College Football Power Rankings: Post Week Four

Georgia Bulldogs (4-0)- Despite an underwhelming performance against Kent State, I still have UGA at number one. The Oregon domination is looking better week by week and expect them to get back on track in conference play.

Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0)- Bama has outscored their last two opponents 118-10. While those two games were against Vanderbilt and UL Monroe, it is great to see Alabama playing to their potential after almost losing to an inferior Texas squad. Louisville transfer Tyler Harell is expected to make his Alabama debut this week, and with him in the mix the Tide’s receiving corps improves drastically.

Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0)- The Buckeyes have been firing on all cylinders and look for that to continue this week against Rutgers. There is a claim to be made for Ohio State to be the number one team in the nation, as they sport an elite receiving corps which includes Emeka Egbuka, the nation's leader in yards per route run, and their defense has looked extremely good under Jim Knowles. However until they beat an elite opponent, they will still be number three in my eyes.

Clemson Tigers (4-0)- The Tigers gave up 45 points last week to Wake Forest, however I am not looking too much into that as they were missing their top cornerback and safety. The offense looks very well rounded, and DJ Uiagalelei has hit his stride. Many are picking the Tigers to fall to NC State this upcoming week, but I simply don’t see anyone outside of maybe Florida State beating this Clemson squad.

Michigan Wolverines (4-0)- Michigan picked up what is a ranked win in my book over the weekend, knocking off an explosive Maryland team. JJ McCarthy does not look great, but he doesn’t have to be if Blake Corum keeps embarrassing opposing defenses. The secondary was what impressed me the most, Maryland sports an elite wide receiver duo that has two NFL caliber players in Rakim Jarrett and Dontay Demus.

Florida State Seminoles (4-0)- This FSU team is the real deal. I’ve been saying it since August, and I will keep saying it until they fail me. In what was a look ahead spot, the Noles thrashed Boston College 44-14. I love the Noles' versatility on offense and am super glad to see them using Johnny Wilson the correct way, as he is truly a one-of-a-kind talent. The defense looks as good as I expected as well. I love the Noles depth at linebacker, as well as the duos they sport at defensive tackle and safety. They are going to throttle Wake Forest this weekend.

Tennessee Volunteers (4-0)- The score line might have said 38-33, but the Vols outclassed Florida in every aspect of the game. This offense is quite literally a cheat code. Hendon Hooker is one of the best running quarterbacks in the nation, and their receiving corps is ridiculously versatile and talented with the likes of Cedric Tillman, Bru McCoy and Jaylin Hyatt. The defense is a bit suspect, but I love the Vols pass rush, and if the offense keeps scoring, they do not have much to worry about.

Penn State Nittany Lions (4-0)- There really isn’t much to take from Penn State’s week four performance, as they held their ground and beat Central Michigan by three possessions. The emergence of Nicholas Singleton has made me much more confident in this offense, as I was a huge fan of wide receivers Mitch Tinsley and Parker Washington heading into the year. I was also concerned about their front seven, but not anymore as they have four defensive ends with eight or more pressures and win rates above 17%. The Lions have answered all my questions thus far, and I am excited to see how they progress throughout the season.

Kentucky Wildcats (4-0)- I wasn’t expecting a blowout win from Mark Stoops’ squad over the weekend, as it was a look ahead spot given, they will be traveling to Oxford to play a 4-0 Ole Miss team this week. The defense, especially their linebackers, have been stellar thus far, and expect them to play a huge part in this weekend's clash of 4-0 teams. Will Levis’ relationship with Tayvion Robinson has been great, and if the offensive line can improve, the Wildcats are an elite team.

Oklahoma State (4-0)- Spencer Sanders is having the season of his life and no one seems to be noticing. The Pokes offense has been electric mostly due to him, but the emergence of receivers Braydon Johnson and Brennan Pressley has been great to see. On defense, the Pokes defensive line is no joke. They sport three defensive ends who are elite pass rushers, and Sione Asi and Brendan Evers are a fantastic run stopping defensive tackle duo.

USC Trojans (4-0)- While it was not pretty, the Trojans dug deep and picked up a gritty win on the road against an Oregon State team I think very highly of. The Trojans currently have a +14 turnover margin which ranks first in the nation, and with all the weapons they have at running back and receiver, this is a team no one wants to play right now.

Washington Huskies (4-0)- An elite quarterback who makes his receivers better by simply being on the field. What else could you ask for? Michael Penix Jr. Has been the best quarterback in the nation up to this point, and with an elite pass rush and great play from safeties Asa Turner and Alex Cook, Washington has turned a ton of heads. This week, they will travel south and take on a 4-0 UCLA squad who can run the ball at an extremely high level.

Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-0)- The Gophers are firing on all cylinders, as they put on an extremely impressive performance last weekend, beating Michigan State on the road 34-7. Everyone knew they would be physical up front and that Mo Ibrahim and Trey Potts would feast but the play of Tanner Morgan has been what has turned this team into a well-oiled machine. He is making all the right reads and has been accurate throwing to every part of the field. Mix a dynamic offense with an elite secondary, and Minnesota has looked the part of a BIG Ten West contender.

Utah Utes (3-1)- Utah has looked dominant in every aspect since losing to Florida in week one. They limited a good Arizona State rushing attack to only six yards on the ground, their lowest mark in school history, and their starting secondary players are yet to allow a passing touchdown. The loss of tight end Brant Kuithe will hurt, but Utah has plenty of playmakers to compensate for his absence and look for them to pick up a win at home versus Oregon State this Saturday.

Oregon Ducks (3-1)- Since getting thrashed by Georgia, the Ducks have looked extremely good, especially on offense. The offensive line has still not allowed a single sack, and Bo Nix has been letting loose and not playing tense. Against a solid Washington State secondary, Nix threw for 426 yards, and the Ducks went onto win 44-41. Their secondary is a bit concerning, but with an elite front seven and offensive line, the Ducks can simply out physical each opponent they play.

Kansas State Wildcats (3-1)- I had Kansas State in my preseason top ten and they are my pick to win the BIG 12. After an embarrassing performance against Tulane in week three, the Wildcats hung 41 on Oklahoma, and controlled the lead somewhat easily in Norman. I love the experience they have on defense, as well as the dynamic rushing attack they sport led by Deuce Vaughn and Adrian Martinez. The sky's the limit for this team, they just must be more consistent.

Texas A&M Aggies (3-1)- The Aggies defense made the play of the week last Saturday, picking off a KJ Jefferson pass in the red zone and converting a handoff mid return that led to a pick six, which flipped the game on its head. The defense looks fantastic, and the offense looks a tad bit improved, but there is still a long way to go before I consider the Aggies “back.”

Arkansas Razorbacks (3-1)- The Hogs are sound everywhere except for the secondary. Cornerback Dwight Mcglothern has been the only impressive player on the back end thus far, as the other four starters are giving up a passer rating of at least 100 when targeted. The offense is versatile and has playmakers all over, and the front seven defensively has been masterful to watch. If the secondary can improve in any way, Sam Pittman has a great all-around roster at his disposal.

Oklahoma Sooners (3-1)- I sipped the Kool-Aid a bit too hard on the Sooners, as I was very impressed with their 49-14 victory over Nebraska in week three. They came back home and lost to Kansas State in a game they had no control in. While I trust Brent Venables to get OU back on track, their inability to contain dual threat quarterbacks has me a bit hesitant to back this team anytime soon.

BYU Cougars (3-1)- BYU had caught the short end of the stick in terms of injuries, on both sides of the ball. Even in their win against Baylor, they were missing their two best receivers and some key pieces on defense. I like Jaren Hall a lot and believe he is one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the nation, and the length they have in their secondary makes them an extremely tough opponent to beat for anyone.

Pittsburgh Panthers (3-1)- Pitt’s lone loss thus far came at the hands of a great Tennessee team; in a game they were stuck without their backup quarterback in for the vast majority of the second half. Pitt’s physicality on both sides of the ball is what makes me rate them so highly, and they have a plethora of playmakers on offense. Pat Narduzzi’s squad will keep improving week by week and I expect Pitt to finish the season in the top 15.

Oregon State Beavers (3-1)- The Beavers were handed their first loss of the season last Saturday, losing at home to USC 17-14. Their secondary has been playing at a ridiculously high level, and the offensive line is one of the best units in the nation. Chance Nolan will continue to be the X-factor, as he looked great in weeks 1-3, but threw four interceptions against the Trojans last Saturday. The Beavers have another tough matchup this weekend against Utah, but after that they should be in line for a solid win streak.

Maryland Terrapins (3-1)- While the Terps did fall to Michigan over the weekend, they showed some good things on both sides of the ball. The secondary played well for the most part. Later in the game there were a couple slip-ups mainly because they were desperate to make a play and get back into striking distance, but I liked what they showed early on. The rushing attack was solid as well. The offensive line was creating running lanes and the Terps backs did a nice job finding them and gaining yards after contact. The passing attack will have a much better showing this week against Michigan State, and expect the Terps to get back on track.

Syracuse Orange (4-0)- Syracuse has not gotten enough credit for what they have accomplished thus far. Three power five wins in their first four games is ridiculous. While it is probably unsustainable, they do have some solid pieces. The secondary is very experienced, Sean Tucker is one of the most explosive backs in the nation and Garrett Schrader has looked much improved as a passer.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-1)- Many are using Wake Forest’s performance last week as a reason to believe they are contenders for the ACC. I personally had the opposite reaction, as they faced a depleted Clemson team and failed to win at home. This team is extremely one dimensional on offense and does not play any sort of defense. Now they have to face Florida State on the road, who has an elite safety duo, and an offense who should be able to score at will.

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