College football rankings: Penn State, Oregon make huge climbs in latest AP Top 25 Poll

Sean Clifford, Penn State Nittany Lions. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
Sean Clifford, Penn State Nittany Lions. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images) /

New college football rankings have been released with the AP Top 25 poll going live on Sunday.

Penn State and Oregon are among the teams that benefited greatly from the latest batch of college football rankings put forth by the Associated Press.

The AP Top 25 Poll was released at exactly 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon, which was just fantastic. We did not have to wait forever to see what the AP thought of the best teams in the college football land. While the Nittany Lions and the Ducks got strong wins over Auburn and BYU in Week 3, there was not a ton of movement at the top of the latest AP Top 25 Poll for Week 4.

Prepare yourselves for what the Associated Press believes are the 25 best teams in the country…

College football rankings: AP Top 25 Poll, Week 4: Penn State, Oregon climbing

These are the 25 teams that will rock a number next to their name during throughout Week 4.

  1. Georgia Bulldogs
  2. Alabama Crimson Tide
  3. Ohio State Buckeyes
  4. Michigan Wolverines
  5. Clemson Tigers
  6. Oklahoma Sooners
  7. USC Trojans
  8. Kentucky Wildcats
  9. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  10. Arkansas Razorbacks
  11. Tennessee Volunteers
  12. North Carolina State Wolfpack
  13. Utah Utes
  14. Penn State Nittany Lions
  15. Oregon Ducks
  16. Ole Miss Rebels
  17. Baylor Bears
  18. Washington Huskies
  19. BYU Cougars
  20. Florida Gators
  21. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  22. Texas Longhorns
  23. Texas A&M Aggies
  24. Pittsburgh Panthers
  25. Miami Hurricanes

The top five did not move, as Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson maintained their spots. While Oklahoma and USC stayed at No. 6 and No. 7 respectively, Kentucky and Oklahoma State swapped places at No. 8 and No. 9. Arkansas stayed put at No. 10, despite nearly getting embarrassed at home in the Bobby Petrino Bowl by those feisty Missouri State Bears…

As we venture outside of the top 10 a bit, this is where the big changes occurred in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll. No. 11 through No. 15 are as follows: Tennessee, North Carolina State, Utah, Penn State and Oregon. All moved up at least one spot. Tennessee and North Carolina State move up four spots each. Penn State moved up eight spots, while Oregon climbed up 10 from being No. 25.

No. 16 through No. 20 are as follows: Ole Miss, Baylor, Washington, BYU and Florida. Ole Miss went up four spots. Baylor stayed put. Washington made its AP Top 25 debut this year. BYU fell seven spots after the Oregon, while Florida went down two places after having issues with USF. Wake Forest, Texas, Texas A&M, Pittsburgh and Miami round out the top 25 in this week’s AP Poll.

Overall, it was a pretty good week for the Power Five conferences. You can find at least three teams ranked from each conference, with the Big Ten bringing up the rear with only three ranked teams (No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Michigan, No. 14 Penn State). However, it is looking rough for the Group of Five. BYU is the only ranked team of that bunch, and the Cougars got housed by Oregon.

Teams receiving votes this week include Michigan State, Florida State, App State and … Kansas!

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