Last Word On College Football Top 25 (Week 5)

    2018 Preseason Top 25
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    Let’s take a look at the Last Word on College Football Top 25 for Week 5.

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    2017 Preseason Top 25

    ALABAMA (5-0)

    468 1
    The Tide continue their Sherman-esque march through the SEC on their way to Atlanta and another College Football Playoff berth.



    CLEMSON (5-0)

    463 2
    ‪Clemson has proved there is life after Deshaun. The Tigers have dominated September. On Saturday, Virginia Tech didn’t stand a chance against the Clemson defense. Next up, the Tigers will host Wake Forest at Death Valley.



    OKLAHOMA (4-0)

    431 3
    The Sooners were idle this week. Oklahoma returns home to put their longest winning streak in the country on the line against Iowa State .



    PENN STATE  (4-0)

    419 4
    The Penn State offense was back on track with a 45-14 win over Indiana on Saturday. DeSean Hamilton had 3 TD’s, Saquon Barkley rushed for over 200 yards and had a kickoff return TD. Northwestern is next.



    WASHINGTON (5-0)

    385 6
    The Huskies took a while to get rolling, but wound up blowing out Oregon State, as expected. Next week Washington welcomes Cal to Seattle, as it will look to remain unbeaten.


    GEORGIA  (5-0)

    381 9
    The Bulldogs rolled into Knoxville and gave Tennessee their first shutout loss since 1994 41-0. Jake Fromm had three touchdowns and Nick Chubb added 109 yards rushing. Up next, Kirby Smart’s club heads to Nashville for a game against Vanderbilt.



    MICHIGAN (4-0)

    348 7
    The Wolverines got a bye this week. They’ll need it to figure out how to make the offense work. Michigan kicks off Big Ten season next week against rival Michigan State.



    WISCONSIN  (4-0)

    325 8
    Following a bye week, the Badgers offense struggled in the first half of its first conference game against the Northwestern Wildcats. They finally gained offensive control in the third quarter of the game in a 33–24 win over Northwestern.


    TCU  (4-0) 

    318 10
    Bye week. They will host West Virginia next Saturday at 2:30pm CST.


    2017 Preseason Top 25

    OHIO STATE  (4-1)

    309 11
    J.T. Barrett surpassed Art Schlichter as Ohio State’s All-Time leader in passing yards as the Buckeyes (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) easily dominated an overmatched Rutgers squad by the score of 56-0.


    Washington State Breakout Players


    283 16
    The Cougars pulled off the outright upset over USC with a gutsy performance all-around. Luke Falk and the offense are legit. Don’t overlook Mike Leach, the mad pirate.



    AUBURN (4-1)

    272 13
    In their first SEC home game, Auburn gained 205 yards on four of Jarrett Stidham’s passes, including a 57-yard pass to Eli Stove that Stidham launched from deep in their own end zone to begin a 99-yard drive.


    MIAMI  (3-0)

    238 14
    THe U looked a lot like the old U on Friday night. Miami defeated Duke 31-6 in a dominant defensive performance, as Duke was held to an embarrassing four-yards/pass.


    2017 Preseason Top 25

    USC (4-1)

    237 5
    The Trojans have been playing with fire all season long with their inconsistency on offense. They got burned by it Friday night. Washington State got 32 yard field goal with 1:40 left to beat USC 30-27. Sam Darnold was 15 of 29 passing for 164 yards, his 8th interception and a fumble. The Trojans host Oregon State Saturday afternoon.


    Osu_ath_brandOKLAHOMA STATE  (3-1)

    214 15
    The Cowboys quarterback ran 16 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the final two minutes to beat Texas Tech 41-34 on Saturday night.



    USF (5-0)

    161 19

    THe Bulls scored the most points ever in a road game in the 61-31 win against ECU. The defense was a little shaky in the first half leaks in the first half, but running or 390 yards on 50 carries is impressive.



    LOUISVILLE  (4-1)

    158 17
    Quarterback Lamar Jackson played for just over half of the game against Murray State, throwing for 249 yards and three touchdowns in their 55-10 win on Saturday.



    VIRGINIA TECH  (4-1)

    129 12
    In their first loss for the season, the Hokies fell to the Clemson Tigers Saturday night. Quarterback Josh Jackson threw for 251 yards and a touchdown.


    San Diego State (5-0)

    112 20
    The Aztecs were not happy after their star running back Rashaad Penny had his right eye gouged by a Northern Illinois player in the second quarter. Although it seemed to rally them to hold off NIU 34-28 to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 1975.


    FLORIDA (3-1)

    110 18
    Florida outgained Vanderbilt 467-310, as the Gators ran the ball 51 times for 218 yards, holding the ball for 12 minutes more than the Commodores. Quarterback Luke Del Rio left the 38-24 win in the second quarter with a broken left collarbone, and will be out for the remainder of the season.


    UTAH  (4-0)

    97 21
    The Utes got all the help they needed from last year’s starting quarterback to hold and beat Arizona 30-24 in the conference opener Friday night in Tucson. Starter Tyler Huntley was lost in the second quarter to a right arm injury. Troy Williams, who started every game last season, came in and threw for 149 yards to keep the Utes afloat. It is the third straight conference opening win for Utah. They will be home to Stanford Saturday.


    NOTRE DAME (4-1)

    96 23
    The Irish secured their 900th win in program history on Saturday in a 52-17 victory over the Miami RedHawks, racking up 45 points in the first half. The win was Notre Dame’s third straight of 20+ points for the first time since 2005.



    52 22
    Bye week. Next Saturday, ESPN College Gameday will be in Fort Worth, Texas as the #23 West Virginia Mountaineers will take on the #9 Texas Christian Horned Frogs.


    UCF (3-0)

    43  NR
    UCF improved to 3-0 after a 40-13 victory over Memphis, after another dominant 38-10 road victory over Maryland last week, in addition to a 61-17 throttling of FIU in the season opener.


    STANFORD (3-2)

    39  NR
    Bryce Love rushed for a school record 301 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback K.J. Costello also passed for one score as Stanford beat Arizona State 34-24 on Saturday.


    Others Receiving Votes: NC State (28), UCLA (25), FSU (9), Kansas State (9), Oregon (9), Navy (5).


    Looking Ahead

    If we’ve learned one thing from this week, though, it’s that there are no quiet weeks in college football. It’s always high drama on Saturdays in the fall.

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