College Football Week 4 Schedule: Breaking Down Saturday's Biggest Games

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 17, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 12:  EJ Manuel #3 of the Florida State Seminoles passes during a game against against the Miami Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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After several weeks of cupcake opponents for the nation's elite teams, conference play starts to pick up in Week 4. That means there should be more intriguing matchups and less blowouts on the schedule as the season moves forward.

It's certainly the case this week. There are no shortage of good games on the weekend slate, meaning the rankings could take on a whole new look if the underdogs have their way. With that in mind, let's take a look at Week 4's biggest games.


No. 22 Arizona at No. 3 Oregon

Arizona appears to be gaining confidence with each passing week. The Wildcats know they were given a second chance after surviving overtime against Toledo and aren't going to let it slip away easily, mostly thanks to quarterback Matt Scott.

Scott will need to have the game of his life to keep pace with Oregon's high-flying offense, though. The Ducks have scored at least 42 points in all three of their games, and any Heisman list without De'Anthony Thomas on it isn't complete.

The Wildcats were able to outscore Oklahoma State in a shootout a couple weeks ago, but Oregon is on another level right now. The Ducks should pull away in the second half.


No. 10 Clemson at No. 4 Florida State

Clemson has made a habit of coming out of the gate quickly in recent years, including an 8-0 start last season, which featured a victory over Florida State in Week 4. The Tigers will be hoping history repeats itself in 2012.

The Seminoles are a much more complete, confident team than they were at this point last season, however. They have only allowed three points in three games, which is impressive no matter the level of competition.

It's a game that features two dynamic quarterbacks in Tajh Boyd and EJ Manuel. The one who posts better numbers will lead his team to victory. Given the defenses they are facing, it's likely to be Manuel.


No. 15 Kansas State at No. 6 Oklahoma

Dual-threat quarterback Collin Klein has led the Wildcats to 3-0 start. While Klein is the team's most important player, don't overlook running back John Hubert, who gives the team another home-run threat on the offensive side.

The tremendous tandem will face an Oklahoma team that's yet to get tested. The Sooners cruised past UTEP in their opener and backed it up with a drubbing of Florida A&M. Saturday's game comes after a bye and will be a much better test.

This game will probably go right down to the wire. Kansas State has enough weapons to keep the Oklahoma defense on its toes, but Damien Williams and the Sooners should pull out a narrow victory.