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SBNation FanPulse Week 5: There Is a New Number One

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The Buckeyes move into the playoff picture after bludgeoning Nebraska

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There was a little bit of movement at the top of the polls and Nebraska had a part to play in that (/sobs).

After Clemson barely survived a challenge by UNC when Mack Brown decided to go for two (and the win) and didn’t make it, the voters moved the Tigers down to #2 and pushed Alabama to the top spot.

Georgia remains at number three, but the Buckeyes made a move from #6 into the all-important top four after annihilating a woeful Husker squad in prime time on Saturday. LSU, the previous #4 dropped to #5. Oklahoma had no trouble dispatching Texas Tech but fell a spot anyway from #5 to #6.

Around the Big Ten, Wisconsin’s relative struggle with Northwestern didn’t diminish the Badgers in the eyes of voters as they remained at #8. Penn State continues to climb as they moved up a spot this week. Iowa also moved up, from #15 to #14, after dismantling a directional team. Michigan dropped a couple of spots from #18 to #20 despite dominating Rutgers (who then fired their coach) 52-0. Michigan State’s time in the poll above big brother ended quickly as they dropped several spots after struggling with Indiana.

Also receiving votes were:

  • Kansas State
  • Wake Forest
  • SMU
  • Oklahoma State
  • Army

When it comes to fan confidence, Nebraskans are wavering a little but overall confidence is very high (87.9%) in Scott Frost and where he is taking this program. There is a lot to be fixed, but there really aren’t a lot of good options out there should Frost prove unable to do it. Right now, fans are still betting that our young head coach can learn on the job.

When it came to the poll question on which coach will be fired first, the fans were oh-so-close as they picked Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt to be at the front of the unemployment line. We all know by now that Rutgers dismissed Chris Ash over the weekend, replaced by someone named Nunzio Campanile. At least Rutgers has upped their name game.

Coaches most likely to be fired first:

  • Tennessee - 24.9%
  • Rutgers - 24.1%
  • Florida State - 14.1%
  • Virginia Tech - 13.4%
  • USC - 9.6%
  • USF - 9.0%
  • Arkansas 5.0%

There you have it Corn Nation! The Week 5 poll is out. What did you notice that I missed? Let me know in the comments.