College Football Games Of The Week (#4)

With week four of the college football regular season upon us, we are finally entering conference play. Last week there were several losses in the Top Ten, affecting the standings within each conference. However this Saturday, the Pac-12 will be the conference with the most high profile games. After USC lost to Stanford, the Pac-12 race has been ripped wide open, and this weekends games will be a huge determinant on who wins the conference. Overall this looks like yet another great set of games in the 2015-2016 season.

  1. #9 UCLA at #16 Arizona (ABC 8:00 PM)
    • After defeating BYU at home last week, the UCLA Bruins will now leave the Rose Bowl and travel to face the Arizona Wildcats. Last week Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen struggled early, but he did enough to help UCLA win. Star linebacker Myles Jack was ruled out for the season with an MCL injury and that will affect how UCLA defends against Arizona’s offensive attack. For the Wildcats, pass rusher Scooby Wright may be the x-factor. If he plays then he would become a great asset for Arizona and a menace for the UCLA offense. Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon has thrown ten touchdowns already and if his offensive line can protect him then he could be in for a big night. Look for this game to close till the end and for the home team to prevail.
  2. #18 Utah at #13 Oregon (Fox 8:30 PM)
    • Both teams have used multiple quarterbacks this season with Utah starting both Travis Wilson and Kendal Thompson and with Oregon using both Vernon Adams Jr. and Jeff Lockie. Whoever starts for either team will have capable running backs to hand the ball off too in Bryce Freeman and Devontae Booker for Oregon and Utah respectively. Utah comes into this game only allowing 3.5 yard per rush, however they have not faced stiff competition this season. Look for Oregon to prevail in a much closer game than analysts first predicted.
  3. #22 BYU at Michigan (ABC 12:00 PM)
    • Tanner Mangum and the BYU Cougars came close to pulling off yet another miraculous win last week against UCLA, but came up short. Despite already demonstrating his poise in high pressure situations this season, Mangum will have to handle the grandiose atmosphere at the Big House. For Michigan, they will rely on their running game and throws off play action. If Mangum can handle the pressure the Wolverines will send and hit a few big plays, and if BYU can force a few turnovers from Michigan’s quarterback, then the Cougars will win one in Ann Arbor.
  4. Tennessee at Florida (CBS 3:30 PM)
    • Butch Jones and his Tennessee Volunteer football team have made huge strides off the field. With recruiting being at an all-time level and with a reenergized fan base, momentum for the Volunteer program is really high. After losing to Oklahoma at home however, Butch Jones needs a signature win to really show the nation that Tennessee is back on the big stage. Beating Florida now would not be a huge win nationally, but to Tennessee, ending a ten-year losing streak to the Gators would mean everything. Look for Tennessee’s defense to attack young Gator quarterback Will Grier. If Volunteer quarterback Josh Dobbs can muster together at least a solid performance then the depth of Tennessee should help them prevail on the road at The Swamp.
  5. #19 USC at Arizona State (ESPN 10:30 PM)
    • The USC Trojans were stunned at home last week after their rival Stanford upset them at home in a shootout. Against Arizona State on the road, USC’s defense must play better than they did against Stanford. Quarterback Cody Kessler must find a way to get the ball to star receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and his other weapons if the Trojans are to prevail. Arizona State has struggled somewhat on offense so they must keep the score low if they want to win. Look for the Trojans to get back on track with a solid victory on the road.

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