From blowout victories to nail-biters, a lot was learned from Week 4 of the college football season.
Now that the week is complete, it is time to look back and go into further detail about what the past few days taught us.
There was only one game featuring two nationally ranked teams, but that does not mean Week 4 did not have its fair share of drama.
Here are 50 things we learned during Week 4 of the college football season.
Through the first two games of the season, the Clemson Tigers won with an offense that was averaging 45 points a contest.
It was a little different story on Thursday night at North Carolina State, but the same winning result for the Tigers.
Clemson forced North Carolina State into two turnovers and held the Wolfpack to 378 total yards and only 3-of-16 on third-down attempts.
A late touchdown in garbage time made the final score 26-14, but the Clemson defense dominated this one from start to finish.
It was bound to happen sooner or later for Boise State. The Broncos have been one of the most dominant teams in college football over the past few seasons, compiling an 86-10 record since 2006 when head coach Chris Petersen arrived on campus.
This year, however, it appears to be a slightly different story for the Broncos. Boise State fell, 41-40, at Fresno State on Friday night.
The Broncos are off to a 2-2 start. The team has only lost more than two games one time in the last seven years. It is safe to say this will likely be the second.
The defense is not what it usually is, allowing 28.3 points a game through three contests. The offense has been up and down as well.
With tough road games coming up against Utah State and BYU, the Broncos are likely in for at least a few more losses.
Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr had another outstanding game in a 41-40 home victory over Boise State.
The senior quarterback went 39-of-60 for 460 yards and four touchdowns.
In only three games so far this season, he has passed for 1,121 yards with 12 touchdowns and only one interception.
At 3-0, Fresno State is one of the most dangerous teams in the country from a non-BCS league.
Look out for the Bulldogs in 2013.
There are blowouts, and then there is what Louisville did to Florida International on Saturday afternoon.
The Cardinals started a little slow but turned it on beginning in the second quarter on their way to a 72-0 victory over the Golden Panthers. It got so bad that Florida International asked for and was granted a running clock midway through the third quarter.
Offensively, the Cardinals did not put up astronomical numbers, totaling 464 yards. That was thanks in large part to a defense that only allowed 30 yards of total offense. Talk about winning the field-position battle.
The remaining schedule for Louisville is not going to be very challenging, with both Rutgers and Central Florida coming at home. The season finale at Cincinnati might be interesting, but with the way the schedule plays out, this team might not be challenged all year long.
Even though it was only Florida A&M, Ohio State put together quite a performance against the Rattlers at Ohio Stadium on Saturday.
The Buckeyes dominated from the outset, jumping in front 55-0 before halftime and cruising to a 76-0 victory.
The stats here showed sheer domination by Ohio State. The Buckeyes totaled 603 yards of offense and held the Rattlers to just 80 total yards.
Quarterback Kenny Guiton completed 24 of 34 passes for 215 yards and six touchdowns with an interception. He is quickly making Ohio State fans forget about the injured Braxton Miller.
We might have a bit of a quarterback controversy in Columbus when Miller is ready to return.
With the way some of the Big Ten teams have struggled so far this season, it appears like Ohio State is head and shoulders above the rest of the league.
The only other undefeated teams in the league are Northwestern and Michigan. Both of those schools are very fortunate right now to have unblemished records.
While there are some challenging games remaining, Ohio State is likely going to roll through the Big Ten once again in 2013.
After falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, Georgia Tech turned it up defensively on its way to a 28-20 victory over conference rival North Carolina.
The win propelled the Yellow Jackets to 3-0 overall and dropped the Tar Heels to 1-2.
While some thought North Carolina could be a sleeper ACC team when the season began, all signs are pointing to Georgia Tech right now.
The schedule is going to get tougher, with the next three games against the likes of Virginia Tech, Miami and BYU.
A lot will be discovered about this team after that three-game stretch is complete.
A win against Miami could help propel Georgia Tech to the Coastal Division title once again.
Even though Vanderbilt is averaging over 30 points a game, the running game has struggled for most of the season.
Losing a running back like Zac Stacy is never easy, but Vanderbilt has failed to move the ball on the ground for much of the year so far. It showed in a 24-7 victory over Massachusetts. The Commodores struggled to put away the undermanned Minutemen, only leading 10-7 in the fourth quarter.
The Commodores are yet to hit 170 yards rushing in a game all season long.
That is going to have to change if this squad is going to compete in the SEC.
At 2-2, Toledo may not stand out too much as far as its record is concerned. But the Rockets are a team to look out for, led by senior running back David Fluellen.
In a 38-17 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday, Fluellen rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries.
