The Week 4 college football roundup. The 5 things that matter, winners and losers, overrated and underrated, and what it all means.
College Football Week 4 Roundup
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Coach Hot Seat Rankings | 10 Best Week 4 Games
College Football Playoff Chase: Who’s Still Alive?
Early Week 5 Line Lookahead & Projection
Rankings: AP | USA Today Coaches | FWAA
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USC 30, Utah 23 | Wisconsin 35, Michigan 14
Georgia 23, Notre Dame 17 | Big Ten | Big 12
5. Winners & Losers From Week 4
Winner: Betting on the superstars
The best teams in college football weren’t kidding around.
Clemson was a 41.5-point favorite against Charlotte and won 52-10.
Alabama was a 38.5-point favorite against Southern Miss and won 49-7.
Georgia didn’t cover the 14.5 against Notre Dame – no surprise – but LSU was giving up 24 to Vanderbilt and won 66-38.
39.5-point favorite Ohio State spotted Miami University the first five points and won 76.5.
Loser: Betting on the Cougars
Washington was only a 6.5-point favorite over BYU. The Cougars lost at home by 26. That was bad, but the bookends to the weekend were a whole lot worse.
Starting the college football fun on Thursday night, the Houston Cougars were getting 5.5 against Tulane, and all appeared to be fine as they got up 28-7 in the second quarter. And then the roof caved in.
Up 31-28 late in the 4th, all the Green Wave had to do was come up with one fourth down stop, and you’d have been fine if you took Houston. Instead, QB D’Eriq King ran for the first down, leading to a game-tying field goal. On the ensuing drive, all you needed was for Tulane to kick a field goal for the win, instead …
The weekend finished up with the Washington State Cougars – an 18.5-point favorite – cruising along with a 49-17 lead over UCLA late in the third quarter. The Bruins scored 40 points over the last 19 minutes for the improbable 67-63 win, led by …
Winner: Dorian Thompson-Robinson
There’s the UCLA offense we’ve been waiting for. DTR completed 25-of-38 passes for 507 yards with five touchdowns – to go along with 52 rushing yards and two scores – in the thriller over Wazzu. He took an absolute beating along the way and still came through. Meanwhile …
Loser: Anthony Gordon
41-of-61 for 570 yards and nine touchdown passes … and he lost. The running Twitter gag was that it was going to take ten touchdown throws to win the game. Ha ha, it turned out to be true. Which leads to this …
Winner: Army running game
With 403 yards in its 52-21 win over Morgan State, Army has now hit the 200-yard rushing mark in 16 straight games, and rushed for two bills in 33 of its last 34 games. Only Duke held the Knights down, allowing just 168 yards in last year’s opening week win.
Loser: Army passing game
Army completed one of its seven pass attempts against Morgan State – it went for a touchdown. In one game, UCLA and Washington State combined for as many touchdown passes (14) as Army has thrown over its last 37 games.
It’s been a long, long, long time since SMU fans were able to get this fired up about their program. Considering TCU was in the Mountain West in 2011, the last regular season win – the 2011 Mustangs beat Pitt in the BBVA Compass Bowl – over a Power Five program was against Washington State early in 2010. Before that? The 2000 season-opener against Kansas.
To take this one step further, the last win over a Power Five program in a true road game was at Arkansas in early 1996. Now, SMU is 4-0 with a thrilling 41-38 victory over a TCU team that destroyed Purdue the week before.
Loser: The Big 12
The league is going to be a whole lot of fun, and almost everyone has had at least one big moment in out of conference play, but TCU’s loss stings. The conference is going to eat itself up – Kansas is no longer free-space game – with Texas unlikely to run the table. It’s going to be Oklahoma or bust for the College Football Playoff.
Winner: QB Kelly Bryant vs. South Carolina
At Clemson in 2017, Bryant threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns in the 34-10 win over South Carolina. With his new Missouri team, on Saturday he ran for 77 yards against the Gamecocks and threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns in the 34-14 win.
Loser: QB Hunter Johnson, Northwestern
It’s been a rough start for the Clemson transfer, completing just 49% of his passes for 308 yards with one touchdown and four picks in three games. He’s averaging just 4.5 yards per throw.