College Football recap: Week 4


Hayden Flinn, Sports Editor

The top four teams in college football remain the same after the conclusion of week four. The Georgia Bulldogs still hold the number one spot, the Alabama Crimson Tide sit in second, the Ohio State Buckeyes are in third and the Michigan Wolverines remain in fourth. 

A couple of the top four teams struggled in week four. UGA played Kent State in a game that was a lot closer than many expected. UGA came out with the win 39-22 but looked human for the first time this season after decimating their last three opponents. Three early turnovers by UGA in the first half allowed Kent State to keep the game closer than it should have been. 

For the Bulldogs, they did not play horribly, they just did not play to their standard. The offense accumulated over 500 yards of offense, and they did not have to punt one time. It wasn’t the best day for Georgia, but in the end they stuck with it and pulled out the win, beating Kent State by 17 points.

The Alabama Crimson Tide took care of business against Vanderbilt, where they dominated the Commodores 55-3. There was no sign of weakness from the Tide in this game. 

The Ohio State Buckeyes had an interesting matchup against the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday night. This was anticipated to be somewhat of a test for the Buckeyes as they hosted one of their first real conference matchups. The Badgers stood no chance from the beginning as Ohio State routed Wisconsin 52-21. The Buckeyes are making their case known as one of the top three teams in the country and are trying their best to slide up a spot to number two in the rankings.

Fourth ranked Michigan, like Georgia, struggled with their matchup against Maryland more than expected. The Wolverines narrowly escaped the Terrapins 34-27. Most of this victory can be credited to Wolverine running back Blake Corum as he rushed for over 200 yards and two touchdowns. The Wolverines trailed in the second quarter but fought their way back to a two-score lead before Maryland’s final drive to cut the lead to seven.

Perhaps the most outrageous upset of the weekend was Kansas State knocking off sixth-ranked Oklahoma 41-34. The Sooners are in their first year with Lincoln Riley as their head coach. Former Clemson DC Brett Venables has now stepped into that role. The Sooners lost a lot of players due to the departure of their head coach and this loss takes the program a step backwards. Every first-year head coach always has that one loss that they shouldn’t have lost and for the Sooners it was Kansas State, an opponent they have been dominating for the last few years.

As teams get into the midst of conference play, tensions begin to rise for every team as these next couple of weeks will determine who’s season will still be alive.