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AP Poll: Week Four

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Let’s check in on the rankings after a wild weekend.

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On the surface, week three seemed like it would be a pretty boring week without any marquee matchups. Instead, we got a pretty crazy week that included FCS over FBS upsets, last minute comebacks, overtimes, and costly mistakes coming back to haunt teams in brutal fashions.

No major teams ended up losing, but there was a little bit of a change in the rankings. Let’s check in on where the top 25 ended up after the dust settled:

AP Top 25

  1. Clemson (57)
  2. Alabama (5)
  3. Georgia
  4. LSU
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Ohio State
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Auburn
  9. Florida
  10. Utah
  11. Michigan
  12. Texas
  13. Wisconsin
  14. Penn State
  15. UCF
  16. Oregon
  17. Texas A&M
  18. Iowa
  19. Washington State
  20. Boise State
  21. Virginia
  22. Washington
  23. Cal
  24. Arizona State
  25. TCU

Where is UNC?

After getting into the “others receiving votes” section last week, the Tar Heels are back to being off everyone’s ballots following their loss to Wake Forest. Next week’s opponent, Appalachian State, has gotten some votes after their undefeated start. Should UNC beat them, they’ll probably at least start appearing on some ballots again.

Biggest Winners

The team that had the biggest jump this week was Virginia, who is up four spots from #25 to #21. The preseason Coastal favorites are still the only ACC team besides Clemson in the top 25. Meanwhile, there are three new teams in the ranking following the chaos over the weekend. Cal, Arizona State, and TCU all made jumps thanks to some ranked teams taking losses.

Biggest Losers

After losing because of a 12 men on the field penalty, Michigan State nearly dropped 12 whole spots. The Spartans were at #18 going into the weekend, but fell out of the ranking after their loss to Arizona State. They would be #29 if the rankings extended that far. There weren’t many big drops by teams that stayed ranked, but Maryland and USC joined Michigan State in falling out of the top 25.

Outside Looking In

Kansas State came the closest to getting into the top 25, falling 13 ranking points short. They lead a Big 12-heavy “others receiving votes” list as Oklahoma State and Iowa State also made some voters’ ballots.

Conference Breakdown

  • SEC: 6
  • Pac-12: 6
  • Big Ten: 5
  • Big 12: 3
  • ACC: 2
  • AAC: 1
  • Independent: 1
  • Mountain West: 1

Top 25 Matchups This Week

#11 Michigan at #13 Wisconsin on Saturday at 12:00 PM ET

#8 Auburn at #17 Texas A&M on Saturday at 3:30 PM ET

#7 Notre Dame at #3 Georgia on Saturday at 8:00 PM ET