Week 4 Five Thoughts: 3) Alabama, Michigan, USC: Big Boys, Big Wins
The big guys rose up and rocked the teams looking to make big statements.
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Week 4 Roundup
Call it the Being Put In Your Place Saturday of the 2017 college football season.
It was the weekend when a slew of normally woeful programs were supposed to rise up and show they were ready for that big, giant win over the superpower.
They were going to prove to the world that they had arrived.
And then reality kicked in very, very hard.
38-3. That’s not the score in the Alabama-Vanderbilt game – that was 59-0. No, that’s the first down count in a ridiculously dominant effort by the Crimson Tide.
You think you can play some D, Vandy? Meet Alabama, who allowed just 78 yards of total offense and just one third down conversion.
Purdue, were you ready for the big-time?
Yeah, Michigan was in a fight into the fourth quarter, but the Wolverine defense was never going to let the outcome be in doubt.
Purdue had its moment in the second quarter, but was shut down cold the rest of the way, getting shut out in the second half and finishing 0-of-12 on third down tries and with just 189 yards of total offense.
Dog the Wolverines all you want for being underwhelming, but they just won on the road by 18 for their fourth straight blowout of the season.
USC came into Berkeley without a slew of key parts, and it showed for a while – it was 13-13 going into the fourth.
But the Trojans did what the Trojans do, pulling away when they had to with 17 points in the final frame. Only a late Cal touchdown made the score look cosmetically better.
Mississippi State was about to prove that it was the second-best team in the SEC. And then Georgia called for a gadget play right out of the gate, Jake Fromm threw a touchdown pass, and the ball game was over just after kickoff.
Baylor pushed Oklahoma way too hard, and it took a while for Clemson to wake up and beat back Boston College, but in the end, Oregon was the only team to lose to anyone outside of the top 25.
The big guys did what the big guys do.