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Justin’s World: Top 5 College Games to Watch in Week 4

Justin White went 5-0 last week, putting him at 12-3 for the season. If that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is.

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Justin’s World: Top 5 College Games to Watch in Week 4


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Week 3 is long gone and it’s time to start looking ahead. FSU is still really bad, which warms my heart! UCF has set itself apart from the rest as the best Group of 5 team, and they didn’t even play last week. Texas is on the right track. USC us sinking…fast, along with rest of the PAC 12. Heck, I’m not sure anyone from the PAC 12 could beat UCF. LSU is back baby and Auburn isn’t elite enough. The SEC West is the strongest division in all of college sports. The BIG 10 has only one contender right now, so does the ACC and the BIG 12.

Last week my picks went a perfect 5-0 putting me at 12-3 through 3 weeks. Unfortunately, my UPSET OF THE WEEK pick failed me again putting me at 1-2 up to this point. Let’s see how Week 4 fairs for me. It’s my world, you’re just reading about it!

5: FAU at UCF (#16)

This game is sneakily more important than one would think at first glance. The Group of 5 teams only get one spot to represent in the New Years 6 Bowl games. That spot, at the moment, goes through UCF. FAU is a strong contender to unseat them under Lane Kiffin, and the Owls will visit UCF this Friday in Orlando. Should be fun! UCF comes off an unexpected bye week due to Hurricane Florence so they will be well rested.

While on their break, Boise State was trounced by Oklahoma State, putting the Knights firmly in the Group of 5 driver’s seat. It will take a herculean effort from the Owls to take down UCF in Orlando, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. For this to happen they will need a solid defensive effort and for star RB Devin Singletary to keep doing what he’s doing. Even so I fear FAU is no match for the speed of Central Florida.

The line is currently at -13.5 for UCF which seems exactly where it should be. Maybe even a little low for them. The game will be played on Friday, September 21st at 7:00pm on ESPN. Who doesn’t love Friday Night Lights?

My Predcition: FAU-28 at UCF-42

4: Florida at Tennessee

It’s odd to a feature a game on here of two unranked opponents, but rivalries never die and this one is always fun to watch. Both teams feature brand new coaching staffs who have begun to revamp these programs.

The Gators boast the more explosive offense and at one point were ranked before losing to Kentucky, something they hadn’t done since 1986. WOW!

The Vols looked doomed at the start of this year losing 40-14 to West Virginia at home, but have since gotten back on track. Both teams sit at 2-1 and at this point couldn’t be more similar. Both have an average of 14.3 points allowed per game, while averaging over 30 points per game for themselves. This game will be close and Neyland Stadium will be rocking. It could go either way but I think the speed and overall athleticism from the Gators will be too much for the Vols, even at home.

The spread sits at -4.5 for the Gators which is a surprise to me. Usually in a rivalry like this they would favor the home team. The game will be played on Saturday, September 22nd at 7:00pm on ESPN.

My Prediction: Florida-34 at Tennessee-31

Another set of 2-1 teams will take the field this week in a very important BIG 12 matchup. TCU will travel to Austin to take on rival Texas at Memorial Stadium. The Horned Frogs are a talented bunch that kept up with Ohio State for one half before watching that game slip away from them.

Texas, on the other hand, is riding high after trouncing USC at home 37-14. These teams are both led by skilled Sophomore Quarterbacks with almost identical stats. Both defenses have shown the ability to take over games and that’s where I think this will be decided. If Texas can find a way to score outside of the offense again they’ll have a chance at this upset. Ultimately, I still think Texas is a year away from being able to win these types of games, so I think they’ll lose a close one at home this Saturday.

The line sits at -3 for TCU, which could possible grow leading up to game time. As the line predicts, this should be close and very exciting. They’ll take the field on Saturday, September 22nd at 4:30pm on FOX.

My Prediction: TCU-35 at Texas-30

2: Texas A&M (#22) at Alabama (#1)

Jumbo Fisher has a pretty unlucky schedule to start this year. In the conclusion of this week, his Aggies will have played the 1st and 2nd ranked teams in the country. It’s only WEEK 4! Not only that, but A&M had a real chance to beat the 2nd ranked team in the country had they been successful on a two-point conversion with 46 seconds left. Now they must travel to Tuscaloosa to face Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.

Not fun at all for the Aggies, but very fun for us.

Don’t forget, last year this game was very close which led to Saban saying that the praise for his team was like “rat poison”. Good times. These two teams are more evenly matched than the spread would suggest and I can’t see a Jimbo Fisher led team getting blown out. The Tide average ten more points a game than the Aggies but they haven’t been tested yet. The Aggies average more total yards of offense and they’ve played Clemson.

The spread sits at -26.5 for the home team Crimson Tide. It’s not a completely ludicrous line for a team that hasn’t come close to being tested. However, I do think Texas A&M deserves more respect and will push the Tide this weekend. The game will be played on Saturday, September 22nd at 3:30pm on CBS.

My Prediction: Texas A&M- 27 at Alabama-35

1: Stanford (#7) at Oregon (#20)

This will easily be the game of the week! Featuring at least 8 top prospects for the 2019 NFL draft led by Oregon QB Justin Herbert and Stanford RB Bryce Love. This could and should be a close and thrilling game.

Oregon features a top ten run defense that will be tested by Heisman runner-up RB Bryce Love. On the other side, Stanford boasts a top passing defense led by corner Alijah Holder who will have his hands full with Hesiman hopeful QB Justin Herbert. Herbert has lived up to his hype with a 56.8 completion percentage and 12 passing TDs through 3 weeks. Bryce Love sat out last week for Stanford due to a minor injury but will be ready to go on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon.

Stanford is the best team in the PAC 12 and seemingly the only team that could represent the conference in the playoffs. A trip to Autzen Stadium could change that.

The line sits at -1.5 for Stanford, which is practically a push. I think the crowd noise and Oregon’s run defense will prove to be too much for the Cardinal. The game will be played on Saturday, September 22nd at 8:00pm on ABC.

My Prediction: Stanford-27 at Oregon-28

UPSET OF THE WEEK!

Texas Tech over #15 Oklahoma State! The Red Raiders have lost this game 9 straight times, but every streak has to end somewhere. Ask Kentucky about that! This game will be a high scoring affair that could come down to who has the ball last. If that’s the case I’m always gonna take the team with the better Quarterback and that is Texas Tech. True Freshman QB Alan Bowman has been on fire for the Red Raiders already eclipsing 1,000 passing yards to go along with 8 TDs and no interceptions. OK State’s defensive weakness is in the air and Texas Tech can and will exploit that.

The line is at -13 for the Cowboys who will be at home for this shootout. The game will be played on Saturday, September 22nd at 7:00pm on FS1.

My Prediction: Texas Tech-52 at Oklahoma State-49

A Florida Boy who now calls LA his home now! In my free time all I do is watch sports and look up stats. I love all things college football, especially my beloved Miami Hurricanes! I also partake in my fair share of Fantasy Football and Basketball.

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