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Numbers and statistics are a huge part of . Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated, but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game.

 

Whether the stats are historic, advanced or just an observation from a box score, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of college football action:

 

10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 4

 

62: Points Scored by Utah in Victory Over Oregon

Utah turned in one of the most impressive performances of Week 4, thoroughly dominating Oregon 62-20 in Eugene. The 62 points scored by the Utes were the most by any road opponent in Autzen Stadium history. All three sides of the ball were critical in scoring the upset, as the offense averaged 7.2 yards per play, the defense held the Ducks to 13 points in the first half, and the special teams duo of kicker Andy Phillips and punter Tom Hackett delivered with key plays.

 

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0-9: Arkansas’ Record Under Bret Bielema in Games Decided by 7 Points or Less

Arkansas was considered a team on the rise entering 2015. But after four games, the Razorbacks might be lucky just to get to a bowl game. Winning close games has been a problem for this program under third-year coach Bret Bielema, as the Razorbacks are 0-9 in matchups decided by a touchdown or less. The bad luck (or inability?) to win close games continued in Week 4, as Arkansas fell 28-21 to Texas A&M in overtime.

 

200+: Back-to-back 200-Yard Games by LSU RB Leonard Fournette

Another Saturday, another impressive performance from LSU running back Leonard Fournette. The sophomore rushed for 244 yards and two scores on 26 attempts in LSU’s 34-24 victory at Syracuse. Fournette’s back-to-back 200-yard games are the first in program history, and the sophomore’s 631 yards through three games is the best mark by a FBS rusher in the last 15 years.

 

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1,357 and 107: Combined Yards and Points in TCU’s 55-52 Win Over Texas Tech

As expected, TCU and Texas Tech provided plenty of offensive fireworks in Week 4. The Red Raiders and Horned Frogs combined for 1,357 total yards and 107 overall points in the thrilling 55-52 win by TCU. The box score is a dream for fans of offense, as these two teams combined for only seven punts, nearly 900 passing yards and 70 first downs.

 

3.6: Tennessee’s Average Yards Per Play in Second Half Games Against Oklahoma and Florida

Tennessee is just a couple of plays away from a 4-0 record. However, the Volunteers have sputtered on offense in the second half of games against Florida and Oklahoma. Excluding overtime versus the Sooners, Tennessee ran 68 plays in the final two quarters against the Gators and Sooners and mustered only 245 total yards and 10 points. Whether the play-calling is too conservative or personnel issues are too much to overcome, the Volunteers left a lot to be desired on offense in two very winnable games. And as mentioned by ESPN’s Dari Nowkhah on Saturday night, FBS teams are 188-3 when leading by 13 points in the fourth quarter this season. Two of those losses belong to Tennessee.

 

5: Rushing Touchdowns Needed by Navy QB Keenan Reynolds to Set FBS Record

Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds is closing in on former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball’s FBS rushing touchdown record after scoring three times on the ground in Week 4. In the Midshipmen’s 28-18 win over UConn, Reynolds led the way for Navy’s offense, recording 142 yards and three scores on the ground, while completing three of four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Reynolds ranks No. 2 in FBS history with 73 rushing scores and needs five more to break Ball’s record (77).

 

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31: Consecutive Road Losses by Kansas

Kansas’ struggles on the road continued on Saturday, as the Jayhawks lost 27-14 to Rutgers to drop to 0-3 under new coach David Beaty. The loss against the Scarlet Knights was the 31st consecutive defeat by this program in road games. The 31-game road losing streak is the longest since 1978, surpassing Kansas State and Akron’s 30-game mark. Barring a surprise upset, the Jayhawks are headed for an 0-12 record this season.

 

105: Total Yards Allowed by Michigan Against BYU

Lost in Harbaugh mania in Ann Arbor has been the play of Michigan’s defense through the first four games of 2015. This unit delivered a dominant performance against BYU, limiting the Cougars to just 105 overall yards, zero points and a 4 of 15 mark on third-down attempts. BYU crossed midfield only three times on 12 possessions and never reached Michigan’s 40-yard line.

 

440: Average Passing Yards a Game by Bowling Green QB Matt Johnson

Bowling Green’s “Falcon Fast” offense has been flying high in 2015. Johnson has recorded four straight 400-yard games to open the season and has 13 passing scores through the first four contests. Johnson is averaging 440 passing yards per game and has 1,760 overall so far. Assuming the Falcons win the MAC East and play in a bowl, Johnson has 10 remaining contests in 2015 and needs to average around 410 passing yards a game to break the FBS single-season record held by former Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons.

 

12: Georgia RB Nick Chubb’s Consecutive Games of 100 Rushing Yards

While most of the nation focuses on LSU running back Leonard Fournette, Chubb quietly continues to post big numbers for the Bulldogs. In an easy win over Southern, the sophomore rushed for 131 yards on 15 carries, which was his 12th consecutive 100-yard performance. Chubb is one 100-yard game away from tying the school mark by Herschel Walker. Of course, getting No. 13 won’t be easy with Alabama up next for Georgia in Week 5.

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Week 4 of the 2015 season is in the books. The Pac-12 was the conference in the spotlight on Saturday, as Arizona-UCLA, Oregon-Utah and Arizona State-USC were some of the weekend’s most anticipated matchups. However, all three games produced one-sided results. The mid-afternoon slate produced some of the best games from Week 4, including wild finishes at Tennessee-Florida and TCU-Texas Tech.

 

With another weekend of action in the books, it’s time to hand out the hardware to honor the best of the best from Week 4. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 4:

 

College Football Week 4 Awards

 

Co-Offensive Players of the Week: Trevone Boykin, QB/Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

We normally pick just one player for this award, but it’s hard to separate the performances of Boykin and Doctson since this duo delivered in the clutch for TCU on Saturday. Boykin completed 34 of 54 passes for 485 yards and four scores and also rushed for 42 yards on 14 attempts. Doctson was Boykin’s preferred target in the last-minute win over the Red Raiders, catching 18 passes for 267 yards and three scores.

 

Defensive Player of the Week: Jeremy Cash, S, Duke

Duke’s defense held Georgia Tech’s high-powered rushing attack in check on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets managed only 2.9 yards per carry and finished with only 173 yards on the ground. Cash was instrumental in the success of the defense on Saturday, recording 12 tackles (three for a loss), one sack and two forced fumbles.

 

Coordinators of the Week: Aaron Roderick/Jim Harding, Co-Offensive Coordinators, Utah

Utah’s gameplan on Saturday for its upset win at Oregon was flawless. The defense held the Ducks to just 20 points, while the offense recorded 7.2 yards per play, scored 62 points – the most by an opponent in Autzen Stadium history – and went 6 of 13 on third-down attempts. Roderick and Harding used a good mix of the run (273 yards), along with efficient passing from quarterback Travis Wilson (18 of 30 for 227 yards) to score one of the 42-point win in Eugene.

 

Freshman of the Week: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

A number of freshmen are worthy of a mention in this space, but it’s hard to pick against Rosen. The true freshman delivered a steady performance (19 of 28 for 284 yards and two scores) in UCLA’s 56-30 road win over Arizona in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. Rosen did not throw an interception against the Wildcats and also added a rushing touchdown in the third quarter.

 

Unsung Hero of the Week: Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State

Ervin’s performance against Fresno State will be overshadowed by what transpired between Texas Tech-TCU and LSU running back Leonard Fournette's monster game against Syracuse, but the senior posted a record-setting performance against the Bulldogs. Ervin rushed for 300 yards and three scores on 42 attempts and caught four passes for 45 yards in Saturday’s win, setting school records for most rushing yards and taking the top spot among all FBS players in 2015 for best single-game rushing performance. 

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Week 4 of college football’s 2015 season was crazy. While the schedule wasn’t deep with top 25 matchups, the slate produced several games decided in the final minute, unbelievable finishes, crazy plays and strange coaching decisions.

 

Don’t believe us? From the great plays to the crazy finishes, check out these 20 plays that defined Week 4. 

