College Football Week 4 Predictions: Projections for Top 25 Teams

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 19, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 31:  Zach Mettenberger #8 of the LSU Tigers at AT&T Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Week 4 isn't a time for epic showdowns between top-ranked teams.  It's a week in which we could see a rather large amount of upsets.

There is one game between two Top 25 teams, as Arizona State will be taking on the Stanford Cardinal.  But looking past that game, a number of Top 25 teams could be on upset alert, even against some rather small programs.

Here all full predictions for the Top 25 teams, followed by a breakdown of this week's top games.


Week 4 Top 25 Predictions


Top Games to Watch

No. 23 Arizona State at No. 5 Stanford

This is the game to watch Saturday if you are only going to watch one.

After dominating Sacramento State in their opener 55-0, the Sun Devils pulled off the upset over the Wisconsin Badgers, holding them off in the final minutes with the help of one of the strangest plays you'll ever see to end a game.  Marion Grice played a huge part in the win, racking up 134 total yards of offense and scoring four touchdowns on the ground.

The run defense was not good against the Badgers, but that's to be expected against the backfield duo of James White and Melvin Gordon.  Still, it could have been much better, as the Badgers ran for 231 yards and averaged 7.2 yards per rush.

Stanford didn't look much like a Top Five team against the Army Black Knights last week.  It didn't seem very prepared for the triple-option offense, as Army put up 284 yards and a touchdown on the ground while averaging 4.7 yards per carry.

On the other hand, Tyler Gaffney is looking great in the backfield so far, running for over 100 yards in his first two games and averaging 5.9 yards per touch.

I really think Grice is going to be too much for Stanford this week.  He's one of the best NFL running back prospects this season, and that's going to be highlighted on a big stage Saturday night.

Prediction: Arizona State 38, Stanford 35


Auburn at No. 6 LSU

The Auburn Tigers team that struggled so much last season looks to have possibly turned it around this year, kicking things off with an impressive 3-0 start.  

The offense has looked efficient so far, putting up around 440 yards of offense per game.  The combination of Corey Grant and Tre Mason in the backfield seems to be incredibly productive, and that could be big heading into this game.

LSU has a shot to make a national championship run, but it will have to get through teams like Georgia and Alabama.  Zach Mettenberger is looking like a completely different quarterback thanks to the change at offensive coordinator. He's thrown nine touchdowns and zero interceptions to start the season with a passer rating of 205.3.

As improved as Auburn looks this year, LSU looks better.  If Mettenberger keeps up this level of play, he should be seriously considered as an All-SEC quarterback by the end of the season.  The Tigers playing at home should grab the win.

Prediction: LSU 35, Auburn 28


Tennessee at No. 19 Florida Gators

The SEC is going to have two really fun games to watch Saturday, but this one might be a little more exciting.

The Volunteers got off to a 7-0 start and held the lead against the No. 2 Oregon Ducks until 3:34 in the first quarter.  The Ducks may have steamrolled the Vols for the rest of the game, but things were looking really promising to start.  They're still 2-1 thanks to the rushing attackRajion Neal and Marlin Lane have combined for over 450 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.

Jeff Driskel did not look good for the Gators against in-state rival Miami.  In the 21-16 loss to the Hurricanes, Driskel went 22 for 33 with 291 yards and a touchdown, but he also had two costly interceptions.  The Gators defense has looked good, but it has struggled to consistently bail out the starting quarterback.

I don't know if Driskel is the guy Florida fans want him to be this season, and I think the Tennessee rushing attack will get through the Gators defense enough times to put up some points.  If the Volunteers can hold on to the ball and capitalize on the Gators' offensive mistakes, this will be a big win for Tennessee and a good upset.

Prediction: Tennessee 24, Florida 17