Scout Week 5 College Football Power Rankings

After another wild weekend in college football, there's plenty of movement inside the Scout Top 30 Power Rankings including a new No. 5, the Utes big move and two traditional powers work their way in after big wins on Saturday.

1) Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0)

Top-ranked Ohio State beat Western Michigan 38-12. Quarterback Cardale Jones passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns, and he played better in this one than in his past few starts. Running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown in the win. Wide receiver Michael Thomas led the Buckeyes with six receptions for 80 yards and a score. Defensive lineman Adolphus Washington returned an interception 20-yards for a score.

Last week: 1

Next week at Indiana

2) Michigan State Spartans (4-0)

Michigan State beat Central Michigan 30-10 in a pretty lackluster performance by the nation’s No. 2 team. Quarterback Connor Cook passed for 143 yards and one touchdown while running back Madre London added 73 rushing yards and a score. Defensively, Shliqiue Calhoun finished with 2.5 sacks and also a blocked field goal.

Last week: 3

Next week vs Purdue

3) Mississippi Rebels (4-0)

Ole Miss beat Vandy 27-16. Quarterback Chad Kelly passed for 321 yards and a score, though he did throw two interceptions. Running back Jaylen Walton added 133 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell had a big day, finishing with eight receptions for 135 yards. It was somewhat of a sluggish performance by the Rebels standards, though. They were averaging 64 points a game and were coming fresh off that monster win against Alabama.

Last week: 3

Next week at Florida

4) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0)

Notre Dame beat UMass 62-27. It was a slow start for the Irish before they finally woke up in the second quarter. Quarterback DeShone Kizer passed for 207 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also added 42 yards and a score rushing. C.J. Prosise led the Notre Dame ground game with 149 yards and a touchdown. Josh Adams added 133 rushing yards and a touchdown, and Fighting Irish backup quarterback Brandon Wimbush had 92 yards and a touchdown run from 58 yards out. C.J. Sanders also returned a punt 50-yards for a score.

Last week: 4

Next week at Clemson

5) UCLA Bruins (3-0)

UCLA hammered Arizona on the road 56-30. It was an impressive win for Jim Mora’s Bruins, especially after losing their star defensive player Myles Jack to a season-ending injury. Josh Rosen looked good in this one, as the true freshman passed for 284 yards and accounted for three scores, two in the air and one of the ground. Soso Jamabo and Paul Perkins led the UCLA ground attack with 96 yards and a score and 85 yards and three touchdowns, respectively. In tota,l the Bruins rushed for 213 yards and were very balanced in this dominating win. The defense chipped in with three turnovers.

Last week: 8

Next week vs Arizona State

6) Baylor Bears (3-0)

Baylor beat Rice 70-17. Quarterback Seth Russell tossed six touchdown passes. Three went to wide receiver Corey Coleman. The Bears posted two 100-yard rushers in Shock Linwood (158) and Terence Williams (111). Baylor outgained the Owls by a staggering 547 yards (793 to 246). The Bears have reached 700 yards in all three games this year, though they have yet to play a Power 5 opponent. They own the nation’s longest home winning streak at 18 games.

Last week 6

Next week vs Texas Tech

7) TCU Horned Frog (4-0)

In the wildest game of the day, TCU beat Texas Tech 55-52. On fourth and four from the four, running back Aaron Green caught a short TD pass with 23 seconds remaining to secure the win. Before he caught it, though, the ball was tipped by Horned Frog wide receiver Josh Doctson.  Quarterback Trevone Boykin passed for 485 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns went to Doctson, who finished with 18 receptions for 267 yards. Green finished with 162 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The two teams combined for 1,307 total yards.

Last week: 5

Next week vs Texas

8) LSU Tigers (4-0)

Leonard Fournette continued his rushing dominance. This time the Tigers pounded him with 26 attempts and he finished with 244 and a pair of scores in LSU’s 10-point win over Syracuse. He also had an 87-yard score called back because of penalty. Fournette is emerging as the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy and the most dominant player in college football after three games (621 rushing yards). Tre’Davious White also returned a punt for a touchdown in their win.

Last week: 7

Next week vs Eastern Michigan

9) Alabama Crimson Tide (3-1)

Alabama beat Louisiana-Monroe 34-0 in preparation for their giant showdown next week against Georgia in Athens. Quarterback Jake Coker finished with 158 passing yards and three scores. Running back Derrick Henry rushed for 52 yards and scored a touchdown (his 12th straight with a TD). The defense responded well after last weekend’s loss to the Rebels, posting their 16th shutout under coach Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide also had six sacks and forced two turnovers.

