College Football Picks Week 4: Matchups That Will Go Down to the Wire

Cody EContributor IIISeptember 20, 2013

PROVO, UT - SEPTEMBER 7: Taysom Hill #4 of the BYU Cougars runs for a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns during the first half of  an NCAA football game on September 7, 2013 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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Although there are only two games between ranked opponents this weekend, that doesn't mean there won't be any exciting college football games in Week 4. 

Here are four games you should be watching this Saturday. 


No. 24 Michigan State at No. 21 Notre Dame

One of college football's most historic rivalries will write its next chapter this Saturday in South Bend. 


The Spartans will enter tomorrow's tilt with a perfect 3-0 record. However, the team hasn't displayed much offensive firepower yet. Michigan State did light up the Youngstown State Penguins last week to the tune of 55-17, but Youngstown is an FCS team, and Notre Dame's defense should pose a much stiffer challenge. 

Prediction: Notre Dame gets a win in a defensive showdown, and Irish defensive end Stephon Tuitt (6'6", 322 lbs) wreaks havoc on the undersized Spartan O-line


Utah at BYU

This Holy War showdown will highlight two of the best young quarterbacks in the nation. 

BYU sophomore Taysom Hill's stat line from last week's matchup with Texas looked like a mistake. In a 40-21 victory, Hill rushed for 259 yards and three touchdowns. 


For Utah, Travis Wilson, also a sophomore, will be under center. The 6'6" QB has thrown for at least two touchdowns in each of Utah's three games this season. In Utah's 48-51 loss to Oregon State last week, Wilson also rushed for three scores.

Prediction: BYU takes this one in an offensive shootout at home. 


Tennessee at No. 19 Florida

The spread for this SEC battle is currently Florida by 17; however, if Gator quarterback Jeff Driskel can't get things going this weekend, Tennessee could hang around. 

Driskel is a good player, not great. His two interceptions against Miami were the big reasons the Hurricanes pulled off the upset. However, Tennessee's defense is spotty at best. 

According to, in the 21-year history of this matchup the team that has rushed the ball for more yards has come out on top 19 times. So with two struggling offenses, this could be a long day of ground-and-pound football. 

Prediction: Florida will probably get a win here, but if the Vols can make some big plays on defense it could be a one-score game. 


North Carolina at Georgia Tech

This is one of the most exciting matchups of the weekend. Last season, the Yellow Jackets walked away with a 68-50 victory in the highest-scoring game in ACC history. 


Last week against Duke, the Georgia Tech coaching staff whipped out a new offensive formation called the "diamond." The unique formation lines the quarterback up at shotgun with the fullback behind him and running backs next to him on both sides. 

The diamond will further bolster Georgia Tech's third-ranked rushing offense, and keep the Tar Heels, well, on their heels. 

Look for Tar Heel defensive end Kareem Martin to step up and disrupt Tech's offensive flow. UNC is still bitter from last year, as Georgia Tech's win eventually allowed the Yellow Jackets to play for the ACC Championship. 

Prediction: Georgia Tech's offense struggles in its first true test of the season but manages to grind out a win in a nail-biter.