Only three teams lost last week, but a handful of impressive wins led to changes in this week’s AP Poll. Let’s break down the fourth week’s movement in our most recent survey.
Week 4 AP Top 25 Poll
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The Rise of Pennsylvania, Texas A&M, and Oregon
Pennsylvania No. 14 dominated Auburn on the road to go up eight places in the poll. It’s the highest rating of the season for the Nittany Lions, who have just received their second-biggest defeat ever to a SEC opponent.
Meanwhile, No. 23 ranked Texas A&M and No. 15 ranked Oregon both took home their ranking wins to boost their rankings in the poll. The Aggies and Ducks are still below their previous peaks in the 2022 Poll – sixth and eleventh, respectively – but each team is gaining momentum entering a match against an undefeated opponent in Week 4.
Washington joins the party
No. 18 Washington is the only newcomer in this week’s AP Poll, replacing Michigan State who defeated 39-28. While No. 19 BYU and No. 25 Miami saw a drop of seven and 12 points after losses, respectively, none of the losses were enough to shake them out of the survey.
While the top 10 teams in the AP poll for the fourth week remain unchanged, the new teams are shining under the top 10 bar after teams lost No. 11, 12 and 13 last week.
As a result, No. 11 in Tennessee, No. 12 in North Carolina, and No. 13 in Utah all edge under the top 10, with just 236 votes between 10th and 13th.
Ranking of the week 3 matches to watch
Clemson heads to Wake Forest in the biggest test for each team to date. While both teams are undefeated, the Tigers have not defeated an opponent with this season’s FBS win, and the Demon Deacons had to stop a two-point conversion in the last quarter of last week to win. However, Clemson and Wake Forest will see how they stack up in the ACC Atlantic Division in Week 4, with the winner snatching an early lead in the division.
Florida battles Tennessee with College Gameday in the city. All eyes will be on the quarterbacks as Florida’s Anthony Richardson looks to rediscover his form after struggling the past two weeks, while Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker leads the team. 3rd best offense at FBS.
Arkansas battles Texas A&M in a neutral location competition at the Southwest Classic. Arkansas enters after escaping from Missouri last week, the FCS team. Texas A&M enters after the seeded win over Miami. However, you can throw past scores out the window when the Razorbacks and Aggies play, as anything can happen in this rivalry match.
Here are other games worth focusing on, all of which have at least one undefeated team:
Overall, AP’s latest survey is an exciting week 4.