VegasInsider.com senior handicapper and writer Brian Edwards will be covering college football throughout the season and he's locked and loaded with his Week 4 Top 25 Rankings.
With the exception of top-ranked Clemson and ninth-ranked Notre Dame rolling to easy wins over The Citadel and South Florida, respectively, the rest of the Top 10 was off in Week 3. Therefore, there were no changes there.
However, Miami, Fl. makes a big jump from No. 21 to No. 11 after taking it to Louisville 47-34 on the road. U of L falls from No. 17 to No. 22.
Oklahoma State lost quarterback Spenser Sanders to an injury in the first half. He didn't return and is listed as 'questionable' Saturday vs. West Virginia. Nevertheless, the Cowboys were extremely sloppy in all three phases of a 16-7 non-covering home win over Tulsa, which was without its star running back Shamari Brooks (1,046 rushing yards in 2019) and returned only four starters from a defense that gave up 31.3 points per game last year.
Mike Gundy's team had merely a one-yard edge in total offense (279-278) over the Golden Hurricane, which blew several scoring opportunities due to 15 penalties for 120 yards and three failed fourth-down conversion attempts. Oklahoma St. drops from No. 11 to No. 19.
Boston College may have found a new QB in Notre Dame transfer Phil Jurkovec, who had a pair of second-half TD passes in a 26-6 win at Duke. The Eagles have one of the nation's premier offensive lines. They enter this week's rankings at No. 23. SMU, which improved to 2-0 with a 65-35 win at North Texas, also makes its rankings debut at No. 25.
Appalachian State lost 17-7 at Marshall, earning a dismissal from this week's rankings. Army, which is 2-0 with blowout wins over Middle Tennessee and ULM, dropped out from No. 25 in part because the Blue Raiders and Warhawks were both destroyed in home games by Troy and Texas St., respectively.
We'll eventually start to work the Big Ten back into our rankings, but we held for at least one more week on that.
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