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The purpose of these college football threads and articles are to help those who don't know a ton about the sport to stay informed throughout the year up until draft time. There are several people on this site, and others from other SBNation sites, that love to talk about college football. If you consider youself not interested, or not understanding why it's being discussed on a Niners related website then there are plenty of other great articles and fanposts on the site to focus on relative to the 49ers.

There certainly hasn't been a shortage of the unexpected thus far in the season. Teams like #25 Michigan State, #21 Michigan, #16 Stanford, #14 Arizona, and #13 Utah have all climbed their way up the charts in to the top 25. The question is, which ones will stay? And more importantly, which currently high ranked teams will drop out of the top 25? This week Houston dropped from the rankings out of the top 25 and Cal from the previous week. This isn't the last time we will see a shake up on the top 25 AP Poll. And more than likely, we'll see some of that action take place today.

Here is a look at the current standings.

 

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Alabama (53) 3-0 1492
2 Ohio State (5) 3-0 1435
3 Boise State (1) 2-0 1333
4 TCU 3-0 1280
5 Oregon 3-0 1238
6 Nebraska 3-0 1175
7 Texas (1) 3-0 1164
8 Oklahoma 3-0 1114
9 Florida 3-0 1044
10 Arkansas 3-0 903
11 Wisconsin 3-0 803
12 South Carolina 3-0 739
13 Utah 3-0 703
14 Arizona 3-0 663
15 LSU 3-0 654
16 Stanford 3-0 606
17 Auburn 3-0 600
18 Iowa 2-1 482
19 Miami (FL) 1-1 472
20 USC 3-0 414
21 Michigan 3-0 291
22 West Virginia 3-0 258
23 Penn State 2-1 198
24 Oregon State 1-1 75
25 Michigan State 3-0 45

Week 4 Preview:

It will be the most watched game of the week when Ryan Mallett and the #10 Arkansas Razorbacks take on Mark Ingram and the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide. Will the Razorbacks be able to pull the upset? Or will 'Bama roll right over the Hogs and prove to the nation that nobody is going to stop them on their way to a second consecutive National Championship. I for one, always prefer to see a good ol' fashioned upset to shake things up. But the tide is strong in Alabama and it will be an against the current swim for every team that they face this year.

Another intriguing matchup will be the Stanford at Notre Dame game. Andrew Luck had a lot to prove coming in to the season this year... so far, so good. While down in South Bend, it hasn't been the best start for Dayne Crist and the rest of the golden domers, they too have much to prove. This will be a good test for both teams. Stanford is 3-0 while Notre Dame has started out with a dismal 1-2 record. This could be the game that Notre Dame turns it around;  but then again, maybe not.

#12 South Carolina at #17 Auburn could pan out to be a barn-burning thriller. Stephen Garcia will lead the Gamecocks in hopes of moving up in the rankings by beating another closely ranked team. But Auburn has been extremely tough and most likely won't be a walk in the park. They are on their own mission to move up the boards as well.

#24 Oregon State will have their work cut out but has a legitimate chance to upset #3 Boise State. Jacquizz and James Rodgers will quite possibly have to have career games in order for that to happen. Kellen Moore and the rest of that offensive fire-power will be hard for that Beaver defense to stop.

Last but not least, The Oklahoma game. Although Cincinnati may not be ranked, they have a good shot at upsetting the Sooners. The Sooners almost dropped their last game to Air Force this past weekend and barely escaped with number 8 ranking that they hold in the Nation. Landry Jones will need to stay focused and consistent throughout the course of the game. Look for Ryan Broyles and DeMarco Murray to step up and take pressure off the Sophomore Quarterback.

So pop open your beer, order your pizza and wings because this should be a tremendous week of college football with plenty of excitement.

Feel free to discuss your favorite teams or any of the games.

