CFN Rankings No. 1 to 130: Recaps & Reaction After Week 4
The CFN ranking of all 130 teams – along with recaps and reaction – after Week 4
130 Charlotte (0-4)
LAST WEEK 130. Georgia State 28, at Charlotte 0. Shut out at home by Georgia State? The running game got stuffed for 94 yards and gained 273 yards of total offense. The D couldn’t get off the field.
129 Kent State (1-3)
LAST WEEK 126. at Louisville 42, Kent State 3. There’s just no offense. The Golden Flashes hit 2-of-5 passes for 11 yards and a pick, and the run game didn’t help with just 139 yards.
128 Georgia State (1-2)
LAST WEEK: 130. Georgia State 28, at Charlotte 0. The Panthers had the ball for almost 41 minutes and played a clean game – no turnovers and just one penalty. Glenn Smith ran for two scores and Conner Manning threw for 250 yards and a TD.
127 Bowling Green (0-4)
LAST WEEK 128. at Buffalo 34, Florida Atlantic 31. At least the passing game started to work. The run Defense got ripped apart, but Jarret Doege threw for 283 yards and a score. The biggest problem? 29 carries for one yard.
126 Massachusetts (0-5)
LAST WEEK 127. at Tennessee 17, UMass 13. This is the best 0-5 team possible. UMass always brings the effort, but it doesn’t know how to win games. Andrew Ford threw for 129 yards and a touchdown, and the O outscored the Vols 7-3 in the second half.
125 Coastal Carolina (1-2)
LAST WEEK 125. Western Illinois 52, at Coastal Carolina 10. Painfully ugly, the CCU D didn’t show up, and the O went bye-bye after the first quarter. WIU is a great FCS team, but it shouldn’t have been this ugly.
124 Georgia Southern (0-3)
LAST WEEK 123. at Indiana 52, Georgia Southern 17. The running game sort of worked, with L.A. Ramsby taking off for 108 yards, but the defense continues to be miserable. Three turnovers and 13 penalties didn’t help.
123 UTEP (0-4)
LAST WEEK 122. at New Mexico State 41, UTEP 14. Oh, UTEP. Not being able to slow down New Mexico State is one thing, but 10-of-34 passes with five interceptions from the quarterbacks and 227 yards of total offense?
122 UAB (2-2)
LAST WEEK 124. at North Texas 46, UAB 23. Yeah, UAB lost, but the offense got rolling in the second half. A.J. Erdely threw for 321 yards and four touchdown passes, but the D couldn’t hold up when absolutely needed.
121 Texas State (1-3)
LAST WEEK 120. UTSA 44, at Texas State 14. The Bobcats were never in it. The running game was stuffed for 37 yards on 33 carries, and Damian Williams completed just 9-of-24 passes for 156 yards and a score.
120 Nevada (0-4)
LAST WEEK 119. at Washington State 45, Nevada 7. David Cornwell couldn’t get the offense moving – the thing isn’t working. The three interceptions were bad, but just 97 passing yards were just as awful. Nevada finished with 151 yards of total offense … yuck.
119 Rice (1-3)
LAST WEEK 118. FIU 13, at Rice 7. The offense never showed up. The pass rush was great, but the ground game averaged just 2.4 yards per try and the passing game did nothing down the field. The chances were there, but the Owls couldn’t take advantage.
118 South Alabama (1-3)
LAST WEEK: 112. Idaho 29, at South Alabama 23 (2 OT). Xavier Johnson ran for 155 yards and two scores, but Dallas Davis and the passing game sputtered in the double-overtime loss.
117 FIU (2-1)
LAST WEEK: 121. FIU 13, at Rice 7. Who cares if it was an uggo? The O line was a nightmare, and the attack only came up with 271 yards, but those were 23 more than Rice. Alex Gardner ran for 80 yards.
116 Idaho (2-2)
LAST WEEK 117. Idaho 29, at South Alabama 23 (2 OT). You go ahead and figure this team out. The Vandals don’t play the same game two weeks in a row, but they might have saved their season with a thrilling double-OT win.
115 San Jose State (1-4)
LAST WEEK 116. Utah State 61, at San Jose State 10. Totally disastrous, the offense didn’t show up, the defense got destroyed, and it was ugly from the start. The Spartans came up with just 164 yards with five turnovers.
