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College Football Rankings: Oklahoma Still On Top, Georgia Southern Leads FCS

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College Football Rankings: BlogPoll Has Oklahoma At No. 1; Clemson Surges To No. 19

Oklahoma moves to the top of the BlogPoll in Week 4 after heading into hostile Tallahassee and knocking off the Seminoles, while the biggest mover this week is Clemson, which rises 20 spots after beating Auburn.

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FCS College Football Rankings: Georgia Southern No. 1, William & Mary Tumbles

For the second straight week, the Georgia Southern Eagles hold down the No. 1 spot in the FCS Top 25, securing a majority of first-place votes with 115. The Northern Iowa Panthers (15) and Appalachian St. Mountaineers (9) hold steady as well, while the formerly No. 4 William & Mary Tribe slipped to No. 6 thanks to a tight win over Division II New Haven.

No. 5 Richmond, which beat the Duke Blue Devils earlier in the year, also secured a passel of first-place votes (11). And Duke beat the Boston College Eagles, who almost beat the Northwestern Wildcats, who had an alum playing on Sunday Night Football! The Mike Kafka effect. We see it every year.

The defending national champion Eastern Washington Eagles now reside at No. 21 after an 0-3 start. If seeing a winless team remain ranked after three weeks bothers you, well, welcome to FCS football! EWU's losses have come to the No. 10 Montana Grizzlies and No. 18 South Dakota Coyotes -- plus they nearly topped the Washington Huskies -- so it's not all that outlandish. Cut the champs some slack, I guess.

Joining the top 25 this time around: Sam Houston State, Southern Utah, Murray State and South Carolina State. The complete poll results:

Team (First-place votes)RecordPointsPrevious Rank
1. Georgia Southern Eagles (115) 2-0 3,742 1
2. Northern Iowa Panthers (15) 1-1 3,485 2
3. Appalachian State Mountaineers (9) 2-1 3,402 3
4. Montana State Bobcats (1) 2-1 3,179 5
5. Richmond Spiders (11) 3-0 3,082 6
6. William & Mary Tribe (1) 2-1 3,078 4
7. Delaware Blue Hens (1) 2-1 2,918 7
8. North Dakota State Bison (1) 2-0 2,728 8
9. Wofford Terriers 1-1 2,637 9
10. Montana Grizzlies 2-1 2,353 12
11. New Hampshire Wildcats 1-1 2,290 11
12. James Madison Dukes 2-1 1,927 13
13. Chattanooga Mocs 2-1 1,855 14
14. Southern Illinois Salukis 1-1 1,614 15
15. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 2-1 1,596 16
16. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 2-1 1,466 17
17. Massachusetts Minutemen 2-0 1,247 21
18. South Dakota Coyotes 2-1 955 24
19. McNeese State Cowboys 1-1 846 23
20. Sam Houston State Bearkats 2-0 688 NR
21. Eastern Washington Eagles 0-3 594 10
22. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 1-2 568 19
23. Southern Utah Thunderbirds 2-1 546 NR
24. Murray State Racers 2-1 446 NR
25. South Carolina State Bulldogs 1-2 336 NR
Others receiving votes: Liberty 332, Jackson State 260, Central Arkansas 249, Old Dominion 240, Youngstown State 228, Towson 184, Maine 105, Indiana State 102, Sacramento State 101, Holy Cross 82, Weber State 52, Bethune-Cookman 50, Tennessee Tech 41, Alabama State 41, Eastern Kentucky 37, Yale 37, Hampton 37, Elon 31, South Dakota State 27, North Dakota 26, Portland State 26, Cal Poly 23, Brown 20, Rhode Island 19, Western Illinois 18, UC Davis 13, Central Connecticut Stae 13, Stony Brook 11, Penn 10, Villanova 9, Dartmouth 8, Idaho State 7, Campbell 7, Delaware State 6, UT Martin 6, Lafayette 4, Monmouth 3, Southeastern Louisiana 2, Jacksonville 2, Dayton 1, San Diego 1, North Carolina Central 1.

