zone. Until then, the Irish are still on the outside looking in.

13. Ohio State Buckeyes: 4-0 (no change)

Ohio State's performance against UAB was forgettable, but it got the win and now will travel to East Lansing for the real deal.Blog Photo - 2012 College Football Rankings: Week 5 FanIQ Power Rankings

14. Stanford Cardinal: 4-0 (no change)

Hopefully there's no drop-off in performance after USC, or the Cardinal will be hurting in Washington.

15. Florida Gators: 4-0 (previously No. 16)

A 38-0 win is pretty much expected over a team like Kentucky. Still, the Gators are looking impressive.

16. TCU Horned Frogs: 3-0 (previously No. 17)

The red zone inefficiency still isn't there, but TCU has been dominant to start the season and the defense is first in the nation in points allowed (4.3 ppg).

17. Oklahoma Sooners: 3-1 (previously No. 6)

Down goes Landry Jones' draft stock and his hopes of making a national championship appearance.

18. Louisville Cardinals: 4-0 (previously No. 19)

That's the second straight close call against a not-so-great opponent, and the Cardinals are being challenged by Rutgers as the best team in the Big East.

19. Nebraska Cornhuskers: 3-1 (previously No. 25)

Rex Burkhead's return helped the Huskers score 45 points in the first half against Idaho State, en route to a 73-7 blowout win.

20. Rutgers Scarlet Knights: 4-0 (previously unranked)Blog Photo - 2012 College Football Rankings: Week 5 FanIQ Power Rankings

Coming out of nowhere are the Scarlet Knights, who are coming off an extremely impressive victory over Arkansas on the road.

21. Ohio Bobcats: 4-0 (previously No. 22)

Even without injured starting quarterback Tyler Tettleton, the Bobcats put up 44 points in a win over FCS Norfolk State.

22. Oregon State Beavers: 2-0 (previously unranked)

Two wins over suspect ranked opponents have the Beavers inside the top 25 for the first time in almost two years.

23. Michigan State Spartans: 3-1 (no change)

The passing game is anemic and needs major improvement and fast.

24. Mississippi State Bulldogs: 4-0 (previously unranked)

I'm a little weary of putting MSU in the top 25 due to the low quality of its wins, but the Bulldogs deserve it nonetheless having put together a 4-0 record for the first time since 1999.

25. Boise State Broncos: 3-1 (previously unranked)

Never in my life would I have thought the Boise State offense would go through an entire game without scoring an offense touchdown (and win for that matter).

Other receiving votes (in order): Baylor, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Northwestern, Michigan, UCLA, Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, Purdue, BYU
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