Utah takes over the No. 1 spot in the college football Power Rankings after its Week 4 shellacking of Oregon at Autzen Stadium.

By Colin Becht
September 29, 2015

The season still feels like it’s just getting started, but except for the few teams who had an early bye week, the regular season is already a third of the way over. We have enough games now that we can really begin phasing out preseason expectations from our analysis.

Some results still require considering preseason projections. For example, Alabama’s Week 1 victory over Wisconsin still seems like a decent win more so because of what was expected of Wisconsin before the season than its three wins since then (though the Badgers have won all three of those handily).

But by now, we have some context around most of the meaningful results of the season. And that gives them greater significance. It also explains the new No. 1 squad in this week’s Power Rankings.

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1
Utah Utes
18
4–0
Next week: Bye week
2
UCLA Bruins
3
4–0
Last week: Beat Arizona 56–30 Next week: Saturday vs. Arizona State
3
Ohio State Buckeyes
2
4–0
Last week: Beat Western Michigan 38–12 Next week: Saturday at Indiana
4
Michigan State Spartans
1
4–0
Last week: Beat Central Michigan 30–10 Next week: Saturday vs. Purdue
5
Ole Miss Rebels
4
4–0
Last week: Beat Vanderbilt 27–16 Next week: Saturday at Florida • BECHT: Most important takeaways from Week 4
6
Baylor Bears
5
3–0
Last week: Beat Rice 70–17 Next week: Saturday vs. Texas Tech (in Arlington, Texas)
7
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
6
4–0
Last week: Beat UMass 62–27 Next week: Saturday at Clemson
8
Georgia Bulldogs
9
4–0
Last week: Beat Southern 48–6 Next week: Saturday vs. Alabama
9
Florida State Seminoles
10
3–0
Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday at Wake Forest
10
Oklahoma Sooners
11
3–0
Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday vs. West Virginia • STAPLES: How big Week 4 games were decided
11
TCU Horned Frogs
7
4–0
Last week: Beat Texas Tech 55–52 Next week: Saturday vs. Texas
12
LSU Tigers
8
3–0
Last week: Beat Syracuse 34–24 Next week: Saturday vs. Eastern Michigan
13
Clemson Tigers
12
3–0
Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday vs. Notre Dame
14
Alabama Crimson Tide
13
3–1
Last week: Beat Louisiana-Monroe 34–0 Next week: Saturday at Georgia
15
Texas A&M Aggies
15
4–0
Last week: Beat Arkansas 28–21 in OT Next week: Saturday vs. Mississippi State • BAUMGAERTNER: Another bitter loss for Ark.
16
Wisconsin Badgers
19
3–1
Last week: Beat Hawaii 28–0 Next week: Saturday vs. Iowa
17
Northwestern Wildcats
17
4–0
Last week: Beat Ball State 24–19 Next week: Saturday vs. Minnesota
18
Stanford Cardinal
20
3–1
Last week: Beat Oregon State 42–24 Next week: Saturday vs. Arizona
19
USC Trojans
21
3–1
Last week: Beat Arizona State 42–14 Next week: Bye week
20
Florida Gators
4–0
Last week: Beat Tennessee 28–27 Next week: Saturday vs. Ole Miss • STAPLES: Florida extends streak over Tenn.
21
West Virginia Mountaineers
25
3–0
Last week: Beat Maryland 45–6 Next week: Saturday at Oklahoma
22
Oklahoma State Cowboys
23
4–0
Last week: Beat Texas 30–27 Next week: Saturday vs. Kansas State
23
Michigan Wolverines
3–1
Last week: Beat BYU 31–0 Next week: Saturday at Maryland
24
Mississippi State Bulldogs
3–1
Last week: Beat Auburn 17–9 Next week: Saturday at Texas A&M
25
California Golden Bears
4–0
Last week: Beat Washington 30–24 Next week: Saturday vs. Washington State

Dropped out: Oregon, Arizona, Georgia Tech, BYU
Next five: NC State, Houston, Duke, Oregon, Iowa

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