College Football Week 4 Picks: Predicting Top Games Against the Spread

Alex KayCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2012

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 24:  Andre Ellington #23 of the Clemson Tigers runs with the ball against the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Memorial Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Week 4 of the college football season begins in earnest on Saturday, and it should be nothing short of an exciting day packed with great matchups.

If you wish to make those games carry even more weight, enough to surely have you on the edge of your seat, then perhaps you should consider placing a wager.

Should you decide to do that, here’s a quick peek at three games and how you should bet them. 

*Home team in CAPS. Point spreads via 


Clemson (+14.5) over FLORIDA STATE

The Tigers are getting over two touchdowns to start the game, and they should be able to easily cover that spread.

While they do have to travel to Tallahassee for this one, Clemson and FSU traditionally play close contests regardless of the location.

I fully expect the Seminoles to win, but the Tigers will keep it interesting and certainly cover this massive spread. 


USC (-16.5) over Cal

A bruised and battered USC team must pick up its pride after losing to Stanford last weekend, which potentially shattered the Trojans' national-championship hopes.

However, coach Lane Kiffin will have his boys motivated and will remind them that Alabama lost last year—later than USC—and still made it to the BCS championship.

That should be all the motivation his squad needs to go out there and absolutely destroy the Bears in the Coliseum. 


ALABAMA (-49.5) over Florida Atlantic

Speaking of the Crimson Tide, this team has been absolutely dominant in 2012 and should only look more impressive against an overmatched FAU squad.

While giving 49.5 points up is a lot, you are basically betting that Alabama will score 50-to-53 points.

The Tide should easily roll in this one, and their defense will likely blank the Owls or give up a single field goal at most.

Given what we have already seen from QB A.J. McCarron, coach Nick Saban and the rest of the ‘Bama offense, they should have no problem covering.