Welcome to Week 4 of the college football season as it features a pair of ranked match-ups. Last week, my record was 2-2, which lowered my overall record to 9-3 making my winning percentage 75%. After blowing out and embarrassing Louisville, Clemson jumped up to #2 in this week’s rankings. Texas and USC played a classic game as the Trojans pulled off the win in double OT. The top game of the week will see the 6th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys hosting the 16th ranked TCU Horned Frogs. 17th ranked Mississippi State, fresh off their blowout of LSU travel to Georgia to face the 11th ranked Bulldogs. I’ll be predicting a total of 5 games this weekend and hopefully I can maintain a winning percentage over 70%. Let’s Get Started!!
We start in the Big-12 conference as the 16th ranked TCU Horned Frogs travel to face the 6th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Horned Frogs offense has been clicking on all cylinder so far this year. They have scored over 55 points twice this season, but those two teams aren’t that good. They scored 28 against Arkansas, but they also gave up 36 points against SMU. Is TCU’s 3-0 start a fluke? Oklahoma State look like they possess one of the best offenses in the country. Mason Rudolph has put his name in the Heisman conversation after throwing for over 1100 yards in 3 games. Will the Cowboys continue their offensive attack against the Horned Frogs? I’m thinking they will as they continue to stay unbeaten after this game.
Oklahoma State Win 45-27
We head to SEC country as the 17th ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs head to Georgia to face the 11th ranked Bulldogs. Mississippi State is coming off beating then 12th ranked LSU by 30 points at home. Mississippi State dominated LSU with a tough defense and an efficient offense. Coming out of Saturday night, Mississippi State look like one of the best defenses in the country. Can they continue this dominance against the Georgia offense? Georgia is once again lead by a great running game, but their defense is shaping up to be one of the best. Can Georgia get help Jake Fromm make enough plays to get Georgia the W? This should be a tough game as the defenses are great, but I think Georgia will edge them out.
Georgia Win 20-17
The 4th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions faces its toughest challenge as they face the Hawkeyes in Iowa. Penn State shutout two lesser opponents and they had it easy with their rival Pitt Panthers. This will be the toughest test for Penn State to date as Iowa is a tough place to play at night. Saquon Barkley is one of the guys mentioned as Heisman candidates and he will play a key factor in this game. Let me say that, I love the tradition that Iowa does by waving at the kids in the Children’s Hospital after the first quarter. Iowa is a different team during home-night games, but I don’t think they’ll do enough to beat the Nittany Lions.
Penn State Win 29-27
We head back to SEC country as the top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide visit the Vanderbilt Commodores. Alabama is back to their usual ways and that’s being the dominant team they’re accustomed to. The offense is coming along with Calvin Ridley looking like one of the better receivers in the country. On the defensive side, the Crimson Tide is starting to come along and will be one of the best defenses before the end of the year. Last week, Vanderbilt pulled off a major upset over Kansas State with a 14-7 win. With the win, Vanderbilt ended a 71-year drought without a victory over a ranked non-conference opponent. The Commodores defense looked great, but it won’t be enough to stop Alabama.
Alabama Win 34-20
For the final game this weekend, we head to Colorado as the Buffaloes welcome the 7th ranked Washington Huskies. Colorado is looking to breakthrough and what better way than to pull off the upset against the 7th ranked team. The offense of the Buffaloes is really good and the defense is coming along really well also. Can they contain the Huskies defense? Will the Colorado offense be efficient against the Huskies defense? Jake Browning is out to prove he’s one of the better QBs in the country and this could be the platform to do it. He will have to carry this offense as they lost his main weapon, John Ross to the NFL. The defense lost some key members also and with so many losses I’m picking Colorado for the upset.
Colorado Win 31-27
Are you ready for week 4 of college football? What do you think about my picks? What’s the game you’re looking forward to the most? Leave a comment below.