The workhorse back has already totaled 497 yards and four touchdowns on the season, including a 111-yard performance on 17 carries against Missouri.
This MAC player has a chance to play on Sundays next season.
After only winning one game last season, Kansas has already doubled its win total in 2013.
The Jayhawks picked up a 13-10 home victory over Louisiana Tech, thanks to a 52-yard field goal by Matthew Wyman as time expired.
The win moved Kansas to 2-1 on the season with Big 12 play approaching in less than two weeks.
A loss here and Weis might have been on his way out the door. As it stands, he might just need to pick up a win or two in Big 12 play to keep his gig next season.
After losing its first three games of the season, including a 27-23 defeat at the hands of FCS squad Nicholls State, Western Michigan took a beating against Iowa on Saturday.
The Broncos fell 59-3 to the Hawkeyes, committing four turnovers in the process.
Iowa is not a team that typically pummels opponents like that, but with the way Western Michigan has been playing, it does not come as much of a surprise.
There might be one or two FBS teams that go winless all year long. This could very easily be one of them.
Even after Minnesota finished 2012 with a 6-6 regular season, there were still skeptics. The Golden Gophers were not expected to contend for a Big Ten title this season. While that might not be the case by the end of the year, right now this team looks very dangerous.
After a 43-24 home victory over a talented San Jose State team, Minnesota appears prepared to take on what the Big Ten has to offer.
The Minnesota defense did allow some yards but held San Jose State to 1-of-9 on third downs and also forced three turnovers.
The schedule is going to get tougher, but only Michigan, Northwestern and Wisconsin are currently ranked in the Top 25.
After struggling mightily last season, Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas has not shown much improvement so far in 2013.
Virginia Tech did manage to knock off Marshall 29-21 in triple overtime, but Thomas struggled once again. The senior passed for only 181 yards on 18-of-34 with a touchdown and two interceptions. He did rush for 58 yards and two scores on 23 carries.
So far on the season, he has three touchdown passes with four interceptions. That comes a year after only totaling 18 touchdowns through the air with 16 picks.
Even though Virginia Tech is 3-1, the offense has struggled to score points on a consistent basis. That might be the case for much of the season.
Pittsburgh and Duke played the highest-scoring game of the week. The Panthers went on the road and took down the Blue Devils, 58-55.
Both teams went over 530 yards of total offense. The difference in the game was the four turnovers committed by Duke.
Even though it is very early in the season, it is easy to see that these two teams are not afraid to allow some points.
That will need to change as ACC play begins to heat up.
Whether it was the fact that it was coming off a win over South Carolina or that Georgia was looking ahead to next week's game against LSU, it was easy to see that the Bulldogs were not completely focused against North Texas on Saturday.
That did not seem to matter in the end, as Georgia came away with a 45-21 victory despite the game being tied midway through the third quarter.
Quarterback Aaron Murray passed for 408 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.
Overall, the Bulldogs just looked sluggish on both sides of the ball. A showing like that next week and the result will not be the same against a team like LSU.
Even though the 52-17 victory on Saturday only came against Tulane, the Syracuse Orange appear to be headed in the right direction.
After a close 23-17 loss to Penn State to kick off the season, the Orange fell, 48-27, at the hands of Northwestern. It now appears the Orange have righted the ship with a 54-0 victory over Wagner and now this domination of Tulane.
With ACC play approaching, it looks like Syracuse is clicking at the right time, particularly on the offensive side of the ball
Even though it has only been three games, the Houston Cougars are off to a very fast start in a new league.
The Cougars knocked off former Conference USA rival Rice 31-26 Saturday to move their record to 3-0 on the year.
With UTSA and Memphis on the horizon, this could be a 5-0 squad headed into a showdown with BYU on Oct. 19.
The Cougars have done it with an offense that is averaging over 38 points a contest and ranks 20th in the country in rushing yards per game, despite losing Charles Sims to West Virginia.
A 56-0 victory over Idaho State is certainly not a huge surprise for Washington, but with the way the Huskies are playing, particularly at the skill positions, this is a team to be reckoned with.
Running back Bishop Sankey is one of the best in the country at his position. He has 446 yards rushing and four touchdowns on the year. There are some talented wide receivers on this squad, including Kasen Williams and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Quarterback Keith Price is also healthy and dynamic with both his legs and arm. He has passed for 879 yards and seven touchdowns. He also has a rushing touchdown.
Look out for the Huskies in 2013.
When quarterback Jeff Driskel went down with a broken leg in the first quarter, junior Tyler Murphy came in and led the Gators to a 31-17 victory over rival Tennessee.
