Extrapolating the AP’s top 25 college football rankings from Week 4 after a Saturday that saw Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State bowl, Texas A&M topped Miami and more.
If Week 3’s big upsets had you hoping for more massive shakes in the college football rankings, then Saturday probably wasn’t your cup of tea. However, one way or another, we learned a lot about the teams in the AP Top 25.
We’ve seen some of the teams in the top five, including Georgia, Oklahoma, Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan, completely roll over the underperforming competition. Meanwhile, there were teams that drew some looks by looking better than we otherwise expected, and other teams that came way too close to fret.
Where does that leave us? Let’s take a look at the predicted AP Top 25 college football rankings for Week 4 following Saturday’s Week 3 action.
Projected AP Top 25 college football rankings after Week 3: #25-21
25. Michigan State Spartans
Full disclosure, Michigan State should never have been a top-15 team in the country, and it showed Saturday night in Seattle. This team just has a very clear ceiling that was on display as their secondary was troubled and the offense was pretty one dimensional all night. Admittedly, part of the bad visuals of the loss is that Washington was underrated, so we keep Sparty at the bottom of the top 25.
24. Miami Hurricanes
As much has been said about Texas A&M getting on their date with Miami, the fact is the Hurricanes had just as many questions with two wins over cupcakes, one of which had some early fears. So, The U going out and losing to Texas A&M isn’t a terrible loss, but it does suggest that Mario Cristobal may not have his team where he wants it just yet.
23. Pittsburgh Panthers
With Kedon Slovis injured, it was believed Pat Narduzzi would rely more heavily on what has long been his bread and butter as head coach, running play and defense. That worked wonders, as the Panthers handled West Michigan fairly comfortably and avoided the upset loss to the Broncos they suffered a season earlier. Will this work against better competition until Slovis returns? That is the enduring question.
22. Texas Longhorns
Yes, I know Texas won. So why am I dropping her? Well, after falling behind and having to come back against UTSA on Saturday, the most impressive part of the Longhorns’ record so far is a one-point loss to Alabama. It’s not exactly the stuff that excites voters in the AP Top 25. This is still a good team, but let’s not get over our skis because they didn’t lose to the Roadrunners.
21. Washington Huskies
It’s time we paid some respects to the name Kalen DeBoer and what he immediately did with Michael Penix Jr. and the Washington Huskies. Whenever we saw this team being favored against No. 11 Michigan State, some eyebrows were raised, but they proved with a truly dominant effort that it was the right decision as they left no doubt as to who that night was the better team in Seattle.
https://fansided.com/2022/09/17/college-football-rankings-2022-projected-ap-top-25-week-4/ Expected Week 4 AP Top 25 after Georgia, Alabama & Ohio State Roll