5 Games to Watch - NCAAF Week 4
It’s sad to think that college football is almost a third of the way over already. It just started! We’ve had some great games and some surprises already. While the overall week 4 slate of games leaves much to be desired, a handful of games will deliver greatness as conference play really gets underway.
#7 Washington (3-0) @ Colorado (3-0)
Saturday 9/23, 10 PM ET
Welcome to the rematch of last season’s PAC 12 Championship game. The Huskies didn’t look great against Rutgers in Week 1. Weeks 2 and 3 didn’t offer much by way of competition against FCS Montana and Fresno State. Colorado beat a good Colorado State team in Week 1 and against didn’t have much competition against Texas State and FCS Northern Colorado. This matchup has big implications as to who is in the driver’s seat in the PAC 12 this season.
Prediction- Washington 24, Colorado 20
#22 San Diego State (3-0) @ Air Force (1-1)
Saturday 9/23, 7 PM ET
Last week Air Force gave Michigan all they could handle. Luckily for the Wolverines, they have a kicker that never seems to miss. I’ve heard that playing against one of the service academies is like playing against a circus. They do so many different things on offense running the triple option. Meanwhile, the Aztecs upset Stanford for a huge victory. They scored the go-ahead touchdown with less than a minute to go in the game. Both of these teams are talented and it should be a fun Mountain West matchup.
Prediction- San Diego State 28, Air Force 27
#4 Penn State (3-0) @ Iowa (3-0)
Saturday 9/23, 7:30 PM ET
This season Iowa started a new tradition called the Hawkeye Wave. After the first quarter the entire stadium waves to the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital that overlooks the stadium. It is an incredibly touching scene and something that gets me every time I see it, I’m a sap; I’m ok with that. As the father of two small children, I would do anything to take away any pain and sickness from my kids. So for the entire stadium to do something to help these sick children is amazing. Thank you, Hawkeye nation for that.
Now to get off my soapbox and get to football. Penn State looks like a legit national title contender. Saquon Barkley is a Heisman Trophy contender. Josey Jewell leads the Hawkeye defense and is arguably be the best LB in the conference. That is going to be a fun matchup to watch. The difference in the game is going to be the QB play. Iowa will need to hit some shots deep if they want to win this game.
Prediction- Penn State 38, Iowa 24
#16 Texas Christian (3-0) @ #6 Oklahoma State (3-0)
Saturday 9/23, 3:30 PM EST
Boone Pickens Stadium
Oklahoma State’s offense has averaged 54 points and over 600 yards of offense per game to start the season. However, they haven’t faced a defense like the Horned Frogs. TCU has only allowed an average of 14 points and 265 yards of offense against them this season. This game has the makings of a great one as an elite offense meets an elite defense. It will tell us where exactly both these teams fall in the Big 12 pecking order.
Prediction- Oklahoma State 35, TCU 32
#17 Mississippi State (3-0) @ #11 Georgia (3-0)
Saturday 9/23, 7 PM ET
Who saw what Mississippi State did to LSU coming after LSU had dominated their first two opponents? I know I didn’t. They beat down LSU 37-7. They look downright scary for the rest of the SEC. Georgia has looked like the team to beat in the SEC East. They stuffed the Notre Dame rushing attack in Week 2 and will look to do that again this week. The Bulldogs and QB Nick Fitzgerald have something to say about that. Another big game out of him and people will start talking about him in the Heisman race. This game very well could be the game that determines who will face Alabama in the SEC Championship game.
Prediction- Mississippi State 24, Georgia 23