Most of the nation moves into conference play this week. We’ve already seen some exciting action with Tulane pulling off a remarkable (71 yards in two plays) win over Houston on Thursday night ...
MADNESS AT TULANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUSTIN MCMILLAN HITS JALEN MCCLESKEY FOR THE 53 YARD TD TO GIVE TULANE THE LEAD WITH 3 SECONDS!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/P0ojySazJ0— #BusinessAintBoomin (@ftbeard_17) September 20, 2019
And then with both Boise and USC winning last night.
Conference play has a way of creating extra drama and introducing the element of emotion into college football experience. Too many fans, for all intents and purposes, this is the real beginning of the season.
For those who have hopes of seeing their teams make a push into the CFP, it is also the time of year that scoreboard watching really kicks into gear.
Since Utah derped all over themselves by letting a third-string USC QB lead an unranked Trojan team to a win over them last night, the odds of the PAC 12 putting a team into the post-season again fell. But that doesn’t mean that we here at UWDP don’t hold on to hope. The PAC 12 should be aspiring to send one of its members to the Playoff ... and I would think UW is as good a candidate as any.
With that in mind, I’m bringing back the rooting guide for 2019 but with more of a PAC 12 twist ... at least for now. Enjoy.
Week 4 Rooting Guide
#8 Auburn at #17 Texas A&M
root for: Auburn
The Oregon loss right now looks like a “good loss”. It would be ideal if Auburn were to become an SEC champion. Bo Nix has struggled at QB for Auburn since that Oregon comeback, but the Tigers keep winning. The odds of them taking that momentum all the way to the SEC title are still low, but hanging a loss on a Texas A&M team that ranks ahead of four (or five if you now count Utah) of the six ranked PAC 12 teams is useful.
#11 Michigan at #13 Wisconsin
root for: Michigan
Badger fans have not seen a Wolverine win in Camp Randall since the Lloyd Carr days. If you do the math, that’s four Michigan coaches ago (Rich Rod, Brady Hoke and Jim Harbaugh). So, yeah, set expectations accordingly.
Besides that, it is looking very likely that the Big Ten is going to be right there with the PAC 12 as the conference vying for a fourth playoff spot. The Wolverines have an eminently more difficult path to get there based on their division alone. They also probably aren’t as good as Wisconsin. So a win over the Badgers combined with (ideally) the two or three losses that should be on the remainder of their schedule would be an ideal scenario for PAC 12 teams looking to get a leg up on the Big Ten.
#23 Cal at Ole Miss
root for: Cal
I get that Cal has a win over UW and that this might not be an instinctual reaction for Husky fans who might watch this game. But a PAC 12 win over an Ole Miss team that still has upset opportuninities oer Auburn, Texas A&M and Alabama (next week) still ahead of them would be quite valuable.
#7 Notre Dame at #3 Georgia
root for: Notre Dame
Make no mistake: the risk of a two SEC team playoff is severe this season. Notre Dame hasn’t yet beaten a top 10 team in Brian Kelly’s tenure (at least not that I can recall) but there is no time like the present. A win over Georgia would certainly put the Irish right back into the playoff conversation, but it would also go a long way to solving the two SEC team problem.
Ranked PAC 12 teams: ASU, WSU, Oregon
#16 Oregon at Stanford (+10.5)
I get that people are disappointed with Stanford. But what are they really disappointed in? A team that lost to a USC team that just beat #10 Utah mano-y-mano? A team that had to travel through four timezones into the muggy heat of Central Florida and got beat by a top 15 UCF team?
The Cardinal are definitely down. But 10.5 points worth of down in a home game against a team that they know very well and have given fits to over the years? I get that Walker Little is out for the season but puuuhhhhhhh-lease. Oregon’s overranked offensive line has yet to shine at all this season, their receivers are not as good as what UCF or USC put on the field and the Oregon D hasn’t had to play a team that can pass the ball. Let’s just see if they are good enough to be a double digit road favorite against a team that has a win over a ranked team already in the bag.
Give me the points. Or better yet, just give me Stanford straight up.
Old Dominion at #21 Virginia (-29)
I like Virginia QB Bryce Perkins. But watch him play and you see he is more Jake Browning than Jacob Eason. He’s a game manager who doesn’t oversee too many explosive plays. And I rarely like to see teams that are in the 10th percentile of offensive explosiveness metrics get 29 points.
I get that Old Dominion maybe isn’t the upset juggernaut that they’ve been in the past. But I’m taking 29 points against Virginia all day long.
Other teams that I’m not so convinced of but not yet willing to bet on include Texas (vs Oklahoma State), Arizona State (vs Colorado) and TCU (hosting an undefeated SMU team).
Here is you full Week 4 schedule. Enjoy some football. This is your open thread.
Week 4 CFB Schedule
|Southern Mississippi at #2 Alabama||9:00 AM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|#4 LSU at Vanderbilt||9:00 AM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Tennessee at #9 Florida||9:00 AM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|#11 Michigan at #13 Wisconsin||9:00 AM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|#23 California at Ole Miss||9:00 AM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Western Michigan at Syracuse||9:00 AM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Elon at Wake Forest||9:00 AM||ACCNX||WatchESPN.com|
|Boston College at Rutgers||9:00 AM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|UL Monroe at Iowa State||9:00 AM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|UConn at Indiana||9:00 AM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Michigan State at Northwestern||9:00 AM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Morgan State at Army||9:00 AM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Coastal Carolina at UMass||10:00 AM||NESN||NESNGo.com|
|Louisiana at Ohio||11:00 AM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Troy at Akron||12:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Central Connecticut at Eastern Michigan||12:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Miami (OH) at #6 Ohio State||12:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|#8 Auburn at #17 Texas A&M||12:30 PM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|#15 UCF at Pittsburgh||12:30 PM||ABC/ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|#22 Washington at BYU||12:30 PM||ABC/ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|SMU at #25 TCU||12:30 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Temple at Buffalo||12:30 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Bowling Green at Kent State||12:30 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Wyoming at Tulsa||12:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|South Alabama at UAB||12:30 PM||NFL||None|
|Louisville at Florida State||12:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Appalachian State at North Carolina||12:30 PM||ACCNX||WatchESPN.com|
|Central Michigan at Miami||1:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Kentucky at Mississippi State||1:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|South Carolina at Missouri||1:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|West Virginia at Kansas||1:30 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|New Mexico State at New Mexico||1:30 PM||AT&T Sportsnet||None|
|Hampton at Liberty||3:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|William & Mary at East Carolina||3:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Wagner at Florida Atlantic||3:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|#16 Oregon at Stanford||4:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Old Dominion at #21 Virginia||4:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Southern Illinois at Arkansas State||4:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Georgia State at Texas State||4:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Baylor at Rice||4:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Ball State at NC State||4:00 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Charlotte at #1 Clemson||4:30 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Oklahoma State at #12 Texas||4:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|San Jose State at Arkansas||4:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|UTSA at North Texas||4:30 PM||None|
|#7 Notre Dame at #3 Georgia||5:00 PM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|Nevada at UTEP||5:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Nebraska at Illinois||5:00 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Colorado at #24 Arizona State||7:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Sacramento State at Fresno State||7:00 PM||None|
|Toledo at Colorado State||7:15 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|UCLA at #19 Washington State||7:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Utah State at San Diego State||7:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Central Arkansas at Hawai'i||8:59 PM||Spectrum Sports|