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8 Takeaways From Week 4 In College Football

An ugly weekend of football, but still some things to learn. I guess.

So we didn't have the most exciting slate of games on Saturday. Baylor, Louisville, Ohio State, and Miami (FL) all scored over 70 points. We only had one Top 25 matchup, and most games were not very fun to watch for the majority of the population -- unless you're like me and have a sick mind and enjoy seeing your team score close to 80 points. Sports betting expert RJ Bell summed up the weekend nicely with one tweet: 

What did we learn from a weekend such as the one you just witnessed? I really don't know, but I managed to come up with eight takeaways.

1. Just when you thought N.C. State was going to do it again, Clemson pulled through

N.C. State's thing is beating top-10 teams at home. It did it last year against Florida State and it did it two years ago to Clemson. Watching the game Thursday night, you felt it coming-- "it" being the Clemson collapse.

The Tigers' offense was sputtering early and its defense seemed to be getting outmaneuvered by the Wolfpack's eccentric offense. But the Wolfpack didn't capitalize when they had the chances and the Tigers played just well enough to win. This really seemed like a spot where Clemson teams of the past would falter, so I see this win being quite encouraging in Death Valley. 

Things to know

  • Though Clemson's offense didn't seem like its usual self - it didn't commit any turnovers and went 10-19 on third-down conversions.
  • Tajh Boyd threw for three scores and Sammy Watkins pulled in 96 yards receiving. 

2. The most exciting game of the weekend was Marshall at Virginia Tech

Ah yes, the classic Marshall-Virginia Tech duel, the one we all anticipated. It took the Hokies and Thundering Herd three overtimes to decide which was just a little bit better than the other. The final score of this one was 29-21, which is quite the low scoring affair for a three overtime game. Though it makes sense, considering neither team actually scored in the first overtime. Or the second. 

Things to know

  • This will be the most exciting game both teams play all year.
  • Marshall had a chance to extend the game further, but its fourth-down pass was dropped in the end zone. 

3. Jeff Driskel is done

The junior broke his right leg Saturday in Florida's game against Tennessee. You hate to see that happen to any college player, and you don't want to kick a guy when he's down, but losing Driskel may be a blessing in disguise for the Gators.

Junior back-up Tyler Murphy came in and led Florida to its largest offensive output of the season. It's really still not that impressive considering it was against a Tennessee defense that gave up 59 points to Oregon. But Florida's offense needed some kind of spark, and maybe this will be it. 

Things to know

  • Tennessee looked terrible in this game, turning the ball over six times. Coach Butch Davis told the AP that "Losing is never accepted or tolerated at Tennessee." It's too bad that it's going to happen a lot. 

4. The Michigan State-Notre Dame game was just as boring as you expected it to be

Neither team broke 300 total yards and I swear the average play went for about two yards. Regardless, Notre Dame gets a victory against an always-tough-to-beat Spartan team. The Irish will likely be in a much different game next weekend when Oklahoma comes to town. 

Things to know

  • Both quarterbacks, Connor Cook and Tommy Rees, had an average of 4.2 yards per pass. 
  • Notre Dame was again held under 100 yards rushing. 

5. Stanford did pretty well

It was only a 14 point game! Well, not really. Stanford dominated Arizona State on Saturday. It was impressive. Many felt that the Sun Devils were going to compete and give Stanford fits with their high-powered offense. But there was no sign of that until the game was already decided. The Cardinal is the team we thought, and many feared, that it would be.

Things to know

  • Stanford blocked two punts and had 190 more rushing yards than the Sun Devils.
  • Stanford seems to be much better than Wisconsin. 

6. Michigan... ugh

Michigan should have lost to Connecticut. It should have. The Huskies inexplicably blew the game on Saturday. It doesn't matter so much since we all now know that Michigan is not the team many expected it to be coming into this season. Maybe next year Brady Hoke's talent will emerge. Maybe?

Things to know

  • Devin Gardner was a better wide receiver than quarterback.
  • Fitzgerald Toussaint seems to be the only real offensive threat Michigan has. 

7. Maryland beat West Virginia by 37?

Things are getting really ugly in Morgantown. The Mountaineers are now 2-2. One win was against Georgia State, the other was a 7-point victory over William & Mary. Maryland, on the other hand, is now 4-0 and has scored over 30 points in each of its games. The Terrapins have a bye before facing Florida State in two weeks.

Things to know

  • West Virginia had 175 yards of total offense. That's all you need to know. 

8. Auburn's program is improving

Yes, the Tigers lost, but it was to a tough LSU team in Death Valley. Auburn showed that it could compete with LSU and its offense had some nice stretches utilizing a balanced attack. Obviously it's not where Auburn fans want to be just yet, but Gus Malzahn has the program heading in the right direction. Heck, it's a lot better than where it was last season. 

Things to know

  • Zach Mettenberger has improved, but how high is his ceiling? The more I watch him play, the more I wonder if he has what it takes to make big plays in big games.
  • LSU sophomore running back Jeremy Hill ran for 183 yards and 3 touchdowns.