By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
As college football passes Week 4 and the NFL season crosses the Week 3 yard line, teams are beginning to shake off their rust and reveal the iron beneath.
In the NCAAF, the BYU Cougars will be prowling into October with an undefeated 4-0 record, since they mauled the Virginia Cavaliers 41-33 this past weekend. The Duke Blue Devils are also enjoying a perfect record so far, even if they’ve been waltzing through easy pickings like the 47-13 massacre of Tulane Green Wave.
As for Conference USA, the Old Dominion Monarchs added a feather to their cap with a rough 45-42 victory against the Rice Owls, giving them a royal 3-1 record. Then, the Big Ten started off 7-0 early on, thanks to wins by the Indiana Hoosiers (31-27 vs. Missouri Tigers), the Iowa Hawkeyes (24-20 vs. the Pittsburgh Panthers), and the Maryland Terrapins (34-20 vs. Syracuse Orange).
On the NFL side of the fence, the Pittsburgh Steelers showed they have the defense to withstand the Carolina Panthers, as they scored a 37-19 win with three sacks and six quarterback hits. The Philadelphia Eagles also impressed in their 37-34 game against the Washington Redskins, with a 76-yard drive in the 4th quarter. Meanwhile, the New York Giants’ offense snagged hundreds of yards from the horns of the Houston Texas in a 30-17 match, while the Dallas Cowboys’ defense kicked into high gear to overcome a 21-0 lead by the St. Louis Rams for a 34-31 win.
In a battle of the titans, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch showed that last year’s champs are still on fire, by locking down Denver Broncos’ superstar Peyton Manning for a 26-20 conquest. It was definitely a lot more exciting than their Super Bowl XLVIII battle in January!
Featured image courtesy of NFL Facebook. Image of BYU vs. Virginia courtesy of BYU Cougars Facebook. Image of Steelers vs. Panthers courtesy of Pittsburgh Steelers Facebook.