Every single week can prove to mean so much to the college football landscape as a single victory could be just what a team needs to boost them up the top 25 poll, whereas a loss can slide you down a long way. In a week which featured 4 ranked matchups, among other great games on Saturday, there is bound to be a shakeup within the top 25 poll heading into week 4.

Ole Miss proved to be the biggest difference maker as they took down the 2nd seeded Crimson Tide on the road, for the second consecutive year. That victory for the Rebels saw them slide up just outside the top 5 while ‘Bama went down 8 slots. Even with their backup QB, Notre Dame was able to hold off the ranked Yellow Jackets which boosted them into the top 5.

Take a look below at the rest of my top 25 along with who is on the rise and who is slipping:

1.) Ohio State Buckeyes
2.) Michigan State Spartans
TCU Horned Frogs
4.) Baylor Bears
5.) Notre Dame Fighting Irish
6.) Ole Miss Rebels
7.) Georgia Bulldogs
8.) LSU Tigers
9.) Florida State Seminoles
10.) Alabama Crimson Tide
11.) UCLA Bruins
12.) Clemson Tigers
13.) Texas A&M Aggies
Oregon Ducks
Oklahoma Sooners
Arizona Wildcats
Utah Utes
USC Trojans
Northwestern Wildcats
Missouri Tigers
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Wisconsin Badgers
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Stanford Cardinal
West Virginia Mountaineers


After a career day rushing the football and leading LSU to a romping victory over ranked SEC rival Auburn, Leonard Fournette emerged as the early frontrunner in the Heisman race. Behind the sophomore are fellow SEC RBs, Nick Chubb and Derrick Henry. Chubb looks to break Herschel Walker’s record for most consecutive games with a TD in week 4. Despite the loss to Ole Miss, Henry remains a strong Heisman candidate and was the main source of offense in the loss. Trevone Boykin put up another great statistical day as he led #3 TCU to another victory. Elliott rushed for over 100 yards yet again and remains a strong candidate for the top ranked Buckeyes.

1.) Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
2.) Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
3.) Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
4.) Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU
5.) Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State

DARKHORSE: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

Mayfield continued to make a case for himself as he placed himself in the Heisman conversation after a record-breaking performance where he set a school record with 572 total yards, to go along with 6 TDs. A feat not even former Heisman winner, Sam Bradford had eclipsed. Mayfield has 14 TDs to his credit through only 3 games along with over 1,000 passing yards. If the Texas Tech transfer can keep up this production, he very well could find himself a seat in New York come December.


#23 Oklahoma State @ Texas
It was a pleasant surprise to see the Longhorns storm back against Cal after falling behind by 3 scores heading into the 4th quarter, just to miss an extra point to tie with just over a minute to play. Still, it was great to see some passion from this team. Redshirt freshman, Jerrod Heard broke a school record in his first career start for most total yards in a game with 527, 163 of them coming on the ground. Perhaps this is a sign of things to come for Texas football as they are in desperate need of rejuvenation. What better way to make a statement than in their conference opener against ranked Oklahoma State.

#3 TCU @ Texas Tech
Heisman hopeful, Trevone Boykin and the #3 Horned Frogs have been rolling, although their win against SMU wasn’t as easy as the score would indicate. They face a tough test on the road against the undefeated Red Raiders in a game which shapes up to be a shootout. Patrick Mahomes is making a name for himself under center and leads a high powered passing attack for Texas Tech. The Horned Frogs are on upset watch in week 4.

#11 UCLA @ #16 Arizona
With a USC loss, the winner of this game finds themselves in prime position to take over in the Pac-12 South division. The up and coming freshman, Josh Rosen and Anu Solomon will battle it out in an extremely important conference opener. The Bruins are coming off a hard fought victory against a ranked BYU team.

#17 Utah @ #14 Oregon
Another ranked Pac-12 matchup pits the rising Utes against the established conference power in Oregon. Jeff Lockie made his first career start against Georgia Southern as the Ducks rolled to a 30+ point victory. Oregon and Lockie will face a much tougher matchup in Kyle Whittingham’s hungry squad.

#18 USC @ Arizona State
Yet another juicy Pac-12 matchup. The Trojans are coming off an upset loss to conference rival, Stanford; they look to bounce back against Arizona State who appear in their conference opener. The Sun Devils look for a win against a ranked opponent after falling to Texas A&M in the opening week. Cody Kessler and Mike Bercovici make for a great QB duel.

About The Author Jonathan Valencia

The Editor-in-Chief of Breaking Football, Jonathan has been an amateur NFL Draft evaluator for nearly the past five years. He prides himself on producing extensive, informative content. Follow him on Twitter @JonValenciaBF for fresh draft takes and GIF analysis of draft prospects. Born and raised in the Jersey Shore area, Jonathan now resides in Washington state with his wife.