SQ College Football Power Rankings: Week 5

1. Ohio State

Previous SQ Rank: 1

Coaches Poll Rank: 1

"The Buckeyes haven’t faced a difficult opponent yet this season — and they won’t until they play Michigan State on Nov. 21 — but they’ve played decent enough through four weeks. Surprisingly enough, the thing that's been most questionable for OSU has been their quarterback play." - Ray Boone

2. Michigan State

Previous SQ Rank: 3

Coaches Poll Rank: 2

"Michigan State has played pretty well this season, and continues to impress. The defense has certainly felt the loss of Pat Narduzzi though, and has given up an average of 395.8 yards per game." - Sean Berger

3. Ole Miss

Previous SQ Rank: 4

Coaches Poll Rank: 5

"The Rebels are the team to beat in the SEC. Ole Miss’ offense has been rolling and will be difficult to stop. The Rebels are ranked eighth in total offense, averaging 54.8 points per game. Although they struggled against a bad Vanderbilt team, they should re-establish themselves against Florida in Week 5." - Ray Boone

4. TCU

Previous SQ Rank: 2

Coaches Poll Rank: 3

"The Horned Frogs defense MUST play better if TCU wants any shot at going undefeated in Big 12 play. If they gave up 607 yards to the Red Raiders’ offense, just imagine what will happen when Baylor comes to town." - Nate Wallace

5. Georgia

Previous SQ Rank: 6

Coaches Poll Rank: 6

"Georgia hasn’t played any truly challenging games to this point in the season, but they have played well. With Alabama coming to town this week, we will see if the Bulldogs are worthy of a top-5 ranking." - Nate Wallace

6. Baylor

Previous SQ Rank: 5

Coaches Poll Rank: 4

"Baylor’s offense is insane! They hung 70 on Rice last week in a game that featured 366 passing yards and 427 rushing yards. Three Bears’ running backs scored touchdowns and two of them rushed for more than 100 yards. Week 5’s game should be closer though, and could pose a real threat to their postseason aspirations. Baylor will face a Texas Tech squad that hung 52 points and almost completed the upset against No. 4 TCU last week." - Ray Boone

7. LSU

Previous SQ Rank: 8

Coaches Poll Rank: 8

"Leonard Fournette (244 yards, two touchdowns) was the only bright spot as Tigers struggled at Syracuse. Can LSU win the SEC with virtually no passing game?" - Alex Koslow

8. Notre Dame

Previous SQ Rank: 7

Coaches Poll Rank: 7

"C.J. Prosise (600 rushing yards, 8.11 yards per carry) and Will Fuller (454 reception yards, 20.64 yards per catch) continue to impress. UMass was as close as 21-20, but the Irish were too much for the Minutemen." - Alex Koslow


Previous SQ Rank: 9

Coaches Poll Rank: 10

"Freshman QB Josh Rosen bounced back nicely from his performance at BYU and had a nice game against Arizona (284 passing yards, two touchdowns). Right now UCLA looks to be the strongest team in the PAC-12, but Utah could change that." - Sean Berger

10. Utah

Previous SQ Rank: 18

Coaches Poll Rank: 12

"Utah dropped a lot of jaws last week when it completely bulldozed Oregon, 62-20. The Utes offense did a number on Oregon and put up 530 total yards, with QB Travis Wilson accounting for 327 of those alone." - Sean Berger

11. Florida State

Previous SQ Rank: 10

Coaches Poll Rank: 9

"Okay. That’s the word that best describes this Seminole team. They’re okay, not great. Their offense has not been close to resembling the high-powered squad that featured Heisman quarterback Jameis Winston, All-ACC receiver Rashad Green and All-ACC tight end Nick O’Leary." - Ray Boone

12. Alabama

Previous SQ Rank: 12

Coaches Poll Rank: 13

"The Crimson Tide didn’t hurt themselves by beating Louisiana-Monroe, but the game exposed the fact that Derrick Henry still isn’t getting the ball enough. Only 13 carries for one of the most talented running backs in the nation is not a good formula for moving up the rankings." - Nate Wallace

