SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25: Week 5, ACC Down To Two In Recent Top 25

John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Alabama is still the relatively comfortable king of college football. But BlogPoll voters think there may be more than a few crown princes, given the first-place votes for six other teams.

Here is your week 5 BlogPoll results.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 4

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Alabama Crimson Tide (85) 24.81 0.74 --
2 Oregon Ducks (2) 22.94 2.50 Arrow_up 1
3 Florida St. Seminoles (1) 21.85 2.93 Arrow_up 2
4 LSU Tigers 21.53 2.44 Arrow_down -2
5 Georgia Bulldogs 20.34 2.40 Arrow_down -1
6 Kansas St. Wildcats (1) 18.80 2.56 Arrow_up 8
7 South Carolina Gamecocks 18.37 2.36 Arrow_up 2
8 Stanford Cardinal (2) 17.65 3.11 --
9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1) 16.55 3.20 Arrow_up 2
10 West Virginia Mountaineers 16.49 4.46 Arrow_down -3
11 Florida Gators (1) 14.82 3.46 Arrow_up 2
12 Texas Longhorns 14.20 2.73 --
13 USC Trojans 11.43 4.49 Arrow_up 3
14 Ohio St. Buckeyes 11.17 4.09 Arrow_up 1
15 TCU Horned Frogs 10.45 3.86 Arrow_up 2
16 Clemson Tigers 9.14 4.54 Arrow_down -6
17 Oklahoma Sooners 7.92 4.65 Arrow_down -11
18 Louisville Cardinals 7.83 3.15 Arrow_up 1
19 Oregon St. Beavers 7.16 4.63 Arrow_up 10
20 Michigan St. Spartans 4.65 3.11 Arrow_up 2
21 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 4.51 3.57 Arrow_up 3
22 Northwestern Wildcats 3.74 4.30 Arrow_up 1
23 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 3.10 2.95 Arrow_up 10
24 Nebraska Cornhuskers 2.51 2.69 Arrow_up 2
25 Ohio Bobcats 2.49 3.11 --
Others Receiving Votes: Baylor Bears | Iowa St. Cyclones | UCLA Bruins | Boise St. Broncos | Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | Oklahoma St. Cowboys | Michigan Wolverines | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Arizona Wildcats | Arizona St. Sun Devils | Virginia Tech Hokies | Cincinnati Bearcats | Minnesota Golden Gophers | Texas A&M Aggies | Wisconsin Badgers | Tennessee Volunteers | Central Florida Knights | Purdue Boilermakers | Ball St. Cardinals | Miami Hurricanes | Utah State Aggies | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | Nevada Wolf Pack | Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Updated: Sep 26, 2012 9:45 AM EDT

Only two ACC teams cracked the Top 25 this week -- Florida State is up to 3 while Clemson drops 6 to no. 16. That's the same number of teams as from the Big East -- Louisville at no. 18 and Rutgers at no. 23 -- despite having four more programs.

But really, the ACC has no one to blame but themselves for the lack of representation in the recent polls. Georgia Tech was close in the preseason but we had to go and play the Coastal Division title game on the first weekend of the year. N.C. State was a fringe Top 25 team to start the season and they dropped to Tennessee in Atlanta. Virginia Tech was close but then they went ahead and lost to Pittsburgh. Badly. Clemson was a top 10 program until they fell to another top 10 program in Tallahassee.

The reason 1/2 of the Big 12 is ranked, for instance, is a combination of schedule timing, soft non-conference scheduling and taking care of business on the field. Still don't understand why the ACC puts league games so early in the year, guaranteeing early season losses.

Things could be much different if the ACC had saved intra-divisional showdowns between division title contenders -- Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech, Florida State vs. Clemson -- for later in the year. Front load the schedule with non-conference games and it's not hard to think 2-3 more ACC teams would still be ranked and being discussed more than they are just five weeks into the season.

In the battle of perception, ACC football is clearly losing. Lots of self-inflicted wounds -- both scheduling and performance related -- many of which could have been avoided with some more creative, early season scheduling.

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