By: David Folz
Week four of the college football season came by and we saw many great games and efforts this past weekend. So what have we learned from this weekend? Well probably that college referees can do a much better job than the replacement referees of the NFL. Other than that, here is what else we learned on week four.
Unless LSU beats Alabama, football fans rejoice: That will be because there will not be a rematch of two SEC teams in the national championship game. Alabama, Oregon and Florida State look to be the best teams in the nation, and LSU struggled against Auburn on Saturday despite winning 14-12. Right now its Alabama and Oregon, but do not discount the Seminoles, especially if they finish undefeated.
Notre Dame is for real: The Fighting Irish are far and away better defensively than they ever were under Charlie Weis and it has shown against Michigan State and last weekend against Michigan. Manti Te’o is making a great impression to be a Heisman finalist with being a tackle machine with three interceptions this year. After a 13-6 win over Michigan, Notre Dame is 4-0 for the first time since Tyrone Willingham was at Notre Dame. If the Irish beat Miami on Saturday, then an extremely tough three game stretch is in their way with Stanford, BYU, and Oklahoma afterward.
Want a surprise team? Try Oregon State: The Beavers have beaten two top 25 teams en route to their 2-0 record (opener was delayed due to Hurricane Isaac) and have looked really good in doing so. Make no mistake, Mike Riley was facing a lot of criticism following a 3-9 season, and this is the best start to quiet the critics. Another good thing for the Beavers, they are ranked at 18 this week, a sign of possible things to come.
The SEC East is the best race to watch all year: Florida, South Carolina and Georgia are all top 12 teams, and those three teams are going to have a title race for the ages. All three are 4-0 and all three have possible national title aspirations. The key is Florida this weekend against LSU and Georgia against Tennessee. Since South Carolina is essentially a win against Kentucky, this will be two teams trying to keep up with the Gamecocks this weekend.