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The Dirty Poll! Week Four Edition

Not much change in the poll once again this week, in what was a terrible weekend for College Football. Arizona State debuted in the poll last week, but their run was short lived after being embarrassed by Stanford this weekend. Taking their spot was Georgia Tech, who is off to a 3-0 (2-0) start to the season. 

Rk Team Record LW AP Analysis
1 Alabama 3-0 (1-0) 1 1 Apparently hangovers after big wins are a problem that plagues Nick Saban. Last year after beating LSU, Bama lost to Texas A&M. This year the tide beat A&M; then get a scare against Colorado State. Yep, the Rams trailed the Tide 17-6 at the end of the 3rd quarter in Tuscaloosa. But all is well in Title Town – Bama pulled away in the 4th quarter for the 31-6 win. Still, there seem to be more concerns surrounding this top ranked Tide team than any in the past two seasons. But Nick Saban and co. get another ranked test this weekend, in the form of upstart Ole Miss.
2 Clemson 3-0 (1-0) 2 3 A 26-14 win, on the road against North Carolina State is not what you’d expect out of the nations #2 team. But, that’s what we got from Clemson Thursday night. Lucky for the Tigers, the Oregon Ducks had the week off. It goes without saying, but squeaking out wins in a terrible ACC conference will not suffice at keeping Clemson at #2. They get a chance to redeem themselves this weekend, when Wake Forrest comes to town.
3 Oregon 3-0 (0-0) 3 2 After Alabama struggled with Colorado State, the Ducks found themselves with two more 1st place votes in the Coaches Poll; and three more in the AP poll. Oh, and they did it without taking the field. Oregon had their first bye week of the season, which hopefully provided ample time in solving the Helfrich/ Lyerla squabble. The blowouts should continue for the Ducks, this time in the form of a conference game, with Cal at Autzen Stadium Saturday.
4 LSU 4-0 (1-0) 6 6 Not sure why, but people across the country appear to be sleeping on LSU this season. After knocking off Auburn Saturday night, the Tigers now have two impressive wins (TCU being the other). I’m still not a believer in Zach Mettenberger, but Les Miles has a new power runner in Jeremy Hill who looked like a beast running all over Auburn this weekend. We’ll find out if people are correct to be sleeping on Baton Rouge – LSU travels to Georgia to take on the Bulldogs between the hedges Saturday.
5 Florida State 3-0 (1-0) 4 8 Jameis Winston now has more incompletions than touchdowns on the year… What a bum. The Seminoles rolled Bethune-Cookman 54-6 this weekend in Tallahassee. Two more cupcakes for the Noles’ (Boston College, Maryland) before their showdown with Clemson.
6 Stanford 3-0 (1-0) 7 5 Well, I swung and missed on the Cardinal being a pretender. Stanford looked absolutely dominant on the Farm this weekend in their Pac-12 opener against Arizona State – jumping out to a 29-0 halftime lead. The Sun Devils made it a game in the 2nd half, but still – this was the dominant performance we’ve all been waiting for. Another intriguing test for David Shaw this weekend, as his team travels up to Seattle to take on a much improved Washington State team.
7 Ohio State 4-0 (0-0) 5 4 Who needs Braxton Miller? Backup QB Kenny Guiton set a school record with 6 TD passes in the Buckeyes 76-0 rout of Florida A&M. There’s no QB controversy in Columbus, Miller will play when healthy – but there’s definitely added pressure after his backup played remarkably in his two starts. Ohio State finally has something in the resemblance of a challenge this weekend, with Wisconsin coming to the Horse Shoe.
8 Louisville 4-0 (0-0) 8 7 Louisville was happy to not have to face another SEC defense, as they rolled Florida International 72-0 this weekend. Teddy Bridgewater “built” on his Heisman hopes with 212 yards and 4 TD’s. The Cardinals begin AAC (still have no clue what it stands for) play this weekend with Temple.
9 Georgia 2-1 (1-0) 10 9 Sigh of relief in Athens going into this week, after Georgia was at one point tied with North Texas 21-21. They ended up pulling away for a 45-21 win, and I’m ok with chalking that clunker up to simply looking forward. What are they looking forward to? Their third matchup against a top 10 team this season – LSU comes between the hedges on Saturday.
10 UCLA 3-0 (0-0) 11 13 UCLA continues to make me a believer, after yet another dominating performance (56-13 over New Mexico State) to improve to 3-0 on the season. The Bruins will now get an extra few days of rest, before they travel to Utah for a Thursday night tilt on October 3rd, which will be their Pac-12 opener.
11 Oklahoma St. 3-0 (0-0) 9 11 It was a bye week for Mike Gundy and the Cowboys, who continue to battle through a defaming SI piece. OSU had the extra week to prepare for their Big-12 opener, at West Virginia this Saturday.
12 South Carolina 2-1 (1-1) 12 12 It was an off week for the Gamecocks, who held steady at the #12 spot. Steve Spurrior’s group have their last non-conference game on the slate until the last week of the season; as they travel to Central Florida Saturday. The schedule as a whole sets up beautifully for South Carolina, the next ranked team they’ll face is Florida on November 16th.
