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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 WatchESPN.com
#23 Utah at Arizona 7:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com

Saturday 9/23

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
UNLV at #10 Ohio State 9:00 AM BTN BTN2Go.com
NC State at #12 Florida State 9:00 AM ABC/ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Kent State at #19 Louisville 9:00 AM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Texas Tech at Houston 9:00 AM ABC/ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Army at Tulane 9:00 AM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Texas A&M at Arkansas 9:00 AM ESPN WatchESPN.com
UMass at Tennessee 9:00 AM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
West Virginia at Kansas 9:00 AM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech 9:20 AM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
New Mexico at Tulsa 10:30 AM None WatchESPN.com
Old Dominion at #13 Virginia Tech 11:00 AM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Idaho at South Alabama 11:00 AM None WatchESPN.com
Ohio at Eastern Michigan 11:00 AM None WatchESPN.com
UCF at Maryland 12:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
#1 Alabama at Vanderbilt 12:30 PM CBS CBSSports.com
Boston College at #2 Clemson 12:30 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
#5 USC at California 12:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
#16 TCU at #6 Oklahoma State 12:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Toledo at #14 Miami 12:30 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Rutgers at Nebraska 12:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
Georgia Southern at Indiana 12:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
Wake Forest at Appalachian State 12:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Duke at North Carolina 12:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Louisiana Tech at South Carolina 12:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Miami (OH) at Central Michigan 12:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Cincinnati at Navy 12:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
#8 Michigan at Purdue 1:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Louisiana Monroe at Louisiana 2:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Nevada at #18 Washington State 3:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Akron at Troy 3:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Georgia State at Charlotte 3:00 PM WCCB CUSA.tv
#3 Oklahoma at Baylor 3:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Western Illinois at Coastal Carolina 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
UAB at North Texas 3:30 PM beIN None
#17 Mississippi State at #11 Georgia 4:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
#22 San Diego State at Air Force 4:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Syracuse at #23 Utah 4:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Ball State at Western Kentucky 4:00 PM None WatchStadium.com
Florida Atlantic at Buffalo 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Bowling Green at Middle Tennessee 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Arkansas State at SMU 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Wagner at Western Michigan 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
#4 Penn State at Iowa 4:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
#15 Auburn at Missouri 4:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
#20 Florida at Kentucky 4:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
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 WatchESPN.com
UTEP at New Mexico State 5:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Southern Illinois at Memphis 5:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Notre Dame at Michigan State 5:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
#7 Washington at Colorado 7:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
#24 Oregon at Arizona State 7:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Hawai'i at Wyoming 7:15 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
UCLA at Stanford 7:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com

Sunday 9/24

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

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

#WOOF