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The Good, Bad and Ugly in NCAAF Week 4

Week 4 college football can be summed up in two words: True Colors. And for the best examples, we need to turn to the teams in last year’s BCS National Championship game: Texas and Alabama.

Yes, the No. 7 Texas Longhorns were upset and many saw it coming… just not this soon.

This season, the Longhorns were like a Jenga tower; sooner or later they were going to tumble.

Instead of a tight knit structure like most people envisioned, the Longhorns were more like a team with a lot of missing pieces and it was only a matter of time before the Horns completely fell apart. Unfortunately for them it happened this weekend against the unranked UCLA Bruins and it was ugly.

With nothing clicking on offense or defense, the top ten Horns were slaughtered by the Bruins 34-12 in their home state of Texas, shocked at home for the first time since 2007.

Coming into the game, Texas was the top ranked rush defense in the FBS, allowing only 44 yards per game. Against the Bruins, the Longhorns gave up 264 with UCLA running the football right down Texas’ throat for the entire game. 

By the time the final whistle blew, the Bruins had given Mack Brown his worst loss in Texas history and showed the world how over ranked the Longhorns really were. You can be sure the voters won’t make that mistake again.

On that note, don’t expect the voters to forget how close No. 1 Alabama came to losing on Saturday to the No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks.

Against the number one team in the land, the Razorbacks put up a pay-per-view worthy fight, but were unable to complete the upset due to costly mistakes late in the game by Heisman candidate quarterback Ryan Mallett.

With the game on the line and a winning drive taking shape, Mallett dropped back and placed the ball right into the arms of the Alabama secondary. Although Mallet finished with 357 passing yards in the game it was his final interception that will really be remembered and just like that, the upset was gone.

Unfortunately, Mallett’s performance outshines the impressive showing that his team displayed this weekend.

The fans and media will focus on the final score, but let’s not forget that the Razorbacks went toe-to-toe with the Crimson Tide for four quarters and were able to do what no other team has done this year: rattle Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy.

In the first half, McElroy looked less like the most effective passer in the nation and more like an out-of-rhythm redshirt freshman. He finished the day with two interceptions and his high-powered offense was only able to muster up 7 points in the first two quarters of the ballgame.

Despite McElroy’s mediocre showing, the Crimson Tide were able to do what all good teams do: win the game. It might not have been pretty, but the Tide walked away with a 24-20 victory while keeping their No.1 ranking intact.

All in all, we learned two very important things from this weekend:

1) Good teams find ways to win.

2) You can’t hide behind your name and legacy; you actually have to play the game.

Used with permission of the author.

Logan Rhoades is a Los Angeles-based writer and contributor to Sports Climax. With an extensive knowledge of ESPN topics and celebrity gossip, he is known for mixing sports and pop culture to entertain his readers. Check out his blog and Follow him on Twitter @loganrhoades.

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2009-2010 College Football Bowl Schedule

After defeating Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators 32-13, quarterback Greg McElroy, running back Mark Ingram and their Alabama Crimson Tide will make a trip to the BCS Championship game against the Texas Longhorns and Colt McCoy. The full 2009-2010 college football bowl schedule is here.

Citi BCS National Championship Game NCAA Football
Texas vs. Alabama Pasadena, Calif.
Rose Bowl Jan. 7
8 p.m. ABC

Tostitos Fiesta
Boise State vs. TCU Glendale, Ariz.
U. of Phoenix Stadium Jan. 4
8 p.m. FOX

Allstate Sugar
Florida vs. Cincinnati New Orleans
Louisiana Superdome Jan. 1
8:30 p.m. FOX

R+L Carriers New Orleans
Southern Miss vs. Middle Tennessee New Orleans
Louisiana Superdome Dec. 20
8:30 p.m. ESPN

MAACO Las Vegas
Oregon State vs. BYU Las Vegas
Sam Boyd Stadium Dec. 22
8 p.m. ESPN

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
Utah vs. Cal San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium Dec. 23
8 p.m. ESPN

Sheraton Hawaii
Nevada vs. SMU Honolulu
Aloha Stadium Dec. 24
8 p.m. ESPN

Little Caesars
Marshall vs. Ohio Detroit
Ford Field Dec. 26
1 p.m. ESPN

Meineke Car Care
Pitt vs. North Carolina Charlotte, N.C.
Bank of America Stadium Dec. 26
4:30 p.m. ESPN

Boston College vs. USC San Francisco
AT&T Park Dec. 26
8 p.m. ESPN

Gaylord Hotels Music City
Kentucky vs. Clemson Nashville, Tenn.
LP Field Dec. 27
8:30 p.m. ESPN

AdvoCare V100 Independence
Texas A&M vs. Georgia Shreveport, La.
Independence Stadium Dec. 28
5 p.m. ESPN2

Army or UCLA vs. Temple Washington, D.C.
RFK Stadium Dec. 29
4:30 p.m. ESPN

Champs Sports
Miami vs. Wisconsin Orlando, Fla.
Florida Citrus Bowl Dec. 29
8 p.m. ESPN

Roady’s Humanitarian
Bowling Green vs. Idaho Boise, Idaho
Bronco Stadium Dec. 30
4:30 p.m. ESPN

Pacific Life Holiday
Arizona vs. Nebraska San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium Dec. 30
8 p.m. ESPN

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Houston vs. Air Force Fort Worth, Texas
Amon G. Carter Stadium Dec. 31

Brut Sun
Oklahoma vs. Stanford El Paso, Texas
Sun Bowl Dec. 31
2 p.m. CBS

Navy vs. Missouri Houston
Reliant Stadium Dec. 31
3:30 p.m. ESPN

Minnesota vs. Iowa State Tempe, Ariz.
Sun Devil Stadium Dec. 31
6 p.m. NFL Network

Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee Atlanta
Georgia Dome Dec. 31
7:30 p.m. ESPN

Northwestern vs. Auburn Tampa, Fla.
Raymond James Stadium Jan. 1
11 a.m. ESPN

Capital One
Penn State vs. LSU Orlando, Fla.
Florida Citrus Bowl Jan. 1
1 p.m. ABC

Konica Minolta Gator
West Virginia vs. Florida State Jacksonville, Fla.
Municipal Stadium Jan. 1
1 p.m. CBS

Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi
Ohio State vs. Oregon Pasadena, Calif.
Rose Bowl Jan. 1
4:30 p.m. ABC
South Florida vs. Northern Illinois Toronto, Canada
Rogers Centre Jan. 2 Noon ESPN2

South Carolina vs. UConn Birmingham, Ala.
Legion Field Jan. 2
2 p.m. ESPN

AT&T Cotton
Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss Arlington, Texas
Cowboys Stadium Jan. 2
2 p.m. FOX

AutoZone Liberty
Arkansas vs. East Carolina Memphis, Tenn.
Liberty Bowl Jan. 2
5:30 p.m. ESPN

Valero Alamo
Michigan State vs. Texas Tech San Antonio
Alamodome Jan. 2
9 p.m. ESPN

FedEx Orange
Iowa vs. Georgia Tech Miami
Land Shark Stadium Jan. 5
8 p.m. FOX

Central Michigan vs. Troy Mobile, Ala.
Ladd-Peebles Stadium Jan. 6
7 p.m. ESPN

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