Week five of the 2013 college football season was pretty interesting. The Pac-12 was the only league to have all intra-conference games. Both the Big Ten and Big 12 had very light schedules, with only eight combined games. Even with weird scheduling still happening a quarter of the way through the season, we can still gauge how well each conference performed. Let’s check out the latest power rankings.
Last Week’s Rankings
- Big Ten
- Big 12
This Week’s Rankings
They may catch flack from other regions, but the folks on the west coast really understand how to run a conference. Every favorite won, and won handily. Oregon and Stanford really dropped the hammer on their opponents. Arizona State plunged the final dagger in Lane Kiffin’s USC tenure, ridding the world of Kiffin until he resurfaces as Texas’ next head coach (KIDDING!). If there was any negative for the Pac-12 this week, it’s probably Jim Mora Jr. We have a sneaking suspicion he wanted to “Old Yeller” Kiffin himself. Sorry, Jim.
What can’t Alabama do? They win shootouts; they bagel feisty upstart programs. It’s like Nick Saban tosses darts at the wall to see what kind of game they will play. Georgia and LSU both looked great, putting on a classic game between the hedges. Mizzou and Vandy helped keep the SEC proper by rocking small-conference opponents. Florida’s defense still continues to prove it’s the best in the nation, despite losing star lineman Dominique Easley. South Carolina lost Connor Shaw to injury and needed a second half rally to defeat UCF. The HBC must be reeling, remembering the days at Florida when he would wipe the floor with the Knights. Coach Spurrier doesn’t look too well.
3) Big 12
Oklahoma rolled into South Bend and took home an impressive victory over Notre Dame. Charlie Weis was off, so he couldn’t screw things up for the conference. Oklahoma State looked sloppy in a loss to West Virginia. In most cases, a ranked team pooping the bed would knock the conference down a spot. We’ve come to expect one game a year like the from Mike Gundy’s squad, so the result didn’t surprise us. It’s nice seeing TCU play good football again.
4) Big Ten
Ohio State finally played a real team and proved they can win against good competition. Iowa won a pretty cool trophy. Then there’s Purdue. Let’s call it right now: the Big Ten needs to implement relegation. NIU has beaten Iowa and Purdue for two of its four wins this season. The two last place Big Ten teams should play a ‘Loser Leaves Town” game at the end of the season. NIU takes over for the loser.
Clemson still looks dominant. Al Golden is solidifying his resume for the leap to USC when they call. Duke ekes past Troy, while Carolina gets drubbed by ECU. All the while, teams in the middle of the pack beat up on each other. How many days until Midnight Madness?