16 September 2014

2014 College Football Predictions: Week 4

It is already Week 4 in the college football season but similarly to the last two weeks, the slate of games this week is not particularly compelling, save for a few showdowns highlighted by the ACC battle in Tallahassee between the Tigers of Clemson and the Seminoles of Florida State on Saturday night. It only is a game that carries with it some College Football Playoff implications.

Here are my picks for this week in college football.


Thursday, September 18th
5 Auburn vs. 20 Kansas State - ESPN, 7:30
Call me crazy, call me maybe but with the way the Wildcats can run the ball and control the clock, I think they can pull off the upset in Manhattan.
Pick: Kansas State

Friday, September 19th
Connecticut vs. USF - ESPN, 8:00
Pick: USF

Saturday, September 20th
Troy vs. 13 Georgia - SEC Network, 12:00
Pick: Georgia

Old Dominion vs. Rice - Fox Sports Networks, 12:00
Pick: Rice

Eastern Michigan vs. 11 Michigan State - BTN, 12:00
Pick: Michigan State

Southern Illinois vs. Purdue - BTN, 12:00
Pick: Purdue

Western Illinois vs. Northwestern - ESPNEWS, 12:00
Pick: Northwestern

Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech - ESPN, 12:00
VaTech needs the bounce-back win and I'm not that sold in the Yellow Jackets.
Pick: Virginia Tech

Bowling Green vs. 19 Wisconsin - ESPN2, 12:00
Pick: Wisconsin

Iowa vs. Pittsburgh - ESPNU, 12:00
Who doesn't love the Big Ten? Okay, everybody?
Pick: Pittsburgh

Tulane vs. Duke - Fox Sports South, 12:30
Pick: Duke

Maryland vs. Syracuse - ACC Network, 12:30
With a playmaker like Stefon Diggs, UMD has the pop to get the road win in Western NY.
Pick: Maryland

Maine vs. Boston College - ESPN3, 1:00
Pick: Boston College

Delaware State vs. Temple - ESPN3, 1:00
Pick: Temple

Marshall vs. Akron - ESPN3, 2:00
Pick: Marshall

Hawaii vs. Colorado - Pac-12 Network, 2:00
Pick: Colorado

Army vs. Wake Forest - ESPN3, 3:30
Pick: Wake Forest

Norfolk State vs. Buffalo - ESPN3, 3:30
Pick: Buffalo

Rutgers vs. Navy - CBS Sports Network, 3:30
Gary Nova, American hero.
Pick: Navy

Central Michigan vs. Kansas - Fox Sports Networks, 3:30
Pick: Kansas

Virginia vs. 21 BYU - ESPN, 3:30
Pick: BYU

Florida vs. Alabama - CBS, 3:30
Considering they just struggled to beat Kentucky, can the Gators stun the nation? No.
Pick: Alabama

Louisville vs. FIU - Fox Sports 1, 3:30
Pick: Louisville

Nicholls State vs. North Texas - American Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: North Texas

Utah vs. Michigan - ABC/ESPN2, 3:30
Pick: Michigan

Texas A&M vs. SMU - ABC/ESPN2, 3:30
Pick: Texas A&M

North Carolina vs. East Carolina - ESPNU, 3:30
Pick: North Carolina

FAU vs. Wyoming - Mountain West Network, 4:00
Pick: FAU

San Jose State vs. Minnesota - BTN, 4:00
Pick: Minnesota

Massachusetts vs. Penn State - BTN, 4:00
Pick: Penn State

Texas State vs. Illinois - ESPNEWS, 4:00
Pick: Illinois

Indiana vs. Missouri - SEC Network, 4:00
Pick: Missouri

Georgia State vs. Washington - Pac-12 Network, 6:00
Pick: Washington

Bethune-Cookman vs. UCF - ESPN3, 6:00
Pick: UCF

Presbyterian vs. NC State - ESPN3, 6:00
Pick: NC State

Northern Illinois vs. Arkansas - ESPNU, 7:00
Pick: Arkansas

Mississippi State vs. LSU - ESPN, 7:00
Night time in Death Valley, forget it.
Pick: LSU

Appalachian State vs. Southern Miss - American Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: Southern Miss

Miami (OH) vs. Cincinnati - CBS Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: Cincinnati

Middle Tennessee vs. Memphis - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Memphis

Ball State vs. Toledo - ESPN3, 7:00
In a key MAC showdown, I like the Rockets to bounce back from a loss to Cincinnati.
Pick: Toledo

Idaho vs. Ohio - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Ohio

Murray State vs. Western Michigan - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Western Michigan

Utah State vs. Arkansas State - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Utah State

Northwestern State vs. Louisiana Tech - 7:00
Pick: Louisiana Tech

Georgia Southern vs. South Alabama - ESPN3, 7:30
Pick: South Alabama

4 Oklahoma vs. West Virginia - Fox, 7:30
Pick: Oklahoma

14 South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt - SEC Network, 7:30
Pick: South Carolina

Miami (FL) vs. 24 Nebraska - ESPN2, 8:00
This will be a tight one but I think the Fighting Bo Pelinis will get a key home win.
Pick: Nebraska

UNLV vs. Houston - ESPN3, 8:00
Pick: Houston

New Mexico vs. New Mexico State - ESPN3, 8:00
Pick: New Mexico

22 Clemson vs. Florida State - ABC, 8:00
How can one expect a Clemson team to win on the road with an inferior club than last year's which got crushed at home? That said, FSU being without Jameis Winston now for the whole game makes this tough. My gut still says the Noles but in a close one.
Pick: Florida State

Southern Utah vs. Fresno State - Mountain West Network, 10:00
Pick: Fresno State

California vs. Arizona - Pac-12 Network, 10:00
Pick: Arizona 

Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Boise State - CBS Sports Network, 10:30
Pick: Boise State

San Diego State vs. Oregon State - Fox Sports Network, 10:30
Pick: Oregon State

Oregon vs. Washington State - ESPN, 10:30
Does Mike Leach have something up his sleeve for a big home upset? It's not THAT crazy.
Pick: Oregon

H/T MattsarzSports for listings


  1. Hey Ben .... my hometown Toledo Rockets lost last week at Cincinnati & you left out 2 of your picks .... Miami FL at Nebraska & Clemson at Florida State