AP Poll Top 25 Week 4: Georgia continues surge as Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma struggle

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Georgia running back Kendall Milton (2) during the Bulldogs’ game with South Carolina in Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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This past week proved to be a struggle for some of the top teams in the country. Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma all won but did so by a combined 15 points.

As for the Georgia Bulldogs, they cruised to another big win, rolling through South Carolina on their way to a 40-13 victory. Georgia is now 3-0 on the season and remains at No. 2 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll.

Alabama continues to hold on to the No. 1 spot, after narrowly escaping Florida with a 31-29 win over the Gators. Florida, previously No. 11 is still No. 11 in the AP Poll.

Oklahoma held on to beat Nebraska 23-16 at home, while Clemson needed a goal-line stand to beat Georgia Tech 14-8.

Georgia meanwhile was up 40-6 on the visiting Gamecocks midway through the third quarter. Georgia quarterback JT Daniels returned to the starting lineup and threw for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win.

It was not a great week for the perceived top teams in college football. That makes Georgia’s performance all the more impressive.

“There’s so many teams that I know are talented -- and I’m not talking about those teams -- but they lose to somebody that I’m like, ‘Man, they have no business losing to them.’ Or upsets, they seem to be more prevalent,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said after beating South Carolina. “And we’re not immune to that. We’re trying to heighten our awareness to the standard.”

Georgia also saw another future foe lose this weekend, as Auburn fell to Penn State. The Tigers were the No. 22 team in the country but they dropped out of the rankings following the road defeat.

As it stands, the Bulldogs have three more games against ranked opponents on their schedule. Georgia welcomes No. 16 Arkansas to Sanford Stadium on Oct. 2 before visiting No. 23 Auburn on Oct. 9. Georgia takes on Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. on Oct. 30.

Before the Arkansas game, Georgia will travel to Vanderbilt. The Commodores are coming off a 41-23 loss to Stanford this past week. The game is scheduled for a noon start time and the SEC Network will broadcast the game.

You can see the full Week 4 AP Poll Top 25 below.

AP Poll Top 25 rankings Week 4

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Oregon
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Iowa
  6. Penn State
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Cincinnati
  9. Clemson
  10. Ohio State
  11. Florida
  12. Notre Dame
  13. Ole Miss
  14. Iowa State
  15. BYU
  16. Arkansas
  17. Coastal Carolina
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Michigan
  20. Michigan State
  21. North Carolina
  22. Fresno State
  23. Auburn
  24. UCLA
  25. Kansas State

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