7:15 PM ETESPN staffThe latest weekend of college football has come and gone, with a slate of important Week 4 games that could influence conference races. Here’s how to watch, along with our picks, news updates and highlights, including a crowd-surfing coach after Tulane’s last-second win on Thursday.Jump to: | Top 25 games | Best of Week 4Week 4’s best momentsMinshew Mania is back, and so are the jortsplay0:34Gardner Minshew II returns to Washington State sporting a tight pair of jean shorts as the Cougars are set to square off against UCLA.Lights, camera, actionAt halftime of the Clemson-Charlotte game, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney got to watch fake Clemson run onto the field as part of a movie shoot.Dabo watches another coach lead the Tigers down the hill. pic.twitter.com/yuXsOgFdHl— Matt Schick (@ESPN_Schick) September 22, 2019 Pitt Special!play0:39Pittsburgh replicates the Eagles’ famous “Philly Special” as Aaron Mathews completes a 3-yard touchdown to QB Kenny Pickett to give the Panthers the lead.play0:46Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi says the Panthers’ game-winning play against UCF was “Pitt Special,” and commends his player’s execution to pull off the upset.This is the opposite of jumping aroundSo, Michigan Man, how was your trip to Wisconsin?Jump Around. An absolute mood. #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/fNaG1Amgi7— George Balekji NBC15 (@GeorgeBalekji) September 21, 2019 Bow down to the turnover cloakThis year, Coastal Carolina joined the turnover craze with a new sideline celebration. According to Myrtle Beach Online, it’s called the “Game of Thrones Turnover Cloak,” and it’s modeled after the one worn by Jon Snow on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”Coastal Carolina’s turnover celebration is… pic.twitter.com/II9CI1b27A— Cam Mellor (@PFF_Cam) September 21, 2019 Hello from the other sideYou can try a thousand times. But that’s not how it works.play0:22J.T. Shrout attempts to talk into a telephone without picking up the handset.A striking celebrationRutgers offensive lineman Michael Maietti has an interesting touchdown celebration, just straight-up punching quarterback Artur Sitkowski in the face.He really punched his QB in the face to celebrate the TD 🤜 pic.twitter.com/Yc9zVpLDHQ— ESPN (@espn) September 21, 2019 StonewalledWatch LSU’s Adrian Magee (No. 73) crush two defenders in the middle of the line who are attempting to rush Joe Burrow.Atop the WaveHouston raced to a 28-7 second-quarter lead against Tulane on Thursday. But after the Green Wave rallied, Houston kicked a field goal to tie the game at 31 with 21 seconds remaining. Overtime seemed imminent, but the Green Wave pulled off a remarkable combo to shock the Cougars. After a fake kneel-down led to an 18-yard run, Justin McMillan hit Jalen McCleskey over the middle, and McCleskey broke away to score a 53-yard touchdown with three seconds left.Green Wave coach Willie Fritz followed with a little crowd-surfing in the locker room.Ridin’ high into a long weekend AND a bye week with some more @CoachWEFritz #WinSurfing 🌊 🏄‍♂️#RollWave pic.twitter.com/uYhep4dy2x— Tulane University Football (@GreenWaveFB) September 20, 2019 Sideline timeout?We’ll let ESPN’s Holly Rowe explain …I am off to see the Whizzer. Best Sideline invention ever for @oregonfootball Take care of your business men. pic.twitter.com/5d8mRABIlq— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) September 22, 2019
SVP vs. sucker MCsLSU shouted out Scott Van Pelt in its uniform reveal for the week, using a clip from his show and turning him into a rapper in the process.Sup, @notthefakeSVP?Bringing it back for the biggest #LSU fan we know. #GeauxTigers pic.twitter.com/AfxLUJXfnU— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) September 20, 2019 Ratted out the social media folksJalen Hurts might have left Alabama, but Alabama hasn’t left him. Two years after Nick Saban’s infamous “rat poison” rant — about how the media is saying too many good things about his team and making players overconfident — Hurts delivered the same message via an Oklahoma social media post about the Sooners’ top-ranked offense (you might have to click to see his reply).Jalen Hurts is not here for it … not even from his own team’s account. #Sooners pic.twitter.com/HGYUGwPdOv— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) September 20, 2019 Kickin’ it up a notchFIU defensive lineman David Reynolds snagged a heads-up interception off the foot of a teammate when Louisiana Tech quarterback J’Mar Smith was trying to throw it away.Off the foot ➡️ InterceptionBring out the TURNOVER BELT @fiufootball pic.twitter.com/wUMABMJyBW— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) September 21, 2019 Dawg biteFormer Georgia coach and ACC Network analyst Mark Richt gives his legendary 10-bite sandwich breakdown to get you ready for in-game snacking.🔟 bites is all @MarkRicht needs to eat a sandwich 🥇#TheHuddle pic.twitter.com/tz3YHG7POg— ACC Network (@accnetwork) September 21, 2019 What the Top 25 results meanNo. 