USA Today College Football Poll: Week 4
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College Football Power Rankings: Week 4

by: AnthonyP On  Monday, September 22, 2008

college football power rankingsTotal Pro Sports – USC is atop our College Football Power Rankings for week 4.  The Trojans were not busy this week, as they had a week off to practise and get ready for next weeks match up against Oregon State.

The game of the week was held at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Al.  The match up between the LSU Tigers and the Auburn Tigers was a great cat fight.  At halftime Auburn held an 11 point lead, to only loose the game on the final drive that LSU had.  Keep an eye on LSU as they continue to move up the rankings.

Rounding up our top 5, the Oklahoma Sooners are still #2, the Georgia Bulldogs stayed at #3.  The Florida Gators jumped 1 spot to #4, and LSU rounds out our top 5 with a big win against Auburn.

Our biggest winners this week in our College Power Rankings, were the Utah Utes moving up 5 spots after a big win against Air Force.  The Texas Tech Red Raiders, Clemson Tigers and TCU all moved up 3 spots respectively.

Our biggest losers this week in our College Football Power Rankings for week 4 were again the Oregon Ducks dropping 5 spots to #19.  After losing their top 2 quarterbacks and losing to Boise State they just keep on falling.  The Auburn Tigers and the East Carolina Pirates also lost 4 spots in the power rankings respectively.

Rank Team Rec PRV Comment
1 USC 2-0 - A week off for the Trojans, they play Oregon St next week
2 Oklahoma Sooners 3-0 - OU had a bye week as they prepare for their much anticipated game against the Horned Frogs from TCU.
3 Georgia Bulldogs 4-0 - Georgia rolled through ASU to remain undefeated. The defence played really well and Knowshon Moreno really picked up his play as the game progressed he finished with 149 yards and 2 touchdowns and is averaging a touchdown for every 7.6 rush attempts.
4 Florida Gators 3-0 Green Arrow1 If you look at the box score and expect to see Tim Tebow flash some ridiculous numbers you would be greatly disappointed. The Heisman trophy winners numbers are down from last season by design. The Gators are purposely trying to make Tebow a pocket passer, however, he like few others has the ability to make plays when his receivers don’t get open.
5 LSU Tigers 3-0 Green Arrow1 The LSU Tigers possibly played the game of their season, coming from 11 points down at halftime to win the game. A large part of the success goes to Jarrett Lee who had a rough start but completely took control of the offense in the second half for LSU.
6

Missouri Tigers

4-0 Red Arrow2 I have my vote in for the Heisman Award winner. Chase Daniels is officially on fire! I don’t think there is a better offense in the country right now. Mizzu would have broken through the 50 point barrier yet again if not for turnovers in Buffalo’s end.
7 Texas Longhorns 3-0 Green Arrow1

The Longhorns took care of business against Rice this week. They have a makeup game against Arkansas next week, then they begin an extremely tough Big 12 schedule.

8 Alabama Crimson Tide 4-0 Green Arrow1 The Crimson Tide really impressed this week against the Razorbacks. They went into a tough atmosphere, to play a team that was supposed to be prepared for them and they dominated the game.
9 Wisconsin Badgers 3-0 Red Arrow2 A week off before Big 10 play for the Badgers, they travel to Ann Arbor next week to play the Wolverines.
10 Texas Tech Red Raiders 4-0 Green Arrow3 It seems it doesn’t matter who starts at Quarterback for the Red Raiders they manage to put up a ton of points. Is it the system or the athletes? with few Texas Tech Quarterbacks succeeding in the NFL you be the judge.
11 University Of Central Florida 4-0 - If they continue to let teams hang around in ball games they will eventually pay a price. They have been fortunate to be on the right end of these close ball games but its a matter of time before they get burned.
12 Ohio State Buckeyes 3-1 - Ohio St. was better this week against an underrated Troy team however the intensity for a Buckeye team is still not there. They better get it together because it is not going to get any easier as their Big Ten schedule begins next week.
13 BYU 4-0 Green Arrow2 What? I thought the Cougars were known for their offense. They have posted back to back shutouts and have outscored their last two opponents 103-0. This team is for real lets see if they can have the same success on the road.
14 Utah Utes 4-0 Green Arrow5 Brian Johnson is leading this team the same way Alex Smith led them to a win at the Fiesta Bowl in 2005. The duo of Matt Asiata and Darrell Mack have cast their egos aside and have turned into arguably the best running back combo in the nation. This team may run the table and be playing in a BCS Bowl game.
15 Auburn 3-1 Red Arrow4 A crushing loss to LSU and the Tigers have no one to blame but themselves. After controlling the line of scrimmage the entire first half, the Tigers gave up way too many big plays in the second half. That offense, although played reasonably well continued to struggle at key times in the game. 
16 Penn State Lions 4-0 Green Arrow1 The offense is clicking, albeit it has come against lesser opponents. They have their biggest home game of the year next week as the Illini come to town, we will see if the Nittany Lions can continue to dominate against stiffer competition.
17 Kansas 3-1 Green Arrow1 Although the Jayhawks won comfortably they didn’t dominate the game like many thought they would. Following a heart breaking loss to USF, some expected the Jay hawks to own every inch of the field against Sam Houston St, a team that had not played football in three weeks.
18 Wake Forest 3-0 Green Arrow2 Sam Swank 12 – Florida St. 3, this was a field goal filled affair. The Demon Deacons caused 7 turnovers, including 5 interceptions, they confused the Seminoles QB’s all game long and the defence was swarming around the ball all game. Impressive display by Wake!
19 Oregon Ducks 3-1 Red Arrow5 The Ducks really felt the effect of losing their top 2 quarterback’s as they fell to Boise St. this week. Oregon made a fourth quarter rally but it wasn’t enough as they three 3 interceptions and missed 2 huge field goals.
20 East Carolina Pirates 3-1 Red Arrow4 East Carolina’s 2 upsets to begin the season are looking less impressive with each passing week. They seem to play up to the level of superior competition and down to teams of a lesser skill set.
21 Clemson 3-1 Green Arrow3 I’m not sure if Clemson is back but they did look good against a Div-1AA opponent half of the duo “Thunder and Lightning” had an impressive showing as James Davis rushed for 3 touchdowns. We will see how they fair against notable opponents.
22 TCU 4-0 Green Arrow3 As divisions like the Mountain West continue to develop, teams like the Horned Frogs will get more credit. This team is a legit top 25 team with all the tools to play with the big boys. Do not be surprised if they go into Oklahoma next week and beat the 2nd ranked Sooners.
23 Fresno State 2-1 NR A huge double overtime win for the Bulldogs salvages their season. After almost blowing a large fourth quarter lead Fresno pulled it out in overtime. This teams bubble may burst if their not careful.
24 Bosie State Broncos 3-0 NR How about the Blue and Orange, they stay competitive every year and always have a few remarkable wins. This week they stun a QB-deprived Ducks team. With not much happening in the state of Idaho but growing potatoes, Bronco fans have something to be proud of.
25 Vanderbilt Commodores 4-0 NR The commodores are now known for their football program, wait that doesn’t sound right! Bobby Johnson and his staff have this tam playing sound, mistake free football and it has payed off big time. The commodores are 4-0 and in first place in the SEC East.

Honorable Mention: Uconn, Colorado, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Ball State, Illinois, California, Tulsa, Minnesota, and Air Force.

Be sure to check back next week with our 2008 College Football Power Rankings for Week 5.




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