FOX Sports analyst RJ Young releases Week 4 CFB Tiers
Everyone will have a different opinion when it comes to certain tier rankings, and RJ Young from Fox Sports is no different.
Young listed 18 teams into 4 tiers following Week 3 of the young season. In total, 4 B1G schools made the cut after starting their years off on the right note.
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Both Ohio State and Michigan fell into Tier 2 following 3-0 starts for the new campaign. Michigan’s defense has held opponents to 17 total points while its offense has scored over 160 points through 3 games. The Buckeyes, led by Heisman-caliber quarterback C.J. Stroud, have totaled 143 points in 3 games and have averaged 47.6 points per outing.
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Joining the two power programs in Tier 2 are Alabama and Oklahoma, both of which rank inside the AP Poll’s top 10.
In Tier 3, Minnesota stands tall as the B1G’s lone representative. Led by star running back Mohamed Ibrahim, the Gophers have started the year off 3-0 in preparation for the start of conference play. Ibrahim currently is 2nd among FBS runners in rushing yards (464) and is tied for the FBS in rushing touchdowns (7) with Michigan’s Blake Corum.
In Tier 4, Penn State rounds out the pack. Although the Nittany Lions have started the season undefeated, Young might be cautiously optimistic following the collapse late last season by the offense. So far through 3 games, freshman running back Nick Singleton has been a star with 30 carries for 334 yards and 4 rushing TDs.
Of the 18 teams mentioned, 5 are from the SEC, 3 are from the Big 12, 3 are from the Pac-12 and 1 is from the ACC. BYU, which is independent until 2023, also made the list.