The SEC fares well in the AP Top 25 rankings for Week 5. Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Florida, and Texas A&M all remain in the hunt.

No. 3 Georgia overcame #10 Notre Dame, which fell 3 spots in the polls.

Oklahoma slipped one spot to #6 as Ohio State moved up to #5.

Utah and Michigan fell 9 spots in the Top 25 to #19 and #20, while UCF fell 7 spots to #22 and Texas A&M fell 6 spots to #23 following Saturday’s loss to #7 Auburn.

Wisconsin moved up 5 spots to #8.

Also on the rise: #11 Texas, #12 Penn State, #13 Oregon, #14 Iowa, #15 California, #16 Boise State, #17 Washington, and #18 Virginia. Dropped from the AP rankings are Washington State, Arizona State, and TCU.

Of course, The Kickoff offers our own Top 25 rankings based on our take. You can see that and a whole lot more in Issue 5.

Auburn has cracked our Top 10 at #7, while Texas improved from #15 last week to #9 for Week 5. Notre Dame tumbled from #9 last week to #17 this week, and TCU slipped from #12 to #25. Utah fell from #7 to #16. Ten of the teams in our Top 25 have one loss to show five games in.

Also in issue 5, we have a conference breakdown so far, news and notes, the Kickoff Thermostat, Division 1A FBS expanded standings, average margin of victory leaders, Kickoff times and television schedules for the week, opening over/under odds and our picks, opening consensus odds and our picks, our Power Ratings for this week’s games, and a lot more!

Our Games of the Week are #5 (#4) Ohio State at (#22) Nebraska, #18 (#21) Virginia at #10 (#17) Notre Dame, and #24 Kansas State at Oklahoma State. We are predicting Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Kansas State will all be winners this weekend.

Disappointments So Far

We’ve played enough football to have a pretty good sense of who teams are now. The front-runners remain fixed with Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Auburn, Wisconsin, and Florida all undefeated. Things are also looking up for USC and Wake Forest.

The website Sportsnaut points out that there are discipline problems for Nebraska that have led to outcomes like losing 11 turnovers, which ranks second-worst in college football, including four lost fumbles in Week 4 against Illinois.

Stanford is also a disappointment this season, now 1-3 on the season, with a rushing offense that ranks 109th in the nation.

The Texas defense is another letdown from expectations. LSU put up 471 yards and four touchdowns against them.

Saturday’s loss against Florida shows it’s going to be a long season for Tennessee fans.

Arkansas had a bit of a meltdown in Week 4 against San Jose State as the defense gave up over 500 yards.

We all knew South Carolina was going to lose to Alabama, but they could go 1-6 with a loss to Missouri and the teams coming up over the next week weeks.

Michigan’s performance against Iowa, Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Ohio State will undoubtedly seal Jim Harbaugh’s fate in Ann Arbor.

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