West Virginia Gains Votes In Latest AP & Coaches Poll

AP Top 25 – Week 4

Rank Team Previous Movement
Rank Team Previous Movement
1 Alabama (45) 1
2 Clemson (15) 3 +1
3 Oklahoma (1) 2 -1
4 Penn State 5 +1
5 Southern California 4 -1
6 Oklahoma State 9 +3
7 Washington 6 -1
8 Michigan 7 -1
9 Wisconsin 10 +1
10 Ohio State 8 -2
11 Georgia 13 +2
12 Florida State 11 -1
13 Virginia Tech 16 +3
14 Miami 17 +2
15 Auburn 15
16 TCU 20 +4
17 Mississippi State NR
18 Washington State 21 +2
19 Louisville 14 -5
20 Florida 24 +4
21 South Florida 22 +1
22 San Diego State NR
23 Utah NR
24 Oregon NR
25 LSU 12 -13
Others Receiving Votes Utah 101, South Carolina 72, Colorado 66, West Virginia 63, Oregon 61, Maryland 42, Notre Dame 31, San Diego State 16, Houston 10, Mississippi State 3, Boise State 3, California 2, Vanderbilt 2, Iowa 2, Texas Tech 2, Michigan State 1

The Alabama Crimson Tide remain the number one team in the land, but the Clemson Tigers, who defeated Nick Saban’s team in the championship game last year, have gained significant votes to climb to #2, following their 47-21 victory over the Louisville Cardinals.

The Oklahoma Sooners, who jumped to #2 following their resounding victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes, slipped to #3 this week. The Penn State Nittany Lions leapfrogged over the USC Trojans to round out this week’s top 5.

The Trojans battled Texas last night in what can only be described as an instant classic. It was the first meeting between the Texas Longhorns and the Trojans since their National Title clash in 2006.

Four teams entered the rankings this week: the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who demolished #12 LSU Tigers 37-7 in Starksville, San Diego State Aztecs who outlasted the Stanford Cardinals, the Utah Utes and Oregon Ducks. The West Virginia Mountaineers remain just outside the Top 25 with 63 votes, coming in at #28.

USA Today Coaches Poll Week 4

Rank Team Previous Movement
Rank Team Previous Movement
1 Alabama (59) 1
2 Clemson (6) 2
3 Oklahoma 3
4 Southern California 4
5 Penn State 5
6 Washington 6
7 Oklahoma State 8 +1
8 Michigan 7 -1
9 Ohio State 9
10 Wisconsin 12 +2
11 Florida State 10 -1
12 Georgia 13 +1
13 Virginia Tech 16 +3
14 Miami 15 +1
15 TCU 20 +5
16 Auburn 17 +1
17 South Florida 21 +4
18 Washington State 22 +4
19 Mississippi State NR
20 Louisville 14 -6
21 Utah 24 +4
22 Florida 25 +3
23 LSU 12 -11
24 Oregon NR
25 Florida NR
Others receiving votes West Virginia 100, Vanderbilt 92, Colorado 84, Maryland 48, Kansas State 45, Memphis 36, Notre Dame 24, Kentucky 18, California 18, Minnesota 14, Stanford 11, NC State 9, Houston 9, Duke 8, Navy 7, Iowa 6, Tennessee 3, Appalachian State 2, Wake Forest 2, Boise State 2, Michigan State 2, Arkansas 1

Over in the Coaches Poll, the top 5 are identical to the AP. Coming in at #6 are the Oklahoma State Cowboys, following their scrimmage against the Pittsburgh Panthers. OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph had over 400 yards and 5 touchdowns in just the first half, finishing with 497 yards, 3 yards shy of 500.

South Florida Bulls remain the biggest enigma between the two polls. The Bulls come in at 17 in the coaches poll but 21st in the AP. The West Virginia Mountaineers are just outside of the Top 25, obtaining 100 votes to rank 26th this week.

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