College Football Rankings: 1 To 130: Week 4. And Now We Start Over

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College Football News 2021 college football rankings after Week 4 for all 130 teams with results and who’s up next week.

It’s time to blow it all up.

We’re four – and a little more – weeks into the season, and now we have something to work with in the rankings.

For now, we have to respect the results no matter what.

Throw out all of the preconceived notions and preseason rankings. Forget the uniforms, the talent levels, the brand names, and everything else that goes into the rankings and start over.

This will change up in a huge way once we return to a sense of normalcy – think of these like the tie-breakers in conference races. If team A beats team B, then if team C blah blah blah. Basically, look at the schedules and who won what.

Until there are any other variables involved, again, FOR NOW, you must have pockets of rankings like this …

UTSA, then Memphis, then Mississippi State, then NC State, then Clemson. And if that wasn’t weird enough …

Wyoming, then Northern Illinois, then Georgia Tech, then North Carolina, then Virginia.

And because that doesn’t seem totally insane, there’s the Bowling Green thing.

Unbeaten South Alabama has to be ranked higher than Bowling Green, who has to be ranked higher than Minnesota, who has to be ranked higher than Colorado – and thanks, rankings gods, for Texas A&M pulling out that win over Colorado two weeks ago or this really gets screwy.

Of course we have to also give credit where credit is due. For example, blowing out Texas looks a whole lot better now for Arkansas than it did when it happened, and beating Texas A&M is impressive no matter what.

Again, and this can’t be emphasized enough, these will change wildly as we go. But if we’re doing this right, and if we’re giving full credit where credit is due, here are the rankings of all 130 college football teams after the first month of the season.

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CFN 2021 Rankings: Week 4
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 4 Scoreboard, Predictions For Every Game
Week 4 AP Rankings | Coaches Poll Rankings

CFN College Football Rankings: Week 4

130 UMass Minutemen (0-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 129
Week 4: Coastal Carolina 53, UMass 3

129 UConn Huskies (0-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 130
Week 4: Wyoming 24, UConn 22

128 Ohio Bobcats (0-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 128
Week 4: Northwestern 35, Ohio 6

127 Akron Zips (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 127
Week 4: Ohio State 59, Akron 7

126 New Mexico State Aggies (1-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 126
Week 4: Hawaii 41, New Mexico State 21

125 FIU Golden Panthers (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 122
Week 4: Central Michigan 31, FIU 27

124 Texas State Bobcats (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 119
Week 4: Eastern Michigan 59, Texas State 21

123 Rice Owls (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 120
Week 4: Rice 48, Texas Southern 34

122 Ball State Cardinals (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 108
Week 4: Toledo 22, Ball State 12

121 Southern Miss Golden Eagles (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 115
Week 4: Alabama 63, Southern Miss 14

120 Old Dominion Monarchs (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 124
Week 4: Buffalo 35, Old Dominion 34

119 UNLV Rebels (0-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 121
Week 4: Fresno State 38, UNLV 30

118 New Mexico Lobos (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 113
Week 4: UTEP 20, New Mexico 13

117 Toledo Rockets (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 117
Week 4: Toledo 22, Ball State 12

116 UTEP Miners (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 123
Week 4: UTEP 20, New Mexico 13

115 Colorado State Rams (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 116
Week 4: Iowa 24, Colorado State 14

114 North Texas Mean Green (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 111
Week 4: Louisiana Tech 24, North Texas 17

113 Kansas Jayhawks (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 110
Week 4: Duke 52, Kansas 33

112 Vanderbilt Commodores (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 114
Week 4: Georgia 62, Vanderbilt 0

111 Temple Owls (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 109
Week 4: Temple 41, Wagner 7

110 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 106
Week 4: Charlotte 42, Middle Tennessee 39

109 Navy Midshipmen (0-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 105
Week 4: Houston 28, Navy 20

108 Florida State Seminoles (0-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 107
Week 4: Louisville 31, Florida State 23

107 Eastern Michigan Eagles (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 112
Week 4: Eastern Michigan 59, Texas State 21

106 Arizona Wildcats (0-4)

Last Week’s Ranking: 104
Week 4: Oregon 41, Arizona 19

105 Georgia Southern Eagles (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 102
Week 4: Louisiana 28, Georgia Southern 20