 

20 Plays That Defined CFB's Crazy Slate of Results in Week 4

 

1. TCU scores on tipped pass on fourth down to defeat Texas Tech:

 

2. Florida quarterback Will Grier hits receiver Antonio Callaway for a 63-yard touchdown pass on fourth and 14 for the winning score:

 

3. Tennessee kicker Aaron Medley misses game-winning field goal as time expires (and coach Butch Jones seems to celebrate a little too early):

 

4. Forced fumble by Texas A&M prevents Arkansas from winning late in the fourth quarter, as the Aggies later win in overtime:

 

5. Texas loses after punter loses snap late in fourth quarter, allowing Oklahoma State to kick game-winning field goal:

 

6. Rare penalty costs Ohio a chance to tie Minnesota with seven seconds left in fourth quarter:

 

7. Michigan running back De'Veon Smith disappears...then reappears for a 60-yard touchdown run:

 

8. LSU quarterback Brandon Harris somehow flips ball to running back Leonard Fournette for a huge gain:

 

9. Utah running back Devontae Booker throws a touchdown pass in a road win against Oregon:

 

10. West Virginia receiver Shelton Gibson runs into Maryland cheerleader:

 

11. Michigan receiver Amara Darboh makes a nifty one-handed grab in blowout win over BYU:

 

12. Utah fools Oregon special teams with decoy on return:

 

13. Penn State defensive tackle Austin Johnson returns a fumble for a touchdown:

 

14. Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes doesn't see snap going behind him for a TCU safety:

 

15. Syracuse punter Riley Dixon hurdles LSU defender on fake field goal attempt:

 

16. East Carolina wide receiver Isaiah Jones makes a one-handed catch to help the Pirates upset Virginia Tech:

 

17. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy breaks out the dances moves after win over Texas:

 

18. Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche scores third touchdown of the year on offense:

 

19. Overzealous official flags Texas coach Charlie Strong 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct:

 

20. USC WR/CB Adoree' Jackson makes a ridiculous stop and go move against Arizona State:

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The rugged SEC West doesn’t provide any breaks on the schedule for any of the division’s seven teams, and Saturday night’s matchup between and is already shaping up to be a critical game for both teams.

 

Preseason expectations were high for the Tigers, but coach Gus Malzahn’s team is 2-1 and reeling from a blowout defeat at LSU last Saturday. Even though Auburn is 2-1, this team was a play or two away from losing to Jacksonville State and didn’t play particularly well in the opener against Louisville. Malzahn’s high-powered offense hasn’t performed up to its normal level, so the Tigers will make a quarterback change this Saturday. Jeremy Johnson was benched in favor of redshirt freshman Sean White.

 

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For Mississippi State, the Bulldogs are quietly 2-1 but lost its SEC opener to LSU 21-19 on Sept. 12. Even though coach Dan Mullen’s team won 10 games last season, Mississippi State was picked by most to finish last in the SEC West. A win over Auburn would help the Bulldogs in their quest to contend in this division once again.

 

Auburn holds a 61-25-2 overall edge in the all-time series against Mississippi State. However, the Bulldogs won last year’s meeting 38-23 in Starkville.

 

Mississippi State at Auburn

 

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Auburn -3

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Auburn QB Sean White

After Jeremy Johnson’s struggles against LSU, coach Gus Malzahn and coordinator Rhett Lashlee decided to make a change at quarterback. Johnson was hyped as a preseason Heisman contender, but the junior seems to be dealing with a lack of confidence and struggled with turnovers (six interceptions on 72 pass attempts). Will White provide a spark for this offense? The redshirt freshman has yet to take a snap in his college career but was regarded as a four-star prospect in the 2014 signing class. The priorities for White seem simple for his first start: Take care of the ball and produce a few big plays that have been missing from the offense so far. Mississippi State’s defense is limiting opponents to 4.9 yards per play through the first three games, and coordinator Manny Diaz could throw a lot at the redshirt freshman in his first start.

 

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2. Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott

While Auburn is breaking in a new quarterback, Mississippi State has one of the nation’s top passers on its side. Dak Prescott has started 23 games for the Bulldogs and earned first-team All-SEC honors last season. Even though some of the pieces around Prescott were a concern this preseason, having a senior quarterback can alleviate some of those issues. Auburn’s secondary has allowed only one play of 30 yards or more in 2015, but this defense has had its share of issues stopping mobile quarterbacks. Prescott is averaging eight carries a game, and the senior could push that total closer to 10 on Saturday night.

 

3. Turnovers and the Supporting Cast

Turnovers are always an important part of any game, but this area is of particular concern on Saturday night with Mississippi State and Auburn both ranked near the bottom of the SEC in turnover margin. Can the Tigers avoid the errors that have plagued this offense in 2015? And considering this is White’s first start for Auburn, Mississippi State cannot afford to give the redshirt freshman any easy opportunities for points. In addition to the turnover battle, the supporting cast for both quarterbacks should be a deciding factor in this game. Mississippi State has produced more big plays on offense so far this season and has a deeper group of skill players. Can Auburn get 100 yards from running back Peyton Barber? Is this the week receiver Duke Williams breaks out?

 

Final Analysis

 

This one could go either way. Is Auburn capable of getting its offense back on track with a quarterback change? If White struggles, is Jeremy Johnson ready to ignite the offense off the bench? On defense, the Tigers are going to miss standout end Carl Lawson for the third consecutive game. Mississippi State has a clear advantage at quarterback, and its defense has allowed only three plays of 30 yards or more so far this season. Not much separates these two teams, but the guess here is Auburn rallies behind White at home for a close win.

 

Prediction: Auburn 31, Mississippi State 27
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Florida looks to continue its domination over Tennessee on Saturday, as the Gators and Volunteers meet in Gainesville for a critical September showdown in the SEC. The annual matchup between Tennessee and Florida has slipped in national and SEC importance in recent years, as both teams entered this game ranked just once in the last seven years. By comparison, every matchup from 1990-07 between these two teams featured both programs ranked in the Associated Press top 25.

 

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This season’s matchup might not have the appeal of Georgia-Alabama or Alabama-LSU this year, but there’s no shortage of intrigue. Both programs are on the right track and could push the Bulldogs in the SEC East with a few breaks in 2015. Third-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones has recruited well, but the talent needs to start translating into wins in the SEC. The Volunteers are just 5-11 under Jones in conference matchups. Florida is a program in transition under new coach Jim McElwain, but the Gators are 3-0 and won their SEC opener against Kentucky last Saturday. 

 

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Florida owns a 25-19 series edge over Tennessee. The Gators also own a 12-5 record against the Volunteers in Gainesville.

 

Tennessee at Florida

 

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS

Spread: Tennessee -1.5

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Florida QB Will Grier

With Treon Harris suspended for Saturday’s game, Grier will take the full allotment of snaps against the Volunteers. The redshirt freshman has completed 39 of 57 passes for 442 yards and four scores this season but struggled against Kentucky (13 of 22 for 125 yards). Grier’s uneven performance against the Wildcats came on the road, but the young quarterback should play better in familiar surroundings this week. Grier could put some distance between himself and Harris on the depth chart with a big performance against Tennessee. And his case for an impact performance is certainly helped by the stat sheet on the Volunteers’ secondary. Through three games, Tennessee has allowed five touchdown passes and gave up 433 yards in the opener against Bowling Green. Protecting Grier will be a challenge for Florida’s offensive line, but the redshirt freshman quarterback has a huge opportunity ahead on Saturday.

 

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2. Offensive Line Play

Both teams entered 2015 with question marks on the offensive line. So far, it’s fair to say those concerns and question marks still remain for both coaching staffs. Florida’s offensive line has surrendered five sacks, while the Volunteers have allowed six. Tennessee has fared better on the ground, as its rushers have averaged 4.7 yards per carry. The Gators have seven rushing scores so far, and its rushers are averaging 4.4 yards per carry. The edge in the defensive trenches is close, as both teams have arguably two of the top defensive lines in the SEC. Tennessee’s defensive front is led by sophomore end Derek Barnett, while Florida counters with Jonathan Bullard (three sacks in 2015) and Alex McCalister (4 TFL, 2 sacks). Which offensive line can protect its quarterback and generate a push on the ground will go a long ways in deciding the outcome of this matchup.

