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2010 NCAA AP Rankings (Week 5): Texas Falls, Auburn Climbs

Cameron Newton, Auburn find their way into the top 10 (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

After a pretty uneventful Week 3 of college football, the rankings saw a considerable shift following the conclusion of the fourth week of the season. We saw the No. 7, No. 10 and No. 12 teams all fall to defeat.

Here’s the polls for Week 5.

First Class: Top 10

  • The biggest upset of the weekend came in Austin, where Texas fell to 34-12, failing to score a touchdown against UCLA. Texas saw themselves drop from No. 7 to 21 in the new rankings. It doesn’t get any easier this weekend as Texas will take on No. 8 Oklahoma.
  • Arkansas was the second top 10 team to fall. After being ahead of Alabama 20-7, the Crimson Tide put together a terrific effort on the road and derailed the Ryan Mallett-led Razorbacks. Mallett, who was everyone’s favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, threw three interceptions, one of which came on the final drive. With the loss, Arkansas dropped to No. 15.
  • With two teams losing in the top 10, we saw a shift up for many teams. Oregon jumped to No. 4 after TCU’s sluggish performance against SMU Friday night. Florida moved from nine to seven, after destroying Kentucky and Stanford saw a big jump to No. 9 after beating a not-so-good Notre Dame team.
  • The biggest winner, however, was Auburn. After a three point win over Mississippi State, and a close call against Clemson many had some question marks about this Auburn squad. With a 35-27 win over South Carolina, some of those questions were answered. Cameron Newton continues to shine and for his efforts, Auburn is currently ranked at the 10th spot. Auburn plays the University of Louisiana-Monroe and Kentucky before two tough tests against Arkansas and LSU.

Middle of the Pack: 11-20

  • LSU jumped up three spots to No. 12 after a 20-14 win against West Virginia. Once again, LSU’s defense and special teams lifted the Tigers to victory. Jordan Jefferson had a rough night, often hearing boos by many of the Tiger “faithful.” Jefferson finished 10-22 for 75 yards and two interceptions. With Tennessee this weekend, then Florida the next, it’s safe to say LSU will need better production from the QB position.
  • After Miami’s 31-3 showing against Pittsburgh Thursday, Jacory Harris and co. jumped up to No. 16.
  • USC also moved up two spots, but is anyone really confident in the Trojans? (Maybe the latest NCAA Football Odds will show some confidence in USC?)
  • Michigan cracked the top 20, after a dominating performance — against Bowling Green. Michigan fans had to hold their breathe for a little while as Denard Robinson appeared to have injured his knee. However, Robinson appears to be just fine and will play this week against Indiana.

Third Tier: 21-25

  • The biggest surprise in the ACC, North Carolina State entered the top 25, at No. 23 after a solid victory on the road against Georgia Tech. NC State QB Russell Wilson continues to impress, as he makes a case for his name to appear in Heisman talk. NC State will have a tough test against Virginia Tech this weekend, as the Tom O’Brien led Wolfpack look to match their win total from a year ago, with five.
  • Nevada also entered the rankings after beating BYU, 27-13.

Another weekend in the books. Next weekend will highlight headline games that include Florida-Alabama, Texas-Oklahoma and Stanford-Oregon.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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