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Riding the fences – Week 4

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Texas, Oregon, and Wisconsin all passed the test…all 3 teams are 1-0 in conference play, and recorded wins that put to rest (at least temporarily) concerns that lingered from the non-conference part of the season.

Texas A&M, Utah, and Washington State did not pass the test.

LSU rolled up 59 points in the first three quarters en route to blowing out Vanderbilt in Nashville. Joe Burrow threw for 398 yards and six touchdowns. I don’t know how to say “spread offense” in Cajun, but the locals learned quickly.

This week in ugh-ternate uniforms: Tulane, known as the green wave since the 1920’s, wore powder blue.

USC lost starting quarterback JT Daniels for the season, then Daniels’ backup was injured on the first series of Friday night’s game against Utah. 3rd string quarterback Matt Fink stepped in and threw for 351 yards, leading USC to victory. The rash of injuries coupled with unexpected success on the field is setting up an interesting quandary regarding head coach Clay Helton.

Quarterback Shea Patterson transferred to Michigan from Mississippi and was widely touted as the linchpin to the masterpiece Jim Harbaugh was creating in Ann Arbor. That scenario hasn’t panned out and it’s not obvious whether fault lies with the player or coach.

Redshirt junior Kyle Trask made his first start at quarterback since he was a high school freshman starting for the JV team. All Trask did was throw for 293 yards and lead Florida to a resounding win over Tennessee.

Bevo’s handlers got creative:

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Texas A&M and Notre Dame were competitive in close losses to Top 10 ranked opponents…but those fan bases expect more than “competitive”.

FSU beat Louisville to continue thoroughly confounding fans. A win over the Cardinals won’t move the meter nationally, but it is improvement over early season debacles.

Going in the opposite direction, UNC lost to Appalachian State. The loss was the Tarheels second consecutive defeat after a surprising 2-0 start. Looking to end the streak Carolina has the unenviable task of hosting Clemson this week.

After beating Mississippi undefeated California sits atop the Pac 12’s northern division. Washington, Washington State and Oregon, each of which were expected to finish ahead of the Golden Bears, all have a loss.

Neither Michigan nor Tennessee were competitive in conference losses. Jim Harbaugh and Jeremy Pruitt were going lead program turnarounds and both coaches are now in the fanbase’s crosshairs. This is only Pruitt’s second year, but Harbaugh is in his fifth season in Ann Arbor.

Washington State’s quarterback threw nine touchdown passes and lost. Read that again.

Twitter beef! Check this out:

Only four weeks of football have been played and most pundits agree that the Pac 12’s early season performances guarantees that they won’t be in playoff consideration in November.

The Mountain West conference is crashing the P5’s party. ..in the first month of the season, the MWC has eight wins over P5 teams.

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