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2012 College Football Rankings: Week 4 AP and USA Today Polls

The main takeaways from this past weekend’s college football games can be summed up in one sentence: Alabama is better than people thought it would be and USC is worse.

That’s it.

Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide continued their dominating run on Saturday when they destroyed Arkansas 52-0. USC, after a less-than-stellar showing last week against inferior competition, fell to Stanford 21-14 (like, in retrospect, everyone probably should have known they would).

A few other quick notes and observations: Oregon looks strong, but there is a reasonable debate to be had about whether victories over Arkansas State, Fresno State and Tennessee Tech should earn you a top three slot. Florida State is going to get tested this week – if the Seminoles earn a win, they should leapfrop the Ducks. Notre Dame is exponentially better this season, obviously, but a win versus Michigan State isn’t as impressive in reality as it looks on paper. Florida should be a top 10 team. UCLA’s schedule for the next month is embarrassingly easy – a win versus Arizona on Nov. 3 could mean that they’ll head into Nov. 17’s match-up against USC undefeated.

With all that said, here is this week’s top 25:


1. Alabama

2. LSU

3. Oregon

4. Florida State

5. Georgia

6. Oklahoma

7. South Carolina

8. West Virginia

9. Stanford

10. Clemson

11. Notre Dame

12. Texas

13. USC

14. Florida

15. Kansas State

16. Ohio State

17. TCU

18. Michigan

19. UCLA

20. Louisville

21. Michigan State

22. Arizona

23. Mississippi State

24. Boise State

25. Nebraska

USA Today

1. Alabama

2. LSU

3. Oregon

4. Florida State

5. Oklahoma

6. Georgia

7. West Virginia

8. South Carolina

9. Clemson

10. Texas

11. Stanford

12. USC

13. Kansas State

14. Florida

15. Notre Dame

16. TCU

17. Michigan

18. Louisville

19. UCLA

20. Michigan State

21. Arizona

22. Nebraska

23. Mississippi State

24. Wisconsin

25. Oklahoma

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