Zach's Top 25 after Week 4
1(1) Florida: Gator nation gasped as they saw Tim Tebow being taken off the field via ambulance against Kentucky. Early word is that it's a concussion and Florida has a bye week to recover. However, it didn't seem like he had an illness, as Superman played well and got help from his friends. The Gators need to hope Tebow is ready to go in two weeks.
2(2) Texas: The Longhorns missed an extra point early and that could be trouble. Not when facing UTEP, as the Longhorns put a 64-7 beatdown on the Miners. Colt McCoy looks like a Heisman favorite after injuries to Tebow and Bradford, along with the egg laid by Javhid Best today. Jordan Shipley is a ball hawk, as he continues to put up big numbers in that offense.
3(4) Alabama: You can really tell how great the defense is when they allow only seven points to Arkansas' offense. Either that, or Georgia's defense is really, REALLY bad. McElroy, Ingram, and Julio Jones make up one of the best offensive trios in the country and the Tide is rolling right now.
4(7) Boise State: Sure, maybe I'll get killed for putting the Broncos up here, but every other high ranked team is losing. Boise State didn't lose a beat, despite losing starting RB D.J. Harper for the season. Jeremy Avery and Doug Martin have filled in nicely and Kellen Moore continues to be an underrated QB. Their D has been steady and their schedule is definitely in their favor. Look out! The Broncos are crashing the BCS again.
5(5) LSU: Normally, I would move a team down because they lost, but everyone else lost as well. They needed a goal line stand to beat a horrible Mississippi State team and today proved that their defense still isn't very good. Jordan Jefferson needs to play better on a consistent basis and they also need a spark from the running game. Offense wins games, but defense wins championships.
6(11) VA Tech: Beamer Ball was in full swing today, as VA Tech had a blocked punt returned for a touchdown. Add in a good running game and a rock solid defense and that equals a win in Blacksburg. The Hokies were fueled by being underdogs at Lane Stadium, where they had won 10 games in a row. The Hokies are still the class of the ACC, no matter what anyone else says.
7(10) USC: After a terrible loss to the UW Huskies, the Trojans got two things they needed: Matt Barkley and Washington State on their schedule. It's still amazing how much depth this USC team has. Plug in several talented backs and they are even three deep at QB. Their defense isn't too bad either.
8(9) Oklahoma: Oh, what a gift! Not play a game and move up, thanks to Cal, Penn State, and Ole Miss. Sam Bradford might be back for next week's game against Miami FL at Landshark Stadium, which is a boost, but Landry Jones has played superb in his absence. The loss of Jermane Gresham still hurts, but Ryan Broyles has stepped up as a true #1 receiver.
9(12) TCU: Who says that mid-majors don't travel? Coach Gary Patterson would take offense to that and so would Clemson. A classic TCU game against the Tigers, 14-10. Andy Dalton is a good QB and their running game is solid. Their defense has been great yet again this year and could also bust the BCS. We'll see when conference play begins.
10(13) Ohio State: The Buckeyes have avenged their loss at home against Illinois from two years ago with a 30-0 no contest blowout. The Illinois option was never a factor and Arilleous Benn was completely shut down. Terrelle Pryor made some good throws today and the defense pitched a shutout. Good win for Coach Tressell and the Bucks face Indiana next week.
11(14) BYU: Max Hall hasn't been the accurate, smart QB we've seen in the past, but he played well enough today to win the game against Colorado State. The triple threat of Hall, Unga, and Pitta have been effective, but needs to play well every game to have a shot. The key though, in my opinion is Harvey Unga. If he's shut down, the Cougars usually don't win games.
12(25) Iowa: I was bashed on the CBS boards for ranking Iowa, saying that they "weren't a great team," but after the win at Penn State for the white out game, I proved them wrong. The freshmen duo of Andrew Robinson and Danny Whegner were outstanding in the running game and the defense absolutely shut down Darryl Clark. A great win for Coach Ferentz and the Hawkeyes. They must not suffer a letdown, as they play lowly Arkansas State next week.
13(16) Kansas: The Jayhawks kept Southern Miss in the game for much longer than they wanted to, but they won nonetheless. Kerry Meier had a huge game, as the former QB scored two touchdowns. Todd Reesing is the best QB you don't know about.
