This was an incredible weekend of college football, highlighted of course by the terrific game between Alabama and Texas A&M, in which the Tide edged out the Aggies in College Station.
As it is every week, the rankings were shifted by the week's results. Where does each program stand in the Top 25 after Week 4?
Read on to find out.
There weren't any major upsets with only two previously ranked teams—Nebraska and TCU—losing during the week, so there wasn't any major movement within the poll.
It's no surprise that Alabama is still the top-ranked team, especially after going into College Station and coming back to win after being down 14-0 in the first quarter. They proved, once again, that they are the best team in the nation, and there may not be a team that can match them.
The biggest surprise is that Texas A&M fell to 10th. Despite the loss, they stuck with Alabama for most of the game, and Johnny Manziel had 562 yards of total offense against the vaunted Crimson Tide defense. If anything, that deserves a rise in the rankings.
Arizona State benefited from a freak ending against Wisconsin to knock the Badgers down a few spots and catapult themselves into the rankings. Arizona State has a terrific defense, led by stud defensive tackle Will Sutton, and are an upstart team in the Pac-12. The Pac-12 now has five ranked teams, led by Stanford at No.5, and they are quickly rivaling the SEC as the best conference in the nation.
Michigan took an inexplicable drop from 11th to 15th, after beating Akron. They only beat Akron by four points, but they are still undefeated and have a signature win against Notre Dame. Michigan doesn't played a ranked team until the middle of November, when they face off against Northwestern. It's possible that Michigan will rise again in the rankings before then.
Mississippi took a nice leap from 25th to 21st, after Ole Miss beat up on Texas. Ole Miss is a team on the rise, and it's possible that they could crack the Top 15 by season's end. They face a huge test next week at Alabama. A win would do wonders for the program, while a loss wouldn't be the end of the world, since it's in Tuscaloosa.
Texas Tech, now ranked for the first time, are another team on the rise after knocking out TCU with a 20-10 victory. They are now 2-0 and don't face a ranked opponent until the middle of October, when they play Oklahoma. They too could rise up into the Top 20 on the strength of their fifth-ranked passing game.
It was a stellar week of football, although there weren't too many upsets. Next week will undoubtedly bring more intrigue as the teams adjust to their new rankings.
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