13 Texas A&M 3-1 (0-1) 13 10 It was a nice bounce back win for A&M this weekend, Johnny Manziel scored 3 TD’s and the Aggies romped SMU 42-13. Two interesting tests loom for Texas A&M, at Arkansas this weekend followed by a road trip to Ole Miss. If they can get through those two games unscathed, watch out for the Aggies to skyrocket up the polls. The reason? The four following games: Auburn, Vanderbilt, UTEP and Mississippi State – all at home.
14 Miami (FL) 3-0 (0-0) 15 15 Miami’s rout of Savannah State this weekend got so ugly; they actually took time off the clock in the 4th quarter to make the bloodbath end quicker. Not much to break down from a 77-7 win – so looking forward, four winnable games loom for Miami. Starting this weekend at South Florida, followed by: Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Wake Forrest before their date with Florida State in Tallahassee.
15 Washington 3-0 (0-0) 16 16 The Huskies rolled all over Idaho State this weekend, to the tune of a 42-0 lead at the half. Unfortunately for Udub, the Boise State win looks less impressive as the weeks go by. Washington gets their Pac-12 schedule going this weekend against Arizona at Husky stadium, which will be a good test to open conference play. They better not look forward though – after the Wildcats, they’re on the road at Stanford and home against Oregon in back-to-back weeks.
16 Michigan 4-0 (0-0) 14 18 Holy, Michigan. Really? I felt fine chalking up last weeks near nightmare against Akron to being a hangover game. But a second weekend in a row? The Wolverines trailed at Uconn 21-14 heading to the 4th quarter, before pulling out a 24-21 victory. Struggling with Akron and Uconn in consecutive weeks is how you drop two slots in the poll. Brady Hoake’s squad returns to the Big House this weekend to open Big 10 play against Minnesota.
17 Oklahoma 3-0 (1-0) 17 14 Oklahoma had the weekend off, which gives Blake Bell an extra week of reps with the first team offense. An intriguing game looms for the Sooners, in the form of a road test against Notre Dame.
18 Florida 2-1 (1-0) 19 20 The Gators lost Jeff Driskel for the season in their 31-17 win over Tennessee at the Swamp this weekend, but Tyler Murphy stepped up and played well in his stead. Driskel is a head scratcher, playing terribly at times – but he rode a good defense and running game to a BCS bowl last season, which can’t be ignored. Lucky for Murphy, he gets two “should win” games to settle in (Kentucky, Arkansas) before the Gators travel to Baton Rouge to take on LSU.
19 Baylor 3-0 (0-0) 21 19 The offensive juggernaut that is Baylor rolled on this weekend, to the tune of 49 first half points against LA-Monroe. The question remains, is this team for real? Or the beneficiary of a weak schedule? The Bears get their first “real” test this weekend in West Virginia, which is also their Big 12 opener. One thing remains for certain; Lache Seastrunk is the real deal. The Heisman hopeful carried the rock 10 times for 156 and a TD (all in the first half) and now has 417 yards and 6 TD’s through three games this season.
20 Ole Miss 3-0 (1-0) 20 21 Upstart Ole Miss had a bye Saturday, and they couldn’t have asked for a better week to have off. Why? The Rebels travel to Tuscaloosa to take on #1 Alabama this weekend, a team that looked vulnerable against Colorado State.
21 Northwestern 4-0 (0-0) 18 17 Northwestern has benefited from a terrible schedule more than any other ranked team. For the second straight week, the Wildcats struggled with a horrendous opponent – beating Maine 35-21 at home. Northwestern has the weekend off, before we find out exactly how bad this team is when they take on Ohio State, October 5th.  
22 Wisconsin 3-1 (1-0) 23 23 Kudos to you, Wisconsin. A week after getting jobbed in Tempe against Arizona State, the Badgers bounced back nicely in a 41-10 rout of Purdue to open Big 10 play. It was a great confidence builder for Gary Anderson’s crew, as they travel to Columbus to take on Ohio State Saturday.
23 Texas Tech 4-0 (1-0) 24 24 The Red Raiders improved to 4-0 this weekend, with a 33-7 win over Texas State. Surprisingly, the defense has been a strength for Kliff Kingsburry and Texas Tech. Three more winnable games loom for the Red Raiders (at Kansas, Vs Iowa State and at West Virginia) before back to back games against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
24 Notre Dame 3-1 25 22 Why does Notre Dame always find a way to win these close games? For the second straight week, the Irish looked downright awful at times, but found a way to win – 17-13 this time over Michigan State. There’s no time to rest for Brian Kelly, as Notre Dame welcomes Oklahoma to North Bend this weekend.
25 Georgia Tech 3-0 (2-0) NA NA Hey there, Georgia Tech! The Yellow Jackets make their debut in the poll at #25, after a 28-20 win over North Carolina this weekend. Tech gets a Thursday night contest against Virginia Tech this week, a team that needed overtime to defeat Marshall.

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The Dirty Poll! Week Four Edition
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