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Week 4 College Football Poll: LSU and Louisville Tumble

Moving Into Rankings- Oregon, SD State and Mississippi State

In week four college football rankings, it was a good week for the top three teams. Both the Coaches Poll and AP Poll offer Alabama as number two, Clemson as two, and Oklahoma as three. In addition, the two polls list Penn State as being fifth and USC as sixth. After that there are some differences. However, in both polls LSU and Louisville have plummeted. Here’s a look at which teams have moved up, which are out, and which are losing ground.

Free Fall Teams

The Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-0) surprised the LSU Tigers (2-1) this week beating them 37-7. Up to that point, LSU had shutout BYU 27-0 and had taken down Chattanooga 45-10. The Bulldogs physically punished the Tigers on both sides of the ball. They were completely outplayed as Mississippi State Nick Fitzgerald dominated the game. LSU had numerous targeting penalties and were exceptionally undisciplined. MST had run up points in their two pervious games, beating Charleston Southern 49-0 and Louisiana Tech 57- 21. But due to the weakness of their opponents, there was doubt concerning Mississippi State’s ability to handle a top SEC team. After this week’s game all doubts are gone. LSU dropped from 11th in the Coaches Poll to 23rd and from 12th in the AP to 25th.

The Louisville Cardinals (2-1) had a much tougher opponent in week three. That was the number two ranked Clemson Tigers (3-0). Louisville dropped six spots in the Coaches poll to 20th and five in the AP to 19th. The plummet was due to the Cardinal 47-21 loss to Clemson. They were totally outplayed by the number two Tigers.

New Teams

By virtue of their drubbing of LSU, the Mississippi State Bulldogs broke into the Top 25, settling in at 19th in the Coaches and 17th in the AP. The Oregon Ducks and San Diego State Aztecs, both of which are 3-0, moved into the 24th and 25th spots of the Coaches poll. The Ducks occupy the same place in the AP, while the Aztecs are 22nd.

The Ducks moved into their position due to the fact that they humiliated Southern Utah 77-21, beat Nebraska 42-35, and took down Wyoming 49-13. In the first two weeks of the season, the Aztecs beat UCD 38-17 and Arizona State 30-20. Then, last week, they took on #19 Stanford, beating them 20-17. That not only put SDS into the top 25, but it also knocked the Cardinal team out of both rankings.

Week Four College Football Rankings

In week four college football rankings, two other teams were knocked out of the top 25 rankings of the Coaches Poll, former #18 Kansas State and former #23 Tennessee. Those two teams also fell out of the AP rankings along #25 UCLA. One additional club moved into the AP list, the Utah Utes (3-0) who beat San Jose State this past week 54-16. That’s it for week four college football rankings.


Paul has been writing about sports betting and sports for more than a decade, offering picks on the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as on college sports and European football. He's written thousands of season and post-season previews, innumerable articles on sports betting strategies, and various books on sports and sports betting.

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