College Football Rankings: Spartan Avenue’s Week 5 Top 25

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Sep 26, 2015; Eugene, OR, USA; Utah Utes running back A.J. Semeatu (21) runs the ball against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Utah absolutely embarrassed the Oregon Ducks on their own field, but it’s a shame we couldn’t move the Utes up even more. The teams ahead of Utah in our rankings all played well enough to hold their spots strong, but another couple solid weeks for this team, and we could be talking a possible top-five appearance. Travis Wilson was a star, passing for 227 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 100 yards and another score.

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The unwarranted hype for Notre Dame has been thrown out the window and replaced with true hope and high expectations. The Fighting Irish may have lost star quarterback Malik Zaire for the season with a fractured ankle, but backup DeShone Kizer has come in and played great. He passed for 207 yards and two touchdowns in a blowout win over UMass while C.J. Prosise had yet another quality game, rushing for 149 yards and two scores on 15 carries. The Irish scored 60 for the first time since 1996.

You know it’s a crazy week in college football when a top-10 team wins 48-6 and still ends up dropping a spot in the rankings, but Georgia had the unfortunate disadvantage of playing a cupcake in week four. The teams who jumped the Bulldogs played quality opponents, but you can’t knock the Bulldogs who may just be a serious College Football Playoff threat. Nick Chubb had another Heisman-like day against Southern, rushing for 131 yards and two scores on 15 carries.

Another team who dropped in the rankings after a win, Ole Miss just had a difficult time fending off Vanderbilt in week four. However, junior quarterback Chad Kelly is making Rebels fans forget all about the Bo Wallace days as he had another successful game, completing 24-of-42 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown — but his two picks kept the Commodores’ hopes alive. Ole Miss won, however, and improved to 4-0 with a solid resume that includes a win over Alabama.

Leonard Fournette may just be the king of college football these days. Although LSU had a much more difficult time putting away Syracuse than it would have hoped, Fournette led the otherwise lethargic Tigers’ offense with 244 rushing yards and two scores on 26 carries. This now marks the second-straight 200-yard rushing game for the superstar sophomore and he has 631 yards and eight touchdowns in three games.

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