What Happened? Everything You Need To Know About Week 4

What Happened? Everything You Need To Know About Week 4

Week 4

What Happened? Everything You Need To Know About Week 4


What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 4 of the college football season.


Everything You Need To Know About Week 4

Scroll down for What You Need To Know about every conference.

Week 4 Conference Rankings & Recaps 

ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC

Week 4 Team-By-Team Predictions & Scores 
ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC

Week 4 Wrap Up
Bowl Projections | CFN No. 1-128 Rankings
What the College Football Playoff Would Be
Heisman Trophy Race | Coaching Hot Seat Rankings
5 Replacement Options For Les Miles
5 Possible Replacement Options For Clay Helton, If …
FIU fires Ron Turner, Now What?
Notre Dame Fires DC Brian VanGorder, Now What?
Week 4 Highlights & Top Plays

What It All Means 
Tennessee 38, Florida 28 | Ole Miss 45, Georgia 14
Wisconsin 30, Michigan State 6Auburn 18, LSU 13

ACC

Clemson looked the part again, and more importantly, Deshaun Watson looked back to form. It was a dominant 26-7 win over Georgia Tech that wasn’t even that close with the way the Tiger defense played. … Florida State has defensive issues that need to be solved, fast – it has to get healthy up front and stop the run. But Dalvin Cook tore off 267 yards on USF to get the program’s mojo back. … Virginia Tech looks like it’s really, really good. East Carolina is a good, sound team that just got thrashed 54-17. At the moment, the Hokies look no worse than the fifth-best team in the ACC. … Wake Forest is 4-0. It’s not pretty, and it’s taking some smoke and mirrors, but the win over Indiana meant a bowl game is almost certain. … Virginia (Central Michigan), Syracuse (UConn) and Duke (Notre Dame) all joined Wake Forest in a monster weekend for the down-ballot ACC teams. The league is as strong as it’s been since the realignment world settled down.  – Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews

American Athletic

Wild, wild mood swings in the conference with lots, and lots of offense. UCF hung up 53 on the board against FIU – getting Ron Turner fired – and Memphis absolutely lit up Bowling Green 77-3 with Riley Ferguson throwing six touchdown passes and running for another in the first half. The two new coaching staffs are starting out well. … Cincinnati was without Hayden Moore, and it showed against a bad Miami University team. It’s a rivalry game, and Ross Trail was okay, but he threw two picks and needed to rally the Bearcats late. … Texas State has a dangerous enough offense to be worried about, and Houston piled that into the ground with a 64-3 win. That’s what you do to bad teams. … In the week of the rally, Tulane (four OTs over Louisiana-Lafayette), Cincinnati (Miami Univ.), and in a thriller, Tulsa (Fresno State) pulled off nice wins with the Golden Hurricane roaring back on the road against the Bulldogs. – Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews

Big Ten

All Wisconsin did was set the stage to survive and advance. The win over Michigan State was dominant, and most interestingly, it came without any real hint of a normal Badger running game. There’s still a long, long, long road of brutal games ahead, but to take the West, UW needed to get one of the three against the East big boys. It did that. … Iowa isn’t as good as originally thought, but Rutgers isn’t as bad as projected, either. … Indiana might have blown its shot at a bowl game by giving the ball away over and over and over again in the loss to Wake Forest. Richard Lagow threw for almost 500 yards, but IU lost because of the turnovers … Either Penn State is bad, or Michigan is amazing, or it’s a little bit of both. Wisconsin will show what Michigan really is. … Nebraska just keeps quietly winning, coming up with a nice victory on the road at Northwestern. The Huskers are this year’s version of 2015 Iowa, only with a real non-conference win. Tommy Armstrong is playing like the veteran leader he is. – Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews

