After a modest shakeup last weekend, there was little damage done to the highest-ranked teams in Week 4.
Here’s our best guess at what the Associated Press voters will go with on Sunday (and we’ll make sure to update at the conclusion of Saturday’s late games):
Dropped out: LSU (2-2), Arkansas (3-1)
25. Georgia (3-1)
(Entering week: No. 12) A favorable remaining schedule means Georgia still has a great shot to win the SEC East, but Saturday’s blowout at the hands of Ole Miss was ugly enough to potentially bump the Bulldogs out of the Top 25.
24. Florida (3-1)
(Entering week: No. 19) A 21-0 lead in Knoxville was not enough to keep the Gators’ 11-year winning streak alive. Quarterback Austin Appleby was great in the first half (10 of 16 for 213 yards and 2 touchdowns) but couldn’t provide much of a spark in the second as the defense surrendered 38 consecutive points.
23. Boise State (3-0)
(Entering week: Unranked) Two early season wins over Pac-12 cellar dwellers don’t mean a heck of a lot, but the Broncos are undefeated with a pair of Power-5 wins; not many other programs can say that.
22. Oklahoma (1-2)
(Entering week: No. 25) The Sooners presumably used their bye week to get ahead on packing; they will make trips to TCU, Dallas (for the Red River Shootout) and Texas Tech in the next four weeks.
21. TCU (3-1)
(Entering week: Unranked) The Horned Frogs haven’t passed their latest two tests with flying colors, but fans are more than happy with a combined 74-23 margin after a dramatic Week 2 loss to Arkansas.
20. Michigan State (3-1)
(Entering week: No. 8) Michigan State’s resumé took a serious hit this week. The Spartans got blown out by Wisconsin, while Notre Dame lost at home to Duke.
19. Utah (4-0)
(Entering week: No. 24) Utah appeared doomed before going on a 15-play, 93-yard drive to punch in the game-winning touchdown vs. USC on Friday night.
18. San Diego State (3-0)
(Entering week: No. 22) The bye week allowed running back D.J. Pumphrey (599 yards, 7 touchdowns) to take a breather after carrying the Aztecs to three straight wins.
17. Texas (2-1)
(Entering week: No. 21) The Longhorns were on bye this weekend. Next week begins a tough two-game stretch for Charlie Strong’s team (at Oklahoma State, vs. Oklahoma).
16. Ole Miss (2-2)
(Entering week: No. 23) Sure, the Rebels have two losses, but collapses against elite competition — Florida State and Alabama — feel a lot better after Saturday’s shellacking of Georgia. Few teams have as much firepower as Mississippi.
15. Nebraska (4-0)
(Entering week: No. 20) After a convincing 24-13 road victory at Northwestern, the Huskers have a relatively easy three-game stretch starting next week: vs. Illinois, at Indiana and vs. Purdue.
14. Miami (3-0)
(Entering week: No. 15) The Hurricanes enjoyed a bye week. They will travel to Atlanta next weekend for a matchup against Georgia Tech.
13. Baylor (4-0)
(Entering week: No. 16) Off-field problems be damned; the Bears look like the best team in the Big 12 through four games. Things should only get easier, too. Baylor’s next two games are against Iowa State and Kansas.
12. Florida State (3-1)
(Entering week: No. 13) A back-and-forth affair with South Florida was the perfect stage for running back Dalvin Cook (career-high 267 rushing yards) to reclaim a spot in the Heisman conversation.
11. Tennessee (4-0)
(Entering week: No. 14) The streak is over! We’re not likely to forget Florida’s 11-year run of dominance anytime soon, but the Volunteers offered their own unforgettable chapter with Saturday’s 38-28 win.
10. Washington (3-0)
(Entering week: No. 9) It took overtime, but the Huskies escaped Arizona with a 35-28 victory. Washington will host Stanford next weekend in a battle of Top 10 teams that narrowly survived Week 4.
9. Texas A&M (4-0)
(Entering week: No. 10) Trevor Knight threw (and ran) himself into the Heisman conversation with a huge night against Arkansas. He and the Aggies pulled away late for a 21-point win at the Jerry Dome.
8. Stanford (3-0)
(Entering week: No. 7) Quarterback Ryan Burns tossed a last-minute touchdown pass in a narrow win at UCLA that proved the Cardinal don’t need to rely solely on Christian McCaffrey in crunchtime.
7. Wisconsin (4-0)
(Entering week: No. 11) Few people saw this coming; the Badgers notched a 30-6 victory at Michigan State that might have the doubters believing in Bucky, after all.
6. Houston (4-0)
(Entering week: No. 6) A win over Texas State is nothing special, but Houston took care of business in a 64-3 rout at home.
5. Clemson (4-0)
(Entering week: No. 5) A 26-7 win over Georgia Tech on Thursday wasn’t pretty, but it’s tough to argue with a 19-point conference win on a weeknight. Clemson provided a fitting end to a much-tougher-than-expected September.
4. Michigan (4-0)
(Entering week: No. 4) Michigan ran through its nonconference opponents, and showed no signs of slippage in a 49-10 win over Penn State in its Big Ten opener. It looks more and more as if we’ll get another “Game of the Century” against Ohio State; but looking ahead won’t help the Wolverines during a highly anticipated trip to Wisconsin next weekend.
3. Louisville (4-0)
(Entering week: No. 3) The Lamar Jackson show picked up where it left, as the Heisman frontrunner piled up 7 touchdowns during a 59-28 beatdown at Marshall. The Cardinals are scheduled for a heavyweight showdown with Clemson next weekend.
2. Ohio State (3-0)
(Entering week: No. 2) The Buckeyes had a bye week. Urban Meyer’s team will take on Rutgers at home next weekend.
1. Alabama (4-0)
(Entering week: No. 1) Some key injuries befell the Crimson Tide — including an ugly collision for starting running back Damian Harris — but they picked up a 48-0 win over Kent State in the process.