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A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.

Weekly Rankings

P.S.R. 1-124: Week 5 Re-Ranking

With the weekend in the books, here’s a look at how the country ranks — using the original rankings as the starting point, with the season’s results as rationale for any movement. The top 25 teams land a one-sentence breakdown. The rest? Not so much. Part of the perks of being one of the best. Think your team is too low? Feel another team deserves more credit, less credit? Let’s hear it below. It’s a delicate ranking process, even if we’re now four weeks into the year. As promised, everything will become clearer by the end of the month.

The top 25

1. Alabama (4-0, 1-0)
Florida Atlantic scored – ergo, I have nothing nice to say.
2. Oregon (4-0, 1-0)
I told you over the summer: the Ducks can play a little defense.
3. Florida State (4-0, 2-0)
The ‘Noles aren’t back, per se; they’re pretty darn close, however.
4. L.S.U. (4-0, 1-0)
Sloppy miscues on offense allowed Auburn to stay close.
5. Georgia (4-0, 2-0)
Few paid attention, but the Bulldogs dismantled Vanderbilt.
6. West Virginia (3-0, 0-0)
Not a strong performance against a very average Maryland squad.
7. Kansas State (4-0, 1-0)
Just put another feather in Snyder’s cap, with all the others.
8. Notre Dame (4-0, 0-0)
This defensive front is really turning into something special.
9. Texas (3-0, 0-0)
After a break, U.T. heads over to Stillwater for a big one.
10. Stanford (3-0, 1-0)
The Cardinal have had extra time to prepare for Washington.
11. South Carolina (4-0, 2-0)
Connor Shaw was nearly perfect, so he’s healthy, I guess.
12. Clemson (3-1, 0-1)
The blueprint on offense was strong, but the defense crumbled.
13. U.S.C. (3-1, 1-1)
To me, it seemed as if the Trojans had post-Stanford hangover.
14. Florida (4-0, 3-0)
Florida’s pretty good; Kentucky is absolutely abysmal.
15. Mississippi State (4-0, 1-0)
Mullen’s guys continue to take care of the weak opponents.
16. Oregon State (2-0, 1-0)
Two games, two Heisman campaigns totally derailed.
17. Oklahoma (2-1, 0-1)
A loss that raises significant questions in Norman.
18. Ohio State (4-0, 0-0)
The Buckeyes head into Big Ten unblemished.
19. Michigan State (3-1, 0-0)
You can tell that this team and staff are getting frustrated.
20. Ohio (4-0, 0-0)
No Tettelton, no problem – the Bobcats’ offense still rolled.
21. T.C.U. (3-0, 1-0)
The offense continues to be underwhelming, prone to turnovers.
22. Nebraska (3-1, 0-0)
Lincoln has had this Wisconsin game circled for a calendar year.
23. Louisville (4-0, 0-0)
Remember that F.I.U. shocked the Cardinals a season ago.
24. Rutgers (4-0, 1-0)
The Scarlet Knights’ defense had issues, but a big win for program.
25. Boise State (2-1, 0-0)
What has happened to Chris Petersen’s offense?

The Rest

26. Louisiana Tech (3-0, 0-0)
27. Arizona State (3-1, 1-0)
28. U.C.L.A. (3-1, 0-1)
29. Baylor (3-0, 0-0)
30. Northwestern (4-0, 0-0)
31. Wisconsin (3-1, 0-0)
32. Utah State (3-1, 0-0)
33. Virginia Tech (3-1, 1-0)
34. Arizona (3-1, 0-1)
35. Tulsa (3-1, 1-0)
36. Tennessee (3-1, 0-1)
37. Iowa State (3-0, 0-0)
38. Nevada (3-1, 1-0)
39. Michigan (2-2, 0-0)
40. Oklahoma State (2-1, 0-0)
41. Northern Illinois (3-1, 0-0)
42. Utah (2-2, 0-1)
43. Cincinnati (2-0, 1-0)
44. B.Y.U. (2-2, 0-0)
45. N.C. State (3-1, 0-0)
46. Texas A&M (2-1, 0-1)
47. Texas Tech (3-0, 0-0)
48. U.C.F. (2-1, 0-0)
49. Miami (Fla.) (3-1, 2-0)
50. Western Kentucky (3-1, 0-0)
51. Purdue (2-1, 0-0)
52. North Carolina (2-2, 0-1)
53. Toledo (3-1, 1-0)
54. San Jose State (3-1, 0-0)
55. Missouri (2-2, 0-2)
56. Georgia Tech (2-2, 1-2)
57. Penn State (2-2, 0-0)
58. Minnesota (4-0, 0-0)
59. Ball State (3-1, 1-0)
60. Washington (2-1, 0-0)
61. Virginia (2-2, 0-1)
62. Pittsburgh (2-2, 0-1)
63. Wake Forest (3-1, 1-1)
64. Auburn (1-3, 0-2)
65. Western Michigan (2-2, 0-0)
66. Louisiana-Monroe (1-2, 0-0)
67. South Florida (2-2, 0-1)
68. Fresno State (2-2, 0-0)
69. Duke (3-1, 0-0)
70. Louisiana-Lafayette (2-1, 1-0)
71. East Carolina (2-2, 1-0)
72. California (1-3, 0-1)
73. Connecticut (2-2, 0-0)
74. Iowa (2-2, 0-0)
75. Illinois (2-2, 0-0)
76. S.M.U. (1-2, 0-0)
77. Arkansas State (2-2, 0-0)
78. Marshall (2-2, 1-0)
79. Miami (Ohio) (2-2, 1-0)
80. Maryland (2-2, 0-0)
81. Air Force (1-2, 0-1)
82. Arkansas (1-3, 0-1)
83. Navy (1-2, 0-0)
84. Troy (2-2, 1-1)
85. Mississippi (3-1, 0-0)
86. San Diego State (2-2, 0-0)
87. Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-1)
88. Syracuse (1-3, 0-0)
89. Central Michigan (2-1, 0-0)
90. Temple (1-2, 0-0)
91. Army (0-3, 0-0)
92. Bowling Green (1-3, 0-1)
93. Florida International (1-3, 0-0)
94. Kent State (2-1, 1-0)
95. UTEP (1-3, 0-0)
96. Washington State (2-2, 0-1)
97. U.N.L.V. (1-3, 1-0)
98. Southern Mississippi (0-3, 0-1)
99. New Mexico (2-2, 0-0)
100. Colorado (1-3, 1-0)
101. Boston College (1-2, 0-1)
102. Kansas (1-3, 0-1)
103. Hawaii (1-2, 0-1)
104. Indiana (2-1, 0-0)
105. Rice (1-3, 0-1)
106. Texas State (2-1, 0-0)
107. Kentucky (1-3, 0-1)
108. Houston (0-3, 0-0)
109. Wyoming (1-3, 0-0)
110. Texas-San Antonio (4-0, 0-0)
111. North Texas (1-3, 0-1)
112. Buffalo (1-2, 0-1)
113. Colorado State (1-3, 0-0)
114. Akron (1-3, 0-0)
115. New Mexico State (1-3, 0-0)
116. Middle Tennessee (2-1, 1-0)
117. Eastern Michigan (0-4, 0-1)
118. U.A.B. (0-3, 0-0)
119. Tulane (0-3, 0-1)
120. Florida Atlantic (1-3, 0-1)
121. South Alabama (1-3, 0-0)
122. Memphis (0-4, 0-0)
123. Idaho (0-4, 0-0)
124. Massachusetts (0-4, 0-1)

