College Football Picks- Week 4
The first three weeks of the college football season have been a lot of fun. There have been some upsets and a few “close-calls”. But now we are entering into the the portion of the season where complete chaos can occur on any given Saturday.
The way that the games are stacked-up this weekend, it is very, very possible that we could have a large number of upsets take place. Who knows, we might even get to witness something “unbelievable”, something that we are not even expecting on this first day of autumn.
If you take a look at my College Football Picks for week #3, you will see that I finished with a 6-4 record, bringing my total to 20-10 for the season. I am very tempted to pick almost all of the “underdogs” this week, but I have convinced myself into a reasonable compromise.
I am looking forward to another exciting Saturday. Here are my College Football Picks- Week 4!
1. Georgia at Missouri
Last year Missouri actually played Georgia pretty well, at least offensively. The Tigers’ quarterback, Drew Lock, threw for 253 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 53-28 loss. So far through three games, both teams’ offenses have been playing extremely well. Georgia is averaging 45 points and 488 yards per game, while Missouri is averaging about 44 points and 587 yards per game. However, the difference in this game will be the Georgia defense. The Tigers will make some plays and keep the game within reach, but in the end the Bulldogs will pull away.
Winner: Georgia, 45-24
2. South Carolina at Vanderbilt
I feel bad for South Carolina because they are in a tough spot. The Gamecocks got man-handled by Georgia in week #2, and then their game against Marshall was cancelled last week due to hurricane Florence. Now South Carolina has to go on the road to play another tough conference game against a much improved Vanderbilt team. If the circumstances were different, I would probably lean towards the Gamecocks. But I am going with the Commodores in a minor upset!
Winner: Vanderbilt, 27-20
3. Mississippi State at Kentucky
Both teams are 3-0 and both teams have played well in their first three games. This is a night game in Lexington, which definitely favors the Wildcats. However, Mississippi State is considered to be the “better” team, having more depth and talent across the board. I think that Kentucky will get off to a fast start, and I think that it will be a very competitive game. But in the end, the Bulldogs will find a way to win.
Winner: Mississippi State, 30-23
4. Texas A&M at Alabama
I was extremely impressed with Texas A&M in their game against Clemson in week #2. The Aggies went toe-to-toe with an elite team and played well enough to win the game. Quarterback, Kellen Mond, has been really good along with his very talented receiving corps. Texas A&M is scoring just over 44 points per game, and they are averaging nearly 600 yards per game. Unfortunately for them, they are playing Alabama…in Tuscaloosa. I anticipate the Aggies giving another valiant effort, but in the end, their effort won’t be enough.
Winner: Alabama, 45-20
5. Texas Tech at Oklahoma State
Outside of Lubbock you probably haven’t paid attention to Texas Tech. So just to get you caught up, the Red Raiders dropped 77 on Lamar in week #2, and then followed it up with a 63 point performance against Houston last week. But as we know, offense is never the issue with Texas Tech. It’s always the defense! Oklahoma State has played extremely well in their first three games, including a dominating performance against Boise State in week #3. I’m sure that this will be a fun game to watch with a lot of points scored!
Winner: Oklahoma State, 52-38
6. TCU at Texas
I think that this is a difficult game to predict. TCU is the better team, but they are coming off a very hard-fought, emotional game against “TTFDB”. Texas, on the other hand, is coming off a nice win against USC. The Longhorns will also have home-field advantage. I can see the Horned Frogs getting off to slow start as they try to shake off the agony of defeat. But if TCU can avoid the “Big” mistakes, then they will win this game!
Winner: TCU, 34-24
7. Michigan State at Indiana
Similar to South Carolina, I think that this is a very dangerous spot for Michigan State. The Spartans needed a late rally to beat Utah State in week #1. Then they had to travel to the desert in week #2 and play a game against the Sun Devils in the intense heat. Michigan State lost a heart-breaker, 16-13, on a field goal as time expired. Last week the Spartans had a “Bye” (It’s ridiculous to have a bye this early in the season!). Now they have to go on the road for a conference game. Indiana has performed well, and they are sitting at 3-0. I’m going with the Hoosiers in a big upset!
Winner: Indiana, 30-27
8. Wisconsin at Iowa
This is another difficult game to pick! Wisconsin is coming off that disappointing loss to BYU, 24-21, and the Badgers haven’t looked that great in their first three games. Traditionally, Iowa has always been a much better team at home than they are on the road. Also, the Hawkeyes tend to rise to the occasion when they are playing a home, night game against a ranked opponent. I think that Iowa is going to be fired-up, I think that Kinnick Stadium is going to be rocking, and I think that the Hawkeyes will pull-off another upset against a ranked team!
Winner: Iowa, 23-20
9. Arizona State at Washington
Arizona State has had to play a very tough schedule to start the season. The Sun Devils are also coming off a hard-fought loss to San Diego State, 28-21. It is going to be a difficult task to travel all the way to Washington and play the Huskies in a night game. The Washington defense has been extremely stingy thus far, only giving up 10.3 points per game. I think that the game will be somewhat close, but I don’t see how Arizona State can come away with a win.
Winner: Washington, 27-17
10. Stanford at Oregon
This is one of the big games on tap for Saturday. College Game Day will be there, and I’m sure that the Ducks will be sporting some fancy uniforms. So the atmosphere will be great! The uniforms will be great! The question is, will the Ducks be great? Stanford is a very good team. They have built a reputation for playing smart, physical football. The Cardinal have an excellent defense, and we know that their running game can be explosive with Heisman hopeful, Bryce Love, in the backfield. It will be interesting to see how both of these teams respond to pressure and adversity.
Winner: Stanford, 30-24