College Football Week 4 – 5 Things to Watch For
The college football season rolls into Week 4 with conference play getting underway for most programs across the nation. With conference competition beginning we can start to sort out who will be in the hunt for a title this year. Here are five things to watch for in week 4.
Heisman Hopefuls clash out West
This week’s marquee matchup between Stanford and Oregon features two Heisman trophy hopefuls. Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert has tossed 12 TDs with 840 yards through 3 games. While, Stanford running back Bryce Love is looking to get his campaign going after a slow start. Love has 165 rushing yards through the first two games, he sat out last week vs. UC-Davis. The Cardinal is 5-1 against the spread in their last 6. Oregon is 0-4 against the spread in their last 4 home games.
Jayhawk road dogs
Kansas heads to Waco to take on the Bears Saturday afternoon, Baylor is a touchdown favorite. But, things seem to be turning around for the Jayhawks as Kansas is one win away from matching the teams win total from the last three seasons combined. The Jayhawks defense is leading the way for this club, they rank in the top two in pass efficiency defense, turnover margin, interceptions, turnovers gained, fumbles recovered and defensive touchdowns. Kansas ranks 25th nationally in scoring defense and 2nd in the conference, allowing 15.7 points per game. Kansas also has a running back that is already rewriting the Kansas record books. Pooka Williams Jr. became the first freshman in Kansas history to rush for consecutive 100-yard games to start his collegiate career.
Jake Fromm vs. Drew Lock
#2 Georgia and QB Jake Fromm will take on Drew Lock’s Missouri squad, in a battle of unbeaten SEC teams. Lock has thrown 11 TDs with 1 INT and has the Mizzou’s offense clicking on all cylinders. Georgia’s Jake Fromm has completed 80.4% of his 46 pass attempts for 479 yards and 6 TDs with just 1 INT. Fromm will be facing a struggling Mizzou secondary that just gave up 576 passing yards to Purdue last week. If Mizzou’s secondary has that holes, they stand no chance against the Dawgs.
The over in Stillwater
Texas Tech @ Oklahoma State O/U 77 – We featured Tech in this spot last weekend vs. Houston and the over was reached midway in the 3rd quarter. Tech QB Alan Bowman had a great week 3 vs. Houston, going 43-of-59 passing for 605 yards and 5 TDs. Freshmen running back Ta’Zawn Henry led the Raiders rushing attack with 111 yards and 4 TDs. Oklahoma State is coming off a huge win vs. Boise State. The Cowboys were led by running back Justice Hill, who ran for 123 yards and a score on just 15 carries against Boise. Last year he shredded Texas Tech for 164 yards. Texas Tech has hit the over in their last 4 games.
Wisconsin is looking to rebound Saturday night on the road vs. Iowa, while the Hawkeyes are looking for a statement win to start 4-0 for the second time in the last four years. Iowa has won six of their last seven home games. The Hawkeyes are led by a defense that ranks 2nd in the country in yards per game allowed and averages 4 sacks per game, tied for 4th in the nation. Expect the Badgers to be eager to bounce back, it should be a classic Big Ten low scoring slugfest. The road team is 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 matchups.