114 Louisiana (1-3)
LAST WEEK 115. ULM 56, at Louisiana 50 (2 OT). The Ragin’ Cajuns went wild with a 21-points fourth, but couldn’t come through in OT. Four players ran for a score, including QB Andre Nunez, who threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns.
113 Akron (1-3)
LAST WEEK 114. at Troy 22, Akron 17. The Zips kept hurting themselves. The defense would bend but not break, but the three turnovers and 12 penalties were a big problem. Warren Ball ran 28 times for 112 yards and a score.
112 Connecticut (1-2)
LAST WEEK 103. East Carolina 41, at UConn 38. The good: Bryant Shirreffs threw for 406 yards and three scores. The bad: The Hokies gave up 426 passing yards and blew a shot at overtime with a missed chip shot field goal try.
111 UNLV (1-2)
LAST WEEK 113. at Ohio State 54, UNLV 21. Painfully overmatched from the start, the Rebels kept on pushing, getting a few late scores after Ohio State stopped. Armani Rogers completed 11-of-19 passes for 88 yards with two picks, and Lexington Thomas ran for two scores.
110 East Carolina (1-3)
LAST WEEK 111. East Carolina 41, at UConn 38. FINALLY, the Pirates were able to explode. Thomas Sirk completed 30-of-39 passes for 426 yards and three scores, with Davon Grayson catching 11 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns.
109 Florida Atlantic (1-3)
LAST WEEK 104. at Buffalo 34, Florida Atlantic 31. The Owls couldn’t keep the offense on the field, having the ball for just 19:32. Devin Singletary ran for 156 yards and three scores, but Jason Driskel threw for just 150 yards.
108 Buffalo (2-2)
LAST WEEK 109. at Buffalo 34, Florida Atlantic 31. What happened to the run defense? Tyree Jackson ran for two scores, but he struggled to get the passing game going. UB had the ball for well over 40 minutes.
107 ULM (1-2)
LAST WEEK 108. ULM 56, at Louisiana 50 (2 OT). Caleb Evans went absolutely off, completing 28-of-34 passes for 343 yards and one score, and running for 129 yards and five TDs on just 16 carries.
106 Ball State (2-2)
LAST WEEK 107. at WKU 33, Ball State 21. The Cardinals hung around, but the defense broke down in the fourth quarter. RB James Gilbert didn’t play, and Jack Milas threw two picks and no touchdown passes, but the O outgunned WKU 374 to 371.
105 Baylor (0-4)
LAST WEEK 110. Oklahoma 49, at Baylor 41. At least the team looked the part again and had a shot late. Zach Smith opened it up with 463 passing yards and four scores – Denzel Mims caught 11 passes for 192 yards and three TDs – but the D couldn’t hold serve.
104 Tulsa (1-3)
LAST WEEK 61. New Mexico 16, at Tulsa 13. The offense couldn’t get the ball. New Mexico turned the ball over three times, wasn’t great on third downs, and couldn’t stop Tulsa on the ground, and the Golden Hurricane just never got a shot, having the ball just 17:19.
103 New Mexico (2-2)
LAST WEEK 106. New Mexico 16, at Tulsa 13. The Lobo defense pitched an absolute gem, but it was New Mexico going back to being New Mexico, holding the ball for 42:41 on 338 rushing yards.
102 New Mexico State (2-2)
LAST WEEK 105. at New Mexico State 41, UTEP 14. With five interceptions from the defense, this became a laugher after the first quarter. Larry Rose III ran for 144 yards and two scores with a touchdown catch.
101 North Texas (2-2)
LAST WEEK 102. at North Texas 46, UAB 23. Yeah, the Mean Green got by, but it was way too much of a fight – the secondary was AWFUL even though the pass rush was strong. Jeffery Wilson, though, ran for 211 yards and a score and Mason Fine threw for three scores.
100 UTSA (3-0)
LAST WEEK 101. UTSA 44, at Texas State 14. Efficient and dominant from the start, Jalen Rhodes ran for 174 of the team’s 357 rushing yards, and Dalton Sturm threw for an effective 212 yards on a 17-of-25 day.
99 Temple (2-2)
LAST WEEK 100. at USF 43, Temple 7. The Owls were held to -4 rushing yards and gave up four interceptions. It was a miserable performance by a program used to competing for the American Athletic title. It’s fallen far, fast.
