College Football Power Rankings Week Four

Molly GraySenior Analyst ISeptember 22, 2008

1.  USC

USC plays on Thursday night against Oregon State in their first Pac-10 game. What else to say about this powerhouse?

2.  Oklahoma

Oklahoma beat Washington 55-14 this weekend. Sam Bradford was 18 for 21 with 304 yards and five TDs. The Sooners host No. 24 TCU this weekend and you can expect their offensive dominance to continue.

3.  Georgia

Georgia beat Arizona State, in Arizona, 27-10 this weekend. The game started off tight with a 0-0 first quarter. But the Bulldogs exploded in the second to go up 21-3 at the half. The Georgia defense was also dominant holding ASU to four rushing yards over 19 attempts.

4.  Florida

The Gators slaughtered Tennessee on Saturday, beating them 30-6 and holding them scoreless through three quarters. Brandon James had an excellent game, returning the opening kickoff 52 yards and returned a punt for 78 yards and a touchdown. Florida matches up with Mississippi this weekend and should have a big win at home.

5.  LSU

Jarrett Lee led the Tigers to an exciting win over Auburn. The top-ten match-up saw 470 passing yards and only 248 rushing yards. LSU was down in the first half 14-3, but fought back in the second half to overcome Auburn to a 26-21 win. Up next: Mississippi State, and No. 4 Florida.

6. Missouri

Heisman-hopeful Chase Daniels led the Tigers to a win over Buffalo 42-21. Though the offense racked up with Daniels’ 439-yard game, the team lost three fumbles in Buffalo territory, and mistakes made by special teams led to two Buffalo TDs. This Missouri defense should have been able to control Buffalo more than they did Saturday.

7.  Alabama

Alabama rushed for 328 yards on Saturday versus Arkansas to win 49-14 and bringing their average rushing yards to 237 yards. Next week Alabama travels to Georgia to face the team that gives up only 42 rushing yards per game. This is going to be an interesting gridlock with two SEC powerhouses.

8.  Texas

Colt McCoy passed for 329 yards and rushed for another 83 in their blowout against Rice 52-10. The starting QB completed 19 of 23 passes for four touchdowns, setting a Texas record for touchdowns thrown. McCoy has now thrown 62 touchdowns, eclipsing Major Applewhite’s record of 60.

9.  Wisconsin

The Badgers are coming off a bye week and will face Michigan on Saturday. However, they are probably focusing on their next two games: Ohio State, then Penn State.

10. Brigham Young

BYU posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1985, and of course extended their nation-best winning streak to 14 games. BYU trumped Wyoming 44-0 in an offensive and defensive showdown. The Cougars are here, and they’re aren’t going down without a fight.

11. Penn State

The Nittany Lions have outscored their opponents 211-40, but their opponents haven’t been exactly spectacular. Penn State’s first real test will come against No. 22 Illinois this Saturday.

12. Ohio State

The nation got to see Terrelle Pryor in all his glory Saturday when the true freshman replaced fifth-year senior starting QB Todd Boeckman. Pryor threw four touchdown passes. Coach Tressel is now 20-0 against non-BCS opponents, but does that really matter? The Buckeye’s start Big Ten play this weekend when they host Minnesota.

13. Auburn

The Tigers, who had only given up 18 points in their first 3.5 games, gave up 23 points in their last two quarters against LSU to lose 26-21. Hopefully they will catch a break against un-ranked Tennessee next week before they face No. 21 Vanderbilt.

14. Texas Tech

Texas Tech continued putting up huge numbers when they beat Massachusetts 56-14, scoring on their first possession. Shannon Woods racked up 108 yards on 10 carries for three touchdowns. Look for similar numbers when they face Kansas State next week.

15. South Florida

South Florida’s offense slacked against Florida International, putting up only 17 points. It was a good thing the defense stood up, only giving up nine points to protect from a loss. Mike Ford managed two touchdowns on only 24 yards to save the Bulls. Up next: North Carolina State.

16. Utah

Utah pulled off a win over Air Force 30-23. The deciding score came with just under a minute left to play when Darrell Mack ran the ball nine yards for a touchdown. The Utes racked up 439 yards of total offense. Look for similar or better numbers when they face Weber State next Saturday.

17. Wake Forest

Wake Forest beat No. 24 Florida State this weekend 12-3. It was a battle of the kickers as every single point came from a field goal. Sam Swank hit the last of his four field goals with 2:07 left to go, sealing the win. The Wake Forest defense forced seven turnovers, something they should plan to do when they play Navy next week.

18. Kansas

Todd Reesing threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns against Sam Houston State to lead the Jayhawks to a 38-14 win. But the running game is still struggling, gaining only 161 yards. That type of rushing stat won’t do when they face Big 12 opponent Oklahoma in three weeks. Next up: Iowa State and Colorado.

19. Clemson

James Davis rushed for 95 yards and three TDs on 11 carries in Clemson’s demolition derby against South Carolina State 54-0. They certaintly focused on their rushing game, having 47 carries: over 20 more than their average 25.7. They host Maryland next weekend before their match-up against No. 16 Wake Forest.

20. Boise State

Boise State had an exciting win over Oregon, outscoring the Duck’s 37-32. Kellen Moore threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns in his first start on the road. He couldn’t have been happier as the Duck’s gave up four turnovers to Boise State’s two.

21. Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt has an impressive win against Mississippi, 23-17. They were able to outscore the Rebels even though Ole Miss had 385 total yards to Vandy’s 202. Don’t expect them to move up much on the rankings as their schedule includes No. 15 Auburn, No. 3 Georgia, and No. 4 Florida in the next five weeks.

22. East Carolina

The Cinderella story took a heart-breaking turn this past weekend when East Carolina’s 3-0 start was spoiled with an overtime loss to North Carolina State. Sadly, their chances don’t look bright to move back up as they face unranked teams for the rest of the season.

23. Illinois

Coming off of a bye week, Illinois will travel to No. 12 Penn State. Every player will need to come to the game ready to play, especially Juice Williams, who was unimpressive in last year’s match-up.

24. TCU

TCU had a 48-7 victory over Southern Methodist on Saturday, but the excitement won’t last for long as they travel to No. 2 Oklahoma. If they can come out of that game swithout major injury or embarrassment, they’ll look much better against No. 11 BYU in four weeks. But for now, it looks as if TCU’s time in the Top 25 has come to an end.

25. Fresno State

Fresno State also went into overtime this past weekend, pulling off a 55-54 win over Toledo. It was over when Nico Herron swatted Aaron Opelt’s two-point conversion pass in the second overtime. Up next: UCLA at the Rose Bowl.


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