Last week: 9

Next week at Georgia

10) Georgia Bulldogs (4-0)

Georgia beat Southern 48-6, setting the stage for next Saturday afternoon’s monster SEC game against the Crimson Tide. This one was all about two players, quarterback Greyson Lambert and running back Nick Chubb. For the second straight game, Lambert had only one incompletion, finishing 9/10 for 146 yards two touchdowns. Last week versus South Carolina he was 24/25. Chubb scored via the run and pass and finished with 155 total yards and three touchdowns. He also recorded his 12th straight 100-yard rushing game.

Last week: 11

Next week vs Alabama

11) Utah Utes (4-0)

In one of the stunners from this weekend, Utah pummeled Oregon on the road in Eugene, 62-20. Quarterback Travis Wilson returned to the Utes lineup and was money. He passed for four touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards. Even star running back Devonate Booker got in a little throwing, hitting Britian Covey on a half-back pass for a touchdown. Booker added 98 yards on the ground.

Last week: 17

Next week: BYE

12) Clemson Tigers (3-0)

Clemson did not play.

Last week: 12

Next week vs Notre Dame

13) Florida State Seminoles (3-0)

FSU did not play.

Last week: 13

Next week at Wake Forest.

14) Texas A&M Aggies (4-0)

Texas A&M remains unbeaten after rallying to beat Arkansas 28-21 in overtime. After trailing by 8 with a little over 3 minutes to play, the Aggies scored late on a short TD run by Tra Carson. Quarterback Kyle Allen then hit Josh Reynolds for the tying two-point conversion. Texas A&M then had a chance to win it in regulation after a Myles Garrett sack/fumble recovery, but they missed a short field goal attempt. Allen hit freshman sensation Christian Kirk from 20 yards out in OT for the winning score. Allen passed for 358 yards and two touchdowns. They both went to Kirk. He finished with eight receptions for 173 yards.

Last week: 14

Next week vs Mississippi State

15) Oklahoma Sooners (3-0)

Oklahoma did not play.

Last week: 15

Next week vs West Virginia

16) Wisconsin Badgers (3-1)

Wisconsin shut out Hawaii 28-0 in Madison. Running back Taiwan Deal, replacing the injured Corey Clement, ran for 147 yards and two scores, and the Badgers held a non-conference opponent without a touchdown for the third straight game. The Badgers rushed for 326 yards, finished with 512 total yards and possessed the ball for nearly 40 minutes.

Last week: 18

Next week vs Iowa

17) Northwestern Wildcats (3-0)

It wasn’t pretty, but Northwestern got by Ball State 24-19. Clayton Thorson passed for three touchdowns in the win, and star running back Justin Jackson rushed for a career high 184 yards. Dan Vitale had five receptions for 108 yards and a pair of touchdown catches from Thorson. Northwestern finished with 546 yards of offense in this win.

Last week: 20

New week vs Minnesota

18) Stanford Cardinal (3-1)

The Cardinal beat the Beavers, 42-24. Once again, Stanford controlled the line of scrimmage and tempo. They rushed for 325-yards and four touchdowns in the win. Christian McCaffrey finished with a career-high 206 yards (on 30 carries). Stanford controlled the ball 39 minutes in last week’s win over the Trojans. On Friday night, the Cardinal won the time of possession battle by over nine minutes. Since their home opening loss to Northwestern 16-6, Stanford has averaged 38 points over their last three games, all wins. 

Last week: 21

Next week vs Arizona

19) USC Trojans (3-1)

USC got back on the winning track, scoring an impressive road win in the desert over Arizona State 42-14. The Trojans raced out to a 35-0 halftime lead. The star of the game was quarterback Cody Kessler, who passed for 375 yards and five touchdowns. One of those went 80 yards to Adoree Jackson, who took the short pass and went the distance. The defense also got in the act. ASU was deep in USC territory and was about to score. Instead they fumbled and Delvon Simmons rumbled 94 yards for a Trojan touchdown.

Last week: 22

Next week: BYE

20) Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-1)

Mississippi State beat Auburn 17-9 on the road. Quarterback Dak Prescott came up big on the road, throwing for 270 yards. He had two beautiful scoring strikes to Gabe Myles and De’Runnya Wilson. The Bulldogs' defense held the Tigers out of the end zone and to only three field goals. Early in this game Mississippi State cornerback Will Redmond intercepted Sean White in the end zone for a key stop.

Last week: 25

Next week at Texas A&M

21) West Virginia Mountaineers (3-0)

West Virginia pounded Maryland, 45-6. Quarterback Skyler Howard passed for 294 and four touchdown passes. Running back Wendell Smallwood rushed for 147 yards and a score. The Mountaineers dominated, outgaining the Terrapins 601-326 and holding the ball for over 36 minutes. West Virginia also forced six Maryland turnovers. The defense has only giving up 23 points in three games.

