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2023 College Football season: AP Poll rankings after Week 5

A pair of matchups between ranked teams caused most of the movement in the AP Poll following the Week 5 slate of games while the top seven teams stayed unchanged.

Oregon State beat Utah in a Pac-12 matchup, and Ole Miss beat LSU in a shootout and overtook the Tigers in the rankings in the process.

Elsewhere in Week 5, No. 1 Georgia beat unranked Auburn by a touchdown, No. 11 Notre Dame beat No. 17 Duke 21-14, and No. 8 USC held off a late surge by Colorado to win 48-41.

Georgia escapes Auburn's rushing attack

No. 1 Georgia allowed 219 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, but they managed to overcome Auburn by one score on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Georgia quarterback Carson Beck connected with tight end Brock Bowers for eight receptions, 157 yards, and a touchdown, and running back Daijun Edwards ran the ball 19 times for 76 yards and two scores en route to a 27-20 win.

Auburn amassed their 219 rushing yards on 43 carries. They passed the ball just 20 times, completing 11 of those attempts.

Georgia will want to see their defense put in a more well-rounded effort, especially against the run: Linebacker Smael Mondon Jr. and defensive back Javon Bullard had most total tackles in the game with 11 and 10, respectively, while no one else on the defense had more than 5.

Caleb outduels Shedeur, USC beats Colorado

In the matchup between No. 8 USC and unranked Colorado, both quarterbacks completed 30 passes and threw one interception. The difference is that USC's Caleb Williams threw two more touchdowns than his counterpart, Shedeur Sanders from Colorado en route to a 48-41 USC win.

Williams threw his six scores in the first three quarters while all of Colorado's points came in the last three quarters, including two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make it a one-possession game late on.

USC were able to hold off the Buffaloes' comeback as they recovered Colorado's onside kick after the Buffaloes' final touchdown, allowing Caleb Williams to kneel three times to end the game.

Despite Shedeur Sanders saying "I don't know what that means" when asked if the game felt like a moral victory, head coach Deion Sanders can take positives from a close game against college football's best player.

Ole Miss overcomes LSU in offensive showdown

Neither side played much defense as new No. 16 Ole Miss beat new No. 23 LSU, 55-49. LSU went into the game ranked 13th and Ole Miss went in ranked 20th.

Both quarterbacks put up video game numbers: LSU's Jayden Daniels went 27/36 for 414 yards and four touchdowns, while Ole Miss's Jaxson Dart went 26/39 for 389 yards and four touchdowns.

Both teams scored another three rushing touchdowns, so the difference came down to defense and special teams.

Ole Miss forced and recovered a fumble from Daniels and made LSU punt three times compared to Ole Miss's two punts. Kicker Caden Davis of Ole Miss hit both his field goal attempts, whereas LSU kicker Damian Ramos missed his one kick.

AP Top 25 Rankings

1Georgia5-01,501 (35)
2Michigan5-01,436 (12)
3Texas5-01,426 (10)
4Ohio State4-01,357 (1)
5Florida State4-01,336 (4)
6Penn State5-01,227
10Notre Dame5-1975
13Washington State4-0765
14North Carolina4-0726
15Oregon State4-1633
16Ole Miss4-1616
17Miami (FL)4-0589
24Fresno State5-0130

Others receiving votes: Maryland 81, Kansas St. 44, Texas A&M 31 UCLA 19, Tulane 8, Air Force 7, Wisconsin 6, Clemson 5, West Virginia 5, Kansas 3, James Madison 3, Colorado 1.

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