Iowa took care of their business in Week 5, demolishing MTSU 48-3. Alas, beating up a cupcake alone isn't going to result in much upward movement in the polls unless there are also some losses from teams ranked ahead of them -- and that didn't happen this week. The highest ranked team in last week's polls to lose this past weekend was Cal and since they were already below Iowa (#15 in the AP rankings, #16 in the Coaches Poll rankings), that loss wasn't going to give Iowa any boost.
Of course, we're still quite early in the season -- rankings don't mean much yet and there will be ample opportunity for Iowa to record impressive wins (starting with games against #19 Michigan and #12 Penn State over the next two weeks) and for th teams ranked ahead of Iowa to drop games.
THE WEEK 6 AP POLL:
|4||Ohio State (7)||5-0||1324|
The big news out of this week's rankings was the change at the top of the mountain. Alabama ousted Clemson from that perch after Bama steamrolled Ole Miss, while Clemson narrowly escaped a titanic upset bid from UNC. Ohio State also got a boost from their own steamrolling of Nebraska on Saturday night, hopping LSU from #5 to #4. Elsewhere Notre Dame and Florida changed spots and Washington, Utah, and Boise State all moved up a few spots after notching wins.
And there was the customary upheaval in the lower ranks of the Top 25, four new faces joining this week's rankings: Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, and SMU. Arizona State was previously ranked (after upsetting Michigan State), but this is the first appearance of the year for Okie State, Wake Forest, and SMU. This is Wake's first appearance in the Top 25 in over a decade -- since they were ranked 21st in the October 12, 2008 rankings after starting out 4-1. They promptly lost 26-0 to Maryland the next week. That's nothing compared to SMU, of course; the Ponies haven't been ranked since October 21, 1986, when they were 5-1. 33 years (and one NCAA death penalty) later, the Ponies are BACK.
THE WEEK 6 COACHES POLL:
|5||Ohio State (4)||5-0||1362|
The Coaches Poll features the same switcheroo at the top of the rankings, with Alaama narrowly displacing Clemson for the #1 spot. Ohio State also jumps LSU here, from #5 to #4. Interestingly, Ohio State has the third-most #1 votes (4), but still ranks behind Georgia and Oklahoma in the overall rankings. That suggests to me that the coaches poll ballots have a fairly wide range of rankings for the Buckeyes, with a handful of coaches putting them atop the Top 25, while others rank them lower down the Top 10.