 

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3. Tennessee’s Passing Attack

Joshua Dobbs provided a spark for Tennessee’s offense in the second half of 2014, and the junior entered 2015 as one of the SEC’s top quarterbacks. But through three weeks, the Volunteers rank near the bottom of the conference in passing offense. It’s way too early to panic on Rocky Top, as Tennessee won by 29 against Bowling Green and didn’t need huge numbers against Western Carolina. However, this offense sputtered against Oklahoma, and Dobbs was only 13 of 31 for 125 yards. Florida’s secondary could be the best Tennessee faces in 2015, so this will be a huge barometer test for Dobbs and his receivers. The Gators’ secondary won’t have cornerback Jalen Tabor due to suspension, but this unit is anchored by All-American Vernon Hargreaves III. Big plays could be tough to come by for Dobbs and his receivers on Saturday afternoon.

 

Final Analysis

 

While this matchup may not have the national luster some of the previous meetings had in the 1990s and early 2000s, there’s plenty at stake for both teams. For Tennessee, this is an opportunity to prove the young talent is ready to go on the road and win in a tough environment. On the Florida sideline, this is a chance for McElwain to continue the Gators’ dominance (10 consecutive wins) over the Volunteers, as well as helping this program take a step forward after slipping under previous coach Will Muschamp. This one is tough to call, but give a slight edge to the Gators due to their defense.

 

Prediction: Florida 27, Tennessee 24
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Injuries are an unfortunate part of every season. Whether it’s a small ailment affecting a key player for a couple of weeks or an injury keeping a player sidelined for the entire year, all injuries have an impact on the final win-loss record for all 128 teams.

 

2015 has especially been cruel for key players suffering major injuries. Likely All-Americans in Pittsburgh running back James Conner and UCLA linebacker Myles Jack suffered season-ending knee injuries, while two talented quarterbacks in Notre Dame’s Malik Zaire and BYU’s Taysom Hill were lost for the year after in-game injuries this season.

 

Considering all of the major injuries in 2015, Athlon Sports compiled the biggest and formed a team to highlight some of the top players on the sidelines. Only players that are lost for the year were considered for this list. 

 

College Football's 2015 All-Injury Team

 

Offense

 

QB Malik Zaire, Notre Dame/Taysom Hill, BYU

Notre Dame and BYU were the teams hit the hardest by injuries to the quarterback position so far in 2015. Zaire averaged 265.5 yards per game through the first two contests and shredded Texas for 313 yards through the air in the opener. Hill missed half of 2014 due to a leg injury and suffered a season-ending foot injury against Nebraska. Tanner Mangum has stepped up at quarterback for BYU in Hill’s absence.

 

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RB James Conner, Pittsburgh

Conner was the ACC’s player of the year last season after rushing for 1,765 yards and 26 scores. The Pennsylvania native was lost for the year due to a knee injury in the opener against Youngstown State.

 

RB Jonathan Williams, Arkansas

Arkansas’ rushing attack hasn’t been the same without Williams teaming with Alex Collins to lead the ground game. Williams rushed for 900 yards in 2013 and followed that up with 1,190 yards and 12 scores last season.

 

RB Leon Allen, WKU

Allen was one of the top running backs in the Group of 5 ranks after recording 1,542 yards and 13 scores last season. The senior suffered a significant knee injury in Week 2 this year and was ruled out for the remainder of 2015. Prior to the injury, Allen was averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Other top running backs out for the year: Thomas Tyner, Oregon, Tarean Folston, Notre Dame and Aaron Jones, UTEP.

 

WR Mike Dudek, Illinois

Dudek had a promising freshman season – 76 catches for 1,038 yards and six scores – but a torn ACL in spring practice is expected to sideline the sophomore for all of 2015. Dudek led all Big Ten pass catchers by averaging 89.5 receiving yards in Big Ten games last season.

 

WR Cameron Smith, Arizona State

Smith was Arizona State’s third-leading receiver last season (41 catches for 596 yards) and was slated for a bigger role with the departure of Jaelen Strong to the NFL. However, Smith suffered a season-ending knee injury in the spring.

 

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AP John Ross, Washington

Ross has played on both sides of the ball during his two years with the Huskies and is a valuable weapon on special teams. He’s out for 2015 due to a knee injury.

 

OL Jaryd Jones-Smith, Pittsburgh

Jones-Smith was penciled in as Pittsburgh’s starting right tackle but suffered a season-ending knee injury in July.

 

OL Jordan Budwig, FIU

Entered 2015 with 24 consecutive starts and was picked as a first-team All-Conference USA selection in July but is sidelined due to a shoulder injury.

 

OL Andrew Jelks, Vanderbilt

Jelks was expected to anchor Vanderbilt’s line in 2015 at left tackle. However, a leg injury will sideline the 2013 SEC All-Freshman team selection.
 

OL Jeromy Irwin, Colorado

Irwin was a key cog in Colorado’s offensive line, starting all 11 games for the Buffaloes in 2014 and playing in 10 games in 2012. He suffered a torn ACL in the win over UMass.

 

OL Marcus Jackson, Tennessee

Jackson suffered a biceps injury in August and is expected to be sidelined for all of 2015. After a redshirt year in 2013, Jackson started 12 games in 2014 and previously started five contests in 2011. 

 

Defense

 

DL Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA

Vanderdoes is one of the Pac-12’s top defensive linemen, but a knee injury suffered in the opener against Virginia will keep the junior on the sidelines for the rest of 2015. Vanderdoes accumulated eight tackles against the Cavaliers and recorded 50 tackles and two sacks for UCLA’s defense in 2014.

 

DL Harold Brantley, Missouri

Brantley was poised for a huge season after recording 54 tackles (seven for a loss) in 14 games last season. The Pennsylvania native is out for 2015 due to injuries suffered in a car crash in late June.

 

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DL Jarron Jones, Notre Dame

Jones was expected to hold a starting spot on the interior of Notre Dame’s line, but this unit has held up relatively well in his absence, limiting opponents to 3.8 yards per carry through three games. Jones started 11 games for the Fighting Irish last season and recorded 40 tackles (7.5 for a loss).

 

DL James McFarland, TCU

McFarland hasn’t been officially ruled out for the year, but all signs point to the senior sitting out 2015 due to a foot injury. The Louisiana native finished 2014 with 12 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and three forced fumbles. Other top defensive linemen out for the year: Issac Gross, Ole Miss, Harrison Phillips, Stanford, and Bryan Mone, Michigan.

 

LB Myles Jack, UCLA

UCLA’s defense suffered a huge setback after Jack was lost for the year in practice prior to Week 4. Jack ranked second on the team with 88 stops last season and was widely considered a first-team All-American for 2015.

 

LB Ed Davis, Michigan State

Michigan State’s linebacking corps suffered a huge blow in August when Davis was ruled out for the year due to a knee injury. The Detroit native was an underrated cog in the front seven for the Spartans after starting 12 games and recording 58 tackles (12 for a loss) and seven sacks in 2014.

 

LB Nyeem Wartman-White, Penn State

Wartman-White was slated to become the leader for Penn State’s linebacking corps, as the Philadelphia native was expected to take over for Mike Hull in the middle. Wartman-White started 12 games last season and recorded 75 tackles but was lost for the season with a leg injury in the opener against Temple.

 

DB Fabian Moreau, UCLA

There’s no question the Bruins will miss Moreau on a secondary that has limited opponents to just two passing scores through the first three games. The Florida native had 25 career starts prior to 2015 and recorded eight stops this season. Getting Ishmael Adams back from suspension helps to soften the blow from Moreau’s season-ending foot injury.

