College Football Rankings Week 4: 3 Must See Matchups

Ryan GuillemetteCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2011

College Football Rankings Week 4: 3 Must See Matchups

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    As college football continues the games seem to get better and better with each coming week.  With the beginning of conference play, the season is going to heat up quite a bit.  

    This week boasts a number of good matchups between some very good ranked teams that should keep you entertained all Saturday.  There are a number of great games, which is primed to make this a great weekend for College Football.  

    Here are three games to keep an eye on come Saturday.  

LSU vs. West Virginia

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    The No. 2 LSU Tigers will be going up to West Virginia to face the No.16 West Virginia Mountaineers. The Tigers are in the hunt for the coveted No. 1 spot as the best team in the nation.  They have a powerful defense that has shut down some very good teams.  The Mountaineers look to blow past this LSU defense with their explosive offense.  

    LSU's safety Brandon Taylor has stated that he expects the Tigers to shut out West Virginia this Saturday.  This is a bold statement from a team that has yet to shut out a team this season, especially one with a great offense like West Virginia.  Geno Smith will lead the Mountaineers into battle against LSU's great defense.  It should be a very explosive game between two tough teams.  

    You can watch this game on Saturday at 8:00 PM ET on ABC.  My prediction is that the Tigers defense will prevail.  They have faced better offenses then West Virginia and should be able to stand the Mountaineer attacks.  As for shutting them out, that is an entirely different story.  

Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

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    The No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys will head down to Texas to face the Texas A&M Aggies in what is sure to be a great matchup.  The Cowboys have won the past three matchups between the two and look to make it four.  The Aggies look to make one last go in the Big 12 after they recently gained acceptance into the SEC.  

    The Aggies need to prove that they are a top 10 team and this is their chance.  They will host an explosive Cowboy offense with a great receiving corps led by one of the top receivers in the nation, Justin Blackmon.  The Cowboys are currently ranked second in the NCAA in both total yards and passing yards, which will definitely test this Aggie defense.  

    You can watch this shootout on Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on ABC, ESPN 2 or ESPN 3.  My prediction is that the Cowboys will walk away in this shootout.  They are just to strong for this A&M team.  

USC vs. Arizona State

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    The No. 23 USC Trojans will make the journey down to Arizona to face the Arizona St. Sun Devils.  Arizona St. is currently a favorite to win the PAC-12 out of the south division.  Meanwhile USC tries to stay in the polls even though they will not be able to participate in a post season.  

    The Sun Devils have not beaten USC in the last 11 times they have played each other.  The Sun Devils look to change that this Saturday.  Arizona St. was No.22 until they lost to Illinois but they are looking confident that they can beat the Trojans.  USC started off shaky only beating Minnesota and Utah by 3 points but after a solid victory against Syracuse the Trojans are looking very good. This should be a great battle between two teams that are very evenly matched.  

    You can catch this matchup on Saturday at 10:15 PM ET on ESPN or ESPN 3.  My prediction is that the Sun Devils will finally break the 11 game losing streak.  They are primed to win this game and have the team do it.