He completed eight of 14 passes for 134 yards with a touchdown.
That is not a bad performance for a guy entering the game with his team trailing 7-0 midway through the first quarter.
Look for continued improvement all season long from Murphy.
Even though the offense has struggled for most of the season at USC, the defense continues to help lead the team to victory.
That was the case once again in a 17-14 home win over Utah State.
The Trojans held talented Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton to 179 yards and two touchdowns on 21-of-39 passing. He was also held in check on the ground, rushing for minus-15 yards on 12 carries.
Utah State only managed 285 yards of total offense on the day and 4.5 yards per pass attempt.
This USC defense is without question the strength of this squad.
The good news for Northwestern is it was playing Maine on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats once again struggled to move the football on offense. They were outgained 379-373 by the Black Bears.
Two touchdowns by the defense once again saved the day for Northwestern in a 35-21 victory.
The two Wildcats quarterbacks only combined to go 10-of-17 passing for 122 yards with a touchdown and a pick.
The continued absence of star running Venric Mark is certainly having an impact on Northwestern. The Wildcats need him back to battle the big boys in the Big Ten.
There are not many teams in the nation that have won more close games over the past two years than Notre Dame.
That was once again the case in a 17-13 home win over Michigan State.
Neither team could do much on offense. Notre Dame only totaled 220 yards to 254 for the Spartans.
But in the end, the Irish pulled out the victory and moved to 3-1 on the season.
At 2-2, West Virginia is not off to a bad start, but the Mountaineers are heading into the toughest part of their schedule.
The next six games include Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas State, TCU and Texas.
With the way the Mountaineers are playing right now, it is hard to imagine them winning more than a game or two during that stretch.
Two wins will be absolutely necessary for any hope of a bowl game. Those two might be hard to come by for head coach Dana Holgorsen and his squad.
New Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell inherited a 6-6 bowl team, but it does not look like Purdue is going to get back to one this year.
The Boilermakers are sitting at 1-3 and have been outscored 128-61 so far this season. The competition is not going to get any easier with schools like Northern Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan State and Ohio State next up on the schedule.
Hazell might have a bit of a rebuilding project over the next few years.
Even without star quarterback Taylor Martinez, Nebraska still dominated FCS foe South Dakota State 59-20.
The Cornhuskers were led by freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. He completed 12 of 15 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed five times for 38 yards. Senior quarterback Ron Kellogg III also played very well. He completed eight of nine passes for 136 yards and a touchdown.
Still, it will be nice for Nebraska to get Martinez back for Big 10 play.
Even though Arkansas started 3-0, the Razorbacks desperately needed a win on Saturday at Rutgers to be in good shape for a bowl berth.
That win did not come, as the Scarlet Knights came from behind to knock off the Razorbacks 28-24.
Despite committing three turnovers to none for Arkansas, Rutgers was still able to come away with a victory at home.
The next four games for Arkansas are against Texas A&M, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama. Throw in Ole Miss and LSU toward the end of the year and this team has a gauntlet of a schedule remaining.
Getting to six wins in 2013 is not going to be easy.
Despite losing its coach Darrell Hazell to Purdue, coming into the season there were high expectations surrounding Kent State.
The Golden Flashes returned both of their talented running backs. Dri Archer and Trayion Durham were dominant last season and figured to do the same again this year.
But an injury to Archer in Week 1 has made for a 1-3 start, including a 34-0 blowout loss at Penn State on Saturday.
Unless Archer comes back soon, this team is going to struggle the rest of the year.
The combination of Melvin Gordon and James White was dominant for the Wisconsin Badgers in a 41-10 home win against Purdue.
Gordon carried the ball 16 times for 147 yards and three touchdowns, while White totaled 12 carries for 145 yards and a score. White also caught three passes out of the backfield for 49 more yards.
These two might just be the best combination in college football.
Don’t forget third-stringer Corey Clement. He carried the ball 13 times for 83 yards and a touchdown. He has already rushed for 334 yards in four games this season.
While the Cincinnati Bearcats are solid on the defensive side of the ball, they do not expect to hold a team to 87 total yards.
That is exactly what happened in a 14-0 victory over Miami on Saturday afternoon.
The RedHawks fell to 0-3 on the season and could not move the ball at all. They managed seven yards rushing on 29 attempts and quarterback Austin Boucher completed seven of 16 passes for 80 yards.
Miami was 0-of-11 on third-down conversions. That is not going to win many football games right there.
In three games, Miami has only scored 21 points. That ranks 124th in the country.
