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College Football Weekly Look Ahead Ė Week 4
Separation Saturday has passed and there were some terrific games and several big shocks. I donít know about others, but Michigan and Louisville winning was not a huge surprise. Certainly the margin of victory surely made you blink twice. Auburn bested LSU in a defensive struggle, 7-3. Oklahoma and Oregon played the best game of the week, however the Sooners were robbed when the refs choked on two simple replay decisions that awarded the Ducks the game whenever it clearly should have been a win for Oklahoma. In other games, Florida won in Neyland over the Vols, Clemson upended Florida State at the Doak and USC beat Nebraska, but in a much more competitive game.
Here is a brief outlook on the best match-ups for this upcoming Saturday:
Wisconsin at No. 6 Michigan (-14.5)
Both teams come in 3-0, but the Wolverines are big favorites at home. Michigan is firing on all cylinders and will not lose in this spot coming off its biggest win in over a year. Wisconsin has been flying under the Big Ten radar but going up against the UM defense, they will get a dose of reality in the loss.
Prediction: Michigan 31, Wisconsin 13
Penn State at No. 1 Ohio State (-17)
After starting slow at home against Cincinnati, the Buckeyes will take care of the Nittany Lions at home. However for some reason these two teams always seem to play tightly contested games and this one should be no different. After getting embarrassed by Notre Dame two weeks ago, Jo Pa will not allow another beat down on the national scene.
Prediction: Ohio State 24, Penn State 16
No. 22 Arizona State at No. 21 California (-7.5)
A battle of super offenses in the Pac-10 when the Sun Devils meet Cal. Arizona State is 3-0 while Cal has yet to look dominant, even against lesser teams. In a game that should see lots of points, the road team will prove the better on this weekend with the Sun Devils and sophomore quarterback Rudy Carpenter keeping its perfect record.
Prediction: Arizona State 31, California 30
Alabama at Arkansas (-2)
A good ole southern match-up will take place in Fayetteville between two of the more talented teams in the SEC that are getting no hype. The Tide is 3-0 but have yet to really be tested. The Hogs are 2-1 but have looked good with true freshman quarterback Mitch Mustain after the USC loss. The game should be fairly close, but the edge goes to the home team with a solid defense and one of the nationís best running games.
Prediction: Arkansas 17, Alabama 13
No. 12 Notre Dame (-3.5) at Michigan State
Sparty hosts the Irish, a year after Michigan State came into Notre Dame and left as winners. Notre Dame will be ready after getting romped by Michigan last week. Spartansí quarterback Drew Stanton has been very impressive as the Spartans are one of the more powerful and efficient offenses in the country. Brady Quinn will do well against a Michigan State defense that is prone to getting pushed around. However the game is in East Lansing and Notre Dame will be taken down once again.
Prediction: Michigan State 35, Notre Dame 31