2012 College Football Rankings: Week 4 FanIQ Power Rankings

FanIQ Power Rankings: Week 4

9/17/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

FanIQ College Football Power Rankings: Week 4

1. Alabama Crimson Tide: 3-0 (no change)Sep 15, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Kenyan Drake (17) rushes defended by Arkansas Razorbacks safety Alan Turner (27) at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Alabama defeated Arkansas 52-0. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

The Tide have posted two straight shutouts and are undoubtedly the nation's best team right now. Where have I heard that before?

2. LSU Tigers: 3-0 (no change)

For those who thought the Tigers' offense would take a step back: LSU is currently No. 9 in the NCAA for points scored (48.3 ppg).

3. West Virginia Mountaineers: 2-0 (previously No. 4)

Geno Smith is 66-of-75 (88.0 percent) for 734 yards and nine touchdowns and no interceptions thus far. Welcome to the top of the Heisman leaderboard.

4. Oregon Ducks: 3-0 (previously No. 5)

The Ducks start conference play this weekend, where Chip Kelly is 26-2 overall.

5. Clemson Tigers: 3-0 (previously No. 6)

This upcoming slugfest with Florida State will determine the outcome of Clemson's season. A win here could set the Tigers on an ACC title run.

6. Oklahoma Sooners: 2-0 (previously No. 7)

Oklahoma is in dangerous territory here. It needs an early marquee win to quiet the doubters and ride a little momentum before the Longhorns come to town.

7. Florida State Seminoles: 3-0 (previously No. 10)

The Noles are currently first in the nation in scoring defense (1.0 ppg) and second in points for (58.7).

8. Georgia Bulldogs: 3-0 (no change)September 15, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Christian LeMay (16) in the second half against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Sanford Stadium. Georgia won 56-20. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Mark Richt and the Dawgs have a big SEC matchup with Vandy this weekend, where they are 14-1 since 1995.

9. South Carolina: 3-0 (previously No. 14)

If Connor Shaw is healthy, there's no reason the Ol Ball Coach won't get his 201st win over Missouri on Saturday.

10. USC Trojans: 2-1 (previously No. 3)

It's a painful loss as the senior class is 0-4 against Stanford, but USC will bounce back and still have a shot to win the Pac-12 and head to the Rose Bowl.

11. Kansas State Wildcats: 3-0 (previously No. 13)

If the Wildcats can force Landry Jones into some bad decisions, they can solidify themselves as a top-10 team. But remember: Boomer Sooner knocked KSU around last season, 58-17.

12. Texas Longhorns: 3-0 (previously No. 16)

Mack Brown's squad had the game against Ole Miss wrapped up at halftime when it led 38-10. 

13. Ohio State Buckeyes: 3-0 (previously No. 11)

Who would have thought that by Week 3, the offense — not the defense — would be Ohio State's strength? The Buckeyes allowed 512 yards to Cal last week in a 35-28 win.

14. Stanford Cardinal: 3-0 (previously unranked)
September 15, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) throws a pass during the second half against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. Notre Dame won 20-3. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Even without Luck, the Cardinal are a team not to be reckoned with. If Josh Nunes can continue to get better and become more consistent, watch out Oregon.

15. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 3-0 (previously No. 22)

The Irish received their first win over a top-10 opponent since 2005 after nearly shutting out Michigan State, 20-3.

16. Florida Gators: 3-0 (previously No. 20)

Muschamp seems to have found his quarterback in Jeff Driskel, who has completed over 71 percent of his passes this season.

17. TCU Horned Frogs: 2-0 (previously No. 15)

The Frogs coughed up four fumbles and were just 2-of-10 (20 percent) on third down, but a stellar performance from QB Casey Pachall and the defense helped beat Kansas, 20-6.

18. Michigan Wolverines: 2-1 (previously No. 19)

Michigan has a big test this weekend in South Bend.

19. Louisville Cardinals: 3-0 (previously No. 18)

Louisville jumped out to a 36-7 halftime lead against North Carolina before almost blowing it in the fourth quarter. Still, it held on to win 39-34.

20. Missouri Tigers: 2-1 (previously No. 21)

If the Tigers can go on the road and shock South Carolina, they'll be right back in the thick of things in what should be a tight SEC East race.

21. UCLA Bruins: 3-0 (previously No. 25)

True freshman quarterback Brett Hundley has passed for 827 yards and eight touchdowns in the Bruins' first 3-0 start since 2009.

22. Ohio Bobcats: 3-0 (previously No. 23)Sep 1, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Ohio Bobcats quarterback Tyler Tettleton (4) rolls out of the pocket to pass in the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Ohio sneaked by a tough Marshall squad to remain undefeated. Its most difficult opponent on the regular season schedule is Bowling Green in Week 11.

23. Michigan State Spartans: 2-1 (previously No. 12)

You win some, you lose some, right Andrew Maxwell?

24. Arizona Wildcats: 3-0 (previously unranked)

RichRod's early success with the Wildcats will be put to the test this weekend in Eugene.

25. Nebraska Cornhuskers: 2-1 (previously unranked)

The Cornhuskers got back on the winning track by beating up on Arkansas State, 42-13.

Other receiving votes (in order): Baylor, North Carolina State, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Boise State, Northwestern, BYU, Oregon State, Rutgers, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Texas A&M
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9/25/12   |   jaredmarshall23   |   46 respect

please clemson ranked top 5 what a joke. HA HA HA! south carolina easy top 5

9/17/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

Dan_B wrote:
USC loses to Stanford, USC is ahead of Stanford in the Power Rankings...

Haha, I knew I'd see something from you here. I have my reasons, but I need to see how Stanford plays against Washington after a big win like that. I still think USC is the favorite to win the South -- the Cardinal wanted it more that night and I think the Trojans were a little too full of themselves.

9/17/12   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

USC loses to Stanford, USC is ahead of Stanford in the Power Rankings...