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Top 5 MVPs from Week 4 of the 2012 College Football Season

T.J. McaloonContributorDecember 13, 2014

Top 5 MVPs from Week 4 of the 2012 College Football Season

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    Week 4 of the college football season saw some amazing performances that were the main reason why their team came up with a huge victory. 

    Some of these performances were from players that have been Heisman Trophy candidates all season. However, other performances came from players who have been good, but not great, this year. 

    Either way, these players were unstoppable this week, which makes them MVPs.

No. 5 Tavon Austin

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    Week 4 Stats: 13 Receptions, 179 Yards and Three Touchdowns

    Austin had one of the best wide receiver performances this week. If it wasn't Austin playing Maryland and say Texas or TCU, then Austin's final stat line would be even more impressive. 

    This game did separate Austin from fellow Big 12 receivers as the best in the conference. And it let the nation know that he is quarterback, Geno Smith's, favorite target in this high-powered Mountaineers offense. 

    However, because his game came against an unranked 2-1 Maryland Terrapins, it gets knocked down a few pegs. 

No. 4 Sean Mannion

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    Week 4 Stats: 24-of-35, 379 Yards, Two Touchdowns, One Interception

    Mannion exploded this week with a huge break out game against a good UCLA defense. Mannion's big day helped lead the Oregon State Beavers to their second-straight upset victory over a ranked team. 

    He wasn't that big of a factor in Oregon State's 10-7 win over Wisconsin. 

    However, on the road this week against UCLA, he was unstoppable ripping through the Bruins' secondary. 

    Mannon's biggest contribution to the Beavers victory were two second-quarter touchdown passes. The first was a 75-yard bomb to Brandin Cooks; while the second was another bomb, this time only 42-yards to Markus Wheaton. 

No. 3 Le'Veon Bell

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    Week 4 Stats: 36 Carries, 253 Yards, One Touchdown

    Michigan State nearly suffered what could have been considered their worst lost in school history if they would have lost to Eastern Michigan. 

    However, Bell's performance proved that not only is he one of the top Heisman Trophy candidates, but that he was determined to keep the Spartans alive in the Big Ten Legends division. 

    This isn't the first time that Michigan State has called upon their talented running back to be their entire offense; against Boise State, Bell carried the ball 44 times for 210 yards. 

    Hopefully, for Michigan State, the high amount of carries will not come back to hurt the Spartans later in the season. 

No. 2 Gary Nova

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    Week 4 Stats: 25-of-35, 397 Yards, Five Touchdowns

    There were other amazing performances in this game. You had Arkansas quarterback, Tyler Wilson, come back from a shoulder injury to throw for 419 yards and three touchdowns. We also saw Razorbacks receiver, Cobi Hamilton, catch ten passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns.

    However, Nova gets the nod as this week's most valuable player because of his team winning, and because it gave a huge respect victory for the Big East over the highly regarded SEC. 

    The win also brought Rutgers into the Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 polls. Next week they'll be No. 23 in the AP and No. 25 in the Coaches polls.  

No. 1 Manti Te'o

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    Week 4 Stats: Eight Tackles, Two Interceptions

    The punishing Notre Dame linebacker was the most valuable player this week for his team. He was an instrumental part in the Fighting Irish's huge victory over rival Michigan. 

    Before yesterday's game, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson killed Te'o and the Fighting Irish defense. 

    However, Te'o was possessed to not let the speedy quarterback beat them again, finishing with eight tackles and two interceptions of the Michigan quarterback. 

    If Notre Dame is going to make it back to a BCS bowl game, and contended for a BCS Championship, it will be because of Te'o leading this punishing Notre Dame defense. 

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