Week 3 showed us some very interesting things. There aren’t as many huge games this week, but there are a couple that could have major implications. We will finally learn if Wisconsin is any good, we will see how the Hogs do against what looks to be a much-improved Aggie defense, and we’ll see if Georgia and Tennessee really deserve their rankings.
7Stanford at UCLA This Stanford is good. They aren’t going to score 60 points, but they are going to score enough to win. Their defense will give them a chance to win in pretty much every game and then they have that McCaffrey guy who is kinda good at football. UCLA and Josh Rosen haven’t lived up to their expectations this season. They have struggled offensively and barely beat BYU last week. If the Bruins are going to have a chance to win, Josh Rosen needs to have a great game. I am picking Stanford.
11Wisconsin at 8Michigan State So I was very wrong about Michigan State. I guess they are pretty good. Or maybe Notre Dame isn’t that great. Either way, I think Michigan State will beat Wisconsin. The Badgers beat an LSU team struggling on offense and barely got by Georgia State at home last week. I don’t expect too many points on the board in this game. I’m ready to find out if Wisconsin has just been playing down or if they are overhyped. I am picking Michigan State.
12Georgia at 23Ole Miss I don’t really understand how barely beating Missouri by one point leads to a 4-spot jump in the poll, but I guess that’s why I’m not a voter. Ole Miss can’t seem to close games this year. They held significant leads against both Florida State but crashed and burned in the second half. Georgia has been able to find ways to win so that makes them dangerous, especially against Ole Miss. Ole Miss’s special teams need to do a lot better. I am picking Ole Miss.
19Florida at 14Tennessee I was leaning more towards Florida last week, but with Luke Del Rio hurt, I’m not so sure. Tennessee hasn’t looked dominant yet. I don’t know if that is just because they haven’t had to play a “strong” team or if they just aren’t that great. I guess we will find out if ducks can pull trucks. I am picking Tennessee.
Oklahoma State at 16Baylor This one is difficult. Baylor is 3-0, but they don’t have a dominant win. Oklahoma State should be 3-0. The Cowboys won a shootout against Pitt last week and I think they are headed for another one this weekend. I doubt there will be too much defense in this game. If I was a bettor, I would probably take the over in this game. Baylor is the home team in this one so that’s why I’m giving them the edge. I am picking Baylor.
18LSU at Auburn For some reason this is where SEC Nation is going this week. Yes, I’m bitter. This is a huge game. LSU already has a loss and Auburn has looked decent despite losing two games so far. Neither band of Tigers has looked great on offense. Lots of QBs have been used and not a lot of points have been scored. Auburn held Texas A&M to FGs 5 times last week, which is impressive given how good A&M’s offense has been so far. I just don’t LSU is good enough to win this game on the road. I am picking Auburn.
17Arkansas vs 10Texas A&M (Cowboy’s Stadium) This is a huge game because it features two of the three undefeated SEC West teams (the third being Alabama). The Aggies have had the Hog’s number over the last few seasons. The last two meetings have gone to OT after the Hogs seemed to have the game under control. Weirdly, Arkansas probably has a better chance to win if they go into multiple OTs rather than just one. If Arkansas plays defense like they did last week against Texas State, they have a very good chance to win this game. The offense also looked impressive last weekend. Texas A&M is a stronger team than the Bobcats, but that shouldn’t matter. Trevor Knight is a very good QB and the Arkansas secondary will need to step up big time. I can’t wait to be in Jerry World for this one! Go Hogs!
Kent State at 1Alabama
2Ohio State BYE
3Louisville at Marshall
Penn State at 4Michigan
5Clemson at Georgia Tech (Thursday)
6Houston at Texas State
9Washington at Arizona
13Flordia State at South Florida
20Nebraska at Northwestern
22San Diego State BYE
USC at 24Utah (Friday)
East Carolina at Virginia Tech
Pittsburgh at North Carolina
Vanderbilt at Western Kentucky
Georgia Southern at Western Michigan
South Carolina at Kentucky
Air Force at Utah State