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College football rankings: ESPN updates top 25 poll for Week 4 games

Your updated look at the top 25 college football rankings for the Week 4 schedule of games, according to ESPN's index
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ESPN Football Power Index (FPI) college football rankings and computer prediction model are a measure of team strength that predicts a team’s future performance.

Rankings and scores predictions are based on 20,000 simulations of a team’s season, using a combination of analytics, including scores to date, quality of opponents, and a team’s schedule.

25. Notre Dame

Notre Dame Fighting Irish college football team schedule, rankings

Rankings change: Down 7

Chance to make College Football Playoff: 0.0%

Where Notre Dame is right now: ND avoided its first 0-3 start since 2007 with a win at home over Cal, giving Marcus Freeman his first W as head coach, but this was still a very close game that could have been lost a few times down the stretch, including on the very last play.

24. Pittsburgh

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Rankings change: Up 7

Chance to make College Football Playoff: 0.3%

Where Pittsburgh is right now: Rebounding well enough with a win on the road against Western Michigan to stay at 1 loss after dropping one to Tennessee the week prior, but there are questions at quarterback after the Panthers were down to QB3 coming into this game with both Kedon Slovis and Nick Patti still nursing injuries.

23. Cincinnati

Cincinnati Bearcats college football team schedule, rankings

Rankings change: Down 4

Chance to make College Football Playoff: 0.2%

Where Cincinnati is right now: The defense struggled against Miami (OH) early, and this team was down 17-7 in the second quarter, but the offense responded well behind quarterback Ben Bryant, scoring 31 unanswered points to avoid the upset and stay in position to contend for the AAC, which got a little easier after Houston's miserable start.

22. Washington

Washington Huskies college football team schedule, rankings

Rankings change: Up 3

Chance to make College Football Playoff: 0.6%

Where Washington is right now: Looking at a perfect record through 3 games after a statement home upset over 11th ranked Michigan State. Behind quarterback Michael Penix, the Huskies offense looked confident putting the ball in the air, building a big halftime lead and holding off Sparty's comeback bid in a big win for 1st year coach Kalen DeBoer.

21. Oregon

Oregon Ducks college football team schedule, rankings

Rankings change: Up 11

Chance to make College Football Playoff: 0.9%

Where Oregon is right now: Coming off a statement win at home against a ranked BYU that saw quarterback Bo Nix come into his own, playing arguably his best career game, responsible for 5 total touchdowns, 3 of which he ran for, complemented by a superb offensive line and showing and a physical brand of football from the front seven. That loss to Georgia still sticks out, but Georgia does that to everyone.

20. Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a perennial Big Ten West contender, but is still looking for its first College Football Playoff berth.

Rankings change: Up 15

Chance to make College Football Playoff: 0.2%

Where Wisconsin is right now: A nice 66-7 rout over New Mexico State to regroup after the Washington State loss, with star running back Braelon Allen powering through for 3 TDs in the victory. It won't impress the top 25 pollsters too much, but the win is a good morale boost heading into the Big Ten opener on the road at Ohio State next week.

19. Minnesota

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Rankings change: Up 4

Chance to make College Football Playoff: 1.2%

Where Minnesota is right now: The Gophers' offense came into the weekend ranked 1st in FBS in total yards and 7th in points scored, and they helped those averages in a 49-7 rout over Colorado. Mo Ibrahim scored UM's first 3 TDs while quarterback Tanner Morgan hit on 11 of 16 passes for 2 scores to stay perfect as the only 3-0 team in the Big Ten West.