98 Central Michigan (2-2)
LAST WEEK 81. Miami University 31, at Central Michigan 14. The Chippewas got down early and that was it. The two interceptions hurt, but the inability to keep things moving in the second half was a killer in the comeback try.
97 Miami Univ. (2-2)
LAST WEEK 99. Miami University 31, at Central Michigan 14. The ten penalties will be harped on, but the RedHawks getting up early, and the two touchdown passes from Gus Ragland, were enough to pull this off. Other than the flags, MU didn’t make the mistakes CMU did.
96 Fresno State (2-1)
LAST WEEK 98. Didn’t Play This Week. Nevada up next.
95 Old Dominion (2-2)
LAST WEEK 96. at Virginia Tech 38, Old Dominion 0. The ODU offense was shut down to a dead stop, running for just 64 yards and with no downfield passing game whatsoever.
94 Kansas (1-3)
LAST WEEK 95. West Virginia 56, at Kansas 34. It’s still a blowout loss, but it’s progress. Khalil Herbert ran 36 times for 291 yards and two scores, and the team was alive in the fourth quarter. Consider that a step forward.
93 Hawaii (2-2)
LAST WEEK 94. at Wyoming 28, Hawaii 21 (OT). The Rainbow Warriors would’ve and should’ve won. They outgained Wyoming 450 yards to 269, had the ball almost twice as long, and dominated at times. Why’d they lose? Ten penalties and -2 in turnover margin.
92 Troy (3-1)
LAST WEEK 93. at Troy 22, Akron 17. The offense still isn’t exploding for points, but it moved the ball with Jordan Chunn running for 106 yard and a score and Brandon Silvers throwing for 314 yards and a touchdown. What was the big issue? 16 penalties.
91 Rutgers (1-3)
LAST WEEK 92. at Nebraska 27, Rutgers 17. The team needs a way to produce when it has the chance, and it couldn’t come through in the second half. There’s still no ground game – just 68 yards , and Kyle Bolin only threw for 126 yards with two picks.
90 Eastern Michigan (2-1)
LAST WEEK 91. Ohio 27, at Eastern Michigan 20 (2 OT). The running game was flat stuffed all game long. The O came down to Brogan Roback, and he almost pulled it off with 271 passing yards. The defense couldn’t clamp down in the two overtimes.
89 Utah State (2-2)
LAST WEEK: 90. Utah State 61, at San Jose State 10. The Aggies needed this. They turned it over three times, but the D forced five takeaways. Kent Myers completed 18-of-24 passes for 181 yards and two scores with a pick, and ran for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
88 Marshall (2-1)
LAST WEEK 89. Didn’t Play This Week. at Cincinnati up next.
87 Ohio (3-1)
LAST WEEK 88. Ohio 27, at Eastern Michigan 20 (2 OT). Nathan Rourke had a rough game, but when the team needed him in overtime, he came through with two touchdown passes and the win. A.J. Ouellette ran for 145 yards on 26 carries.
86 Western Kentucky (2-2)
LAST WEEK 86. at WKU 33, Ball State 21. The offense just isn’t going to get rolling – it’s going to be a fight to get through games. Three takeaways from the defense and 319 passing yards from Mike White helped the Hilltoppers survive.
85 Army (2-2)
LAST WEEK 84. at Tulane 21, Army 17. Army did everything right but hang on to the ball. The Knights were -3 in turnover margin and missed all five of their passing attempts. The O owned the ball for over 39 minutes, and just couldn’t get the job done.
84 Cincinnati (2-2)
LAST WEEK 85. at Navy 42, Cincinnati 32. Yeah, the run defense got destroyed for 569 yards and five scores, but the offense kept up for a while with 381 passing yards and three scores on a great day from Hayden Moore.
83 Tulane (2-2)
LAST WEEK 97. at Tulane 21, Army 17. The Green Wave might not have been able to stop the Army ground game, but Dontrell Hilliard ran for 134 yards and the D somehow survived drive after drive. Tulane seemingly never had the ball.
82 Oregon State (1-3)
LAST WEEK 82. Didn’t Play This Week: Washington up next.
81 Syracuse (2-2)
LAST WEEK 80. LSU 35, at Syracuse 26. It wasn’t a bad performance against a great defense. Eric Dungey threw 53 times for 265 yards to keep the Orange in the game, but the defense couldn’t hold up in the second half to take over.
