College Football Top 25 Rankings (Updated)

Ranking the top 25 teams in college football after Week 4.

Weekly rankings are a big part of every college football season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The first month of the season has produced several high-profile matchups, and Week 4 didn’t disappoint with Tennessee's victory over Florida, Texas A&M's win against Arkansas and Wisconsin's road upset over Michigan State. The Badgers and Aggies continue to climb in Athlon's top 25 rankings, while UCLA, Arkansas, Florida and Michigan State tumble after losses. Utah, Baylor, Colorado, Nebraska and West Virginia join the rankings following Week 4 action.

 

College Football Post-Week 4 Top 25 Rankings
 

1. Alabama (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Kent State 48-0

Last Week: 1

Week 5 Opponent: Kentucky

 

As expected, Crimson Tide posted a dominant 48-0 victory over Kent State. Injuries to receiver Calvin Ridley, running back Damien Harris and cornerback Marlon Humphrey from the win over Kent State don’t appear to be serious.

 

2. Ohio State (3-0)

Week 4 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 2

Week 5 Opponent: Rutgers

 

Buckeyes will be heavy favorites in their next two games (Rutgers and Indiana). The Oct. 15 road date at Wisconsin looks a lot tougher than it did in the preseason.

 

3. Louisville (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Marshall 59-28

Last Week: 3

Week 5 Opponent: at Clemson

 

Another huge performance from Lamar Jackson leads the Cardinals to easy road win over Marshall. Next up? A showdown against Clemson.

 

4. Michigan (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Penn State 49-10

Last Week: 4

Week 5 Opponent: Wisconsin

 

Wolverines dominated the line of scrimmage (and the scoreboard) in Saturday’s 49-10 victory over Penn State.

 

5. Houston (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Houston 64-3

Last Week: 5

Week 5 Opponent: UConn (Thursday)

 

Revenge is on Houston’s mind with UConn – the only team to beat the Cougars last year – visiting TDECU Stadium on Thursday night.

 

6. Clemson (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Georgia Tech 26-7

Last Week: 6

Week 5 Opponent: Louisville

 

Clemson’s defense dominated the line of scrimmage and never allowed Georgia Tech’s option offense to get on track.

 

7. Stanford (3-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat UCLA 22-13

Last Week: 7

Week 5 Opponent: at Washington (Friday)

 

Last-minute heroics by quarterback Ryan Burns and receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside lift Stanford to its ninth consecutive win over UCLA.

 

8. Wisconsin (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Michigan State 30-6

Last Week: 11

Week 5 Opponent: at Michigan

 

Badgers score another impressive win after a dominant 30-6 victory in East Lansing over Michigan State. However, the schedule doesn’t get any easier with a trip to Michigan next Saturday.

 

9. Washington (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Arizona 35-28

Last Week: 8

Week 5 Opponent: Stanford (Friday)

 

Were the Huskies caught looking ahead to Stanford? Washington needed overtime to knock off Arizona on Saturday night.

 

10. Texas A&M (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Arkansas 45-24

Last Week: 14

Week 5 Opponent: at South Carolina

 

Aggies had a complete team performance in the 45-24 win over Arkansas. End Myles Garrett and safety Armani Watts led the effort on defense, while quarterback Trevor Knight guided the offense to an average of 10 yards per play.

 

11. Tennessee (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Florida 38-28

Last Week: 11

Week 5 Opponent: at Georgia

 

The streak is over. Tennessee uses strong second-half performance to end 11-game losing streak to Florida.

 

12. Florida State (3-1)

Week 4 Result: Beat USF 55-35

Last Week: 10

Week 5 Opponent: North Carolina

 

Dalvin Cook finally looked like the player we expected to see in 2016. However, Florida State still has a lot of question marks to address on defense.

 

13. Michigan State (2-1)

Week 4 Result: Loss to Wisconsin 30-6

Last Week: 9

Week 5 Opponent: at Indiana

 

Turnovers and a sputtering offense too much for Michigan State to overcome in 30-6 loss against Wisconsin.

 

14. Ole Miss (2-2)

Week 4 Result: Beat Georgia 45-14

Last Week: 18

Week 5 Opponent: Memphis

 

Dominant. That’s the easiest way to describe Ole Miss’ 45-14 victory on Saturday.

