The first weekend of October in college football is over, and the year of “basketball school” continues.

The Kansas Jayhawks, Syracuse Orange, and UCLA Bruins started the season 5-0—as we all predicted—and hit the strength rankings this week. Meanwhile, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Florida State are falling out of the rankings after losses in the fifth week.

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Yes, basketball schools have entered the ranks of college football, but the blue blood of this sport still holds power. Georgia survived a close encounter in Missouri, Alabama rolled out against Arkansas, and Ohio State ran past Rutgers as the top three remained undefeated this year. Clemson might just be the team to make it into the true top four this season after beating North Carolina State in the top 10 game.

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In the week five list, two top 10 teams lost and last week’s four teams dropped out of the rankings, so there’s a lot of movement to keep track of.

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Here is the power rating for this week.


1. Georgia Bulldogs (5-0)

For the second week in a row, Georgia weren’t at the top of their game and fell behind for most of Saturday before rallying in the fourth quarter for a 26-22 road win over Missouri. The Dawgs (5-0) were also off the hook in a 39-22 win over Kent State in Week 4. Against a determined Missouri team, Georgia had to overcome a 16-3 deficit in the second quarter and a 22-12 deficit. from 14:09 until the end of the game. Quarterback Stetson Bennett passed for 312 yards but threw 43 times. There were also two more turnovers in Georgia. That’s five in the last two weeks. — Chris Low

Next: vs. Auburn (Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, CBS)


2. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0)

By itself, the victory over Arkansas was a key, albeit ugly. See: many drops from Crimson Tide receivers and a clumsy punt in a 49-26 victory. But surviving on the road against a ranked team in the SEC is never a bad thing. It was almost a disaster that quarterback Bryce Young injured his shoulder and spent eternity in the medical tent and then in the locker room. Alabama’s championship hopes flashed before his eyes until Young returned to the touchline among his teammates in the second half. His shoulder will be scrutinized next week, but Saturday’s biggest win was that Young again didn’t show up with a sling. — Alex Scarborough

Next: vs. Texas A&M (Saturday 8 pm ET CBS)


3. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0)

Running back Mian Williams set the Ohio state record for fastest touchdown in a single game by defeating Rutgers 49–10. Williams had five rushing touchdowns and 189 yards on 21 carries to match Keith Byars, who had five in 1984, and Pete Johnson, who did so in 1974. in a dominant victory to remain undefeated. — Tom Van Haaren

Next: in Michigan (Saturday, 4:00 pm ET, ABC/Sportzshala App)


4. Clemson Tigers (5-0)

The Tigers continued their double-overtime thriller over Wake Forest with a dominant 30–20 win over North Carolina State that put them in control of the Atlantic Division for the first month of the season. DJ Uiagalelei threw for 209 yards and landed while rushing for 73 yards and two more, continuing to improve with every game he went through. But in this case, the story was a defense that paid off after a shaky play against the Demon Deacons, holding the Wolf Pack for 279 yards and forcing two passes. — Andrea Adelson

Next: at Boston College (Saturday, 7:30 pm ET, ABC/Sportzshala App)


5. Michigan Wolverines (5-0)

The Wolverines escaped the trap at Kinnick Stadium and beat Iowa on the road, 27-14. Michigan scored in the first hit, running 16 yards from wide receiver Ronnie Bell. After rushing for 234 yards against Maryland, running back Blake Corum had 133 yards and a touchdown in that game for the Wolverines. The Michigan defense kept Iowa scoreless until the fourth quarter, when the Hawks were able to score two touchdowns. Despite those two goals, Michigan prevailed and remain undefeated this season. — VanHaaren

Next: in Indiana (Saturday, noon ET, Fox)


6. USC Trojans (5-0)

What seemed precariously close at halftime for Southern California against a much weaker Arizona State team turned into an expected 5-0 win, surpassing last year’s four-win total. Caleb Williams threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns, adding 44 yards and scoring on the ground. Meanwhile, the Trojans’ defense continued to struggle to stop the run, allowing a total of over 200 offensive yards in the first half before flexing and holding ASU to only eight points in the second half. A last-minute interception by Cullen Bullock sealed the result and kept a defensive streak with at least one loss in every game this season. — Paolo Uggetti

Next: v. Washington State (Saturday, 7:30 pm ET TBD)