80 Middle Tennessee (2-2)
LAST WEEK 79. at Middle Tennessee 24, Bowling Green 13. The offense wasn’t right without QB Brent Stockstill or WR Richie James, but John Urzua threw for 290 yards and two scores and two Blue Raiders ran for over 100 yards.
79 Wyoming (2-2)
LAST WEEK 78. at Wyoming 28, Hawaii 21 (OT). Josh Allen only hit 9-of-19 passes for 92 yards and a game-winning touchdown, but Trey Woods and the running game took over. Allen only had 67 yards in the air before the OT throw.
78 Arkansas State (1-2)
LAST WEEK 77. at SMU 44, Arkansas State 21. The offense fizzled after the first quarter. but Justice Hansen threw for 234 yards and two scores. The Red Wolves couldn’t keep up the pace after SMU got rolling.
77 Southern Miss (2-1)
LAST WEEK 75. Didn’t Play This Week. at UTSA up next
76 BYU (1-3)
LAST WEEK 74. Didn’t Play This Week. at Utah State up next
75 Missouri (1-3)
LAST WEEK 69. Auburn 51, at Missouri 14. The nightmare continues. The offense wasn’t close to keeping up the pace, and the defense didn’t wasn’t able to come up with a meaningful stop. Drew Lock threw for 216 yards and two scores.
74 Pitt (1-3)
LAST WEEK 71. at Georgia Tech 35, Pitt 17. the Panther pass defense has been a problem all year, but now the O can’t move? Pitt ran for just 37 yards on 20 carries. The two QB system of Ben Dinucci and Max Browne combined to go 22-of-35 for 198 yards and a score.
73 Illinois (2-1)
LAST WEEK 69. Didn’t Play This Week. Nebraska up next.
72 Nebraska (2-2)
LAST WEEK 67. at Nebraska 27, Rutgers 17. It might not have been a great performance, but at least the Huskers pulled away late to win. Tanner Lee keeps throwing picks – he gave away two – but the D was terrific.
71 Northern Illinois (2-1)
LAST WEEK 94. Didn’t Play This Week. at San Diego State up next.
70 Western Michigan (2-2)
LAST WEEK 72. at Western Michigan 49, Wagner 14. It was the scrimmage the team needed. Jon Wassink hit 11-of-12 passes for 165 yards and three scores, Jamauri Bogan and Jarvion Franklin combined for 243 yards, and everything worked.
69 Boston College (1-3)
LAST WEEK 65. at Clemson 34, Boston College 7. The run D melted down late, but the Eagles hung around with the defending national champs until the fourth. BC has to be able to control the clock, and it had it for just over 25 minutes.
68 SMU (3-1)
LAST WEEK 87. at SMU 44, Arkansas State 21. QB Ben Hicks was a bit off, but Xavier Jones picked up the slack with 146 yards on the ground. Ke’Mon Freeman added 92 yards and two scores as part of a 314-yard SMU rushing night.
67 Navy (3-0)
LAST WEEK 62. at Navy 42, Cincinnati 32. 569 yards of rushing offense against a solid Cincinnati defense? Yeah, the Navy D gave up 381 passing yards, but the ground attack was amazing.
66 Iowa State (2-1)
LAST WEEK 60. Didn’t Play This Week. Texas up next.
65 Colorado State (2-2)
LAST WEEK 59. Didn’t Play This Week. at Hawaii up next
64 Air Force (1-2)
LAST WEEK 58. San Diego State 28, at Air Force 24. The Falcons couldn’t quite get the ground game going with just 220 yards and three scores, but the chances were there late in the fourth. The D couldn’t stop SDSU’s Rashaad Penny.
63 Toledo (3-1)
LAST WEEK 57. at Miami 52, Toledo 30. The Rocket D couldn’t come up with the second half stop to get the momentum back once the Hurricanes started to roll. Logan Woodside threw for 342 yards and three scores. The ten penalties were a problem.
62 Boise State (2-2)
LAST WEEK 54. Boise State 42, at Virginia 23. A total home clunker, the running game was held to 30 yards on 24 carries. Brett Rypien was back throwing for 285 yards with a pick, but he wasn’t enough to carry the rest of the team.