1 Clemson 52, Charlotte 10It has been a slow start to the season for Trevor Lawrence, who has been good but hasn’t had a breakout game. That didn’t happen Saturday, as he had just nine pass attempts in a blowout of Charlotte. There aren’t going to be many challenges for Lawrence on the remaining schedule, but a road trip to North Carolina next week could at least set the stage for some big numbers. — David M. HaleNo. 2 Alabama 49, Southern Miss 7It was another ho-hum dominant performance for the Tide. Tua Tagovailoa threw for more touchdowns (5) than incompletions (4) for the fourth time in his career, and the defense held Southern Miss to 226 total yards and 1.6 yards per carry. The only bright spot for future opponents? Backup QB Mac Jones threw an interception. With three of the Tide’s next four games at home against Ole Miss, Tennessee and Arkansas, only a road trip to Texas A&M in two weeks looks like a test before a collision course with LSU on Nov. 9. — Dave WilsonNo. 3 Georgia 23, No. 7 Notre Dame 17Georgia started slowly, and the offense was kind of all over the place in the first half, but then Jake Fromm and D’Andre Swift took over. By doing so, they reminded everyone why the Dawgs are legit playoff contenders. The defense speaks for itself, holding Notre Dame to 46 rushing yards. But when Swift is rolling, he is tough to stop. Fromm, on the other hand, exudes poise and is the reason these Bulldogs are never out of a game. The Fighting Irish, meanwhile, gave Georgia all it could handle, staying close for three quarters and nearly pulling off an upset in the closing seconds. The offensive line gave Ian Book a clean pocket most of the night, and Book delivered the kind of veteran presence his team needed. But when you can’t run the football, you’ve got a problem. Notre Dame’s inability to move the chains and keep the clock moving could cause more problems going forward if it doesn’t change. — Alex ScarboroughNo. 4 LSU 66, Vanderbilt 38This pass-happy offense looks so good on the Tigers that you wonder why they didn’t go to it years ago. Joe Burrow (398 yards, six TDs) again put up Heisman-worthy stats — in part because the defense was giving up just enough points to Vandy to keep the first-string offense on the field for a while. Now comes a bye week before an interesting run: home games against Utah State, Florida and Auburn sandwiching a trip to Mississippi State. — Bill ConnellyNo. 6 Ohio State 76, Miami (Ohio) 5Miami will always have those first eight minutes. But after falling behind 5-0, Ohio State obliterated the RedHawks. Following the first 76-5 result in FBS history, the Buckeyes get to prepare for a couple of unique tests: a road trip to Nebraska and a visit from Michigan State. The Buckeyes should win both, but the magnitude of the wins will tell us a lot about OSU’s ability to maintain form over the long haul. — Bill ConnellyNo. 8 Auburn 28, No. 17 Texas A&M 20Auburn has one of the most impressive résumés in the country — including the season-opening win against Oregon — yet it’s still premature to talk about the Tigers as playoff contenders because their remaining schedule is so brutal. Quarterback Bo Nix is maturing each week, but the Tigers have three straight October road games and Georgia and Alabama. Saturday’s win proved they’re capable of more, but how much remains to be seen. The Aggies’ role this season has become clear: a potential spoiler, but unlikely to be more. Texas A&M has two losses and hasn’t faced Alabama, Georgia or LSU yet. If the offense doesn’t find its spark, it could be a five-loss season for Jimbo Fisher. The Aggies’ running game was stifled, and though Kellen Mond made some big plays on third down, his team came up short in the red zone and surrendered a touchdown off of a turnover. — Heather DinichNo. 9 Florida 34, Tennessee 3Kyle Trask made his first career start, and he showed plenty of promise — throwing for more yards than Feleipe Franks ever had in a game. But he had his share of mistakes too, including two interceptions and a fumble. Florida still has issues consistently running the ball, and that remains a question moving forward, especially as the heart of the schedule looms. A difficult October schedule awaits after next week’s game against Towson, and Florida is going to have to play nearly perfectly when that stretch begins Oct. 5 against Auburn, then continues with games against LSU, South Carolina and Georgia. The Gators are hopeful that they will have two of their best defenders, CJ Henderson and Jabari Zuniga, healthy in time for those contests. — Andrea AdelsonSouthern California 30, No. 10 Utah 23Utah looked nothing like a fringe CFP contender at USC, and the Utes have much to clean up if they want to challenge for their first Pac-12 title. A veteran team built on discipline and not beating itself must take a long look in the mirror after committing 16 penalties, repeatedly coming up empty in plus territory and giving up a safety at the worst time. USC’s receivers exposed cracks in a talented but untested Utah secondary. The Utes’ hold-happy offensive line clearly needs a reset, especially if top running back Zack Moss (shoulder injury) misses any length of time. Utah can still win the Pac-12 South, but it needs a much cleaner performance next week against surging Washington State. — Adam RittenbergNo. 