College Football Rankings Week 5: Utah Rising, Oregon Falling

College football rankings for Week 5 might not change that much. College football saw only one real upset during Week 5, but don’t tell the fans of the Utah Utes that they were the underdogs. On the road to play a very tough Oregon Ducks team, Utah ran away with the most impressive victory the school has had since joining the Pac-12.

No. 18 Utah beat No. 13 Oregon 62-20, destroying any real hopes that the Ducks had to make it back to the College Football Playoff this year. Oregon also drops to 2-2 on the season, putting the school at risk of dropping out of the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll for Week 5. As for Utah, the school has done enough to jump into (at least) the top 15 of each major poll.

The rest of the games on Week 5 of the college football schedule went according to how the oddsmakers predicted. That included unranked Michigan (3-1) beating No. 22 Brigham Young 31-0 at home. It’s not how the BYU Cougars wanted this week to go, but the Wolverines will now be ranked in Week 5. No. 9 UCLA crushed No. 16 Arizona 56-30 in the only other game that included two ranked schools. No. 1 Ohio State beat Western Michigan 38-12 and No. 2 Michigan State beat Central Michigan 30-10.

No. 20 Georgia Tech lost on the road to a tough Duke team, falling 34-20 to drop to 2-2 on the season. Georgia Tech, much like BYU, is very unlikely to be listed in the Week 5 college football rankings. Likewise No. 25 Missouri lost on the road to Kentucky, predicting that the writers and coaches are about to drop the team from the major polls.

The unranked California Golden Bears, led by quarterback Jared Goff, improved to 4-0 with a win over the Washington Huskies on Saturday, September 26. The victory should push California into the top 20, possibly even passing Oregon when the Week 5 polls are revealed. Florida also improved to 4-0 by beating Tennessee, likely getting the team enough recognition to be ranked now. Mississippi State also has the chance of reappearing in the polls after beating Auburn on the road.

While major upsets didn’t take place during Week 5 games, there could be a lot of movement at the bottom of the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll. Teams ranked 15th through 25th could shift quite a bit, with several schools primed to move into the polls and several others likely to get bounced out. The Week 5 college football rankings are going to reward the Utah Utes for a very impressive road win, while simultaneously punishing the Oregon Ducks for losing a second time this season.

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