Utah takes over the No. 1 spot in the college football Power Rankings after its Week 4 shellacking of Oregon at Autzen Stadium.
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.
Next week: Bye week
Dropped out: Oregon, Arizona, Georgia Tech, BYU
Next five: NC State, Houston, Duke, Oregon, Iowa