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A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.

Weekly Rankings

P.S.R. 1-120: Week 4 Re-Ranking

With the weekend in the books, here’s a look at how the country ranks — using the original rankings as the starting point, with the season’s results as rationale for any movement. The top 25 teams land a one-sentence breakdown. The rest? Not so much. Part of the perks of being one of the best. Think your team is too low? Feel another team deserves more credit, less credit? Let’s hear it below. It’s a delicate ranking process, particularly with only one week in the books, so you may seen one team ranked below a team it has beat on the field — see T.C.U. and Baylor, for example. Don’t be alarmed. Everything will become clearer by the end of the month.

The Top 25

1. Alabama (3-0, 0-0)
After a smooth win, Alabama will get back after it with Arkansas.
2. Oklahoma (2-0, 0-0)
The Sooners bounced back like champions in Tallahassee.
3. Boise State (2-0, 0-0)
Toledo was at home, but that was its only advantage.
4. L.S.U. (3-0, 1-0)
Two impressive wins, though we’ll see how M.S.U. bounces back.
5. Stanford (3-0, 1-0)
The Cardinal hit the ground running in Pac-12 play.
6. Wisconsin (3-0, 0-0)
A trip to Chicago was nice: same old story for the Badgers.
7. Texas A&M (2-0, 0-0)
The Aggies are playing it cool in advance of conference action.
8. Oklahoma State (3-0, 0-0)
It was way past your bedtime, but O.S.U. took care of business.
9. Virginia Tech (3-0, 0-0)
The Hokies have looked a bit sloppy, but 3-0 is 3-0.
10. Nebraska (3-0, 0-0)
So the offense can score points — what of the defense?
11. Florida State (2-1, 0-0)
The Seminoles played mentally tough but came up short.
12. South Carolina (3-0, 1-0)
We all knew Navy would gave the Gamecocks some problems.
13. Arkansas (3-0, 0-0)
Alabama awaits, and Arkansas wants to prove itself.
14. Oregon (2-1, 0-0)
Poor, poor, poor Missouri State.
15. Texas (3-0, 0-0)
U.C.L.A. is terrible, but the Longhorns looked great.
16. West Virginia (3-0, 0-0)
Build a big lead, throw it away, hold on late, move to 3-0.
17. Florida (3-0, 1-0)
It’s pretty clear that Muschamp has lit a fire under the Gators.
18. Michigan (3-0, 0-0)
It was a rude homecoming for a few Eastern Michigan assistants.
19. U.S.C. (3-0, 1-0)
The Trojans put a 60-minute game together, finally.
20. South Florida (3-0, 0-0)
A school record for total offense, albeit against Florida A&M.
21. Georgia Tech (3-0, 0-0)
Maybe that offensive explosion comes in year four, not year three.
22. T.C.U. (2-1, 1-0)
The Horned Frogs aren’t quite the same, but they’re improving.
23. Houston (3-0, 0-0)
Yeah, Houston is going to lose at least once in the regular season.
24. Clemson (3-0, 0-0)
Dabo Swinney was fired up, and for many, many good reasons.
25. Auburn (2-1, 1-0)
The 17-game win streak comes to an end, as do hopes for a repeat.