104 Kent State Golden Flashes (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 101
Week 4: Maryland 37, Kent State 13

103 Troy Trojans (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 74
Week 4: ULM 29, Troy 16

102 ULM Warhawks (2-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 125
Week 4: ULM 29, Troy 16

101 Florida Atlantic Owls (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 94
Week 4: Air Force 31, Florida Atlantic 7

CFN 2021 Rankings: Week 4
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 4 Scoreboard, Predictions For Every Game
Week 4 AP Rankings | Coaches Poll Rankings

NEXT: CFN 2021 College Football Rankings: Week 4 Top 100

CFN College Football Rankings: Week 4 Top 100

100 Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 92
Week 4: Tulsa 41, Arkansas State 34

99 USF Bulls (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 97
Week 4: BYU 35, USF 27

98 Buffalo Bulls (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 100
Week 4: Buffalo 35, Old Dominion 34

97 Northwestern Wildcats (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 99
Week 4: Northwestern 35, Ohio 6

96 Duke Blue Devils (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 98
Week 4: Duke 52, Kansas 33

95 Charlotte 49ers (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 96
Week 4: Charlotte 42, Middle Tennessee 39

94 Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 93
Week 4: Tulsa 41, Arkansas State 34

93 Central Michigan Chippewas (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 91
Week 4: Central Michigan 31, FIU 27

92 Georgia State Panthers (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 95
Week 4: Auburn 34, Georgia State 24

91 Washington State Cougars (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 90
Week 4: Utah 24, Washington State 13

90 Miami University RedHawks (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 87
Week 4: Army 23, Miami University 10

89 Air Force Falcons (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 89
Week 4: Air Force 31, Florida Atlantic 7

88 WKU Hilltoppers (1-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 84
Week 4: Indiana 33, WKU 31

87 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 83
Week 4: Hawaii 41, New Mexico State 21

86 Marshall Thundering Herd (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 78
Week 4: Appalachian State 31, Marshall 30

85 Colorado Buffaloes (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 38
Week 4: Arizona State 35, Colorado 13

84 Cal Golden Bears (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 70
Week 4: Washington 31, Cal 24 OT

83 Washington Huskies (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 88
Week 4: Washington 31, Cal 24 OT

82 Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 34
Week 4: Bowling Green 14, Minnesota 10

81 Bowling Green Falcons (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 118
Week 4: Bowling Green 14, Minnesota 10

80 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 82
Week 4: Louisiana 28, Georgia Southern 20

79 East Carolina Pirates (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 75
Week 4: East Carolina 40, Charleston Southern 28

78 Utah State Aggies (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 80
Week 4: Boise State 27, Utah State 3

77 San Jose State Spartans (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 73
Week 4: Western Michigan 23, San Jose State 3

76 South Alabama Jaguars (3-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 103
Week 4: OPEN DATE

CFN 2021 Rankings: Week 4
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 4 Scoreboard, Predictions For Every Game
Week 4 AP Rankings | Coaches Poll Rankings

NEXT: CFN 2021 College Football Rankings: Week 4 Top 75

CFN College Football Rankings: Week 4 Top 75

75 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 72
Week 4: Louisiana Tech 24, North Texas 17

74 Tulane Green Wave (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 65
Week 4: UAB 28, Tulane 21

73 Army Black Knights (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 79
Week 4: Army 23, Miami University 10

72 Liberty Flames (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 59
Week 4: Syracuse 24, Liberty 21

71 Houston Cougars (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 69
Week 4: Houston 28, Navy 20

70 Syracuse Orange (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 76
Week 4: Syracuse 24, Liberty 21

69 UAB Blazers (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 68
Week 4: UAB 28, Tulane 21

68 South Carolina Gamecocks (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 63
Week 4: Kentucky 16, South Carolina 10

67 Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 67
Week 4: Michigan State 23, Nebraska 20 OT

66 Illinois Fighting Illini (1-3)

Last Week’s Ranking: 66
Week 4: Purdue 13, Illinois 9

65 Nevada Wolf Pack (2-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 42
Week 4: OPEN DATE

64 Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 57
Week 4: Texas 70, Texas Tech 35

63 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 61
Week 4: Coastal Carolina 53, UMass 3