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Week 4 AP Rankings: Oklahoma Still No. 1, USC, Clemson, Michigan Join Top 25

The AP Poll for Week 4 have been released, and there are no surprises at the top, though there are changes. After beating former No. 5 Florida State, No. 1 Oklahoma solidified its lead on the top overall ranking. No. 2 LSU leapfrogged Alabama to move up a spot after going on the road and taking down former No. 25 Mississippi State in Starkville.

Florida State fell to 11th, and everyone else in the top 10 moved up a spot, though South Carolina fell from No. 10 to No. 12 after a close win over Navy. Last week's No. 17 team, Michigan State dropped completely out of the rankings (they're No. 26) after losing to Notre Dame.

The last five spots in the rankings are all newcomers, in order from No. 21 to No. 25: Clemson (which knocked No. 21 Auburn out of the poll and took it spot), Michigan, USC, Illinois, and Georgia Tech.


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RankTeamRecordPtsLast Week
1. Oklahoma (37) 2-0 1471 1
2. LSU (14) 3-0 1424 3
3. Alabama (7) 3-0 1402 2
4. Boise St. (2) 2-0 1309 4
5. Stanford 3-0 1212 6
6. Wisconsin 3-0 1170 7
7. Oklahoma St. 3-0 1092 8
8. Texas A&M 2-0 1043 9
9. Nebraska 3-0 911 11
10. Oregon 2-1 899 12
11. Florida St. 2-1 896 5
12. South Carolina 3-0 891 10
13. Virginia Tech 3-0 830 13
14. Arkansas 3-0 781 14
15. Florida 3-0 669 16
16. West Virginia 3-0 579 18
17. Baylor 2-0 521 19
18. South Florida 3-0 496 20
19. Texas 3-0 402 23
20. TCU 2-1 273 23
21. Clemson 3-0 272 NR
22. Michigan 3-0 266 NR
23. USC 3-0 260 NR
24. Illinois 3-0 106 NR
25. Georgia Tech 3-0 59 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Michigan St. 42, Auburn 29, Houston 25, Miami (FL) 23, Utah 19, Iowa St. 19, Ohio St. 16, Maryland 15, Mississippi St. 14, Missouri 10, Arizona St. 9,Vanderbilt 8, Notre Dame 8, San Diego St. 8, Georgia 7, Florida Intl. 4, Navy 3, California 3, Tennessee 2, North Carolina 2

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College Football Rankings: Week 4 USA Today Poll Still Likes Oklahoma

The top four teams in last week's poll stayed put, but Florida State fell from No. 5 all the way to No. 14 in this week's USA Today Coaches poll after losing their primetime matchup with No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners. Ohio State dropped out of the rankings completely after losing to Miami, while Clemson climbed from the unranked masses to No. 22 after dropping Auburn.

Also making their first appearance of the season is Michigan, who debuts at No. 21 after dropping Eastern Michigan on Saturday. 

The full Week 4 USA TODAY Coaches Poll appears below:

1. Oklahoma (50 first-place votes:)

2. Alabama (4)

3. LSU (5)

4. Boise State

5. Stanford

6. Oklahoma State

7. Wisconsin 

8. Texas A&M

9. Nebraska

10. South Carolina 

11. Virginia Tech

12. Arkansas

13. Oregon

14. Florida State

15. Florida

16. West Virginia 

17. South Florida 

18. Texas 

19. Baylor

20. TCU

21. Michigan 

22. Clemson 

23. Michigan State

24. Georgia Tech 

25. North Carolina 

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College Football Rankings Previews: How AP Poll, Coaches Poll Could Shake Up

A preview of the AP and Coaches Poll, and a look at the scores that may impact this week's rankings. Expect rankings to be released later Sunday morning.

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