20 September 2016

2016 College Football Predictions: Week 4

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This week in college football may be the last full one for the month of the September but it will also be the first one for fall and that's when you know that college football will be heating up. Now while this weekend may not have some of the sexier matchups that we saw this past weekend but there should still be some great football played out on the gridiron. It's time for my picks for Week 4.

Thursday, September 22nd
5 Clemson vs. Georgia Tech - ESPN, 7:30
Pick: Clemson

Friday, September 23rd
Wyoming vs. Eastern Michigan - CBS Sports Network, 7:30
Pick: Wyoming

TCU vs. SMU - ESPN, 8:00
Pick: TCU

USC vs. 24 Utah - FS1, 9:00
The Trojans were basically inept against Stanford and while the Utes are not as good as the Cardinal, on the road I just don't see them pulling the upset.
Pick: Utah

Saturday, September 24th
13 Florida State vs. South Florida - ABC, 12:00
South Florida is a solid club but there is no way that Florida State does not come back strong this week.
Pick: Florida State

San Jose State vs. Iowa State - Fox Sports Networks, 12:00
Pick: Iowa State

12 Georgia vs. 23 Ole Miss - ESPN, 12:00
It was a wild contest at home against the Crimson Tide but the Rebels ultimately came up short. I do think they'll bounce back again at home against a team I think they're better than in Georgia.
Pick: Ole Miss

Charlotte vs. Temple - American Sports Network, 12:00
Pick: Temple

Iowa vs. Rutgers - ESPN2, 12:00
Pick: Iowa

Kent State vs. 1 Alabama - SEC Network, 12:00
Pick: Alabama

Colorado State vs. Minnesota - ESPNU, 12:00
Pick: Minnesota

Nevada vs. Purdue - ESPNEWS, 12:00
Pick: Purdue

11 Wisconsin vs. 8 Michigan State - BTN, 12:00
Wisconsin had themselves a great upset win over LSU in the opener but haven't really played anybody since (and really struggled with Georgia State this past weekend). Meanwhile, Michigan State just had themselves a statement win in South Bend. Give me Sparty.
Pick:Michigan State

Central Michigan vs. Virginia - ACC Network (FSN), 12:30
Pick: Virginia

East Carolina vs. Virginia Tech - ACC Network, 12:30
Pick: Virginia Tech

Syracuse vs. UConn - CBS Sports Network, 1:00
Pick: UConn

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

Appalachian State vs. Akron - American Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: Appalachian State

Mississippi State vs. UMass - American Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: Mississippi State

Penn State vs. 4 Michigan - ABC, 3:30
An upset would be fun here but the Nittany Lions just have not looked that good this year.
Pick:Michigan

BYU vs. West Virginia - Landover, MD - ESPN2, 3:30
Will the Cougars play a game that is not a nailbiter? This will be a neutral site but not really that neutral and while BYU could use a break, I like the Mountaineers here.
Pick: West Virginia

19 Florida vs. 14 Tennessee - CBS, 3:30
Florida hasn't played anybody and have kicked the crap out of all opponents. Tennessee has played a tougher schedule and could easily be 0-3. Even at home, I like the Gators.
Pick: Florida

Wake Forest vs. Indiana - BTN, 3:30
Pick: Indiana

Duke vs. Notre Dame - NBC, 3:30
Pick: Notre Dame

Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina - ESPNU, 3:30
Both teams are quality in my humble opinion but I think the superior offense of the Tar Heels will be the difference.
Pick: North Carolina

Miami (OH) vs. Cincinnati - ESPNEWS, 3:30
Pick: Cincinnati

Boise State vs. Oregon State - FS1, 3:30
Pick: Boise State

UTSA vs. Old Dominion - KMYS/WTVZ, 3:30
Pick: Old Dominion

Western Illinois vs. Northern Illinois - ESPN3, 3:30
Pick: Northern Illinois

Delaware State vs. Missouri - SEC Network, 4:00
Pick: Missouri

Vanderbilt vs. Western Kentucky - CBS Sports Network, 4:30
Pick: Western Kentucky

Tulsa vs. Fresno State - Campus Insiders, 4:30
Pick: Tulsa

Colorado vs. Oregon - Pac-12 Networks, 5:30
Pick: Oregon

18 LSU vs. Auburn - ESPN, 6:00
Gus Malzahn could really use an upset here but I just don't see it.
Pick: LSU

Ball State vs. FAU - cusa.tv, 6:00
Pick: Ball State

North Texas vs. Rice - cusa.tv, 6:00
Pick: North Texas

6 Houston vs. Texas State - ESPNU, 7:00
Pick: Houston

UCF vs. FIU - beIN Sports, 7:00
Pick: UCF

New Mexico State vs. Troy - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Troy

Army vs. Buffalo - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Army

Georgia Southern vs. Western Michigan - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Georgia Southern

Louisiana Tech vs. Middle Tennessee - American Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: Middle Tennessee

Nicholls vs. South Alabama - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: South Alabama

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

Missouri State vs. Kansas State - k-statehd.tv, 7:00
Pick: Kansas State

20 Nebraska vs. Northwestern - BTN, 7:30
Pick: Nebraska

Oklahoma State vs. 16 Baylor - Fox, 7:30
Offense, offense and more offense. Oklahoma State really should be 3-0 but we don't need to re-litigate the Central Michigan game. Baylor hasn't played anybody and I think they're vulnerable to an upset.
Pick: Oklahoma State

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

Southern Miss vs. UTEP - Campus Insiders, 8:00
Pick: Southern Miss

Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Tulane - ESPN3, 8:00
Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette

3 Louisville vs. Marshall - CBS Sports Network, 8:00
Pick: Louisville

7 Stanford vs. UCLA - ABC, 8:00
The Cardinal looked good against Kansas State and looked pretty good at USC, both contests at home. This is a key road contest in Pasadena. UCLA just hasn't looked as solid as I thought they were going to be this season so give me Christian McCaffrey and his friends here.
Pick: Stanford

Bowling Green vs. Memphis - ESPNEWS, 8:00
Pick: Memphis

Idaho vs. UNLV - Campus Insiders, 9:00
Pick: UNLV

17 Arkansas vs. 10 Texas A&M - Arlington, TX - ESPN, 9:00
Hey, more neutral site games! Both teams are good and have looked pretty good this year with a pair of key wins (A&M over UCLA at home and Arkansas over TCU). The Aggies, though, have been better defensively than I thought they would be and thus I like them here.
Pick: Texas A&M

California vs. Arizona State - ESPN2, 10:00
How good are the Golden Bears? They looked great against Texas in pulling the upset at home but I'm still not all the way there. I think they'll fall against an explosive ASU club.
Pick: Arizona State

Air Force vs. Utah State - ESPNU, 10:15
Pick: Air Force

9 Washington vs. Arizona - Pac-12 Networks, 10:30
Washington should win this game but they better not overlook our good friend RichRod.
Pick: Washington

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