Week Five Power Rankings (NCAA)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide– They’ve been on top since the beginning of the season and to be honest, I don’t see this changing anytime soon. Last week before their game against Texas A&M, I said they would be victorious, but they wouldn’t score 50 points and they didn’t. Let’s just be realistic here, this team won’t truly get a challenge until conference championship week in December or even the playoffs. This is the best all-around team that Nick Saban has ever had during his time in Tuscaloosa.

2. Georgia Bulldogs– They got off to a slow start last week against the Missouri Tigers, but they bounced back and got a nice performance out of Jake Fromm who threw three touchdown passes. The Georgia offense really revved things up in the second half after being held to 148 yards of total offense in the first half. It’s time for another SEC battle as they prepare to face the Tennessee Volunteers.

3. Clemson Tigers– Last week when I typed this, I said to you all that if the Clemson Tigers want to make a run at another national championship, they would need to start Trevor Lawrence at quarterback. A week later, he’s been penciled in as the full-time starter over Kelly Bryant who’s now decided to transfer. The offense is much more free-flowing with Trevor under center and he’s just more consistent and has done beyond enough to get the starting job. This is a trap game for them with the Syracuse Orangemen coming to town, the team who handed them their only loss in the regular season last year.

4. Ohio State Buckeyes– They handled business without Urban for the first three games and when he came back, nothing changed. This is another big threat to the Alabama Crimson Tide and they look to be cruising once again to another Big Ten East division crown. This is the biggest game of the year for them tonight against the Penn State Nittany Lions. The last two battles were instant classics and I don’t expect the third one to disappoint either.

5. LSU Tigers– In the SEC, we hear about Alabama of course, Georgia and Auburn. I think it’s time to include LSU into this conversation and they handed Auburn their first loss of the season just a few weeks ago. They finally have a quarterback and Ed Orgeron is getting the best out of the entire team.