NCAAF Power Rankings: Week 4

By Jesse Schule - Covers Expert

The Clemson Tigers, mostly due to their dominant win over last year's Heisman Trophy winner on the road in Louisville, have vaulted from No. 3 to No. 1 in our weekly College Football Power Rankings. The leap pushes the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Oklahoma Sooners down one spot each to No. 2 and No. 3 respectively.

ncf Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 3 up 2 3-0-0
(3-0-0)
-25 Clemson
Move over Alabama, the defending champs have won three straight, and they dominated last year's Heisman winner on the road in Week 3.
2 1 down 1 3-0-0
(1-2-0)
-24 Alabama
Nick Saban's squad continues to roll, but the air of invincibility isn't quite what it was at this time last season.
3 2 down 1 3-0-0
(3-0-0)
-24 Oklahoma
Baker Mayfield is the clear favorite to win the Heisman, and the Sooners are the team to beat in the BIG12.
4 5 up 1 3-0-0
(2-0-1)
-23.5 Penn State
The defending BIG10 champs have been proving that last year was no fluke, but they have a tough road game this week at Iowa.
5 8 up 3 3-0-0
(1-2-0)
-22 Washington
The Huskies played Colorado in the PAC12 Championship Game last season, and they will play on the road at Colorado this week.
6 6 same 3-0-0
(2-1-0)
-21.5 Wisconsin
The Badgers are taking advantage of a favorable schedule, and they have a bye this week.
7 9 up 2 3-0-0
(3-0-0)
-21 Oklahoma State
The Cowboys are a double-digit favorite at home to TCU, and we'll find out this week if this team is the real deal.
8 4 down 4 3-0-0
(1-2-0)
-20 Southern California
The Trojans haven't quite lived up to the hype so far. Most people had picked USC to win the PAC12, but they have failed to cover in two of their three games so far. USC is a prohibitive favorite at California this week.
9 7 down 2 3-0-0
(1-2-0)
-19.5 Michigan
The Wolverines will play at Purdue this week, and many have them on upset alert.
10 10 same 2-1-0
(1-2-0)
-19 Ohio State
The Buckeyes are down but not out. Winning the BIG10 would likely still put them back in the playoffs.
11 11 same 0-1-0
(0-1-0)
-18.5 Florida State
The Seminoles will be well rested by the time they play NC State in Week 4. Given that they will need to replace their starting QB, they aren't likely going to complain.
12 15 up 3 3-0-0
(2-1-0)
-18 Georgia
The Bulldogs are asked to cover a huge spread at home this week against a Mississippi State team that just knocked off LSU.
13 16 up 3 3-0-0
(2-1-0)
-17.5 Virginia Tech
Freshman quarterback Josh Jackson threw for 372 yards and five TDs on 24-of-31 passing in last week's blowout win over ECU.
14 39 up 25 3-0-0
(3-0-0)
-17 Mississippi State
The Bulldogs ran all over LSU in Week 3, and they held the Tigers to just 270 total yards.
15 23 up 8 2-1-0
(0-2-1)
-16.5 Auburn
The Tigers lost a close game at Clemson, but right about now that is looking like a "good loss".
16 24 up 8 3-0-0
(1-2-0)
-16 Washington State
Luke Faulk threw for 396 yards and six TDs on 37-of-49 passing in a blowout win over Oregon State last week.
17 17 same 1-0-0
(0-1-0)
-15.5 Miami
The Canes ran for 322 yards and two TDs on 34 carries in a win over Bethune-Cookman in Week 1.
18 19 up 1 3-0-0
(1-2-0)
-15 Texas Christian
The bookmakers aren't giving the Frogs much credit for their good start. TCU is a double digit dog at Oklahoma State this week.
19 14 down 5 2-1-0
(1-2-0)
-14.5 Louisville
The Tigers defense was exposed in a 47-21 home loss to Clemson in Week 3.
20 20 same 3-0-0
(1-2-0)
-14 South Florida
The Bulls might be the most likely team to run the table this season. They have a ton of returning talent, and a Heisman candidate at QB.
21 25 up 4 3-0-0
(3-0-0)
-13.5 Utah
The Utes elite run defense will face Arizona's high powered rushing attack in Tuscon this week.
22 22 same 1-1-0
(0-2-0)
-13 Florida
The Gators hope to avoid a let down, coming off a Hail Mary walkoff win over Tennessee last week.
23 12 down 11 2-1-0
(1-1-1)
-12.5 Louisiana State
The Tigers will play a couple of unranked teams over the next two weeks, before traveling to Gainesville to take on the Gators in the first week of October.
24 26 up 2 3-0-0
(2-1-0)
-12 Oregon
The Ducks are making some noise in the PAC12 this season, but it remains to be seen if their high powered offense can make up for a questionable defense.
25 26 up 1 2-1-0
(2-1-0)
-11.5 West Virginia
The Mountaineers suffered a tough loss to the Hokies in their season opener, but they've since scored over 50 points in back to back blowout wins.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.

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