The Rest

26. North Carolina (3-0, 1-0)
27. Utah (2-1, 0-1)
28. Penn State (2-1, 0-0)
29. Baylor (2-0, 0-0)
30. Florida International (3-0, 1-0)
31. Air Force (1-1, 0-1)
32. Illinois (3-0, 0-0)
33. Miami (Fla.) (1-1, 0-1)
34. Missouri (2-1, 0-0)
35. San Diego State (3-0, 0-0)
36. Ohio State (2-1, 0-0)
37. Mississippi State (1-2, 0-2)
38. Navy (2-1, 0-0)
39. Notre Dame (1-2, 0-0)
40. Arizona State (2-1, 0-0)
41. U.C.F. (2-1, 0-0)
42. Tennessee (2-1, 0-1)
43. California (3-0, 0-0)
44. Texas Tech (2-0, 0-0)
45. Washington (2-1, 0-0)
46. Ohio (3-0, 0-0)
47. Iowa State (3-0, 0-0)
48. Michigan State (2-1, 0-0)
49. Georgia (1-2, 0-1)
50. Iowa (2-1, 0-0)
51. B.Y.U. (1-2, 0-0)
52. Northwestern (2-1, 0-0)
53. Pittsburgh (2-1, 0-0)
54. Tulsa (1-2, 1-0)
55. Maryland (1-1, 1-0)
56. N.C. State (2-1, 0-1)
57. Vanderbilt (3-0, 1-0)
58. Cincinnati (2-1, 0-0)
59. Kansas State (2-0, 0-0)
60. S.M.U. (2-1, 1-0)
61. Nevada (1-1, 1-0)
62. Troy (0-2, 0-0)
63. Temple (2-1, 1-0)
64. Southern Mississippi (2-1, 0-1)
65. Utah State (1-1, 0-0)
66. Arizona (1-2, 0-1)
67. Louisville (2-1, 0-0)
68. Western Michigan (2-1, 1-0)
69. Kentucky (2-1, 0-0)
70. Fresno State (1-2, 0-0)
71. Syracuse (2-1, 0-0)
72. Wake Forest (2-1, 1-0)
73. Virginia (2-1, 0-1)
74. Army (1-2, 0-0)
75. Toledo (1-2, 0-0)
76. Rutgers (1-1, 0-0)
77. Wyoming (3-0, 0-0)
78. Washington State (2-1, 0-0)
79. Colorado (1-2, 0-0)
80. East Carolina (0-2, 0-0)
81. Purdue (2-1, 0-0)
82. Louisiana Tech (1-2, 0-0)
83. Northern Illinois (1-2, 0-0)
84. Hawaii (1-2, 0-0)
85. Marshall (1-2, 1-0)
86. Rice (1-1, 0-0)
87. Connecticut (1-2, 0-0)
88. U.C.L.A. (1-2, 0-0)
89. Colorado State (2-1, 1-0)
90. Ball State (2-1, 1-0)
91. Arkansas State (1-2, 0-0)
92. Middle Tennessee (0-2, 0-0)
93. Oregon State (0-2, 0-0)
94. Minnesota (1-2, 0-0)
95. Duke (1-2, 1-0)
96. Kansas (2-1, 0-0)
97. Tulane (2-1, 0-1)
98. Miami (Ohio) (0-2, 0-0)
99. Bowling Green (2-1, 0-0)
100. U.N.L.V. (1-2, 0-0)
101. Mississippi (1-2, 0-1)
102. UTEP (2-1, 0-1)
103. La.-Monroe (1-2, 0-0)
104. Boston College (0-3, 0-1)
105. Eastern Michigan (2-1, 0-0)
106. Indiana (1-2, 0-0)
107. Idaho (1-2, 0-0)
108. New Mexico State (1-2, 0-0)
109. Louisiana-Lafayette (2-1, 0-0)
110. North Texas (0-3, 0-1)
111. Buffalo (1-2, 0-1)
112. Central Michigan (1-2, 0-1)
113. U.A.B. (0-2, 0-0)
114. San Jose State (0-3, 0-1)
115. Florida Atlantic (0-2, 0-0)
116. New Mexico (0-3, 0-0)
117. Kent State (0-3, 0-0)
118. Western Kentucky (0-3, 0-0)
119. Memphis (1-2, 0-0)
120. Akron (0-3, 0-0)

Three noteworthy jumps

Vanderbilt 27 spots (No. 84 to No. 57)
F.I.U. 21 spots (No. 51 to No. 30)
Illinois 24 spots (No. 56 to No. 32)

Three noteworthy tumbles

Hawaii 35 spots (No. 49 to No. 84)
Mississippi 42 spots (No. 59 to No. 101)
B.Y.U. 27 spots (No. 24 to No. 51)

Previous rankings

Week 3 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 2 rankings Alabama, No. 1
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Comments

  1. schedule nit says:

    Only 97th for Tulane? Geez Paul, you’re really selling those guys short…

  2. tulaneoutlaw says:

    @schedule nit

    I agree Tulane should be higher. I admit they have to be more consistent but a 39 point beat down is worthy of more than 97th.

    Of course if you’re being sarcastic then never mind. To each their own.

  3. Misthaufen says:

    BYU dropping fast….

    And UNLV should move up a bit more for beating down Hawaii…

  4. Dave says:

    Army also jumped 21 spots after a crucial win at home over (admittedly Persa-less) Northwestern. Big test in a few weeks against a good Vandy team.

    PS forget anything I ever said about service academies to the Big East – REAL happy being independant right now.

  5. 4.0 Point Stance says:

    The Greenies gave up a lot of points to I-AA Southeastern La., then got creamed by Tulsa, who is otherwise 0-2. They looked (well, sounded) good yesterday, but UAB is a pretty bad team. #97 may be a little low, but it’s not what I’d call a travesty. They aren’t even the lowest ranked 2-1 team from southern Louisiana.

    The most weird-at-first-glance ranking? Winless Troy 15 spots ahead of undefeated Wyoming. Of course, Wyoming has beaten two I-AA teams and eked out a one point victory over Bowling Green. And Troy’s losses are to Clemson and Arkansas, just a slightly higher caliber of opponent. Toujours l’audace.

  6. schedule nit says:

    No, no. Not sarcastic at all. Just willing to reverse myself is all. Go Waves!!!

  7. tulaneoutlaw says:

    @ 4.0

    You’re right and I agree. I thought they might break 95…but really 97 is not too far off. They have to win more than just UAB and SELA to really move up.

    @ schedule nit

    Roll Wave!

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