 

DB Vayante Copeland, Michigan State

Copeland was considered a rising star in Michigan State’s “No Fly Zone” and recorded seven tackles and one interception through the first two games. However, the redshirt freshman suffered a neck injury in the win over Oregon and is sidelined for the rest of the year.

 

DB Ranthony Texada, TCU

Gary Patterson’s acumen as a defensive mastermind will be put to the test this year, as TCU’s defense has been hit hard by injuries. Texada is just one of two key defensive backs – Kenny Iloka is the other – out for the year due to injuries for the Horned Frogs. Texada was considered a rising star prior to 2015 and recorded seven tackles and two pass breakups in three games.

 

DB Bryon Fields, Duke

Duke’s secondary might be one of the ACC’s most underrated position groups, but this unit suffered a setback in the preseason with Fields suffering a season-ending knee injury in August. The North Carolina native has played in 27 career games with the Blue Devils and recorded 112 tackles and one pick in that span.

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and enter Saturday night’s neutral site matchup in Arlington, Texas as two programs seemingly headed in opposite directions this season. While both were projected as top 25 teams by most outlets this preseason, the Razorbacks are 1-2 and the Aggies are 3-0 after three weeks.

 

Texas A&M started its season with a marquee win over Arizona State in non-conference play in Houston and followed the opening weekend victory with one-sided affairs against Ball State and Nevada. Arkansas opened its season with a dominant performance against UTEP, but the Razorbacks lost by four to Toledo and by 11 to Texas Tech. Luck has not been on Arkansas’ side in the injury department this season, as running back Jonathan Williams was lost for the year with a foot injury, and receivers Keon Hatcher and Jared Cornelius are sidelined indefinitely due to ailments.

 

Arkansas owns a 41-27-3 all-time edge over Texas A&M, but the Aggies have claimed the last three (and only meetings as SEC foes) in this series. The Aggies won by 48 in their first meeting against the Razorbacks as SEC opponents (2012), but Arkansas has cut that margin to 12 in 2013 and by seven in 2014.

 

Texas A&M vs. Arkansas (at Arlington, Texas)

 

Kickoff: Saturday, 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Texas A&M -7

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. The Battle in the Trenches

This game features one of the nation’s top offensive lines (Arkansas) versus one of the nation’s most talented defensive lines (Texas A&M). Through three games, the Razorbacks have yet to allow a sack on 94 pass attempts and are paving the way for rushers to average 4.8 yards per carry. The Aggies’ defensive line has thrived under new coordinator John Chavis, leading the nation with 15 sacks and limiting opponents to 3.9 yards per carry. Something has to give here. Arkansas’ line is anchored by standout left tackle Denver Kirkland, and it’s a safe bet the junior will spend some time blocking sophomore Myles Garrett (6.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks). The Razorbacks have been throwing more under new coordinator Dan Enos and senior quarterback Brandon Allen, but the receiving corps was hit by injuries recently to Keon Hatcher and Jared Cornelius. If the Razorbacks protect Allen, there should be plays available against the Texas A&M secondary. And it’s critical for the Aggies to slow running back Alex Collins to force Arkansas into third-and-long situations.

 

On the other side of the battle, keep an eye on the Arkansas’ defensive front against the Texas A&M offensive line. The Razorbacks have generated only one sack but are going against an Aggie front that has allowed 10 sacks through three games.

 

2. Tempo/Style of Play

Through three games, Texas A&M has a 234 to 202 edge in offensive plays. That’s not a huge difference, but these teams have a different approach on offense. Arkansas is methodical behind a powerful offensive line and rushing attack, while Texas A&M prefers to push the tempo and utilize its deep receiving corps and quarterback Kyle Allen to stretch the defense. Which style will win out on Saturday night? Can the Razorbacks establish the run and control the clock? The Aggies would prefer to jump out to an early lead and force Arkansas to take to the air to win. Considering the Razorbacks injuries in the receiving corps, Bielema’s team does not want to get into a shootout.

 

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3. Red Zone Performance

One of the main factors in Arkansas’ 1-2 start is its performance in the red zone. The Razorbacks converted just 64.3 percent of their opportunities inside of the red zone for scores, which ranks 13th in the SEC. Against a high-scoring team like Texas A&M, Arkansas has to take advantage of all of its opportunities. Simply, when the Razorbacks get into the red zone, they need touchdowns – not field goals. The Aggies’ red zone defense has struggled, giving up scores on 11 of 13 drives inside of the 20. However, those stats could be skewed, as Nevada scored 17 points in the second half with the outcome no longer in doubt, while Ball State scored 20 in the final two quarters (in a 56-23 win). If Texas A&M limits Arkansas to three points on red zone trips, that’s a win for Chavis and this defense.

 

Final Analysis

 

After back-to-back losses, a victory in this game would help Arkansas right the ship and turn the momentum around for SEC play. However, the path to a victory for the Razorbacks in this neutral site affair is challenging. The rushing attack isn’t as potent as it was last season, and the offense is without two key receivers. Quarterback Brandon Allen should target tight end Hunter Henry frequently on Saturday night. But even if Arkansas performs better on offense, the Texas A&M defense has improved, and the offense is just as explosive (if not better) as it was in 2014. Expect quarterback Kyle Allen and a deep receiving corps to challenge an Arkansas secondary that has allowed only three passing scores so far. The Razorbacks will fight, but the Aggies have too much on both sides of the ball.

 

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Week 4 of the 2015 season kicks off on Thursday night with a key American Athletic Conference matchup between Cincinnati and Memphis. The action continues on Friday night with Boise State taking on Virginia and Stanford traveling to Corvallis to take on Oregon State. Saturday’s slate isn’t full of must-see matchups, but there are a handful of games in the Pac-12 to watch. USC plays at Arizona State on Saturday night, and Arizona hosts UCLA in a key Pac-12 contest. Additionally, SEC play kicks up a notch with Texas A&M-Arkansas, Florida-Tennessee and Mississippi State-Auburn.

 

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Stanford at 

Oregon State

Georgia Tech at

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Southern at

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BYU at

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C. Michigan at

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BGSU at

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Kansas at 

Rutgers

UCF at

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LSU at

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Southern Miss at

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Navy at

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Delaware at

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Indiana at

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NIU at

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Nicholls State at

Colorado

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Maryland at 

West Virginia

Rice at 

Baylor

New Mexico at

Wyoming

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Tennessee at 

Florida

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Notre Dame

WMU at

Ohio State

SDSU at

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North Texas at

Iowa

Ohio at 
Minnesota

Oklahoma State at

Texas

Appalachian State at

Old Dominion

Miami, Ohio at 

WKU

Nevada at 

Buffalo

Marshall at 

Kent State

ULM at

Alabama

MTSU at

Illinois

TCU at

Texas Tech

California at

Washington

Army at 

E. Michigan

Samford at

Louisville

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FAU at 

Charlotte

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Missouri at

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NC State at

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UCLA at 

Arizona

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Texas State at 

Houston

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Idaho

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The is the epicenter of ’s Week 4 slate. Three of the weekend’s best matchups reside in the Pac-12, as UCLA-Arizona is considered by some to be the top game of Week 4, while USC-Arizona State should have implications on the South Division title. Oregon hosts Utah, as the Ducks hope to have quarterback Vernon Adams back under center after missing last week's matchup against Georgia State due to injury. Stanford picked up a huge league win over USC last Saturday, and the Cardinal hit the road for a trip to Corvallis, Ore. on Friday night. There’s a chance Stanford could be shorthanded on offense, as quarterback Kevin Hogan is a gametime decision due to an ankle injury suffered against the Trojans.

