College Football Week 4 Picks: Contenders Who Will Roll Through Saturday's Clash

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 14:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide calls a play during the fourth quarter during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on September 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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This weekend's college football action will feature a final tune-up game for most contenders, and Alabama will be one team that will blow out a lesser opponent in Week 4.

No. 5 Stanford will host No. 23 Arizona State in a showdown that could affect the national championship picture. Other than that matchup, there aren't many contenders that will be tested against tough opponents.

Week 4 is when most teams play their final tune-up games before conference play begins. Teams like Ohio State and Louisville have taken advantage of the schedule, so look for a lot of blowouts this week.

Below is a full schedule of games featuring Top 25 teams along with teams that are locks to cruise this week.


No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (vs. Colorado State)

The Crimson Tide haven't had a typical schedule. Most powerhouses schedule weak opponents in the first two weeks, but the Crimson Tide have taken on Virginia Tech and Texas A&M in its first two games.

After winning two consecutive championships, Alabama was tested right out of the gate. It survived two early tests, and now it will be able to get an easier opponent.

Alabama is coming off a very big game. Beating the Aggies cleared up the championship race, and the week after a huge showdown can sometimes be a dangerous game for top teams. However, the Crimson Tide are experienced enough to keep the intensity up against Colorado State.

Quarterback A.J. McCarron has won two championships. He doesn't lose many games, and he doesn't overlook opponents. 

The offensive line looked fine against Texas A&M. Alabama is averaging 42 points per game and will continue to score. The Rams will be no match for the top-ranked team in the country. 


No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes (vs. Florida A&M)

Coach Urban Meyer got another huge performance out of backup quarterback Kenny Guiton. Whether or not Braxton Miller plays, Meyer has the confidence to open up the playbook.

Guiton made beautiful passes against Cal on Saturday as the Buckeyes routed the Golden Bears. The senior has completed 67.2 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns to only one interception. He has added 181 yards and a score on the ground. In the road game at Cal, he threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns.

The dual-threat quarterback has led the Buckeyes to improvements in scoring every week. Ohio State has averaged 44.7 points per game, including a season-high 52 last week.

Jordan Hall has run for 402 yards and six touchdowns. The Buckeyes have incredible depth at running back, and it will only get better this week. Carlos Hyde is expected to return after being suspended for the first three games of the season.

Ohio State is finally getting back to its full squad. Corner Bradley Roby has made his return for the defense, so now it's all about making sure the team continues to play well together. 

When Florida A&M visits the Horseshoe on Saturday, it doesn't matter who is at quarterback for the Buckeyes. Their running attack is good enough to beat anyone, and the Rattlers won't stand a chance.


No. 7 Louisville Cardinals (vs. Florida International)

The Cardinals have one final game against Florida International before conference play begins. They are balanced on both sides of the ball, and they are looking to continue to work their way up the polls.

Heisman candidate Teddy Bridgewater leads the offense. The quarterback has thrown for 1,002 yards and completed 70.5 percent of his passes. He has an impressive 10 touchdowns to only one interception through three games.

The passing attack ranks ninth in the country with 354.3 yards per game, which has helped lead to 40 points per game.

On defense, Louisville has been just as dominant. The defense has allowed only nine points per game, and that mark ranks fourth in the nation.

Florida International has allowed at least 34 points each week, but it has yet to face an offense like Louisville. The Cardinals are going to have a huge week, and Bridgewater will pad his stats against the Golden Panthers.


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