Ranking 133 college football teams after Week 4: Top-down moves with FSU, Ohio State jumps | ET REALITY


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We enter this much-hyped college football weekend ready to learn about a lot of teams. Some flailed in the spotlight while others came forward. But the most important lesson we learned is that Florida State has truly returned to being one of the best teams in the country. After an overtime win at Clemson, the Seminoles rise to the No. 2 spot in this week’s edition of The Athletic 133.

Yes, it was ugly at first. Yes, Clemson missed a field goal late. But the fact that those things happened highlighted how Clemson has fallen and how the Seminoles have risen to fill that spot, ending a seven-game losing streak in the rivalry. Clemson didn’t have a Keon Coleman-type player to make a play when the team needed him most. Instead, he missed a field goal with a kicker in the late addition and made an ill-advised screen throw as a wide receiver on third-and-1 in overtime.

Florida State is now 4-0 with a blowout win against LSU and a win at Clemson. The Seminoles have a case to be number one. They have some of the best wins. They only sit at number 2 because they needed to escape Boston College last week. Georgia doesn’t have any big wins but it hasn’t been in real danger either.

On this exact date two years ago, Florida State fell to 0-4 after a loss to Louisville, two weeks after a loss to FCS Jacksonville State. FSU couldn’t afford to buy another coach in less than two years. I had to let Mike Norvell figure it out. Now he finds himself here as a contender for the national championship. The Seminoles have figured it out. It is a lesson in patience, in forming teams and in believing in the people you have.

Here is this week’s edition of The Athletic 133.


Quite a change in this group. FSU edges out Texas because it has two high-profile wins. Ohio State moves up to No. 4 after beating Notre Dame with one second left. Washington continues to destroy everyone and look like the best team in the country, but won’t play a top-tier opponent until Oregon on October 14.

Utah beat UCLA to move to 4-0 and Cam Rising hasn’t even played yet, so watch out for the Utes. Penn State overwhelmed Iowa 31-0 and also goes down. Michigan drops to No. 8 not only because the Wolverines haven’t played anyone of note, but because they haven’t been all that impressive either. They are 0-3-1 against the spread, and that 31-7 win against Rutgers on Saturday was a 10-point game well into the third quarter. I don’t doubt Michigan’s talent. We just haven’t seen it yet like we have seen it with Washington. When we do, the rankings will react. Is this contradictory to Georgia’s classification? Maybe. But the two-time defending national champions get the benefit of the doubt for now. All Michigan has to do is win its games and everything will be fine.

USC battled into the fourth quarter with an Arizona State team that Fresno State shut out last week, so the Trojans fell. Oregon moves into the top 10 after a 42-6 win against Colorado, bringing the Buffs back down to earth.

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Notre Dame only drops to 11th place, as the Irish came within inches of beating Ohio State. LSU needed a last-second field goal to beat Arkansas and remains in 12th place. Alabama overcame a brutal first half against Ole Miss to win 24-10 and get back on track, moving up to 15th. Washington State beat Oregon State 38-35 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score, and Wazzu moves up to 16th place.

Kansas is 4-0 for the second straight year and into the top 25 after beating BYU 38-27. Kansas State beat UCF 44-31 and also ranks in the top 25. TCU looks like the TCU we expected this season after a 34-17 win against SMU, and Colorado remains in the top 25 for now because of that win over TCU.

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Maryland is quietly 4-0 after taking care of business at Michigan State and is No. 26. UCLA really struggled in Utah, but it was only a final score of 14-7, so the Bruins only fell to No. 27. Ole Miss and Clemson also fall from the top 25 after their losses.

Kentucky, ranked 33rd, held its own against Vanderbilt and hosts Florida this upcoming weekend for a great matchup. Syracuse is 4-0 and No. 36 after beating Army and finishing undefeated in non-conference games for the first time since the Orange joined a conference in 1991. Fresno State is also 4-0 after taking care of Kent State and is closing in on No. 37.

Iowa and Auburn fall to the 40s after ugly offensive performances against Penn State and Texas A&M, respectively. No. 46 James Madison held on to beat Utah State, No. 47 Wyoming returned a blocked field goal in the final minutes to beat Appalachian State, and West Virginia beat Texas Tech to jump into the top 50.

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No. 51 Ohio continues to do what it needs to and beat Bowling Green 38-7. This team could be undefeated if Kurtis Rourke didn’t get hurt in the first game against San Diego State. Georgia Tech jumps to 53rd place after a comfortable 30-16 win at Wake Forest. Fellow Atlanta resident Georgia State is 4-0 after a 30-17 win at Coastal Carolina to tip the Sun Belt and move up to No. 54. Marshall beat Virginia Tech 24-17 and looked like the better team From the beginning. and the Herd takes a big jump to 55th place thanks to it.

Texas Tech lost to West Virginia and lost quarterback Tyler Shough to a broken fibula. A Big 12 dark horse has dropped very quickly, down to No. 60. Rutgers played Michigan hard for more than half and the Scarlet Knights look improved, inching to No. 57. USF seems to have something with Alex Golesh. after a 42-29 win against Rice, and moves up to No. 69. Troy held on to beat Western Kentucky 27-24 and moves up to No. 58. Boise State beat San Diego State 34-31 for a big road win at Mountain West. to rise to 64th place.

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Texas State continues to win, but falls a little because Baylor continues to fall and because of Texas State’s loss to UTSA. Southern Alabama, a week after defeating Oklahoma State, lost 34-30 to Central Michigan in an upset and fell to No. 83. UNLV is 3-1 under Barry Odom after a comfortable 45th win -28 against UTEP, moving up to number 83. 85.

Minnesota drops dramatically in these rankings to 90th after blowing a 31-10 fourth-quarter lead and losing to Northwestern in overtime. Indiana needed a missed field goal and four overtimes to escape Akron, so the Hoosiers drop to 91st. Jacksonville State and RichRod are 3-1 and move up to 94th after a 21-0 drubbing of Eastern Michigan. Stanford played close to Arizona, but lost 21-20, falling to No. 96. Colorado State beat Middle Tennessee 31-23 and moves into the top 100.

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Virginia Tech and Virginia fall into this group. The Hokies are 1-3 after a loss to Marshall. The fact that they weren’t the favorites to begin with says a lot. Virginia rallied but lost to NC State on a last-second field goal and remained winless.

Hawaii continues to show improvement, beating New Mexico State at home to move up to No. 115. UMass continues to slide since beating NMSU in Week 0, losing to New Mexico in overtime and falling to No. 119. Arkansas State beat Southern Miss for Butch Jones’ first Sun Belt win over a non-ULM team and moves up to No. 123. That’s a win that could be a necessary sign of progress this year.

UConn lost 41-7 to Duke and appears to have taken a big step back this year, falling to 128th. Sam Houston finally scored a touchdown, but only has 10 points in three games, so the Bearkats fall to 132nd. Buffalo remains last after a 45-38 loss to Louisiana.

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