No. 12 BYU: 20 at No. 24 Oregon: 41
BYU earned their number 12 ranking by narrowly defeating Baylor at home last week but would need to solidify their position by beating Oregon in Eugene. Unfortunately for the Cougars, this did not go according to plan. BYU kept the game close into the second quarter, but Oregon’s two fourth-down conversions on their final drive of the half contributed to the Duck’s 24-7 lead at halftime. Although BYU scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, Oregon already maintained a substantial lead. Bo Nix, the Duck’s starting quarterback, carved up BYU’s defense, throwing for 222 yards and five total touchdowns. The Cougars look to rebound as they host Wyoming this Saturday.
Week 4: Wyoming (3-1) at No. 19 BYU (2-1)
Cincinnati: 38 at Miami (OH): 17
Luke Fickell and the Bearcats did not have an answer for Miami early on, as the Redhawks dominated on both sides of the ball. Miami scored a touchdown on their first possession, forced a turnover on Cinicnatti’s first drive, and kicked a field goal following the turnover. Although the Redhawks did build a 17-7 lead, Cincinnati gained momentum and scored 31 unanswered. Charles McClelland led the Bearcats to the decisive victory by rushing for just over one hundred yards and two scores.
Week 4: Indiana (3-1) at Cincinnati (2-1)
Kansas: 48 at Houston: 30
With Houston’s first two contests coming down to the wire, the Cougars were eager for a decisive victory entering their matchup with a much improved Kansas team. While Houston did begin quickly and build a 14-point lead, Jalon Daniels manipulated the Cougars’ defense on his way to finding the endzone five times. Chris Tune did connect with Ta’Zhawn Henry five times for 107 yards and a touchdown, but it was not enough to come out on top as the Jayhawks controlled the second half. Although Houston began the season as a top-25 team, Kansas might be more deserving of that honor through the first three games. The Cougars will host Rice next weekend as they try to rebound from consecutive Big 12 losses.
Week 4: Rice (2-1) at Houston (1-2)
UCF: 40 at FAU: 14
UCF traveled down I-95 Saturday night to take on in-state rival Florida Atlantic. FAU surprised many fans as they maintained a lead well into the first half. Unfortunately for the Owls, their last score of the night came at the very end of the first quarter, and the Knight’s defense dominated the rest of the game. John Rhys Plumlee flipping into the endzone was the spark UCF needed to play to their full potential. The mobile quarterback had 339 yards through the air, 121 yards on the ground, and three total touchdowns. The Knights host Georgia Tech next weekend before entering conference play.
Week 4: Georgia Tech (1-2) at UCF (2-1)