Week 4 brought with it plenty of excitement. So many close games, and the usual smattering of upsets and surprises. Let’s get to it, but first it must be said, poor Boise State.
Games of Note and Predictions
#23 Iowa State 32 – Texas Tech 31
Gavin – Iowa State 28-24
Scott – Iowa State 34-30
An absolute heartbreaker for the Red Raiders. Their undefeated run comes to an end in the closest way possible, against a good team on the road. Even with a loss, this game proves that Texas Tech is for real, and they will have a say in the Big 12 conference this season. For the Cyclones, this is a solid win against a tough team. You will never complain about a 1-0 start in conference play.
#6 Penn State 30 – Northwestern 11
Gavin – Penn State 31-14
Scott – Penn State 44-10
Just as we predicted here, a rejuvenated Northwestern team doesn’t have the firepower to compete with the Nittany Lions. And that is nothing to be ashamed of. Penn State has all the makings of a bona fide playoff contender. Their toughest test yet is right around the corner though, with a trip to the big house this week.
#7 Florida 25 – Tennessee 0
Gavin – Florida 31-14
Scott – Florida 30-17
Well, Florida’s domination of the Volunteers continues in quite spectacular fashion. Shutouts against Eastern Washington and South Alabama are one thing, but against SEC rivals Tennessee? Florida has now held the Volunteers down to just 3 points total in their last two meetings.
Nebraska 49 – #16 Cincinnati 25
Gavin – Cincinnati 35-21
Scott – Nebraska 29-26
Scott may have picked Nebraska, but I don’t think anyone saw this coming. The Cornhuskers run away from the Bearcats in an impressive statement victory. Any doubts about Nebraska after the first three weeks are quelled now, and the Huskers have to be considered contenders for the West heading into Big Ten play. Cincinnati meanwhile will be hugely disappointed. This was an opportunity to prove their talent against a power 5 school, and instead of doing so they will walk away with plenty of questions.
Pittsburgh 19 – Duke 7
Gavin – Pittsburgh 21-17
Scott – Duke 27-21
This could prove to be a pivotal game in deciding the ACC Coastal division. Both defenses showed up to play, but after touting Duke in this space last week, it’s the Panthers’ defense that deserves the credit here. An impressive performance for Pitt in their first real challenge this season. There is a long way to go, but they take over the driver’s seat in the division for now.
TCU 52 – SMU 34
Gavin – TCU 28-17
Scott – TCU 42-30
The Horned Frogs looked like a team with something to prove in this one, routing the Mustangs en route to a three-score victory. It was always going to be tough for SMU to repeat last year’s upset, especially with TCU looking to be a much improved team. Both schools will need to move on quickly, with conference matchups against #17 Oklahoma State and #19 Memphis on the docket for week 5.
#13 Michigan 19 – #8 Wisconsin 18
Gavin – Wisconsin 24-17
Scott – Wisconsin 24-14
This one had all the makings of a B10 classic, and it certainly lived up to the hype. Our game of the week went to the Wolverines in a typical low scoring battle between two of the conference’s best. That means that for the 5th straight time in the series, it was the home team who prevailed. The loss will certainly hurt the Badgers, but they are still very much in contention in the West. For Michigan, a win was essential to keep pace with Penn State and Ohio State in the East, and now they’ll have a chance to knock out the Nittany Lions in another huge showdown this week.
Cal 43 – #21 Utah 25
Gavin – Utah 35-28
Scott – Cal 36-32
After a complete embarrassment last year (35-0) at the hands of the Utes, Cal was out for revenge. Utah’s undefeated record comes to an abrupt end in a game that they were perhaps overlooking after last year and with USC coming to town this week. However, the Golden Bears had more than enough to make them pay. This is an encouraging start to conference play for Cal, who are looking to continue the upward trajectory from the past few seasons.
Florida Atlantic 27 – South Florida 24
Gavin – South Florida 31-21
Ahh, so close. The Bulls fall just short of an upset bid and lose their first game of the season in heartbreaking fashion. They will hope to play spoiler now, with #24 Cincinnati coming to town reeling after a big loss.
Stanford 43 – UCLA 28
Scott – UCLA 39-28
With their backs against the wall, Stanford come up with a much needed result against the Bruins to avoid falling to 0-3 in conference play. After two straight losses in heartbreaking fashion, they made sure to avoid falling into another close game and took care of business early.
Our Pick Results
Gavin 5-4 (10-7 overall)
Scott 6-3 (11-6 overall)
Scott comes away with a victory this week to take the lead overall. But there is plenty of season left to go. For now, let’s take a quick look at the best of the rest from week 4. And boy, are there some good ones.
Other Games of Note
#24 UCF 22 (OT) – East Carolina 21
If you like one-point games, week 4 is just for you. UCF found themselves in this space last week on the wrong end of a big upset loss. This week came stunningly close to following that up. The Knights were 92.9% favorites despite playing on the road. They will need to get their act together quickly with conference play looming.
Marshall 35 – Boise State 34
There is at least one team that I know for sure does not enjoy one-point games. Poor Boise State. What did they do to deserve this kind of misfortune? A third straight loss by the slimmest of margins is absolutely mind-boggling. Here’s to hoping the Broncos can figure out and overcome this curse in time for a week 5 matchup with San Jose State.
Tulane 38 – Mississippi State 37
And….. another one-point thriller! An incredible 5th such game in week 4! You have to love college football. Although Mississippi State fans may not be loving it much right now. This is a head-scratching loss at home as big favorites. In other words, a classic example of a trap game, with Texas A&M coming up this week.
Boston College 60 – Purdue 16
It’s official. The Boilers are BAD. An 0-4 start including this embarrassing loss is exactly how Purdue did NOT want to start the season. Don’t look for the success to last long for BC, a reality check in the form of Clemson heads to town this week.
#9 Notre Dame 29 – Wake Forest 20
This might be exactly the kind of game Notre Dame needed after waltzing through their first 3. Perhaps a bit of a wakeup call. But they will certainly need to be better against a Wisconsin that will be fired up team coming off of a narrow loss.
Western Michigan 40 – Syracuse 3
If Purdue is BAD, then Syracuse is certainly at least Bad. The Orange also lost to BC (albeit in OT) and are now off to a horrific 1-3 that also includes a loss to Rutgers. But this one is on its own level.
Tulsa 36 (OT) – Arkansas State 35
I mean come on. 6 one-point games in a week? Who can take this kind of stress?
That will do it for a wild week 4 recap. Let’s hope that week 5 is even close to as good! Of course, there was plenty of action that I couldn’t get to, so check out the results page for the rest of the scores from week 4.