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College Football: Week 4 Recap
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Fresno State senior quarterback Derek Carr against Boise State on Sept. 20.

Week 4 wasn’t filled with the most intriguing matchups, nor were there any big upsets. Quite a few highly ranked teams blew out their opponents, but it doesn’t necessarily mean there weren’t a few close calls. 

What ended up being the biggest game of the week occurred Friday night between Mountain West Conference contenders Boise State and Fresno State. The Broncos were looking to keep themselves in BCS bowl contention, but couldn’t quite get the job done. They lost 41-40 against a talented Fresno State led by quarterback Derek Carr, who threw for an impressive 460 yards and four touchdowns. 

The Bulldogs are now in ranked in the Top 25 and have defeated two quality opponents in Rutgers and Boise State. They could be the mid-major team that crashes the BCS party. 

Once again, two weeks later after their big matchup, Notre Dame and Michigan barely held on to defeat their opponents. At least the Fighting Irish were playing a Michigan State squad that had the top defense in the country, Michigan struggled offensively and almost lost to a UConn team that in Week 1 lost to FCS opponent Towson 33-18. Luckily, Brady Hoke’s squad scored 17 unanswered points to win 24-21. 

The Florida Gators came away with their ninth straight win over Tennessee, but lost quarterback Jeff Driskel for the rest of the season with an ankle injury. Georgia struggled at home against North Texas until pulling away at the end of the third quarter to win 45-21. 

Auburn and LSU played in a torrential downpour in Death Valley. Auburn proved they are a better team under new head coach Gus Malzahn already, but LSU showcased how dangerous they could potentially be this season. 

The biggest win on Saturday had to be for Mack Brown and his Texas Longhorns. Two blowout losses to BYU and Ole Miss in a row made for a rough few weeks in Austin. A 31-21 win over Kansas State gives them a 1-0 record in Big 12 play and a chance at making a BCS bowl game. 

Baylor, Louisville, Miami (FL) and Ohio State all put up 70 points or more on their opponents. The game was so bad between Miami (FL) and Savannah State that they decided to play a 12 minute fourth quarter. 

Remember FCS Savannah State has been blown out by multiple FBS teams. Since 2012, the Tigers have been outscored 282-10. On the bright side, they’re getting good money out of it.  

With all of that said, here are my pick results and my weekly final thought: 

 

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