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2023 College Football season: Top performers from Week 4

After a somewhat weak slate in Week 3, college football was back with a number of top matchups in Week 4.

Between upsets, close games for ranked teams and outstanding individual performances, there was definitely a lot that happened this past weekend. We’re here to help unpack the highlights as we lay out college football Week 4’s top performers.

Ohio State walks it off at Notre Dame

The matchup of the weekend was undoubtedly when the Buckeyes battled the Fighting Irish. Ths game had all the hype leading up to it, and it surely didn’t disappoint.

After leading 3-0 at halftime, OSU found themselves down by four points at the end of the game with little time remaining. They calmly drove down the field and punched it in with a 1-yard rushing touchdown to win 17-14.

Offensively, Kyle McCord was good but not great, while they leaned heavily on the run game behind TreVeyon Henderson’s 104-yard, one touchdown performance. It was Ohio State’s defense that stole the show, limiting ND to just 175 yards through the air.

This will definitely be a confidence booster to a Buckeyes team that has seen the Big Ten Championship claimed by arch-rival Michigan in each of the past two seasons.

Ohio State is +900 to win the NCAAF Championship, with Michigan +400.

Oregon humbles Sanders & Colorado

The college football world has been mesmerized with the Deion Sanders-led Colorado Buffaloes. They had gotten off to a surprising 3-0 start, but traveled to Oregon to take on the Ducks this past weekend.

The game was essentially over the second it got underway, with the Ducks taking a 13-0 lead after the first quarter and 35-0 lead into halftime. Colorado eventually fell by a score of 42-6.

Hesiman hopeful Shedeur Sanders had his worst showing of the season, completing 23/33 passes for only 159 yards and one score. The Buffaloes offense as a whole compiled just 199 yards of total offense on Saturday.

Colorado faces another tough opponent this week in USC, so it’ll be interesting to see how they bounce back.

Penix Jr. the Heisman frontrunner?

The Washington Huskies welcomed in the Cal Bears this past weekend and, as expected, won by an extremely comfortable margin, 59-32.

Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. continued his impressive start to this campaign with yet another four-touchdown performance. With the way he’s played thus far, it’s not an overreaction to see that he leads the pack in terms of Heisman contenders.

Penix Jr. is completing nearly 75% of his passes this season and has thrown for 16 touchdowns to just two interceptions. He’s averaging 409 yards per game through the air with a quarterback rating of 209.6 and QBR of 93.7.

If Penix Jr. can continue his strong play and couple that with possibly a Pac-12 Championship, he very well could take home the Heisman Trophy and he is currently +350 to do so.

Drew Allar leads Penn State over Iowa

Another marquee matchup from Week 4 took place in Happy Valley, as the Iowa Hawkeyes battled the Penn State Nittany Lions.

It wound up not being a marquee matchup at all, with PSU jumping out to a 10-0 halftime lead before eventually winning 31-0.

The Nittany Lions held the Hawkeyes to some paltry numbers offensively, with just 76 total yards, 1/9 on third down attempts and four fumbles.

On offense, Penn State ran all over Iowa to the tune of 215 rushing yards and, while he wasn’t able to boost his yardage totals, quarterback Drew Allar once again played phenomenally.

He completed over 67% of his passes and tossed for four touchdowns with no interceptions. This is a showing that puts the rest of the Big Ten East on notice.

Blue Bloods continue to roll

Duke and Kansas are two programs that are surely more known for their play on the hardwood than the gridiron. However, that narrative may be changing here soon.

Led by quarterback Riley Leonard, the Blue Devils moved to 4-0 on the season after another dominating victory, this time on the road at UConn.

As for Kansas, they too remain undefeated after their double-digit win against BYU.

Both teams are now ranked inside the AP Poll Top 25 and have a good shot to stay in there. With them playing in the ACC and Big 12, there will be plenty of opportunities for them to continue to build their records.

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