Last week: Not ranked

Next week at Oklahoma

22) Boise State Broncos (3-1)

The Broncos hammered the Virginia Cavaliers on the road in Charlottesville, 56-14. Boise State got off to a very start, as Justin Taimatuia returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown on that first play. Less than seven minutes later, the Broncos had a 17-0 point lead. The defense wasn’t done, as Boise State added a safety and another pick-six in the second half. Quarterback Brett Rypien is playing because their starter (Ryan Finley) broke his ankle last weekend. He finished with 321 passing yards and three touchdowns. Virginia scored on plays of 75 and 45 yards. Take those plays out, and the Boise State defense held the Cavs to 153 yards of offense for the game and only ten first downs.

Last week: 27

Next week vs Hawaii

23) Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-0)

Oklahoma State beat Texas on a late field goal to finish 30-27 on the road in Austin. Ben Grogan kicked the game-winner from 40 yards out with six seconds left after Texas punter Michael Dickson dropped a long snap inside the Texas 10-yard line. He scrambled to get the ball away and only kicked it ten yards to set up the Cowboys. OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph passed for 290 yards and a score but also had three turnovers. JW Walsh played in the fourth quarter for the Cowboys and threw a one-yard touchdown pass.

Last week: 30

Next week vs Kansas State


24) Michigan Wolverines (3-1)

Michigan beat BYU 31-0. It was an impressive win for Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverine squad. Quarterback Jake Ruddock accounted for three scores, two in the air and one of the ground. Running back De’Veon Smith rushed for 125 yards, including an incredible 60-yard touchdown run. The Michigan defense was outstanding. They limited Cougar quarterback Tanner Mangum to 12/28 passing for 55 yards.

Last week: Not ranked

Next week at Maryland


25) Florida Gators (4-0)

Florida rallied to beat Tennessee, 28-27, in the Swamp. The Gators were clutch when they needed to be, specifically true freshman quarterback Will Grier. He hit wide receiver Antonio Calloway on a fourth-down pass, which turned out to be a game-winner. The freshman from Miami got a key block for Brandon Powell and raced down the sideline for a 63-yard score with 1:26 remaining. Grier was an amazing 5/5 on fourth downs for the Gators offense, usually hitting Powell or tight end Jake McGee. This time it was Calloway. Tennessee had a chance to win it on the game’s final play but missed a 55-yard field goal attempt. Running back Kelvin Taylor added 102 rushing yards and two scores.

Last week: Not ranked

Next week vs Ole Miss

26) Oregon Ducks (2-2)

Oregon has to be shocked, after losing at home to Utah by 42, 62-20. Vernon Adams Jr. started at quarterback for Oregon despite a broken index finger, but he didn't last long and was replaced by backup Jeff Lockie in the second quarter. The two were a combined 12/27 for 165 yards, two scores and two interceptions. The Ducks didn’t play well on special teams and lost the turnover battle 3-0.

Last week: 10

Next week at Colorado

27) Tennessee Volunteers (2-2)

The Vols are going to look back at the month of September and say what if… they blew another fourth-quarter lead, this time in Gainesville, and lost to the Gators 28-27. Tennessee had a chance to win it on the game’s final play and just missed an Aaron Medley field goal from 55-yards out that sailed wide right. On fourth down, Florida wide receiver Antonio Calloway had a 63-yard catch and run for the game’s winning score with 1:26 to play. The Vols outrushed the Gators 254 to 109. Josh Dobbs led the way with 136 yards and Jalen Hurd had 102.

 Last week: 16

Next week vs Arkansas

28) Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-1)

Texas Tech looks like they are a for-real team this season, as they took one of the nation’s best to the limit before falling to TCU by four points, 56-52. Running back DeAndre Washington rushed for 188 yards and four touchdowns in the loss. TCU took the lead for good with 23 seconds remaining on an Aaron Green touchdown reception on fourth down. Patrick Mahomes, who was injured in the first quarter, completed 25 of 45 passes for 392 yards. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score for the Red Raiders. Wide receiver Jakeem Grant had six receptions for 126 yards and a score for Texas Tech.

Last week: 29

Next week vs TCU

29) Arizona Wildcats (3-1)

The Wildcats fell big at home to UCLA, 56-30. Arizona scored the game’s first touchdown, but were down 42-14 by halftime. The Arizona defense just didn’t have an answer for the Bruins offense, who showed great balance with their pass game with freshman quarterback Josh Rosen and a ground game that put up over 200 rushing yards. They also lost the turnover battle to the Bruins 3-0. Running back Nick Wilson led the way on the ground, rushing for 136 yards. Jerrard Randall added 128 yards and a score after replacing Anu Solomon at quarterback in the second quarter. Solomon did leave the game in the second half with a head injury.

Last week: 23

Next week at Stanford

30) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-2)

The Yellow Jackets lost to the Blue Devils, 34-20. Duke held Georgia Tech to only 173 yards rushing, well below their season average (377) in the upset. Tech pulled within a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t convert on offense.

Last week: 19

Next week vs North Carolina

DROPPED OUT: Missouri, BYU, Arizona State

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