With the NFL Carolina Panthers winning their first game of the season here in Charlotte, many fans will quickly forget about the college football weekend the only saw one top 25 team lose to a non ranked team. However a deeper look at the week #4 games show us some hard fought battles and leads us to an even more intriguing weekend ahead.
In the match ups of ranked teams: #2 LSU went into Morgantown and beat the West Virginia Mountaineers so bad they jumped over the top ranked Oklahoma Sooners who also won on Saturday. #7 Oklahoma State shocked #8 Texas A&M for the third straight year with a come from behind 30-29 victory. The 3rd ranked Alabama Crimson Tide rolled (pun intended) 14th ranked Arkansas behind Trent Richardson’s big day. Last but certainly not least #11 Florida State went into Death Valley, one week after choking on national primetime television, and got beat by #21 Clemson.
The lone top 25 team to lose to a non ranked team was then #23 Southern Cal. The Trojans lost on the road at Arizona State.
The 12th ranked South Carolina Gamecocks hosted the undefeated Vanderbilt Commodores Saturday night and somehow managed to earn both of my weekly awards.
Worst Offensive Performance of the Week: South Carolina Gamecocks. Stephen Garcia threw 4 interceptions and can’t figure out how to get the ball to star wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey. Even Jay Wooten missed a field goal, something we won’t see very much this year.
Best Defensive Performance of the Week: South Carolina Gamecocks. For everything the team did wrong on offense, they did right on defense. They limited the Commodores offense to 77 total yards including only 4 rushing yards on 25 attempts. They forced two fumbles (including Melvin Ingram’s 3rd defensive TD of the year) and one interception while holding Vanderbilt to 1-14 on 3rd down conversions.
In other local action: North Carolina lost 35-28 to Georgia Tech and Colin Hoggard’s favorite offense, the triple option. Duke put up big numbers in a 48-27 stomping of Tulane to win their 2nd straight game of the season. The Georgia Bulldogs finally won a meaningful game by beating Mississippi 27-13. There is no point in reminding Wolfpack fans how bad they lost to Cincinnati on Thursday night.
A quick peak ahead at week #5 reveals five big match ups:
#3 Alabama at #12 Florida – A chance for Florida to rattle the national championship race
#8 Nebraska at #7 Wisconsin – An opportunity for Russell Wilson to prove the Badgers are title contenders
Auburn at #10 South Carolina – Double revenge will be on the Gamecocks mind Saturday in Columbia
#13 Clemson at #11 Virginia Tech – Potential preview of the Dec. 4th ACC Championship Game
#14 Texas A&M at #18 Arkansas – This could be an SEC West conference game if it were next year
And just for fun, #21 Georgia Tech will go to Raleigh and run all over NC State. Why? Because they can.
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