Mountaineers, Tigers & Tide: Week 4 Preview

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IISeptember 20, 2011

STARKVILLE, MS - SEPTEMBER 15:  Quarterback Jarrett Lee #12 of the LSU Tigers looks for a play from the sidelines in a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on September 15, 2011 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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It's a strange week. The VFA was pretty unmotivated about Week 4 of the college football season, bearing in mind that "College Gameday" had produced three great shows and there had been three great games and now we're going down to West Virginia for the LSU game. Yaaaay!

The VFA was also unmotivated because after spending all of our energy yelling "Wow!" at the end of the Notre Dame/Michigan and Oklahoma/FSU games, and the VFA wasn't sure how much we had left in the tank for this week. And the VFA is also also unmotivated because we're getting more and more annoyed at Penn State's offensive problems.

Anyway, here are our predictions for Week 4 of college football. And it all starts in Cincinnati....



Cincinnati's last "big time" game was a road semi-disaster at Tennessee, while NC State is still trying to get over the loss of QB Russell Wilson, who's now the "Best Thing In Wisconsin Since Cheese."

Still, Mike Glennon can still throw it around for the Wolfpack, who are 2-1 this year. Zach Collaros for the Bearcats could make things fun too. We're expecting points, people.

PREDICTION: Cincy by 7 in a cracker. 



BYU was destroyed by Utah in the big Mormon Matchup last week, while UCF was upset by Florida International. The Knights have a great defense, so don't be surprised if points are hard to come by in this one.



Eastern Michigan at Penn State

Not the "game of the week" by any chance, but the noise against Penn State's coaching staff was ear-achingly loud from everyone from students to alumni last Saturday after the Lions' awful 14-10 win over Temple.

Western Michigan—who also seems to lack offense—shouldn't offer Beaver much of a 12pm test, but if the Lions don't put at least 40 on the board and look as though they're interested, prepare for the boos to reign. Beaver Stadium can seem cavernous when it's empty, y'all.  

PREDICTION: Penn State by 35. 

Georgia at Ole Miss

The "Battle of the Hot Seats" sees Mark Richt (UGA) and Houston Nutt (Ole Miss) face off against one another in a SEC battle that wouldn't have been so interesting if it wasn't for the possible pink slips.

Georgia have got no shortage of offensive firepower, but can they stop anyone? They'll try and do a better job stopping the Rebs' Jeff Scott than they did stopping Marcus Lattimore a couple of weeks ago.

As for Ole Miss, the fans will still come to The Grove for the party. But will they come for the stadium for the war?  

PREDICTION: Georgia by 21 in a game over by half-time.

North Carolina at Georgia Tech

North Carolina's got one of the best running defenses in the country, while Georgia Tech's running offense ran roughshod over Kansas last week in a historic beating for the Big XII side. UNC is a pretty good side (Butch Davis recruited well before he left, didn't he?), too, with freshman RB Giovani Bernard ready to do some damage.

PREDICTION: Georgia Tech by 4 in a great ACC battle.

Florida State at Clemson

I feel the need, the need for speed. And if you do, then make sure you get a ticket to the superhighway that'll be Death Valley on Saturday, as speedy Clemson play speedy Florida State in the Battle Formerly Known As The Bowden Bowl. FSU played handsomely with Oklahoma on Saturday night, while Clemson upset Auburn - mostly due to the brilliance of freshman wideout Sammy Watkins, who had 155 yards receiving and 40 yards rushing (and 2 TDs) in a spectacular performance.

PREDICTION: Clemson in the upset. 

USC at Arizona State

If there's anything guaranteed in the world, it's that Arizona State always loses at home to USC. The last time ASU beat the Trojans was 1999, although they've had their chances through the years (we remember fondly a great game back in 2005 (which we attended).

The Sun Devils will be out to avenge last year's gut-wrenching 34-33 loss at The Coliseum, as well as to prove to the doubters that they are Pac-12 South contenders. Oh, and to prove that the 17-14 loss at Illinois was just a hiccup.

USC, on the other hand, will be wanting to show off Matt Barkley and Robert Woods again, who are Hollywood's most beautiful couple since Brady and Gisele.


Oregon at Arizona

Arizona showed us some basics last Saturday: They can't defend. That's OK, because against Oregon, we don't expect them to. Yes, we know that the last time Oregon played quality opposition, they lost, but Arizona (sorry, Mr. Stoops), just ain't quality opposition.

PREDICTION: Oregon by 31. 

Arkansas at Alabama

Perhaps this was a spot where "College Gameday" could have gone instead of Morgantown. Or are they waiting for the LSU game later in the year? Anyway, Alabama's quarterbacks may not have impressed anybody this season, but their defense has (as well as running back Trent Richardson), which is why the Tide are ranked third in the nation.

Arkansas on the other side, throw the ball Bobby Petrino-style with QB Tyler Wilson, and the speedy Ronnie Wingo will be asked to run at Upshaw, Barron, etc., all night long. This is going to be brutal.

PREDICTION: Alabama by 10 in a CBS special.

Oklahoma State at Texas A&M

Perhaps this is a spot where "College Gameday" could have gone instead of Morgantown. Kyle Field's going to be noisy, it's going to be expectant and it's going to be the underdog in what will be a tremendous test of seventh-ranked OSU QB Brandon Weeden and 'King Wideout' Justin Blackmon.

On the other side, eight-ranked A&M will bring out Ryan Tannehill and star runner Cyrus Gray.

PREDICTION: A&M in a close one, winning by 3.

LSU at West Virginia

This IS the game on "College Gameday." Sure, we expect a big atmosphere from the Big East stadium, but if we're honest, LSU faced a worse one in Mississippi State and came sailing through.

Answer me this: Has Geno Smith got anything against this LSU defensive front, which came against two massive tests with flying colors (that's why they're No.2 in the nation, you know!)?

We don't think so. Plus, LSU beat the crap out of West Virginia in Death Valley last year, and we don't think WVU has improved since last season. However, there should be one fun thing about this game: spotting the drunk people. T

hey'll be serving alcohol all day long in Morgantown—even at the stadium. Expect some swaying at the stadium.

PREDICTION: LSU by 14 in a game not that close.

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