College Football Week 4 TV Schedule: ND vs. MICH and Can't Miss Matchups

Jacob Keimach@JKeimach9Correspondent IISeptember 20, 2012

If you're looking for excitement, follow Sammy Watkins and the Clemson Tigers down to Florida State on Saturday
If you're looking for excitement, follow Sammy Watkins and the Clemson Tigers down to Florida State on SaturdayMike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Five games define the college football weekend of September 22. Rivalry, division implications and AP rankings make all of the following showdowns relevant. 


No. 18 Michigan at No. 11 Notre Dame

Saturday, September 22 

 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Michigan vs. Notre Dame has become a well-recognized brand. The matchup has been exciting, dramatic, telling and competitive each of the last three years. 

Although Michigan has emerged the victor out of the last three duels, Notre Dame is looking as strong as it has in recent memory. This game will ultimately come down to the Fighting Irish maintaining composure and containing Wolverines QB Denard Robinson. 

Notre Dame''s defensive unit is riding confidence built after a 20-3 stomping of Michigan State in East Lansing during Week 3. 

However, Robinson has been a one-man wrecking crew each of the last two seasons against the Irish and will look to continue that trend in his final season as a Wolverine. 

Tune in during prime time for fireworks. 



No. 10 Clemson at No. 4 Florida State

Saturday, September 22

8:00 p.m. ET on ABC


Top-10 matchups always garner special attention. When Sammy Watkins and the Clemson Tigers head south to take on the Seminoles there will be no shortage of drama. 

Both teams are undefeated at this point. Yet, neither has really played anyone worth noting. Clemson's opening night victory over Auburn was the most competitive. 

While both teams basically remain untested, Florida State has made much more of a show of their first three games. 

The Seminoles have only allowed three points over 12 quarters; alternatively, the offense has scored a combined 176 points in three outings. Both sides of Jimbo Fisher's squad have looked sharp and efficient to date. 

The Seminoles' first test lies ahead. Will they manhandle the Tigers like they have everyone else?



No. 15 Kansas State at No. 6 Oklahoma

Saturday, September 22

7:50 p.m. ET on FOX


This game has flown under the radar a bit due to the other marquee games of the weekend.

Yet, QB Landry Jones and the Sooners are involved in the BCS Championship conversation (albeit against great odds). For this reason, their home game against another AP Top 25  opponent is important to gaining confidence. 

Sooners fans hope for improved play from their starting quarterback, who returned his senior year with Heisman and BCS hopes in mind. Jones is already statistically the most accomplished QB in Sooners history, but needs a BCS Championship to cement his legacy.

On the other hand, the Wildcats will be looking to buck the Sooners train off the tracks. Last year's result doesn't give them any confidence. Oklahoma rolled 58-17, including a stretch of 44 unanswered points. 

KSU coach Bill Snyder hopes to slow down the Sooners attack this year. In Oklahoma City Saturday night, it will be a tough task.



No. 22 Arizona at No. 3 Oregon

Saturday, September 22

10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN


Lots and lots of scoring in the Pac-12 so far this year. This game will be no different. 

And, now that USC has a loss in the books to Stanford, Oregon controls its own outcome. Handling the Wildcats at home is their next step toward gaining control of the conference and remaining in national championship conversations. 

To do so, the Ducks will need a patented explosive performance from hybrid WR De'Anthony Thomas. He will carry the ball out of the backfield and stretch the field in the passing game. Thomas is a very legitimate Heisman candidate thus far and a major reason Oregon is sitting at No. 3. 

Opposing the Ducks attack will be RB Ka'Deem Carey and QB Matt Scott. The two have led Arizona off to a high-flying 3-0 start and will need to turn in their very best performances to hang with Oregon. 

Oregon is a heavy favorite entering the weekend; expect a shootout with a highlight-reel effort from Thomas to secure the Ducks a win.



Oregon State at No. 19 UCLA

Saturday, September 22

3:30 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN 2


It feels funny that UCLA is ranked at this point in the season, as they've been completely overshadowed by USC dominance in Los Angeles for perhaps more than a decade. 

However, after solid wins over Nebraska, Rice and Houston, the Bruins are in the Pac-12 conversation for the time being. Freshman QB Brett Hundley has led UCLA to an exciting 3-0 start and the Bruins will look to keep rolling at home. 

The matchup against Oregon State holds a significant amount of intrigue because the Beavers are fresh off a big win over Big Ten muscle Wisconsin.

Oregon State's defense was able to contain preseason Heisman candidate Montee Ball to just 61 yards on 15 carries in a 10-7 win. Heading to Pasadena, UCLA will be another tough test. 

Under the California sun, the underdogs of the Pac-12 will duke it out for recognition behind USC and Oregon.