College Football Week 4 Odds: Arkansas, Rutgers In Prove-It Situations

Written By Brett Gibbons on September 24, 2021 - Last Updated on September 25, 2021

The first three weeks of the 2021 college football season have been everything we wished for and more. Ranked teams drop weekly, Division I-AA schools have pulled off 11 upsets over Division I-A schools, and there’s a new storyline to keep an eye on weekly.

With plenty of conference slates getting underway, let’s dive into College Football Week 4 odds.

College Football Week 4 Odds

College Football Week 4 Top Games

#12 Notre Dame () vs. #18 Wisconsin

The Badgers couldn’t get anything going against Penn State in their first game of the season. Graham Mertz, in a pivotal season, tossed no touchdowns and two interceptions. Aside from a convincing win over Eastern Michigan, Wisconsin (1-1) has been dialed in on this game in Chicago.

Notre Dame (3-0) is unbeaten, but have just a +6.7 average point margin this season (52nd). Their early-season wins have come at Florida State, against Toledo, and against Purdue– the three of which have a combined one win over Power Five teams. Based on what we’ve seen this year, we can expect a low-scoring affair; the point total is currently set at .

#7 Texas A&M () vs. #16 Arkansas

Arkansas (3-0) has been the surprise team for many so far this season, scoring a huge upset win at home over Texas along the way. Now, the Razorbacks will be held to the fire again; this time, it’s against their first SEC opponent. Arkansas’ offense has been a well-oiled machine this year, scoring 38 or more points in every contest.

Texas A&M (3-0), conversely, has been sturdy on defense but points have been hard to come by. Their lone Power Five opponent, Colorado, held the Aggies to just 10 points. Starting quarterback Haynes King is likely out for the season after fracturing his leg and sophomore Zach Calzada steps into the starting role.

Texas A&M has won the last eight meetings of the rivalry, but have won by just 7.3 points per contest over their last four outings.

Rutgers at #19 Michigan ()

If you had Rutgers (3-0) being top-two in scoring in the Big Ten by Week 4 on your bingo card, go ahead and scratch that off. The Scarlet Knights have gone relatively untested through three games– against Temple, at Syracuse, and against Delaware– but they stand 3-0 for the first time since 2012. Now, it’s time to face the big leagues and the Michigan Wolverines, the first of a back-to-back-to-back stretch that also includes games against Ohio State and Michigan State.

Michigan (3-0) is not only third in the nation in scoring (47 points per game), but also sixth in scoring defense (11.3). Running back Blake Corum is averaging 8.5 yards per carry and has scored seven touchdowns so far this season, tied for the most in the nation. He faces a Rutgers defense that’s allowed just 2.7 yards per carry (21st).

#25 Kansas State at Oklahoma State ()

Oklahoma State’s not been overly impressive this season, posting a +3.0 average scoring margin (66th). Any which way, they’re 3-0 with a gutty come-from-behind win over Boise State. Pivotal to their defensive success has been safety Kolby Harvell-Peel, who’s third on the team in tackles and has the Pokes’ lone interception. Linebacker Malcom Rodriguez leads the nation in tackles (36).

Now, they host a red-hot Kansas State (3-0) team fresh off wins against Stanford and a solid Nevada team. Their average point margin sits at +19– 19th in the nation. K-State also found themselves in the AP Top 25 last season before dropping their last five games. Chris Klieman would like to remain ranked and a statement win over rival Oklahoma State could do the trick.

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