The JD Poll: Top 25 After Week 4 in College Football

John ScottCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2008

LSU survives at Auburn. Georgia dominates in the desert. ECU loses to NC State.

JD Poll is back again with the post week 4 rankings.

Note: Teams moving up and down in the rankings are relative to where they were in last week’s JD poll (

This poll was made BEFORE the AP Poll came out.


1. USC Trojans


2. Oklahoma Sooners



3. Georgia Bulldogs


Georgia was very impressive in the desert. It is the first time Georgia has traveled west of the Mississippifor a regular season game since 1960. I would move Georgia back to No. 2, but I don’t like to penalize teams that don’t play.

Georgia’s D was especially impressive holding the Sun Devils to 19 yards rushing. And freshman WR AJ Green caught seven balls for 148 yards and a TD. Julio Jones who?

Next week Georgia better be ready as they take on the Crimson Tide at home.

4. Florida Gators


Another dominant win over Tennessee for the Gators this year (last year they routed the Vols 59-20). Tennessee was clueless all game. Florida did what they want, when they wanted. Tennessee had more total yards then Florida, but had to many costly turnovers in the redzone.

Florida tied the all-time series between the teams at 19 wins a piece.

This game was never close. Tennessee is awful this year.

5. Missouri Tigers


Man do the Tigers know how to put up points. Daniel keeps on putting up big numbers versus inferior opponents. 

Daniel was 35 of 44 for 431 yards and two TD’s. Chase Coffman had 10 catches for 88 yards and a TD, and Jeremy Maclin had 14 catches for 165 yards. I mention these three players in every article it seems…

I can’t wait to see how the Tigers play versus a good team.

6. LSU Tigers


What a big win for this team. As I’ve been saying all year, the only thing holding LSU back from No. 1 is their QB play, and it almost cost them the game versus Auburn.

Auburn had a pick 6 before half that shouldn’t have happened. LSU’s receiver would have gone nowhere even if he had caught that ball.

LSU even had Keiland Williams throw a TD, trick play or not fully trusting the QB’s? Hmm…

But nonetheless, it was a big win on the road.

7. Texas Longhorns


The Longhorns killed a decent Rice team.

McCoy looked really good and is running like Vince Young-lite. He was 19 of 23 for 329 yards and five total touchdowns.

Texas has a rescheduled game versus Arkansas this weekend, and then their tough conference schedule begins.

8. Alabama Crimson Tide


Another absolutely dominating performance by the Alabama run game. Glenn Coffee ran for 162 of Bama’s 338 rush yards on 10 carries and had two TD’s.

I don’t think I’ve been this excited for an Alabama football team since they started 9-0 in Brodie Croyle’s senior season.

I can’t wait to see how they play versus Georgia. Alabama has dominated both the offensive and defensive lines in every game this season. Bama is averaging 239 rush yards per game, and allowing only 70 rush yards per game against.

With Georgia’s weakness being their offensive and defensive lines, it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

▲9. Wisconsin Badgers (No. 10)



▲10. Ohio State Buckeyes (No. 11)


I’m not moving Ohio State up because of how they played on Saturday, in fact they didn’t look good at all.

I’m only moving them up because, well, I have to because Auburn lost. Simple as that.

Terrelle Pryor did look good in his first career start. Why Ohio State feels they need to start him, beats me. Boeckman did lead them to two BCS title games…

▲11. Texas Tech Red Raiders (No. 13)


When is Texas Tech going to play a good team? It seems like never as they do not play a ranked team until they visit Kansas in late October.

It’s hard to judge how good this team really is because of the weak opponents they have had. I mean c’mon, Massachusetts? SMU? Eastern Washington? WEAK

12. South Florida Bulls


It was a scary moment when USF’s linebacker Brouce Mompremier collided with teammate Carlton Williams. They both went down hard but Mompremier never came back up.

USF barely beat FIU, who came into the game 0-3. Not an impressive victory at all which forced me to move Texas Tech ahead of them this week.

▲13. Penn State Nittany Lions (No. 15)


Much like Texas Tech, they still haven’t played a team worthwhile. And like Texas Tech they have kicked the crap out of everyone thus far.

We’ll see how they do this week at home versus Illinois in their opening Big-10 game.

▲14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (No. 17)


Have we FINALLY found a good team in the ACC? I think so!

They beat the Seminoles on the road and held them to just 3 points. The Deacons failed to score a TD and missed three of seven field goals.

Wake Forest is now the only unbeaten team in the ACC.

▲15. BYU Cougars (No. 16)

BYU has now won their past two games by a combined score of 103-0. Max Hall only threw for three touchdowns this time around, a very modest total compared to his seven last week.

BYU will cruise for a while until the final two games of their season when they visit both Air Force and Utah.

▼16. Auburn Tigers (No. 9)


Hey they scored more than 3 points this time! In fact they had 3 touchdowns, although only two of them were scored by the offense.

Not that bad of a loss here, LSU is a slightly better team than Auburn and it showed. Auburn will look to rebound next week versus a team that everyone seems to be beating, the Vols.

▲17. Utah Utes (No. 19)


Survived a very critical game at Air Force. Air force is a tough team this year, and the Utes hung on and beat them in their house.

Utah will have a relatively easy schedule until they play BYU in their final game.

Oh, and the MWC has more ranked teams than the Pac-10. Yikes!

▲18. Kansas Jayhawks (No. 20)


Coming off a tough loss at USF they played well and got an easy out of conference win. Reesing threw for 356 yards and a TD in their 38-14 win over Sam Houston State.

They begin conference play this week at the Iowa State Cyclones, and she makes me wanna do it all night long. Woo!

▲19. Clemson Tigers (No. 21)


They have clearly rebounded after getting mauled by a good Alabama team. They have yet to beat a good team so the jury is still out on this football team.

James Davis and CJ Spiller have to count for something, right?!

▲20. Boise State (NR)


Went into Oregon and took a 37-13 lead into the fourth quarter, then almost lost? They held off the ducks and won 37-32.

Going into Autzen stadium and getting a win is huge, Boise definitely deserves a top 25 ranking.

▲21. Vanderbilt Commodores (NR)


Vandy is 4-0, WHAT?

Yes and they have beaten solid teams at that in South Carolina, Rice and at Ole Miss.

First time Vanderbilt has been ranked in quite some time.

Vandy being ranked further proves that the SEC is the best conference in the nation.

22. IllinoisFighting Illini



▲23. Fresno State Bulldogs (NR)


Won a tough game on the road versus Toledo following a tough home loss. It took them OT as they won 55-54.

I still can’t believe they blew that game versus Wisconsin, their kicker has to still be feeling like crap after missing 3 field goals in that one.

▼24. East Carolina Pirates (No. 18)


I was never completely sold on this team, and I was right.

Coach Holtz made some stupid decisions late in the game, like going for it on 4thand goal when a FG would have given them a 7 point lead.

The Pirates were over-hyped after beating 2 ranked teams, 2 pathetic ranked teams at best.

▲25. Oklahoma State Cowboys (NR)


The Cowboys make their first splash into my top 25 this week.

Haven’t played a good team yet, but have won big in every game.

Just waiting to see them play in conference to see how good they really are, like many unproven ranked teams. (Mizzou, Texas Tech, Penn State)

Others Receiving Votes (by me):


Kentucky Wildcats, Oregon (last week 14), TCU, Virginia Tech, Colorado, Tulsa, Ball State, Cal, South Carolina, Ole Miss

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