Games To Watch: Week 4, Part 1

Kenneth Julian IIICorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2008

There are games that have BCS implications, games that have conference races, games that can show just where one team stands, and games that are just interesting. This is the place to get the breakdown on all the games to watch.



Akron @ Army

My Take: This is a game that will be interesting to see if Akron can gain some momentum heading into what looks to be a great MAC East race. Look for Akron to jump out early with the passing game as QB Chris Jacquemain has a great day though the air.

My Pick: Akron 34 Army 7

Rutgers @ Navy

My Take: Both teams are looking to bounce back after losses last week. You have to wonder just what is happening with Rutgers. They have some decent talent, but they are getting badly beaten in every aspect of the game. Look for Rutgers to finally make some plays with the passing offense as Navy has had trouble against Ball St. and Duke. But Navy will run for at least 300 yards.

My Take: 38 Navy 31

Notre Dame @ Michigan State

My Take: There is a lot of intrigue here. Just how good is Notre Dame? This will be the best offense they have faced by far. The Spartans are also under the radar playing good defense. If Jimmy Clausen throws two picks again, then this one will not be close.

My Pick: Notre Dame 17 Michigan State 31

Middle Tennessee State @ Arkansas State

My Take: Yeah everyone needs to watch this game. Both teams almost came away with great upsets last week, with MTSU needing one more yard to beat Kentucky and ASU losing by three to Southern Miss. Both teams already have BCS conference wins under their belt. Arkansas State is playing lights out on offense and defensively they are making plays. MTSU needs to get their run game going more than it was against Kentucky to have a chance

My Pick: MTSU 20 Arkansas State 28

UL-Monroe @ Tulane

My Take: Tulane has played extremely well on defense so far, giving Alabama and East Carolina fits. This UL-Monroe team should be made short work of if this defense is as good as advertised. What will be missed in this game of great defense from Tulane is the efficiency on offense.

My Pick: UL-Monroe 7 Tulane 20

FAU @ Minnesota

My Take: This has revenge written all over it. Minnesota is playing well, while FAU is reeling after looking bad in a loss to Michigan State. Minnesota should be able to move the ball well, the key will be if the defense is up to the challenge of stopping the FAU pass offense. It will be a nice test to see how far the Gophers have come since last year.

My Pick: FAU 28 Minnesota 35

Troy @ Ohio State

My Take: Now before you start laughing, remember Troy scored the second most points on Georgia last year, more than Florida. Now granted this is not the same team as last year, but they are playing at a high level on offense, and it would be interesting to see how Ohio State comes out mentally.

My Pick: Troy 17 Ohio St. 38

Buffalo @ Missouri

My Take: Buffalo has a decent enough offense to test the Missouri defense. In fact this game is more about seeing how well Mizzou's defense will play against a decent offense. The Tiger offense will be fine.

My Pick: Buffalo 17 Missouri 58

Temple @ Penn State

My Take: This is probably the best team Penn State has played, and that I credit to Temple. This one is to see just how good the defense can be against a team with more ability than Coastal Carolina, and more experience than Oregon State.

My Pick: Temple 17 Penn State 34

Ohio @ Northwestern

My Take: Ohio might not be as bad as people wanted to make them out to be after the Ohio State game. They have lost three games by a total of 15 points. If they can get the offense to make a couple of plays then they can have a chance, seeing as where the defense is playing well.

My Pick: Ohio 13 Northwestern 20

Ball State @ Indiana

My Take: This has a chance to be the best game of he day. Neither team is going to be particularly able to stop the other's offense, so this will probably be a shoot-out. If Indiana can get their run game going against the best competition they have had so far, then they should be looking at a possible bowl game.

My Pick: Ball State 41 Indiana 38