College Football News: CFB Power Rankings After Week 4 As Of 9/25/16
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We’re somehow a month already into the 2016-17 college football season and we’re starting to get a better feel for who the top teams are. It’s going to be an interesting fall to say the least.
Here are the college football power rankings after four weeks.
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1. Alabama Crimson Tide - Alabama doesn’t seem as scary as it has in the past, but has to be the favorite right now to win the national championship. The Crimson Tide will also only get better as the season drags out.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes - The young Ohio State Buckeyes are the best coached team in the land and are averaging three interceptions per game. A waxing of Oklahoma has me sold on this team.
3. Louisville Cardinals - The Louisville Cardinals will have another big test next week against Clemson. Lamar Jackson has 25 touchdowns in four games. Can you say Heisman?
4. Wisconsin Badgers - The Wisconsin Badgers now have two wins over top-10 teams and are getting great play on both sides of the ball. Wiksy will have another test next week against Michigan.
5. Clemson Tigers - The Clemson Tigers still haven’t played to their full potential yet, but wins have to count for something. At the end of the day, Clemson hasn’t lost a regular season game since November of 2014.
6. Michigan Wolverines - The Michigan Wolverines have allowed 16 or less points in six of their last nine games. Might not always be pretty, but the Wolverines are physical and a tough matchup for anyone.
7. Texas A&M Aggies - If the Texas A&M Aggies can play defense the way they did against Arkansas, they’re a team that could make the playoffs and beat Alabama in a few weeks. Team on the rise quickly.
8. Houston Cougars - The Houston Cougars have outscored their last two opponents by a score of 104-19. Laugh at the lack of competition all you want, that’s impressive.
9. Washington Huskies - Washington was able to survive on the road against Arizona and will now have a shot at its third win over a ranked team since last season. Jake Browning remains one of the more underrated players in college football.
10. Stanford Cardinal - The Stanford Cardinal were outplayed against UCLA but still found a way to win. We’ll find out more about Stanford next week against Washington.
11. Tennessee Volunteers - The Tennessee Volunteers got the monkey off their back with a win over Florida and now control their own destiny in the SEC East. Is it safe to say the Vols are really back?
12. Baylor Bears - The Baylor Bears are undefeated and have topped 30 points in 21 of their last 23 games. Off the field distractions haven’t bothered this club whatsoever.
13. Utah Utes - The Utah Utes deserve more love nationally, as their defense is downright feisty and nasty. As long as Troy Williams takes care of the ball, Utah can win the Pac-12.
14. Nebraska Cornhuskers - Don’t look now, but the Nebraska Cornhuskers are undefeated and have an improved defense. Tommy Armstrong Jr. has 227 rushing yards in his last two games.
15. Miami Hurricanes - The Miami Hurricanes are a sleeping giant right now who have outscored three opponents by a score of 153-23. The schedule picks up for the Canes, but they're a team to watch out for in the next couple of weeks.
16. Florida State Seminoles - FSU did a nice job of bouncing back with a comfortable win over USF but has still allowed a combined 98 points in its last two games. Yikes.
17. Michigan State Spartans - The Michigan State Spartans completely crapped the bed at home against Wisconsin and it was such a bad performance that I’m questioning next week's game against Indiana. MSU is shaky right now.
18. Arkansas Razorbacks - I expected the Arkansas Razorbacks to lose to the Aggies, so the loss doesn’t change my outlook on this team much. Arkansas is still a dangerous SEC team that gets a shot against Alabama in a couple of weeks.
19. Ole Miss Rebels - The Ole Miss Rebels could easily be the top team in the country if they were able to hold massive leads against Alabama and Florida State. Nonetheless, this is a 2-2 team with oodles of talent and will have plenty of other chances to shake up the rankings.
20. San Diego State Aztecs - SDSU is going to run the table, so get used to them being in these rankings. Donnel Pumphrey is making a case for Heisman consideration with seven touchdowns and an 8.1 yard per carry average in three games.
21. Florida Gators - The Florida Gators pulled an Ole Miss and somehow blew a massive lead against Tennessee in the second half. Still, the Gators are one of the best defensive teams in the land and should grow from their performance.
22. Iowa Hawkeyes - Iowa doesn’t look like the Big Ten contender it was before the season with back-to-back wobbly performances. Still, the Hawkeyes control their destiny in the West.
23. TCU Horned Frogs - TCU has bounced back from its tough loss to Arkansas with two solid victories and has a chance to climb up the rankings quickly with a matchup against Oklahoma next week.
24. North Carolina Tar Heels - The Tar Heels have looked sharp with three straight wins and have been an offensive machine in those games. The Seminoles may be on upset alert next week.
25. Georgia Bulldogs - I knew the Georgia Bulldogs were a pretender due to their shaky start to the season against subpar competition. Georgia was destroyed by Ole Miss and now gets a confident Tennessee team next week.