By: Kelechi Anozie
One of the many reasons why college football is so intriguing, is the possibility of an upset taking place. On Friday evening, the USC Trojans put together the biggest upset of the 2019 season, by beating the #10 Utah Utes. This would be the first of many upsets that took place in week 4.
Here is what we learned in week 4:
USC's improbable victory over #10 Utah, introduced Michael Pittman Jr. to the rest of the nation. His legendary performance set a standard for receivers this season, while raising his NFL Draft stock.
For Utah, their loss is accentuated by the fact that USC was playing their third-string quarterback. Any chance of a College Football Playoff appearance dealt a severe blow
Michigan's embarrassing loss to Wisconsin accomplished two things; it solidified the Wolverines as the most overrated team in college football, and it increased the Badgers stock as potential playoff teams.
With a combined 130 points and 1377 yards of total offense, UCLA and Washington State engaged in one of the biggest shootouts in college football history. When the smoke cleared, Chip Kelly's Bruins pulled off one of the biggest comeback in their school's history, after trailing by 32 points. A game for the ages.
SMU may crack the top 25 for the first time in a long time, after their impressive victory over #25 TCU.
If there were any debates about the most efficient quarterback in college football, LSU's Joe Burrow may have settled that debate, with his masterful performance against Vanderbilt.
Even with the loss of their starting quarterback for the season, the Florida Gators did not miss a beat with Kyle Trask at the helm, in their victory against Tennessee.
For Clemson, it was another day at the office, as they made quick work of Charlotte in their contest.
UCF knew little about the "Philly Special", until Pittsburgh used it against them in the last minute of their contest, ending their 25-game regular-season winning streak.
Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy accounted for six touchdowns, setting the school record
as they dominated Louisiana-Monroe in a big way.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields also accounted for six touchdowns, in their colossal victory over Ohio.
Don't look now, but the Louisiana Cajuns are 3-1 so far this season
In a battle that featured two high-powered offenses, Sam Ehlinger and his Texas Longhorns proved to be too much for Oklahoma State.
Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa recorded is second straight five-touchdown game in their victory
over Southern Mississippi.
Michigan State finally got their offense rolling, courtesy of Brian Lewerke's three touchdown passes.
So far this season, Colorado quarterback Steven Montez has mastered the art of come-from-behind victories, as he pulled out another one against Arizona State.
Matchup of the Week: Notre Dame vs. Georgia
In a contest which saw both teams have little success on offense, it was all about defense. Trailing at the half by three, Georgia's defense held Notre Dame's offense to zero points in the third quarter. Notre Dame finally broke through with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to put them within six. Yet in the end, Georgia's defense came through with big stops to win the contest.
Week 4 Honor Roll
Michael Pittman Jr. - Wide receiver (USC) Matt Fink - Quarterback (USC)
Jonathan Taylor - Running back (Wisconsin) Brock Purdy - Quarterback (Iowa State)
Joe Burrow - Quarterback (LSU) Ja'Marr Chase - Wide receiver (LSU)
Anthony Gordon - Quarterback (Wash St) D. Thompson-Robinson- Quarterback (UCLA)
Steven Montez - Quarterback (Colorado) D'Eriq King - Quarterback (Houston)
David Anenih - Defensive line (Houston) LeVante Bellamy - Running back (WMichigan)
Alijah Halliburton - Safety (Wyoming) Marvin Wilson - Defensive line (Florida)
Chase Garbers - Quarterback (California) Jeff Gladney - Cornerback (TCU)
Charles Snowden - Linebacker (Virginia) Chris Robison - Quarterback (FAU)
Easop Winston Jr. - Wide receiver (Wash St) Demetric Felton - Wide receiver (UCLA)