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How Vegas ranks top 25 CFB teams

Oklahoma State opened the season at No. 14 and has continued to rise through the college rankings. Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Welcome to the fourth issue of my weekly top 25 Vegas power ratings for 2017. I have nine sets of power ratings, and I will supply the one set that is closest to what Las Vegas uses. The folks over at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook are giving me their ratings this year, and last week I also brought in a comparison to my average game grades from philsteele.com. These take into account this year's stats, including yards rushing, passing and points for both offense and defense, as well as opponent strength.

Here are the top 25 teams for Week 4:

All odds referenced below are courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.


1. Alabama Crimson Tide (Rating: 140.6)

Alabama is only No. 4 by the FPI ratings, and my average game grade ratings have them third. Bottom line: This team would be favored over everyone at a neutral site and remains No. 1 in the Vegas ratings. Last week the Tide did have a 2.4 rating edge over the No. 2 team, but this week it is down to 0.1.