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Week Four - Better than advertised

Scott Haynes, College Football Senior Editor

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - By far, week number four in the FBS ranks was the most entertaining slate of games in 2010 thus far. Alabama and Oklahoma survived scares on the road, the Pac-10 flexed its muscles and another non-BCS member jumped into the national picture (Nevada). A good FBS season simply got better this past weekend, and it isn't even the end of September yet.

LAST HURDLE: It was a foregone conclusion that if Boise State was able to get by Virginia Tech and Oregon State, that the Broncos would have a clear path to the BCS title game. Well, the Broncos got by the Hokies and managed to finish off the Beavers, so barring any upset by one of the WAC opponents on the docket, BSU has set itself up perfectly. Of course, they will still need help to get a shot at the title. Alabama or Ohio State will need to falter and that is not a given. The Tide were tested greatly by a tough Arkansas team and still prevailed, while OSU is just getting ready to embark on its Big Ten schedule. Both teams are playing at a different level right now and could keep the BCS bubble intact by running the table. Boise may be over its final major obstacle, but that hasn't guaranteed the Broncos anything at this point.

MOVIN ON UP: While it is no surprise that Stanford and Auburn are off to good starts this season, their meteoric rise in the national polls may be. The Cardinal are 4-0 on the year and with a Heisman hopeful under center in Andrew Luck, Stanford will be in the hunt for the Pac-10 title. It starts this week with a showdown with the Oregon Ducks. Speaking of Heisman candidates under center, Auburn (4-0) has its own in Cameron Newton. The 6-6 junior is one of the top dual-threats in the country and is coming off a game in which he absolutely manhandled nationally-ranked South Carolina. The season-finale against Alabama could have SEC West implications.

Denard Robinson got tackled near the sideline on a long run and injured his knee.
HEISMAN RUN DERAILED? The Heisman front-runner entering this past weekend was Michigan's Denard Robinson. He looked to widen the gap with a supreme performance against Bowling Green and a few minutes into the first quarter, Robinson had already rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns. However, he got tackled near the sideline on a long run and injured his knee. Robinson did not return, although he said he could have. Instead Rich Rodriguez kept his ultra- talented QB off the field, as the Wolverines made light work of the Falcons. At 100-percent, Robinson is a blur out there, giving Michigan a chance to score at any moment. Time will tell if the injured knee is no big deal, or something that lingers into Big Ten action. If the latter is the case, the other Heisman hopefuls will close in a hurry.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Although his numbers in terms of yardage weren't mind- blowing, the results were, as Florida freshman Trey Burton stole the show in week number four. He had just five carries for 40 yards, but all five carries ended with him in the end zone. Throw in a receiving TD as well, and his six scores set a Florida record. Auburn's Cameron Newton was a close second for top billing with his superhuman effort against South Carolina, throwing for 158 yards and two TDs, while rushing for 176 yards and another three scores.

Other QBs of note include Ohio State's Tyrelle Pryor (224 yards passing, four TDs, 104 yards rushing, two TDs against Eastern Michigan), Arizona State's Steven Threet (387 yards, three TDs against Oregon), Arkansas's Ryan Mallett (357 yards, two TDs against Alabama), Fresno State's Ryan Colburn (390 yards, four TDs against Ole Miss), Colorado State's Pete Thomas (386 yards, three TDs against Idaho), Oklahoma's Landry Jones (370 yards, two TDs against Cincinnati), NC State's Russell Wilson (368 yards, three TDs against Georgia Tech), Idaho's Nathan Enderle (347 yards, three TDs against Colorado State), Central Michigan's Ryan Radcliffe (347 yards, two TDs against Northwestern), Cincinnati's Zach Collaros (305 yards, three TDs against Oklahoma) and USC's Matt Barkley (290 yards, three TDs against Washington State),

Additional tailbacks with big games were Northern Illinois' Chad Spann (223 yards, two TDs against Minnesota), Ole Miss' Brandon Bolden (228 yards, two TDs against Fresno State), Houston's Bryce Beall (123 yards, four TDs against Tulane), Wisconsin's James White (145 yards, four TDs against Austin Peay), Alabama's Mark Ingram (157 yards, two TDs against Arkansas), Penn State's Evan Royster (187 yards against Temple) and Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead (169 yards against Oklahoma).

Wideouts who stood out include UNLV's Max Johnson (eight catches, 138 yards, three TDs against New Mexico), Troy's Jerrell Jernigan (10 catches, 209 yards, one TD against Arkansas State), San Diego State's Vincent Brown (five catches, 177 yards, two TDs against Utah State) and Cincinnati's D.J. Woods (seven catches, 171 yards, one TD against Oklahoma).

SNEAK PEEK: A big weekend is on the horizon, as there are five top-25 showdowns around the country, some of which have national title implications. A Big Ten battle pits 11th-ranked Wisconsin at 24th-ranked Michigan State. The Red River Rivalry is always a crowd pleaser, as 21st-ranked Texas and eighth- ranked Oklahoma square off at the Cotton Bowl. Seventh-ranked Florida gets its shot at the defending national champs, taking on top-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Twenty-second-ranked Penn State will also be on the road, trying to get past 17th-ranked Iowa, while ninth-ranked Stanford and fourth-ranked Oregon go at it for Pac-10 supremacy.

Other games of note include Texas A&M and Oklahoma State, 16th-ranked Miami- Florida at Clemson and Virginia Tech at 23rd-ranked NC State.

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