It was a truly forgettable week for some as four teams from last week’s top 10 took nose dives in the rankings with Week 4 losses. Ole Miss, Penn State, Cal and Miami all saw their rankings plummet after defeats — some shockingly bad — to South Carolina, Iowa, Oregon and Virginia Tech, respectively.
The win for the Hawkeyes led them to leap from “just receiving votes” in previous weeks to the No. 13 spot.
TCU and Cincinnati made their top-10 debuts at No. 10 and No. 9, respectively, while Virginia Tech (No. 6) and USC (No. 7) returned after convincing wins.
Meanwhile, Florida maintained the top spot, but Alabama continued to gain ground on the Gators, overtaking Texas in the No. 2 spot by picking up three first-place votes.
Be sure to check back every Monday, as the 2009 Power Rankings will be updated throughout the season.
|College Football Power Rankings – Week 4|
|1 (1)||Florida (12)||4-0||372||All thoughts center on Tim Tebow. The good news is that he’s returned home after spending the night in a Lexington, Ky., hospital after suffering a concussion during the Gators’ win over the Wildcats. But it remains to be seen how long he’ll be sidelined.|
|2 (3)||Alabama (3)||4-0||356||Alabama ratcheted up the style points and delivered yet another dominating display in a 35-7 win over Arkansas. The Tide had three scoring plays of 50 yards or more and now gear up for a two-game road swing against Kentucky and Ole Miss.|
|3 (2)||Texas||4-0||352||A 64-7 win over UTEP was little more than a stroll in the park for Texas. The Longhorns put up 47 points before halftime and allowed the Miners just 53 total yards and seven first downs.|
|4 (9)||Boise State||4-0||308||Boise State remains one of three undefeated non-BCS teams after a 49-14 win over Bowling Green. The Broncos rushed for 267 yards and five touchdowns.|
|5 (7)||LSU||4-0||301||Four games in, and LSU appears to be far from a finished product. The Tigers needed an inspired goal-line stand in the waning moments to escape with a 30-26 win at Mississippi State. A trip to Georgia is next, followed by a visit from Florida.|
|6 (13)||Virginia Tech||3-1||294||It really was vintage Virginia Tech. In the Hokies’ 31-7 win over Miami, they amassed 272 yards rushing, scored a special teams TD and held the Canes to 1.7 rushing yards per carry to send them to the top of the ACC Coastal.|
|7 (11)||USC||3-1||254||USC’s offense scored 20 first-quarter points, and the defense carried the Trojans the rest of the way in a 27-6 win over Washington State. Matt Barkley returned to the lineup, and passed for 247 yards and two TDs.|
|8 (10)||Oklahoma||2-1||250||OU was off this week and was able to devote its full attention to its trip to Miami on Saturday. The lingering question remains the status of Sam Bradford’s shoulder, although the situation is not so dire after Landry Jones’ recent outings.|
|9 (14)||Cincinnati||4-0||242||Cincinnati had the ball for almost a half-hour less than Fresno State, but that was all Tony Pike (300 yards passing and three TDs) and the Bearcats needed to rack up 357 yards of offense in a 28-20 win.|
|10 (15)||TCU||3-0||236||Andy Dalton’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Antoine Hicks in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference between TCU and Clemson as the Horned Frogs held the Tigers scoreless in the second half in a 14-10 road win.|
|11 (16)||Houston||3-0||233||He threw the ball 58 times for 435 yards, but it was with his legs that Case Keenum gave Houston a historic win. The Cougars QB ran for a 4-yard TD with 49 seconds left to top Texas Tech 29-28.|
|12 (12)||Ohio State||3-1||227||A 30-0 win over Illinois marked the first time since 1996 that Ohio State held consecutive opponents scoreless. The Buckeyes’ offense is starting to click as they enter a pretty favorable portion of their schedule in the month of October.|
|13 (31)||Iowa||4-0||226||Special teams and defense earned Iowa a memorable road win against Penn State. The Hawkeyes hope they can carry that road form through the rest of the season, as they still have to travel to Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State this season.|
|14 (17)||Oklahoma State||3-1||159||OSU managed 56 points in a win over Grambling State even with Dez Bryant and Kendall Hunter playing spectator roles. Jeremy Smith and Keith Toston combined for 244 yards rushing and four touchdowns for the Cowboys, who visit Texas A&M on Oct. 10.|
|15 (5)||Penn State||3-1||132||Penn State surely will spend much of this week trying to put its finger on how things went so wrong in a 21-10 loss to Iowa. The Nittany Lions will look to rebound Saturday at Illinois.|
|16 (8)||Miami (FL)||2-1||125||Maybe it was the weather. Maybe the light was shining a little too brightly after a quick start. Regardless of the reason, Miami was exposed in its loss to Virginia Tech, and it couldn’t have come at worse time, with Oklahoma paying a visit Saturday.|
|17 (34)||Oregon||3-1||112||First impressions — particularly bad ones — can have a lingering effect, and Oregon’s performance in its opener against Boise State wasn’t its finest moment. But the Ducks reintroduced themselves to the nation with a thrashing of Cal in a 42-3 win.|
|18 (22)||Georgia||3-1||102||Blair Walsh kicked two fourth-quarter FGs, including the one that handed Georgia a 20-17 win over Arizona State with seconds remaining. But WR A.J. Green was top Dawg. He caught eight passes for 153 yards and a TD, and added a blocked FG.|
|19 (21)||Kansas||4-0||98||Todd Reesing (331 yards passing, three TDs) and Kerry Meier (10 catches, 141 yards, two TDs) powered KU’s offense in a win over Southern Miss, while the Jayhawks’ defense stifled the Golden Eagles in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.|
|20 (19)||Michigan||4-0||91||He might be just a freshman, but Tate Forcier has a flair for the dramatic. Forcier’s 26-yard TD pass to Martavious Odoms late in the fourth quarter saved the Wolverines from a momentum-killing loss to Indiana.|
|21 (25)||Nebraska||3-1||71||Louisiana-Lafayette was gracious enough to lend itself to Nebraska’s celebration of a 300th straight sellout — a streak dating to 1962 — as the Huskers trounced the Ragin’ Cajuns 55-0. The Big 12 party begins Oct. 8 at Missouri.|
|22 (20)||Brigham Young||3-1||56||BYU rebounded from its humbling loss to Florida State with a 42-23 win over Colorado State to give the Cougars a win in their MWC opener.|
|23 (6)||Mississippi||2-1||50||It was bad. It was ugly. It was anything but good. Ole Miss entered the season with visions of grandeur but left South Carolina with visions of Eric Norwood. Jevan Snead & Co. will need to right the ship with a visit from Alabama only two weeks away.|
|24 (4)||California||3-1||49||If there’s any silver lining from Cal’s 42-3 beatdown at the hands of Oregon, it’s that things really could not have gone any worse from the Golden Bears’ vantage point. That’s little consolation, though, with a visit from USC on Saturday.|
|24 (NR)||South Florida||4-0||49||Led by freshman QB B.J. Daniels and the defensive line, South Florida scored a historic victory at Florida State. Is it too early to start looking ahead to the Bulls’ Oct. 15 encounter with Cincinnati?|
|Others receiving votes: Missouri (40), Auburn (35), South Carolina (18), UCLA (13), Georgia Tech (12), Notre Dame (11), Wisconsin (1)|