1: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
12th ranked Notre Dame came into week 4 expecting a tight battle against the 18th ranked Wisconsin Badgers on the road. While it started off looking like that was what we would see, things changed in a big way in the second half as Notre Dame exploded as they got 2 interceptions that they returned for touchdowns in their rout of Wisconsin, 41-13.
The Irish now moved to 4-0 after the questions about whether the Irish are legit or not seemed to be answered in their dominant performance against the Badgers. Former Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan played a solid game against his former team throwing for 158 yards and a touchdown, but the defense really stole the show in this game forcing 5 turnovers and scoring 3 touchdowns on defense/special teams that all occurred in their 31 point 4th quarter.
The Irish now look to keep the momentum rolling facing a tough Cincinnati team ranked inside the top 10 next week.
2: North Carolina State Wolfpack
North Carolina State pulled out a gutsy 227-21 double overtime victory in front of their home crowd on Saturday over the 9th ranked Clemson Tigers. This was their first victory over Dabo Sweeney’s Clemson Tigers in 10 years.
Quarterback Devin Leary played outstanding against one of the nations best defenses, throwing for 238 yards and 4 touchdowns, including the game winner in double overtime.
Any questions about NC State’s toughness and grit got answered on Saturday and they will look to build off that momentum going forward.
3: Arkansas Razorbacks
The 16th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks went into Saturday facing the 7th ranked Texas A&M Aggies as they were both 3-0. The Razorbacks looked very sharp early as they raced out to a 17-0 lead in the second quarter. Arkansas played mistake free football and their defense stepped up in a hard fought 20-10 victory over the Aggies.
Quarterback KJ Jefferson was very efficient for the Razorbacks completing just 7 passes for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns. The defense did the rest as they got 3 sacks and forced the game’s only turnover.
Arkansas has a very tough matchup next week against the Georgia Bulldogs, but they will go into that game riding high on momentum as they are 4-0 to start the season.
1: Clemson Tigers
The Clemson Tigers do not look like the Clemson Tigers we are used to seeing. Following a disappointing 27-21 double overtime loss to NC State, Clemson is now 2-2 and their hopes of going to the college football playoffs now look to be slim to none.
The Clemson Tigers went just 2 for 11 on third down conversions on Saturday and turned the ball over on downs with a chance to win it in double overtime. Clemson’s offensive struggles continue as they drop a heart breaker which will move them out of the top 10 rankings.
Where does Clemson go from here?
2: Wisconsin Badgers
The Wisconsin Badgers were in it, until they weren’t. Playing in front of their home crowd against Notre Dame, the Badgers were tied at 10-10 going into the 4th quarter and had to be feeling pretty good to be tied. However, following a kick return for a touchdown by the Irish, things just went downhill from there as they went on to score 31 straight and the Badgers went on to lose 41-13.
The Badgers turned the ball over 5 times and was a dreadful 1 for 14 on third downs in the game which is not going to get it done.
The Badgers will look to regroup and fix their offensive woes as their task doesn’t get much easier facing Michigan next week in a game they feel they have to win following a disappointing 1-2 start to the season.
3: North Carolina Tar Heels
The 21st ranked North Carolina Tar Heels came into the season with very high expectations with star quarterback Sam Howell under center. However, things have not been all that pretty for the Tar Heels as they went on the road to face Georgia Tech and got embarrassed 45-22.
After the loss Saturday, the Tar Heels will most likely drop out of the top 25 rankings as they are 2-2 on the season. Sam Howell played a solid game throwing for 306 yards and 2 touchdowns, however he was sacked a whopping 8 times on Saturday!
The Tar Heel defense also had no answers for the Georgia Tech offense as they let up just shy of 400 total yards and 45 points.
The Tar Heels will look to regroup for next week as they will face the Duke Blue Devils on their home turf as they look to get back above .500.