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Week Four College Football Top 25 Rankings

Matt Barkley Josh Mauro USC Trojans Stanford Cardinal

Kyle Terada-US Presswire

The Doc is in. What a week it was. Several teams are looking better than most thought, others are finding themselves looking for answers only three weeks into the season.

Give credit to the Stanford Cardinal for the biggest shakeup upsetting the 2nd ranked USC Trojans 21-14. Rant Sports college football writers have collectively spoken with this week’s top 25.

Here was the Doctor’s contribution:

1. Alabama

2. LSU

3. Oregon

4. Florida State

5. Oklahoma

6. Georgia

7. Florida

8. Clemson

9. Stanford

10. West Virginia

11. Ohio State

12. South Carolina

13. Texas

14. Kansas State

15. TCU

16. USC

17. Notre Dame

18. UCLA

19. Nebraska

20. Arizona

21. Louisville

22. Oklahoma State

23. Michigan State

24. Boise State

25. Oregon State

Trending up: The Cardinal scored major brownie points by defeating my top ranked Trojans. Stanford was moved up from 22 to nine. I give a lot of credit to the Florida Gators for a win going away at the Tennessee Volunteers. Florida is now my seventh ranked team cracking the top ten.

The Florida State Seminoles demolished the Wake Forest Demon Deacons avoiding early quesitons about their ability to handle lesser opponents, and are in my top five, thanks in part to USC moving down.

Oregon State debuts in my poll mostly because of teams in front of them dropping out, and the lone win against Wisconsin.

Trending down: Obviously the Trojans fell like a rock from one to 16, as I now have major concerns about their depth on the offensive and defensive lines. Additionally, Troy looked soft in general against a physical team like Stanford.

The Michigan State Spartans drew a good Notre Dame Fighting Irish squad in East Lansing and failed to impress. Quarterback is an issue for the Spartans.

Logan Thomas Virginia Tech

Charles LeClaire-US Presswire

Dropping Out: My oh my how pedestrian the Virginia Tech Hokies looked. A loss to a well below average Pitt squad has me scratching my head.  I’m sure Frank Beamer is doing the same.  Tennessee is no longer in my top 25 but I am open to putting them back in, if can they show me something other than a bad home loss.

What to watch for in week four: All eyes will be on Clemson and Florida State in Tallahassee. Arizona has an opportunity to blow up the top five with a win against the Oregon Ducks in Eugene. The Big 12 showcases Kansas State and Oklahoma in Norman. Michigan, who is out of my 25, is at Notre Dame.

Dr. G’s previous top 25 Week  3

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James Gomez is a Pac-12 and Mountain West columnist for Rant Sports and member of the Football Writers Association of America

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