College Football Week 4 Primer: Two Ranked SEC Matchups Lead the Action

David HedlindAnalyst IISeptember 23, 2010

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 29:  Sean Taylor #26 of the Miami Hurricanes puts a hit on Kris Wilson #83 of the Pittsburgh Panthers November 29, 2003 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The season is entering the fourth week, which will make it a third of the way done. 

Thursday, Sept. 23

Miami at Pitt

Unfortunately both teams are now 1-1 after suffering early road losses. It’s an old-school Big East matchup.

Friday, Sept. 24


Iron Skillet game. TCU leads the series pretty significantly in recent years. The last few haven’t even been close.

Saturday, Sept. 25

NC State at Georgia Tech

Who would have guessed going into this game that the Wolfpack would be the team that was 3-0?

Virginia Tech at Boston College

Virginia Tech is still trying to redeem itself after a couple of early losses. While they picked up a win last week against East Carolina, winning some ACC games will go a long way.

Air Force at Wyoming

I have been big on Air Force since before the season started, and I thought Wyoming would be decent this year. So far Air Force is doing well, but Wyoming didn’t look so good last week.

Alabama at Arkansas

SEC matchup of top-10 teams. I am not sold on Arkansas just yet, but this would go a long way on selling them.

Wake Forest at Florida State

Both teams have suffered a pretty embarrassing loss earlier this season in non-conference games. I am sure they are glad ACC play is here.

Stanford at Notre Dame

In recent years this series has been pretty close, but Stanford looks a whole lot stronger than in recent years while Notre Dame looks more or less the same.

Tulane at Houston

What exactly will Houston’s offense look like without Keenum at QB?

UCLA at Texas

OK, so UCLA beat a ranked Houston team, without its leader and best player, and somehow people are hyping the Bruins up as better than we thought? If they can pull this one off, then I will give them some credit.

Nevada at BYU

BYU seems to be in a rebuilding year, while Nevada is surging right now. Could have been a future conference matchup, but BYU had to go independent.

Kentucky at Florida

Would you believe they are both 3-0? True story.

Georgia at Mississippi State

I was watching Inside College Football on CBS college sports, and this was one of the games they were picking. Really? Passing up Oregon at Arizona State and Oregon State at Boise State for two unranked teams that are both 1-2? Maybe because they are both Bulldogs—that’s about the only interesting thing I can find.

Fresno State at Ole Miss

Fresno State has started out pretty solidly and is still applying their "anyone, anytime" mentality as the Bulldogs (hey, it's a common nickname) travel to SEC country. Ole Miss hasn’t been much to talk about this season outside of the whole Jeremiah Masoli thing.

South Carolina at Auburn

I thinks this is likely to be a game of running attacks and defensive holds. South Carolina is looking to turn the corner and actually compete for the SEC East title, while Auburn is continuing the road back after some down times.

Oregon State at Boise State

Game Day in Boise—who would ever have thought that would happen? Could be something of a shootout if the hype on these two teams is true. Could be a Boise State blowout if the history of the series wins out.

West Virginia at LSU

Both had early near upsets but held on and come into the game 3-0 each. In their more recent games the two have looked a lot more solid.

Memphis at UTEP

With the sudden question marks around early favorite Houston, the door is now open for a team like UTEP to take the Conference USA West.

Cal at Arizona

Arizona has looked strong so far this season now they have to push it into conference play. Cal was looking pretty good up until this past week in Nevada.

Oregon at Arizona State

Oregon is leading the country in the majority of major statistical categories such as total yardage offense/defense and scoring offense/defense. The argument is this, though: Who have they played? Arizona State showed better than expected in their trip to Wisconsin.


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