College Football: Week 4 Games You Should Be Salivating over

Jason EllisContributor IIISeptember 20, 2012

The Seminoles are looking to keep their National Championship hopes alive against Clemson.
The Seminoles are looking to keep their National Championship hopes alive against Clemson.Stacy Revere/Getty Images

It's hard to believe that we are already in Week 4 of the college football season.  This is the week where most teams enter their conference season.  

It's also the week where the elite begin to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.  So, without further hoopla, here are this week's games that you should be salivating over.


Clemson at Florida State

Both teams have looked impressive in the early going this season.  Florida State hasn't surrendered a touchdown, only giving up a field goal in the opener.  

Clemson has been, as expected, dynamic on offense.  They have the ability to put up points in bunches.

This is one of those games where something has to give:  Florida State's defense or Clemson's offense.  There is, as of late, a tendency for the Seminoles to fold in these big games.

My Pick:  Florida State wins 27-24

Kansas State at Oklahoma

The key to this game will be the Sooners' ability to keep Landry Jones upright, as the Wildcats have a dominating pass rush.  You just have to look at their game against Miami as a case study in this.

If the Wildcats are able to consistently get to Jones they could turn this game ugly in a hurry.  

The Sooners need to win this game to keep themselves atop the pecking order in the Big 12, but a loss could signal a changing of the guard in this conference.

My Pick:  Kansas State wins 20-14

Michigan at Notre Dame

If this game is anything like last year's, then all college football fans are in for a treat.

To this point, the Irish have been one of the surprisingly better teams this season.  They had dominating performances against Navy and Michigan State—and a last-second win against Purdue.

They are better on both sides of the ball than most thought they would be.

Michigan is always dangerous with Denard Robinson heading up the offense.  They leave a lot to be desired on the defensive side, but should be able to score enough to make it interesting.

It also seems they have shaken off the beating Alabama laid on them.  

My Pick:  Notre Dame wins 36-33

Missouri at South Carolina

The Tigers make their second foray into SEC competition this week.  This time, however, they will be on the road taking on an always dangerous South Carolina team.

Missouri is coming off a loss to Georgia's "old man football" and a close win against Arizona State. They're ready to take their place in the SEC

The Tigers should be able to take advantage of the Gamecocks' suspect secondary with their spread passing attack.  But can they hang with the big bodies in the conference.

South Carolina is one of those teams that just knows how to win.  What makes them a perpetual threat is their ability to win ugly.  

Even with the questions at quarterback, the ability to win ugly should carry them through.  They should also be able to wear down Mizzou like Georgia did.

My Pick:  South Carolina wins 17-14

Arizona at Oregon

If you're looking to watch a game that is going to be a defensive struggle, then you should probably look somewhere else.

Oregon and Arizona rank fifth and 12th respectively in points scored this season.  This week should be no different for either team.

Look for the Ducks' Kenjon Barner to make the difference in this one.

Hopefully, the won't burn out the scoreboard by halftime.

My Pick:  Oregon wins 47-35

There you have it, the games from Week 4 you should be salivating over.  For the upset special, let's take California over USC with a late field goal.