Lauren Shute: How I voted in the AP Top 25 poll following Week 4
AUBURN, Ala. — Some teams stumbled while several appeared to start figuring things out in the fourth week of the 2017 college football season.
After two weeks of taking Clemson over Alabama for the No. 1 spot, I voted Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma in the top three spots. While I still think Dabo Swinney’s team is the best in the country, Alabama finally put together a statement win that was worthy of the top spot. Clemson finally pulled away from Boston College in the fourth quarter, but its Week 5 meeting at Virginia Tech will be telling.
While Oklahoma didn’t dominate a winless Baylor team, the Sooners still found a way to win while Penn State scraped by Iowa. As I’ve said all along, I’m continuing to vote based off the results instead of my predictions or projections for what might happen in the coming weeks.
There will be an opportunity for several teams to move into the Top 25 in Weeks 5 and 6 as things start to shake out.
As for the team I cover, Auburn got the win it desperately needed. The first few weeks led many to believe that Auburn wouldn’t put up a lot of points against Missouri, but Gus Malzahn’s team changed that thinking.
Here’s the exact breakdown of how I voted in the AP Top 25:
- Penn State
- Ohio State
- Virginia Tech
- Oklahoma State
- Washington State
- South Florida
- West Virginia
- Notre Dame
- San Diego State