College Football Week 4 Picks: Top 25 Teams That Will Cruise in Conference Play

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2013

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Jarvis Landry #80 of the LSU Tigers celebrates a touchdown with La'el Collins #70 during a game against the UAB Blazers at Tiger Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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While most of the top college football teams finish up their tune-up games, the LSU Tigers are one of the teams that will cruise in conference play in Week 4.

There aren't many conference games for Top 25 teams, but it's never too early to be on upset alert. The teams on this list have absolutely no chance of being stunned this week.

After a terrific slate of games in Week 3, this weekend's action will have a hard time creating that much drama. Last week helped clear up the national title picture a little bit, but this week doesn't figure to have much impact on the race.

Below is a full schedule for the Top 25 followed by a list of teams that will have no problems in conference clashes this week.


No. 5 Stanford Cardinal (vs. No. 23 Arizona State Sun Devils)

In what is the only matchup of two ranked teams, Stanford will have no problem defeating Arizona State. The first two games have been relatively close for the Cardinal, but the team has still won comfortably.

Stanford has scored 34 points in each game, and it has scored in every quarter this season. 

This will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2010, so there isn't any recent history to look at. 

Stanford's defense is one of the best in the country, and it will be up to the offense to take care of the football. Stanford has turned the ball over three times in two games, and mistakes could make this a game.

Junior Kevin Hogan will be ready for his first test of the season. He will be able to get his team out to a 1-0 start in Pac-12 play on its way to challenging Oregon in the conference.


No. 6 LSU Tigers (vs. Auburn Tigers)

LSU will be tested early against Auburn, but home-field advantage will be too much for the visitors to overcome.

In a matchup of Tigers, the more talented roster will win. LSU has already beaten No. 20 TCU this season. It was a tough test to open the season, but LSU gained valuable experience in that victory.

Senior Zach Mettenberger is having a great season. The quarterback has thrown for 797 yards and nine touchdowns without a single interception. 

He has a pair of talented receivers who will be tough for Auburn to handle. Juniors Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham have torched defenses through three games. Landry has 246 yards with five touchdowns, and Beckham has 330 yards with four scores.

If Auburn was the home team, it might have a chance in this one. However, Auburn isn't going to be able to go into Tiger Stadium at night and win. It just isn't happening. LSU has won two straight meetings, including a two-point victory last season. Auburn hasn't won in Baton Rouge since 1999, and it won't be able to stun its rival this weekend. 


No. 24 Wisconsin Badgers (vs. Purdue Boilermakers)

The Badgers lost to Arizona State in one of most confusing endings ever, but they should have been able to come away with a big road victory. Instead, they lost and need to move on.

Purdue played Notre Dame tough last week, but it was crushed by Cincinnati in the opening week. Indiana State was able to give the Boilermakers a challenge, so this looks like a mismatch.

This happens to be an intriguing game for several reasons. For starters, everyone wants to see how Wisconsin responds after losing in such a devastating way last week. The Badgers will also be traveling to No. 4 Ohio State in two weeks, so this could be a case of a team overlooking a lesser opponent.

Wisconsin puts up points quickly. It averages 41 points per game while Purdue averages only 17 points. The Boilermakers haven't been able to keep any meeting since 2005 within 21 points, and they won't be able to slow down the Badgers offense.

Sophomore Melvin Gordon has done a nice job of replacing Montee Ball. The running back has 477 yard with four touchdowns on 37 attempts. That comes out to an incredible 12.7 yards per carry. Purdue has allowed 117 rushing yards per game, so look for the Badgers to do what they do best and run all over the Boilermakers.