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Week 4: College Football Rooting Guide and Open Thread

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Football and friends all weekend long.

Air Force v Michigan
Should Michigan be on an upset alert today?

Congratulations, football fans. You’ve made it to the regular season.

Everything is better once you get here. The weather feels more like football. The brats taste more like football. The buzz sounds more like football. The beers and sodas drink more like football.

To make it even sweeter, our Dawgs are currently ranked #7 in the country and squarely in the middle of the race for college football’s final four. These are good times not only because our football team is so relevant but also because we all have reason to be invested in what is happening outside of our own football borders.

Let me apologize in advance to your lawns. It looks like they will once again be neglected this weekend. Let’s jump in to our Week 4 rooting guide.

Rooting Guide and Games of Note

#8 Michigan at Purdue

Root for: Purdue (duh)

I have a strange feeling about this one. In theory, Michigan ought to win this handily. But Purdue has been better offensively this year than most people realize and they might be able to hang with a sluggish Michigan offense. If the Boilermakers open the fourth within single digita, watch out.

#20 Florida at Kentucky

Root for: Kentucky (just for fun)

This one is a full on upset alert candidate. Why? The combination of a very poor Florida offense and a better-than-you-think Kentucky defense (in particular, rush defense) leads me to believe that this will be a low scoring affair. That scenario favors Kentucky at home. A second Florida loss would certainly drop them from the top 25.

#16 TCU at #6 Oklahoma State

Root for: TCU

Believe it or not, it was ten years ago today that Ted Gundy gave us this epic rant:

That never gets old. College football is awesome.

As to the game, this one is obvious. Mason Rudolph is off to a great start for the season. His efforts have led OKST to a jumo over UW in the latest AP rankings. A loss to TCU at home would put a big L on their ledger and give UW an edge over a clear competitor for one of those final four spots.

#5 USC at Cal

Root for: USC

Hanging a loss on another division rival puts UW one step closer to the North. A strong USC could make for a better Championship win opportunity. #FightOn

#4 Penn State at Iowa

Root for: Iowa

This game is probably more evenly matched than what you think. Penn State’s offense has feasted on big plays this season, but hasn’t actually been as efficient as some of the other top offenses in the NCAA. If Iowa could catch a few breaks with turnovers and / or special teams, then an upset is not out of the question. I don’t like this one as much as I do the Kentucky match, but I’ll be watching.

Week 4 Schedule

Friday 9/22

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Virginia at Boise State 5:00 PM ESPN2
#23 Utah at Arizona 7:30 PM FS1

Saturday 9/23

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
UNLV at #10 Ohio State 9:00 AM BTN
NC State at #12 Florida State 9:00 AM ABC/ESPN2
Kent State at #19 Louisville 9:00 AM ACC Network
Texas Tech at Houston 9:00 AM ABC/ESPN2
Army at Tulane 9:00 AM CBSSN
Texas A&M at Arkansas 9:00 AM ESPN
UMass at Tennessee 9:00 AM SEC Network
West Virginia at Kansas 9:00 AM ESPNU
Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech 9:20 AM ACC Network
New Mexico at Tulsa 10:30 AM None
Old Dominion at #13 Virginia Tech 11:00 AM ACC Network
Idaho at South Alabama 11:00 AM None
Ohio at Eastern Michigan 11:00 AM None
UCF at Maryland 12:00 PM FS1
#1 Alabama at Vanderbilt 12:30 PM CBS
Boston College at #2 Clemson 12:30 PM ESPN2
#5 USC at California 12:30 PM ABC
#16 TCU at #6 Oklahoma State 12:30 PM ESPN
Toledo at #14 Miami 12:30 PM ACC Network
Rutgers at Nebraska 12:30 PM BTN
Georgia Southern at Indiana 12:30 PM BTN
Wake Forest at Appalachian State 12:30 PM None
Duke at North Carolina 12:30 PM ESPNU
Louisiana Tech at South Carolina 12:30 PM SEC Network
Miami (OH) at Central Michigan 12:30 PM None
Cincinnati at Navy 12:30 PM CBSSN
#8 Michigan at Purdue 1:00 PM FOX
Louisiana Monroe at Louisiana 2:00 PM None
Nevada at #18 Washington State 3:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Akron at Troy 3:00 PM None
Georgia State at Charlotte 3:00 PM WCCB
#3 Oklahoma at Baylor 3:30 PM FS1
Western Illinois at Coastal Carolina 3:30 PM None
UAB at North Texas 3:30 PM beIN None
#17 Mississippi State at #11 Georgia 4:00 PM ESPN
#22 San Diego State at Air Force 4:00 PM CBSSN
Syracuse at #23 Utah 4:00 PM ESPN2
Ball State at Western Kentucky 4:00 PM None
Florida Atlantic at Buffalo 4:00 PM None
Bowling Green at Middle Tennessee 4:00 PM None
Arkansas State at SMU 4:00 PM None
Wagner at Western Michigan 4:00 PM None
#4 Penn State at Iowa 4:30 PM ABC
#15 Auburn at Missouri 4:30 PM ESPNU
#20 Florida at Kentucky 4:30 PM SEC Network
Florida International at Rice 4:30 PM None Facebook
Utah State at San José State 4:30 PM None Facebook
UT San Antonio at Texas State 4:30 PM None
UTEP at New Mexico State 5:00 PM None
Southern Illinois at Memphis 5:00 PM None
Notre Dame at Michigan State 5:00 PM FOX
#7 Washington at Colorado 7:00 PM FS1
#24 Oregon at Arizona State 7:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Hawai'i at Wyoming 7:15 PM ESPN2
UCLA at Stanford 7:30 PM ESPN

Sunday 9/24

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
East Carolina at Connecticut 12:00 PM ESPNU

That’s what I got for you this weekend. This is your open thread. Don’t abuse it too badly.