Blowouts rule Week 4 in college football [NCAAF Recap]
(5) Stanford 42, (23) Arizona State 28 This game looks closer than it actually was. Stanford raced out to a 29-0 lead at halftime, ending the first half with a blocked punt for a safety. It was then 39-7 after the third before Arizona State starting scoring to make the final margin respectable.
(15) Michigan 24, Connecticut 21 One week after barely getting by Akron, Michigan barely survives a better, but still mediocre, UConn. The Wolverines were plagued by 4 turnovers and a horrible game from quarterback Devin Gardner (13/25, 111, 2 INT). As a result, they trailed UConn 21-7 early in the third quarter. From then, Michigan came back as the Huskies' offense stalled, helped by a one-handed interception by Michigan's Desmond Morgan. A 21 yard field goal with 4:36 to play completed the comeback for Michigan, but these last two games show that right now this is not a good football team.
(19) Florida 31, Tennessee 17 The first half of this game was beyond ugly, especially for Florida, who saw quarterback Jeff Driskel leave the field on crutches. He would be diagnosed with a broken leg and is out for the season. In the end, the Gators' defense did more than enough to win, surrendering just 220 total yards and forcing six takeaways. Backup, and now starting, QB Tyler Murphy was solid, 8/14 for 134 yards and a touchdown. He'll now be the key to Florida's season going forward.
(22) Notre Dame 17, Michigan State 13 This was expected to be a defensive battle, and it did not disappoint in that regard. The Irish broke a 10-10 tie early in the fourth on a 7 yard rushing TD. That touchdown was set up by a trick play that failed for Michigan State, when a receiver pass ended up picked off.
(6) LSU 35, Auburn 21 Auburn is better than they were last year, but not nearly better enough to handle LSU. A 21-0 LSU lead at the half made the second half a formality. Controversial LSU running back Jeremy Hill rushed for 183 yards and three scores.
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(8) Florida State 54, Bethune-Cookman 6
(16) Miami 77, Savannah State 7 (The teams agreed to only play 12 minutes in the fourth quarter)
(17) Washington 56, Idaho State 0
(20) Baylor 70, LA Monroe 7
Add Miami and Baylor to Louisville and Ohio State from the early games and that's four teams that put up at least 70 points. Insane.
Rest of the Top 25 Scores
(1) Alabama 31, Colorado State 6
(10) Texas A&M 42, SMU 13
(13) UCLA 59, New Mexico State 13
(18) Northwestern 35, Maine 21
(24) Wisconsin 41, Purdue 10
(25) Texas Tech 33, Texas State 7
Other Games of Interest
USC 17, Utah State 14 (If USC had lost, would Lane Kiffin had gotten out of the stadium unscathed?)
Maryland 37, West Virginia 0 (Is Maryland decent again, or is West Virginia just that bad? Or a little of both?)
Nebraska 59, South Dakota State 20
Rutgers 28, Arkansas 24 (Rutgers came back from 24-7 down with 8:38 left in the third)
Cincinnati 14, Miami (OH) 0
Missouri 45, Indiana 28
Texas 31, Kansas State 21 (The wolves around Mack Brown recede for one week at least)
Utah 20, BYU 13
What are your thoughts on Week 4 of the college football season?