Georgia Climbs To #3, California Continues To Surprise In The Pac-12

Georgia’s solid win over previous top-ten Notre Dame was enough to push the Bulldogs past LSU and Oklahoma and into our third place behind Alabama and Clemson in our Week 5 national rankings.

Wisconsin made the biggest jump, from 25th to 14th, following a convincing win over playoff pretender Michigan.

Despite keeping its season perfect at 4-0, Florida fell from seventh to 10th because of negative metrics in our system.

In the PAC-12 . . . 

Oregon’s Ducks bore their way to a 21-6 win over Stanford to now rule the PAC-12, replacing Utah, which won the ground game 247-13 but still managed to lose the scoreboard to unranked USC 30-23.

Washington is second only to the Ducks and only because the Ducks have played stronger competition. The Huskies have sharp up-trends and show significant evidence that defensive units have come together sooner than expected. 

Washington State‘s 130-point game against UCLA was entertaining, but even in losing, the Cougars managed to stay in our national rankings, which means all of the ranked teams from the PAC-12 come from the North Division.

California is 4-0 and ranked by most national experts but not ranked in our system.  Despite a fabulous defense, negative metrics elsewhere point to only a moderate future for the Bears.

Oregon State is displaying a handful of up-trends and the Beavers have an exciting opportunity this weekend as they host faltering Stanford.  Both teams are 1-3 and are ranked at the bottom of the PAC-12 North.

USC is ranked 26th nationally and is now our leader in the PAC-12 South, two spots ahead of Utah. Arizona State, Colorado, Arizona, and UCLA follow at some distance.

Our system was 47-11 in predicting games last weekend and now stands 236-48 (83%).

Our Top 25 for Week 5:

1. Alabama 4-0

2. Clemson 4-0

3. Georgia 4-0

4. LSU 4-0

5. Oklahoma 3-0

6. Ohio State 4-0

7. Auburn 4-0

8. Iowa 3-0

9. Penn St. 3-0

10. Florida 4-0

11. Texas 3-1

12. Notre Dame 2-1

13. Oregon 3-1

14. Boise St. 4-0

15. Wisconsin 3-0

16. Washington 3-1

17. Michigan State 3-1

18. N Carolina St. 3-1

19. Michigan 2-1

20. Virginia 4-0

21. W Virginia 3-1

22. UCF 3-1

23. Missouri 3-1

24. Washington St. 3-1

25. Iowa St. 2-1

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Bobby Albrant is a former journalism major at the University of Oregon, creator of for college football predictions and rankings, former analyst for Southern Mississippi football games, and twenty years coaching girls basketball for all ages through CIF high school. He has three grown children with his youngest daughter playing on the Ventura (Ca) High School basketball team that defeated Dom Lugo High School and was the last high school game ever played by Diana Taurasi. He can be reached at