College Football Week 4: Tune Ups Continue

College Football Week 4: Tune Ups Continue


The big news last week wasn’t the games played, rather it was the decision of both Syracuse and Pitt to leave the Big East Conference for the Atlantic Coast Conference. That move likely signals yet another shift in college athletics, perhaps reshaping major college football into four 16-team super conferences.

What’s more, the board of regents for the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas have announced that they have granted permission to their respective presidents to pursue conference realignment, including engaging in talks with the Pac 12 Conference. More changes seem likely in the weeks ahead.

But, we’re not going to stay focused on the latest realignment news as there is still much football to be played this season. Beside, Pitt and Syracuse may still be a year or two away from leaving the Big East although that conference may simply allow each school to leave in time for next season once each school ponies up a $5 million exit fee.

Let’s take a look at this week’s action:

Arkansas at Alabama — The Crimson Tide are #1 in some people’s eyes, but they’re #3 in the nation and ready to host #14 Arkansas on Saturday afternoon. Expect an explosive offensive showing as the Razorbacks will bring to Tuscaloosa one of the strongest offenses in the nation. Of course, Arkansas chewed up three weak opponents to get to 3-0, with the #2 defense in the nation now facing off against them this Saturday.

Oklahoma State at Texas A&M — With the Big 12 appearing ready to implode, this match up between top 10 teams showcases that this conference still has plenty of strength left. Don’t forget: the Oklahoma Sooners are #1, giving the conference three top ten teams. The Cowboys bring the top passing team in the nation to Kyle Field, which features one of the stingiest defenses in the nation.

Florida State at Clemson — Surprise! Clemson is ranked, following its outstanding performance against Auburn. Ranked #21, the Tigers entertain the #11 Seminoles who are fresh off a 23-13 loss to #1 Oklahoma. In that game the Noles and the Sooners were tied until Kenny Sills found Landry Jones open for the go ahead score. Expect this game to go down to the wire with a Death Valley crowd possibly making a difference late.

LSU at West Virginia — The Mountaineers have an opportunity to make a case for playing in the SEC by knocking off the SEC’s best team, LSU, in Morgantown this Saturday night. That won’t come easy against a team which has already beaten Oregon and Mississippi State, and has not given up a touchdown since its first game this season.

The remaining games are mostly tune ups with full conference action beginning the first weekend of October.

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