College Football Rankings 2011: Stanford Looks To Climb AP, USA Today/Coaches Poll

The sixth-ranked Stanford Cardinal should move up to the top 5 after obliterating the Arizona Wildcats in the new college football rankings with fifth-ranked Florida State falling to Oklahoma. We'll provide the AP and USA Today/Coaches Poll as they become available. For more on the Cardinal, check out Rule of Tree.

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College Football Rankings 2011: Look Ahead To Week Four

With the Stanford Cardinal on their bye week before they get back to Pac-12 conference play, they can sit back and view the carnage and hope that someone ahead of them falls. Two teams will be in tough matchups on Saturday, which could help them move up by this time next weekend.

Schedule

#14 Arkansas Razorbacks at #3 Alabama Crimson Tide, 12:30 PM PT/3:30 PM ET, CBS. Arkansas will provide Alabama with one of its fiercest early season tests when they come into Tuscaloosa next Saturday.  Alabama has rolled through their first three matchups, but Arkansas possesses one of the top passing offenses in the country and Tyler Wilson has the potential to light hot fire against the Alabama defense.

#2 LSU Tigers at #16 West Virginia Mountaineers, 5 PM PT/8 PM ET, ABC. LSU's last serious non-conference test comes on the road against a West Virginia squad that had all sorts of trouble defeating Marshall and squeaked by Maryland. But this is a night game in Morgantown, and it's hard to get a read on LSU through three games.

Missouri Tigers at #1 Oklahoma Sooners, 5 PM PT/8 PM ET, FX. Oklahoma lost to Missouri last year. Expect no mercy and a five touchdown victory as Boomer Sooner rolls toward the Red River Rivalry with Texas.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane at #4 Boise St. Broncos, 5 PM PT/8 PM ET, CBSSN. Kellen Moore will throw touchdowns.

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College Football Rankings 2011: USA Today/Coaches Poll Has Stanford Hot On Boise State's Trail

The fourth edition of the 2011 USA Today/Coaches Poll has been released and much like the AP poll, the Stanford Cardinal have moved up a spot to fifth in the rankings. Florida State put up a game effort against Oklahoma but was unable to get over the hump. Florida State tumbled from No. 5 to No. 14 courtesy of the loss. Here is your Top Ten:

1. Oklahoma (50 first-place votes)
2. Alabama (4)
3. LSU (5)
4. Boise State
5. Stanford
6. Oklahoma State
7. Wisconsin
8. Texas A
9. Nebraska
10. South Carolina

What is even more interesting about the Coaches Poll is that Stanford not only climbed up a spot, but they also gained a ton of ground on the fourth ranked Boise State Broncos. Stanford previously trailed Boise State by 49 points with Florida State in between them. The FSU-assisted bump up to fifth meant more points for Stanford and combined with the Broncos losing two first place votes to Oklahoma, the Cardinal are only four points back of Boise State.

Stanford will not be able to build on this momentum next week as they have a bye while Boise State hosts the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Stanford could benefit however thanks to a pair of touch matchups for Alabama and LSU. The No. 2 Crimson Tide host the No. 12 Arkansas Razorbacks while the No. 3 Tigers travel to face the No. 16. West Virginia Mountaineers. LSU and Alabama will be favored but those are tough matchups. Maybe Stanford gets a little bounce.

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College Football Rankings 2011: AP Poll Moves Stanford Ahead Of Florida State

The week four AP poll was released Sunday morning and as expected, the Stanford Cardinal climbed up one spot from No. 6 to No. 5. The move came thanks to Florida State's 23-13 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners. The Seminoles tied the game at 13 early in the fourth quarter but Oklahoma was too much for FSU the rest of the way. We'll have the complete rankings as soon as they're released. For now, your top ten are as follows:

1. Oklahoma
2. LSU
3. Alabama
4. Boise State
5. Stanford
6. Wisconsin
7. Oklahoma State
8. Texas A&M
9. Nebraska
10. Oregon

Stanford opened their Pac-12 season with a 37-10 victory over the Arizona Wildcats that was a lot closer than that early on. The Cardinal led 16-10 at halftime and maintained that lead thanks in part to Arizona missing multiple field goals. The Wildcats could get nothing going consistently on offense and finally Stanford broke the game open in the fourth quarter.

The rest of the top of the poll saw LSU and Alabama continue their weekly shuffle between No. 2 and No. 3. LSU defeated a ranked Mississippi State team while Alabama beat up on winless North Texas. Barring any earlier losses, these two schools will likely continue this shuffle until their November 5 showdown in Tuscaloosa.

Of course, Alabama faces a tough home matchup against the ranked Arkansas Razorbacks next week while LSU travels to Morgantown to face a ranked West Virginia squad. The Cardinal are on a bye but could still continue their upward movement with an upset in either or both of these games.

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College Football Rankings: Stanford Poised For Top Five

The sixth-ranked Stanford Cardinal should move up to the top 5 after obliterating the Arizona Wildcats in the new college football rankings with fifth-ranked Florida State falling to Oklahoma.

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