NCAA Week Four Top 25: Florida Retains Top Spot

The SportmeistersAnalyst ISeptember 23, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators scrambles for yardage during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Surprise, surprise? Some top teams stumble and are losing ground on the national title race. Who takes their spot? Let’s go to the polls.

1. Florida (Last Week: 1) Next Game: 9/26 at Kentucky

Gator fans and staff are blaming their 10-point victory on the swine flu. Whatever happened to “a win is a win?”

2. Texas (Last Week: 2) Next Game: 9/26 vs. UTEP

Colt McCoy and company avoided another upset at the hands of Texas Tech, holding the Red Raiders to -6 rushing yards.

3. Ole Miss (Last Week: 4) Next Game: 9/24 at South Carolina

The Rebels move up thanks to USCs loss, but must avoid a letdown game in Columbia this week.

4. Alabama (Last Week: 5) Next Game: 9/26 at Arkansas

Three SEC teams in the top five? There is little doubt that this is the toughest conference in college football.

5. Penn State (Last Week: 6) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Iowa

The Spread HD may be their bread and butter, but their defense has given up only 20 points in three games.

6. LSU (Last Week: 7) Next Game: 9/26 at Mississippi State

A tough matchup against Georgia is on the horizon, but the Tigers can’t over look this weekend.

7. USC (Last Week: 3) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Washington State

The Trojans drop due to their loss, and now a quarterback battle is brewing between Matt Barkley, who is hurt, and Aaron Corp, who couldn’t lead the team to victory.

8. Ohio State (Last Week: 9) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Illinois

Terrelle Pryor ensured a victory this week, throwing for 262 yards and adding an extra 110 on the ground in the shutout.

9. TCU (Last Week: 10) Next Game: 9/26 at Clemson

The Horned Frogs take advantage of their counterparts mistakes, and slide further up into the top 10.

10. Miami (Last Week: 23) Next Game: 9/26 vs. No. 12 Virginia Tech

The Hurricanes are quickly showing they are for real, winning against another ranked opponent in the ACC.

11. Oklahoma (Last Week: 12) Next Game: Idle

Oklahoma gets an extra week to prepare against an equally dangerous Miami team.

12. Virginia Tech (Last Week: 13) Next Game: 9/26 at No. 10 Miami

A game winning drive took down Nebraska, but the Hokies will need a top game in order to get a victory this week.

13. UNC (Last Week: 14) Next Game: 9/26 at No.15 Georgia Tech

The Tar Heels are looking strong in the ACC this season, and this game gives them a chance to make some noise in the Coastal division.

14. Boise State (Last Week: 15) Next Game: 9/26 at Bowling Green

With BYU’s loss, Boise State is one of two teams left looking at a BCS bid as a non-automatic qualifier.

15. Georgia Tech (Last Week: 8 ) Next Game: 9/26 vs. No. 13 North Carolina

Miami exposed the triple-option offense. Can the Yellow Jackets get back on track and avoid a 1-2 ACC start?

16. Oklahoma State (Last Week: 16) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Grambling State

The Cowboys bounced back from their upset loss with a win over Rice, and should have an easy game against Grambling State this weekend.

17. Kansas (Last Week: 17) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Southern Miss

Quarterback Todd Reesing has thrown for 806 yards in a mere three games this season.

18. California (Last Week: 20) Next Game: 9/26 at Oregon

Cal jumps thanks to some losses, but face an Oregon team with some fire after they beat Utah last week.

19. Florida State (Last Week: NR) Next Game: 9/26 vs. South Florida

It’s a tale of two teams for the Seminoles, as the team that beat BYU is not the same team that snuck by Jacksonville State.

20. BYU (Last Week: 11) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Colorado State

BYU lost their best shot at possibly competition for a national championship, and will need a lot of help to get back in the BCS conversation.

21. Georgia (Last Week: 21) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Arizona State

The Bulldogs played like a Big 12 team last week, putting up 52 points against Arkansas.

22. Cincinnati (Last Week: 24) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Fresno State

Quarterback Tony Pike has 923 yards passing and eight touchdowns through three games this year.

23. Michigan (Last Week: 25) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Indiana

The Wolverines have matched their win total from last season, proving RichRod knows how to turn a team around in year two.

24. Washington (Last Week: NR) Next Game: 9/26 at Stanford

After a disappointing 0-12 season a year ago, an upset over USC finds the Huskies back in the Top 25.

25. Nebraska (Last Week: 19) Next Game: 9/26 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

A last minute drive knocked the Cornhuskers back, but they should get on track again this week.


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