Thursday, September 23
RESULT GAMELINKS
No. 19 Miami (FL) 31, Pittsburgh 3 Box Score | Recap
Friday, September 24
TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV PPV MOBILE TICKETS
8:00 PM ET No. 4 TCU at Southern Methodist
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Saturday, September 25
TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV PPV MOBILE TICKETS
12:00 PM ET Austin Peay at No. 11 Wisconsin Big Ten Network Tickets
12:00 PM ET Ball State at No. 18 Iowa Big Ten Network Tickets
12:00 PM ET Bowling Green at No. 21 Michigan
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12:00 PM ET Northern Colorado at No. 25 Michigan State Big Ten Network Tickets
12:00 PM ET Buffalo at Connecticut ESPN3.com Tickets
12:00 PM ET North Carolina State at Georgia Tech
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12:00 PM ET Central Michigan at Northwestern Big Ten Network Tickets
12:00 PM ET Virginia Tech at Boston College ESPN3.com Tickets
12:00 PM ET Florida International at Maryland Tickets
12:00 PM ET Toledo at Purdue Big Ten Network Tickets
12:21 PM ET UAB at Tennessee ESPN3.com Tickets
12:30 PM ET UCF at Kansas State Tickets
1:30 PM ET Virginia Military Institute at Virginia ESPN3.com Tickets
2:00 PM ET Miami (OH) at Missouri Tickets
2:00 PM ET Air Force at Wyoming Tickets
3:00 PM ET No. 20 USC at Washington State Tickets
3:00 PM ET Army at Duke ESPN3.com Tickets
3:30 PM ET No. 1 Alabama at No. 10 Arkansas CBS Tickets
3:30 PM ET Eastern Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State ESPN Mobile TV Tickets
3:30 PM ET UCLA at No. 7 Texas Tickets
3:30 PM ET No. 16 Stanford at Notre Dame NBC Tickets
3:30 PM ET Temple at No. 23 Penn State Big Ten Network Tickets
3:30 PM ET Wake Forest at Florida State Tickets
3:30 PM ET North Carolina at Rutgers Tickets
3:30 PM ET Colgate at Syracuse ESPN3.com Tickets
3:30 PM ET Tulane at Houston Tickets
3:30 PM ET Arkansas State at Troy ESPN3.com Tickets
4:00 PM ET Idaho at Colorado State Tickets
6:00 PM ET No. 8 Oklahoma at Cincinnati
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6:00 PM ET Nevada at Brigham Young Tickets
7:00 PM ET South Dakota State at No. 6 Nebraska Tickets
7:00 PM ET Kentucky at No. 9 Florida Tickets
7:00 PM ET Northern Iowa at Iowa State Tickets
7:00 PM ET Akron at Indiana Big Ten Network Tickets
7:00 PM ET Central Arkansas at Tulsa Tickets
7:00 PM ET Ohio at Marshall Tickets
7:00 PM ET Middle Tennessee at Louisiana-Lafayette Tickets
7:00 PM ET Georgia at Mississippi State ESPN3.com Tickets
7:00 PM ET North Texas at Florida Atlantic Tickets
7:00 PM ET New Mexico State at Kansas Tickets
7:00 PM ET Southern Miss at Louisiana Tech ESPN3.com Tickets
7:00 PM ET Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana-Monroe Tickets
7:05 PM ET Western Kentucky at South Florida ESPN3.com Tickets
7:30 PM ET Fresno State at Mississippi ESPN3.com Tickets
7:45 PM ET No. 12 South Carolina at No. 17 Auburn
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8:00 PM ET No. 24 Oregon State at No. 3 Boise State Tickets
8:00 PM ET San Jose State at No. 13 Utah Tickets
8:00 PM ET Utah State at San Diego State Tickets
8:00 PM ET Baylor at Rice Tickets
8:30 PM ET Northern Illinois at Minnesota Big Ten Network Tickets
9:00 PM ET No. 22 West Virginia at No. 15 LSU
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9:05 PM ET Memphis at UTEP Tickets
10:00 PM ET California at No. 14 Arizona Tickets
10:00 PM ET New Mexico at UNLV Tickets
10:30 PM ET No. 5 Oregon at Arizona State Tickets
11:30 PM ET Charleston Southern at Hawaii ESPN3.com Tickets