- Wisconsin made a big jump in this week's Power Rankings after blowing out Big Ten East contender Michigan State to move to 4-0.
Week 4 brought losses for five teams that made last week’s Power Rankings, throwing some previously held assumptions into doubt and making the argument that some overlooked or underappreciated squads might be better than previously believed.
Michigan State, Georgia, Arkansas, Florida and LSU all met conference opponents determined to produce statement wins and only the Tigers’ loss was “close.” Yet that game, an 18–13 slog of win for Auburn in which only one touchdown was scored, was brutal enough to get Les Miles and Cam Cameron fired.
Consequently, four of the teams that knocked off those ranked squads—Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Tennessee—are this week’s big risers. Expect to see similar movement in the coming weeks as conference play heats up and presents more matchups in the vein of this weekend’s Stanford-Washington, Wisconsin-Michigan and Louisville-Clemson highlights.