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2018 College Football Polls: Week 4

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Week 4 Polls

The Associated Press Top 25

The historical gold standard of human polls.

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Clemson
  4. Ohio State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. LSU
  7. Stanford
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Auburn
  10. Washington
  11. Penn State
  12. West Virginia
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. Mississippi State
  15. Oklahoma State
  16. UCF
  17. TCU
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Michigan
  20. Oregon
  21. Miami
  22. Texas A&M
  23. Boston College
  24. Michigan State
  25. BYU

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The Massey composite

Every poll and rating smashed into one continually updating ranking, more or less. We’ll update this one a couple times throughout Sunday as rankings come out.

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Ohio State
  4. Clemson
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Penn State
  7. LSU
  8. Mississippi State
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. Auburn
  11. Stanford
  12. Notre Dame
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. Washington
  15. Wisconsin
  16. Iowa
  17. Duke
  18. Boise State
  19. TCU
  20. UCF
  21. Miami
  22. Michigan
  23. Boston College
  24. West Virginia
  25. Washington State

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Bill Connelly’s S&P+ ratings

SB Nation’s favored college football advanced stat, which tends to perform well against the Vegas spread, along with offering much deeper evaluations of teams.

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Georgia
  4. Clemson
  5. Mississippi State
  6. Oklahoma State
  7. Washington
  8. Penn State
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Michigan
  11. Memphis
  12. Texas A&M
  13. Wisconsin
  14. Auburn
  15. WVU
  16. Boise
  17. Boston College
  18. Notre Dame
  19. UCF
  20. Michigan State
  21. LSU
  22. Kentucky
  23. Indiana
  24. Miami
  25. TCU

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130-team S&P+ rankings, including a surging Oklahoma State

The Sagarin ratings

A long-running computer that also includes FCS teams.

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Penn State
  5. Clemson
  6. Washington
  7. Georgia
  8. Oklahoma State
  9. Mississippi State
  10. Auburn
  11. LSU
  12. Michigan
  13. Iowa
  14. Wisconsin
  15. Virginia Tech
  16. Stanford
  17. TCU
  18. Texas A&M
  19. Miami
  20. Duke!
  21. Boise State
  22. Michigan State
  23. West Virginia
  24. NC State
  25. Texas!

The USA Today Coaches Poll

Doesn’t matter much, and often is more a poll of PR directors than actual coaches.

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Georgia
  4. Ohio State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. LSU
  7. Stanford
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Penn State
  10. Virginia Tech
  11. Auburn
  12. Washington
  13. West Virginia
  14. Mississippi State
  15. Oklahoma State
  16. Wisconsin
  17. TCU
  18. UCF
  19. Oregon
  20. Miami
  21. Michigan
  22. Texas A&M
  23. Michigan State
  24. Boise State
  25. Boston College

Georgia Overview

Georgia took care of business against Middle Tennessee State, defeating the Blue Raiders by a final score of 49-7. Elijah Holyfield rushed for 100 yards and Georgia receivers accounted for six touchdowns overall.

The Bulldogs’ strong start to the season has seen them rise to #2 in the latest AP Poll. The Dawgs will put that ranking to the test this weekend as UGA travels to Missouri to face Drew Lock and the Tigers.

Movers

Fell Out: #17 Boise State, #22 USC, #23 Arizona State

Newcomers: #22 Texas A&M, #23 Boston College, #25 BYU

Overrated

#8 Notre Dame. Honestly, the voters did a good job this week in my opinion. But I don’t see Notre Dame lasting the season as a Top 10 team. If they can go to Wake Forest and get the win, which won’t be as easy as initially thought, the Fighting Irish have Stanford and Virginia Tech the following two weeks. I expect the Irish to trip up at least once, if not twice, over the next three weeks.

Underrated

#23 Boston College. Welcome back to the polls, BC! The Eagles have gotten off to a great 3-0 start, and thanks to a back-loaded schedule, Boston College has a decent shot of entering their Friday night matchup in late October against Miami 7-0. It’s time to get used to seeing BC in the polls.

This Week’s Top 25 Matchups

#22 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama

#7 Stanford at #20 Oregon

Upset Alert

Last week, I went one for two, as I said both Syracuse and Boise State would win.

This week, I’m taking Iowa to knock off Wisconsin at home.