College football has been a fun ride so far this season. Week 4 was no different with some surprising results and games. The top teams in the nation continue to dominate, but there are still some surprises waiting for us down the road.
The college football rankings after week 4 is a list of the top 25 teams in college football. The rankings are updated weekly to reflect the previous weeks performance.
25 September 2021
The Alabama Crimson Tide showed once again why they’re the team to beat till further notice, despite a scare atop the College Football Power Rankings last week.
In Week 4, Alabama and Georgia both cruised to huge wins to create a clear top two.
Oregon and Iowa both struggled as big favorites, but their perfect records kept them in the top five.
Penn State rises to its best ranking this season as a result of several top teams’ inconsistent performances, while Arkansas is the greatest riser of the week following a decisive 20-10 victory against Texas A&M in the Southwest Classic.
Following a 41-13 victory against Wisconsin at Soldier Field in Chicago, Notre Dame is now ranked in the top ten. The Badgers were knocked out of the Power Rankings as a result of the defeat, but they weren’t the only team to suffer a setback following a week of shocks.
Clemson (! ), Iowa State, North Carolina, and Kansas State have all dropped out of the rankings as a result of defeats, and it’s just October.
With Week 4’s action behind us, it’s time to look at the Power Rankings in college football.
If there were any doubts about Alabama’s readiness for next week’s game against Ole Miss, they were dispelled in a matter of seconds on Saturday night when Jameson Williams returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown against Southern Miss. The Tide had scored six touchdowns before the end of the first half, and the game was well in hand. While Bryce Young’s mastery of the offense was outstanding, it was the running backs who stood out the most, with Jase McClellan catching a touchdown pass and Roydell Williams rushing for nearly 100 yards in the first half. Alex Scarborough’s remark
On Saturday, answering the early morning wakeup call at the hotel for the noon ET game was the most difficult aspect for Georgia. The Dawgs thrashed Vanderbilt 62-0, their biggest margin of victory over an SEC opponent on the road. All you really need to know about this game is that Georgia was up 62 points and Vanderbilt was down 62 total yards halfway through the fourth quarter. The Dawgs have scored 158 points in their previous three games, scoring touchdowns on their opening five drives. Chris Low (c)
Full Highlights of Georgia Bulldogs vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
Oregon’s 41-19 victory against Arizona at home wasn’t as simple as the final score suggests. The Ducks were behind 24-19 heading into the fourth quarter, which is worrisome regardless of how they finish. Arizona entered the contest with a 0-3 record and had recently fallen to FCS Northern Arizona the week before. Kayvon Thibodeaux, the standout defensive end, made his comeback to the game, but he had to leave early due to another injury. His prognosis is unknown at this time. Kyle Bonagura (Kyle Bonagura)
Penn State may have been vulnerable to a letdown after such an emotional victory the week before against Auburn. However, against FCS opponent Villanova, the Nittany Lions took care of business right away, jumping out to a 38-3 lead and won handily, 38-17, to stay undefeated. Sean Clifford threw four touchdown passes to three different players for 401 yards. This season, Penn State has yet to allow more than two touchdowns in a game. — Low-cost
Kirk Ferentz’s Hawkeyes recovered from a halftime deficit to win semi-comfortably, 24-14, against a tough Colorado State team. Spencer Petras (15-for-23 for 224 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception) was able to compensate for a weak run game, while the famed Iowa defense allowed just 90 yards in the second half after allowing scores on back-to-back CSU possessions. The run problems are concerning for a club that wants to rely so heavily on its ground game, but a mature Hawkeyes squad made the necessary plays and will go into a difficult Big Ten stretch with an undefeated record. Bill Connelly’s quote
The Bearcats got a week off before traveling to Notre Dame for what is expected to be their toughest challenge of the season. Desmond Ridder is coming off an inconsistent performance in a victory against Indiana, which included an interception and fumble in the first half that led to a 14-0 Hoosier lead. However, his two touchdowns in the second half and two-point conversion try were crucial in the comeback. Now that they’ve shown they can win on the road, they must minimize turnovers and costly errors like false starts in order to repeat the feat against tougher opponents. Heather Dinich is a writer.
The Razorbacks are 4-0, with three victories against Texas schools (Rice, No. 15 Texas, and No. 7 Texas A&M), and if Sam Pittman keeps this up, he may have a monument erected by the end of the season. From the outset, the Hogs pushed the Aggies about, forcing them to abandon their run-game comfort zone and play catch-up. The Hogs’ three-man defensive front created difficulties all day, catching six of Arkansas’ nine completed passes for 167 yards and a score. They also ran for 197 yards against the Aggies’ strong defensive front. This wasn’t a fluke, just as it wasn’t against Texas. This is a difficult group of Razorbacks. Dave Wilson is an author.