 

15. Baylor (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Oklahoma State 35-24

Last Week: NR

Week 5 Opponent: at Iowa State

 

Quarterback Seth Russell throws for 387 yards and four scores to lead 35-24 win over Oklahoma State in Baylor’s Big 12 opener.

 

16. Nebraska (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Northwestern

Last Week: NR

Week 5 Opponent: Illinois

 

After tossing 16 interceptions last season, quarterback Tommy Armstrong has only one interception through the first four games of 2016.

 

17. Miami (3-0)

Week 4 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 24

Week 5 Opponent: at Georgia Tech

 

Timely bye week helps Miami prepare for Georgia Tech’s option attack.

 

18. UCLA (2-2)

Week 4 Result: Lost to Stanford 22-13

Last Week: 16

Week 5 Opponent: Arizona

 

Bruins couldn’t hold onto late lead in 22-13 loss to Stanford. However, there’s no shame in losses to Stanford and Texas A&M.

 

19. Arkansas (3-1)

Week 4 Result: Lost to Texas A&M 45-24

Last Week: 15

Week 5 Opponent: Alcorn State

 

Missed opportunities in the red zone and turnovers marred Arkansas’ loss to Texas A&M.

 

20. Florida (3-1)

Week 4 Result: Loss to Tennessee 38-28

Last Week: 17

Week 5 Opponent: at Vanderbilt

 

The second half wasn’t kind to Florida in the 38-28 loss to Tennessee. The Gators couldn’t get anything going on offense, while the defense allowed the Volunteers to score touchdowns on five of the first seven drives in the final two quarters.

 

21. Colorado (3-1)

Week 4 Result: Beat Oregon 41-38

Last Week: NR

Week 5 Opponent: Oregon State

 

If there was any doubt regarding Mike MacIntyre’s coaching ability, Colorado’s start to the 2016 season should put those to rest.

 

22. San Diego State (3-0)

Week 4 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 20

Week 5 Opponent: at South Alabama

 

Aztecs have one more non-conference trip remaining before opening Mountain West play on Oct. 8 against UNLV.

 

23. Utah (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat USC 31-27

Last Week: NR

Week 5 Opponent: at California

 

Quarterback Troy Williams delivered in the clutch in Friday night’s win over USC.

 

24. Boise State (3-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Oregon State 38-24

Last Week: 25

Week 5 Opponent: Utah State

 

Broncos go 2-0 against Pac-12 teams after 38-24 win over Oregon State.

 

25. West Virginia (3-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat BYU 35-32

Last Week: NR

Week 5 Opponent: Kansas State

 

Mountaineers quietly off to a solid 3-0 start after beating BYU at FedEx Field in Week 4.

 

College Football Post-Week 3 Top 25 Rankings
 

1. Alabama (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Ole Miss 48-43

Last Week: 1

Week 4 Opponent: Kent State

 

Crimson Tide rushing attack comes alive, while defense scores twice to avoid a third consecutive loss to Ole Miss.

 

2. Ohio State (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Oklahoma 45-24

Last Week: 4

Week 4 Opponent: Bye Week

 

The Buckeyes returned only six starters this season. However, after Saturday night’s dominant 45-24 victory over Oklahoma, Urban Meyer’s team looks better team than the one that went 12-1 last season.

 

3. Louisville (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Florida State 63-20

Last Week: 13

Week 4 Opponent: at Marshall

 

Quarterback Lamar Jackson was terrific once again, but the Louisville defense was also instrumental in the blowout victory over Florida State.

 

4. Michigan (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Colorado 45-28

Last Week: 5

Week 4 Opponent: Penn State

 

Michigan’s defense held Colorado to just 18 total yards over the last seven drives in Saturday’s 45-28 victory.

 

5. Houston (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Cincinnati 40-16

Last Week: 5

Week 4 Opponent: at Texas State

 

Two interceptions returned for touchdowns and timely plays by quarterback Greg Ward propelled Houston to a big fourth quarter and a 40-16 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday night.