Big 12

The Big 12 has a problem getting going against SMU. Baylor needed a half, TCU a quarter, but in the end, Kenny Hill threw for 452 yards as the offense keeps on rolling. It was the team’s most complete defensive effort yet. … Baylor finally played someone good, and Seth Russell came through. In a bad year for the Big 12, Oklahoma State couldn’t afford to lose that game, and it did. Now the Bears look like real contenders, even after just that one appearance. … Welcome to the Matt Campbell era, Iowa State. The Cyclones looked like a real team in the domination over San Jose State. … West Virginia might have been pushed, but it got the job done against BYU. No one’s thinking about the Mountaineers in the Big 12 race, but it might turn out to be the league’s most complete team if the run D is better up front than it was against the Cougars. – Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews

Conference USA

Ron Turner was fired from FIU after an 0-4 start and an ugly 53-14 loss to UCF. The offense has yet to show up this season, and now it was just time for a different direction. … If FIU isn’t the worst team in college football, Rice is making a bid after losing to North Texas in double overtime. … WKU (Vanderbilt) and Marshall (Louisville) lost in the standard-bearer games for the conference. The Hilltoppers managed to make the Commodore offense look good. … Old Dominion set itself up for possible bowl eligibility. It’s still way early, of course, but the win over UTSA was a key part of the six-win puzzle. QB David Washington is a keeper. … Middle Tennessee and Louisiana Tech came up with a firefight. Brent Stockstill pulled it out for the Blue Raiders, but Ryan Higgins bombed for over 500 yards for the Bulldogs. Both teams will put up massive numbers all season long. – Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews

Independents

Ugh. 0-4 for the Independents, but on the plus side, UMass pushed hard in a shockingly-interesting 47-35 loss to Mississippi State. The offense made too many mistakes, but at least it started to work. … Also working – finally – was the BYU offense in the 35-32 loss to West Virginia. The Cougars need a win soon, but the firepower that’s been missing showed up, highlighted by Jamaal Williams’ 169 rushing yards. … Oh Army. Buffalo was overdue to start playing well, but just when you seemed like you were ready to turn into the feel-good story of the first quarter of the season, you lose in overtime to a mediocre team. … And then there’s Notre Dame. With the 1-3 start, the New Year’s Six dream is now gone, and with the loss to Duke came the firing of defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder. – Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews

MAC

It’s a strange time for the MAC. Last year’s superstar programs are awful, with standard-bearer Northern Illinois losing to Western Illinois for an 0-4 start, and Bowling Green getting destroyed by Memphis 77-3. The Falcons need to rebuild, and the Huskies have quarterbacking issues, but these two program fell off the map fast. Neither one can come up with a meaningful defensive stop. … The Central Michigan fun ended with a thud. Cooper Rush and company fought hard to get back in the game against Virginia, but the Cavaliers played well for the first time all year. … Akron’s loss to Appalachian State at home hurts. The offense is still rolling with Thomas Woodson throwing for 353 yards, but this could’ve been a decent win for a little bit more exposure. … Western Michigan took care of its Sun Belt game, doing a great job of outslugging Georgia Southern in a wild 49-31 shootout. … Eastern Michigan is 3-1 after the win over Wyoming. No matter what happens the rest of the way for the Eagles, the long-suffering program is far, far more competitive thanks to terrific play from the defensive front. – Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews

Mountain West

The league went 1-6 in non-conference play. Considering Wyoming (Eastern Michigan) and UNLV (Idaho) lost to two of the nation’s worst teams, the weekend was a total wipeout outside of … Boise State did it. It beat Washington State a few weeks ago, and it thumped Oregon State to get through the two games against the Power 5 teams on the schedule. Winning by 14 points on the road will matter down the road in terms of perception, because that’s it for the brand name moments unless BYU turns it on. … The league will have a hard time filling out its bowl slots with UNLV losing to Idaho. … Fresno State is in big trouble. Just when it seemed like it was on the way to a nice home win over Tulsa, the defense totally collapsed in a double-overtime loss. … QB Kent Myers was fantastic for Utah State, but Air Force continues to be the quiet No. 3 team in the MW pecking order after a strong 27-20 win on the road. – Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews

