The exciting thing about what we have learned through three weeks of college football is that there is more to talk about than just Alabama and Clemson.
Oklahoma’s prolific start to the season has the Sooners thinking about winning it all with Jalen Hurts at QB. LSU’s QB Joe Burrow is a legit Heisman candidate now, and Georgia has done nothing but impress in its first few games.
We can’t overlook the extremely strong start by Ohio State and don’t sleep on Wisconsin and Central Florida.
While Week 3 was a bad one for teams ranked at the bottom of the Top 25 against non-ranked opponents, we have some huge games to look forward to Week 4 as conference play opens up across the country and a few games featuring ranked teams.
Week 4 CFB odds
Week 4 schedule and analysis
Friday, Sept. 20
No. 11 Utah (-3.5) at USC — 9 p.m. ET
This game is being played on Friday night, so it’s a short week for both teams. Utah has been one of the most impressive teams in the country so far this season. The Utes have scored over 30 points in all three of their wins and they have only given up 29 points this season.
USC has replaced injured QB JT Daniels with Kedon Slovis who played well in the overtime loss to BYU last week on the road. USC won this game last year, 28-27. We could be in for another tight one this year.
Air Force at No. 20 Boise State (-8) — 9 p.m. ET
Can Air Force win another game they aren’t supposed to? Last week at Colorado, Air Force shocked the Pac-12 by beating the Buffaloes 30-23 in overtime and they will have the Broncos’ full attention in this game. Boise came back from being down 21-6 at Florida State in its opener to win 36-31 and is coming off an easy win over Portland State last week.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Southern Miss at No. 2 Alabama (-39) — 12 p.m. ET
The Crimson Tide did what was expected of them last week at South Carolina with a win. However, they did not cover after giving up a backdoor touchdown late in the game. This is another monster line against a team that won’t give Alabama much of a test.
No. 5 LSU (-22.5) at Vanderbilt — 12 p.m. ET
It’s a been a while since LSU traveled to Nashville — nine years to be exact. The Tigers are one of the hottest teams in the country on offense and the Commodores are going to be in real trouble if they play the way they have this season. Vandy has given up 72 points on defense through the first two games of the season, while LSU is averaging 50 points per game (sixth-best in the nation).
Tennessee at No. 8 Florida (-14) — 12 p.m. ET
The Gators had one of the craziest wins last week when they came from behind to beat and cover against Kentucky on the road. Florida lost starting QB Feleipe Franks for the season with an ankle injury, but backup QB Kyle Trask looked very good in relief. Trask went 9 for 13 for 126 yards and a rushing touchdown and will start this game against the hated Vols.
Tennessee opened the year 0-2 with losses to Georgia Southern and BYU before beating Chattanooga easily last week.
No. 10 Michigan at No. 14 Wisconsin (-3) — 12 p.m. ET
This is the first massive game of the year for both of these teams. Michigan is off a much-needed bye-week after needing overtime to beat Army in Week 2. Wisconsin also had a week off after their easy win over Central Michigan. The Badgers are rushing the ball at 5 yards per carry while only giving up 1.3 yards per carry (fourth best in the country) on defense. Can Michigan’s offense get going on the road against one of the best teams in the nation?
No. 23 Cal (-1) at Ole Miss — 12 p.m. ET
This is a very interesting game with a ranked Pac-12 school on the road at an SEC opponent. Cal’s win over Washington is largely responsible for the Bears being ranked this week as their other two wins are over UC Davis and North Texas. A win at Ole Miss would go a long way to helping Cal stay in the polls. The Rebels opened the year with a surprising loss at Memphis but have won their last two games.
Miami (OH) at No. 6 Ohio State (-38) — 3:30 p.m. ET
This is the sixth time these two schools will play each other; all of the previous meetings were played in Columbus and all of them won by Ohio State. While everyone is talking about Jalen Hurts and Oklahoma, Justin Fields and the Buckeye offense is averaging 46 points per game.