 

6. Clemson (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat South Carolina State 59-0

Last Week: 6

Week 4 Opponent: at Georgia Tech (Thursday)

 

Tigers cruised to an easy win over South Carolina State and may have worked out some of the kinks on offense (7.1 ypp).

 

7. Stanford (2-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat USC 27-10

Last Week: 8

Week 4 Opponent: at UCLA

 

Running back Christian McCaffrey delivers another big performance against USC to lead the Cardinal to their third win in a row over the Trojans.

 

8. Washington (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Portland State 41-3

Last Week: 7

Week 4 Opponent: at Arizona

 

As expected, the Huskies dominated their non-conference slate. There’s a looming showdown against Stanford on Sept. 30.

 

9. Michigan State (2-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Notre Dame 36-28

Last Week: 12

Week 4 Opponent: Wisconsin

 

Spartans take advantage of three Notre Dame turnovers and use 21-point effort in third quarter to earn a 36-28 victory over the Fighting Irish.

 

10. Florida State (2-1)

Week 3 Result: Lost to Louisville 63-20

Last Week: 2

Week 4 Opponent: at USF

 

The Seminoles have a lot of issues to address, but coach Jimbo Fisher’s team has plenty of time to play their way back into the playoff picture.

 

11. Wisconsin (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Georgia State 23-17

Last Week: 10

Week 4 Opponent at Michigan State

 

It wasn’t pretty, but the Badgers held off upset-minded Georgia State on Saturday. The focus shifts to conference play with a trip to Michigan State next week, but who takes the majority of snaps at quarterback after Alex Hornibrook replaced Bart Houston late in the win on Saturday?

 

12. Tennessee (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Ohio 28-19

Last Week: 14

Week 4 Opponent: Florida

 

Once again, the Volunteers weren’t impressive in a victory. However, the Volunteers are 3-0 and still in good shape to win the SEC East.

 

13. Georgia (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Missouri 28-27

Last Week: 15

Week 4 Opponent: at Ole Miss

 

Jacob Eason’s clutch touchdown toss to Isaiah McKenzie with less than two minutes remaining propels Georgia to win over Missouri. Bulldogs have won last two games by a combined three points.

 

14. Texas A&M (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Auburn 29-16

Last Week: 17

Week 4 Opponent: Arkansas (Arlington)

 

Balanced attack on offense (247 passing yards to 231 rushing) and stingy defense (4.5 yards per play allowed) guides Texas A&M to road win at Auburn.

 

15. Arkansas (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Texas State 42-3

Last Week: 20

Week 4 Opponent: Texas A&M (Arlington)

 

Hogs cruised to easy win over Texas State to move to 3-0, but the focus shifts to SEC play and the neutral site matchup against Texas A&M next Saturday. Arkansas has lost by seven points in each of the last two years against the Aggies. 

 

16. UCLA (2-1)

Week 3 Result: Beat BYU 17-14

Last Week: 21

Week 4 Opponent: Stanford

 

Bruins will be looking to end eight-game losing streak against Stanford in Week 4.

 

17. Florida (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat North Texas 32-0

Last Week: 22

Week 4 Opponent: at Tennessee

 

Injury to quarterback Luke Del Rio puts a damper on Florida’s win over North Texas (and 3-0 start).

 

18. Ole Miss (1-2)

Week 3 Result: Lost to Alabama 48-43

Last Week: 16

Week 4 Opponent: Georgia

 

Rebels gave No. 1 Alabama all it could handle (and nearly made it three in a row over the Crimson Tide).

 

19. LSU (2-1)

Week 3 Result: Beat Mississippi State 23-20

Last Week: 23

Week 4 Opponent: at Auburn

 

Mississippi State made it interesting late, but quarterback Danny Etling (19 of 30 for 215 yards) was solid in his first start and running back Leonard Fournette (147 yards) was in midseason form.

 

20. San Diego State (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat NIU 42-28

Last Week: NR

Week 4 Opponent: Bye Week

 

Aztecs make their first appearance of the season in Athlon’s top 25.

 

21. California (2-1)

Week 3 Result: Beat Texas 50-43

Last Week: NR

Week 4 Opponent: at Arizona State

 

Davis Webb to Chad Hansen is becoming one of the nation’s top pass-catch combinations for 2016.

