Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
SB Nation's college football rankings are live for Week 4, and Alabama has a death grip on the BlogPoll Top 25. The Crimson Tide received 89 of 90 first-place votes.
The only other team to receive a vote? The Stanford Cardinal.
Stanford has played three teams so far this year: San Jose State, Duke, and USC. Those three teams are 6-0 in games against anyone but Stanford. SJSU pounded Colorado State this weekend. Duke has a 20-point win over Florida International, a team that won eight games a year ago. USC, with wins over Hawaii and Syracuse, was supposed to be a contender to the throne. Stanford's three FBS-level opponents are undefeated in non-Stanford games, a perfect 6-0, and nobody else can say that.
That's an interesting fact, and probably a big reason why Stanford shot up to No. 2 in my rankings this week (1/3rd strength of schedule!).
Speaking of my rankings, I gave you guys the chance to break a tie at No. 25 between Rutgers and Purdue in my spreadsheet. After Purdue jumped on top early, Rutgers had a strong showing throughout the evening, eventually taking 64% of the votes. Lots of Scarlet Knights fans read CougCenter, I guess. That boost did not put The State University of New Jersey into the final BlogPoll.