Week four is now upon us, and it features some great games in college football. However, only one of them lies in the SEC, while the other big-time games have national championship implications:
#10 Clemson at #4 Florida State
FSU is back, right? The problem with the Seminoles is that they are untested and haven’t played anyone yet. Murray State, Savannah State and Wake Forest are hardly worthy adversaries, but FSU’s defense hasn’t allowed an offensive touchdown through three weeks. Clemson will eliminate that stat, though. The Tigers bring an explosive offensive attack, led by QB Tahj Boyd, RB Andre Ellington and WR Sammy Watkins. This should be an interesting game, as ESPN College GameDay ventured out of the SEC this week to head to an ACC game. That might be the last time this season it heads to any ACC campus.
#15 Kansas State at #6 Oklahoma
The Wildcats have dropped five straight against the Sooners by an average of 22 points per game. KSU has a real Heisman hopeful in Collin Klein, with Oklahoma having one of its own in Landry Jones. Both quarterbacks are the leaders of the team, and this is a very big game in the Big 12.
#18 Michigan at #11 Notre Dame
Who doesn’t love a good ole Michigan-Notre Dame game? I’ll admit it. I don’t really care for either team, but Michigan has spanked the domers handily, winning four of the last five games. Denard Robinson always has a big game against Notre Dame, and he’s scored a total of eight touchdowns in two years against the Fighting Irish. There is a little hype over this undefeated Irish team, and that could all end this weekend with a loss to Michigan.
#22 Arizona at #3 Oregon
You want to watch two prolific offenses doing battle? Then this is a must-see game. Chip Kelly and Rich Rodriguez will take their spread offenses head-to-head, but the Ducks have the best player on the field in DeAnthony Thomas. He’s averaging 15.92 yards per touch with seven touchdowns. Thomas is easily the nation’s most explosive player. Arizona is averaging 46 points per game, compared to Oregon’s 54. It may come down to whoever has the ball last. Over/under should be around 90.
Missouri at #7 South Carolina
Both starting QBs are banged up for this one, although both should still start. Both QBs have ailing throwing shoulders, and it could come down to the defenses and running game. Carolina will lean on the premier back in the SEC in Marcus Lattimore, while Missouri will rush by committee, featuring running back Kendial Lawrence. The Gamecocks should win this game, but they usually lose one a year they are supposed to win. Could this be that game in ‘12?