College football’s top 25 polls are out as the season really heats up. However, three of the top six teams in the country were off this weekend for very different reasons.

No. 1 ranked Clemson was on a bye week. Notre Dame’s game against Wake Forest was postponed after several Fighting Irish players came down with COVID-19. And Ohio State’s season doesn’t start until Oct. 24 after the Big Ten played “will they, won’t they” with the 2020 season. Despite Ohio State not having a game on the schedule for almost the next month, they are still hauling in four first-place votes in the AP Poll.

While those three teams were all off for one reason or another, the SEC was kicking off its season with a jam-packed conference slate. The top three teams in the conference — Alabama, Florida, and Georgia — all posted impressive, double-digit wins, but the defending champs had a much tougher time.

 

 

LSU posted a clunker against Mississippi State, who jump into the AP Poll at No. 16 after the shocking win in Baton Rouge. LSU is the only team in the AP’s top 25 with a losing record. However, they were not the biggest loser of the weekend. Oklahoma blew a 21-point lead with under 18 minutes left to go against Kansas State. The Sooners dropped from No. 3 to 18.

The losses from LSU and Oklahoma serve as a reminder that we should take these early-season rankings with a grain of salt. Until we see every team on the field, we don’t know how this year is going to shake out.

The 2020 season ramps up with Week 5 matchups. In terms of National Championship odds, Clemson, Alabama, and Ohio State still stand above the rest of the crowd. Florida and Georgia are still in the mix, but there is a distinct pecking order at the top.

Clemson is the No. 1 team in the country right now after opening the season 2-0

 

AP Poll Week 5

Ranking Team (1st place votes) Record Points
1 Clemson (55) 2-0 1542
2 Alabama (3) 1-0 1473
3 Florida 1-0 1324
4 Georgia 1-0 1310
5 Notre Dame 2-0 1231
6 Ohio State (4) 0-0 1169
7 Auburn 1-0 1133
8 Miami 3-0 1045
9 Texas 2-0 862
10 Penn State 0-0 840
11 UCF 2-0 743
12 North Carolina 1-0 734
13 Texas A&M 1-0 705
14 Oregon 0-0 651
15 Cincinnati 2-0 646
16 Mississippi State 1-0 590
17 Oklahoma State 2-0 555
18 Oklahoma 1-1 535
19 Wisconsin 0-0 510
20 LSU 0-1 401
21 Tennessee 1-0 377
22 BYU 2-0 295
23 Michigan 0-0 277
24 Pittsburgh 3-0 248
25 Memphis 1-0 196

 

Coaches Poll Week 5

Ranking Team (1st place votes) Record Points
1 Clemson (42) 2-0 1194
2 Alabama (4) 1-0 1144
3 Florida 1-0 1038
4 Georgia 1-0 1006
5 Notre Dame 2-0 971
6 Ohio State (2) 0-0 890
7 Auburn 1-0 889
8 Miami 3-0 795
9 Texas 2-0 745
10 Penn State 0-0 589
11 North Carolina 1-0 578
12 UCF 2-0 577
13 Texas A&M 1-0 561
14 Mississippi State 1-0 492
15 Cincinnati 2-0 480
16 Oklahoma 1-1 473
17 LSU 0-1 445
18 Wisconsin 0-0 438
19 Oklahoma State 2-0 374
20 Tennessee 1-0 321
21 Michigan 0-0 271
22 BYU 2-0 260
23 Virginia Tech 1-0 215
24 Memphis 1-0 210
25 Pittsburgh 3-0 179

 

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