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1. Alabama (3-0): The Crimson Tide rolled to a shockingly easy win at Arkansas, 52-0. The Razorbacks, without All-SEC quarterback Tyler Wilson, turned the ball over five times. Eddie Lacy ran for three touchdowns and Alabama won its 21st consecutive SEC opener. Trending: No. 1 last week. Week 4: vs. Florida Atlantic (1-2), Saturday, 5 p.m.
2. LSU (3-0): Ronald Martin and Lavar Edwards each ran back an interception for a touchdown and the Tigers won their FBS-record 40th straight non-conference regular-season game by pulling away from winless Idaho, 63-14. LSU also set a new Tiger Stadium record with its 20th straight win there. Trending: No. 3 last week. Week 4: at Auburn (1-2), Saturday, 7 p.m.
3. Oregon (3-0): Marcus Mariota threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns before the starters left early in a 63-14 drubbing of FCS Tennessee Tech. De’Anthony Thomas racked up 222 all-purpose yards on just 10 touches with two scores, a 59-yard run and a 16-yard reception. Trending: No. 4 last week. Week 4: vs. No. 21 Arizona (3-0), Saturday, 10:30 p.m.
4 Oklahoma (2-0): The Sooners had an off week to prepare for this week’s Big 12 showdown with undefeated Kansas State. Damien Williams has averaged 13.5 yards per carry in opening wins over UTEP and Florida A&M. Trending: No. 5 last week. Week 4: vs. No. 15 Kansas State (3-0), Saturday, 7:50 p.m.
5. Georgia (3-0): Andy Murray threw for a career-high 342 yards and accounted for four touchdowns–two passing and two running–to lead the Bulldogs back from a slow start for a 56-20 win over Florida Atlantic. Georgia played without Jarvis Jones and two other defensive starters and struggled to slow the Owls early on. Trending: No. 6 last week. Week 4: vs. Vanderbilt (1-2), Saturday, 7:45 p.m.
6. Florida State (3-0): Chris Thompson ran for 197 yards on nine carries and scored on successive first-half runs of 74 and 80 yards as the Seminoles opened a 38-0 halftime lead en route to a 52-0 demolition of previously unbeaten Wake Forest. Florida State held the Demon Deacons to 126 yards. Trending: No. 7 last week. Week 4: vs. No. 12 Clemson (3-0), Saturday, 8 p.m.
7. South Carolina (3-0): The Gamecocks rolled up 501 yards and scored 35 points after quarterback Connor Shaw left late in the first half after taking a hit to the same throwing shoulder he injured in the season opener at Vanderbilt and South Carolina blew out UAB 49-6. With the win, Steve Spurrier became the fourth active Division I coach to reach 200 career victories in a career that includes stops at Duke and Florida. Trending: No. 8 last week. Week 4: vs. Missouri (2-1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
8. Stanford (3-0): Josh Nunes threw a go-ahead 37-yard touchdown pass to Zack Ertz and Stepfan Taylor ran for 153 yards and two scores as the Cardinal upset USC 21-14, its fourth straight win against the Trojans. Stanford held USC scoreless over the final 41:19 of the game and improved to 3-0 for the third straight season, the first time the Cardinal has turned that trick since 1970-72. Trending: No. 16 last week. Week 4: Idle.
9. Texas (3-0): David Ash threw for a career-high 326 yards and four touchdowns and the Longhorns gained 676 yards to dominate Ole Miss, 66-31. Marquise Goodwin accounted for 182 yards and two touchdowns while Ash had touchdown tosses of 46 and 55 yards and was 19-for-23 passing. Mike Davis caught five passes for 124 yards and a score. Trending: No. 13 last week. Week 4: Idle.
