After six of our top 25 teams from Week 2 suffered losses in Week 3, a whopping seven schools took Ls in Week 4 to force another big shakeup in this week's poll. We'll get into the changes momentarily but the interesting component of this week's poll is that team's 1-10 remain in the exact same order they did one week ago. With that said, our staff is getting closer and closer to a consensus No. 1 but Georgia (Hi Jon Ledyard) still clings to the top spot on one of our voters poll while the rest of our crew has Alabama.
The top riser this week within the poll is Texas (+6) who ripped off three consecutive wins after dropping to Maryland in Week 1. Those victories include quality wins over TCU and Southern Cal by a combined 28 points. Also climbing within the poll is Michigan (+4) who has its own three-game winning streak brewing after falling to Notre Dame in Week 1.
The top faller within the poll this week is Mississippi State (-10) who fell to and underrated Kentucky team. The Bulldogs host its former coach Dan Mullen on Saturday and are looking to bounce back. No other team that was ranked in our Week 3 poll fell more than one spot.
We have three new teams joining our poll this week in Kentucky, Boise State and Utah. The Broncos and Utes return after a brief absence while the Wildcats have firmly captured our attention with its 4-0 record that include quality wins over Florida and Mississippi State.
Exiting our poll is Virginia Tech, TCU and Boston College. After last week’s contest against ECU was cancelled, a fresh Hokies defense gave up 632 yards and 49 to the Monarchs of Old Dominion. The same Old Dominion that was previously 0-3 and scored a combined 55 points against FIU, Liberty and Charlotte. That's how you go from No. 16 to receiving no votes from our staff.
37 different schools received votes from our staff, up from 31 in Week 3.
As a reminder, our polls is the consensus of all members of the TDN staff’s individual rankings averaged out to build a composite poll.
Our top 25 after Week 4:
Others receiving votes: TCU, NC State, Texas Tech, Syracuse, Duke, Houston, South Carolina, Iowa, Colorado, Buffalo, USF, Hawaii