The Southeastern Conference is back and in a sense, it felt like the true beginning of the college football season. It we were to be honest, the season is much more compelling when SEC teams are involved. This was certainly a week for big upsets. In the case of the defending National Champions LSU, they found out that life after Joe Burrow is not going to be an easy one. In Oklahoma, his unfortunately repeated itself in the worst way possible.
What Did We Learn In Week 4?
In their season debut, the defending national champions LSU Tigers, got a heavy dose of Mississippi State's air raid offense, engineered by the legendary Mike Leach.The Bulldogs offense produced three 100-yard rushers, and transfer quarterback KJ Costello threw for over 600 yards and four touchdowns in his debut. In the end, the Tigers made history by becoming the first defending national champion team to lose their season opener since 1978.
The Mac Jones era in Alabama got off to a booming start. Before halftime, the Crimson Tide had scored 28 points and never looked back, as they made quick work of Missouri.
History has an interesting way of repeating itself.Last season, Kansas State pulled off a huge upset of Oklahoma, ruining their playoff chances in the process.A year later, the Wildcats led by quarterback Skyler Thompson, took advantage of a broken Sooners defense to pull off the biggest upset of the season so far.The only difference in this case, the Wildcats beat the Sooners on their home turf.Wow!
It may have been one game, but the Florida Gators are going to be a problem. For opposing defenses, having to deal with quarterback Kyle Trask is bad enough, then having to find match ups for tight end Kyle Pitts and their receiving trio of Toney, Grimes, and Copeland, is going to be an issue of all teams going forward. It was a valiant effort by Ole Miss, but they were completely outmatched.
We all expected Sam Ehlinger and his Texas Longhorns to come out with heavy offense. What we did not expect was Texas Tech being equal to task. As a result, we received arguably the most competitive game of the season, as both teams combined for 119 points. When it seemed that the Longhorns were down and out, Ehlinger put together an impressive comeback, culminating in an overtime victory.
Despite not having their starting quarterback, Oklahoma State did their damage on the ground with running backs Chuba Hubbard. and LD Brown. Though it was not their best performance, it proved that the Cowboys could win games in different ways.
UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel put together yet another 400-yard, four touchdown performance, as his Knights took down East Carolina. When it comes to the top quarterbacks in the nation, Gabriel's name should be part of the discussion.
The Pitt Panthers not only has the best defensive unit in the ACC, they may very well have the best defensive unit in the nation. On Saturday, they collected seven sacks against the Louisville offense, helping them escape with a big win.
Congratulations to defensive end JaQuan Bailey for becoming Iowa State's all-time leader in sacks and tackles for loss, after recording 3.5 sacks and four tackles for loss in their victory over TCU.
Appalachian State running backs Daetrich Harrington and Nate Noel combined for 432 rushing yards and five touchdowns, as they carried the Mountaineers to an impressive win over Campbell.
Kentucky found out the hard way, how dominant a receiver Seth Williams can be, as lead Auburn to a victory over Kentucky.
Week 4 Honor Roll
Kj Costello - Mississippi State
JaQuan Bailey - Iowa State
Kyle Pitts - Florida
Kyle Trask - Florida
Osirus Mitchell - Mississippi State
Zach Wilson - BYU
Daetrich Harrington - App State
Skylar Thompson - Kansas State
Deuce Vaughn - Kansas State
Kylin Hill - Mississippi State
Matt Corral - Ole Miss
Ventrell Miller - Florida
Seth Williams - Auburn
Patrick Jones II - Pitt
Rashad Weaver - Pitt