No. 9 Auburn at No. 15 Texas A&M (-4) — 3:30 p.m. ET
Boy, wouldn’t A&M love to get back into the playoff conversation with a win over Auburn? The Aggies lost their first big game this year on the road at Clemson 24-10 but this one is in front of their fans. The underdog in this game has won four of the six previous meetings, which is great news for Auburn. The Tigers are ranked in the top 10 thanks to their big opening game win over Oregon.
No. 16 UFC (-10.5) at Pittsburgh — 3:30 p.m. ET
After a blowout win over Stanford at home last week, the Golden Knights turn right around travel to Pittsburgh to take on a Panthers squad that is coming off a tough loss to in-state rival Penn State last week. Can UCF get back up and win another game against a Power 5 school? It might be a lot to ask, but true freshman Dillion Gabriel is something special. The Hawaii native threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns last week against a decent PAC-12 defense and looks like the type of player that could become one of the biggest names in college football very soon.
No. 21 Washington (-6.5) at BYU — 3:30 p.m. ET
Predictably, Washington blew the doors of Hawaii last week after the Rainbow Warriors had defeated two Pac-12 schools to open the season. The Huskies don’t have any margin for error after losing to Cal in Week 2. BYU has won at Tennessee this year and just beat USC in overtime. This is a very tough place to play and if Washington isn’t ready, the Huskies won’t leave Provo with a winning record.
No. 17 Oregon (-9) at Stanford — 7 p.m. ET
This is a rematch of one of the craziest games last season when the Cardinal rallied to tie the game on a last-second field goal after forcing a fumble late in the game. Stanford won the game in overtime. Oregon has had a tough time closing out games under head coach Mario Cristobal, including the opener against Auburn where the Ducks led for all but nine seconds of the game. Oregon has won its last two games by a combined score of 112 to 9.
Old Dominion at No. 22 Virginia (-30.5) — 7 p.m. ET
This is the first time these two in-state schools will play each other, but the Cavs have won five of their last six games against non-Power 5 opponents. Virginia beat Florida State last week in a crazy end-of-game sequence that saw the clock run out on the Seminoles. This should be a good tune-up for a road trip to Notre Dame next week.
Charlotte at No. 1 Clemson (-41) — 7:30 p.m. ET
The Tigers get another tune-up opponent after beating Syracuse last week on the road easily to open up their ACC conference schedule. Clemson has never faced Charlotte but it has won 36 games straight in the regular season against Group of 5 schools. Charlotte can score, having put up at least at 41 points in every game this season.
Oklahoma State at No. 13 Texas (-7) — 7:30 p.m. ET
The Cowboys love to play in Austin. That’s a rare thing for visiting teams, but OSU has won five straight meetings between these two schools, the most of any opponent the Longhorns play.
In 2017, a 13-10 win was secured in overtime with an interception at the 6-yard line thrown by UT QB Sam Ehlinger who would love the chance to make up for that throw this time and get a win over Oklahoma State. UT has lost seven of its last nine to OSU.
No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia (-13.5) — 8 p.m.
This is the game of the weekend as the Irish head between the hedges for the first time ever. Georgia won the first game of this series, 20-19 in South Bend, and Notre Dame would love to return the favor.
Georgia hasn’t played a close game yet this year and is coming off a 55-0 drubbing of Arkansas State. Notre Dame is coming off a bye-week in order to get ready for a game that could put the Irish into the playoffs. A win at Georgia as a two-touchdown underdog would be a massive feather in Notre Dame’s cap.
Colorado at No. 24 Arizona State (-7.5) — 10 p.m. ET
Last week, freshmen QB Jayden Daniels led a game-winning touchdown drive on the road at Michigan State to announce his presence on the national scene. Arizona State has a staff full of former NFL coaches and fans have been waiting for a big non-conference win. After getting it, you have to worry about a letdown here against Colorado which is coming off a shocking loss to Air Force.
UCLA at No. 19 Washington State (-17.5) — 10:30 p.m. ET
The Chip Kelly era might be coming to an end soon if the Bruins keep playing like they are. UCLA is coming off a demoralizing loss at home to Oklahoma and they haven’t won a game yet this season. UCLA is a massive home dog in this game to Washington State which beat Houston 31-24 last week. The Cougars have won the last two meetings in this matchup.