Sep 21

The Top Fan's Top 25 - Week Four

Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC  Tags:

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It's been a very long time since I didn't finish one of these weekly articles, but I have come down with something here Sunday morning (in addition to a bad football hangover) and I am going to recover today. Apologies for a shortened Top 25 article....


Just because you do not care for a team, does not mean that you send them down the rankings. Therefore, although I am not pleased with how FSU has handled the whole Jameis Winston situation, I do know that their defense is really, really good. They held Clemson to 17 points and caused a huge red zone turnover with just under 2 minutes to go forcing OT. They are tough to leave at #1 because of the chaos surrounding Winston, but the fact is that this team has a stacked D and offensive weapons such as WR Rashad Greene (74-yard game-tying TD in the 4th quarter last night). For now, with a nasty defense - and Jameis set to return next week - I think FSU could still beat anyone in the country, so they remain my number one...


Oregon Squeaked by Washington State and Auburn won a nail-biter Thursday night at Kansas State, so neither of those make a push for FSU's top spot. Oklahoma and Alabama, next up, looked good against Florida and West Virginia, respectively. But enough for #1? Not yet.


Here are my Top 25 teams following the games of week 4.....


1. Florida State (3-0) - As Much as I dislike this program as a whole right now - especially the way Jimbo Fisher handles Jameis Winston - the defense is perhaps the best in D-1 and the offense - when James is in there - is pretty darn good. Against Clemson, with Winston out, the defense came through in the clutch as they forced a red zone TO with under 2:00 to go, as well as stopping a 4th-and-1 try in overtime. Whether or not Winston should be allowed to be a scholarship athlete is above my comprehension, but regardless, the 'Noles got a big home win with their signal caller on the bench. The ACC is now their's for the taking....


2. Oregon (4-0) - A lot of folks are ranking the Ducks #1, but I need to see the defense be more consistent. They cannot give up quite as much as they do if they want to strive for their first ever natty. They get a good bit of time to work on that as they do not play again until Thursday, October 2nd when they visit the Arizona Wildcats who just put 49 on Cal. It will be interesting to watch this Duck defense try to catch up the offense as the season goes along. After Arizona, Oregon gets another nine days off to get ready for UCLA.


3. Auburn (3-0) - Well, it certainly wasn't how Gus Malzahn and crew drew it up, but once again Auburn grabs a victory over a respectable foe in somewhat odd fashion. In front of a hostile crowd in Manhattan, Kansas, D'haquilee Williams pulled in the game-sealing 39-yard pass from Nick Marshall to secure the game for Auburn, Marshall went for 231 yards and 2 TDs. The storyline that is unavoidable is that of the missed opportunities for Kansas State, mainly from kicker Jack Cantele, who missed three FGs. Auburn remains in the hunt for the CFP as they begin conference play against LSU after playing Louisiana Tech this coming weekend.


4. Oklahoma (4-0) -                         This is where I started feeling really awful Sunday morning and the article ends. Apologies. Full version will be back next week.


5. Alabama (4-0) - 


6. UCLA (3-0) - 


7. Texas A&M (4-0) - 


8. Baylor (3-0) - 


9. Arizona State (3-0)  -


10. Notre Dame (3-0) - 


11. Ole Miss (3-0)

12. Penn State (4-0)

13. Georgia (2-1)

14. Stanford (2-1)

15. Kansas State (2-1)

16. Michigan State (2-1)

17. Ohio State (2-1)

18. BYU (4-0)

19. Utah (3-0)

20. South Carolina (3-1) 

21. Mississippi State (4-0)

22. Nebraska (4-0)

23. Duke (4-0)

24. LSU (3-1)

25. East Carolina (3-1)


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