College football Week 4 takeaways — Texas A&M’s troubles, a wide-open playoff competition and more

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The College Football Playoff margin hasn’t stretched yet, and a foe is already some-more engaging — generally after Clemson mislaid for a second time this season.

Our writers mangle down a biggest takeaways from Week 4 in college football, from a ACC to a Pac-12.

Texas AM improved get artistic to save a season

The biggest questions confronting Texas AM after a stellar 2020 deteriorate were how it would reinstate four-year starter Kellen Mond during quarterback and a 4 starting descent linemen who powered a Aggies’ manly belligerent game.

After losing starting QB Haynes King to injury, those questions dawn incomparable than ever. His replacement, Zach Calzada, has struggled. The Aggies have scored 95 points in 4 games. Among SEC teams, usually South Carolina (89) and Vanderbilt (50) have scored fewer. The descent line has struggled notwithstanding Jimbo Fisher perplexing mixed combinations adult front. In a dual games Calzada has played opposite Power 5 competition, he has finished only 51.4% of his passes for 334 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Aggies scored 10 points in each, a 10-7 win over Colorado and Saturday’s 20-10 detriment to Arkansas.

Those difference seem auspicious now. NC State did not shrivel a approach it has been famous to do. Rather, a Wolfpack rose to a occasion, steeling itself in double overtime behind a pretentious touchdown pass from Devin Leary to Devin Carter and a defensive stop that won’t shortly be lost in a second overtime. It frequency matters that Clemson is down. NC State kick a top-10 group for a initial time given 2012. Doeren kick Clemson for a initial time, and now NC State is in a driver’s chair in a Atlantic Division.

During an talk on ACC Network afterward, Doeren smoked a feat cigar and had a grin a football margin wide. But NC State is also a group that scored 10 points during Mississippi State only dual weeks ago and has a story of bad things function when things seem to be going good (there’s a word for it, too!). The bulk of a deteriorate stays for NC State to truly flip a book and put a past story where it belongs. — Andrea Adelson

Stock adult on Oregon State

Coming into a season, Oregon State was sleepy of being close. The Beavers done apparent signs of swell during manager Jonathan Smith’s initial 3 seasons though finishing games was a vital problem. Dating to 2019, a Beavers were in a one-score diversion in a fourth entertain in 8 of their final 9 losses. That represents a large alleviation over 2017 and 2018 when they were uncompetitive, though it was also a source of disappointment in that they weren’t means to find ways to win.

After 4 games in what is a down year for a Pac-12, a Beavers are one of a splendid spots. After losing a opener to Purdue — in another diversion that was tighten in a fourth — a Beavers have rattled off 3 true widespread wins. Saturday’s 45-27 feat opposite USC during a Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was a Beavers’ initial win there given 1960.

It’s still too early to have a good feel for how good this group is, though it would come as a vital warn if a Beavers don’t finish discussion play with a winning record. That hasn’t happened given 2012, a sole time it has occurred over a past 11 years. Smith was a vital reason for Washington’s arise after nearing with Chris Petersen as a descent coordinator in 2014 and deserves regard here for a arena of his alma mater. – Kyle Bonagura

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