College Football Wrap-Up: Week Four

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What a freakin’ week! The college season is starting to heat up as the strong flex their muscles, the weak get stomped, and the pretenders get exposed. Here’s a recap of the best games from the weekend.

UCLA 34, #7 TEXAS 12

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Texas was finally exposed for being who they really are, an over-hyped team that was in the top 10 based on last season’s performance. The defense and a weak schedule kept them there, but without Colt McCoy the Longhorns are simply an average team. Losing to UCLA 34-12 proved their mediocrity as Texas dropped from #7 all the way down to #21.

#16 STANFORD 37, NOTRE DAME 14

 

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Stanford continues to show they were more than just “The Toby Gerhart Show” last season as quarterback Andrew Luck and running back Stepfan Taylor led the #16 Cardinal to a 37-14 win over Notre Dame.

#1 ALABAMA 24, #10 ARKANSAS 20

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Probably the best contest of the day, both teams led by Heisman trophy candidates, running back Mark Ingram for the Crimson Tide and quarterback Ryan Mallett for the Razorbacks. Ingram proved that he is healthy with a 157-yard day that included two touchdowns, and Ryan Mallett’s could sure sling the ball, just sometimes to the wrong team. His three interceptions proved fatal as the Razorbacks lost a tight one 24-20.

#8 OKLAHOMA 31, CINCINNATI 29

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The Cincinnati Bearcats may be breaking in a new head coach this season, but these guys can still play some good football. They gave the #8 Oklahoma Sooners a scare in the fourth quarter when they scored 17 points to get within 2 before the clock struck all zeroes. Look out for those guys next season.

#17 AUBURN 35, #12 SOUTH CAROLINA 27

 

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Like Texas, #12 South Carolina didn’t really deserve to be ranked as high as they were, and the #17 Auburn Tigers proved that by running all over the Gamecocks. Quarterback Cameron Newton tallied 176 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and another 158 yards and two touchdowns through the air to lead them to a 35-27 win.

#3 BOISE STATE 37, #24 OREGON STATE 24

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#3 Boise State had to work a little harder this week to stay undefeated due to their own mistakes, but in the end Kellen Moore wasn’t going to let some silly Beavers win on his blue turf. He completed 70 percent of his passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns, but a lot of the credit has to go to the defense, which stifled the Rodgers brothers of # 24 Oregon State; Broncos won 37-24.

#15 LSU 20, #22 WEST VIRGINIA 14

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LSU had a tough one on their hands with West Virginia coming to town. The #15 Tigers had not been defeated at home by a non-SEC opponent in the last 30 contests; now they can make it 31. Patrick Peterson’s punt return for a touchdown opened up a 17-point lead early in the second quarter. # 22 West Virginia closed the gap to 17-14, but couldn’t overcome the Tigers who continued their streak thanks to the 20-14 win.

#4 TCU 41, SMU 24

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Besides the huge fall of the Texas Longhorns there was another notable team that lost ground. TCU beat a tough SMU team 41-24 on Friday night, but still found them selves losing ground as they dropped to #5. It was refreshing to see it takes more than just a W to hold your ground in the rankings.

 

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