The Sooners have made it through yet another game. There’s still something to be said about just winning, and Oklahoma has done that in all four of its games this season, the most recent being a 16-13 victory against West Virginia at home on Saturday. In the closing minutes, the Sooners had to drive from their own 8 to set up Gabe Brkic’s game-winning 30-yard field goal, his third of the game. Oklahoma’s lone touchdown came early in the first quarter, marking the second week in a row that the Sooners have failed to score. Oklahoma, on the other hand, has kept its last three opponents to 16 points or less. — Low-cost
It’s been amazing to see Dan Mullen convert Florida from a passing powerhouse to a rushing juggernaut in less than a year. Despite a slow start, the Gators turned it on in the second half and defeated Tennessee 38-14. Emory Jones had his finest game as a starter, throwing for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 21-of-27 passing and running for 144 yards. Florida rushed for 283 yards and averaged 7.1 yards per carry, a week after gaining over 240 against Alabama. Anthony Richardson missed his second game in a row, but Florida was better off resting him for another week. — Adelson, Andrea
Is it true that the Irish are good? With their upcoming schedule, the answer should come soon, but Notre Dame understands how to win in a variety of ways. After a shaky start to the season, the defense has improved and limited Wisconsin to 13 points while forcing five turnovers on Saturday. The most significant boost came from special teams, as Chris Tyree’s 96-yard kick return touchdown early in the fourth quarter converted a deficit into a lead and dramatically altered the game’s tone. Despite the loss of quarterback Jack Coan, Notre Dame was able to get enough from Drew Pyne to win a close game and improve to 4-0. Adam Rittenberg’s remark
As Notre Dame pulls away from Wisconsin in the fourth quarter, Graham Mertz tosses four interceptions and loses a fumble.
The Rebels have been steadily climbing the rankings, but their first real test comes on Saturday, Oct. 2, when they face Alabama. Ole Miss has a chance to not only record the greatest victory in the nation, but also to place itself atop the SEC West standings with a shot at the playoffs after blowout victories against Louisville, Austin Peay, and Tulane. The Rebels’ defense seems to have improved significantly from a year ago, allowing opponents to score less than 21 points per game and converting 31.1 percent of third-down opportunities. The question of whether they can keep it up against Bryce Young will be addressed shortly. Dinich –
It was reasonable to worry how Ohio State would respond against Akron after falling to Oregon and then failing to beat Tulsa last week. Even though CJ Stroud was out with an injury at quarterback, it turned out that such concerns were unfounded. Kyle McCord bounced back after incompletions on his first two pass attempts, completing 10 of his next 12 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns. With four sacks in the first half and a 46-yard interception return for a score, the defense also rose to the occasion. Scarborough, North Yorkshire
The Cougars established a large lead and held on to defeat USF 35-27 after a 3-0 tour through the Pac-12 South. Possessions were in short supply. In the second half, BYU only had the ball three times — a score, a failed field goal, and a victory formation — and couldn’t stop USF. The Bulls also had just three possessions but scored touchdowns on each of them, including a 19-play, 94-yard drive to reduce the lead to one score. Bonagura’s
The Aggies realized what they learned against Colorado against Arkansas: this offensive isn’t going to get them where they want to go. Devon Achane (six catches for 18 yards) and Isaiah Spiller each received 11 of Zach Calzada’s 20 completions (five for 26). A&M only managed 272 yards of offense, with 67 of those yards coming on a one-yard touchdown rush by Spiller. The defense held its own, but the Hogs, who had 443 total yards, pushed them about at times. However, with their offensive skill-position weaponry, limiting a team to 20 points should be enough to win. The Aggies must find out how to make the most of the wide receiver talent they have on hand. Wilson’s words
The Wolverines jumped out to a 20-3 lead over Rutgers in the first half. The offense, on the other hand, faltered in the second half, going four drives without a first down. Rutgers had a chance to mount a comeback, but Michigan’s defense came up with the crucial stops to give Michigan the 20-13 victory. Michigan allowed 352 total offensive yards while only gaining 275. Cade McNamara, the quarterback, had just one completion in the second half and ended the game with nine completions for 163 yards. Michigan won, but the players expressed dissatisfaction with the manner in which they did it. VanHaaren (VanHaaren)
Full Highlights of Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Michigan Wolverines
