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SB Nation FanPulse Week 5 Rankings Released!

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There is a new No. 1!

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Alabama John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it’s taken the first month of the season, but there is finally a new No. 1 team at the top of the SB Nation FanPulse rankings!

After a near loss to North Carolina, Clemson fell one spot, allowing the Crimson Tide to claim the top spot. Let’s see how those rankings compare with the rankings of the Georgia Tech fan base.

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide (LW: 2)
  2. Clemson Tigers (LW: 1)
  3. Ohio State Buckeyes (LW: 5)
  4. LSU Tigers (LW: 4)
  5. Oklahoma Sooners (LW: 3)
  6. Auburn Tigers (LW: 7)
  7. Wisconsin Badgers (LW: 8)
  8. Georgia Bulldogs (LW: 6)
  9. Florida Gators (LW: 9)
  10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (LW: 11)
  11. Penn State Nittany Lions (LW: 12)
  12. Texas Longhorns (LW: 10)
  13. Oregon Ducks (LW: 13)
  14. Iowa Hawkeyes (LW: 15)
  15. Boise State Broncos (LW: 20)
  16. Washington Huskies (LW: 22)
  17. California Golden Bears (LW: 25)
  18. Virginia Cavaliers (LW: 21)
  19. Utah Utes (LW: 14)
  20. Michigan Wolverines (LW: 17)
  21. UCF Knights (LW: 24)
  22. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (LW: NR)
  23. USC Trojans (LW: 19)
  24. Texas A&M Aggies (LW: 18)
  25. Army Black Knights (LW: NR)

Biggest changes here were in the late teens, which saw three teams fall into the 20s. Michigan State and Washington State also completely fell out of the rankings this week. Personally, I’m happy to see Wake Forest finally crack the Top 25. I’m a big Dave Clawson fan and am incredibly impressed with what he’s done at Wake Forest.

This week, there was a question asking which coach people thought would be fired first. And well...they were close.

Though Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee was the leading vote-getter, it was actually Chris Ash of Rutgers who got canned first, coincidentally enough, before this graphic was even produced. Ash and his offensive coordinator were relieved of their duties on Sunday, following Rutgers’ 52-0 loss to Michigan.

Georgia Tech fan confidence also took a small hit this week, following the 24-2 loss to Temple, but I was surprised it didn’t fall a bit more, only going down to 62.5 percent.

Obviously, it was a rough loss, but I think people are really starting to understand that this is probably going to be a long process.

What does Tech need to do the rest of the season to instill your confidence as a fan?