In every college football season, there’s a week where the bulk of the games are less than spectacular.
This, unfortunately, is that week.
There are a lot of dog games, a lot of good teams playing bad teams and a lot of mediocre teams playing each other.
So, before we look ahead to what will be an uninspiring weekend of college football, let’s recap what happened last week:
This year’s "Game of the Century" between Alabama and Texas A&M lived up to its billing, especially since we got to see this:
And even though Alabama won 49-42, this kinda made it a loser:
This guy hates his fans:
This guy’s fans hate him:
Oregon State had a major scare with running back Storm Woods:
This guy is starting to replace Braxton Miller as Ohio State’s star quarterback:
And Wisconsin is still trying to figure out what happened here:
Think that’s about it. Here’s what to watch in Week 4:
Game of the week:
No. 23 Arizona State at No. 5 Stanford, 7 p.m. ET
While this game might not be the best game of the weekend, it’s the only one with ranked teams playing each other. Arizona State is fresh off that crazy finish against Wisconsin – a game many thought the Sun Devils should have lost – while Stanford had some unexpected trouble with Army. Stanford is a lot like Wisconsin with its balanced approach, but it has a better offensive and defensive line and a much better defense. Arizona State will have to limit turnovers if it wants to have a chance in this one.
Game to watch:
Auburn at No. 6 LSU, 7:45 p.m. ET
LSU should win this game - heck, it should win it by a lot – but there’s something about when these two teams meet at night that makes this game special and entertaining. Auburn is coming off a huge 24-20 come-from-behind win against Mississippi State, and LSU, while ranked No. 6, hasn’t been challenged since the season opener against TCU. What’s more, both LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger and Auburn’s Nick Marshall started their careers at Georgia.
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Utah at BYU, 10:15 p.m. ET
The Holy War, as this game has come to be known, is one of the best rivalries that no one outside of the state of Utah really cares about. And that’s too bad because it really brings out the worst in these two fanbases. Utah has dominated this series in recent history, winning eight of the last 11 games, but many of those games have been close, including last year 24-21 tilt.
Don't waste your time with:
Tennessee at Florida, 3:30 p.m. ET
There are so many games you shouldn’t waste your time on this weekend, but we’re going to pick on Tennessee – again - because it has yet to prove that it deserves college football’s attention. After getting smacked 59-14 by Oregon last week, the Vols head to Florida where the Gators have had an extra week to fix the issues from its loss to Miami and are eager to get back in the win column. We’re not saying Tennessee can’t win this game – Florida is a tad overrated – but we are saying that nothing the Vols have shown against quality competition suggest they will.
Keep an eye on:
RB Paul James, Rutgers
Junior Paul James has Rutgers fans flashing back to the days of Ray Rice thanks to his NCAA-leading 493 rushing yards. James has rushed for 182, 119 and 192 yards in the Scarlet Knights first three games and he has six touchdowns to go with it. This week, he’ll have a big test against an Arkansas defense that ranks No. 6 in total defense and 20th against the run, allowing just 105.3 rushing yards per game.
Utah State (+7) at USC, 3:30 p.m. ET
USC is coming off a big win against Boston College (big simply because it was a win), but Utah State is a different animal and one that could put Kiffin right back on the hot seat where he was two weeks ago. It all starts with Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keaton, who has thrown for 12 touchdowns, nine more than USC. Defensively, the Aggies are allowing just 18.7 points per game. If the Trojans allow the Utah State offense to get going, it’s going to have a tough time keeping up.