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College football rankings: Ohio State jumps Alabama, Michigan State continues to plummet in CBS Sports 131

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Ohio State is making a strong case for being the best team in the country. After a dominant win over Wisconsin in Week 4, the Buckeyes edged out Alabama for 2nd on CBS Sports 131, our comprehensive ranking of all FBS college football teams.

We’ve only released five editions of CBS Sports 131 this season, and this latest update marks the fourth combination for the top three from the states of Georgia, Ohio and Alabama. This battle for supremacy will ultimately be decided on the pitch and we have a long way to go before we can get these hypothetical matchups, but we see in these rankings how pre-season expectations are being erased and replaced with judgment on what each team is doing. reached this point in the season.

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Dropping preseason expectations is a topic for college football rankings as we move into October, and it could both complicate the process for voters and provide some quick adjustments. Some teams rise in the rankings after “proven” wins, while others may face a drastic drop after another week of failing to perform at the high pre-season rankings.

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One clear example of this shift in focus is the aftermath of Minnesota’s victory in Michigan. The Golden Gophers were slowly climbing the ranks with dominant wins as a heavy favorite, but it took a win over the Spartans in East Lansing, Michigan to really capture the attention of our voters. Minnesota is now in the top 15 at 4-0, while Michigan State, the team that started the year in our top 20 and peaked at 14th, has dropped out of the top 50. as two defeats in a row show that the form is far from pre-season expectations. The demonstrative victory gave Minnesota the boost it needed, and until Michigan State starts to solidify its profile, it will bounce up and down the crowded average of our 131-team rankings.

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One team that suddenly needs a “proof” win after Week 4 is Oklahoma. On paper, the Sooners look like one of the best teams in the country, and until Saturday’s loss to Kansas State they were flexing their muscles against most of the opposition. But now Oklahoma is a one-loss team with their only victories coming against UTEP, Kent State and Nebraska, so it’s worth debating whether Brent Venables’ group deserves to be ahead of other undefeated teams like Kansas, who are 4-0 with the best victories. Meanwhile, Kansas State stocks fell sharply after losing to Tulane but are now one of the gainers this week, climbing 18 points to No. 25 after winning in Norman, Oklahoma.

For more on the biggest weekly adjustments in the CBS Spots 131, check out the Mover’s Report below the Top 25 table.

College football experts at CBS Sports and 247Sports publish weekly bulletins that are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-131 on our rankings page.

classifyTeamWrite downPrevious
oneGeorgia4-0one
2Ohio4-03
3Alabama4-02
fourMichigan4-0four
5USC4-06
6Clemson4-07
7Tennessee4-0eleven
eightOklahoma3-09
9penn state4-0ten
tenKentucky4-0eight
elevenstate of North Carolina4-013
12Washington4-017
13be miss4-0fourteen
fourteenMinnesota4-026
fifteenUtah3-1fifteen
16Oregon3-116
17Baylor3-119
eighteenOklahoma3-15
19Florida4-027
twentyTexas A&M3-122
21BYU3-1eighteen
22Arkansas3-112
23Kansas4-0thirty
24Wake Forest3-121
25Kansas State3-143

Biggest driving forces

  • No. 50 James Madison (+32): No result seemed to carry as much weight with our voters as JMU entering Boone, NC and decimating the state of Appalachia. The Dukes have been beating opponents for three weeks of the season, but have yet to be tested against the top players in the Sun Belt. Trailing 28-3, JMU made an epic comeback, climbing more than two dozen positions in the rankings.
  • No. 25, Kansas (+18): The Wildcats are an odd team to evaluate, having beaten Missouri and Oklahoma but also lost to Tulane. More wins will help erase the brunt of losing to The Green Wave, but for now, he sees the benefits of a top-25 climb driven by disappointment.
  • Well. 14 Minnesota (+12): The level of competition didn’t seem to matter, as Minnesota had been ruthless on both sides of the ball for four weeks, and now, three years after narrowly falling short of that effort, they’ve set their sights on a shot at a title.” Big Ten of the West.
  • No. 18 Oklahoma (-13): As mentioned above, Oklahoma has mostly looked good and will see opportunities to bounce back in the rankings. However, now the profile lacks quality wins.
  • No. 51 Michigan State (-17): Now that’s a 37-place drop over a two-week period as the Spartans sit 2-2 with a 0-2 record against the Power Five’s rivals.
  • No. 38 Texas (-18): Losing to Alabama, especially by a small margin, won’t hurt your rankings much. But when an additional loss to Texas Tech is added to the equation, and the only victories come from ULM and UTSA, it becomes harder to consider the Longhorns a top 30 team.
  • No. 56 Miami (-27): A predictable fall here for Mario Cristobal’s group after Middle Tennessee went 45-31 to a win that was never even close. The Hurricanes trailed 24-3 in the early stages of the second quarter, and although the offense gained some life in the second half, the gap never got close to 14 during the comeback attempt.
  • No. 54 Appalachian State (-30): A win over Texas A&M and the momentum from a Hail Mary win over Troy helped the Mountaineers climb to No. 24, but Week 4 brought two bad news in terms of rankings. First, it was an actual loss to JMU, a team that wasn’t in the top 70, and then North Carolina was beaten by Notre Dame, which smoothed out that close defeat in the season opener a bit.

Check out the rest of CBS Sports 131: Teams ranked 26th to 131st.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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