 

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Pac-12 Week 4 Game Power Rankings & Predictions

 

1. UCLA at Arizona

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC

Spread: UCLA -3.5

 

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2. USC at Arizona State

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: USC -5.5

 

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3. Utah at Oregon

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: FOX

Spread: Oregon -11.5

 

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4. California at Washington

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Pac-12 Networks

Spread: California -4

 

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5. Stanford at Oregon State

Date and Kickoff Time: Friday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Fox Sports 1

Spread: Stanford -15.5

 

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6. Nicholls State at Colorado

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Pac-12 Networks

Spread: NL

 

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Five league matchups lead the way for the Week 4 slate and predictions. The showdown between Texas A&M and Arkansas in Arlington, Texas tops the game power rankings for this weekend, but there’s plenty of intrigue in the conference for matchups between Florida-Tennessee, Kentucky-Missouri and Auburn-Mississippi State. The Gators have dominated the series against the Volunteers, and a win over Tennessee is critical for positioning within the SEC East. Auburn made a change at quarterback, promoting Sean White to the No. 1 spot over Jeremy Johnson. Will it spark an offense that’s struggled to produce big plays through the first three weeks?

 

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1. Texas A&M vs. Arkansas (Arlington)

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Texas A&M -7

 

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2. Tennessee at Florida

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS

Spread: Florida -1.5

 

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3. Mississippi State at Auburn

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Auburn -2

 

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4. Missouri at Kentucky

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: SEC Network

Spread: Kentucky -2.5

 

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5. Vanderbilt at Ole Miss

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPNU Spread: Ole Miss -24.5

 

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6. LSU at Syracuse

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: LSU -24.5

 

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7. UCF at South Carolina

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ESPNU

Spread: South Carolina -15

 

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8. ULM at Alabama

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. ET

TV Channel: SEC Network

Spread: Alabama -38

 

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9. Southern at Georgia

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at Noon ET

TV Channel: SEC Network

Spread: NL

 

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The ’s Week 4 slate is lacking in terms of depth with intriguing matchups, but Saturday’s BYU-Michigan contest should be one of the top games from the early round of kickoffs. The Cougars are 2-1 and nearly knocked off UCLA last Saturday, while the Wolverines handled Oregon State and UNLV after losing to Utah in the opener. Outside of Ann Arbor, a rivalry matchup between Maryland-West Virginia should be intriguing, while Indiana hopes to improve to 4-0 after a trip to Winston-Salem to take on Wake Forest. Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern, Nebraska and Michigan State are heavy favorites this week.

 

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1. BYU at Michigan

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ABC

Spread: Michigan -5.5

 

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2. Maryland at West Virginia

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Fox Sports 1

Spread: West Virginia -17

 

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3. Indiana at Wake Forest

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 12:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Spread: Indiana -3.5

 

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4. Bowling Green at Purdue

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 12:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Spread: Bowling Green -1.5

 

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5. Western Michigan at Ohio State

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC/ESPN2

Spread: Ohio State -31.5

 

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6. San Diego State at Penn State

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Spread: Penn State -15

 

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7. Kansas at Rutgers

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at Noon ET

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Spread: Rutgers -12.5

 

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8. Ohio at Minnesota

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Spread: Minnesota -10.5

 

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9. Hawaii at Wisconsin

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Spread: Wisconsin -24.5

 

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10. MTSU at Illinois

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. ET 

TV Channel: ESPNNEWS

Spread: Illinois -6

 

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11. Southern Miss at Nebraska

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ESPNEWS

Spread: Nebraska -22

 

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12. Ball State at Northwestern

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Spread: Northwestern -19.5

 

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13. Central Michigan at Michigan State

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at Noon ET

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Spread: Michigan State -27

 

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14. North Texas at Iowa

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPNU

Spread: Iowa -24.5

 

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The entered 2015 with plenty of question marks surrounding its group of starting quarterbacks. While Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott was the clear No. 1 option, the rest of the league featured uncertainty, breakout options or players looking to take the next step in their development. So far, there hasn’t been much to answer some of those preseason questions for some teams.

 

Auburn’s Jeremy Johnson was benched after Saturday’s loss to LSU, South Carolina will turn to its third quarterback against UCF, and Alabama and Florida are still trying to settle on a starter.

 

Here’s how we grade the panic level for the 14 SEC teams at quarterback after three weeks: 

 

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Sean White, Auburn

For a variety of reasons, Jeremy Johnson did not live up to the preseason hype. Coach Gus Malzahn decided to switch to White after the 45-21 loss to LSU. White is a talented redshirt freshman, but the four-star recruit faces a tough opponent (Mississippi State) for his first start, followed by road trips to Kentucky and Arkansas after a matchup against San Jose State.

 

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Lorenzo Nunez, South Carolina

South Carolina’s Week 1 starter Connor Mitch is out due to injury, and former walk-on Perry Orth went 6 of 17 for 66 yards and an interception against Georgia. Nunez is an intriguing player and a dynamic runner, but this is a tough spot for a true freshman. After Saturday’s game against UCF, tough matchups await against Missouri and LSU.

 

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Johnny McCrary, Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt’s offense is better than it was last year, but there’s still plenty of work ahead for coordinator Andy Ludwig. McCrary threw five interceptions through the first two games and only completed 50 percent of his passes in that span.

 

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Jake Coker, Alabama

Coker started the first two games, but Cooper Bateman got the nod against Ole Miss. Coker is averaging 12.3 yards per completion and ranks fifth in the SEC with 628 passing yards. However, his completion percentage has declined in three straight games, and Coker tossed two picks in a loss against Ole Miss.

 

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Will Grier, Florida

New coach Jim McElwain isn’t committing to Grier as Florida’s full-time starter, so it’s possible Treon Harris sees snaps each week. Grier has yet to surpass more than 166 passing yards in a game and tossed an interception on the road at Kentucky last Saturday. There’s some promise, but still something to prove.

 

Brandon Harris, LSU

It’s the Leonard Fournette show in Baton Rouge. Harris has guided LSU to a 2-0 mark so far, but he’s only completed 21 of 31 passes for 145 yards and one score. That’s only 6.9 yards per completion. We will find out more about Harris in November.

 

Patrick Towles, Kentucky

At the beginning of the year, Towles would have been in the next category on this list. However, he’s tossed four picks and is only completing 51.7 percent of his passes through three games. Capable of playing better.

 

Maty Mauk, Missouri

Mauk has been up and down in his Missouri career and entered 2015 throwing to a revamped group of receivers. The junior has passed for 474 yards this season, has four picks on 80 attempts and is averaging only 5.9 yards per attempt. Mauk is a proven option, but he also needs to play better in SEC games.

 

Not Elite, But Promising or Steady...It Could be Worse

 

Brandon Allen, Arkansas

Arkansas’ offense has been hit by injuries this season with running back Jonathan Williams out for the year, as well as recent ailments to receivers Keon Hatcher and Jared Cornelius. Allen posted a career high of 53 pass attempts in the loss of Toledo and has 916 yards and six scores through three games. He’s not a first-team All-SEC quarterback, but Allen is on pace to set the best numbers of his career.

 

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Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee

Dobbs sparked the Tennessee offense late last season, but the junior struggled against Oklahoma. Can he elevate his performances against the top teams in the SEC?

 

Greyson Lambert, Georgia

Lambert is a tough call. There’s enough data to put the Virginia transfer in the incomplete category, but he’s also coming off a record-setting performance against South Carolina. With a deep stable of running backs and a good defense, the Bulldogs don’t need a huge performance from Lambert each week. Here’s the most important number so far for Lambert: Zero (interceptions).

 

No Reason to Worry, Enjoy the Ride in 2015

 

Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

Prescott earned first-team All-SEC honors last season and has passed for 799 yards and five scores through the first three games. Zero concern for Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen.

 

Chad Kelly, Ole Miss

Kelly aced his first test in an Ole Miss uniform in Saturday night’s win over Alabama. He’s passed for 898 yards and nine scores through the first three weeks and leads the nation by averaging 12.3 yards per attempt.

 

Kyle Allen, Texas A&M

Allen didn’t play particularly well in the opener, but he was sharp against Ball State and Nevada. And if Allen struggles, the Aggies have five-star freshman Kyler Murray waiting in the wings. 

