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College Football Rankings: B/R’s Top 25 After Week 4

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    Week 4’s slate of video games seemed like they’d be fairly boring on paper, however Saturday turned out to be a surprisingly enjoyable day. It all obtained began with No. 12 Notre Dame defeating No. 18 Wisconsin in Chicago at Soldier Field. Things have been fairly shut via the three quarters, however Notre Dame pulled away within the fourth to win 41-13. 

    The afternoon slate of video games have been all kinds of enjoyable. No. 16 Arkansas upset No. 7 Texas A&M in Jerry World—the Aggies went to the locker room at halftime down 17-3. Texas A&M pulled inside a landing halfway via the third, however Arkansas held on to win 20-10. Unranked NC State upset No. 9 Clemson at house, needing a second extra time to take action, No. 23 Auburn practically misplaced to Georgia State on its house turf and Rutgers hung round late towards No. 19 Michigan within the Big House. 

    No. 4 Oklahoma survived an in depth one at house, defeating West Virginia 16-13. The Sooners nailed a 30-yard discipline aim within the recreation’s closing seconds. No. 5 Iowa had an in depth name towards Colorado State, profitable 24-14 in a recreation it entered favored by three scores. 

    As they do every week, Bleacher Report’s faculty soccer specialists—David Kenyon, Adam Kramer, Kerry Miller, Morgan Moriarty and Brad Shepard—tried to make sense of all of it, casting a poll after the Week 4 video games. A primary-place vote is price 25 factors, adopted by 24 factors for second, 23 for third, and so on.

    B/R’s Week 4 Top 25

    1. Alabama (Last week: 1)

    2. Georgia (2)

    3. Oregon (3)

    4. Penn State (T-5)

    5. Cincinnati (T-5)

    6. Iowa (4)

    7. Arkansas (T-16)

    8. Florida (8)

    9. Notre Dame (13)

    10. Ohio State (T-10)

    11. Oklahoma (7)

    12. Ole Miss (T-10)

    13. Michigan (15)

    14. Coastal Carolina (14)

    15. BYU (T-16)

    16. Texas A&M (T-10)

    17. Michigan State (21)

    18. Kentucky (T-23)

    19. UCLA (T-18)

    20. Auburn (20)

    21. Fresno State (NR)

    22. Wake Forest (NR)

    23. San Diego State (T-23)

    24. Oklahoma State (NR)

    25. Maryland (NR)

     Others receiving votes SMU, Clemson, Texas, UTSA, Virginia Tech. 

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    Woo, pig sooie! The Razorbacks got here into this matchup having misplaced the final 9 straight towards the Aggies within the rivalry dubbed the Southwest Classic. Arkansas snapped that dropping streak and defeated the Aggies by 10 on Saturday. The first half was all Hogs, because the Arkansas offense had 307 whole yards, together with 229 yards within the air from quarterback KJ Jefferson. 

    Early within the third quarter, Jefferson left the sport due to an damage, with the QB visibly limping after taking a tough hit. Redshirt freshman and backup quarterback Malik Hornsby did not run the offense with the identical manufacturing as Jefferson—the quarterback went 1-of-3 passing and rushed for 12 yards on six makes an attempt. 

    Texas A&M capitalized on the Razorbacks’ restricted offense, scoring a landing with 7:51 left within the fourth quarter to make it 17-10. But the Razorbacks protection did a superb job of protecting the Aggies out of scoring vary in any other case. In Texas A&M’s final 4 possessions of the sport, the Aggies punted twice, threw an interception and could not convert on a fourth down.  

    Aggie quarterback Zach Calzada did not have one of the best outing Saturday. He completed with 151 yards and the fourth-quarter interception. TAMU operating again Isaiah Spiller was fairly productive on the bottom, although, ending with 95 yards and the Aggies’ solely landing of the day.

    Jefferson did return to the sport within the fourth quarter for the Razorbacks’ final two possessions of the sport. Although he did not add any extra factors to Arkansas’ lead, it was good to see the QB get again on the market after such an incredible first half. 

    Texas A&M got here into this one as slight favorites, however Arkansas proved its 3-0 begin earlier than this recreation was no fluke. Not to say, the Razorbacks outgained the Aggies in whole yardage by a whopping 171 yards on the day. This is a completely large win for Arkansas and second-year head coach Sam Pittman.

    Arkansas strikes to 4-0 on the season for the primary time for the reason that 2003 season. Next week, Arkansas goes on the street to No. 2 Georgia, adopted with one other street journey to No. 13 Ole Miss. We’ll see how far this Arkansas staff can go throughout these subsequent couple of weeks.

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    Clemson hasn’t seemed like a College Football Playoff staff all season, and Saturday was no exception. The Tigers went into the matchup on the street towards NC State having gained the final eight straight video games within the collection. But the Wolfpack upset the Tigers 27-21, needing double extra time to tug it off. 

