There’s been a lot of carnage through the first four weeks of the college football season, but some teams have had plenty of reasons to be fired up.
Take Ole Miss and Florida.
The Rebels now have sole possession of third place in the latest AP top 25 poll, with their win on the road at Alabama two weeks ago probably the most impressive of the season so far (if you want to argue for Utah’s obliteration of Oregon at Autzen, I won’t disagree). Florida, after driving Tennessee fans insane by coming back to beat the Vols, now sits at 4-0 in Jim McElwain’s first season and has Gator fans feeling as good as possible through the first month.
Now the Rebs and Gators meet up in Week 5, and the trash-talking has already begun in earnest. Who’s leading it? The Oxford and Gainesville police departments, of course.
Naturally, they had to drag Tim Tebow into this thing.
Let’s just get out of the way and enjoy local law enforcement spending who-knows-how-much time crafting brilliant tweets.
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Holy hell, Utah. As mentioned, the Utes’ 62-20 destruction of Oregon on Saturday was the best win of Week 4 by a mile, and colleague Bruce Feldman writes it was the best win of 2015. Utah jumped eight spots to No. 10 in the latest AP top 25 — how are the Utes not higher? — and the Ducks fell out of the top 25 for the first time since 2009. The highlight of the Utah-Oregon game: This fake punt return touchdown the Utes pulled off, which is one of the best trick plays you’ll see.
UCLA had the second-best win. After Utah’s victory, the Bruins’ 56-30 win at Arizona was the most impressive in Week 4, with many picking UCLA to lose that game. They dominated the Wildcats though and make an appearance in the new FOX Four (they’re up to No. 7 in the top 25).
More from Week 4. The wild ending to TCU-Texas Tech — in which the Horned Frogs survived on a tipped-pass TD — is a perfect example just how insane this season is going to be in the Big 12 and why the Horned Frogs’ playoff run will be must-watch, writes Stewart Mandel. How about Michigan? The Wolverines smacked BYU, 31-0, and are now ranked at No. 22; here are three things we learned about Michigan in Week 4.
Most importantly, best wishes to Southern wide receiver Devon Gales, who fractured his neck on Saturday and underwent surgery to stabilize his neck and spinal cord. Gales, thankfully, has movement in his upper body, the school announced.
* Alabama at Georgia will be the highlight of Week 5, and it’s the first time in 73 games that the Crimson Tide are an underdog.
* Enjoyed this Pete Thamel feature on P.J. Fleck, who’s using boundless energy to revamp Western Michigan.
* Mike Gundy dancing alert. I repeat, Mike Gundy dancing alert (Oklahoma State survived at Texas because the Longhorns can’t stop beating themselves).
Have a great Monday, everyone.
Teddy Mitrosilis works in social content development at FOX Sports Digital. Follow him on Twitter @TMitrosilis and email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.