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Monday, October 1, 2012
Alabama remains No. 1

By ESPN.com staff

How did Saturday's results affect this week's ESPN Power Rankings?

Despite the offensive fireworks, movement was relatively constricted in this week's rankings. Several top teams were off in Week 5 and Stanford's loss to Washington on Thursday night served as the biggest upset.

It was not, however, enough to move the Huskies into this week's Power Rankings. They'll have their chance to make a stronger impression with Saturday's visit to Oregon.

Cincinnati enters this week's Top 25.

1. Alabama (5-0)

Alabama was in an unfamiliar position Saturday. For the first time in 10 games, they trailed an opponent in regulation. It lasted 15 seconds. Alabama scored on the ensuing kickoff after Ole Miss took a 7-6 lead and never looked back in a 33-14 win.

2. Oregon (5-0)

The Ducks led Washington State by just four at halftime in their first game away from Eugene. They found their footing in the second half, sweeping aside the Cougars with Kenjon Barner (4 TDs) leading the way in a 51-26 win.

3. Florida State (5-0)

FSU picked up a 30-17 win over USF to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 2005. It took a while for the offense to find its footing, but the defense held the Bulls in check until an offensive burst late in the third quarter.

4. Georgia (5-0)

A high-octane offense that produces big plays in bundles has powered Georgia's 5-0 start. The Bulldogs have scored at least 40 points in each game and face a South Carolina defense Saturday that is allowing just 11 points per game.

5. LSU (5-0)

Lackadaisical is a good way to describe the past two LSU wins. The Tigers did enough in wins over Auburn and Towson, but that threshold might not be enough at The Swamp on Saturday.

6. South Carolina (5-0)

The Gamecocks tied their longest-ever win streak after beating Kentucky 38-17 Saturday. Extending that streak to 10 games by beating Georgia would give S.C. the leg up in the SEC East race.

6. Kansas State (4-0)

Kansas State was off Week 5. The Wildcats return to action Saturday against Kansas in Manhattan.

8. West Virginia (4-0)

Introductions were made, pleasantries exchanged and then records broken. West Virginia's Big 12 debut stole Week 5 headlines as the Mountaineers outgunned Baylor in a 70-63 win.

9. Notre Dame (4-0)

Notre Dame was off Week 5. The Fighting Irish return to action Saturday against Miami in Chicago.

10. Florida (4-0)

Florida was off Week 5. The Gators return to action Saturday against LSU in Gainesville.

11. Texas (4-0)

It remains to be seen how meaningful Texas' final drive in Saturday's win over Oklahoma State will be for the Longhorns moving forward, but it was undoubtedly a watershed moment for QB David Ash and the Longhorns' offense.

12. Ohio State (5-0)

Braxton Miller might have turned the ball over three times, but there was no question in whose hands Ohio State wanted it when the game was on the line. The Buckeyes ran out the clock on Michigan State in a 17-16 win behind Miller's 315 total yards.

13. USC (3-1)

USC was off Week 5. The Trojans return to action Thursday night against Utah in Salt Lake City.

14. Oregon State (3-0)

Sean Mannion took another step in his maturation process and Oregon State reaped the benefits once again. Mannion led a late TD drive to give the Beavers a 38-35 win at Arizona.

15. Clemson (4-1)

Once again, the Tigers were without the services of Sammy Watkins, this time due to a virus, but DeAndre Hopkins made sure it didn't matter. He caught 11 passes for a school-record 197 yards in a 45-31 win over Boston College.

16. TCU (4-0)

TCU's offensive inefficiency almost cost it in Dallas. The Horned Frogs managed just 27 yards and three points in the second half but the defense held firm in a 24-16 win over SMU.

17. Oklahoma (2-1)

Oklahoma was off Week 5. The Sooners return to action Saturday against Texas Tech in Lubbock.

18. Stanford (3-1)

The Cardinal arrived in Seattle having beaten Washington four straight times, averaging 322 yards a game on the ground during that span. They left having mustered just 65 yards and saw their mastery over the Huskies in recent years end after a 17-13 loss.

19. Louisville (5-0)

Louisville seemed in danger of drowning, let alone losing, on a rain-soaked night in Hattiesburg. Senorise Perry's fourth-quarter TD was the different in a 21-17 win over Southern Miss.

20. Mississippi State (4-0)

Mississippi State was off Week 5. The Bulldogs are back in action Saturday against Kentucky in Lexington.

21. Nebraska (4-1)

Taylor Martinez was the catalyst for the comeback, but it was the Cornhuskers' defense that sealed a 30-27 win over Wisconsin by stuffing Montee Ball on fourth-and-1.

22. Rutgers (4-0)

Rutgers was off Week 5. The Scarlet Knights are back in action Saturday at home against UConn.

23. UCLA (4-1)

Colorado proved the perfect tonic for UCLA following its first loss of the season last week. Brett Hundley passed for 281 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 42-14 win.

24. Northwestern (5-0)

Lost amid the gloom and doom surrounding the Big Ten this season has been Northwestern's perfect start. The Wildcats recently returned to the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since 2008.

25. Cincinnati (3-0)

Cincinnati added its name to the list of Big East unbeaten after Munchie Legaux connected with Damon Julian for a last-second score to beat Virginia Tech Saturday.

Also receiving votes: Others receiving votes: Texas A&M (16), Washington (16), Boise State (14), Baylor (11), Louisiana Tech (7), Miami (FL) (5), Arizona State (3), Michigan (3), Texas Tech (2), Ohio (1), Oklahoma State (1), Michigan State (1)