NCAA College Football Week 4 RecapSunday, September 25, 2011 21:30
Week 4 college football recap, but conference realignment news rules the roost again.
The First Domino Falls
Similar to Week 3, the biggest news of Week 4 actually occurred on the Sunday after play.
Texas A&M’s defection to the SEC is now official, to begin July 1, 2012. The only remaining obstacle had been the possibility of legal challenges from Baylor and other Big 12 members. Although the press release did not mention anything about the legal situation, it is assumed that any such hurdles have been resolved. If not the case, then the SEC must have waived their previous requirement that no such potential challenges remain.
Back to the important news for this year–you know, the actual games.
Games of the weekend easily had to be the Big 12 showdown between #7 Oklahoma State and #8 Texas A&M and the ACC match-up between #21 Clemson and #11 Florida State. In the Big 12 game, which the Cowboys won 30-29 Oklahoma State scored 27 straight points in the third and fourth quarters after being down 20-3 at halftime. A&M pulled to within 30-27 with just over three minutes remaining, but that would be the end of the scoring save for a late safety.
Clemson – Florida State had a very different scoring pattern–in fact, the Seminoles only ever managed a single lead at 3-0–but was exciting nonetheless. Each time the Tigers would go up by two scores and threaten to pull away, the Seminoles would answer. All in all, the two teams would trade eight straight touchdowns. Remember, this was a Florida State team that had lost its starting quarterback a week before against Oklahoma. Backup Clint Trickett performed admirably once again, but the Seminoles simply came up short.
Alas, the two other games between ranked opponents were absolute laughers. #2 LSU walloped #16 West Virginia 47-21–good enough for the Tigers to leapfrog over Oklahoma into the top spot of this week’s AP Poll (but not the Coaches Poll)–while #3 Alabama crushed SEC rival #14 Arkansas 38-14.
The two non-BCS schools in the Top 25 both fared well. #20 TCU demolished Portland State 55-13, while #4 Boise State continued its quest to become the first non-BCS school to play in the BCS National Championship game with a 41-21 victory over Tulsa.
In fact, no ranked squad was defeated by an unranked opponent save for #23 USC falling to Arizona State. Hardly a major upset; the week before, Arizona State was #22 and USC out of the Top 25.
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