Projecting the Week 4 AP Top 25 college football rankings after a Saturday when Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State rolled, Texas A&M topped Miami and more.
If you were hoping for more massive shakeups in the college football rankings by the way of huge upsets in Week 3, then Saturday probably wasn’t your cup of tea. Having said that, we learned a lot about the teams inside the AP Top 25 through one avenue or another.
We saw a number of the teams in the Top 5, the likes of Georgia, Oklahoma, Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan, completely roll over substandard competition. Meanwhile, there were teams that turned some heads by looking better than we would have otherwise expected and other teams that came far too close for comfort to getting upset.
So where does that leave us? Let’s take a look at the projected AP Top 25 college football rankings for Week 4 after the action on Saturday in Week 3.
Projected AP Top 25 college football rankings after Week 3: No. 25-21
25. Michigan State Spartans
Full disclosure, Michigan State should’ve never been a Top 15 team in the country and that showed in Seattle on Saturday night. This team just has a very clear ceiling that was on display as their secondary was problematic and the offense was quite one-dimensional throughout the night. Granted, part of the bad optics of the loss is that Washington was being underrated, so we’re keeping Sparty at the back end of the Top 25.
24. Miami Hurricanes
For as much talk as there was about Texas A&M coming into their date with Miami, the fact of the matter is the Hurricanes had just as many questions with two wins over cupcakes, one of which had some early scares. So for The U to go out and lose to Texas A&M isn’t a horrible loss, but it does speak to the fact that Mario Cristobal might not have his team quite where he wants them just yet.
23. Pittsburgh Panthers
With Kedon Slovis injured, it figured that Pat Narduzzi would rely more heavily on what has long been his bread and butter as a head coach, the run game and his defense. That worked wonders as the Panthers pretty comfortably handled Western Michigan and avoided the upset loss to the Broncos that they suffered a season ago. Will that work against better competition until Slovis returns, though? That’s the lingering question.
22. Texas Longhorns
Yes, I know that Texas won. So why am I dropping them a spot? Well, after falling behind and needing to come back against UTSA on Saturday, the most impressive part of the Longhorns’ resumé to this point is a one-point loss to Alabama. That’s not exactly the stuff that inspires voters in the AP Top 25. This is still a good team, but let’s not get over our skis because they didn’t lose to the Roadrunners.
21. Washington Huskies
It’s time we throw some respect on the name of Kalen DeBoer and what he’s done immediately with Michael Penix Jr. and the Washington Huskies. Whenever we saw this team favored against No. 11 Michigan State, some eyebrows were raised, but they proved that to be the correct call with a truly dominant effort as they left no doubt who the better team in Seattle was on the night.