Spartan Avenue College Football Rankings: Week 4

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Sep 19, 2015; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back C.J. Prosise (20) runs into the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 30-22. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama headed into a week three contest with Ole Miss at home, looking for a nice victory over a ranked team to add to its College Football Playoff resume and maybe even jump Ohio State after the Buckeyes had trouble defeating Northern Illinois. However, the Crimson Tide fell in dramatic fashion and quarterback play continues to be an issue for Nick Saban’s squad.

Josh Rosen struggled mightily against BYU in week three, passing for just over 100 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions while completing less than 50 percent of his passes. It was an off-day against a tough defense, and that will happen to freshman QBs sometimes. Paul Perkins ran the Bruins to victory with his 219 yards and a touchdown, helping UCLA avoid a devastating home upset.

Notre Dame keeps proving doubters wrong as this time the Fighting Irish were considered an underdog against No. 14 Georgia Tech at home before dominating most of the game only to fend off a late surge by the Yellow Jackets to win, 30-22. DeShone Kizer is showing that he’s no slouch under center and C.J. Prosise lifted the run game with 198 yards and two scores. Notre Dame held Georgia Tech to 211 rushing yards when it had averaged over 440 through the first two weeks.

Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina squad happened to be standing in Georgia‘s way on Saturday afternoon when the Bulldogs decided to show everyone that a College Football Playoff run is in store this year. Virginia-transfer Greyson Lambert was great under center, giving the Bulldogs a serious aerial threat for the first time since Aaron Murray. He passed for 330 yards and three scores in a 52-20 thumping of South Carolina.

Taking down Alabama on the road was one of the best upsets in recent memory for the Rebels — probably since last year when they defeated the Crimson Tide at home. Junior quarterback Chad Kelly is continuing his solid play as he completed 18-of-33 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns against the Crimson Tide. Laquon Treadwell and Cody Core had nice games receiving, combining for 203 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches.

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