Florida State back at No. 1 in college football Power Rankings after Week 4

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Florida State survives a scare
Tuesday September 23rd, 2014

At the tail end of fall camp, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris told SI.com he felt like the Tigers were “four or five plays away” from having a special season. He couldn’t predict when or where those plays would occur, but he had a pretty good idea they’d happen in the first few weeks of the season, when Clemson was set to play Georgia and Florida State.

In the Tigers’ 23-17 loss to No. 1 Florida State on Saturday, it was easy to see what Morris meant, thought not in the way he had hoped -- like when C.J. Davidson fumbled the ball in the red zone with under two minutes to play or when the Tigers were stuffed on fourth-and-one in overtime after Dabo Swinney decided to go for it.

National title contenders like Florida State find a way to make those plays and win those games. That leaves everybody else looking up and wondering what could have been. By winning without Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston, the Seminoles stay in the picture. So do the Oregon Ducks, who held off a charge from Washington State and the Tim Burton movie that is Pullman, Wash., at night to steal a 38-31 win.

As the season goes along, more of these types of games will happen. The pretenders will fall, and we’ll be left with those eight to 12 teams (as we always are) that stand out among the rest. Odds are pretty good Florida State and Oregon will be right up there, and that’s why it’s easy to keep those two teams at one and two in this week’s Power Rankings. The Seminoles did enough in their win over Clemson to steal away the top spot once again.

• INSIDE READ: NFL scouts say Winston needs another year at Florida State

1
1Florida St. Seminoles
last week: 2
record: 3-0

Next game: Saturday at NC State

2
2Oregon Ducks
last week: 1
record: 4-0

Next game: Oct. 2 vs. Arizona

3
3Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 4
record: 4-0

Next game: Oct. 4 at. Ole Miss

4
4Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 3
record: 4-0

Next game: Oct. 4 at TCU

5
5Auburn Tigers
last week: 5
record: 3-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech

6
6Baylor Bears
last week: 6
record: 3-0

Next game: Saturday at Iowa State

7
7Texas A&M Aggies
last week: 7
record: 4-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Arkansas

8
8Notre Dame Fighting Irish
last week: 8
record: 3-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Syracuse (in MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.)

9
9Ole Miss Rebels
last week: 10
record: 3-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Memphis

10
10Stanford Cardinal
last week: 11
record: 2-1

Next game: Saturday at Washington

11
11Michigan St. Spartans
last week: 12
record: 2-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Wyoming

12
12Mississippi St. Bulldogs
last week: NR
record: 4-0

Next game: Oct. 4 vs. Texas A&M

13
13South Carolina Gamecocks
last week: 14
record: 3-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Missouri

14
14Georgia Bulldogs
last week: 16
record: 2-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Tennessee

15
15Brigham Young Cougars
last week: 15
record: 4-0

Next game: Oct. 3 vs. Utah State

16
16UCLA Bruins
last week: 18
record: 3-0

Next game: Thursday at Arizona State

17
17Arizona St. Sun Devils
last week: 17
record: 3-0

Next game: Thursday vs. UCLA

18
18Wisconsin Badgers
last week: 21
record: 2-1

Next game: Saturday vs. South Florida

19
19East Carolina Pirates
last week: 25
record: 3-1

Next game: Oct. 4 vs. SMU

20
20USC Trojans
last week: 20
record: 2-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Oregon State

21
21Nebraska Cornhuskers
last week: NR
record: 4-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Illinois

22
22Ohio St. Buckeyes
last week: 22
record: 2-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Cincinnati

23
23Kansas St. Wildcats
last week: 19
record: 2-1

Next game: Saturday vs. UTEP

24
24Penn St. Nittany Lions
last week: 24
record: 4-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Northwestern

25
25LSU Tigers
last week: 9
record: 3-1

Next game: Saturday vs. New Mexico State

Next five: Oklahoma State, Duke, Utah, Marshall, Arizona

• STAPLES: Mississippi State breaks through in vaunted SEC West

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College Football Roundup: Week 4
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