With three full weeks of college football in the rearview mirror, most teams are in the quarter of their regular season and establishing their identity. Others, like No.7 Texas A&M, are still trying to find out exactly what they are. The Aggies are among those who will be challenged in a Week 4 roster consisting of just two games between ranked teams and a handful of other interesting clashes.
Texas A&M’s test comes in an SEC West showdown with the Arkansas No.16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week. Although Texas A&M had nine straight wins in the series, several were decided by a single possession. The 3-0 Razorbacks are on a roll after a win over Texas in Week 2 and a beating from Georgia Southern on Saturday.
This game, along with No.12 Notre Dame’s trip to No.18 Wisconsin, makes headlines this week’s roster, though there are ranked teams in action throughout the day. Among them, Oklahoma’s No.4 opening the Big 12 against a West Virginia team that has just beaten rival Virginia Tech.
Let’s look at the biggest games and their spreads to try to figure out what it all means. Odds via Caesars Sportsbook
N ° 12 Notre Dame to N ° 18 Wisconsin (-6): Although separated by less than 250 miles, Notre Dame and Wisconsin haven’t met since 1964. They were supposed to play at Lambeau Field in Green Bay last season before the COVID-19 pandemic wiped them out of it. slate. Now, they will face each other for the first time in nearly half a century at Soldier Field in Chicago. What adds intrigue to this rare meeting of college football’s powers is that Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan is a transfer from Wisconsin who started 18 games for the Badgers over four years with the program.
N ° 7 Texas A&M (-6) against N ° 16 Arkansas: Texas A&M is favored, but Arkansas has more momentum in this neutral-site showdown at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The Aggies are still sailing through life without starting quarterback Haynes King, who picked up an injury early in a Week 2 win over Colorado. Substitute Zach Calzada looked good against an outmatched New Mexico team on Saturday, but now he’s up against a fierce defense from Arkansas that has upset Texas.
West Virginia at No. 4 in Oklahoma (-16.5): West Virginia took a 17-point halftime lead against the Hokies and held on for a 27-21 victory. If the Mountaineers can replicate their first quick strikes, like Leddie Brown’s 80-yard touchdown, they should be able to compete with Oklahoma. The Sooners destroyed the Mountaineers 52-14 last season, but their narrow victory over Nebraska on Saturday showed the team still had a long way to go before they were ready to compete for a national title.
Rutgers at # 19 Michigan (-19.5, SportsLine odds): Michigan strangled western Michigan, Washington and northern Illinois en route to a low-key but impressive 3-0 start. Now he’s opening the conference game against an equally 3-0, but more unproven, Rutgers team who hold wins over Temple, Syracuse and Delaware. Winning at the Big House will be much more difficult than winning at Syracuse. Another authoritative win for the Wolverines would pave the way for a key Wisconsin showdown on October 2.
Tennessee in 11th place for Florida (-19.5): Tennessee haven’t won in Florida since 2004, but the Gators could face a hangover in Alabama after nearly disrupting the Crimson Tide. Tennessee had an easy victory over Tennessee Tech and can see this game as something of a Super Bowl. Maybe the Volunteers can keep him closer than they did in a 34-3 loss in the Swamp in 2019.
The best of the rest
# 9 Clemson (-12) at NC State
State of Colorado at No. 5 in Iowa (-23)
# 24 UCLA (-4) at Stanford
# 21 North Carolina (-12.5) at Georgia Tech
LSU (-4) to Mississippi State
Texas Tech in Texas (-11)
Virginie (-4) at Wake Forest