13 Wisconsin 35, No. 11 Michigan 14Michigan’s offense is broken, and there doesn’t seem to be a solution. The Wolverines were hoping a bye would help fix the issues with turnovers and a lack of production against Army, but that was hardly the case. This game was a pendulum game for Michigan, and after a loss, the Wolverines have to try to make it through Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State, Notre Dame and Ohio State. Wisconsin’s defense has been stifling in all three games, and running back Jonathan Taylor has been outstanding. This team is going to be difficult for any opponent the rest of the way. — Tom VanHaarenNo. 12 Texas 36, Oklahoma State 30The Longhorns have some things to clean up and have a few players banged up, but this is a good team that earned a solid win over an explosive Oklahoma State squad. The defense might be something folks wondered about, and all the questions there aren’t answered yet, but the way the Longhorns made Chuba Hubbard — the nation’s leading rusher coming into the tilt — work for yardage was impressive, and they yielded no touchdown passes to a talented receiving corps led by Tylan Wallace. Texas is on the uptick, and its upcoming off week is timely. — Sam Khan Jr.Pitt 35, No. 15 UCF 34UCF’s 27-game regular-season winning streak (including conference title games) is over, and honestly, if it was going to end, it might as well have happened this way — a “Philly Special” reverse pass to the QB in the end zone. The loss likely ends any long-shot hopes of a playoff bid for UCF, and it certainly sets the Knights back in their quest for another New Year’s Six bid. But the silver lining is that they erased a 21-0 deficit and had a lead with a minute to play, and freshman QB Dillon Gabriel continues to impress. — David M. HaleNo. 16 Oregon 21, Stanford 6In the three games since the Ducks gave up a late touchdown to lose to Auburn in the opener, the Oregon defense has allowed a grand total of zero touchdowns. Oregon has a bye next week before hosting No. 23 Cal in another game in which points figure to be at a premium. That contest will mark a homecoming for former Ducks defensive back Justin Wilcox, who has installed an impressive defense as the head coach at Cal. If these two teams end up as the two best in the Pac-12 North, it wouldn’t be a surprise. — Kyle BonaguraNo. 20 Boise State 30, Air Force 19The deeper Boise State gets into the season, the less noteworthy quarterback Hank Bachmeier’s true freshman status becomes. On paper, the Broncos’ first third of the season figured to be more difficult than the four-game stretch they’re about to enter. Still, three of the next four games are away from the blue turf, including a trip to BYU on Oct. 19. In the wake of UCF’s loss to Pitt, the Broncos have become the de facto Group of 5 favorites to reach a New Year’s Six bowl. — Kyle BonaguraNo. 21 Virginia 28, Old Dominion 17The first-half scare against Old Dominion probably shouldn’t have been a huge surprise for a team coming off an emotional win over Florida State. That the Cavaliers responded with a strong second half shows some maturity and an ability to regroup amid adversity. Virginia isn’t going to out-talent many of its opponents, so those lessons will matter as the season progresses. — David M. HaleNo. 22 Washington 45, BYU 19Looking ahead, Washington’s lopsided win against BYU is noteworthy if only because the Huskies’ next opponent, USC, lost in Provo a week ago. Against the Cougars, Washington looked every bit like a team that will compete for the Pac-12 title, but it will resume that march next week at 0-1 in conference — and without much margin for error. A loss to USC would mark the first 0-2 Pac-12 start for Washington since 2008. — Kyle BonaguraNo. 23 Cal 28, Ole Miss 20For a while, it looked like this was going to be a statement win for the Golden Bears. Instead, they ended up having to gut things out, stopping Ole Miss inches short of the goal line on the game’s final play. But this was still Cal’s first road win as a ranked team in nearly 10 years, and the offense showed more life than we’re used to seeing. This could be a very interesting Pac-12 North race. — Bill ConnellyColorado 34, No. 24 Arizona State 31Even after Arizona State climbed into the Top 25, the Sun Devils never looked like a team that would be a fixture in the rankings. After losing to Colorado, they will surely drop out, and with ranked opponents the next three games — at Cal, Washington State, at Utah — it will be a battle for them to remain in the Pac-12 South race. True freshman QB Jayden Daniels has shown improvement, and that trajectory will need to continue for ASU to compete in the division. — Kyle BonaguraSMU 41, No. 25 TCU 38A loss to rival SMU — a team TCU had beaten seven consecutive times and 11 of the past 12 — is an ominous sign for a team that would like to consider itself a factor in the Big 12. SMU, albeit an improved squad under Sonny Dykes, controlled the game on TCU’s home turf, and the Horned Frogs allowed 31 first-half points. There are numerous questions for this TCU team as it moves into conference play, and it certainly will drop out of the Top 25. — Sam Khan Jr.

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