The college football season is headed into Week 5 and the AP Top 25 has been released. Which teams come away as the biggest winners and losers?
What a week it was in college football. On paper, Week 4 wasn’t expected to be at all exciting, but the average slate of games didn’t disappoint.
To start things off on Friday night, Illinois put up a fight against Penn State for three quarters, even holding a 24-21 lead in the second half, but the Nittany Lions exploded in the fourth, scoring 35 points and winning 63-24. It had the look of an upset special, but Penn State just flexed its muscle and took over when it needed to.
On Saturday, Alabama and Texas A&M played in one of the more underrated matchups of the week and the Crimson Tide pulled away late thanks to Tua Tagovailoa. Kentucky and Mississippi State played in another SEC bout and the Wildcats remained hot, upsetting the Bulldogs in Lexington. Georgia also finished off unbeaten Missouri and Drew Lock, 43-29.
Flip it over to Oklahoma and you saw the Sooners and Army Black Knights went to overtime in Norman. Shocking? Absolutely, but college football is crazy like that. Army couldn’t finish off the unthinkable upset, but it was a heck of a game. Down the road, Oklahoma State was blasted at home by unranked Texas Tech.
Out in the Pac-12, the Oregon Ducks had Stanford on the ropes, but couldn’t get that knockout punch. They had the ball inside the Cardinal 10-yard line with a chance to extend a second-half lead to 24, but a fumble returned for a touchdown flipped the momentum and Stanford ended up coming back to win in overtime.
Yes, even without top-10 matchups, Week 4 was a wild week of college football, and fans wouldn’t have it any other way.
There were plenty of winners and losers from the latest AP Top 25 rankings release, but who stands out?