61 Appalachian State (2-2)
LAST WEEK 73. Wake Forest 20, at Appalachian State 19. This one will really, really hurt. The Mountaineers outplayed the Demon Deacons, but a blocked extra point in the first quarter was a killer. Taylor Lamb threw for 372 yards and two scores, but he couldn’t lead the way to that one late score.
60 Arizona (2-2)
LAST WEEK 56. Utah 30, at Arizona 24. Brandon Dawkins made too many big mistakes to go along with all of the positives. He was the offense, but he also had to press – and it proved costly. The three interceptions and fumble were killers.
59 Northwestern (2-1)
LAST WEEK 55. Didn’t Play This Week. At Wisconsin up next.
58 Virginia (3-1)
LAST WEEK 76. Boise State 42, at Virginia 23. It was a great day for the Cavaliers, with a dominant performance on both sides of the ball. Kurt Benkert threw for 273 yards and three scores, and Jordan Ellis ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns. The run D held Boise State to 30 yards.
57 North Carolina (1-3)
LAST WEEK 53. Duke 27, at North Carolina 17. Disappointing, the Tar Heel offense stalled when it had to get going late. Chazz Suratt threw for 259 yards and a score, and led the team with 77 rushing yards and a touchdown. Brandon Harris didn’t play.
56 Ole Miss (2-1)
LAST WEEK 52. Didn’t Play This Week. At Alabama up next.
55 Arkansas (1-2)
LAST WEEK 41. Texas A&M 50, Arkansas 43 (OT). Austin Allen needed to be the difference-maker because of his experience and skills, but he only hit 12-of-25 passes and threw the game-losing pick. The O line didn’t give him any time to work. | Bret Bielema needs a big win
54 Texas A&M (3-1)
LAST WEEK 63. Texas A&M 50, Arkansas 43 (OT). Christian Kirk was the gamebreaker the team needed with a kick return for a score and two touchdown catches, but it was Kellen Mond who rose up and rocked. The true freshman threw two touchdowns and ran for a game-high 109 yards. | Mond’s breakthrough day
53 UCLA (2-2)
LAST WEEK 37. at Stanford 58, UCLA 34. Josh Rosen once again did what he could, hitting 40-of-60 passes for 480 yards and three scores with two picks, but the defense was a disaster, giving up 405 rushing yards and five scores.
52 Memphis (3-0)
LAST WEEK 36. at Memphis 44, Southern Illinois 31. Don’t read too much into the problems against an FCS team – it’s a good FCS team. Riley Ferguson threw two TD passes, but once again, the secondary had problems.
51 USF (4-0)
LAST WEEK 50. at USF 43, Temple 7. The rest of the team picked up the slack. Quinton Flowers ran for two scores, but it was Darius Rice and D’Ernest Johnson who carried the day with over 100 yards each. | Flowers wasn’t great, but USF dominated
50 Houston (2-1)
LAST WEEK 49. Texas Tech 27, at Houston 24. Disappointing, the offense couldn’t get started until it was too late. And why? The five turnovers were devastating, stalling drive after drive.
49 Purdue (2-2)
LAST WEEK: 45. Michigan 28, at Purdue 10. The offense couldn’t run the ball a lick – 30 yards on 20 carries – and nothing worked offensively in the second half. But Michigan is just that good – it wasn’t a horrible performance.
48 Indiana (3-1)
LAST WEEK 44. at Indiana 52, Georgia Southern 17. The Hoosiers got up fast and coasted. Morgan Ellison ran for 186 yards and two scores, and Richard Lagow was solid with 130 yards and a touchdown. This was never in doubt.
47 Wake Forest (4-0)
LAST WEEK 40. Wake Forest 20, at Appalachian State 19. The secondary got ripped to shreds, and App State out-Wake Forested, Wake Forest, but the offense found a way in the third quarter and the D hung on late. It was ugly, but it’s a win.
46 Minnesota (3-0)
LAST WEEK 39. Didn’t Play This Week. Maryland up next.
45 Georgia Tech (2-1)
LAST WEEK 38. at Georgia Tech 35, Pitt 17. That’s how it’s supposed to work. The rested Yellow Jackson tore off 436 yards and five scores on the ground, while the defense pitched a second half shutout.
44 California (3-1)
LAST WEEK: 51. USC 30, at Cal 20. Ross Bowers threw for 303 yards … and four interceptions. Cal had its chances, the defense did its part to keep the game alive in the fourth quarter, but the turnovers and the empty offensive trips were too much to overcome.
43 Utah (4-0)
LAST WEEK 34. Utah 30, at Arizona 24. Losing Tyler Huntley early on is a problem – he hit 8-of-9 passes with a score before getting hurt. Troy Williams hit half of his passes for 131 yards, but the running game averaged just 2.3 yards per pop. Utah is 4-0, but the penalties have to slow down in a hurry.
42 Tennessee (4-1)
LAST WEEK 32. at Tennessee 17, UMass 13. It was a win. Beyond that, Tennessee has major problems considering it should’ve won this game by a mile. John Kelly continues to do what he can – 101 yards and a score – and Quinten Dormady wasn’t bad with 187 passing yards and a score. But 17-13 at home to UMass? Uh-oh.
41 Louisiana Tech (2-2)
LAST WEEK 83. at South Carolina 17, Louisiana Tech 16. That’s going to hurt so much. The Bulldogs had the game won, but couldn’t come up with that one last stop in the final seconds. The defense was so, so good until the final moments, shutting out the Gamecocks for three quarters.
40 Michigan State (2-1)
LAST WEEK 33. Notre Dame 38, at Michigan State 18. The offense actually worked, especially on third downs. But three turnovers and nine penalties killed any comeback hopes. This isn’t a team built to come back from down 28-7. Brian Lewerke threw for 340 yards and two scores, and ran for 56 yards.
39 Oregon (3-1)
LAST WEEK 20. at Arizona State 37, Oregon 35. Really, Oregon? The defense couldn’t stop the ASU passing game. Justin Herbert threw three touchdown passes, but was off. The O converted just 1-of-11 third down chances and committed 14 penalties.
38 Duke (4-0)
LAST WEEK 43. Duke 27, at North Carolina 17. Just when it seemed like North Carolina had a shot to pull it off late, Duke came through with 14 fourth quarter points. Daniel Jones threw for 202 yards and a score. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a rivalry win.
37 Arizona State (2-2)
LAST WEEK 70. at Arizona State 37, Oregon 35. Is that a season-saver? The ASU offense went off, with N’Keal Harry catching seven passes for 170 yards and a score, and Jalen Harvey making eight grabs for 133 yards.
36 Washington State (4-0)
LAST WEEK 42. at Washington State 45, Nevada 7. There was no drama from the start with a 35-0 first half lead and a whole lot of big things happening on D. Luke Falk threw for 478 yards and five scores.
35 Colorado (3-1)
LAST WEEK 29. Washington 37, at Colorado 10. Steven Montez hit 21-of-27 passes, but the three interceptions were kiillers. The offense couldn’t get going after an early touchdown, and the defense couldn’t stop the Huskies from running wild.
34 Texas Tech (3-0)
LAST WEEK 46. Texas Tech 27, at Houston 24. Coming up with five takeaways offset the whopping 15 penalties for 117 yards. Nic Shimonek threw for 321 yards and two scores, and Keke Coulee caught 11 passes for 161 yards and a 77-yard score.
33 Texas (1-2)
LAST WEEK 28, Didn’t Play This Week. at Iowa State up next
32 Maryland (2-1)
LAST WEEK 27. UCF 38, at Maryland 10. The loss of Kasim Hill early to an injury was a problem, but that’s no excuse for the running game to get totally stuffed. The Terps ran for just 42 yards and the D didn’t pick up the slack.
31 UCF (2-0)
LAST WEEK 64. UCF 38, at Maryland 10. Who needed the tune-up games? UCF wasn’t fantastic offensively, but it was good enough. It was the D that dominated, allowing just 42 yards and stuffing the Terps time and again.
30 Florida State (0-2)
LAST WEEK 4. NC State 27, at Florida State 21. The James Blackman to Auden Tate combination was great – hooking up nine times for 138 yards and a score, but the D couldn’t get that one big stop needed. | James Blackman was solid – he needed help
29 NC State (3-1)
LAST WEEK 35. NC State 27, at Florida State 21. It was the breakthrough moment for the season – at least it needs to be – winning the toughest road game on the slate. The D line was fantastic.
28 South Carolina (3-1)
LAST WEEK 48. at South Carolina 17, Louisiana Tech 16. The walk-off field goal? After all appeared lost getting down late, Jake Bentley went Jake Bentley, leading the way to the game-winner to close out a 17-point fourth. USC just isn’t pretty, but it’s getting the job done.
