The college football top 25 rankings were stable all of September. But today’s college football top 25 games will change the rankings one way or another. With five matches between ranked opponents, there’s bound to be some movement after today. However, similar showdowns in Week 2 and 4 ended with the higher ranked teams winning out, keeping the BCS picture stable. Yet since conference play starts in full today, today may finally have the top 25 rankings change significantly.
Tonight’s lineup features two clashes between AP top 10 opponents, but only of them was expected to turn out that way. Everyone knew that Florida and Alabama was the biggest game on the schedule this week, yet Oregon and Stanford have challenged that with their rise up the ranks.
No matter what, the top 25 will show a change or two in the top 10 tomorrow. Of course, if Alabama and Oregon take care of business on the road, it won’t be such a big change. However, if Florida gets revenge for last year’s blowout loss, and if Stanford continues their surprising run, then the BCS picture will have its first real twist.
The Tide needed a comeback to survive Arkansas, but this week, they get the post-Tim Tebow Gators at home. The Ducks nearly let their defense cost them against Arizona State, yet their offense remains more than capable of winning shootouts.
While Florida-Alabama and Stanford-Oregon have all the hype, Oklahoma and Texas will have a lot less impact on the rankings. Texas tumbled after losing to UCLA, and would fall out of the top 25 altogether with a loss. But although the Sooners are still unbeaten, they could easily be 1-3 as well.
The rest of the showdowns are basically elimination games in the Big Ten. Wisconsin and Michigan State face off in East Lansing, as the Spartans try to prove they are not a fluke. At night, Iowa looks to start another Big Ten run, and rebound from their loss to Arizona, against a Penn State team they have had their way with.
The winners of these Big Ten openers could be the biggest threats to Ohio State, and perhaps alter the national picture later. As for the Buckeyes, they are expected to have a much easier time at Illinois today.
Other games like TCU-Colorado State, Michigan-Indiana, Louisiana Monroe-Auburn, and Boise State-New Mexico State are considered easy. To the nation, only five college football top 25 games mean anything this week, with the ones in Tuscaloosa and Eugene meaning even more.
Fans have fallen for this “Super Saturday” hype twice this year, yet the rankings only changed below the top 10 afterward. Today, Florida, Stanford and Texas hope that the narrative will change this time around.
Yahoo Sports- “Week 5 Scoreboard”
SI.com- “Saturday Storylines: Week 5”