 

22. Texas (2-1)

Week 3 Result: Lost to California 50-43

Last Week: 9

Week 4 Opponent: Bye Week

 

Longhorns unable to contain California’s offense in a 50-43 loss at Berkeley.

 

23. Notre Dame (1-2)

Week 3 Result: Lost to Michigan State 36-28

Last Week: 11

Week 4 Opponent: Duke

 

Defense woes showed up once again in loss to Michigan State.  

 

24. Miami (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Appalachian State 45-10

Last Week: NR

Week 4 Opponent: Bye Week

 

Hurricanes easily avoided Appalachian State’s upset bid with 45-10 victory in Boone.

 

25. Boise State (2-0)

Week 3 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 25

Week 4 Opponent: at Oregon State

 

Broncos look to go 2-0 against Pac-12 teams with a matchup against Oregon State this Saturday.

 

 

College Football Post-Week 2 Top 25 Rankings
 

1. Alabama (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat WKU 38-10

Last Week: 1

Week 3 Opponent: at Ole Miss

 

Nick Saban may not be happy, but the Crimson Tide still looks like the best team in the nation.

 

2. Florida State (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Charleston Southern 52-8

Last Week: 2

Week 3 Opponent: at Louisville

 

Injury to safety Derwin James is something to monitor with huge matchup at Louisville ahead in Week 3.

 

3. Ohio State (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Tulsa 48-3

Last Week: 4

Week 3 Opponent: at Oklahoma

 

The Buckeyes’ defense has yet to allow a touchdown through the first two games of the season. A better test awaits this unit on Saturday at Oklahoma.

 

4. Michigan (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat UCF 51-14

Last Week: 5

Week 3 Opponent: Colorado

 

Wolverines have dominated on defense through the first two games of 2016, but the pieces are also starting to fall into place on offense.

 

5. Houston (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Lamar 42-0

Last Week: 6

Week 3 Opponent: at Cincinnati

 

No Greg Ward? No problem against Lamar. All signs point to Ward returning for Week 3.

 

6. Clemson (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Troy 30-24

Last Week: 3

Week 3 Opponent: South Carolina State

 

The Tigers have not looked sharp through the first two games. Will Dabo Swinney’s team get on track against South Carolina State next week?

 

7. Washington (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Idaho 59-14

Last Week: 7

Week 3 Opponent: Portland State

 

Huskies have one more tune-up opportunity in Week 3 (Portland State) before Pac-12 play opens on Sept. 24 at Arizona.

 

8. Stanford (1-0)

Week 2 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 8

Week 3 Opponent: USC

 

The Cardinal opens Pac-12 play next week with USC coming to town, with road dates also looming against UCLA (Sept. 24) and Washington (Sept. 30).

 

9. Texas (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat UTEP 41-7

Last Week: 9

Week 3 Opponent: at California

 

Are the Longhorns the Big 12’s best team and hope for a playoff contender?

 

10. Wisconsin (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Akron 54-10

Last Week: 10

Week 3 Opponent: Georgia State

 

There was no hangover from the upset win over LSU for the Badgers in an easy win against Akron on Saturday. 

 

11. Notre Dame (1-1)

Week 2 Result: Beat Nevada 39-10

Last Week: 11

Week 3 Opponent: Michigan State

 

Fighting Irish cruised in win over Nevada but need a win over Michigan State to keep playoff hopes alive next week.

 

12. Michigan State (1-0)

Week 2 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 13

Week 3 Opponent: at Notre Dame

 

Spartans use bye week to prep for road trip to Notre Dame.

 

13. Louisville (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Syracuse 62-28

Last Week: 16

Week 3 Opponent: Florida State

 

Cardinals are averaging 66 points a game through the first two weeks of the season. Can that hold in Week 3 against Florida State?

 

14. Tennessee (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Virginia Tech 45-24

Last Week: 14

Week 3 Opponent: Ohio

 

The Battle of Bristol was close for a half, but the Volunteers eventually played like a team that was picked as the SEC East favorite in 2016.

 

15. Georgia (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Nicholls 26-24

Last Week: 14

Week 3 Opponent: at Missouri

 

Bulldogs were not impressive against Nicholls in Kirby Smart’s home opener.