27 Kentucky (3-1)
LAST WEEK 47. Florida 28, at Kentucky 27. The chances were there, but penalties and key mistakes were too much to overcome. The Cats converted just one of ten third down tries, but Stephen Johnson completed 17-of-25 passes for 196 yards and three scores.
26 LSU (3-1)
LAST WEEK 25. Up Next: Troy. LSU 35, at Syracuse 26. The Tigers were sluggish with the offense sputtering. Derrius Guide played, but he only ran eight times for 14 yards. Darrel Williams led the team with 92 yards and a score, and Danny Etling threw for 188 yards and two scores. Even so, Myles Brennan got in, hitting 4-of-6 passes for 75 yards and a pick.
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25 Kansas State (2-1)
LAST WEEK 24. Didn’t Play This Week. Baylor up next.
24 Louisville (3-1)
LAST WEEK 23. Up Next: Murray State. at Louisville 42, Kent State 3. Lamar Jackson hit 18-of-22 passes for 299 yards and two scores, but there were two picks. The Cardinals took it easy after getting up fast.
23 Vanderbilt (3-1)
LAST WEEK 21. Up Next: at Florida. Alabama 59, at Vanderbilt 0. There’s no reason to get into a twist – that’s Alabama being Alabama. It was an embarrassing beatdown, but that doesn’t mean anything. Beat Florida next week, and the East is still there for the taking.
22 Florida (2-1)
LAST WEEK 22. Up Next: Vanderbilt. Florida 28, at Kentucky 27. Fine, so Florida isn’t all that great and is two plays away from being 0-3. It survived, though, to make it 31 straight against UK. Feleipe Franks completed 7-of-12 passes for 85 yards. The D stuffed the Cats when it absolutely had to – and caught a big break late on a UK penalty.
21 Stanford (2-2)
LAST WEEK 31. Up Next: Arizona State. at Stanford 58, UCLA 34. Keller Chryst got knocked out of the game, but K.J. Costello hit 13-of-19 passes for 123 yards and two scores, and Bryce Love ran for 263 of the team’s 405 yards on the ground. Cameron Scarlett ran for three scores.
20 San Diego State (4-0)
LAST WEEK 30. Up Next: Northern Illinois. San Diego State 28, at Air Force 24. It was a strange game that stalled for a while thanks to weather, but San Diego State woke up when it had to. Rashaad Penny got through the storm with 128 yards and three scores.
19 Iowa (3-1)
LAST WEEK 17. Up Next: at Michigan State. Penn State 21, at Iowa 19. Iowa’s defense was heroic with stop after stop – right up until the last second. Akrum Wadley ran for 80 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 75 yards and a score, but the D just couldn’t make that one … last … play.
18 Mississippi State (3-1)
LAST WEEK 16. Up Next: at Auburn. at Georgia 31, Mississippi State 3. The Bulldogs ran into the other Bulldog buzzsaw. Nick Fitzgerald was bottled up from the start, finishing with just 47 yards, and he only averaged 2.9 yards per pass with two picks. Georgia is great, though – it was just one of those day.
17 Oklahoma State (3-1)
LAST WEEK: 9. Up Next: at Texas Tech. TCU 44, at Oklahoma State 31. Mason Rudolph threw for almost 400 yards and ran for as core, but the run defense couldn’t handle the physical play of the TCU O line, allowing 238 yards and too many momentum-crushing drives.
16 West Virginia (3-1)
LAST WEEK 26. Up Next: at TCU (Oct. 7). West Virginia 56, at Kansas 34. The offense had to ramp it back up and try in the fourth, but it was still a blowout win with the offense looking great. Will Grier threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns, and Justin Crawford and Kennedy McKoy each ran for over 100 yards.
15 Virginia Tech (4-0)
LAST WEEK 19. Up Next: Clemson. at Virginia Tech 38, Old Dominion 0. There wasn’t any drama as Josh Jackson threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns with a pick. The defense was dominant for a full 60.
14 Auburn (3-1)
LAST WEEK 14. Up Next: Mississippi State. Auburn 51, at Missouri 14. That’s exactly what the offense is supposed to do against a bad team. The Tigers got a 13-of-17, 218-yard day from Jarrett Stidham. The running game spread the work around, with Kerryon Johnson running for five scores.
