Fourth week of college football kicks off Thursday night, and I'm here wondering, "where the hell did the time go." We've had some exciting games already, and more should follow this week:
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide host Kent State Golden Flashes Bama is off to a rolling start, and after a scare against Ol' Miss, they should blow-out the MAC side, who are coming into the game with a 1-2 record. Bama is a 44 point favorite, and they should exceed that margin.
#2 Ohio State Cowboys are on a BYE
#3 Louisville Cardinal visit the Thundering Herd Marshall isn't a great team, but they aren't exactly cupcakes either. The Cardinal have Clemson up next, so they may overlook the Herd, and won't cover the 26 point spread. Cards take it by 3 scores.
#4 Michigan Wolverines host the Nittany Lions Penn State is coming in with a 2-1 mark, with the lone blemish being a field goal loss against Pitt, while the Wolverines blew out Hawaii, UCF & Colorado. While I don't believe Michigan deserves its ranking slot, they should cover the 18.5 point spread with quite ease.
#5 Clemson Tigers visit the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Clemson kicks off ACC play with a visit to Georgia, where Tech is off to a 3-0 start. Clemson comes in 10 point favorites, and won't cover, though they'll maintain their roll with another victory.
#6 Houston Cougars visit Texas State The Bobcats are 1-1, and should be no threat to the G5 Cougars. I like Houston by five scores to just cover the 34.5 point line.
#7 Stanford Cardinal visit UCLA Josh Rosen and the Bruins have gotten off to a shaky start, and need to bounce back against the Cardinal. Jim Mora called Christian McAffrey the best player in college, and the Bruins slowing him down will be a tall task. It may be the homer in me, but I see UCLA winning, despite the Cardinal being a 3 point favorite.
#8 Michigan State host #11 Wisconsin Ranked match-ups are always so much fun, and Sparty is a 5.5 favorite coming in. The Badgers upset, then, #5 LSU to start off, but struggled against Georgia State last week, while MSU is coming off a victory over the Irish. I like Michigan State to win here as Wisconsin struggles in its first road game.
#9 Washington visits Arizona Jake Browning leads the surging UDub into the Old Pueblo to face a struggling Wildcats side. Lines aren't available, but I see UDub taking this by, at least, 17 as Rich Rod continues to retool.
#10 Texas A&M vs #17 Arkansas Both sides have a (OT) win over a then-ranked side, while the Razorbacks struggled against Louisiana Tech in Week 1. I like the Aggies here to cover the 6 point line and win convincingly.
#12 Georgia visit #23 Ole Miss With 2 losses, I can't fathom how Ole Miss is still ranked. Granted, it was then-#4 Florida State and #1 Alabama, and Georgia struggled against Missouri. I like Ole Miss to hang on by a field goal, not covering the TD spread.
#13 Florida State visits South Florida The South Florida Bulls are 3-0 and are hosting a Seminoles squad who got demolished by Louisville and will be looking for vengeance. Odds are, they will be focused and that'll be enough for a big win, covering the 5.5 line.
#14 Tennessee hosts #19 Florida The Vols have been anything but impressive, and I like Florida to take the game by double digits, despite being 6.5 dogs.
#15 Miami Canes are on a BYE (ranked too high either way)
#16 Baylor Hosts Oklahoma State Baylor comes in 8 point favorites, but the Cowboys still have a bad taste after the CMU loss. I like the Cowboys to take this one by a slim margin. #18 LSU visits Auburn A touchdown victory margin for the (LSU) Tigers here, covering the 5.5 line. Auburn is a solid team and probably the best 1-3 squad you'll see in ages.
#20 Nebraskavisits Northwestern Nebraska should win this going away, shocked that they are only 7.5 favorites here.
#21 Texas & #22 San Diego State have BYES
#24 Utah hosts USC Clay Helton has been abysmal for the Trojans, blown out by Bama and Stanford isn't the way you want to start (a win vs Utah State sandwiched). There isn't anyway I see USC being able to stick with how physical the Utes are, and see another double digit loss, well over the 3 point spread.