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play officially begins in Week 4, as fireworks are expected when TCU and Texas Tech meet this Saturday in Lubbock. The Horned Frogs own one of the nation’s best offenses, but the defense has been hit hard by injuries. The Red Raiders are coming of an upset win over Arkansas and are out for revenge after losing 82-27 to TCU in Fort Worth last season. Oklahoma State heads to Austin to take on Texas in the Cowboys’ first real test of 2015. Elsewhere in the Big 12 this Saturday, Kansas travels to Rutgers, West Virginia hosts Maryland and Baylor finishes non-conference play with a matchup against Rice.

 

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Big 12 Week 4 Game Power Rankings & Predictions

 

1. TCU at Texas Tech

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 4:45 p.m. ET

TV Channel: FOX

Spread: TCU -7

 

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2. Oklahoma State at Texas

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Oklahoma State -3

 

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3. Maryland at West Virginia

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Fox Sports 1

Spread: West Virginia -17

 

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4. Kansas at Rutgers

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at Noon ET

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Spread: Rutgers -12.5

 

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5. Rice at Baylor

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. ET

TV Channel: FSN

Spread: Baylor -34.5

 

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The was in the spotlight last week with Florida State-Boston College and Louisville-Clemson headlining the pre-Saturday matchups. The Week 4 slate isn’t as intriguing, as Georgia Tech-Duke and Boise State-Virginia top the must-see matchups in this slate. The Yellow Jackets lost at Notre Dame last Saturday, but coach Paul Johnson’s team is still the team to beat in the Coastal. Northern Illinois-Boston College and Indiana-Wake Forest are two non-conference matchups with bowl eligibility implications, while Syracuse is a heavily underdog with LSU coming to town.

 

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1. Georgia Tech at Duke

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Georgia Tech -9

 

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2. Boise State at Virginia

Date and Kickoff Time: Friday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Boise State -2.5

 

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3. Northern Illinois at Boston College

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Spread: Boston College -4

 

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4. Indiana at Wake Forest

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 12:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Spread: Indiana -3.5

 

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5. Virginia Tech at East Carolina

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC/ESPN2

Spread: Virginia Tech -8

 

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6. LSU at Syracuse

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: LSU -24.5

 

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7. NC State at South Alabama

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPNEWS

Spread: NC State -17

 

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8. Samford at Louisville

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Spread: NL

 

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9. Delaware at North Carolina

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 12:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Spread: NL

 

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From national title contender to fringe bowl team. That’s a realistic possibility facing as it enters Week 4. The Tigers are 2-1 and reeling after a loss to LSU last Saturday.

 

Needless to say, Auburn hasn’t lived up to its preseason hype and doesn’t look anything like a team pegged by the media as the favorite to win the West Division.

 

Even though the Tigers are just three games into 2015, coach Gus Malzahn is attempting to hit the reset button. Jeremy Johnson was considered one of the top rising stars in prior to this season, but the junior was benched on Tuesday in favor of redshirt freshman Sean White.

 

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What happened to Johnson? A variety of factors are likely to blame. Was there too much pressure placed on the junior’s shoulders? It certainly seems that way. Additionally, the Tigers lost starting center Reese Dismukes, running back Cameron Artis-Payne and receiver Sammie Coates to the NFL, leaving three voids on offense this season. Johnson also seemed to have trouble reading defenses through the first three games. That’s a huge problem for any quarterback. Perhaps there was a lack of confidence after the early struggles? 

 

Through three games, Auburn’s offense hasn’t been explosive or as productive as the previous versions under Malzahn.

 

Here’s some key numbers to know from the Tigers’ offense so far:

StatRank/Totals
Scoring Offense26.3 (10th in SEC)
Total Offense329.3 (13th in SEC)
Yards Per Play5.3 (13th in SEC)
Plays of 30+ Yards3 (12th in SEC)
Plays of 40+ Yards2 (T-9th in SEC)
Passing Plays of 20+4 (13th in SEC)
Passing Plays of 30+2 (13th in SEC)
Passing Plays of 40+1 (10th in SEC)
Rushing Plays of 20+2 (T-12th in SEC)
Rushing Plays of 30+1 (T-10th in SEC)

After looking at this table, one thing is very clear: Auburn wasn’t producing big plays and was near the bottom of the SEC in scoring offense. Additionally, the offensive line has already allowed five sacks after giving up 15 in 2014.

 

And looking at Johnson specifically, he had just two passes of 30 yards or more and only one of 40 yards or longer. His two passes of 30 yards or more ranked ninth in the SEC.

 

But the problems for Auburn aren’t related strictly to the offense. New coordinator Will Muschamp was supposed to fix a defense that ranked ninth in the SEC in points allowed in 2013 and 10th in 2014.

 

However, the defense is giving up 29.7 points per game, 5.7 yards per play and is tied for ninth in the SEC with 13 plays of 20 yards or more allowed.

 

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An injury to end Carl Lawson has impacted the performance of the defensive line. Auburn ranks last in the SEC in rush defense (270 yards per game), and this unit did not record a sack against LSU and picked up just one tackle for a loss.

 

Turnovers are also to blame for Auburn’s early struggles. The Tigers have a minus-five margin, with eight lost turnovers through three games.

 

Taking better care of the ball has to be a priority for White in his first start against Mississippi State this Saturday.

 

Where Does Auburn Go From Here?

 

Barring chaos in the rest of the college football world and an impressive run through the rest of its schedule, Auburn is not going to be a factor for one of the top bowl games at the end of the year. Contests against San Jose State and Idaho should be easy wins, but there’s still seven SEC matchups remaining on the schedule, including a crossover game against Georgia and road trips to Arkansas and Texas A&M. White has to stabilize the quarterback spot and play mistake-free ball for the Tigers to take a step forward on offense over the next few weeks. On defense, getting Lawson at full strength and back on the field would help, but Auburn also has to do a better job against the run.

 

Until there’s more tape on White in SEC games, it’s hard to set a reasonable expectation for this team. However, considering the debacle at LSU and the sluggish performance against Jacksonville State, getting to 8-4 and .500 in the SEC would be a good start.

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It’s no secret TCU and Baylor do not like each other. And the intensity in this rivalry is only increased due to the recent success of both teams, as Baylor and TCU are the frontrunners to win the Big 12 in 2015.

 

The war of words continued between the two programs on Tuesday, as TCU coach Gary Patterson lobbed a shot in Baylor’s direction. Patterson was defending the recently arrested Mike Tuaua on felony complaint of robbery and bodily injury charges.

 

Here’s Patterson’s comment:

If you aren’t familiar with what Patterson is referring to, it’s the saga of former Baylor defensive end Sam Ukwuachu and how that situation was handled at the school and his status with the team after an incident in 2013.

 

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Needless to say, the annual matchup between these two teams on Nov. 27 is going to be very interesting.

 

 

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There’s nothing better than the rivalries in college football. Miami-Florida State isn’t quite the rivalry that it once was with the Hurricanes not contending for national championships, but this is still one of the top annual matchups in the ACC and in the nation.

 

Miami coach Al Golden is on the hot seat with a 31-22 record, and the fifth-year coach has already been the subject of a few plane banners over Sun Life Stadium prior to the start of the Bethune-Cookman and Nebraska games.

 

But here’s where the rivalry comes into play. While in support of a new coaching staff, Florida State fans are attempting to round up enough money to fly a “Keep Al Golden” banner. first reported this on Tuesday.

 

was setup on Sept. 19 to raise $500 for the banner, and as of Tuesday afternoon, the donations had reached $110.

 

Joseph Johnson created the page for donations and included this language in support of getting a banner flown above Doak Campbell Stadium on Oct. 10 when Miami visits Florida State:

 

“Al Golden has done a terrific job in keeping Miami irrelevant, Cane fans want him gone.  However in Tallahassee we love Coach Golden, that's why we want to show our love in 3 weeks when the canes come to Tallahassee, with a banner that will fly over the stadium...for an hour.”

