Week 4 College Football Straight-Up Picks: A Slate of Sneaky Home Dogs
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- Our college football experts have picked 10 of the biggest games of Week 4, straight-up.
- League play is starting to ramp up, so a lot of these games will have an impact on those conference landscapes.
Last week, there was chaos in college football. There were four straight-up upsets of greater than 4-1, underdogs were 37-27-2 against the spread and two College Football Playoff contenders went down.
Will we get more of the same in Week 4? Our experts don’t think so.
The panel will make selections for 10 of the week’s most intriguing matchups. Games with massive point spreads (sorry, Alabama) have intentionally been excluded.
Remember, these are straight-up picks, not against the spread.
Week 4 College Football Picks
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Boston College (-6.5) at Purdue
Boston College (7): Petrella, Barkley, Moscona, Wilson, Ward, Joffe, Senkiw
Purdue (2): Stuckey, Kellner
Boston College is sneaking into the ACC conversation thanks to a stout running game, led by AJ Dillon.
Stanford (-2) at Oregon
Stanford (2): Barkley, Kellner
Oregon (7): Petrella, Stuckey, Moscona, Wilson, Ward, Joffe, Senkiw
Stanford has dismantled Oregon each of the last two years, by a combined score of 101-34.
Florida (-4.5) at Tennessee
Florida (7): Barkley, Kellner, Moscona, Wilson, Ward, Joffe, Senkiw
Tennessee (2): Stuckey, Petrella
The Gators are reeling from a loss to Kentucky, Florida’s first in the series in three decades (though the Gators did bounce back with a win over Colorado State last weekend), while the Vols stumbled through nonconference play against inferior competition (minus West Virginia, which trounced Tennessee in Week 1).
Nebraska at Michigan (-18.5)
Nebraska (0): None
Michigan (9): Stuckey, Petrella, Barkley, Kellner, Moscona, Wilson, Ward, Joffe, Senkiaw
Jim Harbaugh has been excellent in Big Ten openers, and Nebraska may be without its quarterback.
TCU (-3.5) at Texas
TCU (6): Petrella, Barkley, Kellner, Ward, Joffe, Senkiw
Texas (3): Stuckey, Moscona, Wilson
Texas knocked off USC last week, while TCU played a really competitive game against Ohio State.
Wisconsin (-3) at Iowa
Wisconsin (8): Petrella, Stuckey, Kellner, Moscona, Wilson, Ward, Joffe, Senkiw
Iowa (1): Barkley
The public is down on Wisconsin after it lost to BYU last week, but our staff isn’t.
Notre Dame (-7.5) at Wake Forest
Notre Dame (9): Petrella, Stuckey, Barkley, Kellner, Moscona, Wilson, Ward, Joffe, Senkiw
Wake Forest (0): None
There might be a quarterback change for Notre Dame, since Brandon Wimbush hasn’t looked comfortable passing in any of the Irish’s first three games.
Mississippi State (-9.5) at Kentucky
Mississippi State (8): Petrella, Stuckey, Barkley, Kellner, Moscona, Wilson, Ward, Senkiw
Kentucky (1): Joffe
Mississippi State has plowed through the early part of its schedule and begins SEC play with a tricky test in Lexington against a confident Kentucky team.
Georgia (-14.5) at Missouri
Georgia (9): Petrella, Stuckey, Barkley, Kellner, Moscona, Wilson, Ward, Joffe, Senkiw
Missouri (0): None
Georgia’s offense hasn’t kicked it into high gear yet — it’s limiting the carries of star running back D’Andre Swift — but it might need to against Drew Lock and Mizzou’s potent passing attack.
South Carolina (-2.5) at Vanderbilt
South Carolina (6): Barkley, Kellner, Moscona, Ward, Joffe, Senkiw
Vanderbilt (3): Petrella, Stuckey, Wilson
Vandy is 3-0 against the spread this season, covering by an average of 18.3 points.