Dodd's Power Poll: Little change in the top 11; Baylor leaps 11 spots
There are some unexpected leaders atop the conference standings after four weeks. While Baylor makes the biggest leap -- from 23 to 12 -- Fresno State joins that pack as the non-BCS favorite.
Some strange names atop conferences after Week 4:
LSU, Texas Tech, Minnesota, Northwestern and Arizona are all at least tied for the best overall records in their leagues. That's not including Georgia Tech, which leads the ACC outright at 2-0. With league play just ramping up, there is some early intrigue wrapped in the warm, loving embrace known as the Power Poll.
Among those surprises, No. 7 LSU goes into an SEC showdown with Georgia with a suddenly diverse offense. No. 19 Northwestern has two weeks to prepare for Ohio State. No. 25 Texas Tech could go on extended run after starting 4-0.
Elsewhere in the Power Poll, the same teams remain in the top 11 (although somewhat shuffled). No. 1 showed some slippage against Colorado State before its SEC home opener this week against No. 22 Ole Miss. No. 3 Stanford jumped No. 4 Ohio State because the Cardinal actually played a game, instead of a spring game (see below). No. 12 Baylor is the highest riser after the Bears forced us to consider them as the best in the Big 12. No. 23 Fresno State is now officially the non-BCS favorite after beating Boise.
1. Alabama (1): Nick Saban has pity on old OC Jim McElwain in 25-point win over Colorado State. Of more concern, Bama is now last in the SEC, 90th nationally in rushing. Stunning.
2. Oregon (2): Bye before opening Pac-12 play against Cal. Bring your abacuses. Bears and Ducks have averaged combined 95 points.
3. Stanford (4): Systematic dissection of Arizona State turns into cause for concern late. Up next: Mike Leach and Washington State.
4. Ohio State (3): Buckeyes have no business playing Florida A&M. No business at all. Real games resume this week against Wisconsin.
5. Clemson (5): In previous seasons, Thursday’s challenge from NC State would have resulted in an L. Big character builder of Tajh Boyd, Tigers.
6. Texas A&M (6): Kevin Sumlin uses three quarterbacks -- one of them named Manziel -- in destruction of SMU.
7. LSU (9): Lines are now open to take your moral judgments on Jeremy Hill. LSU's legally-challenged tailback went for a career high 184 yards vs. Auburn.
8. Florida State (8): Jameis Winston had the "worst" game of his career in 48-point blowout of Bethune-Cookman. Now getting "sloppy" with 14 incompletions and eight touchdown passes for the season. Please stop me from using air quotes again.
9. UCLA (10): Ninety-four plays, 692 yards and lost time of possession battle vs. New Mexico State?
11. Georgia (11): Stubborn North Texas succumbs to history. Aaron Murray becomes second SEC quarterback for throw for 100 career touchdowns.
12. Baylor (23): If you hear someone say, "Baylor could have scored 100," believe it. A supposedly experienced Louisiana-Monroe fell 70-7.
13. Oklahoma (12): Bye. Return match at Notre Dame looming. Fighting Irish squeak by Michigan State.
14. Miami (13): Savannah State and Stephen Morris knocked out in the first quarter. Tigers were blown out 77-7. Morris being evaluated for what was called a sprained ankle.
15. Oklahoma State (14): Did anyone in the state of Oklahoma play? (Tulsa was off too!) West Virginia next.
16. Washington (21): Pac-12 North gets tougher. Huskies rout Idaho State to stay undefeated along with Oregon and Stanford.
17. Michigan (15): Hit your knees, Michigan fans, and thank whatever deity you pray to that your team is still undefeated.
18. South Carolina (16): Dangerous trip to Central Florida coming up before diving back into the SEC (Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee).
19. Northwestern (17): After beating Maine, Fitz and the boys have two weeks to prep for season-defining game against Ohio State.
20. North Dakota State (18): FCS version of Ohio State-FAMU: Bison blast Delaware State 51-0.
21. Florida (19): Jeff Driskel out for season with broken leg. Gators out of SEC East race because of it?
22. Ole Miss (20): Bye. Next: At Bama. Bo Wallace has been watching a lot of Texas A&M film.
23. Fresno State (NR): Bulldogs announce themselves as non-BCS favorites with thrilling win over Boise State on Friday. Derek Carr is adding to the family legacy (1,121 yards passing, nine touchdowns).
24. Wisconsin (25): Melvin Gordon, James White both over 140 against Purdue. No need for Joel Stave to work on the downing-the-ball technique.
25. Texas Tech (NR): Texas Tech (NR): After beating Texas State, Kliff Kingsbury is looking at 7-0 start heading into Oct. 26 game against Oklahoma.
Also receiving love: Mack Brown, Maryland, Minnesota, Georgia Tech, Houston, Notre Dame, Northern Illinois, Missouri, Rutgers, Washington State, Arizona, Utah.
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