Pac-12

USC’s 1-3 start matters in terms of national perception, but the loss to Utah is just a part of a tough puzzle. The Pac-12 South will take several twists and turns with no one team standing out from the pack. All is not lost for the Trojans. All they needed was one late stop, and didn’t get it – they’ll be in the thick of the chase before the season is out. On the plus side, QB Sam Darnold looked great. … Stanford got the gut-check win it needed over UCLA, and it showed off the passing game that didn’t have to press so far. Now the Cardinal know what Ryan Burns can do. … Colorado showed it’s for real and should be an every week problem after its 41-38 win over Oregon. It was a disastrous home loss for the Ducks, but the North avoided a total calamity with Washington surviving Arizona in overtime. All of a sudden, the NFL-loaded Husky defense looked mortal. … Davis Webb threw for 478 yards for Cal in the 51-48 loss to Arizona State, but Manny Wilkins had the better game. ASU isn’t consistent and it isn’t complete, but it’s unbeaten. – Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews

SEC

The Les Miles firing had to happen, and now let’s see what LSU does with Ed Orgeron at the helm. This is still one of the five best teams in the country talent-wise – if not top three – and it might just need this one massive shakeup. … There but for the flicker of the last second goes Gus Malzahn. Lost in the craziness was how well the Auburn defense played and has been playing. However, for a coach who’s supposed to be an offensive genius, a six field goal day isn’t okay. … Trevor Knight is playing lights out for Texas A&M. The improved defensive play, and the steady performances from Knight are why the Aggies aren’t just undefeated, but absolutely legitimate SEC title contenders. … Tennessee won’t be able to come out sloppy down the road against the Aggies and Alabama. However, this win over Florida was it. Georgia doesn’t have a running game right now, and the secondary has somehow gone bye-bye. That was the SEC East title game the Vols just won. … Chad Kelly showed why he really might be the best quarterback in the SEC. Ole Miss was able to take chances because the defense did such a great job. … Jacob Eason will have better days, but the Bulldog offense isn’t there yet, obviously. … It might have been against Delaware State, but Mizzou’s Drew Lock continues to deal, throwing for 402 yards in a night-and-day improved offense. … South Carolina’s loss to Kentucky probably ended any bowl chances. The path for a Gamecock post-season appearance had to include a win over the woeful Wildcats. … Mississippi State had to work way too hard to beat a plucky UMass team that gave Florida a hard time to start the season. Nick Fitzgerald is way too much of the Bulldog O. … All of a sudden, Vanderbilt has an offense. Beating WKU is a big deal for a program that keeps needing positive moments – this was certainly one. – Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews

Sun Belt

The biggest disaster of 2016? On a Group of Five scale, it has to be Arkansas State with an 0-4 start and a loss to Central Arkansas. Justice Hansen threw for 424 yards and three scores, and the defense held the Bears in check until late, but four turnovers made it a nightmare 28-23 loss. … Idaho (UNLV) and South Alabama (Nicholls State) won their overtime games, but Louisiana-Lafayette (Tulane) lost its four overtime thriller. … Troy continues to impress. The offense is the real deal with good balance, but it was the defense and its five picks of NMSU’s Tyler Rogers that made it a 52-6 rout despite giving up 445 passing yards. … Larry Rose III was back for the Aggies, but he only ran for 56 yards on 12 carries. … The saving grace of the weekend was an Appalachian State road win over Akron. The Mountaineer defense got carved up, but in place of Marcus Cox, Jalin Moore ran for 257 yards and two scores while Taylor Lamb threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns while running for another. – Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews

Week 4 Conference Rankings & Recaps 
ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC

Week 4 Team-By-Team Predictions & Scores 
ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC

Week 4 Wrap Up
Bowl Projections | CFN No. 1-128 Rankings
What the College Football Playoff Would Be
Heisman Trophy Race | Coaching Hot Seat Rankings
5 Replacement Options For Les Miles
5 Possible Replacement Options For Clay Helton, If …
FIU fires Ron Turner, Now What?
Notre Dame Fires DC Brian VanGorder, Now What?
Week 4 Highlights & Top Plays

What It All Means 
Tennessee 38, Florida 28 | Ole Miss 45, Georgia 14
Wisconsin 30, Michigan State 6Auburn 18, LSU 13

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