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2014 Fierce 40: Week 4

by DJ Boyer on Sep. 22, 2014

 

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - 2014 Week 3

Ranking

Team

W-L

Result

Previous

1

Oregon

4-0

W: Washington State 38-31

1

Mariota is still the Heisman front runner but the offensive line may have been exposed as the Ducks' weak link.

2

Oklahoma

4-0

W: West Virginia 45-33

3

Defense is coming up with just enough plays to be effective.

3

Florida State

3-0

W: #28 Clemson 23-17 OT

2

Florida State didn't win that game as much as Clemson lost it.

4

Alabama

4-0

W: #33 Florida 42-21

4

When this game was tied at 21-21, you just knew Alabama was going to turn it up to another level.

5

Auburn

3-0

W: #18 Kansas State

5

That was a solid win against Kansas State, but it was hardly convincing.

6

Michigan State

2-1

W: Eastern Michigan 73-14

9

 73 points on 60 rushes - old fashioned Big Ten football.

7

Texas A&M

4-0

W: SMU 58-6

10

55.3 PPG good for second overall in the nation.

8

Stanford

2-1

Idle

7

Back to back road games against now ranked teams, with Washington and Notre Dame.

9

Baylor

3-0

Idle

8

Must be sure to not look past Iowa State while getting ready for the Longhorns.

10

South Carolina

3-1

W: Vanderbilt 48-34

11

Good to see Mike Davis healthy as he and the team readies itself for tough SEC play.

11

Georgia

2-1

W: Troy 66-0

13

Georgia needed an easy contest after a brutal start to begin the season, with two very tough games.

12

Ohio State

2-1

Idle

12

Big Ten is still wide open if Nebraska falters.

13

UCLA

3-0

Idle

14

Game at Arizona State could be the marquee game of the week.

14

Ole Miss

3-0

Idle

15

Game with Memphis before Alabama comes to town.

15

Nebraska

4-0

W: #38 Miami 41-31

17

Ameer Abdullah has established himself as Marcus Mariota's main Heisman competition.

16

Mississippi State

4-0

W: #6 LSU 34-29

25

We have been talking the Bulldogs up all year, and they proved it was more than just talk by beating LSU.

17

Notre Dame

3-0

W: Fresno State 55-19

16

The Fighting Irish get Syracuse, a team they will see more of moving to the ACC.

18

LSU

3-1

Idle

6

Loss against Mississippi State is an early season wake up call.

19

Duke

4-0

W: Tulane 47-13

20

A quiet 4-0 after winning the ACC last year.

20

Kansas State

2-1

L: #5 Auburn 14-20

18

Kansas State showed they are a legitimate team and stood toe-to-toe with Auburn.

21

Arizona State

3-0

Idle

21

Game with UCLA could set the tone for the PAC-12 South

22

BYU

4-0

W: Virginia 41-33

22

Did not get rattled after Virginia came out of the gate hot.

23

Wisconsin

2-1

W: Bowling Green 68-17

24

644 yards and 8 touchdowns rushing....in 1 game.

24

USC

2-1

Idle

23

Not a good time for a bye week, after the loss to Boston College. You can bet the Trojans wanted to get that losing taste out of their mouth.

25

East Carolina

3-1

W: North Carolina 70-41

26

Again, Shane Carden, a legitimate NFL prospect.

26

Washington

4-0

W: Georgia State 45-14

27

Team starting to settle down now under the new coaching staff.

27

Oregon State

3-0

W: San Diego State 28-7

29

The defense is playing better than expected and is why the Beavers are still undefeated.

28

Oklahoma State

2-1

Idle

30

Oklahoma State has to worry about starting games strong.

29

Iowa

3-1

W: #32 Pittsburgh 24-20

35

Big win after the Hawkeyes lackluster start to the year.

30

Louisville

3-1

W: Florida International 34-3

36

Wide receiver James Quick is starting to look like a big time prospect.

31

Boston College

3-1

W: Maine 40-10

40

Their 1 loss was in conference so they have some catching up to do.

32

Clemson

1-2

L: #2 Florida State 17-23 OT

33

I would not want to be in the Clemson film room re-watching this game....what could have been.

33

Utah

3-0

W: #34 Michigan 26-10

NR

I thought Utah would win this game but they made it look easier than expected.

34

Georgia Tech

4-0

W: #19 Virginia Tech 27-24

NR

The mobility of Justin Thomas caused constant problems for Virginia Tech.

35

Florida

2-1

L: #4 Alabama 21-42

33

Kept it close...for 2.5 quarters.

36

Arizona

4-0

W: California 49-45

37

A hail Mary to win it...Lady Luck seems to be wearing an Arizona jersey for now.

37

Virginia Tech

2-2

L: Georgia Tech 24-27

19

We usually don't see Virginia Tech struggle defending mobile quarterbacks.

38

Missouri

3-1

L: Indiana 27-31

31

Some inopportune penalties sealed the Tigers fate in this one.

39

Pittsburgh

3-1

L: #35 Iowa 20-24

32

Pitt had some chances late and couldn't convert.

40

Marshall

4-0

W: Akron 48-17

NR

Quarterback Rakeem Cato has a nice supporting cast around him.

Dropped Out: Michigan, Miami (Fla.)Northern Illinois