College football games to look forward to in Week 4
Week 3 of the college football season is in the books and it was a pretty wild one. The slate didn't look all that promising before the weekend, but we saw legitimate scares put into the hearts of the Florida State Seminoles, Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs. We also saw a statement win by the Florida Gators, who beat up on the Tennessee Volunteers. The night then ended with an overtime win for Coach Prime and the Colorado Buffaloes, who were able to squeak by the rival Colorado State Rams. This week, we should be in for a lot more drama. I know a lot of people say that they're going to glue themselves to the couch for a day full of football. But you're actually going to want to buy some super glue and do it this week. This is one of the most loaded college football slates in recent memory. Keep reading to find out why.
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Week 4 Games of the Week
This was supposed to be the game that decided the top spot in the ACC. But Clemson’s 28-7 loss to Duke in Week 1 feels like it changed things. The Tigers are no longer ranked, and people are down on the group. But Clemson has won its last two games by a total of 83 points. The Tigers have also scored 114 points over the last two games, showing that they might be figuring things out in new offensive coordinator Garrett Riley’s system. With that in mind, this Clemson team isn’t dead yet. And winning in Death Valley is one of the most difficult tasks in sports, so the Seminoles will have their work cut out for them. Florida State hasn’t earned a road win over Clemson since 2013, and the Seminoles are facing some question marks after a sloppy win over Boston College last week. Will Jordan Travis and Co. show up the way they did against LSU? Or was last week’s disjointed effort a sign of things to come? One thing working in Florida State’s favor is t hat the team is 4-0 straight-up and 3-1 against the spread as a road favorite under Mike Norvell. The Seminoles also have the pass rushers required to take advantage of a weak Tigers offensive line, and Clemson quarterback Cade Klubnik isn’t great under pressure.
This game was setting up to be the ultimate litmus test for Coach Prime’s team, as there’d be nothing left to say if the Buffaloes were able to find a way to hang around with the Ducks in Eugene. But Colorado star Travis Hunter is out for three weeks after the dirty hit he took in last week’s overtime win over Colorado State. That’s going to be a massive blow to the Buffaloes, as Hunter is a high-level player on both sides of the ball. They’ll especially miss him on defense, where Colorado really could have used his ball hawking ability against an elite Oregon passing game. Without him, Bo Nix will likely pick apart the Buffaloes secondary. But I have been wrong about Colorado already this season, and I’ll surely be wrong about the team again. Maybe the Buffaloes will find a way to avoid a blowout loss in this spot. However, Oregon is 11-3 ATS as a favorite under head coach Dan Lanning. The team is also 7-1 ATS at home since he became the coach. And Lanning is a defensive-minded coach, so he’ll take pride in finding a way to shut down Shedeur Sanders for the first time all year.