 

16. Ole Miss (1-1)

Week 2 Result: Beat Wofford 38-13

Last Week: 15

Week 3 Opponent: Alabama

 

Can the Rebels make it three in a row over the Crimson Tide?

 

17. Texas A&M (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Prairie View 67-0

Last Week: 17

Week 3 Opponent: at Auburn

 

No trouble in Week 2 for the Aggies with easy win over Prairie View.

 

18. Oklahoma (1-1)

Week 2 Result: Beat ULM 59-17

Last Week: 18

Week 3 Opponent: Ohio State

 

Next week’s matchup against Ohio State will make-or-break Oklahoma’s playoff hopes.

 

19. Iowa (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Iowa State 42-3

Last Week: 19

Week 3 Opponent: North Dakota State

 

Hawkeyes’ 39-point win over in-state rival Iowa State is biggest over Cyclones since 1997.

 

20. Arkansas (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat TCU 41-38

Last Week: NR

Week 3 Opponent: Texas State

 

New quarterback Austin Allen and senior linebacker Brooks Ellis delivered clutch plays to beat TCU.

 

21. UCLA (1-1)

Week 2 Result: Beat UNLV 42-21

Last Week: 21

Week 3 Opponent: at BYU

 

UCLA’s defense is banged up headed into Week 3 showdown against BYU.

 

22. Florida (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Kentucky 45-7

Last Week: 23

Week 3 Opponent: North Texas

 

Domination over Kentucky continued with 45-7 dismantling over Wildcats in Week 2.

 

23. LSU (1-1)

Week 2 Result: Beat Jacksonville State 34-13

Last Week: 20

Week 3 Opponent: Mississippi State

 

Is Danny Etling the spark LSU needs at quarterback?

 

24. Oregon (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Virginia 44-26

Last Week: 25

Week 3 Opponent: at Nebraska

 

Dakota Prukop (21 of 31 for 331 yards and three scores) was impressive in win over Virginia.

 

25. Boise State (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Washington State 31-28

Last Week: NR

Week 3 Opponent: at Oregon State (Sept. 24)

 

Broncos should be 2-0 over Pac-12 opponents after a Sept. 24 trip to Oregon State.

 

 

College Football Post-Week 1 Top 25 Rankings

 

1. Alabama (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat USC 52-6

Last Week: 1

Week 2 Opponent: WKU

 

The Crimson Tide dominated USC and found their quarterback in freshman Jalen Hurts.

 

2. Florida State (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Ole Miss 45-34

Last Week: 2

Week 2 Opponent: Charleston Southern

 

Redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois and senior defensive end DeMarcus Walker were instrumental in the second-half rally to beat the Rebels.

 

3. Ohio State (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Bowling Green 77-10

Last Week: 3

Week 2 Opponent: Tulsa

 

The Buckeyes have a wealth of promising playmakers, and J.T. Barrett looks a lot like the quarterback that accounted for 45 touchdowns in 2014.

 

4. Clemson (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Auburn 19-13

Last Week: 4

Week 2 Opponent: Troy

 

Auburn’s defense gave Clemson’s offense all it could handle. Tigers’ offense should bounce back against Troy this Saturday.

 

5. Michigan (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Hawaii 63-3

Last Week: 5

Week 2 Opponent: UCF

 

Easy win over Hawaii showcased Michigan’s dominant defense, while quarterback Wilton Speight (10 of 13) was steady in his debut.

 

6. Houston (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Oklahoma 33-23

Last Week: 15

Week 2 Opponent: Lamar

 

It’s a long ways off, but Houston’s win over Oklahoma certainly helps the playoff hopes of Tom Herman’s team.

 

7. Washington (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Rutgers 48-13

Last Week: 11

Week 2 Opponent: Idaho

 

Washington needed more from its passing game to win the Pac-12 this year. After one game, quarterback Jake Browning (287 yards against Rutgers) looks ready for a breakout year.

 

8. Stanford (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Kansas State 26-13

Last Week: 12

Week 2 Opponent: Bye Week

 

Christian McCaffrey was impressive once again, and quarterback Ryan Burns was steady in his first start in Friday’s win over Kansas State.

