Another Saturday over, another week of college football in the books. This week the Crimson Tide continued to roll, Oklahoma survived a scare from Army, and a top 15 team fell to an 0-3 Conference USA squad.
1. Alabama (4-0)
Notes: Tuanigamanuolepola Tagovailoa that is all.
2. Georgia (4-0)
3. Clemson (4-0)
4.Ohio State (4-0)
Notes: Urban Meyer is back and the Buckeyes are back to beating up sub-par football teams. This week they will face an actual challenger when they take on Penn State in Happy Valley.
5. LSU (4-0)
6. Oklahoma (4-0)
Notes: Army was just one redzone possession away from pulling off the biggest upset of the year. Oklahoma’s inability to close the game out in regulation may raise a few eyebrows, but a win is a win.
7. Stanford (4-0)
Notes: Stanford moves up in the rankings after an impressive come from behind victory over PAC-12 rival Oregon. The comeback was kicked off on this play
8. Notre Dame (4-0)
Notes: It would appear that the Fighting Irish have found their QB as redshirt sophomore QB Ian Book threw for 325 yards and 2 TDs in an impressive win over Wake Forest.
9. Auburn (3-1)
10. Penn State (4-0)
11. Washington (3-1)
12.West Virginia (3-0)
13. Wisconsin (3-1)
Notes: Wisconsin bounced back this week with a win over division rival Iowa. With the win over the Hawkeyes Wisconsin has bested arguably its only real competition in the Big Ten West and is in the driver seat to take the division. The Badgers next real test won’t come until October 13 when they take on Michigan in Ann Arbor.
14. Michigan (3-1)
15. Miami (3-1)
16. UCF (3-0)
Notes: No Frost, no problem; UCF just keeps rolling with no signs of slowing anytime soon. UCF now boasts a few impressive streaks. In the addition to having the longest active win-streak in the FBS (16 games) UCF has also scored at least 30 points over the last 16 games which is also the longest streak in the FBS.
17. Mississippi State (3-1)
18. Michigan State (2-1)
19. BYU (3-1)
Notes: No upset hangover for BYU this week as they steamrolled McNeese St. 30-3.
20. Oregon (3-1)
21. Oklahoma State (3-1)
22. Maryland (4-1)
Notes: Not many people anticipated that Maryland would be this good this season especially given the off the field issues that the program has gone through in recent months. But with a difficult Big Ten East slate coming up it remains to be seen if the Terrapins can maintain the same level of play.
23. Kentucky (4-0)
24. Virginia Tech (2-1)
Notes: Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong for the Hokies. First the Hokies lost to an 0-3 Old Dominion in arguably the biggest upset of this college football season. After the game things went from bad to worse as leading pass rusher Trevon Hill was dismissed from the team and it was announced earlier Monday that starting QB Josh Jackson would be sidelined indefinitely with a fractured fibula. It may be hard for the Hokies to stick around in the Top 25 in the coming weeks.
25. Texas (3-1)
Notes: TEXAS IS BACK….in the Top 25…for now. Don’t get too high on the Longhorns stock just yet; this team has been wildly inconsistent over the last few years. As they dive further into Big 12 play we’ll get a better understanding of who this team really is.
Stats per: ESPN, Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy)
Last week’s rankings can be viewed here