Week 4 of the college football rankings show a little jostling (very little) in the Top 10 and a little movement in the AP Top 25 college football rankings, which stands to reason, considering that only two Associated Press Top 25 played each other. The Alabama Crimson Tide crushed a hapless Duke to remain in the top spot as Ohio State, Boise State, TCU, and Oregon all went home with solid wins to round out the Top 5 and remain static in the college football rankings for Week 4. But there was a little more movement in the bottom of the Top 10, due predominantly to #9 Iowa’s loss and Texas having trouble with intra-state rivals Texas Tech. With a couple exceptions, the best games in college football this week were played by teams beginning with the letter ‘A.’
Iowa went out to Tucson to take on the #24 Arizona Wildcats. In so doing, they fell hard, dropping the game, 34-27, and dropping out of the Top 10 to #18, a fall of nine slots. Arizona’s win prompted a 10 slot advance in the rankings, the most in the AP Top 25.
Unranked Arizona State took on the #11 Wisconsin Badgers and nearly walked away with a victory. But the Badgers prevailed, but it only helped them remain where they were ranked in Week 3.
The #16 Auburn Tigers took on the undefeated and unranked Clemson Tigers and quickly went down 17-0. But Auburn proved resilient, scoring 24 unanswered points before Clemson scored again to tie the game. In Overtime, Clemson’s defense solidified, holding Auburn to a field goal. Clemson matched it when Auburn stopped them inside the 10, but they were called for a false start. The second attempt went wide and Auburn narrowly maintained their undefeated record. They also fell a notch in the AP Top 25 college football rankings to #17.
Back in the Top 10, Week 3’s #6 Texas had trouble with Texas Tech, only beating the unranked Red Raiders by 10 points. They lost a position in the college football rankings, giving up the slot to Nebraska, who cruised to a 56-21 victory over Washington. Nebraska’s move was up two notches, also vaulting arch-rival Oklahoma as well. Oklahoma, like Texas, dropped a notch.
Florida moved up a spot from last week to #9 after beating SEC rival Tennessee, while fellow SEC member Arkansas jumped into the Top 10, moving up two positions after beating Georgia. Arkansas’ entry into the Top 10 places three SEC teams in said group, matching the three positions held by the Big 12.
Only one team fell out of the AP Top 25 college football rankings in Week 4 — Houston. Previously undefeated, Houston went into Los Angeles and was handed their first defeat by a surprisingly winless UCLA.
Michigan State’s Overtime win over Notre Dame lifted their undefeated team into the AP Top 25 for the first time this season, anchoring the list.
Week 5’s games should see quite a bit of major movement within the AP Top 25 college football rankings — another Super Saturday, if you will. Top of that list, of course, is the match-up between #1 Alabama and the #10 Arkansas Razorbacks. Boise State will take their #3 ranking into Broncos stadium to take on a tough #24 Oregon State. #5 Oregon takes on PAC 10 rival Arizona State. #7 Texas will host UCLA. #9 Florida will take on undefeated SEC rivals Kentucky. #12 South Carolina will take on #17 Auburn. #15 LSU will host #22 West Virginia. #16 Stanford will take on an always tough Notre Dame. #19 Miami will take on a Pitt Panthers team attempting to regain ranking.
AP Top 25 College Football Rankings (Week 4)
2. Ohio State
3. Boise State
12. South Carolina
19. Miami (FL)
22. West Virginia
23. Penn State
24. Oregon State
25. Michigan State
AP Top 25 College Football Rankings (Week 3)
AP Top 25 College Football Rankings (Week 2 — first week of actual play)
Associated Press Top 25 Poll via ESPN.go.com