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College Football Rankings: NCAAF Top 25 (After Week 5)

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Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The fifth weekend of the 2021 season was headlined by Alabama and Georgia scoring blowout victories, Cincinnati's win at Notre Dame and Stanford's upset over Oregon. Alabama, Georgia, Iowa and Penn State take the top four spots, with Cincinnati at No. 5 and Oklahoma at No. 6 in the post-Week 5 top 25 rankings. With the fifth week of the 2021 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:

College Football Top 25 Rankings (After Week 5)

1. Alabama (5-0)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated Ole Miss

The Crimson Tide’s 42-21 win over Ole Miss served as a reminder to the rest of the SEC that the conference title still runs through Tuscaloosa. Alabama pounded the Rebels for 210 yards on the ground, including 171 from Brian Robinson, while the defense limited Lane Kiffin’s high-powered offense to just 4.6 yards per play.

2. Georgia (5-0)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated Arkansas

No JT Daniels? No problem for Georgia. The Bulldogs thoroughly dominated Arkansas in a 37-0 win, which included 273 rushing yards and a defensive effort that limited the Razorbacks to 162 total yards.

3. Iowa (5-0)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated Maryland

Hawkeyes dispatch Maryland’s upset bid with seven forced turnovers, along with strong performances from running back Tyler Goodson (151 total yards) and quarterback Spencer Petras (259 yards and three scores).

4. Penn State (5-0)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated Indiana

Using a standout defensive effort and 209 rushing yards, the Nittany Lions got revenge for last year’s loss at Indiana with a 24-0 shutout on Saturday night.

5. Cincinnati (4-0)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated Notre Dame

The play of quarterback Desmond Ridder (323 total yards and three scores) was the difference in Cincinnati’s 24-13 win at Notre Dame. There’s a long ways to go this year, but the Bearcats are in good shape for the CFB Playoff.

6. Oklahoma (5-0)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated Kansas State

Spencer Rattler delivered a strong performance (22 of 25 for 243 yards and two passing touchdowns), as the Sooners snapped a two-game losing streak to Kansas State with a 37-31 win.

7. Oregon (4-1)
Week 5 Result:
Lost to Stanford

Loss to Stanford a major setback, but Ducks aren’t out of the CFB Playoff mix.

8. Ohio State (4-1)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated Rutgers

The Buckeyes cruised to an easy 52-13 win over Rutgers on Saturday. Coach Ryan Day’s defense has played better over the last two weeks, and quarterback C.J. Stroud was sharp (17 of 23 for 330 yards and five scores) after missing a game due to injury.

9. Arkansas (4-1)
Week 5 Result:
Lost to Georgia

The Razorbacks are off to a great start in 2021, but as Saturday’s loss in Athens shows, the gap between Arkansas and Georgia is massive.

10. Michigan (5-0)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated Wisconsin

The Wolverines lean on their defense and a couple of timely plays in the passing game to defeat Wisconsin and earn their first win in Madison since 2001.

11. BYU (5-0)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated Utah State

Tyler Allgeier’s 218 rushing yards and three scores powered BYU to 34-20 road win at Utah State.

12. Ole Miss (3-1)
Week 5 Result:
Lost to Alabama

The Rebels high-powered offense was held in check, and the defense had no answers for Alabama’s ground game in Saturday’s 42-21 loss in Tuscaloosa.

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13. Coastal Carolina (5-0)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated UMass

The Chanticleers have defeated their last two opponents (UMass and ULM) by a combined score of 112-9.

14. Michigan State (5-0)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated WKU

The Spartans had to bend a little on defense to contain WKU’s high-powered passing game, but the outcome was really never in doubt for coach Mel Tucker’s squad in a 48-31 win.

15. Notre Dame (4-1)
Week 5 Result:
Lost to Cincinnati

The Fighting Irish’s inconsistent quarterback play and iffy performance on the offensive line, combined with a couple of early mistakes, was simply too much to overcome versus Cincinnati. 

16. Kentucky (5-0)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated Florida

Wildcats were outgained 382 to 211 by Florida, but coach Mark Stoops’ squad returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown and made two key defensive plays in the fourth quarter to help preserve the win.

17. Florida (3-2)
Week 5 Result:
Lost to Kentucky

Gators were unable to overcome costly mistakes in first loss to Kentucky in Lexington since 1986. 

18. Oklahoma State (5-0)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated Baylor

Don’t adjust your vision: The Cowboys are winning with their defense and ground game. Oklahoma State improved to 5-0 this year after beating Baylor on Saturday night.

19. Auburn (4-1)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated LSU

Bo Nix leads the way in Auburn’s first win in Baton Rouge over LSU since 1999.

20. NC State (4-1)
Week 5 Result: Defeated Louisiana Tech

The Wolfpack may have had a post-Clemson hangover, but coach Dave Doeren’s squad held on for a 34-27 win over Louisiana Tech.

21. Wake Forest (5-0)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated Louisville

The Demon Deacons are the lone remaining unbeaten in the ACC after defeating Louisville in a 37-34 thriller.

22. Texas (4-1)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated TCU

Bijan Robinson runs for 216 yards and two touchdowns to power Texas to a 32-27 win over TCU.

23. Arizona State (4-1)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated UCLA

Quarterback Jayden Daniels led the Sun Devils to an average of nine yards per play in Saturday night’s win at UCLA.

24. SMU (5-0)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated USF

Mustangs join the top 25 after crushing USF 41-17 on Saturday. Quarterback Tanner Mordecai has tossed at least four touchdowns in each of SMU’s five games this season.

25. Fresno State (4-2)
Week 5 Result:
Defeated Hawaii

Bulldogs unable to overcome six turnovers in 27-24 defeat to Hawaii.