College football week 4 is in the books. After every week fans can take away things from what happened on the field. Here are five things learned from college football week 4.
1. The Big 12 is in Trouble
The Big 12 has had an awful start to the season. It started when their teams started losing home games to teams from the Sun Belt. Arkansas State beat Kansas State, Louisiana beat Iowa State and Coastal Carolina beat Kansas. This week, things got worse. Kansas State rebounded from their loss two weeks ago when they defeated Oklahoma.
Now, the conference has limited chances to make the College Football Playoff (CFP). Texas is the conference’s best bet, but they needed a longshot comeback to beat Texas Tech. With so many losses in the conference already, the Big 12 has an uphill climb to make the CFP.
2. Auburn’s Offense is Good
The Auburn offense has been handed from Gus Malzahn to Chad Morris this season,. Having two gurus work on the offense though is a good thing. Against a tough Kentucky team, Auburn showed they could produce big plays and that they will be able to move the ball.
Bo Nix looked like a much better quarterback this season. He was 16/27 for 233 yards and three touchdowns. Nix specifically connected with Seth Williams a lot, as the two connected for two touchdowns. The running game only average 3.0 yards per carry, so the offensive line needs to come together, but Auburn could put up a lot of points this season.
3. J.T. Daniels isn’t Ready to Play
Georgia had a rough game against Arkansas. They ended up winning the game 37-10, but it was still a game in the second half. D’Wan Mathis had a rough day at quarterback. Stetson Bennett came in and saved the day by going 20/29 for 211 yards and two touchdowns.
The biggest thing to take away from the game is that J.T. Daniels isn’t ready to play. After tearing his ACL last year, he suited up for the game, but did not play. It looks like Bennett will lead the offense from here on out. He’ll have to play as well as he did against Arkansas to help Georgia compete in the SEC East.
4. SEC Quarterbacks are Good
There was good quarterback play all over the SEC on Saturday. Stetson Bennett was already mentioned and so too was Bo Nix. Terry Wilson made some critical mistakes, but played decently for Kentucky against Auburn with 239 yards passing and 42 rushing yards.
K.J. Costello threw for an SEC-record 623 yards against LSU. The Stanford-transfer threw for five touchdowns as well in Mississippi State’s win. Kyle Trask had a big day for Florida with 416 passing yards and six touchdowns. Mac Jones for Alabama and Matt Corral also looked solid. The SEC was once criticized for not having great quarterbacks. They may just have the best quarterbacks in the country this year.
5. The AAC MIGHT have a Chance at the CFP
The American Athletic Conference has marketed themselves as a “Power Six” conference team. Unfortunately for them, they have not received such respect. No team has made the CFP from their conference. With 2020 being a weird year, that could change this year.
Cincinnati got a big ranked win over Army 24-10 this week. The Bearcats are already ranked, which is a good start. UCF beat Georgia Tech then put up 50 points on East Carolina. While they never made the CFP when they went undefeated before, this year could be different. Memphis, who was off this week, also will have a good chance. If one of these three teams goes undefeated, there is a slim chance they can be in the CFP.
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