College Football: 5 Biggest Surprises from Week 4

Nathan LoweryCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2012

College Football: 5 Biggest Surprises from Week 4

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    Week 4 is in the books and boy, was it an interesting one.

    The Big Ten continues to show why they are not a power conference, the ACC got a little less complicated and the Pac-12 continues to show remarkable depth.

    Where last year we saw just one truly dominant team in LSU, this year we are seeing that five or six teams could be in the hunt for the national title this year.

Arizona Being Shut-out

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    We all had a feeling that Oregon was going to win this game, but I don't think anyone thought it would be by this much of a margin.

    Heading into the game, fans and members of the media were predicting over 100 points would be scored. Instead, the Ducks won 49-0.

    Arizona was held to 332 yards of total offense, and despite reaching the red zone on multiple occasions, could not put any points up on the board.

Michigan Flatlining

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    Anyone who didn't think Notre Dame was for real this season was proved wrong last night.

    The Irish intercepted Denard Robinson four times and held the Wolverines to 19 first downs and just under 300 yards of total offense in the defensive contest.

    Michigan, which was known for their offense led by the electrifying Robinson the past two years, has looked embarrassing all season.

    Alabama and Notre Dame have easily exploited Robinson, and forced seven interceptions combined.

    The Wolverines have now fallen completely out of the Top 25, and with the way they have been playing this season, it is unlikely that they will return.

West Virginia Winning by 10

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    I was out in the middle of nowhere when I got the text from one of my friends.

    "WVU 31 Maryland 21 Final"

    Wow.

    Randy Edsall is one of the worst coaches in the nation in my mind, and he was able to keep one of the highest-scoring offenses in the nation to 31 points, making it a 10-point game.

    The Mountaineers still won the game and didn't look nearly as bad as some other Top 25 teams (I'm looking at you USC), but I don't think anyone saw this coming.

Matt Barkley's Struggles and the USC Run Game

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    After the disappointing loss to Stanford last week, many thought that Matt Barkley would return to Heisman form and absolutely dominate the Cal Golden Bears.

    Instead, Barkley threw two interceptions and USC won 27-9, hardly as dominating of a victory as we were predicting.

    The senior who returned because USC had "unfinished business" has driven himself out of the Heisman race this season, and will most likely have to settle on getting the Trojans to the Rose Bowl.

    However, it looks like USC will not be primarily led by the passing game, but by their running backs this season.

    Silas Redd and Curtis McNeal finally showed the talent they have failed to live up to.

    Redd finished the game with 158 yards on 21 carries while McNeal carried the ball 10 times for 115 yards.

UCLA Falling to Oregon State

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    What is going on, Corvallis?

    A week after upsetting No. 10 Wisconsin, the Beavers go on the road and defeat Pac-12 breakout team UCLA in the Rose Bowl to move up to No. 18 in the rankings, while dropping UCLA from No.19.

    The Beavers were great on run defense, holding Heisman candidate Jonathan Franklin to only 45 yards rushing on 12 carries, and showing that the Pac-12 North may not be dominated by just one Oregonian team.