Dropped out of top 25

U.C.L.A. No. 17 (No. 28)
Arizona No. 21 (No. 34)
Utah No. 25 (No. 42)

New in top 25

Oregon State No. 16 (No. 27)
Nebraska No. 22 (No. 26)
Rutgers No. 24 (No. 30)

Three noteworthy jumps

Miami (Fla.) 32 spots (No. 81 to No. 49)
Colorado 23 spots (No. 123 to No. 100)
U.N.L.V. 20 spots (No. 117 to No. 97)

Three noteworthy tumbles

Air Force 28 spots (No. 53 to No. 81)
South Florida 22 spots (No. 45 to No. 67)
Vanderbilt 18 spots (No. 69 to No. 87)

Previous rankings

Week 4 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 3 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 2 rankings Alabama, No. 1
The preseason list is on the right sidebar.

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Comments

  1. Anu says:

    Why does Nebraska (here and in other polls) rank higher than UCLA? UCLA ONLY played FBS competition, lost to another now-ranked team. Nebraska wins include 2 FBS and 1 FCS team.

    Head-to-head, UCLA beat Nebraska.

  2. Misthaufen says:

    Nebraska over UCLA? I guess a blow out win is not worth much anymore….

  3. Zach says:

    Good to see Rutgers getting some respect here… Arkansas did have Wilson on the field after all. I suspect they’ll climb back from being ranked 82 with him healthy.

  4. Josh H. says:

    Another notable tumble. Iowa from 49 to 74. Wha whaaaa. :-P Go MAC! :)

  5. Your BALLS tate be sagging says:

    Ball State at No. 59?

    Them saggin’ to low. They gotz to be higher.

  6. The OHIO University and Ohio A&M at Columbus says:

    No. 18 & No. 20…interesting.

  7. Please Explain says:

    Minnesota beat Syracuse and its (better) FCS foe more convincingly than Evanston’s Big Ten team, yet there is a 28 spot difference in ranking.

    Plus, Minny beat UNLV, which you have ranked HIGHER than Boston College.

    And, Minny beat Western Michigan, which you have ranked HIGHER (and is much BETTER) than Vandy.

    Minny is (probably) too low but Evanston’s Big Ten Team is ridiculously overrated.

    They should both be around 45-48ish. Purdue is better than both of them.

  8. Wayne Fonts says:

    Hawkeyes felt some Chippewa wrath! And a nice 10-spot jump in the PSR rankings, which sadly is coming to a close.

  9. Andrew says:

    Paul, I’ve been wondering.

    Someday Chip Kelly is going to get sick of winning so much in CFB and he will undoubtedly head off to coach for the NFL with an owner ballzy enough to hand over his offense to him. So my question is this.

    Does Chris Petersen grab the job at UO? I know that he is always at the top of EVERYONE’s list when a job opens up, but Petersen DID spend 6 years as a receivers coach at UO, and A LOT of BSU recruits from the Northwest pick UO instead. Do you think that this would be “The Job” he would leave for? I feel like if he wouldn’t for Oregon, he won’t for anyone.

    (I am also aware that Helfrich was rumored to have been in line for the job should Kelly have taken the Tampa job, and that Oregon has a knack for O-Coordinators to step up to Head Coach, both Bellotti and Kelly.)

  10. schedule nit says:

    What does UAB have to do to get ranked over Eastern Michigan? Win a game?

  11. Byron says:

    As a former boilermaker, I am putting it out there now. Purdue is on the rise and if they beat Michigan this week, you will see them in the top 10 within the next 4 weeks!

  12. John in the Bronx says:

    I’m lost. Confused with PSR. what are others doing instead?

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