 

9. Texas (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Notre Dame 50-47

Last Week: 43

Week 2 Opponent: UTEP

 

New coordinator Sterlin Gilbert – along with the combination of Shane Buechele and Tyrone Swoopes at quarterback – is the right mix for Texas’ offense.

 

10. Wisconsin (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat LSU 16-14

Last Week: 33

Week 2 Opponent: Akron

 

Wisconsin’s win over LSU was one of Week 1’s biggest surprises.

 

11. Notre Dame (0-1)

Week 1 Result: Lost to Texas 50-47

Last Week: 8

Week 2 Opponent: Nevada

 

Loss at Texas hurts, but Fighting Irish can still climb into playoff contention with an 11-1 record.

 

12. Georgia (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat North Carolina 33-24

Last Week: 16

Week 2 Opponent: Nicholls

 

The Bulldogs looked like the SEC East’s best team in Week 1 in win over North Carolina.

 

13. Michigan State (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Furman 28-13

Last Week: 13

Week 2 Opponent: Bye Week

 

Spartans sluggish in win over Furman, but a bigger test for coach Mark Dantonio’s team awaits on Sept. 17 at Notre Dame.

 

14. Tennessee (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Appalachian State 20-13

Last Week: 7

Week 2 Opponent: Virginia Tech (Bristol)

 

Volunteers escaped on Thursday night with an overtime victory over Appalachian State. Butch Jones’ team has to play better to beat Virginia Tech.

 

15. Ole Miss (0-1)

Week 1 Result: Lost to Florida State 45-34

Last Week: 10

Week 2 Opponent: Wofford

 

Rebels were impressive for a half but were unable to hold on against Florida State. Monday night’s game showed this team still has plenty of returning talent to absorb the offseason losses at receiver and on the defensive line.

 

16. Louisville (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Charlotte 70-14

Last Week: 18

Week 2 Opponent: at Syracuse (Friday)

 

Cardinals and quarterback Lamar Jackson were impressive in rout over Charlotte. The schedule gets a little tougher with a trip to Syracuse this Friday.

 

17. Texas A&M (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat UCLA 31-24

Last Week: 28

Week 2 Opponent: Prairie View

 

Aggies’ defense continues to improve under coordinator John Chavis, while the offense has the right fit at quarterback in Trevor Knight.

 

18. Oklahoma (0-1)

Week 1 Result: Lost to Houston 33-23

Last Week: 6

Week 2 Opponent: ULM

 

Week 2 opponent (ULM) allows the Sooners to sort out the issues on both sides of the ball before the showdown against Ohio State on Sept. 17.

 

19. Iowa (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Miami, Ohio 45-21

Last Week: 19

Week 2 Opponent: Iowa State

 

Hawkeyes averaged 7.3 yards per rush in easy win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

 

20. LSU (0-1)

Week 1 Result: Lost to Wisconsin 16-14

Last Week: 9

Week 2 Opponent: Jacksonville State

 

Offseason tweaks and improvement on offense? Still waiting.

 

21. UCLA (0-1)

Week 1 Result: Lost to Texas A&M 31-24

Last Week: 14

Week 2 Opponent: UNLV

 

Late rally came up short for the Bruins in College Station. Jim Mora’s team is still Athlon’s pick to win the South Division.

 

22. TCU (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat South Dakota State 59-41

Last Week: 17

Week 2 Opponent: Arkansas

 

Horned Frogs will have to play a lot better than they did against South Dakota State to beat Arkansas this Saturday.

 

23. Florida (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat UMass 24-7

Last Week: 20

Week 2 Opponent: Kentucky

 

New quarterback Luke Del Rio was steady, but Gators still have some issues to iron out on offense.

 

24. Oklahoma State (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Southeastern Louisiana 61-7

Last Week: 24

Week 2 Opponent: Central Michigan

 

Cowboys cruised over Southeastern Louisiana, but the jury is out on whether or not the ground attack (3.8 yards per rush) is improved.

 

25. Oregon (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat UC Davis 53-28

Last Week: 23

Week 2 Opponent: Virginia

 

Dakota Prukop (21 of 30 for 271 yards and three scores) was steady in his first start for the Ducks.

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