14(17) Georgia: The Bulldogs needed a last second field goal to beat Arizona State between the hedges. The offense wasn't as good, but Joe Cox and A.J. Green were clutch in the final 2 minutes of the game. The defense was better this week, but there are still a lot of corrections Georgia needs to make, like running the football better.
15(22) Cincinnati: Mardy Gilyard might have a say when it comes to the best receiver in the country. A huge game for #1 and Tony Pike today against a good Fresno State team. The defense was solid again against a decent rushing offense and the passing game was non-existent for the Bulldogs. If the Bearcats can run the ball effectively, they'll be a tough team to beat in conference play.
16(21) Houston: Case Keenum is one of the best QBs in the country and he proved it with that final drive against Texas Tech. The Cougars racked up nearly 600 yards of offense and Coach Sumlin has a good team. Their defense needs work in the high powered C-USA, but if they can score at will, they don't need to play defense.
17(18) Georgia Tech: The triple option finally worked efficiently, as the Yellow Jackets scored three rushing touchdowns against the NC Tar Heels. The defense finally stepped up as well, allowing only seven points to TJ Yates and company. The ACC is wide open this year, so why not GA Tech? There are zero undefeated teams in the conference after Week 4.
18(20) Michigan: Sure, the Wolverines weren't that impressive today against Indiana, but hey, they won a conference game. Tate Forcier was clutch again and has tremendous poise for a freshman quarterback. As a fan, I'm really concerned with the defense, but hats off to Indiana for a tough game. However, this is all overshadowed by a terrible call at the end of the game.
19(6) Ole Miss: Personally, I thought Ole Miss was ranked too high to begin with, but they did the hard work for me. Jevan Snead had a horrible game against S. Carolina and the offense in general just never clicked. Greg Hardy and the defense was solid all game, however. Dexter McCluster was effective running the football on Thursday, but did not have a reception the entire game. Get the ball to McCluster and good things will happen.
20(23) Oklahoma State: When I saw this game on the schedule, I was a little confused. However, Oklahoma State corrected some mistakes win a blowout win against Grambling and gave the backups valuable playing time. Not only that, RB Kendall Hunter has another week to recover from his ankle injury. Zac Robinson was thought to be a sleeper Heisman candidate and needs to play like it as the Cowboys start their conference play next week.
21(_) South Florida: When Matt Grothe went down for the Bulls last week, their season was pretty much over on paper. Good thing football is played on the field. B.J. Daniels had a couple of big plays and George Selvie put the nail in the coffin against the Seminoles today. This is the third consecutive year South Florida has started out 4-0. They've also won 15 consecutive non-conference games.
22(_) Oregon: After the debacle in Boise, Chip Kelly and the crew have rebounded nicely, including a schlacking of Cal today. 42-3! I did pick a Ducks win, but did not think it would be that bad. They shut down Javhid Best and Jeremiah Masoli looked like the JM of old. The offense is finally starting to gel and the defense did not allow a touchdown. Great win for the Ducks.
23(3) Penn State: Where are all the doubters now about Iowa? Coach Paterno sure doesn't have any, as his Nittany Lions squad has fallen to the mighty Hawkeyes for the 7th time in their last 8 meetings. Darryl Clark looked lost and Evan Royster never seemed to get it going. The defense was alright, but needs to be better as the tougher games on the Big Ten schedule come around.
24(24) Utah: In years past, beating Louisville would be a big deal. But since the Bobby Petrino disaster and Steve Krabthorpe experiment not working, this is just a normal win for the Utes. An impressive 30-14 win over a BCS program, as a mid-major actually played a BCS team. Good for Coach Whittingham and their program in Salt Lake.
25(8) Cal: They really shouldn't be ranked because of the absolute embarrassment in Eugene, but I'll give them a narrow, narrow, NARROW benefit of the doubt. Javhid Best learned that eight men in the box can stop him and the Golden Bears need to become two-dimensional. Coach Tedford has a lot to work on in the coming weeks.
New Arrivals: #21 S. Florida, #22 Oregon
Dropped Out: #15 Miami FL, #19 N. Carolina
2009 College Football Rankings after Week 4
Posted on: September 29, 2009 1:03 am