Last weekend's college football games were lacking in quality around the country. The AP poll reflected the easy games on the schedule. In fact, on Monday, ESPN's Dari Nowkhah noted that none of the favorites lost in any game over the weekend. Still, there were some lackluster performances by the top teams. The examiner.com poll also reflects minimal changes, but the power poll has added a team in place of UCLA. Have no fear Bruins fans, you are sure to be back in the power poll next week.
In the lone game between ranked teams, Stanford decimated Arizona State in the first half. They held on for an easy 14 point victory when the Sun Devils scored 21 points in the fourth quarter. With that said, it was nice to see Stanford race out to a 29-0 lead at halftime.
Here is the week 5 Top 10+1 Power Poll. (The Power Poll is composite of five writers to establish the elite teams.)
1. Oregon: The Ducks got rest during the bye week. It says something about the other teams that were ahead of them previously. Based on events last week Oregon jumped up two spots to number one in the power poll. Next game vs. Cal.
2. Clemson: The Tigers found themselves in a battle all night long with North Carolina State. Tajh Boyd put up three touchdown passes despite being off of his game. They fought hard for a 12 point victory. Next game vs. Wake Forest
3. Alabama: The Crimson Tide struggled to a 31-6 victory over Colorado State. Two late touchdowns makes the score look a whole lot better. Next game vs. Ole Miss.
4. Stanford: Stanford dominated what was supposed to be the game of the week. Running game and defense are the order of the day when facing the Cardinal. Next game vs. Washington State.
5. Louisville: We keep talking about Teddy Bridgewater and the Louisville offense, but the Cardinals' defense is number three in the country. They've been dominant on both sides of the ball. Bye week.
6. Georgia: Despite being tied in the third quarter with North Texas, Georgia scored 24 straight points to finish the game. They have a huge contest coming up. Next game vs. LSU.
7. Texas A&M: The Aggies played their best defensive game of the season. Johnny Manziel ran around SMU for an easy victory. Next game vs. Arkansas.
8. Ohio State: The Buckeyes have been rolling on offense behind Kenny Guiton. Now Braxton Miller is ready to return in time for the Big Ten opener. Next game vs. Wisconsin.
9. LSU: LSU's offense has been clicking so far this season. If you don't think Jeremy Hill is a difference maker, watch the Tigers play. They have a huge SEC game on Saturday. Next vs. Georgia.
10. Florida State: The Seminoles have given up 26 points in three games. On offense, they scored 157 points. That's a huge difference. Next game vs. Boston College.
11. Baylor: The Baylor Bears might be the best team in the country. They score better than anybody, and they've been consistent. Their point totals are 69,70, and 70. They have a bye this week.