Spartan Avenue College Football Rankings: Week 4

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Sep 19, 2015; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) celebrates a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers during the second quarter of a game at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Rememeber the name Leonard Fournette as he’s going to be the best running back in the NFL one day. The LSU Tigers put an absolute beatdown on Auburn at home in week three, 45-21. Fournette only ran the ball 19 times, but picked up 228 yards and three touchdowns. The LSU defense also looked solid, holding the Tigers to just 260 total yards while the leading rusher, Jeremy Johnson, had just 41 yards.

Baylor is quietly sitting in the top five as the second Big 12 team in the four College Football Playoff spots. The Bears had a bye in week three and they are averaging an impressive 61 points per game while giving up 26 per week. Seth Russell and Corey Coleman might have the best connection of any in the country as Russell has 718 yards and nine touchdowns on the season while Coleman has caught 11 passes for 360 yards and five scores.

TCU‘s defense struggled to slow down SMU in week three, but a 56-37 win just goes to show just how strong the Horned Frogs’ offense really is. Trevone Boykin had himself a game as his Heisman hopes continue to soar. He finished with 454 yards and five touchdowns on 21-of-30 completions while rushing for another 50 and a score. Josh Doctson broke out as his top receiver, catching five passes for 171 yards and two TDs.

Michigan State just flat out did not play very well defensively against Air Force, but the pass game, led by Heisman-hopeful Connor Cook, looked great. Aaron Burbridge was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after catching eight passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns as Cook had 247 yards and four touchdowns. Michigan State’s team defense and offensive line will need to step up moving forward.

What a surprise, the Ohio State Buckeyes keep the top spot despite a close win over unranked MAC team, Northern Illinois, at home. The Buckeyes nearly blew a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter as the Huskies had a chance to tie it. Ohio State will use this game as an example moving forward and make sure nothing like that happens again. Oh yeah, and the quarterback controversy is back as Cardale Jones struggled.

Next: Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Week 4

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