NFP Top 25

Dave Miller
National Football Post

Week 5 of the 2012 college football season is in the books, and it was yet another memorable weekend.

Georgia survived a scare from SEC East rival Tennessee, Oklahoma State took Texas to the limit and Oregon State remained unbeaten.

With the rankings shaken up, let’s take a look at how the National Football Post stacks up the Top 25 heading into the sixth week of the season.

2012 record in parentheses and last week’s ranking in brackets.

1. Alabama (5-0) [1]
Amari Cooper caught two touchdown passes from AJ McCarron as the Crimson Tide beat Ole Miss 33-14.

2. LSU (5-0) [2]
Odell Beckham had five catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers beat Towson 38-22.

3. Oregon (5-0) [3]
The Ducks used a strong third quarter to pull away from Washington State 51-26.

4. South Carolina (5-0) [4]
The Gamecocks scored 31 unanswered points against Kentucky in a 38-17 victory.

5. Georgia (5-0) [5]
The Bulldogs relied on freshmen running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall to beat Tennessee 51-44.

EJ Manuel
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EJ Manuel

US PRESSWIREEJ Manuel and the Seminoles remain unbeaten after taking care of USF.

6. Florida State (5-0) [6]
EJ Manuel threw for 242 yards and one touchdown as the Seminoles beat South Florida 30-17.

7. Kansas State (4-0) [7]
The Wildcats had a bye this past weekend and will host Kansas on Saturday.

8. West Virginia (4-0) [8]
Geno Smith was nothing short of ridiculous with eight touchdown passes and 656 passing yards in a 70-63 win over Baylor.

9. Texas (4-0) [10]
David Ash threw three touchdown passes and the Longhorns survived giving up 576 total yards in a 41-36 win over Oklahoma State.

10. Notre Dame (4-0) [11]
The Fighting Irish had a bye this past weekend and will play Miami (FL) at Chicago’s Soldier Field this week.

11. Florida (4-0) [12]
The Gators had a bye this past weekend and will host LSU on Saturday.

12. TCU (4-0) [13]
Casey Pachall threw two touchdown passes and Jason Verrett had two interceptions as TCU beat SMU 24-16.


13. Ohio State (5-0) [15]
The Buckeyes held the Michigan State rushing game in check in a 17-16 win over the Spartans.

DeAndre Hopkins
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DeAndre Hopkins

US PRESSWIREDeAndre Hopkins had a school-record 197 receiving yards in a win over BC.

14. Clemson (4-1) [14]
DeAndre Hopkins had a school-record 197 receiving yards as the Tigers beat Boston College 45-31.

15. Oklahoma (2-1) [16]
Landry Jones and the Sooners were off this past week and will travel to Texas Tech on Saturday.

16. USC (3-1) [17]
The Trojans were off this past weekend and will travel to Utah on Thursday.

17. Oregon State (3-0) [20]
Sean Mannion threw for a career-high 433 yards and hit Connor Hamlett on a 9-yard pass with just over a minute remaining as the Beavers beat Arizona 38-35.

18. Stanford (3-1) [9]
The Cardinal were held to 235 total yards in a 17-13 loss to Washington.

19. Louisville (5-0) [19]
The Cardinals are off to their best start since 2006 after beating Southern Miss 21-17.

20. Nebraska (4-1) [22]
Taylor Martinez led four straight scoring drives in the second half to lead the Cornhuskers' comeback from a 17-point deficit in a 30-27 win over Wisconsin.

21. Rutgers (4-0) [21]
The Scarlet Knights were off this past weekend and will host UConn on Saturday.

22. Northwestern (5-0) [24]
The Wildcats set a school mark with 704 yards of total offense in a 44-29 victory over Indiana.

23. Cincinnati (3-0) [NR]
Munchie Legaux hit Damon Julian for a 39-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds to play to lead the Bearcats past Virginia Tech 27-24.

24. Ohio (5-0) [25]
Beau Blankenship carried 43 times for 269 yards and three touchdowns to lead unbeaten Ohio to a 37-34 victory over UMass.

25. Louisiana Tech (4-0) [NR]
Colby Cameron threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and Louisiana Tech scored 34 straight points to rally from an early deficit and beat Virginia 44-38.

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