Once again, it was an offensive explosion for the Baylor Bears on Saturday in a 70-7 victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
The Bears put up 70 points in the first 37 plus minutes of the game. No question they could have scored 100 against a team that held Oklahoma to 34 and just defeated Wake Forest 21-19 a week ago.
This was the third straight game of at least 69 points for the Baylor offense. They currently lead the nation at 69.7 points a game.
What a matchup that would be if they took on Oregon.
There have been weeks with blowouts between big-time FBS schools and smaller FCS opponents, but Week 4 stood out, and it is about time to be finished with the cupcakes.
Ohio State knocked off Florida A&M 76-0, Miami dismantled Savannah State 77-7, Florida State battered Bethune-Cookman 54-6, Virginia beat VMI 49-0, Washington pummeled Idaho State 56-0, and even Bowling Green knocked off Murray State 48-7.
Those are just a few of the blowouts fans had to witness on Saturday.
I don’t know about everybody else, but it is about time for conference play to begin.
After starting off the season relatively slowly, the American Athletic Conference had a solid showing in Week 4.
While the league only went 5-2, those two losses came at the hands of Texas A&M and Michigan.
Houston came up with a nice road win against Rice, Rutgers beat Arkansas at home and everybody knows what Louisville did to Florida International. Throw in wins by Cincinnati and Memphis and it was the best week the league has had yet.
If Connecticut had held on against Michigan, there might have been an uproar from the AAC.
While he's only three games into his college football career, it is easy to see that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston loves the spotlight.
He was sluggish in a 54-6 victory over Bethune-Cookman. Winston finished the game 10-of-19 passing for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
When the bright lights were on in the season opener against Pittsburgh, he dazzled, completing 25 of 27 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns.
Expect Winston to perform best in the biggest games of the season.
Despite scoring 28 points, Arizona State was dominated in a 42-28 loss at Stanford on Saturday night.
The Sun Devils once again did not get much production out of running back Marion Grice. He finished the game with 50 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. He has struggled so far in the early going this season, rushing for only 193 yards on 53 carries. He has gotten into the end zone six times but has not gone over 84 yards in a game.
With some games coming up against solid defenses, including USC and Notre Dame, this senior running back is going to need to step up if Arizona State wants to remain near the national rankings.
Even though there are some tough games remaining on the Oregon schedule, the only defense with a legitimate shot to slow this group down is the Stanford Cardinal.
Stanford completely shut down Arizona State for three quarters on Saturday night before allowing 21 points in the fourth quarter.
The Oregon offense is a huge step up from Arizona State, but Stanford showed last season that it can handle the Ducks' high-flying offensive attack.
It seems clear after four weeks that Stanford has the best chance to slow down Oregon.
Despite only playing one drive into the second half, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel still finished 14-of-21 passing for 244 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He also rushed for 102 yards and two scores on 12 carries.
Every time he takes the field, Manziel does something to turn the heads of those in the stands.
Despite seeing limited action in three games, Manziel has already totaled 12 touchdowns through the air and three more on the ground.
While it is still early, he is certainly at the top of the Heisman watch right now.
It is still uncertain how long Miami quarterback Stephen Morris will be out after leaving the 77-7 Hurricanes victory in the first quarter with a leg injury.
Junior Ryan Williams filled in nicely for Morris. He completed 11 of 13 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns.
While it did come against FCS foe Savannah State, those are still solid numbers.
At 6’6” and 223 pounds, Williams has the size to be a factor in the ACC. Hopefully for the Hurricanes, that will not come until next year.
Despite winning 31-6 over Colorado State, Alabama looked a little sluggish in the victory.
The Crimson Tide only led 17-6 with less than 12 minutes remaining, but turned it on with two late touchdowns.
Part of the reason for the struggle was the fact that the Crimson Tide could not run the football. Starting running back T.J. Yeldon was suspended for the first quarter but still only managed 49 yards on seven carries. As a team, the Crimson Tide totaled 66 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
Those are not exactly typical Alabama stats. It all starts up front with an offensive line that struggled to open up holes. The group certainly needs to improve for Alabama to run the table.
Despite struggling against Florida State in the Orange Bowl last year, Northern Illinois has quickly rebounded in 2013, led by quarterback Jordan Lynch.
Even though he threw two interceptions on Saturday, he still completed 21 of 30 passes for 235 yards with a touchdown. He also carried the ball 23 times for 189 yards.
Northern Illinois is off to a 3-0 start and Lynch has been a big part of that. He has passed for 662 yards and rushed for 404 more in just three games.
Look for another season with outstanding numbers from Lynch.
While the Aztecs fell, 34-30, at home to Oregon State, San Diego State showed some signs of life against the Beavers.
