PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans tries to get a pass away after being hit during their final quarter of their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

College Football Rankings, Week 4: Stanford Rises While USC Tumbles

Saturday saw three top-15 teams (No. 2 USC, No. 10 Michigan State and No. 13 Virginia Tech) toppled, setting up the first major shakeup in the 2012 college football rankings. Polls and computers will be out throughout Saturday.

Check the national college football scoreboard right here, and look through SB Nation's many excellent college football blogs to find your team's community.

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Alabama's early-season dominance has the Crimson Tide holding the top spot in the Week 4 BlogPoll with a vise.

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Simulated BCS Standings, Week 4: Ready For Another Alabama-LSU Rematch?

USC's loss to Stanford means both LSU and Alabama are in position to weather a loss and still make the national title game, even if that loss does come in their Nov. 3 meeting. Below, the simulated BCS standings for Week 4 (official BCS standings won't be out for another few weeks, but many of its components are already known).

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College Football Rankings, Week 4: USC Drops To No. 13 In AP Top 25

A loss to the Stanford Cardinal spells a steep drop in the latest AP Poll for the USC Trojans, who fall from No. 2 in the rankings to No. 13 and, like the rest of the nation, continue to chase the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide.

For their victory, the Cardinal see a 12-spot jump, moving from No. 21 last weekend to No. 9 in the third regular season iteration of the AP Poll.

Again, the two Pac-12 schools and the rest of the country are chasing the SEC, as they deposit three teams in the top five, including the No. 1 Tide, No. 2 LSU Tigers and No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs. Alabama grabbed 58 of the available 60 first-place votes, with LSU securing the last two.

Oregon claims the No. 3 spot in this week's poll.

Here's this week's entire AP Poll Top 25:

Rank Team Points
1 Alabama (58) 1,498
2 LSU (2) 1,433
3 Oregon 1,356
4 Florida State 1,275
5 Georgia 1,203
6 Oklahoma 1,181
7 South Carolina 1,081
8 West Virginia 1,051
9 Stanford 1,009
10 Clemson 899
11 Notre Dame 854
12 Texas 816
13 USC 776
14 Florida 743
15 Kansas State 683
16 Ohio State 680
17 TCU 535
18 Michigan 448
19 UCLA 429
20 Louisville 366
21 Michigan State 318
22 Arizona 296
23 Mississippi State 106
24 Boise State 95
25 Nebraska 80

Others Receiving Votes: Oregon State 68, Baylor 55, Northwestern 41, Ohio 20, Rutgers 19, Oklahoma State 19, Iowa State 15, Virginia Tech 13, Cincinnati 9, Tennessee 6, Wisconsin 5, Texas Tech 5, Missouri 4, Texas A&M 4, Georgia Tech 3, Fresno State 2, Utah 1

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