Projected AP Top 25 college football rankings after Week 4: No. 14-13
14. Texas A&M Aggies
My god, there is not a team that’s more difficult to rank than Texas A&M right now. You have a team that was in the preseason Top 10 that has a loss at home to a Sun Belt team on its resumé but also has a pretty unimpressive win over a team that lost to Middle Tennessee in Week 4 and then needed a wild missed field goal to get past Arkansas on Saturday itself. What do you do here?
Well, one thing that’s for certain is that, while the Aggies offense is far from being good still, it has taken a big step forward with Max Johnson at the helm instead of Haynes King. Moreover, the defense did its part again against a talented offense to shut them down enough to secure a win. The offense is going to limit how high A&M can climb, but they deserve to move up after this win.
13. Oklahoma Sooners
Up until they beat the brakes off of Nebraska a week ago, Oklahoma had a problem with playing with its food instead of just going out and showing its talent to destroy opponents who are simply not as good as them on paper. So with the Sooners welcoming a Kansas State team that had upset them in two of the last three meetings, there was a feeling of danger in the air in Norman.
That feeling was more than warranted. The quarterback-run-heavy attack of Adrian Martinez and the Wildcats was an absolute problem for Brent Venables and the OU offense while the Sooners offense couldn’t find its consistent rhythm behind Dillon Gabriel in the matchup. And though they tried to come back, they dug too big of a hole and took the 41-34 loss, thus almost surely ending their College Football Playoff hopes.