 

 

 

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The feud between Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury continued on Monday, as Bielema fired back at Kingsbury’s post-game comments.

 

In case you missed it, here’s a , but here's the one response that caught everyone's attention:

 

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Ohio State taught the world an important lesson last season: Don’t count out the one-loss teams after a September defeat. Every team would prefer to finish the season with a perfect record, but an early-season defeat isn’t the final blow for any program’s playoff hopes.

 

While the first playoff committee ranking won’t be released until Tuesday, Nov. 3, the latest Associated Press poll provides some valuable insight into where teams are in the national picture. The top 11 teams in the post-Week 3 Associated Press poll are all undefeated, with Alabama at No. 12 checking in as the first one-loss team.

 

With 11 Saturdays remaining until the final playoff ranking, there’s plenty of time for one-loss teams to play their way back into the top four. Here’s six to watch after Week 3:

 

Don't Forget About These One-Loss Teams in Playoff Contention

 

Alabama (2-1)

AP Rank After Week 3: 12

 

Key Games Remaining:

at Georgia, at Texas A&M, LSU, at Auburn

 

The Crimson Tide had a few self-inflicted wounds and some unlucky bounces in Saturday’s 43-37 loss to Ole Miss. Five turnovers resulted in 24 points for the Rebels, one tipped pass and lucky bounce resulted in a 66-yard score by Quincy Adeboyejo, and the defense was caught on a busted coverage on a pop pass play from quarterback Chad Kelly to Cody Core that resulted in a 73-yard touchdown. 

 

Why the Crimson Tide Remain a Playoff Contender:

Alabama’s run (or dynasty as some would call it) is not over. Quarterback play and the secondary remains a concern for Saban, but the roster talent is still the best in the nation, and running back Derrick Henry is capable of carrying the offense in most games. Priority No. 1 for Saban and coordinator Lane Kiffin is to settle on a quarterback – Jake Coker or Cooper Bateman. And the offense needs to solidify its receiving corps after Robert Foster was lost for the year with a rotator cuff injury. Sure, this team has question marks, but what team in the SEC West doesn’t?

 

Arizona State

AP Rank After Week 3: Unranked

 

Key Games Remaining:

USC, at UCLA, Oregon, Arizona

 

Arizona State faces longer odds than some of the other teams on this list after an opening week loss to Texas A&M. The Sun Devils haven’t looked crisp through the first three weeks, which includes sluggish performances against New Mexico and Cal Poly. The rush defense has been tested by two option teams, and while they are allowing 215.3 yards per game, this defense is limiting opponents to 3.96 yards per carry. Protecting the quarterback has been an issue, as the Sun Devils have allowed 11 sacks (nine came in the opener against Texas A&M).

 

Why the Sun Devils Remain a Playoff Contender:

The schedule is tough, which should allow Arizona State plenty of opportunities to move up in the rankings. And it certainly doesn’t hurt the Sun Devils’ playoff case for Texas A&M to continue to win. Coach Todd Graham’s team still has to play five ranked teams, and that doesn’t include an improving California team in the regular season finale. The offense is explosive but needs more big plays after generating just 10 plays of 20 yards or more through the first three games. A win over USC this Saturday would certainly solidify Arizona State as a team still alive in the playoff picture – or move Graham’s team squarely out of the mix.

 

Georgia Tech

AP Rank After Week 3: 20

 

Key Games Remaining:

at Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Georgia, at Miami

 

The Yellow Jackets hit their first speed bump of the 2015 season in Week 3. After crushing Tulane and Alcorn State, the competition level kicked up a notch against Notre Dame, and Georgia Tech fell short in a 30-22 loss. The eight-point defeat in South Bend wasn’t indicative of how the Fighting Irish dominated on Saturday, as the Yellow Jackets averaged only 4.7 yards per play and struggled to contain Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise (198 yards, three scores).

 

Why the Yellow Jackets Remain a Playoff Contender:

Georgia Tech’s schedule is challenging, but there are opportunities to earn good wins against Florida State, Clemson and Georgia – three teams currently ranked ahead of coach Paul Johnson’s team. Saturday’s lackluster performance on the ground, (216 yards) was the first time since the 2013 Music City Bowl the Yellow Jackets managed fewer than 250 yards on the ground. Quarterback Justin Thomas is a difference maker, and is the type of player that can carry this team in close games. 

 

Oregon

AP Rank After Week 3: 13

 

Key Games Remaining:

at Utah, at Arizona State, California, at Stanford, USC

 

While no team wants to consider any loss “good,” the Ducks have one of the best defeats of any program so far this year. The 31-28 loss to Michigan State certainly won’t hurt Oregon if the Spartans continue to win and finish 2015 unbeaten or with one loss. The offense remains dynamic (6.9 ypp) under quarterbacks Vernon Adams and Jeff Lockie, and running back Royce Freeman ranks third in the Pac-12 in rushing. The defense remains coach Mark Helfrich’s biggest concern after giving up 33.7 points per game so far in 2015.

 

Why the Ducks Remain a Playoff Contender:

History is on Oregon’s side. After all, the Ducks lost to Arizona in early October and still managed to reach college football’s national title game. Oregon isn’t as dominant of a team as it was last season, but there’s enough talent to finish in the top four. And the schedule provides plenty of opportunities for marquee wins, as the Ducks still have to play at Stanford, Utah and Arizona State, while USC visits Eugene in late November. Sitting quarterback Vernon Adams against Georgia State to rest an injured finger should help the senior get back to full strength before Pac-12 play hits. If Oregon can finish 12-1, Helfrich’s team will have a strong resume to present for the playoff committee.

 

Stanford

AP Rank After Week 3: 21

 

Key Games Remaining:

Arizona, UCLA, Oregon, California, Notre Dame

 

Stanford got off to a slow start in 2015 by losing to Northwestern 16-6. However, the Cardinal quietly rebounded in impressive fashion in Week 2 by handling UCF 31-7. And despite being a double-digit underdog against USC, coach David Shaw’s team knocked off the Trojans 41-31. Stanford’s offense didn’t play well in the opener, but this unit was nearly flawless in the upset over USC. Quarterback Kevin Hogan completed 18 of 23 passes for 279 yards and two scores, while the ground attack averaged four yards per carry behind Christian McCaffrey.

 

Why the Cardinal Remain a Playoff Contender:

If Stanford plays like it did against USC, this team has a good chance to finish 12-1 with the Pac-12 title. However, as we witnessed last year, the Cardinal’s offense can run hot and cold at times. There’s promise this group turned a corner, as Hogan has been sharp two weeks in a row, and the ground attack has back-to-back 100-yard efforts. The defense also ranks among the best in the Pac-12. With games against four ranked teams remaining, including November showdowns between Oregon and Notre Dame, Stanford is going to have strength of schedule and opportunities for quality wins on its side. 

 

USC

AP Rank After Week 3: 19

 

Key Games Remaining:

at Arizona State, at Notre Dame, Utah, Cal, Arizona, at Oregon, UCLA

 

USC won its first two games by a 114-15 margin, but the Trojans stumbled in their first real test of the season in a 41-31 defeat to Stanford. And in a concerning sign for USC, the loss to the Cardinal was the Trojans’ third loss to an unranked team during Sarkisian’s tenure. The defense clearly missed end Leonard Williams last Saturday, as Stanford muscled its way for 195 yards and three scores on the ground and had only had one three-and-out possession.

 

Why the Trojans Remain a Playoff Contender:

Does the Pac-12 have too many good teams and not one dominant playoff favorite? That’s going to be the question going forward. Having too many good teams isn’t necessarily a bad thing for the Pac-12, but a two-loss champion might not finish high enough in the rankings to make the four-team playoff. USC’s offense is averaging 48.3 points per game, and there’s no shortage of playmakers or talent for quarterback Cody Kessler. Simply, the Trojans can outscore every opponent on their schedule. However, will the defense take a step forward in Pac-12 games? USC did not pass its first test of the year, but many opportunities are still in front of Sarkisian’s team. 

