J3C College Football Top 25 (after week five)

College football reached roughly the end of the first quarter for the 2014 season with more near misses than upsets.

Florida State, Texas A&M and Georgia all had to rally to get their wins on Saturday.  Of those, FSU  had trouble with the worst opponent of the lot, Tennessee somehow managed to get another moral victory on the road while Arkansas seemed the most legit challenge of the trio.  And yet all three came up short … Penn State did stumble at home against Northwestern while South Carolina proved the doubts of the Ol’ Ball Coach correct by losing to Missouri, who had lost to Indiana who lost to Bowling Green who lost to Western Kentucky who had to Middle Tennessee who lost to Minnesota who beat the blue stuffing out of Michigan in the Big House.  Does that mean the Gophers would be a contender in the SEC East?  … Losses by Duke, Pitt, and North Carolina mean it’s likely that none are what we thought they might be earlier in the season … Arizona State fell to UCLA in one of those conference games that helps separate actual contenders from ultimately pretenders.  But in this case, I’m not convinced that the Pac isn’t still considerably better than we’ve seen in a number of recent years nor even that ASU isn’t still a decent to good team … All in all, it wasn’t a bad college football weekend, several good games when all was said & done, just not a lot of surprises when the final seconds ticked away.

That means this week’s J3C Top 25 might feel sort of familiar.

1. Florida State (1)
2. Oregon (2)
3. Alabama (3)
4. Auburn (4)
5. Baylor (5)
6. Oklahoma (6)
7. Texas A&M (7)
8. Michigan State (8)
9. Ole Miss (9)
10. UCLA (10)
11. Notre Dame (12)
12. Stanford (13)
13. Mississippi State (14)
14. LSU (17)
15. Georgia (15)
16. Kansas State (18)
17. Nebraska (19)
18. Wisconsin (20)
19. USC (21)
20. BYU (22)
21. Oklahoma State (Un)
22. Missouri (Un)
23. East Carolina (24)
24. Arizona State (11)
25. Ohio State (25)

Dropped from this week’s poll:  South Carolina (16), Penn State (23)

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