10. West Virginia (2-0): Geno Smith threw five more touchdown passes and the Mountaineers pounded FCS James Madison 42-12 in a game played at the home of the Washington Redskins. The game in Landover, Md., serves to help West Virginia maintain a presence on the East Coast after moving to the Big 12 Conference this year. Smith was 34-for-39 for 411 yards, enough to pass Marc Bulger atop the school’s career passing yardage list with 8,191. Trending: No. 10 last week. Week 4: vs. Maryland (2-1), Saturday, noon.
11. Notre Dame (3-0): Everett Golson threw for a touchdown and ran for another in the first half and Manti Te’o made 12 tackles as the Fighting Irish smothered Michigan State 20-3 to improve to 3-0 for the first time in a decade. Te’o, made one tackle for loss and also broke up two passes just days after the deaths of his girlfriend from leukemia and his grandmother. Notre Dame snapped a six-game losing streak to ranked opponents with the win. Trending: No. 19 last week. Week 4: vs. No. 18 Michigan (2-1), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
12. Clemson (3-0): Sammy Watkins returned from suspension with a 58-yard scoring run and added four receptions for 52 yards as the Tigers outclassed FCS Furman 41-7. Tajh Boyd threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns and Andre Ellington ran for two touchdowns for the second straight game. Trending: No. 14 last week. Week 4: at No. 6 Florida State (3-0), Saturday, 8 p.m.
13. USC (2-1): Matt Barkley’s Heisman Trophy chances took a hit after he was 20-for-41 for 254 yards and threw two interceptions and the Trojans’ national title hopes were also damaged after losing for the fourth straight year to Stanford, 21-14. It is the first time USC has ever lost four in a row to the Cardinal in a rivalry that dates to 1905. The Trojans were outgained 417-280 and were held to just 26 yards rushing. Trending: No. 2 last week. Week 4: vs. California (1-2), Saturday, 6 p.m.
14. Florida (3-0): The Gators came from behind again, scoring the final 24 points of the game to win their eighth straight against Tennessee, 37-20. It was Florida’s second straight comeback win on the road after a Week 2 win at Texas A&M. Jeff Driskel threw two touchdown passes and Trey Burton ran for a pair for the Gators. Trending: No. 18 last week. Week 4: vs. Kentucky (1-2), Saturday, 12:21 p.m.
15. Kansas State (3-0): Collin Klein threw for 230 yards and accounted for three touchdowns and Tyler Lockett returned a kickoff 96 yards for a score as the Wildcats hung on to avoid an embarrassing loss to North Texas heading into this week’s Big 12 showdown at Oklahoma, winning 35-21. Tramaine Thompson hauled in two touchdown passes, including a third-period score that kept Kansas State on top after the Mean Green had pulled to within 14-13. Trending: No. 11 last week. Week 4: at No. 4 Oklahoma (2-0), Saturday, 7:50 p.m.
16. Ohio State (3-0): Braxton Miller connected with Devin Smith for a 72-yard touchdown pass with 3:26 remaining and Christian Bryant ended California’s last possession with an interception as the Buckeyes escaped an upset with a 35-28 win. The Golden Bears missed three field goals and had a touchdown wiped off the board because of a penalty while rolling up 512 yards on Ohio State. Miller threw for 249 yards and a career-best four touchdown passes and also had a 55-yard scoring run. Trending: No. 12 last week. Week 4: vs. UAB (0-2), Saturday, noon.
17. TCU (2-0): Sixteen years after being cast adrift when four members of the old Southwest Conference defected to merge with the Big Eight, the Horned Frogs rejoined Texas, Texas Tech and Baylor in the Big 12 Conference this season and opened play in their new league with a 20-6 win at Kansas. The opening came about when Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC for this season. Casey Paschal threw for 335 yards and hooked up twice with Brandon Carter for touchdowns as TCU shook off four turnovers to get the win. Trending: No. 17 last week. Week 4: vs. Virginia (2-1), Saturday, noon.
