Week 4 of the College Football season kicked off earlier this week with wins for Kent State, Boise State and Baylor. Now the real action gets under way with Saturday’s epic slate of games, featuring some exciting games to come out of the Top 25.
We took a quick look at the ranked games yesterday, but let’s get down to business: who’s going to win?
#18 Michigan (2-1, 0-1 road) is a 6-point underdog against #11 Notre Dame (3-0, 1-0 home). The beastly Notre Dame defense looks too tough for Michigan, so go with the Irish to win outright. The last three meetings have been won by just 12 combined points. Take Michigan to beat the spread.
#6 Oklahoma (2-0, 1-0 home) is 14½ point favorites against #15 Kansas State (3-0, 0-0 road) and in all honesty it’s hard to look past the Sooners in this one. Take Oklahoma to win the game and beat the spread on the back of another outstanding performance from Landry Jones.
#10 Clemson (3-0, 0-0 road) has lost nine of the last 10 at #4 Florida State (3-0, 3-0 home) but took an impressive victory in Memorial Stadium. The Seminoles are 14½-point favorites, but expect the Tigers to beat that spread. Take Florida State to win outright though, in what should be a close encounter.
#22 Arizona (3-0, 0-0 road) has surprised everybody this season under first-year coach, Rich Rodriquez. The Wildcats will need to wait another week to register a fourth win – equally last season’s tally – as #3 Oregon (3-0, 3-0 home) will run away with this one. Arizona should just keep it within the 21½-point spread though.
Top of the Polls
Elsewhere in the Top 25 there are some intriguing matches to get involved in. Here’s a look at those at the very top of the list.
Florida Atlantic (1-2, 0-2 road) enjoyed some time in the spotlight this week thanks to DE Cory Henry’s comments suggesting #1 Alabama (3-0, 1-0 home) ‘can be beat’. Don’t expect it to be the Owls doing the beating though. The best the Sun Belt team can hope for is beating the pointspread, which sits at 49½ in favor of the Crimson Tide. As good as ‘Bama are, take the Owls to keep it a little closer than that.
#2 LSU (3-0, 0-0 road) visits an Auburn (1-2, 1-1 home) side that has been very disappointing this season. Losses to Clemson and Mississippi State were followed by an overtime win over everybody’s favorite upset machine, Louisiana-Monroe. LSU is 21-point favorites in this one, but a strong performance from Auburn should see them beat the spread. LSU will win outright.
#5 Georgia (3-0, 2-0 home) hosts Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1 road) in an SEC matchup that should follow the lines. Georgia is favored by 14½, and looks more than capable of beating a Vanderbilt team that’s not as good as Mizzou, who the Bulldogs knocked off in Week 2.
Elsewhere in the Top 25, expect #13 USC (2-1, 1-0 home) to rebound from last week’s loss to Stanford by beating California (1-2, 0-1 road) at the Coliseum and smashing the 16-point spread. #19 UCLA (3-0, 2-0 home) host an Oregon State (1-0, 0-0 road) side that beat Wisconsin last time out. This one should be a good game, and that 7½-point spread (in favor of the Bruins) may well be snapped by the Beavers on the way to an upset win.
#21 Michigan State (2-1, 1-1 home) will entertain Eastern Michigan (0-3, 0-2 road) in a bid to rebound from last week’s loss to Notre Dame. Don’t expect the Eagles to come out of this one with a ‘W’, but take them to beat the 31½-point spread. Sure, the Spartans are capable of putting up the points on the MAC’s basement team, but there are inklings that it won’t be as many as Purdue did last week.
Finally, if you’re still looking for some excitement, forget the rankings and tune into Syracuse (1-2, 0-0 road) versus Minnesota (2-0, 3-0 home) for the first Minnesota night game in forever. With the Orange entering the game as -1 favorites, this will be a close one, but it should be worth a shout taking the Golden Gophers to win outright. Minnesota 4-0? Who’d have guessed?