It took two Oregon State touchdowns in a 10-second span with less than three minutes remaining for the Beavers to come away with the victory.
Still, it was a step in the right direction for San Diego State. The Aztecs were coming off losses to Eastern Illinois and Ohio State the first two games of the year.
Those embarrassing losses were enough to get the team pumped up enough to nearly come away with the victory.
We are still very early in the season, but Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion is putting up some astronomical numbers so far for the Beavers.
He has already passed for 1,604 yards and 15 touchdowns with only one interception.
He has passed for at least 367 yards in every game this season. He has also thrown at least three touchdowns in every contest.
Don’t look now, but this guy is putting up numbers better than any quarterback in the nation.
The Auburn Tigers began the season 3-0, but proved on Saturday night they are still not on the same level as the top-tier SEC schools. LSU dominated Auburn in a 35-21 victory.
It was 21-0 at halftime before Auburn finally got on the board in the third quarter.
LSU rushed for 227 yards, led by sophomore Jeremy Hill. He carried the ball 25 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns.
Auburn running back Tre Mason also had an excellent game, carrying the ball 26 times for 132 yards and two scores.
Both teams have excellent rushing attacks, but the talent on LSU is still superior to that of Auburn at this point.
No question Auburn is headed in the right direction under new head coach Gus Malzahn.
Once again, Michigan squeaked by against a far inferior team. The Wolverines went on the road and knocked off a winless Connecticut team 24-21 in come-from-behind fashion.
Quarterback Devin Gardner struggled once again, finishing the game 13-of-25 passing for 111 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. He did carry the ball 19 times for 59 yards and a score.
Michigan has a bye week before Big Ten play. With only two ranked teams remaining on the schedule, the Wolverines still have a shot to be near the top of the rankings by the end of the season.
When Brady Hoke stated that if Johnny Manziel was on Michigan, he would be behind Devin Gardner on the depth chart, he clearly wasn’t thinking.
A few weeks later, that comment looks even worse.
While Manziel has been a star all season long, Gardner has struggled, having thrown eight interceptions with only seven touchdowns. He has rushed for five scores, but there is no question that he has been a major disappointment for the Wolverines so far this season.
After back-to-back losses against BYU and Ole Miss, Texas rebounded nicely in a 31-21 home win against Kansas State.
The hot seat that Mack Brown might have found himself on a week ago has certainly cooled down a little bit with that victory.
The Longhorns were led by running back Johnathan Gray. The sophomore carried the ball 28 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
This was a game Texas needed to win and it got the victory.
The Missouri Tigers put together another excellent offensive performance in a 45-28 victory over Big Ten foe Indiana.
Through three games, the Tigers are eighth in the country, averaging 47 points a game.
A reason for that success has been the health of quarterback James Franklin. So far this season, he has passed for 873 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions. He has also rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown. That is more of an indication of just how healthy he is.
Don’t look now, but Missouri could be a factor this year in the SEC.
After struggling through an injury-plagued 5-7 campaign in 2012, it appears the Utah Utes are back in 2013.
Utah went on the road and knocked off BYU 20-13 in a very hostile environment.
That was the fourth straight victory by the Utes over BYU. Utah seems to have had the Cougars' number over the past few seasons.
The key to the year has been the emergence of sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson. In four games, he has passed for 1,113 yards with nine touchdowns and only three interceptions. He has also rushed for 251 yards and five touchdowns on 32 carries. This dual-threat quarterback is one of the main reasons Utah is 3-1 right now.
The Pac-12 played six non-conference games on Saturday and posted a perfect 6-0 mark.
While there were not really any marquee wins with the exception of USC over Utah State, the league once again flexed its muscle and proved why it might just be the best conference in the nation with the exception of the SEC.
There is still a long way to go, but the Pac-12 is off to an excellent start early on.
Wyoming is off to an excellent 3-1 start. Most of that success is due to the play of junior quarterback Brett Smith.
Smith led Wyoming to a 56-23 road victory over Air Force. He completed 35 of 41 passes for 373 yards and four touchdowns. Smith also carried the ball 16 times for 138 yards and a score.
So far on the season, he has passed for 1,315 yards and rushed for 299 with a touchdown.
Look for this guy to continue to increase his stock the rest of this year and into 2014.
Week 4 of the college football season certainly left something to be desired. There were not a lot of marquee games to choose from, but that is all going to change over the next few weeks as conference play continues to heat up.
There are some excellent games for college football fans to look forward to, starting with an SEC showdown between Georgia and LSU on Saturday.
Rest assured, there will be plenty more to choose from the remainder of the season.