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After week four, the college football picture is coming into focus. There are seven teams with a legitimate shot at the playoffs. Not much change but there is a new entry into the top ten. There were some big individual performances as well. The Heisman race has started to sort itself out. Here is a look at this week’s Top Ten:
1) Clemson Tigers (4-0) defeated Charlotte 49ers 52-10
The Tigers used a big first half to blowout the 49ers. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was very efficient in limited action, going 7-9 for 94 yards with two touchdowns. The team rushed for 235 yards with three touchdowns. The defense held Charlotte to 216 total yards.
Next game- @ North Carolina Tar Heels
2) Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0) defeated Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 49-7
The Crimson Tide jumped on the Golden Eagles and routed them for the win. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa continued his brilliant play, going 17-21 for 293 yards with five touchdowns. Running back Najee Harris had 110 rushing yards. Wide receivers Henry Ruggs III (148 receiving yards/two touchdowns) and Jerry Jeudy (96 receiving yards/two touchdowns) had big games. The defense shut down Southern Mississippi’s offense, holding them to 226 total yards.
Next game- vs. Ole Miss Rebels
3) Georgia Bulldogs (4-0) defeated #7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 23-17
The Bulldogs held on to beat a tough Fighting Irish team. Quarterback Jake Fromm was efficient, going 20-26 for 187 yards with a touchdown. Running back D’Andre Swift had 98 rushing yards with a touchdown. The defense bent but didn’t break and forced two turnovers.
Next game- @ Tennessee Volunteers
4) LSU Tigers (4-0) defeated Vanderbilt Commodores 66-38
The Tigers put up a ton of points to destroy the Commodores. Quarterback Joe Burrow was awesome, going 25-34 for 398 yards with six touchdowns. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 106 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Ja’Marr had a career day with 10 catches for 229 yards and four touchdowns. The defense did give up some points but got enough stops to allow the offense to score early and often.
Next game- vs. Utah State Aggies
5) Oklahoma Sooners (3-0) Bye week
Next game- vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
6) Auburn Tigers (4-0) defeated #17 Texas A&M Aggies 28-20
The Tigers went to College Station and got a big win over another ranked opponent. Quarterback Bo Nix was pedestrian, going 12-20 for 100 yards with a touchdown but didn’t turn the ball over. The team rushed for 193 yards with two touchdowns. The defense had trouble containing the Aggies’ passing attack but got the stops late to preserve the victory.
Next game- vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs
7) Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) defeated Miami (OH) Redhawks 76-5
The Buckeyes had an easy time dispatching an overmatched Redhawk team. Quarterback Justin Fields was good, going 14-21 for 223 yards with four touchdowns. He also added two more rushing touchdowns. The defense made it difficult for Miami to move the ball. They held them to 130 total yards and forced three turnovers.
Next game- @ Nebraska Cornhuskers
8) Florida Gators (4-0) defeated Tennessee Volunteers 34-3
The Gators methodically wore down the Volunteers for an easy win. Quarterback Kyle Trask was steady, going 20-28 for 293 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The defense wasn’t challenged by an anemic Tennessee offense. They held them to 239 total yards and forced four turnovers.
Next game- vs. Towson Tigers
9) Wisconsin Badgers (3-0) defeated #11 Michigan Wolverines 35-14
The Badgers physically manhandled the Wolverines and ran over them for the resounding win. Quarterback Jack Coan was efficient, going 13-16 for 128 yards. Running back Jonathan Taylor was the offense, rushing for 203 yards with two touchdowns. The defense stuffed the run and contained the passing game. They also forced four turnovers.
Next game- vs. Northwestern Wildcats
10) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-1) loss to #3 Georgia Bulldogs 23-17
The Fighting Irish showed themselves well but lost a close one to the Bulldogs. Quarterback Ian Book was decent, going 29-47 for 275 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Wide receiver Cole Kmet had 108 receiving yards with a touchdown. The defense played well enough to win but couldn’t contain Georgia’s rushing attack late.
Next game- vs. #18 Virginia Cavaliers