 

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Numbers and statistics are a huge part of . Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated, but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game.

 

Whether the stats are historic, advanced or just an observation from a box score, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of college football action:

 

10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 3

 

12.0: LSU RB Leonard Fournette’s School Record YPC Against Auburn

Fournette was simply unstoppable in Saturday’s 45-21 victory over Auburn. The sophomore gashed the Tigers for 228 yards and three rushing touchdowns on 19 attempts. Fournette showcased his big-play ability on his 19 carries, averaging a new LSU single-game record of 12 yards per carry. Additionally, Fournette’s 387 rushing yards are the most by any LSU player through the first two games in a season.

 

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96.0%: Georgia QB Greyson Lambert Sets NCAA Record

Georgia quarterback Greyson Lambert took a huge step forward on Saturday night, setting a NCAA record by completing 96 percent (24 of 25) passes in the win over South Carolina. The 96 percent completion mark is a new NCAA record (minimum of 20 completions), which broke the previous mark held by Tee Martin and Geno Smith (95.8). In addition to setting a new NCAA record, Lambert threw for 330 yards and three scores in Georgia’s 52-20 rout over South Carolina.

 

3: Wins Over Power 5 Opponents by Notre Dame in 2015

Behind a strong defensive effort and an efficient game from new quarterback DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame defeated Georgia Tech 30-22 on Saturday. The victory over the Yellow Jackets secured three wins by the Fighting Irish over Power 5 opponents to open the 2015 season. Notre Dame is the first program since 2012 to accomplish that feat.

 

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1: Touchdown Allowed by Northwestern So Far in 2015

While Northwestern hasn’t faced a gauntlet of offenses (Stanford, Eastern Illinois and Duke) so far, the Wildcats have been stellar on defense. Through three games, Northwestern has allowed only one touchdown – the fewest in college football – and is limiting opponents to just 3.8 yards per play. Additionally, the Wildcats have forced seven turnovers and have yet to allow a play of 40 yards or more. Tougher games and better offenses are ahead, but Northwestern could be a dark horse contender in the Big Ten West Division if this defense continues to perform as it has through the first three weeks.

 

-5 and 43: Alabama’s Turnovers, Points Allowed Against Ole Miss

Despite outgaining Ole Miss 503 to 433 and holding a 100 to 65 edge in plays, Alabama lost 43-37 in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night. Two stats sum up why the Crimson Tide lost: -5 in turnover margin and 43 points allowed. The Crimson Tide’s defense was placed into a couple of bad situations as a result of five turnovers by the offense, but this is the second consecutive SEC game where the Crimson Tide allowed at least 40 points. Alabama has to do a better job of taking care of the ball and settle on a quarterback, but the pass defense shouldn’t be overlooked after giving up an average of 18.9 yards per completion against the Rebels.

 

3: Interceptions by Ohio State QBs J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones in Week 3

Ohio State was supposed to have the best quarterback situation in college football this season. However, through three weeks of the season, coach Urban Meyer is still trying to sort out the J.T. Barrett versus Cardale Jones quarterback battle. Both signal-callers have struggled at times, including Saturday’s sluggish 20-13 win over Northern Illinois. Barrett completed 11 of 19 attempts for only 97 yards, while Jones threw for 36 yards on four completions. The two quarterbacks combined for three interceptions, which tied the most for the Buckeyes in a game since the Sept. 6, 2014 loss to Virginia Tech.

 

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527: Texas QB Jerrod Heard’s Total Yards Against California

Texas has found its quarterback. While the Longhorns came up short to California on the scoreboard on Saturday night, Heard’s huge performance should answer any lingering questions about the quarterback position. The redshirt freshman accumulated 527 total yards against the Golden Bears, which set a new single-game record at Texas. Heard rushed for 163 yards and three scores and completed 20 of 31 passes for 364 yards. While the Longhorns aren’t happy with a loss, Heard is an exciting and talented piece to build around for the rest of 2015.

 

4: TCU Defensive Starters Lost for the Season Due to Injury

TCU coach Gary Patterson is one of the top defensive minds in college football, and his ability to adapt and develop personnel is going to be tested in a big way in 2015. The Horned Frogs lost cornerback Ranthony Texada for the season to a knee injury against SMU, which adds to the growing list of ailments for this defense. In addition to Texada’s injury, three other starters – linebacker Sammy Douglas, end James McFarland and safety Kenny Iloka – are missing for the rest of 2015. Starting linebacker Mike Freeze is taking a leave of absence, and defensive linemen Davion Pierson, Mike Tuaua and Terrell Lathan have missed action due to various ailments. While TCU still has one of the nation’s top offenses, the losses on defense are starting to add up and could cost the Horned Frogs a shot at the College Football Playoff.

 

3: Losses by USC Under Steve Sarkisian to Unranked Teams

Steve Sarkisian is 11-5 as USC’s coach, but three of those losses were against unranked teams. The Trojans were a double-digit favorite against Stanford but lost 41-31 on Saturday night, largely due to their inability to stop the Cardinal offense. The loss to the Cardinal won't help Sarkisian, as the second-year coach was already facing criticism after an underwhelming 9-4 debut and an incident at the program’s kickoff event in August. The loss to Stanford doesn’t end USC’s playoff hopes, but three defeats to unranked teams is not a good trend for Sarkisian. 

 

35-24: Kliff Kingsbury’s Revenge over Bret Bielema

Texas Tech waited over a year to get revenge against Arkansas, but the Red Raiders scored a payback win on Saturday night. After watching the Razorbacks gash the Texas Tech defense for 438 rushing yards last season, the Red Raiders used a strong effort from quarterback Patrick Mahomes (three scores and 301 total yards) to upset Arkansas in Fayetteville. While the game itself was entertaining, it wasn’t as by Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury about Arkansas coach Bret Bielema. 

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10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 3 2015
Post date: Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 11:41
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After Texas Tech’s road victory at Arkansas, coach Kliff Kingsbury had a few pointed words for Razorbacks’ coach Bret Bielema.

 

Before we provide you with the postgame quotes from Twitter, it’s important to remember Arkansas won at Texas Tech last season, and Bielema isn’t shy about expressing his opinion:

 

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Post date: Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 22:50
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It’s no secret defenses fake injuries when playing up-tempo offenses to get the necessary substitutions on the field or simply catch their breath before the next play.

 

Against California, Texas linebacker Edwin Freeman appeared to be just fine after a play. However, all of a sudden, Freeman fell as if he was injured. Needless to say, this is a fake injury flop (and not a good one at that). 

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Texas LB Edwin Freeman Does a Horrible Job of Faking an Injury Against California
Post date: Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 21:44
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running back Leonard Fournette was simply unstoppable in the 45-21 win over Auburn on Saturday. The sophomore back gashed Auburn for 228 yards and three scores on 19 carries, averaging a whopping 12 yards per play.

 

Fournette’s day can best be summed up in a handful of highlights. Here’s seven must-see moments from the sophomore’s huge day in Death Valley:

 

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7 Must-See Moments from LSU RB Leonard Fournette's Dominant Performance Against Auburn
Post date: Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 19:15
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It’s early in the 2015 college football season, but Nevada wide receiver Hasaan Henderson’s touchdown catch against Texas A&M might be one of the best of the year.

 

Henderson made this nifty one-handed grab with an Aggie defender covering him like a blanket.

 

Check out this awesome catch by Henderson:

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Nevada WR Hasaan Henderson Makes Incredible One-Handed Grab Against Texas A&M
Post date: Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 15:06
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Idaho State was a heavy underdog for its Friday night matchup against Boise State, and the Bengals were soundly defeated 52-0. The biggest news out of this game was an injury to quarterback Ryan Finley for the Broncos.

 

The highlights for Idaho State in a 52-0 loss were few. And unfortunately for the Bengals, there were some low moments. 

 

How low? Well, this punt might be one of the worst we have seen in a while.

 

 

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Idaho State Punter Has One of the Worst Punts Ever Against Boise State
Post date: Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 08:30

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