Jamey Chadwell’s Chants treated the Minutemen like one of the weakest teams in the FBS. Grayson McCall was 10-for-14 for 162 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to propel Coastal to a 36-0 halftime lead, then sat out the second half as the Chants cruised to a 53-3 victory. Coastal has 543 yards, while UMass has 158. For the second year in a row, Coastal is 4-0 and will be a big favorite in its next two games before a trip to Appalachian State on Oct. 20. Bill Connelly’s quote
The Spartans and Nebraska were locked in a back-and-forth battle that lasted all the way to overtime. Michigan State led by three points at halftime, but struggled on offense in the second half, gaining just 14 yards. When Jaylen Reed returned a Nebraska punt 62 yards for the game-tying score, the offense had some support from the special teams. The squad pushed the game to overtime and won thanks to an interception that sealed the victory. VanHaaren (VanHaaren)
The Bruins came back with a 35-24 victory against Stanford, with Dorian Thompson-Robinson rushing and passing for two touchdowns. Despite their defeat to Fresno State last week, the Bruins seem to be the Pac-12 South favorite. Against Stanford, running backs Zach Charbonnet (25 carries, 209 yards) and Brittain Brown (8 for 65 yards) each averaged more over eight yards per rush. Bonagura’s
Don’t forget about Mike Gundy and the Cowboys, who are 4-0 and won 31-20 at home against Kansas State on Saturday to wrap off their September schedule. Spencer Sanders threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns while also scoring on the ground. After missing the previous two games due to injury, Sanders was ecstatic to see senior receiver Tay Martin return. Sanders hauled in nine catches for 100 yards, including a touchdown reception of seven yards. Despite being shut out in the second half, Oklahoma State won. — Low-cost
After a 4-0 start, the Demon Deacons have sneaked into the top 25 because to their quick, prolific offense, tough front seven, and dominating the turnover war. Wake Forest has 17 plays of 20 yards or more, six of which occurred against Virginia on Friday. Sam Hartman threw three touchdown passes for the Deacs, who scored on their first seven drives. In the first four games, the offense has scored a school-record 155 points. Defensively, the Deacs are also doing well. Wake Forest recorded seven sacks against the Hoos, the most under coach Dave Clawson. Dinich –
Full Highlights of Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Virginia Cavaliers
After defeating Missouri 41-34 in overtime in one of the greatest nonconference victories in the ACC this season, the Eagles are off to their first 4-0 start since 2007. Pat Garwo III had another big game, running for 175 yards and two touchdowns as BC racked up 275 total yards on the ground. With starting quarterback Phil Jurkovec out, the BC running backs and offensive line have stepped up to the plate, and QB Dennis Grosel has done all he can to keep the season on track. — Sheldon Adelson
The Bulldogs trailed winless UNLV by five points at halftime before rallying for a 38-30 victory. Quarterback Jake Haener, who has rapidly established himself as one of the finest in the nation, threw for 378 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception on 30-of-42 passing. Perhaps there was a hangover after last week’s stunning victory against UCLA, but the Bulldogs sorted it out and should be the Mountain West favorite. Bonagura’s
Following one of the program’s most significant wins in recent history, the Wolfpack have climbed into the Power Rankings. For the most of the day, NC State perplexed and tormented No. 9 Clemson before outlasting the Tigers 27-21 in double overtime. In regulation, the Wolfpack were hampered by three failed field goals, but Devin Leary threw two touchdown passes in overtime to lift NC State to victory and into the rankings. Shea Carlson is a writer.
After finishing 2-7 in Dave Aranda’s first season in 2020, the Bears were a bit of a mystery, with Aranda changing up his coaching staff. Given the quality of competition, victories against Texas State, Texas Southern, and Kansas in the first three games of the season didn’t do much to address any concerns. But the Bears pulled through with a 31-29 victory against No. 14 Iowa State on Saturday, hanging on for dear life and intercepting Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy on a two-point conversion with 24 seconds remaining. The Bears were outgained 479 to 282 yards, but Trestan Ebner’s special teams heroics — he had 168 yards on kick returns, including a 98-yard kickoff return for a score — helped to make up for it. The Bears have raised some eyebrows now that they are 4-0. Wilson’s words
The Tigers attempted to lose the game in every way they could. There were a few turnovers, as well as a rare Anders Carlson field goal miss. Finally, after so many highs and lows, Bo Nix was benched in favor of TJ Finley at quarterback. Auburn received a much-needed boost from the LSU transfer, who completed 9-of-16 throws for 97 yards and the game-winning score. Although there will undoubtedly be discussion of a quarterback crisis in Auburn, Finley seems to have earned the right to lead the Tigers for another week. And, by chance, his first start at Auburn might be against his former club, LSU, on Saturday. Scarborough, North Yorkshire
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