Published September 21, 2011 - 7:31am
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Here are the most interesting games heading into week four in all of college football. 23% of the college football regular season is now in the books. Please don’t blink or you will miss the entire season.
Here are the most interesting games in week four:
1. No. 14 Arkansas vs. No. 3 Alabama
Arkansas brings its high-octane offense into Tuscaloosa to take on possibly the best defense in the country. Arkansas is having a very good year both on offense and defense, and they can absolutely score in a multitude of ways. Alabama, on the other hand, sticks to the conservative running game, and they play exceptionally good defense. This is no doubt the biggest game in the country in week four. Two top-20 teams going at it in an old-fashioned SEC football matchup.
2. No. 2 LSU vs. No. 16 West Virginia
The LSU Tigers are arguably the other best defense in the country (next to Alabama), and they will be heading into Morgantown for a really interesting matchup against WVU. WVU is averaging 42 points per game, but they certainly haven’t run into anything like they will run into against LSU. LSU is a mack truck on defense, and they will give WVU’s coach Dana Holgerson and quarterback Geno Smith a fresh taste of what SEC football is really like. I want to see a beat-down in Morgantown. This will be a great atmosphere, no doubt.
3. No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 8 Texas A&M
We might as well go ahead and include next year’s SEC member Texas A&M to this list as winning one for the good guys. This is a battle of two top-10 teams, and OSU is averaging over 52 points per game with wide receiver Justin Blackmon and quarterback Brandon Weeden. A&M is only allowing 10.5 points per game, and they will bring an SEC-caliber defense against the Cowboys.
4. No. 11 Florida State vs. No. 21 Clemson
FSU just lost to Oklahoma, and Clemson is coming off of a big win against SEC-foe Auburn. Clemson has offensive firepower, and FSU has a stout defense but could be without quarterback EJ Manuel. Clemson is always known for losing the big game, but they will certainly have a chance to prove themselves victorious in this one and earn a little more respect. Watch out for Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins because he is the best freshman in America.
5. No. 23 USC vs. Arizona State
This is the best Pac-12 matchup of the weekend, so I had better include it, right? Anytime I get a chance to see Baby Kiffin lose a football game, I’m all about it! Go Sun Devils.