Updated: Oct 3, 2021
Welcome back! As you look to flush the Sunday Scaries from your system, check out my Top 25 following Week 4 of the 2021 College Football Season.
Basel's Top 25
Georgia (4-0): Dear AP Pollsters and USA Today Coaches; I am BEGGING you to give Georgia some more first place votes this week. This team has undoubtedly the best defense in the country, shutting out Vanderbilt with 4 takeaways, as well one of the deepest offenses. Nine Bulldogs rushed against the Commodores for a combined 241 yards.
Alabama (4-0): While Georgia has depth, Bama has concentrated power in Heisman-hopeful QB Bryce Young. Against Southern Miss, Young threw for 313 yards and 5 TDs.
Oregon (4-0): Arizona looked like a decent Week 4 spoiler for the first three quarters against Oregon, but a 17-point rally in the fourth quarter ensured the Ducks' spot in the Top 3.
Oklahoma (4-0): Speaking of Heisman candidates, Oklahoma Spencer Rattler has been on a tear so far for the Sooners. This week, Rattler passed 4000 career passing yards with 256 against West Virginia.
Iowa (4-0): With this win against Colorado State, the Hawkeyes set themselves up with some pretty decent cushion before heading into the Big Ten-heavy portion of their schedule.
Penn State (4-0): In terms of the Hawkeyes' scariest opponent, it's no doubt Penn State, who took down Villanova 38-17 this week. The upcoming PSU-Iowa game could very well be a Big 10 Championship preview.
Ohio State(3-1): While the loss to Oregon stills looms over the Buckeyes playoff resume, their blowout win over Akron shows that they could still make a push for that coveted fourth seed.
Cincinnati(3-0): No action for the Bearcats this week, but their upcoming match against Notre Dame will be crucial if they want to stay in the Top 10.
Notre Dame (4-0): Finally, Notre Dame! I've been saying that Notre Dame is starving for a statement win, and they got it as QB Jack Coan threw for 158 yards and a TD against his former school, Wisconsin.
Florida (3-1): Florida finds themselves in a classic SEC Predicament; being a solid football team in the same conference as Bama and Georgia. That being said, their win against Tennessee, as well as a close loss to the Tide, prove that the Gators can challenge for a top tier bowl game spot this winter.
Arkansas (4-0): Somebody git that hog! Arkansas continues their breakout season with a huge upset win over Texas A&M.
Ole Miss (3-0): Ole Miss rested this week ahead of their matchup with Bama.
Texas A&M (3-1): If any Aggies fans out there are desperate for a positive takeaway from yesterday's game, it's that Isaiah Spiller looked as good as ever. The Junior running back notched 12 carries for 95 yards against the Razorbacks.
BYU (4-0): Their schedule isn't really CFP-Caliber, but when looking at their remaining games, I wouldn't be too surprised if the Wildcats ended up winning out in 2021.
Coastal Carolina (4-0): Another day at the office for Grayson McCall and the Chanticleers. The sophomore QB threw for 1 TD as the Chants' routed UMass 53-3.
Michigan (4-0): The Big Ten is making their case for the best conference in football this year, and Michigan is as tough a contender as any of the other top dogs as they notch their fourth win of the season.
Fresno State (4-1): How 'bout them...other Dawgs? Fresno State is on the fast track to the Mountain West title, and their first bowl game appearance since 2018.
UCLA (3-1): UCLA bounced back from last week's loss well, taking down in-state rival Stanford. The Bruins defense forced 3-and-outs on Stanford's first five drives, but couldn't maintain their poise down the stretch.
Michigan State (4-0): Week 4 was almost a nightmare for Michigan State, but they were able to kick the game winning field goal against Nebraska. While playing it this close would usually not look good for the pollsters, the Huskers are a way better team than their record shows.
Auburn (3-1): Despite a rough first half, Auburn's defense was able to pull it together in the second half to shut out Georgia State for the final 30 minutes.
NC State (3-1): Anyone who has ragged on ACC Football over the last few years need only to look at NC State's win against Clemson. Will the conference have a team in the playoff this year? Probably not, but their own championship will be wide open in 2021.
Oklahoma State (4-0): Spencer Sanders and the Cowboys looked solid in the first half against Kansas State, but they can't get another shutout second half if they want to stay afloat in the Big 12.
Baylor (4-0): A win against Iowa State cements the Bears as a legit contender in the Big 12. Their game against Oklahoma State this week may now be the most important of the year.
Maryland (4-0): Could Taulia Tagovailoa be cooking up something special with the Terps? We'll see in conference play.
Clemson (2-2): Clemson's ranked streak is holding on by a single thread, and their loss to NC State could be the beginning of a very unfortunate spiral for Dabo's Tigers.
See you next week!