18. Michigan (2-1): Denard Robinson put up 397 yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns in limited duty as the Wolverines routed Massachusetts, in its first year in the FBS, 63-13. Robinson came out of the game late in the third quarter with Michigan leading 56-13 and rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown while also completing 16-of-24 passes for 291 yards and three scores. Trending: No. 20 last week. Week 4: at No. 11 Notre Dame (3-0), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
19. Michigan State (2-1): The Spartans had a 15-game winning streak at Spartan Stadium snapped by Notre Dame, 20-3. Michigan State had its worst offensive game at home since a 20-3 loss to Central Michigan in 1991. Andrew Maxwell was 23-for-45 for 187 yards for the Spartans. He was sacked four times, the first sack allowed by Michigan State all season. Le’Veon Bell ran 19 times for 77 yards. Trending: No. 9 last week. Week 4: vs. Eastern Michigan (0-3). Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
20. Oklahoma State (2-1): Backup quarterback J.W. Walsh threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns after Wes Lunt went down with an injured knee on the sixth play of the game and the Cowboys blew out Louisiana-Lafayette 65-24. Walsh also ran 73 yards for a touchdown and helped Oklahoma State’s offense not miss a beat without Lunt. The Cowboys scored on their first eight possessions to take a 44-0 halftime lead and set a school record with 742 yards of total offense. Trending: No. 17 last week. Week 4: Idle.
21. Arizona (3-0): The Wildcats avoided a letdown in a potential trap game, pummeling South Carolina State 56-0. Arizona was coming off an upset win over Oklahoma State in Week 2 and heads to Oregon for an early Pac-12 showdown this week. The Wildcats led 28-0 at halftime and rolled up a school-record 43 first downs. Matt Scott was 30-for-36 for 288 yards and three touchdowns and he also ran for a 10-yard score. Trending: Unranked last week. Week 4: at No. 3 Oregon (3-0), Saturday, 10:30 p.m.
22. UCLA (3-0): After putting up 85 points and 1,299 yards in their first two games, the Bruins flexed their defensive muscle in a 37-6 pasting of high-scoring Houston. Brett Hundley threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns and the only points UCLA surrendered came on an 86-yard run by Cougar running back David PIland with 4:54 remaining. Sheldon Price tied a school record for the Bruins with three interceptions. Trending: No. 24 last week. Week 4: vs. Oregon State (1-0), Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
23. Nebraska (2-1): The Cornhuskers overcame the loss of coach Bo Pelini, who was taken to a hospital by ambulance at halftime, to beat Arkansas State 42-13. Pelini was released later Saturday and released a statement that said he underwent precautionary tests that “checked out just fine.” Taylor Martinez threw two touchdown passes to Kenny Bell and Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 167 yards and two scores subbing for injured Rex Burkhead. Trending: Unranked last week. Week 4: vs. Idaho State (1-1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
24. Louisville (3-0): Andrew Johnson deflected a fourth-down pass in the end zone with 1:53 left and the Cardinals survived a furious comeback by North Carolina to post a 39-34 win. Louisville, behind quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who was 23-for-28 for 279 yards and three first-half touchdowns, scored on its first six possessions to take a 36-7 halftime lead. Tar Heel quarterback Bryn Renner threw four second-half touchdowns to lead North Carolina’s comeback bid. Trending: No. 21 last week. Week 4: at Florida International (1-2), Saturday, 7 p.m.
25. Virginia Tech (2-1): Logan Thomas completed just 14-of-31 passes for 265 yards and a touchdown against three interceptions and the Hokies were stunned by winless Pittsburgh, 35-17. The Panthers had opened the season with ugly losses to FCS Youngstown State and Cincinnati but held Virginia Tech to just 59 yards rushing and stopped two fourth-down attempts in the second half to thwart the Hokies. Trending: No. 15 last week. Week 4: vs. Bowling Green (1-2), Saturday, noon.
Out of the rankings: Baylor (No. 22 last week), Tennessee (No. 25 last week).
Also receiving votes: Baylor, Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Ohio, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Iowa State, Boise State.