62 Tennessee Volunteers (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 53
Week 4: Florida 38, Tennessee 14

61 Virginia Cavaliers (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 36
Week 4: Wake Forest 37, Virginia 17

60 North Carolina Tar Heels (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 30
Week 4: Georgia Tech 45, North Carolina 22

59 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 86
Week 4: Georgia Tech 45, North Carolina 22

58 Northern Illinois Huskies (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 85
Week 4: Northern Illinois 41, Maine 14

57 Wyoming Cowboys (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 81
Week 4: Wyoming 24, UConn 22

56 Boise State Broncos (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 60
Week 4: Boise State 27, Utah State 3

55 Iowa State Cyclones (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 40
Week 4: Baylor 31, Iowa State 29

54 Appalachian State Mountaineers (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 48
Week 4: Appalachian State 31, Marshall 30

53 Utah Utes (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 50
Week 4: Utah 24, Washington State 13

52 Pitt Panthers (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 58
Week 4: Pitt 77, New Hampshire 7

51 Western Michigan Broncos (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 51
Week 4: Western Michigan 23, San Jose State 3

CFN 2021 Rankings: Week 4
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 4 Scoreboard, Predictions For Every Game
Week 4 AP Rankings | Coaches Poll Rankings

NEXT: CFN 2021 College Football Rankings: Week 4 Top 50

CFN College Football Rankings: Week 4 Top 50

50 Miami Hurricanes (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 45
Week 4: Miami 69, Central Connecticut 0

49 Clemson Tigers (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 10
Week 4: NC State 27, Clemson 21 2OT

48 Missouri Tigers (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 43
Week 4: Boston College 41, Missouri 34 OT

47 NC State Wolfpack (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 55
Week 4: NC State 27, Clemson 21 2OT

46 Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 54
Week 4: LSU 28, Mississippi State 25

45 Memphis Tigers (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 49
Week 4: UTSA 31, Memphis 28

44 UTSA Roadrunners (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 64
Week 4: UTSA 31, Memphis 28

43 UCF Knights (2-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 41
Week 4: OPEN DATE

42 San Diego State Aztecs (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 46
Week 4: San Diego State 48, Towson 21

41 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 47
Week 4: Michigan 20, Rutgers 13

40 TCU Horned Frogs (2-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 19
Week 4: SMU 42, TCU 34

39 Boston College Eagles (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 52
Week 4: Boston College 41, Missouri 34 OT

38 SMU Mustangs (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 71
Week 4: SMU 42, TCU 34

37 Arizona State Sun Devils (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 44
Week 4: Arizona State 35, Colorado 13

36 USC Trojans (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 21
Week 4: Oregon State 45, USC 27

35 Oregon State Beavers (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 62
Week 4: Oregon State 45, USC 27

34 Indiana Hoosiers (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 27
Week 4: Indiana 33, WKU 31

33 Purdue Boilermakers (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 33
Week 4: Purdue 13, Illinois 9

32 Louisville Cardinals (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 35
Week 4: Louisville 31, Florida State 23

31 Kentucky Wildcats (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 37
Week 4: Kentucky 16, South Carolina 10

30 Baylor Bears (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 77
Week 4: Baylor 31, Iowa State 29

29 LSU Tigers (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 32
Week 4: LSU 28, Mississippi State 25

28 Wisconsin Badgers (1-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 13
Week 4: Notre Dame 41, Wisconsin 14

27 Virginia Tech Hokies (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 29
Week 4: Virginia Tech 21, Richmond 10

26 West Virginia Mountaineers (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 28
Week 4: Oklahoma 16, West Virginia 13

CFN 2021 Rankings: Week 4
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 4 Scoreboard, Predictions For Every Game
Week 4 AP Rankings | Coaches Poll Rankings

NEXT: CFN 2021 College Football Rankings: Week 4 Top 25

CFN College Football Rankings: Week 4 Top 25

25 Kansas State Wildcats (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 18
Week 4: Oklahoma State 31, Kansas State 20

24 Auburn Tigers (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 16
Week 4: Auburn 34, Georgia State 24

23 Maryland Terrapins (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 26
Week 4: Maryland 37, Kent State 13

22 Stanford Cardinal (2-2)

Last Week’s Ranking: 20
Week 4: UCLA 35, Stanford 24

21 UCLA Bruins (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 24
Week 4: UCLA 35, Stanford 24

20 Fresno State Bulldogs (4-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 23
Week 4: Fresno State 38, UNLV 30

19 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 39
Week 4: Wake Forest 37, Virginia 17

18 BYU Cougars (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 22
Week 4: BYU 35, USF 27

17 Texas A&M Aggies (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 12
Week 4: Arkansas 20, Texas A&M 10

16 Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 56
Week 4: Oklahoma State 31, Kansas State 20

15 Cincinnati Bearcats (3-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 15
Week 4: OPEN DATE

14 Michigan State Spartans (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 14
Week 4: Michigan State 23, Nebraska 20 OT

13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 31
Week 4: Notre Dame 41, Wisconsin 14

12 Texas Longhorns (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 25
Week 4: Texas 70, Texas Tech 35

11 Ole Miss Rebels (3-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 11
Week 4: OPEN DATE

CFN 2021 Rankings: Week 4
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 4 Scoreboard, Predictions For Every Game
Week 4 AP Rankings | Coaches Poll Rankings

NEXT: CFN 2021 College Football Rankings: Week 4 Top 10

CFN College Football Rankings: Week 4 Top 10

10 Oklahoma Sooners (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 6
Week 4: Oklahoma 16, West Virginia 13

4-0 is 4-0 is 4-0. The win over West Virginia deserves a little credit – the Mountaineers beat Virginia Tech – but this ranking is a total gift. At Kansas State and Texas are up next.

9 Iowa Hawkeyes (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 7
Week 4: Iowa 24, Colorado State 14

The win over Iowa State now doesn’t really make much of a dent, and neither does the win over Indiana. Coming up in October – at Maryland, Penn State, Purdue, at Wisconsin. Let’s go.

8 Michigan Wolverines (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 9
Week 4: Michigan 20, Rutgers 13

Beating Washington is going to look better and better as the season goes on, and taking out Western Michigan – who beat Pitt – 47-14, rolling Northern Illinois 63-10, and yeah, even beating Rutgers is all impressive. Now we see what the Wolverines can do against a killer D with the trip to Wisconsin.

Ohio State Buckeyes (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 8
Week 4: Ohio State 59, Akron 7

This is one of the rankings in the top 130 that’s still based on talent and upside. It’s been a rough run, but the Buckeyes are still averaging well over 40 points per game.

6 Penn State Nittany Lions (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 5
Week 4: Penn State 41, Villanova 13

Forget how bad Graham Mertz and the Wisconsin offense might be – winning in Camp Randall is still strong. Handing Auburn a win was good, too, but maybe that was a wee bit overblown. The trip to Iowa is in two weeks.

5 Florida Gators (3-1)

Last Week’s Ranking: 4
Week 4: Florida 38, Tennessee 14

There’s no punishing Florida for losing to Alabama by two. The Gators were within a two-point conversion of sending that into overtime. They have to keep focus on the road against Kentucky and LSU before getting Georgia.

4 Oregon Ducks (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 3
Week 4: Oregon 41, Arizona 19

The win over Arizona wasn’t quite as great as the final score, but the win at Ohio State still gets enough love to earn a top four spot. No beef if you think the Ducks should be 3 because of that. The opening win over Fresno State looks a lot better now, too.

3 Arkansas Razorbacks (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 17
Week 4: Arkansas 20, Texas A&M 10

Yeah, it has to be done. Texas has been an offensive machine, and the Hogs won 40-21. The win over Texas A&M was even better than the final score. The team is looking and playing sharp, and it’s doing everything right.

2 Georgia Bulldogs (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 2
Week 4: Georgia 62, Vanderbilt 0

Clemson might not be Clemson, but it took overtime to lose at NC State and it’s still got a ton of defensive talent – so give Georgia credit for the win. Over the last three games it beat two SEC teams and a UAB squad that will probably win the Conference USA title by a combined score of 158-20.

1 Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 1
Week 4: Alabama 63, Southern Miss 14

Going into Florida and pulling out the win makes this ranking, but a strong case could be made that Georgia has looked stronger overall. However, Bama isn’t playing its sharpest and it’s still fantastic.

CFN 2021 Rankings: Week 4
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 4 Scoreboard, Predictions For Every Game
Week 4 AP Rankings | Coaches Poll Rankings

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