Week four of college football is successfully complete


By Jake Stafford, Round Table reporter

Another week of college football was successfully completed last weekend. Since there were no major upsets, surprising plays or big news in the world of college football, this wasn’t the best week to write about. Still, enough news occurred for me to voice my opinion.

The biggest story from the week was the firing of LSU coach Les Miles. Miles was dismissed from the team following the Tigers’ 18-13 loss to unranked Auburn.

Miles coached 12 seasons for the Tigers and won 71-percent of his games, three SEC Western Division Championships, two SEC Championships and a National Championship in 2007.

Miles and the Tigers have been on a downfall for the past five years which lead to his firing last Sunday. Since the Tigers are a well-known football team, it won’t be hard to find a person who is willing to coach them.

LSU’s defense suffered in the team’s loss to Auburn, allowing all 18 points to be scored on field goals. It’s impressive not letting up any touchdowns but scoring six field goals is not a substitute.

My way-too-early pick to win the Heisman, Lamar Jackson, continues to shine through the fourth week of college football.

Jackson and his No. 3 ranked Louisville Cardinals had an easy week, defeating Marshall 59-28. Jackson accounted for seven touchdowns, giving him 25 touchdowns in four weeks.

Jackson has a clear lead in my opinion to win the award but I have a new contender, too.

San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey has solidified himself as possibly the best running back in college football.

Pumphrey has averaged just under 200 yards per game, 56 more than Christian Mccaffrey, and has the most rushing touchdowns for a running back in the nation.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Pumphrey. He’s 5-foot 9-inches and 180 pounds. Could he be legitimate or simply just be having a few lucky weeks?

The unranked Duke Blue Devils upset Notre Dame, 38-35.

Although it’s nice to see a team like Duke have such a big win, it wasn’t unexpected at all and the Fighting Irish have not been up to par this season.

The Irish defense played awful. Duke’s offense was ranked 36th in the nation last season and has only seemed to get worse. This should have been expected though considering the Irish also allowed 50 points against Texas back in week one.

The second game that needs to be discussed is No. 10-ranked Washington Huskies needing overtime to beat the Arizona Wildcats 35-28.

I don’t give the Huskies any respect whatsoever. They do not deserve the No. 10 seed. If Washington struggled to beat an unranked team like Arizona, they shouldn’t be ranked near the top 10.

Washington’s true first test will be next week against Pac-12 team No. 7 Stanford.

One team who doesn’t get enough credit is No. 8-ranked Wisconsin. The Badgers demolished a former top-10 ranked Michigan 30-6, looking on-point in every aspect of the game.

Wisconsin also beat formerly ranked No. 5 LSU in week one.

I have so much sympathy for Ole Miss after four weeks of football.

The Rebels beat top-10 ranked Georgia 45-14 and have proven their ranking in the top 25, despite having two losses.

The entire nation this season is 144-2 when leading by 21 or more points, the Rebels are 0-2.

To be honest, if they could’ve held their leads against Florida State and Alabama, I would’ve given them the No. 1 ranking in college football.

With the college football playoff beginning to form, this upcoming week will make or break certain teams.

Some of the high-intensity games I recommend are No. 12 Florida State vs. North Carolina, No. 5 Clemson vs. No. 3 Louisville, No. 8 Wisconsin vs. No. 4 Michigan, and No. 11 Tennessee vs. No. 25 Georgia.