Week 4: Games Played Through September 25, 2021
|TEAM||POINTS||FIRST-PLACE VOTES||LAST WEEK’S RANK|
|5.||Penn State (4-0)||590||6|
|8.||Notre Dame (4-0)||428||12|
|11.||Ohio State (3-1)||369||10|
|12.||Ole Miss (3-0)||291||13|
|15.||Michigan State (4-0)||104||N/A|
|16.||Texas A&M (3-1)||81||7|
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Coastal Carolina (46), Clemson (35), Wake Forest (23), Fresno State (14), Oklahoma State (13), Baylor (11), NC State (10), Texas (9), Boston College (5), North Carolina (5), UCLA (5), Auburn (3), Maryland (2), SMU (1).
Alabama, Georgia and Oregon remained 1-3, with the Crimson Tide (46) and the Bulldogs (six) splitting the 52 first-place votes once again. Iowa and Penn State each moved up a slot to Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, as Oklahoma fell two spots to No. 6.
After losing at unranked North Carolina State, Clemson, No. 8 last week, fell completely out of the poll. Texas A&M, No. 7 last week, was upset by Arkansas in Arlington, TX and dropped all the way to No. 16. With the victory, Arkansas jumped into the poll for the first time this season at No. 10. Michigan State was the other first-time team in the poll this season as Iowa State’s loss at Baylor dropped the Cyclones out of the poll.
The SEC (six teams) and Big Ten (five teams) accounted for 11 of the 16 spots in the poll. Independents had two teams. The American, Big 12 and Pac-12 had one team each.
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE:
No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama
No. 10 Arkansas at No. 2 Georgia
No.3 Oregon at Stanford
No. 4 Iowa at Maryland (Friday)
Indiana at No. 5 Penn State
No. 6 Oklahoma at Kansas State
No. 7 Cincinnati at No. 8 Notre Dame
No. 9 Florida at Kentucky
No. 11 Ohio State at Rutgers
No. 13 Michigan at Wisconsin
No. 14 BYU at Utah State (Friday)
Western Kentucky at No. 15 Michigan State
Mississippi State at No. 16 Texas A&M.
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