By Tim Letcher
Alabama proved once again on Saturday why they were able to go unbeaten and win the national title last season.
The Crimson Tide played its worst half in a while on Saturday at Arkansas, and trailed the 10th-ranked Razorbacks 17-7 at halftime of the game in Fayetteville, Ark.
But in the second half, the Tide stepped up their game. The Alabama defense allowed high-powered Arkansas to score only three second-half points, while Alabama rolled off the gameâ€™s final 17 points, culminating with Mark Ingramâ€™s one-yard touchdown run with 3:18 to go to seal the victory.
Alabama has now won its last 28 regular season games, and quarterback Greg McElroy is now 18-0 as the Tide starter.
Arkansas, which appeared on the verge of a program-changing victory, now must regroup during the open week before facing more tough SEC competition.
Speaking of tough SEC competition, Alabama cannot rest on its laurels this week, as the Tide host No. 7 Florida on Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
Stock up â€“ Teams on the rise after Week 4
Boise State â€“ Most experts looked at the Broncosâ€™ schedule, and saw only two potential roadblocks: Virginia Tech and Oregon State. Boise State has now survived both of those games, as they beat the Beavers 37-24 on Saturday night on the blue turf. The schedule appears to set up well for the Broncos, as they basically have the WAC schedule ahead of them. The toughest remaining game will be Nov. 26 at Nevada.
Nevada â€“ Speaking of the Wolf Pack, they are back in the Associated Press rankings for the first time since 1948. Nevada won at BYU on Saturday and is now 4-0 on the season. The Wolf Pack also has primarily the WAC schedule ahead of them, and if they and Boise win out, the Nov. 26 game in Reno could be a winner-take-all for the WAC title.
N.C. State â€“ The Wolfpack are the only unbeaten team left in the ACC after Saturdayâ€™s 45-28 win at Georgia Tech. Quarterback Russell Wilson continues to shine for N.C. State, with 11 touchdown passes against only one interception on the season. N.C. State hosts Virginia Tech on Saturday in a huge ACC showdown.
Army â€“ Believe it, the Black Knights are 3-1 on the season after Saturdayâ€™s 35-21 win at Duke. That means Army is two games over .500 for the first time since 1996. Army is doing nearly all of its damage on the ground, averaging nearly 275 yards per game on the ground, while passing for only 63 yards per contest.
North Texas â€“ The Mean Green broke a seven-game losing streak on Saturday by beating Florida Atlantic 21-17. North Texas has had a tough time the last few years, combining for only five wins in the last three seasons, but this was a nice conference win for North Texas.
Stock down â€“ Teams needing to regroup after Week 4
Texas â€“ Was there a more shocking result on Saturday than UCLAâ€™s thrashing of No. 7 Texas, in Austin? The Bruins dominated the game, taking a 3-0 deficit and turning it into a 20-3 lead, then cruising home from there. Texas did themselves in with five turnovers in the game. Apparently, the Longhorns were looking ahead to this weekâ€™s game against Oklahoma.
Minnesota â€“ The Golden Gophers opened the 2010 campaign with a win at Middle Tennessee. But since then, Minnesota has lost to South Dakota, USC and Northern Illinois. With the exception of USC, those arenâ€™t teams that a Big Ten team should struggle to beat. Speaking of the Big Ten, the Gophers still must face Wisconsin, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa, among others.
Kentucky â€“ The Wildcats opened the Joker Phillips Era with a 3-0 start, dominating Louisville, Western Kentucky and Akron. But Kentuckyâ€™s kryptonite reared its ugly head once again on Saturday, as Florida beat Kentucky for the 24th straight year. Florida isnâ€™t as good as Florida has been, and Kentucky is better than Kentucky has been, but this result has become very predictable each year.
Purdue â€“ The Boilermakers took a step back in Saturdayâ€™s 31-20 loss, at home, against Toledo. Danny Hopeâ€™s team had rebounded from an opening-game loss to Notre Dame by beating Western Illinois and Ball State. But Toledo was able to make the Boilermakers a 2-2 team heading into the Big Ten schedule.
Notre Dame â€“ Itâ€™s not that the Irish were supposed to beat nationally-ranked Stanford on Saturday. But, the Notre Dame faithful had hoped the game would at least be competitive. Stanford dominated the second half, to the tune of 21-8. Notre Dame is now 1-3 on the season, and still faces Pittsburgh, Utah and USC.
Statistical Studs â€“ Week 4
Trey Burton, Florida â€“ Burton broke Tim Tebowâ€™s record for touchdowns in a game with six, as the Gators rolled past Kentucky. Burton rushed five times for 40 yards and five touchdowns, completed his only pass for 42 yards, and caught five balls for 37 yards and a touchdown.
Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State â€“ The Heisman Trophy candidate rushed seven times for 104 yards and a touchdown, while connecting on 20-of-26 passing for 224 yards and four touchdowns as the Buckeyes thumped Eastern Michigan.
Vincent Brown, San Diego State â€“ Brown caught five passes for 177 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a win over Utah State. Brown caught touchdown passes of 65 and 82 yards in the game.
Brandon Bolden, Ole Miss â€“ Bolden rushed 19 times for 228 yards and three touchdowns, and he also caught two passes for 15 yards and a touchdown as the Rebels rolled past Fresno State in Oxford.
Jeremy Kerley, TCU â€“ Kerley piled up the yards in Fridayâ€™s win over SMU. He had one rush for six yards, completed one pass for 11 yards, caught four passes for 33 yards, returned two punts for 23 yards and returned five kickoffs for 172 yards.
Games Weâ€™ll Be Watching in Week 5
No. 7 Florida at No. 1 Alabama
No. 9 Stanford at No. 4 Oregon
No. 21 Texas vs. No. 8 Oklahoma
No. 11 Wisconsin at No. 24 Michigan State
No. 22 Penn State at No. 17 Iowa
No. 7 Delaware won at fifth-ranked Richmond, 34-13.
No. 17 Montana State beat ninth-ranked Eastern Washington, 30-7.
Division II Headlines
Top-ranked Grand Valley State downed Findlay, 35-7.
No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth rolled past Bemidji State, 44-21.
Division III Headlines
Fourth-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor beat No. 8 Hardin-Simmons, 42-28.
No. 11 Coe got the best of seventh-ranked Central, 37-28.