    It was all tied up at 14 heading into additional time. Clemson struck first as quarterback DJ Uiagalelei discovered receiver Justyn Ross for a nine-yard landing on the Tigers’ OT possession. NC State quarterback Devin Leary countered with a two-yard TD move to place the sport right into a second OT. Leary threw a beautiful landing move within the nook of the top zone on NC State’s first possession. Although its two-point conversion failed, it did not actually matter ultimately. On the Tigers’ ensuing possession, Clemson did not convert on 4th-and-5, sealing the upset victory for the Wolfpack.

    NC State followers rushed the sphere in a wild scene after the sport.   

    As the ultimate rating suggests, this one was shut all through. Clemson’s offense struggled considerably, too. The Tigers had simply 87 whole yards of offense within the first half, together with simply eight yards (!) dashing. Uiagalelei hasn’t seemed very snug in his first season operating the Tigers offense full-time. That development continued towards NC State—the sophomore threw for simply 111 yards and one interception. He did throw two touchdowns, however he accomplished simply 46 % of his passes on the day. On third down, NC State’s protection held Clemson to transform on simply two of its 11 makes an attempt. 

    The loss probably takes Clemson out of CFP rivalry, even when the Tigers can win out. Given how a lot this staff has struggled early on, it appears unlikely this squad even has what it takes to win the ACC.

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    Oof, discuss a demoralizing loss, even for a staff like Vanderbilt. Sure, nobody picked the Commodores to upset the Dawgs, however this was a blowout as early as the primary quarter. Georgia scored 5 touchdowns within the first quarter alone, and put up 200 whole yards in the identical quarter-hour. Let’s run via a couple of extra ridiculous stats, simply to sum up what a beatdown this was: 

  • Vanderbilt had 77 whole yards of offense, and Georgia completed with 62 factors. 
  • Georgia had 283 passing yards, in comparison with Vanderbilt’s 24.
  • The Dawg’s protection held Vanderbilt to only 1.7 yards per play.
  • Vanderbilt had simply 46 whole performs and 4 first downs. 
  • Georgia had eight whole touchdowns, whereas Vanderbilt had simply two third-down conversions.
  • The Commodores had simply three drives that led to Georgia territory. Those resulted in two interceptions and a turnover on downs. 
  • The loss marks Vanderbilt’s fifth-worst in class historical past.

Vanderbilt strikes to 1-3 on the season in head coach Clark Lea’s first season in Nashville. Thanks to Georgia’s domination, the Dawgs have been capable of swap issues up at quarterback on Saturday. Starting QB JT Daniels completed with 121 yards and two touchdowns, lacking on simply one in every of his 10 passing makes an attempt. Backup Stetson Bennett, who got here in for Georgia within the second quarter, completed his day throwing for 151 yards, a landing and an interception he threw on his first possession of the day.  

This Georgia staff impressed early with its Week 1 win over Clemson. That victory may’ve misplaced its luster a bit given the Tigers’ loss this week, however the Dawgs clearly aren’t slowing down. Next week, the Dawgs will face off towards fellow undefeated Arkansas at house. That matchup seems to be prefer it’ll be a reasonably enjoyable one in Athens.

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    Week 5’s slate of video games is highlighted by a pair of massive matchups within the SEC. It begins with No. 16 Arkansas touring to No. 2 Georgia to tackle the undefeated Bulldogs. The largest storyline heading into this recreation would be the well being of Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson. As I discussed earlier, it was encouraging to see him come again within the recreation towards Texas A&M on the finish. But if the Razorbacks need to upset the Dawgs, they may want Jefferson 100% wholesome. Arkansas’ offense seemed like a completely completely different unit with out him towards the Aggies. Georgia’s protection is without doubt one of the greatest within the nation, so this would be the hardest matchup Arkansas has seen up to now. 

    The 3:30 p.m. ET recreation between No. 13 Ole Miss and No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa needs to be an incredible matchup. Last season, these two had an offensive slugfest. Alabama needed to put up 723 whole yards of offense to tug away from Ole Miss within the fourth quarter, profitable 63-48. The Rebels offense, which returned many of the starters from that 2020 unit, is averaging 52.7 factors per recreation. While Alabama’s offense is simply as potent, its protection seemed susceptible final week towards Florida, giving up 440 whole yards. We’ll see if Lane Kiffin’s staff can pull off the upset Saturday. 

    If No. 8 Cincinnati desires a shot at making it into the College Football Playoff, defeating No. 12 Notre Dame can be a superb begin. As for the evening slate of video games, there aren’t too many marquee matchups, however there are some divisional video games to keep watch over. No. 11 Florida travels to Kentucky for an essential SEC East matchup. No. 23 Auburn goes on the street to face LSU because it opens SEC play and Penn State welcomes Indiana to Happy Valley. Week 5 needs to be a enjoyable one!

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