5 Biggest Surprises from Week 4 in College Football

Matt DalbyCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2011

5 Biggest Surprises from Week 4 in College Football

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    College football always seems to surprise us. That's the beauty of the game.

    Saturday was no different than any other, bringing us upsets, shocking performances, breathtaking plays and painstakingly slow games for heralded stars.

    While you may not have been able to catch all of the action, here are five of the biggest surprises from this past college football Saturday.

Temple Throttles Maryland on the Road

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    Raise your hand if you thought the Temple Owls were going to walk into Byrd Stadium on Maryland's campus and win.

    OK, understandable. Now, did you think they were going to waltz up and down the field and pile on 38 points to just seven from the Terps?

    I thought so.

    The Owls racked up a staggering 425 total yards of offense, controlling the game clock by an almost 3-to-1 advantage.

    Anytime your time of possession is in the 40s, good things are expected.

    Al Golden must have left a heck of a team back in Philly.

Miami Blows One at Home

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    Speaking of Al Golden, how bad does he want his old job back?

    Just one week after knocking off Ohio State in possibly the biggest win in over five years, the 'Canes laid an absolute egg on Saturday.

    No disrespect to Kansas State, but nobody expected the Wildcats to march into Sun Life Stadium and take down a hot Miami squad.

    K State amassed an impressive 265 yards on the ground en route to a 28-24 victory.

    Miami came up just a hair short. Literally.

Forget Blackmon, It's All About Weeden

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    Many have All-American Justin Blackmon on their Heisman watch list, but it was easy to see who the true MVP of the Cowboys was on Saturday.

    Trailing 20-3 after a half of play, Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden did nothing except torch the Texas A&M secondary in the second half on his way to a signature 30-29 win at Kyle Field.

    The 27-year-old senior went a mind-boggling 47-of-60 for 438 yards and two scores.

    Add the fact it should've been three scores if not for a boneheaded play by Blackmon and this was an inspiring day.

    Oklahoma State got the attention of the entire country with its win over the Aggies, but more importantly Weeden is finally getting the credit he deserves.

Lack of Love for the Tide

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    Did Alabama play on Saturday?

    Wait, it beat the No. 14 team in the country by 24 points?

    For the amount of attention the media-loved LSU Tigers generated from their win against an overrated West Virginia squad, the Crimson Tide garnered the exact opposite.

    Alabama continues to quietly handle its business on the field, disposing one ranked team after another.

    Alabama's 38-14 win over Arkansas may not seem like a lot now, but down the road it will be much more impressive than others on Saturday.

    The again, the Tide play their arch nemesis from Gainesville this week. Think the media will be there for that one?

Arizona State Regroups to Tackle Trojans

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    USC crept by its first couple games of the year but finally dropped one to the Arizona State Sun Devils.

    USC quarterback Matt Barkley played poorly in the Trojans defeat, delivering the final interception that was the nail in the coffin.

    Junior Sun Devil running back Cameron Marshall came up clutch in this one, piling on 141 yards and three touchdowns.

    Four turnovers proved to be USC's undoing as it was finally dethroned from the undefeated ranks.