Week 5 and College Football Rankings: Winners and Losers

Posted by D.Zamzack on Monday,September 22, 2014 3:53, EDT in

It’s impossible to get through any week of the NCAA betting season without a few teams rising up the college football rankings at the expense of others. Unlike the previous weeks, Week 4 didn’t seem to offer much in the way of potential upsets, with only two games featuring a match-up between ranked teams. That said, failing to deliver a big win against lesser opponents can hurt, which is what happened to a few teams this week. Oklahoma, Oregon, and Florida State each won conference games by a closer margin than they were expecting, while LSU suffered the most notable loss of the week, falling to the Mississippi State bulldogs 29-34

Week 5 kicks off this Thursday with a game featuring the Texas Tech Raiders and the No.24 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys, so let’s take a look at the winners and losers from week 4 and review some valuable info heading to another round of betting action:

Winners

It may have taken overtime to get the job done, but the fact that Florida State (#1) were able to knock off #22 Clemson without having suspended QB Jameis Winston at the helm. This should be more than enough to keep Florida Stat in top spot when the new rankings are released.

The ACC may not be the most glamorous conference in college ball, but you still have to give some credit to Georgia Tech, as they went into hostile territory and knocked of Virginia Tech in a come from behind win. That gives Georgia Tech an unbeaten 4-0 record this season.

BYU maintained their unbeaten record courtesy of a second half rally against Virginia. BYU came in ranked #21, but with a few teams above them stumbling, they may make a nice little jump in this week’s rankings.

If any team needed a statement game, it was Georgia, who were coming off a heartbreaking loss to SEC East rival South Carolina. They deliver in emphatic fashion against Troy, winning 66-0, with much of the game played with their 2nd and 3rd string guys. This is a much needed shot in the arm ahead of next week’s clash with Tennessee.

Our last mention is the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who are from our perspective the top winners of Week 4. The Bulldogs (4-0, 1-0 SEC) beat LSU (3-1, 0-1) for the first time since 1999, and achieved their first victory at Tiger Stadium since 1991.

Losers

Much of the talk going into Week 4 was about the performance of Missouri (#18) QB MatyMauk. While he lit up the stats board again, it was in a losing effort to unranked Indiana.

It was a pretty bad week all around for the SEC, with #8 ranked LSU losing to Mississippi State, who now sit at 4-0 on the season. Florida were expected to lose to #2 Alabama, but the way in which they did so led Emmitt Smith to question whether or not a change at the QB position might be needed in Florida.

The pundits felt that the upset of the week might well come when #2 Oregon went in to face Washington State. The Ducks were able to eke out the win, but they were made to fight every step of the way in a performance that may cost them one or two positions in the next rankings. Talking about rankings, here’s the AP Top 25 rankings entering week 5. Betting odds and game lines for the coming week can be found here.

AP Poll Rankings:

1 Florida State (3-0)
2 Oregon (4-0)
3 Alabama (4-0)
4 Oklahoma (4-0)
5 Auburn (3-0)
6 Texas A&M (4-0)
7 Baylor (3-0)
8 Notre Dame (3-0)
9 Michigan State (2-1)
10 Ole Miss (3-0)
11 UCLA (3-0)
12 Georgia (2-1)
13 South Carolina (3-1)
14 Mississippi State (4-0)
15 Arizona State (3-0)
16 Stanford (2-1)
17 LSU (3-1)
18 USC (2-1)
19 Wisconsin (2-1)
21 Nebraska (4-0)
22 Ohio State (2-1)
23 East Carolina (3-1)
24 Oklahoma State (2-1)
25 Kansas State (2-1)