Ohio State hung on to their top ranking by a single point, though they no longer received the most Top 25 votes. The Buckeyes continue to not look impressive against inferior teams, though to be fair Indiana has not looked bad so far this season. TCU, whose defense has looked awful all season, finally brought a defensive performance that reminded us that this is a Gary Patterson-coached team. One more week like that and it is unlikely that the Buckeyes stay in our top spot. Michigan State slipped three spots to #5, but the gap between Utah, Baylor, and Michigan State at 3-5 is razor-thin. They will shift week-to-week as these teams continue to jostle.
LWOS College Football Week 5 Top 25
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Just Missed out: Memphis
Dropped out: West Virginia (20), Wisconsin (25)
The SEC leads our rankings with six teams in our Top 25, though the highest-ranked SEC team is Alabama at #7. Florida was our biggest mover this week, jumping nine sots to #13 after their dismantling of Ole Miss. The SEC is poised well to push teams into the Top 5 eventually, but right now they are sitting right outside as their contenders pick up losses while Utah and the top two from each of the Big Ten and Big XII keep the top spots bottled up as they stay undefeated.
The Pac 12 and Big Ten are right behind the SEC with five ranked teams each, as Iowa moved in to the rankings to replace the Wisconsin Badgers, who the Hawkeyes just beat. The Big XII has four teams in the rankings, with TCU and Baylor leading the way and both Oklahoma schools in the rankings. The ACC placed three teams in the rankings as Duke climbed into the #25 spot. Independent Notre Dame and Boise State from the Mountain West make up the end of our conference roundup.