2023 College Football Week 4 Winners and Losers
Another week of college football is in the books, with the action continuing to heat up as we enter the portion of the season where inter-conference wins come at a premium. That being said, which teams gained or lost the most ground in the Top 25 of the AP Poll?
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Winners and Losers from Week 4 of the 2023 NCAA Football Season
Winner: Ohio State Buckeyes
In Week 4’s “nice!” battle between No. 6 Ohio State and No. 9 Notre Dame, it was the former that prevailed with a victory by way of a walk-off rushing touchdown in the final play of the game, as the Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish, 17-14. Head coach Ryan Day has kept this Buckeyes program in tip-top shape, as now-No. 4 OSU (up two spots from last week) looks to reclaim its title as the best program not just in the Big Ten, but in all of Division I.
Loser: USC Trojans
Despite staying undefeated through three weeks, USC slipped down three spots to the No. 8 spot in the AP rankings following a respectable win over Arizona State. Part of that tumble can be attributed to the fact that three of their Pac-12 rivals joined them in the Top 10 – the first time in FBS history that four teams in the conference all cracked the Top 10. The Trojans need a resounding win over Deion Sanders and his Buffaloes in Week 5. Lincoln Riley and the boys from SoCal are currently heavy (-23.5) road favorites against a Colorado team that was just bumped out of the Top 25 following a humiliating blowout loss to now-No. 9 Oregon.
Winner: Washington State Cougars
The Pac-12 continues to build its case as the strongest conference among the Power Five, as even the Washington State Cougars are rising fast. WSU climbed up five spots and is currently ranked 16th in the nation after beating Oregon State and bumping the Beavers down to No. 19 in the rankings. The SEC reclaimed the lead with seven teams in the AP Top 25, but the Pac-12 is giving the SEC a run for its money with six teams in the mix, with the likes of Arizona, Colorado, and UCLA also having good shots at making it back to the Top 25 rankings.
Loser: Ole Miss Rebels
Speaking of the SEC, Ole Miss is suddenly in danger of falling out of the Top 25 themselves after the 24-10 loss at the hands of Alabama. The Rebels averaged a whopping 52.6 points scored through the first three weeks until they faced the Tide in another humbling loss to the conference’s top rival. They’ll need this offense to regain its power in Week 4’s showdown against No 13. LSU. The Tigers’ offense has come alive averaging 49 points per contest over their three-game win streak to date, making Ole Miss a (+2.5) home dog that the school’s legendary QB, Eli Manning, should criticize during his show on the NFL Network.
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