College football rankings week five won’t be kind to Texas. The college football rankings week five polls will be scrutinized all day Sunday, and it is quite clear that we will see at least one new team appear in the top 25 when they come out in the afternoon. Playing in front of their home crowd, Texas fell to a UCLA team that had only been 1-2 on the season. Not only did Texas lose, but they didn’t score a touchdown until the game was deep into the fourth quarter. UCLA beat them 34-12, and now the only hope for Texas to remain high in the polls is for voters to suddenly give UCLA much more credit than they were given in those first three weeks. Hopefully the voters also recognize that Stanford crushed UCLA 35-0 back in week 2. If Texas outranks Stanford this week, it would be a travesty.
Some of the victories that should help schools the most in moving up the rankings include Miami beating a tough Pittsburgh team on the road, No. 17 Auburn moving to 4-0 by beating No. 12 South Carolina, and No. 15 LSU beating a very tough No. 22 West Virginia team. There are also going to be a few schools that now deserve a spot in the top 25, including North Carolina State, which moved to 4-0 after beating a tough Georgia Tech team on the road 45-28. A Nevada team that has gotten very little coverage on ESPN also deserves to be in the top 25 after beating Brigham Young in on the road, and the Wolf Pack has to have the Boise State coaches nervous about playing them later on this season.
There were also some teams that won “ugly” on Saturday, including Oklahoma barely escaping Cincinnati 31-29 and Arizona holding off California 10-9. The other spectrum of teams were those that were ranked, but had tough losses to better teams. No. 10 Arkansas lost to No. 1 Alabama, No. 24 Oregon State lost to No. 3 Boise State and will fall out of the top 25, and No. 12 South Carolina losing should also see them fall to around 17th or 18th in the polls. There is certainly going to be a bit of shifting when the polls come out later today, and the voter that kept saying Texas should be ranked No. 1 all season will have to pick another team for the first time in 2010. Who will it be? That is a very good question and will be answered along with a host of others by the end of Sunday.