CFB Barometer: Who's Up, Down Week 5
CFB Barometer: Who's Up, Down Week 5

This article is part of our CFB Barometer series.

The usual suspects appear atop the college football rankings, as Oklahoma, LSU and Alabama expectedly vanquished the competition thus far in 2011. Boise State and Stanford are sitting pretty too, led by Heisman-caliber quarterbacks in Kellen Moore and Andrew Luck, respectively. Oklahoma State and freakish wideout Justin Blackman could throw a major wrench into things as well after their comeback victory against Texas A&M last weekend. But with former Yankees minor-league pitcher Brandon Weeden at the helm and in the latter half of his 20s, it's not exactly surprising that the Cowboys have put themselves in prime position for success, either.

However, the bottom half of the Top 25 has a couple of major surprises. Illinois is off to its best start in more than 50 years, while Michigan has exorcized its defensive demons from ...

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jesse Siegel
Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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