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Week 4 2023 College Football Recap And Top Performers

Let us call it "legitimacy week".

For many of the teams in Week 4, this was a chance to find out if they were true contenders or pretenders. As expected, this turned out to be one of the most compelling weeks of the season, and we are still getting started.

So, let us recap what we learned.


What Did We Learn From Week 4?

  • It is really simple. Coach Prime and the Colorado Buffaloes ran into a team that was too big, too strong, and on a different level. The Oregon Ducks proved why they should be considered one of the top three teams in college football. Think of it: before the midway point of the second quarter, it was already 21-0. Even if the Buffaloes had Travis Hunter, they likely would not have stood a chance. It's time for Coach Prime's team to regroup and move on rather than dwell on the lopsided score.

  • In the case of Ohio State, they are fortunate to have the type of run offense that camouflages the many deficiencies of their quarterback, Kyle McCord. Even with the loss, Notre Dame is better in the long run with Hartman than the Buckeyes with McCord. PS: Ryan Day's postgame speech after the game was inspiring.

  • If there is any consolation for the Clemson Tigers, we know for certain they could hang with one of the top teams in the nation. What is unsettling is the manner in which they lost this game after being in total control before halftime. As it stands, the Seminoles may very well be the new kings of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

  • Then again, the Miami Hurricanes may have a say to the throne in the ACC after their impressive win over Temple. Tyler Van Dyke was on fire again, and the defense relegated the Owls offense to just 11 rushing yards. Mario Cristobal has done it again.

  • Either Penn State is really that good or Iowa is just terrible at producing offensively. Either way, the Nittany Lions are a very dangerous team and are arguably the most balanced team in the Big Ten Conference.

  • Cameron Ward may be the best quarterback in the nation that few mention. Coming into his contest against Oregon State, he held the longest streak of pass attempts without an interception. On this occasion, he threw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Washington State is lucky to have him because he is an exceptional talent.

  • Arkansas is one of those teams whose record isn't a fair reflection of their overall talent. The Razorbacks may have lost, but they gave LSU all they could handle. The combination of Jayden Daniels and Malik Nabers is a force to be reckoned with.

  • While the Big Ten focuses on teams like Michigan and Penn State, Maryland continues to stack wins. Taulia Tagovailoa and his crew made quick work of Michigan State this weekend.

  • Well, get this: Georgia State is 4-0 and beat a good Coastal Carolina team. Could they be bound to make the AP Top 25? They certainly look like it.

  • Speaking of 4-0 teams, Air Force continues to run the read/zone option down the throats of opposing defenses and continues to win. It may be ugly football, but it works.

  • Michigan beat Rutgers. The only thing worth noting is that Jim Harbaugh is back from his suspension.

  • Jalen Milroe should be Alabama's quarterback going forward. Is he elite? No, but he wins games for Nick Saban. On a side note, the Crimson Tide defense is the real deal; Dallas Turner is arguably the best pass rusher in the nation.

  • Dillon Gabriel is the heartbeat of the Oklahoma Sooners. In a game that seemed so close at the beginning, his ability to take over was too much for Cincinnati to handle. As long as he stays healthy, this year's Sooners could make a case for a spot in the playoffs.

  • The Louisville Cardinals deserve a lot more attention than they are receiving. In addition to being 4-0, their offense is as efficient as any in the nation. The tandem of Jawhar Jordan and Jamari Thrash is one of the best in college football and should have everyone on notice.


Week 4 Top Performers

Gold Standard Performers -

QB Cameron Ward - Washington State

RB DJ Gibbons - Kansas State

WR Xavier Legette - South Carolina

QB Dillon Gabriel - Oklahoma State

QB Jace Bauer - Central Michigan

LB Danny Stutsman - Oklahoma

TE Brock Bowers - Georgia

LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. - Clemson

RB Peny Boone - Missouri

DB Maxwell Hairston - Kentucky

RB Jalen Buckley - Western Michigan

DE Jonah Elliss - Utah

DE Solomon Byrd - USC

QB Jack Plummer - Louisville

LB Dallas Turner - Alabama

QB Jayden Daniels - LSU


Offense -

QB Jordan Travis - Florida State

WR Malik Washington - Virginia

QB Caleb Williams - USC

WR Josh Kelly - Washington State

WR Kyle Williams - Washington State

QB Michael Penix jr. - Washington

QB Joe Milton III - Tennessee

RB Ashton Jeanty - Boise State

WR Brian Thomas Jr. - LSU

WR Malik Nabers - LSU

RB Will Shipley - Clemson

RB Eric Butler - Air Force

WR Troy Franklin - Oregon

QB Rocco Becht - Iowa State

QB Taulia Tagovailoa - Maryland

RB Jawhar Jordan - Louisville

WR Keon Coleman - Florida State

WR Ja'lynn Polk - Washington

WR Rome Odunze - Washington

RB Braelon Allen - Wisconsin

WR Kevin Concepcion - NC State

Defense -

LB Kalen DeLoach - Florida State

S Andre Sam - LSU

LB Nick Jackson - Iowa

LB Tackett Curtis - USC

S Eric Butler - San Diego State

DE Romello Height - USC

CB Cobee Bryant - Kansas

LB Harold Perkins Jr. - LSU

DL Austin Booker - Kansas

DT Aeneas Peebles - Duke

DL Tim Smith - Alabama

CB Ricardo Hallman - Wisconsin

DB Evan Williams - Oregon

EDGE Chris Braswell - Alabama

LB Jeremiah Peters - Toledo

DE Jordan Burch - Oregon

LB Namdi Obiazor - TCU

DE Deshawn Holt - Toledo

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