Ranking the top 25 teams in college football after Week 4
Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The fourth weekend of the 2018 season featured its share of big matchup and upsets. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State remain the top four teams following Week 4, with LSU, Oklahoma and Notre Dame headlining the next tier. Michigan State, Kentucky, Texas and Duke join the top 25 after big wins in Week 4. With the fourth week of the 2018 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:
College Football Top 25 Rankings (After Week 4)
1. Alabama (4-0)
Week 4 Result: Defeated Texas A&M
Crimson Tide keeps rolling behind quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s huge afternoon (387 yards and four touchdown tosses) in win over Texas A&M.
2. Clemson (4-0)
Week 4 Result: Defeated Georgia Tech
Will the Tigers make the full-time switch to Trevor Lawrence at quarterback?
3. Georgia (4-0)
Week 4 Result: Defeated Missouri
Bulldogs had an answer every time Missouri tried to get back in the game.
4. Ohio State (4-0)
Week 4 Result: Defeated Tulane
Buckeyes win easily in Urban Meyer’s return to the sideline.
5. LSU (4-0)
Week 4 Result: Defeated Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech made things interesting in the second half, but 14 fourth-quarter points helped LSU pull away for a 38-21 victory.
6. Oklahoma (4-0)
Week 4 Result: Defeated Army
Army gave Oklahoma all it could handle, but Sooners survive in overtime.
7. Notre Dame (4-0)
Week 4 Result: Defeated Wake Forest
Brian Kelly’s decision to switch to Ian Book at quarterback paid big dividends in the win over Wake Forest.
8. Auburn (3-1)
Week 4 Result: Defeated Arkansas
Despite being outgained 290 to 225 in total yardage, Tigers defeated Arkansas by 31 points.
9. Washington (3-1)
Week 4 Result: Defeated Arizona State
Washington’s standout secondary held Arizona State receiver N’Keal Harry to just five catches for 20 yards on Saturday night.
10. Penn State (4-0)
Week 4 Result: Defeated Illinois
Miles Sanders’ 200 rushing yards and a solid defensive effort in the second half help Penn State pull away from Illinois for a 63-24 win on Friday night.
11. Stanford (4-0)
Week 4 Result: Defeated Oregon
Oregon’s turnovers help Cardinal steal a key Pac-12 victory in overtime.
12. Michigan (3-1)
Week 4 Result: Defeated Nebraska
Wolverines completely dominated Nebraska to open Big Ten play with a 1-0 record. Jim Harbaugh’s team quietly continues to get better after the loss to Notre Dame to start the year.
13. UCF (3-0)
Week 4 Result: Defeated FAU
McKenzie Milton’s six touchdowns help UCF pull away from FAU in the second half.
14. West Virginia (3-0)
Week 4 Result: Defeated Kansas State
Will Grier tossed five touchdowns to guide West Virginia to its third consecutive victory over Kansas State.
15. Kentucky (4-0)
Week 4 Result: Defeated Mississippi State
Wildcats lean on Benny Snell and tough defense to earn first 2-0 start in SEC play since 1977.
16. Miami (3-1)
Week 4 Result: Defeated FIU
Will Mark Richt make the switch to N’Kosi Perry as the team’s new starting quarterback?
17. Wisconsin (3-1)
Week 4 Result: Defeated Iowa
Badgers rebound from last week’s loss against BYU by edging Iowa on the road. Efficient performance from quarterback Alex Hornibrook and a turnover-free game from coach Paul Chryst’s team was just enough for a 28-17 win.
18. Texas (3-1)
Week 4 Result: Defeated TCU
Back-to-back victories over USC and TCU vault Texas back into the top 25.
19. Oregon (3-1)
Week 4 Result: Lost to Stanford
Ducks were in complete control against Stanford, but two second-half turnovers completely changed the outlook for both teams.
20. Mississippi State (3-1)
Week 4 Result: Lost to Kentucky
Bulldogs’ offense was stuck in neutral all night in Saturday night’s loss to Kentucky.
21. Colorado (3-0)
Week 4 Result: Bye Week
The Buffaloes were off in Week 4 and return to action next week against UCLA.
22. Texas A&M (2-2)
Week 4 Result: Lost to Alabama
Jimbo Fisher loses SEC opener to Alabama, but Aggies have plenty to build on after brutal September schedule.
23. TCU (2-2)
Week 4 Result: Lost to Texas
TCU has to do a better job of taking care of the ball after losing seven turnovers over the last two games.
24. Duke (4-0)
Week 4 Result: Defeated North Carolina Central
Injuries have taken a toll on coach David Cutcliffe’s team, but the Blue Devils are 4-0 going into the Week 5 showdown versus Virginia Tech.
25. Michigan State (2-1)
Week 4 Result: Defeated Indiana
Nifty fake field goal and an interception return for a touchdown propel Michigan State to a win over Indiana and a spot in the top 25.