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Week 4 takeaways: Coaches talking smack, Texas playing defense

A loaded Week 4 slate, including six ranked-versus-ranked matchups figured to unveil a lot about the 2023 college football season.

Oregon and Washington State earned huge home wins, the ACC kept rolling thanks to some unlikely unbeatens, and Alabama bounced back in a big way against Ole Miss.

Our reporters break down what we learned in another wild week.

The ACC is thriving

There have been many narratives surrounding the ACC over the course of the past few years: No playoff appearances, big-name football brand struggles and few marquee nonconference wins hurt the way football was viewed.