Each week, it appears as if an Alabama-Georgia matchup in the SEC Championship Game is more and more of a sure thing, especially after Georgia’s 41-0 rout of Tennessee. But it’s not as if there aren’t other possibilities; Auburn and Florida remained undefeated in conference play and should improve their spots in the college football rankings.
The SEC also figures to lose a pair of teams from the national polls after No. 24 Mississippi State was blown out for the second consecutive week and No. 25 LSU suffered an upset loss to Troy.
Here is our best guess at how the AP Top 25 will shake out after Week 5:
College football rankings 2017: Projecting the AP Top 25 after Week 5
Dropped out: Mississippi State (previously No. 24) and LSU ( No. 25)
24. North Carolina State
23. West Virginia
22. Virginia Tech
21. Notre Dame
Newly promoted starting quarterback Luke Del Rio suffered a season-ending collarbone injury, but the Gators snuffed Vanderbilt by 2 touchdowns in The Swamp. Florida hosts LSU next Saturday, and redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks is expected to make the start.
18. San Diego State
14. Oklahoma State
The Tigers offense appears to be finding its groove. Auburn has posted a combined 100 points in its last two games against Missouri and No. 24 Mississippi State. But Gus Malzahn still needs to address one key area.
11. Ohio State
8. Washington State
Kirby Smart’s Saturday was probably a little better than yours. His Dawgs shut out Tennessee 41-0 at Neyland Stadium, where the Vols had not lost that horribly at home in 112 years. Another road trip to the Volunteer State awaits; Georgia visits Vanderbilt next Saturday.
4. Penn State
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