7. Tennessee Volunteers (4-0)

The farewell week has been a great one for Tennessee, who pulled off a 38-33 blowout victory over Florida a week ago but is also dealing with some key injuries. Top wide receiver Cedric Tillman missed the Florida game due to minor ankle surgery. The Vols hope he gets a chance to return to LSU play. Also, quarterback Hendon Hooker fell hard on his right shoulder against Florida, but finished the game with 349 passing yards and 112 rushing yards. Freshman running back Dylan Sampson is also set to return to LSU after missing a game in Florida. The Bulls are averaging 48.5 points per game and have gained over 415 yards on offense in all four games this season. — Short

Next: at LSU (Saturday, noon ET, Sportzshala/Sportzshala App)


8. Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-0)

The Cowboys weren’t about to let Baylor’s game depend on the final game or short-yard situation this year, scoring on all five of his trips to the red zone at McLain Stadium. Quarterback Spencer Sanders tied coach Mike Gandy for second on the team’s all-time pass list with 28, adding a team-record 75 yards and points in the process. However, Oklahoma State’s special teams were the standout as Jayden Nixon opened the second half with a 98-yard touchdown return and Tanner Brown converted two short field goals. The Cowboys’ defense locked in a safety and only allowed three points to win in the first half. — Adam Rittenberg

Next: vs. Texas Tech (Saturday 3:30 pm ET TBD)


9. Ole Miss Rebels (5-0)

Lane Kiffin had his share of explosive attacks, but Ole Miss’s defense was the difference Saturday in a 22-19 home win over Kentucky, the Rebels’ first victory over a top 10 opponent since 2016, when they beat the then No. 1. 8 Texas A&M 29-28. Ole Miss forced the transfer of Kentucky’s last two possessions, the last of which came when defenseman Jared Ivey hit Kentucky quarterback Will Lewis as he was about to throw and caused a fumble that was recovered by Thavius ​​Robinson. The Wildcats moved to the Rebels’ 8-yard line in the last minute as the Rebels got back on their feet. — Short

Next: in Vanderbilt (Saturday, 4:00 pm ET, SEC Network/Sportzshala App)


10. Penn State Nittany Lions (5-0)

Penn State’s defense stepped up again, helping the offense overcome five losses in bad weather to beat the Northwestern 17-7. The Nittany Lions defense forced three passes in the first half, which turned into 14 runs on offense while the Northwestern had 78 yards per half. His offense totaled 220 yards as three players (Nicholas Singleton, Kytron Allen and Keivon Lee) threw at least 40 yards each. Quarterback Sean Clifford’s (140 passing yards) chemistry with junior tight end Brenton Strange continued to flourish as the duo linked up for a touchdown for the second week in a row. Penn State starts 5-0 for the second year in a row. — Blake Baumgartner

Next: GOODBYE


11. Oregon Ducks (4-1)

The Ducks’ 45–27 rout at Stanford was largely the result of their running game. A lot of it was intentional, and there was more when quarterback Bo Nicks took off and ran (six carries, 141 yards). The Ducks finished with 341 yards, running as a team for just 34 carries with four touchdowns, and no one had more than 11 carries (Noah Whittington). This game could probably get out of hand, but Oregon shut it down at halftime with a 31-3 lead. — Kyle Bonagura

Next: Arizona (Saturday 8:00 PM ET TBD)


12. Kentucky Wildcats (4-1)

On Saturday, the Wildcats brought back star running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. and he added momentum to their running game. But it was their poor pass defense and two poor fourth-quarter fumbles from quarterback Will Lewis that saw them lose 22–19 on the road to Ole Miss. The Wildcats also had a last-minute touchdown pass voided for a false start penalty. in his first loss of the season. Lewis was fired three more times, including an intentional penalty for landing in the end zone, leading to a Kentucky save. This season, he has already been fired 19 times. — Short

Next: v. South Carolina (Saturday, 7:30 pm ET, SEC Network/Sportzshala App)


13. Utah Yutes (4-1)

A week after Oregon State put USC on the wire, the Utes dominated the Beavers from start to finish in a 42–16 victory. It was the type of performance that confirmed why the Utes were preseason favorites in the Pac-12. Utah’s QB Cam Rising completed 19 of 25 passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions, adding 73 rushing yards and another tally on seven carries. In fact, the Jutes lost to the Beavers (417 to 361), but this was mainly the result of four interceptions by the Jutes. — Kyle Bonagura

Next: at UCLA (Saturday 3:30 pm ET TBD)


14. Awakening of the Forest Demon Deacons (4-1)

After losing the heartthrob to Clemson a week ago, many wondered how Wake Forest would react on the road against Florida State. Having lost 7-0 before, the Demon Deacons have shown why they are the veteran team they are – dominating up front at…