Welcome to Week 4 of the 2018 college football season and peep the new rankings. Last week, my record fell to 2-2 as we saw a few upsets in the process. My overall record drops to 9-4, which lowered my winning percentage from 77.8 to 69.2%. The major upset saw the unranked BYU Cougars beat the then 6th ranked Wisconsin Badgers. In the huge SEC showdown in a battle of the Tigers, we saw LSU go on the road and upset Auburn. Ohio State and TCU had a great game that went down to the wire as the Buckeyes pulled out the victory. Alabama proved they’re the best team in the country with a blowout on the road against Ole Miss. This week I’ll be predicting five games with two of them being battles of ranked teams.
We kick things off in the SEC West as the 22nd ranked Texas A&M Aggies travel to the top-ranked Crimson Tide. The Jimbo Fisher Era have gotten off to a good start for Texas A&M. The Aggies almost upset the Clemson Tigers a couple weeks ago. The Aggie defense can get pressure on the QB and their offense could give the Tide problems. Can the Aggies go to Alabama and upset the defending national champs? Alabama has looked far and beyond the best team in the country. With Tua Tagovailgo at the helm, the Crimson Tide offense hasn’t looked this good in recent memory. The Crimson Tide defense continues to improve every week, could they have a let down game? Can Tua continue his phenomenal play? I’m going with the Crimson Tide to have another statement win.
Alabama Win 45-21
We head to the West Coast and to the Pacific Northwest to be exact. The 7th ranked Stanford Cardinal will travel to Oregon to face the 20th ranked Ducks. Stanford is looked at as the one team from the Pac-12 that could make their way to the playoffs. After beating USC two weeks ago, their star RB Bryce Love missed last week’s game. Bryce Love is expected to play in this big game and the Stanford defense will have their hands full with the Ducks offense. This is a huge game for the Ducks as they’re trying to become a prominent national powerhouse. If Oregon can get past the Cardinal, they have a nice schedule to possibly make a run at a playoff berth. Oregon will probably stack the line and make the Cardinal beat them through the air. I’m going with the Ducks to pull off the upset over Stanford.
Oregon Win 30-28
We head back down south as the Missouri Tigers host the 2nd ranked Georgia Bulldogs. Drew Lock is projected to be one of the top QBs selected in this upcoming NFL Draft. The Tigers have scored at least 40 points in al three of their games already. They narrowly escaped Purdue with a 40-37 win, but they are a much different team at home. The offense of the Tigers is one of the better ones in the country, but can the defense stop the dynamic offense of Georgia? The Bulldogs have also scored at least 40 points in all their games and one of those came against South Carolina on the road. Georgia is loaded once again in the backfield and Jake Fromm is one of the underrated QBs in the country. Could Georgia be walking into an upset? I’m going with the Dawgs to win this tough game.
Georgia Win 38-24
We head to the state of Texas as the 17th ranked Horned Frogs travel to face the Longhorns. The Horned Frogs are coming off a hard fought loss against a tough Ohio State team. With the loss on a neutral field to the Buckeyes, TCU proved they’re one of the better teams in the nation. Now they face a rival in Texas that’s coming off a huge win over the USC Trojans. Can the TCU Horned Frogs rebound from their loss and beat the Longhorns? Texas is looking for that signature win for their program and TCU would be the right game to do it? This is a tough test for the Longhorns and hopefully they don’t overlook the Horned Frogs. Next week, they face their biggest rival, Oklahoma. This should be a tough game, but with the Longhorns being at home I’m riding with Texas to pick up the win.
Texas Win 31-24
The final game of the week for me takes place in Iowa as the Hawkeyes host the 18th ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin is coming off the huge defeat at home to then unranked BYU. With the loss to BYU, Wisconsin will have to run the table, get help and look impressive in all their games. Facing the Hawkeyes in Iowa on a Saturday night will be the time to do this. Can the Badgers recover and beat a tough Hawkeyes team on the road? Iowa is looking to make their mark, and this would be the perfect time to do this. If the Hawkeyes are going to make a run in the Big-10 this is the perfect time. They only have one tough game left on their schedule and it’s at Penn State at the end of October. This is a tough one to pick, but I’m going with the Badgers to pull off the tough road win.
Wisconsin Win 30-28
What game intrigues you the most in college football? Do you see any upsets happening this weekend? What do you think about my predictions? Leave a comment below.