Ranking college football teams is a thankless job — I get that. Be that as it may, it's still a job, and one of the most important there is in college football. The rankings drive the narrative. They're what give us marquee matchups and the perception of quality wins. Without them, we have nothing to measure teams with or against.
For that reason, it's important to keep a close eye on how the voters are ranking the teams. Here are a few things I noticed in the college football polls after the fourth week of the season.
Miami keeps climbing, but why?
The Hurricanes have shown up in this column for three straight weeks and will continue to do so until I can nail down what exactly it is about them that makes the voters swoon. They had the weekend off. They literally played air, and that was good enough to slide up one spot in the AP Top 25 and five spots in the Amway Coaches Poll. In both polls, they are one spot ahead of Nebraska, which has knocked off Oregon and Northwestern in back-to-back weeks. Meanwhile, Miami's three wins this season are over Group of Five or FCS opponents with a combined record of 3-9.
OU-t of sight, OU-t of mind
Just like I said it would go down last week, Oklahoma — like Miami — was idle, yet still fell out of the AP Top 25. Sure, the Sooners are 1-2, but those two losses are against top-10 teams. This is where we see a lack of consistency in the polls. If Oklahoma falls even though it doesn't play, why does Miami get a bump for not playing? Something is fishy here.
Forget about a Rocky Mountain High, the voters have Georgia on their minds
We were all trying to figure out what to make of Georgia this year. Well, after Ole Miss blew the fur off the Bulldogs this past Saturday, I certainly have a better idea of what Georgia is about. As a result, the Dawgs took significant hits in both major polls, but also remained in the top 25 of each. At first glance, that seems legit. But then, in the "others receiving votes" category of both polls, Colorado is hanging around unranked. The Buffaloes have the same record as the Bulldogs, and their only loss was a barn-burner at Michigan. Based on their body of work, it would appear the Buffaloes deserve Georgia's spot in both polls.
Boise State is back (almost)
For the first time in 2016, the most prestigious program in the Group of Five has cracked the AP Top 25. Three wins over FBS schools — including two over the Pac-12 — helped the Broncos crash the party. But over in the Amway Coaches poll, Boise State still resides in the "others receiving votes" section, looking up at the likes of North Carolina, Florida, San Diego State and Texas. You could make the argument that none of the four has a better overall body of work than the Broncos.
Come back every week as I take a closer look at some questionable outcomes in the polls.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.