After a strong prediction record in Week 3, I am ready to attack this week head-on. With three games between top-25 teams, we are in for a great Saturday. For the second time in four weeks, the Wisconsin Badgers are involved in my Game of the Week. They will be taking on 8th ranked Michigan State in what is a huge Big Ten battle early in the season. But that is not all that is going down this weekend, as that is just the start at 12:00 p.m. It is never too early to starting thinking CFB Playoff, so big wins and crushing losses are out there to achieve or avoid.
Week 3 Record: 7-3
Total Record: 17-8
All times eastern.
USC Trojans (1-2) @ 24 UTAH UTES (3-0), 9:00 p.m.
So USC is 1-2, but is it really that bad? Their losses have come against two top-10 teams in Alabama and Stanford, so no, it’s not really that bad. And that is something that Utah should be worried about. USC is talented and will not shy away from any challenge. Redshirt freshman Sam Darnold will be making his first start against Utah’s tough defensive front and it won’t be easy. The Utah defense is great, but it is their offense that needs improvement. This should be a great game to start-up the weekend on Friday night.
Line: Utah -3.0.
11 WISCONSIN BADGERS (3-0) @ 8 Michigan State Spartans (2-0), 12:00 p.m.
Game of the Week. Wisconsin will be starting redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook, who looked very good last week against Georgia State. The hope is that he can come out and balance the Badgers offense between the passing attack and hopefully the return of Corey Clement. Defensively, the Badgers should be alright, but without Clement they will be in trouble. For Michigan State, Tyler O’Connor has been solid at quarterback and is coming off a victory against Notre Dame. Another key thing to notice in this game is that Wisconsin’s very talented kicker Rafael Gaglianone will be out for this game.
Line: Michigan State -5.5.
12 Georgia Bulldogs (3-0) @ 23 OLE MISS REBELS(1-2), 12:00 p.m.
Chad Kelly is a remarkable talent at quarterback for Ole Miss, but the Rebels have started the season with a gauntlet for a schedule. They have to be starting to wear out, and they could easily start the season 1-3. Georgia will definitely rely on Nick Chubb in this one, but how effective will he be?. They have had a pretty easy schedule so far, and I think that might come back to haunt them on the road.
Line: Ole Miss -7.0.
13 FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (2-1) @ South Florida Bulls (3-0), 12:00 p.m.
So Florida State got destroyed by Louisville last weekend. How will they bounce back? That is the question in this one. Although USF isn’t exactly the Power 5 opponent people are always looking to for a big win, the Bulls are 3-0. The Bulls have a solid defense and really put up points on the offensive end. It will certainly be a difficult test for Florida State, but I think that they will be ready and they will get back on track at South Florida.
Line: Florida State -5.5.
19 Florida Gators (3-0) @ 14 TENNESSEEE VOLUNTEERS (3-0), 3:30 p.m.
Traveling into Tennessee is no easy task, especially when they are as good as they are right now. Joshua Dobbs has led the Volunteers to some ugly victories, but they are still 3-0 entering SEC play. In a relatively open SEC East, this will be a huge game. In a game like this, good quarterback play is essential, and Tennessee has the advantage there with Dobbs. With these SEC undefeated teams, both are still in the Playoff running.
Line: Tennessee -6.5.
Pittsburgh Panthers (2-1) @ NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS (2-1), 3:30 p.m.
Although both teams have a loss through the first three weeks, they are both extremely fun to watch in different ways. The Panthers are more of a ground-and-pound offense that can control the line of scrimmage, while the Tar Heels have playmakers all over the field and are looking for the big play every down. This game could be a shootout, but points could also come at a premium. It is certainly a toss-up. Nonetheless, I like the upside of North Carolina this week.
Line: North Carolina -7.0.
18 LSU TIGERS (2-1) @ Auburn Tigers (1-2), 6:00 p.m.
Auburn is not your average 1-2 team, but they don’t have the firepower to stop LSU. The Tigers are just too talented to lose this one and their chances at the playoff. A win here would keep LSU alive and I believe that is exactly what happens. The battle of the Tigers will go to LSU this time.
Line: LSU -3.5.
7 STANFORD CARDINAL (2-0) @ UCLA Bruins (2-1), 8:00 p.m.
Christian McCaffrey. Watch this man. That is all. (But for real, this will be a great game and you should totally tune in at 8 p.m. Two great offenses and plenty of NFL talent on the field.)
Line: Stanford -3.0.
17 Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0) @ 10 TEXAS A&M AGGIES (3-0), 9:00 p.m.
Even though Arkansas is the ranked team here, Texas A&M is the clear favorite. Trevor Knight knows how to run an offense, and that is evident in the Aggies 3-0 record. A win at home against Arkansas should leap Texas A&M near the top-5 and into definite playoff contention with a few more wins. For Arkansas, Bret Bielema could really use this win to move up into true relevance in the SEC.
Line: Texas A&M -5.5.
California Golden Bears (2-1) @ ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (3-0), 10:00 p.m.
Like every other week, here is your Arizona State late game. Welcome to the wonders of the Pac-12, where more points are scored after 10 p.m. than during any other time of the day. There is no difference in this one as there should be points being scored all the way through the start of Sunday morning, with the Sun Devils taking their 4th win.
Line: Arizona State -4.0.