College Football Wrap Up: Week 4

Trent Richardson and Alabama continue to roll

It was another fun weekend of college football across the country and we saw a bunch of great top 25 match ups.

In the SEC Alabama handled Arkansas easily in Tuscaloosa. The Razorbacks looked hopeless against the dominant Alabama defense. I’ve come to the conclusion that Alabama’s defense is the best in college football this year, though that’s not very surprising. LSU beat up West Virginia, but it wasn’t their defense that always shined in this one. Yielding over 500 yards wasn’t great but the Tigers once again came up with timely turnovers and special teams play to overcome another road environment. LSU has wiped through the toughest schedule so far this year, and for that they deserve a lot of respect. While most people would be shocked and awed by the way they played against West Virginia, I do have some concerns about the LSU secondary which was torched often by the Mountaineers. LSU is clearly a top notch team, but the question once again remains who is the best? I’m still not sure.

Oklahoma made Missouri go easier than the score indicated, and once again showed why they are one of the nations best. Oklahoma State came back and beat Texas A&M in College Station, but this game didn’t tell me a whole lot. Clearly the Pokes can throw the ball around the field, but I’m not convinced they can do it against a top notch defense. For now, they are a clear favorite to finish second in the Big 12, but how good are they really?

In the ACC Georgia Tech took down UNC in the 4th quarter, and once again the Jackets lit up the scoreboard with points and yards. UNC’s defense isn’t as good as last year, but they certainly were the biggest test so far for the Jackets and they passed. Right now I am very surprised by Georgia Tech, but from what I see this team looks to have the makings of a huge season. With Clemson, Georgia and Virginia Tech all having to go to Atlanta to play them, the Jackets could be racking up a lot of wins in 2011.

Also, Clemson came back after the Auburn game and looked impressive again against a much better FSU defense. Tahj Boyd now has 13 TD’s and 1 INT on the year, and true Freshman Sammy Watkins looks like one of the best receivers in the country already. With weapons across the board the Tigers look very dangerous, but their secondary still is giving up big plays. With a very tough trip to Blacksburg this Saturday the Tigers still have a lot to prove on both sides of the ball against a smash mouth Virginia Tech team, in one of the nation’s toughest environments.

Now that we have moved past this week, I’ll give you my top 25. Look out for this week’s predictions on Thursday.

1. Alabama

2. LSU

3. Oklahoma

4. Wisconsin

5. Stanford

6. Oklahoma State

7. Virginia Tech

8. Florida

9. Boise State

10. Clemson

11. Georgia Tech

12. Oregon

13. South Carolina

14. Nebraska

15. Texas A&M

16. Texas

17. Arkansas

18. Florida State

19. West Virginia

20. South Florida

21. Baylor

22. Michigan

23. TCU

24. Illinois

25. Notre Dame

Close: Michigan State, Arizona State, Houston

 

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