No, we didn’t see many big-time upsets in Week 4 of the college football season but there were plenty of matchups that led to lots of moving in this weeks’ poll. Our beloved Canes have no votes, and rightfully so, after winning reeeeal ugly against CMU. But there’s still plenty non-Miami headlines abound in Week 5.
ACC-wise, Clemson remains at no. 1 following a 52-10 dismantling of UNC-Charlotte. Yawn. UVA moved up three more spots after an ugly win of their own; 28-17 over an Old Dominion team that nearly upset Virginia Tech the week before. Still, they went from 21 to 18, mostly because of several mid-ranked teams above them losing badly. No other ACC teams were ranked, although Pittsburgh somehow only saw six(!) votes after upsetting the “defending national champion” no. 15 UCF Knights. Before Pittsburgh shocked them, the Knights had won 27 straight games; no small feat, even when playing in Conference-USA.
Elsewhere in the college football universe, Michigan and Utah saw their playoff hopes get trampled after two brutal losses. The perpetually overrated Wolverines lost 35-14 to Wisconsin; the Badgers moved from 13 to 8 while UM dropped to 20 from 11. Ouch. No. 10 Utah fell to 19 after proving they still can’t beat USC in Pasadena. Texas A&M dropped another six spots after their second straight loss, this time to now 7th ranked Auburn. California took advantage of other teams’ failures with an eight spot leap from 23 to 15. The Golden Bears defeated Ole Miss, 28-20, in Oxford to earn their fourth straight win to start the year. Notre Dame, ranked 7th to start the week, only dropped three spots to 10th after a kinda-close loss to the no. 4 Georgia Bulldogs. The entire top four remains the same; Clemson, Bama, Georgia, LSU.