Week 3….more like weak 3. Am I right guys? Right?
Anyway, week 3 was a tad heavy on the cupcakes. Although, it made my predicting job a lot easier, and it showed in the results from last week.
This week has me excited. Unlike week 3’s solitary game with 2 ranked opponents, week 4 boasts 4 ranked vs ranked games, and even more ranked vs unranked but talented enough to end up ranked teams.
So without further ado…the 4th and 1 week 4 predictions!
Northern Colorado at #25 Michigan State – This game is intriguing to me. UNC proved they can score on the road, putting up 47 in a losing effort at Weber State. Michigan State head coach recently suffered a heart attack after last Saturday’s win over Notre Dame. I think Mich State wins this one 42-21.
Temple at #23 Penn State – Poor Penn State. They lose to Alabama week 2 and despite beating on Kent last week 24-0, moved back a spot. Temple might not be top 25, but they are no pushover – beating Villinova, Central Michigan, and UConn. Penn State wins 27-17.
Bowling Green at #21 Michigan – Like Penn State, the Wolverines also dropped a rung on the top 25 ladder. Michigan is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on the field. Their offense is the most exciting I’ve seen since Michigan was a BCS bowl calibre team. This will be their last chance to clean up their defense and special teams (which have absolutely been horrible) before Big Ten play starts. Michigan wins 46-28.
#20 USC at Wash State – Another team moving in reverse is USC. Trojan QB Matt Barkley put up gaudy passing numbers in week 1. Fewer in week 2 and even less week 3, passing for 192 yards with 2 TDs and more importantly first 2 INTs. Couldn’t ask for a better conference opener if you’re Lane Kiffin. USC wins it 31-17.
#19 Miami at Pittsburgh – I am stoked for this game. High preseason expectations for both these teams hit speed bumps early, Pitt losing a close game in OT at then unranked Utah. And Miami losing badly to Ohio State in week 2. Now, road losses to the #2 and now #13 teams in the nation are not season enders but this game is critical as the winner will become/remain in the top 25 while the loser will fall to 1-2. Miami wins late 28-24.
Ball State at #18 Iowa – Iowa is looking the bounce back from a heartbreaking loss to the Arizona Wildcats last week. Iowa rolls 42-10.
#16 Stanford at Notre Dame – Big game for both teams. Stanford looking for continued respect and success, Notre Dame desperately needing this home win after dropping 2 straight (to Michigan and Mich State). Stanford’s incredible offense is going to smash the Fighting Irish defense. The question will be how well the ND offense plays. Could see another shootout at South Bend. Stanford wins 41-24.
#22 West Virginia at #15 LSU – This game will be good. Both teams have had similar offensive success. LSU has played better competition thus far. LSU squeaks by 28-27.
California at #14 Arizona – I think a few teams have been exposed this year and Iowa is one of them. I don’t think Arizona should have jumped this far but Cal’s strength is clearly the running game. If Cal gets Shane Vereen his touches and can produce, Cal wins 31-28.
San Jose State at #13 Utah – Utah’s 3rd straight cupcake (2 unavoidable conference foes) comes into Salt Lake for the Utes’ homecoming game. If Utah continues to improve at all from last week, this could get ugly fast. Utah rolls 50-10.
#12 South Carolina at #17 Auburn – I think this is the week South Carolina gets exposed for being a tad overrated. Auburn is looking to build on last week’s win over Clemson. Auburn wins 31-30.
PEAY at #11 Wisconsin – Outcome here shouldn’t be surprising. Wisconsin 45-14.
Kentucky at #9 Florida – Florida still looked sloppy last week but they have shown improvement each week. Playing Kentucky at home should be easier than last week’s road game at Tennessee. Florida wins 35-20.
#8 Oklahoma at Cincinnati – Oklahoma ended last season 8-5, lost their star quarterback to the NFL, along with many other great players, ended the season unranked, and still start the 2010 season ranked in the top 10. Its ridiculous. Maybe more ridiculous, is that they have almost lost to Utah State and Air Force and have stayed in the top 10. Oklahoma is Native American for “overrated”. Lucky for them, Cincinnati is garbage this year. Oklahoma wins another, unimpressively 45-27.
UCLA at #7 Texas – UCLA is coming off a huge victory over Houston last week. Texas, however is not Houston. Texas wins 42-13.
South Dakota State at #6 Nebraska – After what Nebraska did to Washington last week on the road, this could easily turn out to be the most lopsided game this week. Nebraska cruises 56-3.
#5 Oregon at Arizona State – Oregon has been an offensive powerhouse. Or maybe lightening bolt is better. This team is fast but their defense is generally untested thus far. Arizona State is capable of putting points on the board. Oregon should win, though, 45-28.
#4 TCU at SMU – This will be TCU’s first road test this season against in-state rival SMU. I can see this game being a liitle more competitive than other TCU games (and by that, i mean it’ll be a 2 TD spread instead of 4-6. TCU wins 38-24.
#24 Oregon State at #3 Boise State – Oregon State is taking this game seriously. How seriously? Well, they painted a practice field blue. Thus, adding to the case of how ridiculously cheap and low the” Smurf Turf” is. Oregon State will have to come out firing. Behind the Rodgers brothers’ big performances, Oregon State wins 28-27.
Eastern Michigan at #2 Ohio State – Hmmmm another cupcake for Ohio State. Eastern Michigan will be lucky to score on OSU’s 2’s or 3’s. Ohio State rolls 56-6.
#1 Alabama at #10 Arkansas – Without question, the game of the week right here. The SEC conference schedule is unrivaled. The hype both teams have received makes for an exciting game. Arkansas nearly saw its victory over Georgia turn to a loss when Georgia tied the game at 24 late in the fourth. Ryan Mallett led the ensuing drive for the winning score. Don’t expect an Arkansas comeback against this Bama defense. Alabama wins on the road 35-27.
There ya have it. Leave comments with which picks you would have made differently below.