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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1Utah Utes
last week: 18
record: 4–0

Next week: Bye week

2UCLA Bruins
last week: 3
record: 4–0

Last week: Beat Arizona 56–30
Next week: Saturday vs. Arizona State
3Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 2
record: 4–0

Last week: Beat Western Michigan 38–12
Next week: Saturday at Indiana
4Michigan State Spartans
last week: 1
record: 4–0

Last week: Beat Central Michigan 30–10
Next week: Saturday vs. Purdue
5Ole Miss Rebels
last week: 4
record: 4–0

Last week: Beat Vanderbilt 27–16
Next week: Saturday at Florida
6Baylor Bears
last week: 5
record: 3–0

Last week: Beat Rice 70–17
Next week: Saturday vs. Texas Tech (in Arlington, Texas)
7Notre Dame Fighting Irish
last week: 6
record: 4–0

Last week: Beat UMass 62–27
Next week: Saturday at Clemson
8Georgia Bulldogs
last week: 9
record: 4–0

Last week: Beat Southern 48–6
Next week: Saturday vs. Alabama
9Florida State Seminoles
last week: 10
record: 3–0

Last week: Bye week
Next week: Saturday at Wake Forest
10Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 11
record: 3–0

Last week: Bye week
Next week: Saturday vs. West Virginia
11TCU Horned Frogs
last week: 7
record: 4–0

Last week: Beat Texas Tech 55–52
Next week: Saturday vs. Texas
12LSU Tigers
last week: 8
record: 3–0

Last week: Beat Syracuse 34–24
Next week: Saturday vs. Eastern Michigan
13Clemson Tigers
last week: 12
record: 3–0

Last week: Bye week
Next week: Saturday vs. Notre Dame
14Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 13
record: 3–1

Last week: Beat Louisiana-Monroe 34–0
Next week: Saturday at Georgia
15Texas A&M Aggies
last week: 15
record: 4–0

Last week: Beat Arkansas 28–21 in OT
Next week: Saturday vs. Mississippi State
16Wisconsin Badgers
last week: 19
record: 3–1

Last week: Beat Hawaii 28–0
Next week: Saturday vs. Iowa
17Northwestern Wildcats
last week: 17
record: 4–0

Last week: Beat Ball State 24–19
Next week: Saturday vs. Minnesota
18Stanford Cardinal
last week: 20
record: 3–1

Last week: Beat Oregon State 42–24
Next week: Saturday vs. Arizona
19USC Trojans
last week: 21
record: 3–1

Last week: Beat Arizona State 42–14
Next week: Bye week
20Florida Gators
last week: NR
record: 4–0

Last week: Beat Tennessee 28–27
Next week: Saturday vs. Ole Miss
21West Virginia Mountaineers
last week: 25
record: 3–0

Last week: Beat Maryland 45–6
Next week: Saturday at Oklahoma
22Oklahoma State Cowboys
last week: 23
record: 4–0

Last week: Beat Texas 30–27
Next week: Saturday vs. Kansas State
23Michigan Wolverines
last week: NR
record: 3–1

Last week: Beat BYU 31–0
Next week: Saturday at Maryland
24Mississippi State Bulldogs
last week: NR
record: 3–1

Last week: Beat Auburn 17–9
Next week: Saturday at Texas A&M
25California Golden Bears
last week: NR
record: 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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