College football rankings: Week 4, 2021

By Kevin Kelley -

College football rankings for week 4 of the 2021 season have been released. Alabama remains the top-ranked team, while BYU moved up the most.

The BYU Cougars, who upset the previously 19th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils 27-17 at home in Provo, Utah, moved up eight spots to 15th in the AP Poll and seven spots to 16th in the Coaches Poll.

The Penn State Nittany Lions moved up in both polls by virtue of a 28-20 home win over the previously 22nd-ranked Auburn Tigers. Penn State moved up four spots to 6th in the AP Poll and four spots to 8th in the Coaches Poll.

Alabama and Georgia remain ranked first and second in both polls, respectively. Oregon (3), Oklahoma (4), and Iowa (5) round out the top five in the AP Poll, while Oklahoma (3), Oregon (4), and Texas A&M (5) complete the top five in the Coaches Poll.

Virginia Tech and Arizona State dropped out of both polls, while Miami dropped out of the AP Poll following losses on Saturday.

Below is the full AP Poll and USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for Week 4 of the 2021 season (first-place votes in parentheses). The STATS Perform FCS Top 25 and FCS Coaches Poll will be announced on Monday.

AP Poll – Week 4

1. Alabama (59)
2. Georgia (3)
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. UNC
22. Fresno State
23. Auburn
24. UCLA
25. Kansas State

Others receiving votes: TCU 91, Liberty 56, Virginia Tech 52, Oklahoma State 51, Maryland 29, Arizona State 24, Texas 22, USC 16, San Diego State 16, West Virginia 14, LSU 14, Kentucky 12, Boston College 9, Wake Forest 7, Texas Tech 5, Memphis 3, Stanford 3, Wyoming 1, Louisville 1

Dropped from rankings: Virginia Tech 15, Arizona State 19, Miami 24

FBS Coaches Poll – Week 4

1. Alabama (54)
2. Georgia (1)
3. Oklahoma
4. Oregon
5. Texas A&M
6. Iowa
7. Clemson
8. Penn Sate
9. Cincinnati
10. Notre Dame
11. Florida
12. Ohio State
13. Ole Miss
14. Iowa State
15. Wisconsin
16. BYU
17. Coastal Carolina
18. Arkansas
19. Michigan
20. North Carolina
21. Michigan State
22. Oklahoma State
23. Auburn
24. UCLA
25. Fresno State

Others receiving votes: Liberty 80, Kentucky 69, TCU 50, Virginia Tech 49, Texas 42, USC 41, San Diego State 41, Kansas State 40, Memphis 27, Boston College 27, Maryland 26, Arizona State 26, LSU 25, Wake Forest 22, West Virginia 19, Louisiana 17, Baylor 13, Army 12, SMU 8, Nevada 7, UCF 6, Stanford 6, Tennessee 2, Utah State 2, Rutgers 2, UTSA 1, Miami 1

Dropped from rankings: Virginia Tech 15, Arizona State 21

Stats Perform FCS Top 25 – Week 4

1. Sam Houston (31)
2. South Dakota State (8)
3. James Madison (9)
4. Montana (2)
5. North Dakota State
6. Eastern Washington
7. Southern Illinois
8. Delaware
9. Jacksonville State
10. North Dakota
11. Villanova
12. UC Davis
13. Montana State
14. Weber State
15. ETSU
16. Southeastern Louisiana
17. Northern Iowa
18. Missouri State
19. Austin Peay
20. Monmouth
21. New Hampshire
22. VMI
23. Kennesaw State
24. Richmond
25. Central Arkansas

Others receiving votes: Rhode Island 77, Alabama A&M 36, Murray State 34, Chattanooga 25, Nicholls 24, Furman 23, Stephen F. Austin 17, Duquesne 15, UIW 14, Samford 10, South Dakota 9, Jackson State 3

Dropped from rankings: None

FCS Coaches Poll – Week 4

1. Sam Houston (24)
2. James Madison (3)
3. South Dakota State (1)
4. Montana
5. North Dakota State
6. Eastern Washington
7. Villanova
8. Southern Illinois
9. Jacksonville State
10. UC Davis
11. Delaware
12. Montana State
13. North Dakota
14. Northern Iowa
15. Weber State
16. Southeastern Louisiana
17. East Tennessee State
18. Missouri State
19. Monmouth
20. Austin Peay
21. Richmond
22. New Hampshire
23. Chattanooga
24t. Central Arkansas
24t. Kennesaw State

Others receiving votes: Rhode Island 28, South Dakota 24, VMI 23, Furman 22, Northern Arizona 19, Murray St. 13, Nicholls 12, Alabama A&M 10, Stephen F. Austin 9, Gardner-Webb 7, Illinois St. 6, Princeton 6, Fordham 5, Duquesne 4, Harvard 3, Jackson St. 3, Florida A&M 1, Holy Cross 1, UT Martin 1

Dropped from rankings: Furman 25

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Here are the CFP semifinal matchups based on this week’s rankings (week four). Please note that no conference may have multiple teams in the playoffs for accountability purposes.
Cotton Bowl Classic: #2 Oregon vs. #3 Oklahoma (AP #3 vs. AP #4)
Orange Bowl: #1 Alabama vs. #4 Iowa (AP #1 vs. AP #5)

Here are the remaining New Year’s Six matchups for this week’s rankings:
Fiesta Bowl: #7 Texas A&M vs. #8 Cincinnati
Peach Bowl: #9 Clemson vs. #10 Ohio State
Rose Bowl Game: AP #6 Penn State vs. AP #24 UCLA
Sugar Bowl: AP/Coaches #2 Georgia vs. AP/Coaches #14 Iowa State

#cfbplayoff #newyearssix

Coaches Poll with its usual lack of attention:
UCLA 24
Fresno 25
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Maybe wait and check the final scores of west coast games?

Wow. PAC-12 is struggling a bit to keep two teams in the top 25. If Oregon goes down anytime this season, it could possibly keep the PAC-12 out of the CFP again.

@KevinKelley,

Dan-ke for the Simple, Straightforward, laying out of the latest Poll.
I’m excited to see where the 1AA Rankings go with 2( maybe 3) more upsets of 1A Teams by 1AA Teams.

Go Independents! ( ND = an ACC Team) , AAC, Sunbelt, MWC, The Little 10 (- OU, TX).

@KevinKelley,

Dan-ke for the Stats Perform Championship Top 25 Poll for Week 4.
Go AQ7: Sam Houston St., Jacksonville St., Central Arkansas!