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Best Win/Worst Loss For a Tulane Opponent in Week 4

Duke shows it's not a fluke; SMU knocks UCF off its perch

Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

Tulane didn't play this past weekend. Therefore, the Green Wave didn't win or lose — but if there was a way to lose to "Bye," Tulane would certainly be able to find a way.

Most of the Green Wave's opponents this season did play. That means we can continue our weekly look at those teams who had the best win and worst loss out of the bunch.

Best win: Duke over Georgia Tech

This category turned out to be closer than expected between Duke pulling off an upset of No. 20 Georgia Tech and Houston laying the wood to Texas State. Then I remembered the Yellow Jackets were ranked and the Bobcats, well, don't have a defense (or a defensive coordinator, for that matter).

The Blue Devils never gave Georgia Tech an opportunity to get its legs. Duke reeled off 19 consecutive points after the Yellow Jackets opened the game with a field goal. Georgia Tech brought it within 26-20 on a touchdown run by Justin Thomas, but Shaquille Powell found the end zone soon after (his third of the game) to put it out of reach.

It was a fine defensive effort from the Blue Devils, who held the Yellow Jackets to just 173 rushing yards. Duke also got it done on special teams with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Devon Edwards.

The Blue Devils are now 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Honorable mention: Houston over Texas State

Worst loss: James Madison over SMU

Wait. Those three letters don't say 'U-C-F.' Surprise, surprise.

There was so much positive press going around about how #PonyUpTempo was on the upswing. After all, a decent showing against top-5 ranked TCU one week earlier showed the Mustangs had some fight.

This week, however, FCS James Madison showed SMU doesn't have a defense.

The Dukes, who led by 10 twice, compiled 729 yards of total offense behind 565 yards from scrimmage by quarterback Vad Lee (289 passing yards, 276 rushing yards). Lee accounted for five total touchdowns.

Honorable mention: South Carolina over UCF

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