Week Four: CFB Top 25 Picks
Writers: Andrew Martin & Aaron Hendon
Predictions update through week three:
Andrew- 31 correct, 5 incorrect
Aaron- 27 correct, 9 incorrect
#19 Louisville Vs. Kent State
Where: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY
When: 11:00 AM on ACCNE
Line: LOU -43.0
After a blowout loss to defending champ Clemson, Lamar Jackson looks to get back on track for his second Heisman and get Louisville a much-needed non-conference win. Kent State, on the other hand, will be watching Clemson’s film all week trying to figure out how they stopped Lamar Jackson and try to duplicate that for a monumental upset in week four.
#5 USC @ California
Where: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
When: 2:30 PM on ABC
Line: USC -16.5
USC survived an upset against unranked Texas last week in a double OT thriller. Having started the season slow, USC needs to dominate this road game at Cal to establish themselves as a prominent team in the 2017-18 season. Their opponent, the Golden Bears, has gone undefeated thus far and lacks respect. With an ACC and SEC on the year already, this win would get them into the AP rankings, and give people something to talk about.
#16 TCU @ #6 Oklahoma State
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Oklahoma
When: 2:30 PM on ESPN
Line: OKST -11.5
Oklahoma State is one of the surprising teams on this season. Not many people were talking about them four weeks ago, but now they’ve moved up to #6, making them look like a playoff contender. They welcome the Horned Frogs to town, who, as everyone knows, has one of the most explosive offenses every season. They’re explosive once again, and being ranked at #16 right now, a win against a top ten team in their conference would be priceless.
UNC Vs. Duke
Where: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC
When: 2:30 PM on ESPNU
Line: Duke -2.5
While this may not be a top 25 matchup, it’s one of the greatest rivalries college sports has to offer. Last season, Duke took the Victory Bell in an upset at home in Wallace Wade Stadium. Heading into this season’s matchup, Duke has started a lot hotter than most expected and UNC a lot slower than expected. No matter what, you can always expect a close and exciting game from these two teams.
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#17 Mississippi State @ #11 Georgia
Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
When: 6:00 PM on ESPN
Line: UGA -6.0
Mississippi State is coming off of a surprising blowout win against #12 LSU, and after being unranked, Miss St has now jumped to 17th in the rankings. Miss St now looks to jump even further into the rankings as they head to Athens to take on Nick Chubb and a great Georgia offense.
Aaron: MISS ST
#4 Penn State @ Iowa
Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
When: 6:30 on ABC
Line: PSU -12.5
Penn St has quietly been moving up the poles this year; they’re undefeated heading into a very important inner conference road game against Iowa. While the Hawkeyes might be off to a slow start, they are very capable of pulling off an upset here, and don’t be shocked if this game is closer than people think.
#7 Washington @ Colorado
Where: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
When: 9:00 PM on FS1
Line: WASH -10.0
Jake Browning has fallen off Baker Mayfield’s pace in the Heisman race so far, but there's still plenty of time left to make his case. In the meantime, he has his huskies at #7 in the rankings heading into week four as they look to make a statement in Colorado. Colorado, however hasn’t done well compared to last season thus far, and needs a win on Saturday to launch their 2017-18 season in the right direction.
#1 Alabama @ Vanderbilt
Where: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
When: 2:30 PM on CBS
Line: ALA -18.5
The Tide has been rolling so far this season and shows no sign of slowing down with QB Jalen Hurts at the helm. However, this week they play at Vanderbilt, who is coming off a big upset win over Kansas State. While it was a big win, K-State is no Bama, and this game will without a doubt be their toughest test of the year.
#3 Oklahoma @ Baylor
Where: McLane Stadium, Waco, TX
When: 5:30 PM on FS1
Line: OKLA -27.5
Baker Mayfield has catapulted into the lead for the Heisman race as he has the Sooners undefeated heading into Waco. As for Baylor, not much can be said except they are simply awful. They’re still winless on the season, and this Baylor team feels like one that we would have seen in the pre RGIII era. OU should come into McLane and destroy the Bears in this BIG12 matchup.
#8 Michigan @ Purdue
Where: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
When: 3:00 PM on FOX
Line: MICH -10.0
Michigan enters week four undefeated and heading into a very important BIG10 road game at Purdue. Purdue welcomes the favored Wolverines into their stadium after last week’s 35-3 blowout against Missouri, and looks to pull off the upset at home in week four.
Our picks for who we think will cover the spread in week four:
Andrew: I think Cal will cover the -16.5 spread against USC. The trojans came into the year as title favorites to some, and now, after a slow start, I’m not convinced they will blow out a team like the Golden Bears.
Aaron: Purdue to cover the spread against Michigan. Aaron not only has Purdue covering the spread, but has Purdue pulling off the upset on the Wolverines.