The fourth week of the football season didn’t exactly create much shuffling in the ballot, as only a few teams really lost or gained positioning based on the weekend results. It was a week where it was more possible to lose footing than to muscle further up the ranks, given the relatively benign slate of games.
Many teams have played out their non-conference schedules, and are now looking ahead to more meaningful matchups. Others, like Stanford, have already met a league opponent; the Cardinal had little trouble beating up on Arizona State in week 4’s headliner .
As always, our combined ballot:
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Minnesota (2), Michigan State (1), Georgia Tech (1)
There wasn’t much jostling at the top of the rankings this week. Stanford slipped into a tie with Clemson for the third spot after knocking off Arizona State in the only battle between ranked teams. The rest of the top ten all stayed locked in position.
Gaining the biggest bump this week was Baylor, who moved up four spots into 12th after their 70-7 blowout of Louisiana-Monroe asserted the Bears’ case as the top team in the Big 12. In some ways, the Baylor has gained by winning the early war of attrition; other teams have looked bad or suffered defeats that knocked them back while the Bears, though not having yet faced a real test, reaped the benefits. Falling the furthest, for the second straight week, was Michigan. The Wolverines have sputtered after their win over Notre Dame, needing a late comeback to defeat Connecticut a week after coming close to being upset at home against Akron.
Our individual ballots are below: