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Our college football power rankings consider team records, projected finishes, injuries, and betting appeal.

The Pac-12 is on the rise and Florida State is newly ranked in our updated college football power rankings. This week, we also highlight one player from every top 25 team who is off to a strong statistical start.

There may not have been any monumental upsets in Week 3, but there were still a whole lot of surprising outcomes. For starters, few could’ve predicted that Arkansas would have the closest game of any AP Top 10 team given that the Razorbacks were playing FCS-level Missouri State! 

In addition to the Hogs having to rally from down 17 against former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, several matchups featuring ranked teams that were expected to be close wound up being largely one-sided. Oregon pummeled BYU, Washington took it to Michigan State and Penn State steamrolled Auburn. Thus, while most of the top spots in the Week 4 college football power rankings held steady, there was plenty of shuffling further down in the SBR Top 25.

Here are our updated college football power rankings for Week 4.

Updated College Football Top 25

  • Newly Ranked: Florida State
  • Dropped Out: Florida
  • First Five Out: Wisconsin, Oregon State, Wake Forest, LSU, Washington

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College Football Power Rankings: Week 4

25) Mississippi State (⬇8)

Player Spotlight: Will Rogers, QB

Will Rogers ranks fourth among all FBS quarterbacks with 140 pass attempts. Anyone who is familiar with Mississippi State coach Mike Leach and his Air Raid offense shouldn’t be surprised by this volume. What has separated Rogers thus far is his ability to convert on those attempts. The Bulldogs’ signal-caller ranks ninth in total passing yards with 977. His completion percentage of 72.1 ranks second among QBs with at least 100 pass attempts.

24) Florida State (NR)

Player Spotlight: Treshaun Ward, RB

Through three games, Florida State’s top running back, Treshaun Ward, has totaled 302 yards on 40 carries. His yards per carry average of 7.6 ranks third among players with at least 40 rushing attempts on the season. The fact that he has accumulated these stats despite one of FSU’s games coming against a nasty LSU defensive front makes it all the more impressive.

23) Oklahoma State (-)

Player Spotlight: Spencer Sanders, QB

With seven starters departing from what was an experienced and nasty Oklahoma State defense a year ago, it was clear that QB Spencer Sanders and the offense would need to step up. Through three games, the Cowboys have done just that, and Sanders has been at the forefront of it all. The junior signal-caller has a superb TD:INT ratio of 10:1 and his 178.0 passer rating ranks 15th in all of FBS.

22) Pittsburgh (⬇1)

Player Spotlight: Erick Hallett, S

For the third year in a row, senior safety Erick Hallett has recorded multiple interceptions. Hallett came away with a pair of interceptions in Pittsburgh’s win over Western Michigan this past weekend. As the anchor of a Panthers defense that considers itself to be among the best in the country, Hallett has also accumulated nine solo tackles and two fumble recoveries. Given Pitt’s injury concerns at quarterback, Hallett and the defense will need to continue their strong play into the ACC portion of the schedule.

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21) Minnesota (⬆3)

Player Spotlight: Mohamed Ibrahim, RB

After having his 2021 season ended in the very first game by a ruptured Achilles tendon, Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim is back and better than ever. His 464 rushing yards are tied for second in all of FBS. The senior has fewer carries than both Illinois’ Chase Brown and Nebraska’s Anthony Grant, the two players accompanying him atop the list.

20) Kentucky (⬆2)

Player Spotlight: Will Levis, QB

With the heart of Kentucky’s SEC schedule looming, the play of the offensive line might be the biggest concern for Mark Stoops and his coaching staff. Despite being sacked 11 times on the season to date, Will Levis ranks 22nd with 882 passing yards and is just outside the top 30 in passer rating.

19) BYU (⬇6)

Player Spotlight: Jaren Hall, QB

For as ugly as things got this past Saturday for BYU, veteran quarterback Jaren Hall still amassed over 300 passing yards in the game. The fact that Hall has maintained a top-30 ranking in both passing yards (827) and completion percentage (68.8) is remarkable given that each of his top two wideouts has missed two of three games due to injuries. Assuming Gunner Romney and Puka Nacua return sooner than later, the Cougars’ offense should be primed to improve.

18) Texas (⬆2)

Player Spotlight: Bijan Robinson, RB

Coming into the 2022 college football season, Texas running back Bijan Robinson was a player that many bettors considered in the Heisman Trophy futures market. After being largely held in check against Alabama the junior back dominated against UTSA in Week 3. Robinson totaled 183 rushing yards on 20 attempts, good for an average of 9.2 yards per carry.

17) Baylor (⬇2)

Player Spotlight: Matt Jones, LB

Sophomore linebacker Matt Jones has been the standout player on a Baylor defense that is once again a force to be reckoned with. Through three games, of which two were lopsided blowouts over mid-major programs that featured extended second-half garbage time, Jones’ 17 total tackles are tied for 15th among Big 12 players. He also has nine solo tackles and 1.5 sacks to his name.

16) Miami (⬇4)

Player Spotlight: James Williams, S

Miami may have lost its Top 25 showdown against Texas A&M this past weekend, but the defense certainly gave a spirited effort in defeat. One of the top contributors was sophomore safety, James Williams. Against A&M, the Fort Lauderdale native accounted for seven total tackles (six solo) and defended two passes. Williams actually leads the Hurricanes’ defense with 15 total tackles on the season. He also tallied an interception back in Week 1.

15) Ole Miss (⬆4)

Player Spotlight: Zach Evans, RB

Head coach Lane Kiffin may not be entirely settled on a starting QB just yet, but with the way the Ole Miss ground game has been rolling, who even cares? Junior tailback Zach Evans ranks 18th in all of FBS with 317 rushing yards through the first three weeks. He has a pair of 100-yard games to his name, including a 134-yard, two-touchdown effort against Georgia Tech last weekend. Not to be outdone, Quinshon Judkins has 289 yards of his own for the Rebels’ top-five rushing offense.

14) USC (⬆4)

Player Spotlight: Jordan Addison, WR

There is no shortage of shiny toys for Lincoln Riley to play with in his first year at USC. Wideout Jordan Addison was among the plethora of transfers who bolted for Southern California this offseason. After posting 100 receptions and over 1,500 receiving yards last year at Pittsburgh, Addison is off to a hot start as a Trojan. He has caught at least one touchdown pass in every game and is tied for second among all FBS players with five TD receptions. Addison’s 295 receiving yards on 18 receptions rank 24th in the country.

13) NC State (⬆1)

Player Spotlight: C.J. Clark, DT

Despite playing in only two of NC State’s three games to date, nose tackle C.J. Clark has made quite an impact. The 300-pound sophomore recorded a pair of sacks and two solo tackles this past weekend against Texas Tech. Clark also had two tackles in a Week 1 nailbiter against East Carolina. One of 10 returning starters on defense for Dave Doeren, Clark has had a big hand in helping the Wolfpack get out to a 3-0 start.

12) Oregon (⬆4)

Player Spotlight: Troy Franklin, WR

Oregon receiver Troy Franklin totaled 209 yards on 18 receptions as a freshman last season. Through just three games of the 2022 campaign, he already is within three catches and seven yards of last year’s final statistics. Franklin went off in the Ducks’ Week 2 rout of Eastern Washington with 84 yards on 10 receptions. Although he caught only three balls against BYU last weekend, Franklin once again tallied 84 yards. He is clearly a top target for transfer QB, Bo Nix. Franklin’s 15 receptions to date are six more than any other Oregon player.

11) Utah (-)

Player Spotlight: Cole Bishop, S

Considering that Utah football has allowed a grand total of 14 points in its last two games, it's only fitting that a defensive player gets the spotlight in our Week 4 college football power rankings. After tallying nine tackles in the Utes’ blowout win over San Diego State, safety Cole Bishop gets the nod. Many were concerned as to how Utah’s defense would bounce back in 2022 after losing superstar linebacker Devin Lloyd to the NFL. Bishop has been a key cog thus far with 24 total tackles and one pass defended on the season.

10) Arkansas (⬇2)

Player Spotlight: Raheim Sanders, RB

Sophomore running back Raheim Sanders has been nothing short of spectacular for Arkansas through the season’s first three weeks. Sanders has surpassed 100 yards rushing in each of the Razorbacks’ first three games. His 440 total yards rank fourth among all FBS backs. Among players with at least 50 rushing attempts, Sanders ranks fourth in yards per carry at 6.7. To top it all off, the burly back also has 117 yards and a touchdown as a receiver.

9) Texas A&M (⬆1)

Player Spotlight: Ainias Smith, WR

Clearly, Texas A&M has some kinks to work out offensively. Even a quarterback change from Haynes King to transfer Max Johnson failed to produce a massive uptick in production this past Saturday against Miami. Despite the struggles of the unit as a whole, receiver Ainias Smith continues to impress. After a six-catch, 164-yard outburst in the season-opener, Smith has hauled in four catches in each of the last two weeks. His yardage total was minimal against Appalachian State, but the senior bounced back with 74 yards against The U.

8) Clemson (⬇2)

Player Spotlight: Will Shipley, RB

Although Will Shipley is part of a rotating committee in Clemson’s backfield, he has certainly made the most of his touches. Despite having only 32 carries, Shipley ranks in the top 50 in the FBS in rushing yards (249) on 7.8 yards per attempt. Shipley is coming off of his best game by far as he turned a dozen carries into 139 yards and two scores against Louisiana Tech. Speaking of touchdowns, Shipley has scored two in every game so far this season.

7) Penn State (⬆2)

Player Spotlight: Sean Clifford, QB

Freshman running back Nicholas Singleton has been stellar the last two weeks, but quarterback Sean Clifford deserves some love for his role in Penn State’s 3-0 start. After throwing what looked to be a back-breaking interception in the season-opener against Purdue, Clifford was given a second chance and made the most of it. Clifford has completed over 70% of his passes in subsequent lopsided wins over Ohio and Auburn.

6) Tennessee (⬆1)

Player Spotlight: Hendon Hooker, QB

Given the speed at which Josh Heupel’s offense likes to operate, many felt that senior quarterback Hendon Hooker could be primed for a massive statistical season. Through three games, the Virginia Tech transfer ranks 27th in the country in passing yardage (844), 25th in completion percentage (69.4), 16th in passer rating (176.1) and has a 6:0 TD:INT ratio.

5) Oklahoma (-)

Player Spotlight: Marvin Mims, WR

What a start to the Brent Venables era at Oklahoma. Any number of Sooners players were worthy of featuring in our college football power rankings, but wideout Marvin Mims gets the nod. The Frisco native has emerged as a favorite target for transfer QB Dillon Gabriel. Mims has turned 14 catches into 310 yards which ranks 16th among all FBS pass-catchers. His performance against Kent State in Week 2 was particularly memorable. The 5-foot-11 speedster torched the Golden Flashes for 163 yards and a pair of scores.

4) Michigan (-)

Player Spotlight: Blake Corum, RB

Could Blake Corum possibly make good on his preseason Heisman Trophy odds of 100-1? Well, being tied for the FBS lead with seven rushing touchdowns through three weeks certainly isn’t a bad start. Michigan hasn’t needed to feature Corum all that heavily thus far thanks to playing three overmatched opponents. That hasn’t stopped the junior from turning 34 carries into 235 yards (6.9 yards per carry). This past Saturday against UConn, Corum reached paydirt five times.

3) Ohio State (-)

Player Spotlight: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR

After a memorable coming-out party in the Rose Bowl last year, Marvin Harrison Jr. has continued to live up to his namesake through three games. Harrison ranks sixth among all FBS pass-catchers with 342 yards receiving. He is also tied with seven other players for the second-most receiving touchdowns at five. The sophomore totaled 56 yards on five catches in Ohio State’s opener against Notre Dame before obliterating mid-major opposition the last two weeks. The C.J. Stroud-to-Harrison connection will be fun to watch against Big Ten competition.

2) Georgia (-)

Player Spotlight: Stetson Bennett IV, QB

First, Stetson Bennett IV went from being a walk-on to a national championship-winning quarterback. As his encore, the Georgia signal-caller is now doing things that haven’t been done since Patrick Mahomes was playing college ball at Texas Tech. Bennett became the first QB since Mahomes in 2016 to throw for 250-plus yards and score a rushing touchdown in each of the first three games to begin a season. For those who wish to dismiss that as a silly stat line, it should also be noted that Bennett ranks seventh in completion percentage (73.9) and 11th in both total yards (952) and passer rating (183.5).

1) Alabama (-)

Player Spotlight: Will Anderson Jr., LB

On the surface, Will Anderson Jr.’s numbers through three games might not appear worthy of being featured in our Week 4 college football power rankings. He has but a pair of sacks and 15 total tackles (seven solo). The thing is, Anderson has achieved these numbers despite being double-teamed seemingly on every other play. Another factor working against Anderson in the early going has been playing time. Alabama has not needed to play its top unit for large chunks in blowout wins over Utah State and Louisiana-Monroe. Even so, Anderson still managed to return an interception for a touchdown against ULM this past Saturday.

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