Key Week 4 Matchups
We only get to go at this every other week, so I'll stick to basic overviews and gut reactions to each matchup. Let's get to it.
Key Week 4 Matchups:
#2 LSU at #16 West Virginia: LSU is strong. After winning by just 13 last week against Mississippi State, LSU needs to make a statement. They remain undefeated, but they need to build up some momentum as they move further down their list of tough opponents. While this game may be on an upset watch, I wouldn't count on it. West Virginia has put up good numbers, but they have done so against Marshall, Norfolk State, and Maryland. LSU has played and beaten two ranked teams. WVU might be able to pull something out, but LSU is much more proven. It'll be tight, but the Tigers will pull this one out, 35-31.
#14 Arkansas at #3 Alabama: These two SEC west opponents will give us a good show this weekend. Arkansas has played some easier teams, but they have done so with such ease that they are likely much better than their #14 ranking. Alabama's schedule wasn't much different for the first three weeks, except the Week 2 game against Penn State. The Crimson Tide defeated each opponent handily as well. For this game, consider the rankings meaningless. These are two conference foes with great teams. However, I give Alabama the edge. The Hogs are missing a very big piece of their defense, as senior defensive end Jake Bequette will be out with an injured hammy. Arkansas says they're confident in their backup, but let's be honest: there's a reason that Bequette is the starter. 28-17 Alabama.
#7 Oklahoma State at #8 Texas A&M: Put all the Big 12 off-field drama aside. This is as good as it gets. Oklahoma State has whipped out some high-scoring games so far this season. Brandon Weeden has thrown for more yards this season than anyone else, but not without a few costly turnovers. He can't afford to commit any turnovers against an Aggies squad that still has a bitter taste and an itch for payback after last season's loss. Conference drama will have nothing to do with this game. It's going to be a crazy-awesome show. Weeden will throw a pick. A&M will greatly benefit from being at home. 27-17 Aggies.
#11 Florida State at #21 Clemson: Another conference matchup coming. Florida State lost to Almighty Oklahoma, and beat two teams that have hyphens between their names. Clemson has had three high-scoring wins, including a 38-24 dubya last week against #21 ranked Auburn. FSU might be ranked quite a bit higher, but I'm going to give this one to Clemson. Home-field advantage will be really nice for the Tigers as they send a message to the college football nation, 45-21 Clemson.
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