While the Virginia Cavaliers remained in this week’s poll for the second consecutive time, they fell one spot from No. 23 to No. 24, after trailing by 17 to a non-Power 5 Old Dominion team.
Looking beyond the Wahoos, the top six remained the same — something we’ve grown accustomed to seeing through the early stages of the season - led by ACC favorites: the Clemson Tigers.
The schools that fell the most were Notre Dame and Michigan, who both lost to ranked to opponents on Saturday, as well as Washington State, Utah, and UCF - surprise losers to teams not listed inside the Top 25. Notably, all of these programs played on the road in Week Four.
Conversely, Wisconsin and USC, who bested Michigan and Utah, respectively, moved into the No. 7 and No. 21 spots. Fans also seemed to really take notice of Michigan State’s win over 1-2 Northwestern, pushing them up to 17th from 22nd a week ago. Not sure about that one.
Here’s how everything shook out:
Virginia fans, in contrast to the national poll, remain unwavering in their support for the Hoos. Following play in Week 4, Streaking The Lawn voters bumped UVA up to No. 16 - the highest across all communities, and eight spots ahead of where they stand in the national rankings.
Interestingly, UCLA’s Bruins Nation was the only SB Nation affiliate to leave the Cavaliers outside of the Top 25.
Virginia’s FanPulse Top 25 - Week 4
Perhaps the more surprising result from our FanPulse data was the climb in our community’s confidence regarding the team’s direction. After taking a slight dip, thanks to the close win over a reeling Florida State team in Week Three, fans returned to the 100% mark.
We’ll see if that confidence is justified next weekend in South Bend.
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