13 Miami (2-0)
LAST WEEK 13. Up Next: at Duke. at Miami 52, Toledo 30. It took a while to put the game away, and the team was inconsistent, but that’s to be expected – for obvious reason. Mark Walton ran for 204 yards and a score on just 11 carries, and Malik Rosier threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns with a rushing score.
12 USC (4-0)
LAST WEEK 12, Up Next: at Washington State. USC 30, at Cal 20. Considering all the injuries and the missing player, this might have been even more impressive than the Stanford win. Sam Darnold completed 26-of-38 passes for 223 yards and two scores with a pick. When the Trojans had to pick it up in the fourth quarter, they did.
11 Notre Dame (3-1)
LAST WEEK 18. Up Next: Miami University. Notre Dame 38, at Michigan State 18. The offense might have been outgained big, but that’s because the Irish sort of shut it down after getting up 28-7 at halftime. Brandon Wimbush ran for a score and threw for another. +3 in turnover margin, it was a good performance.
10 TCU (4-0)
LAST WEEK 15. Up Next: West Virginia: TCU 44, at Oklahoma State 31. The Horned Frogs might just be the Big 12’s best team. Darius Anderson ran for 160 yards and three scores, Kenny Hill was okay, and the D held serve just enough to survive a late rally. This win was special against a devastating O.
9 Wisconsin (3-0)
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8 Penn State (4-0)
LAST WEEK 10. Up Next: Indiana. Penn State 21, at Iowa 19. Truly special, Penn State played well enough to win in a blowout, but Iowa kept doing just enough to hang on. Penn State could’ve shriveled up in the moment, but Trace McSorley’s brilliant game-winning drive and final throw crushed that. | Saquon Barkley’s Heisman night?
7 Ohio State (3-1)
LAST WEEK 8. Up Next: at Rutgers. at Ohio State 54, UNLV 21. That was exactly what the Buckeyes needed. No drama, no concerns, the zone-read offense working great, and J.T. Barrett throwing for five scores. The three OSU quarterbacks combined for 474 yards and seven scores.
6 Michigan (4-0)
LAST WEEK 6. Up Next: Michigan State. Michigan 28, at Purdue 10. Once again, it was a gut-check win. Wilton Speight got knocked out, Purdue was winning early, and the offense wasn’t rolling, but John O’Korn was excellent, the defense stifling, and the Wolverines won by double digits … again.
5 Oklahoma (4-0)
LAST WEEK 2. Up Next: Iowa State (Oct. 7). Oklahoma 49, at Baylor 41. Okay, Oklahoma. You survived the clunker, but now there’s reason to worry about the secondary that got ripped to shreds. Fortunately, Abdul Adams tore off a 99-yard touchdown run as part of a 342-yard, four score day from the ground game. Baker Mayfield threw for 283 yards and three TDs.
4 Washington (4-0)
LAST WEEK 5. Up Next: at Oregon State. Washington 37, at Colorado 10. So, you wanted to see Washington beat a good team and look the part? 254 rushing yards – with 202 yards and two scores form Myles Gaskin – and a dominant defensive effort after the first quarter showed how real the Huskies are.
3 Georgia (4-0)
LAST WEEK 7. Up Next: at Tennessee. at Georgia 31, Mississippi State 3. Of all the statement wins happening across the college football landscape, this was truly impressive. The defense pitched a gem, the offense played without fear, and all the parts were working when they had to. Jake Fromm threw for 201 yards and two scores, and Nick Chubb scored twice. | Does Georgia deserve to be No. 2?
2 Clemson (4-0)
LAST WEEK 3. Up Next: at Virginia Tech. at Clemson 34, Boston College 7. Don’t read too much into this. It was a sleepy effort, but the team woke up when it had to. Kelly Bryant hit 17-of-26 passes for 140 yards with two picks, but he ran for 106 yards and two scores. Travis Etienne tore off 113 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries.
1 Alabama (4-0)
LAST WEEK 1. Up Next: Ole Miss. Alabama 59, at Vanderbilt 0. Complete and total dominance, Alabama destroyed Vandy from the start and never let the game get remotely interesting. Damien Harris led the ground game with 151 yards and three scores on 12 carries. | Bama is Bama, and no one else is