The newest college football rankings are out and after another thrilling week, we’ve got the biggest winners and losers from the AP Top 25 for Week 5.
The AP Top 25 for Week 5 dropped on Sunday as usual with all the shuffling you’d expect from a wild slate of college football action.
Big upsets saw CFB powers plummet while undefeated Top 25 hopefuls continued to make their case.
Who were the winners and losers from the polls this week?
College football rankings: Biggest winners from AP Top 25 Poll, Week 5
Ohio State is getting first-place votes and deserves them
The perception of Ohio State took a hit each week their Week 1 opponent, Notre Dame, stumbled while the Buckeyes could only beat up on cupcakes. They had six first-place votes in the preseason. By Week 4 they had just one.
The Wisconsin beatdown (simultaneous with Georgia’s inexplicable struggles with Kent State) gave Ohio State some new momentum in the polls. They’re back up to four first-place votes and their offense is looking so formidable, it’s hard to imagine who might stop them.
Tennessee’s win over Florida propelled them into the Top 10
Tennessee didn’t make it into the initial Top 25 but they have rapidly climbed up the standings thanks to their electric start. They’ve moved up no less than three spots each week since entering in Week 2 at No. 24. Now they’re a legitimate Top 10 team.
Hendon Hooker had a huge day with three total touchdowns, 349 yards passing and 112 yards rushing. The Volunteers have now beaten both ranked teams they have faced with the added sweetness of knocking the Gators out of the polls.
Kansas State gets rewarded for a great upset
A week ago, Kansas State was licking its wounds after losing to Tulane. Now the Wildcats are in first place in the Big 12 and ranked in the Top 25.
Credit for that belongs to Adrian Martinez, who flummoxed the Oklahoma defense with his legs and led his team to an upset victory. It was no fluke of a win either. The Wildcats made a statement by outpacing the Sooners at every turn.