13. Clemson

Previous SQ Rank: 11

Coaches Poll Rank: 11

"Clemson has a great shot to propel itself into early playoff talks if they can beat Notre Dame this weekend. However, Deshaun Watson needs to play his best game and not make costly turnovers like he has in the past few weeks (three interceptions the past two games)." - Sean Berger

14. Oklahoma

Previous SQ Rank: 14

Coaches Poll Rank: 14

"Coming off an early bye week, it will be interesting to see how the Sooner defense plays against a West Virginia squad that has scored 40+ points in their first three games. At the moment, Oklahoma is ranked right outside the top 10, but a win against the Mountaineers could propel them up a few spots." - Nate Wallace

15. Texas A&M

Previous SQ Rank: 13

Coaches Poll Rank: 15

"Quarterback Kyle Allen is balling out for the Aggies. In Week 4 against Arkansas, the sophomore threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns. Allen has been a stud through four games, throwing for 952 yards, 11 TDs and only two interceptions. The Aggies are a force in the SEC West." - Ray Boone

16. USC

Previous SQ Rank: 16

Coaches Poll Rank: 16

"USC looks strong again in their 42-14 win vs Arizona State. Kessler’s 5 touchdowns don't hurt either." - Alex Koslow

17. Northwestern

Previous SQ Rank: 19

Coaches Poll Rank: 17

"Northwestern has just skated by, winning games with its defense. It'll be interesting to see if the Wildcats can keep winning as October has historically been a bad month for the team under Pat Fitzgerald — Northwestern is 9-16 in the month since 2008." - Sean Berger

18. Stanford

Previous SQ Rank: 23

Coaches Poll Rank: 20

"Stanford looks better and better each week, and has outscored opponents 114-59 since their loss to Northwester, proving it may have been a fluke." - Alex Koslow

19. Oklahoma State

Previous SQ Rank: 24

Coaches Poll Rank: 19

"Oklahoma State was very fortunate to get past Texas last week, but sometimes you need a little luck to be good. Jimmy Bean and Emmanuel Ogbah have done wonders for the Cowboys defensive front, combining for 14 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks so far." - Sean Berger

20. Wisconsin

Previous SQ Rank: 21

Coaches Poll Rank: 21

"Since losin g to Alabama in week 1, the Badgers have done nothing but dominate their opponents, allowing 3 combined points in their last three games. Wisconsin deserves a spot in the top 25 as they enter Big Ten play." - Nate Wallace

21. West Virginia

Previous SQ Rank: Not Ranked

Coaches Poll Rank: 21

"The Mountaineers have looked strong on offense and defense so far this year, holding Maryland to 6 points last week. West Virginia has a tough test on their hands this week however, as they travel to Norman to face the Sooners." - Nate Wallace

22. California

Previous SQ Rank: Not Ranked

Coaches Poll Rank: T-24

"Cal's offense is very good, and has produced at least 480 yards of total offense in all four games this season. The Golden Bears should have another outstanding output on offense this week as they play Washington State." - Sean Berger

23. Michigan

Previous SQ Rank: Not Ranked

Coaches Poll Rank: 26

"The Wolverines earned a spot in the top 25 this week with a convincing shutout win over BYU. Also, Michigan held the Cougars to 105 total yards and the cherry on top was a filthy catch by WR Amara Darboh." - Nate Wallace

24. Mississippi State

Previous SQ Rank: 25

Coaches Poll Rank: 22

"Beating Auburn 17-9 might have looked good at the start of the year, but isn't quite as impressive now. Strong play from Dak Prescott (270 passing yards, 70.7 completion percentage) is enough for the Bulldogs to stay in the rankings." - Alex Koslow

25. Florida

Previous SQ Rank: Not Ranked

Coaches Poll Rank: 23

"Jim McElwain sprinkled some magic on Florida's comeback win over Tennessee last week as the team was five for five on fourth down conversions. Will Grier's 63-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Callaway still has Tennessee fans crying. Florida gets its biggest test this week against Ole Miss, one of the best matchups to watch this week." - Sean Berger

Others Receiving Votes: Boise State

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