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College Football Rankings 2011: Status Quo Will Leave Stanford At No. 5

We break down Saturday's action and attempt to make some predictions about the new college football rankings following week four. We focus in on the Stanford Cardinal who had a bye. For more on Cardinal football, check out Rule of Tree.

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The fourth week of the 2011 college football season had some excitement, but at the end of the day the status quo held steady. The No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners climbed back from an early 14-3 deficit to roll the Missouri Tigers. The No. 2/3 LSU Tigers climbed on top of No. 16 West Virginia Mountaineers early and never let up in a road contest. The No. 3/2 Alabama Crimson Tide blew out Arkansas at home to open SEC play. The No. 4 Boise State Broncos cruised to an easy 41-21 victory to likely maintain their position in the polls.

The Stanford Cardinal had the week off with a bye and might find themselves getting jostled around a little bit in at least one of the two polls through no fault of their own. The Cardinal are currently ranked number five in both polls with Wisconsin behind them in the AP Poll and Oklahoma State behind them in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.

Wisconsin blew out South Dakota, which should not result in much of an increase in total votes. However, Oklahoma State edged out No. 8 Texas A&M thanks to a 21-point third quarter and a strong defensive hold in the fourth quarter. It is really difficult to get into the minds of the voters. OSU could climb over Stanford in the Coaches Poll and it would not surprise me. OSU could also just hold steady and that wouldn't surprise me. Logic does not always mix well with college rankings.