Week 3 of the college football season featured a last second game winning field goal, a complete implosion from a few Horned Frogs, and a national power getting absolutely dominated by Syracuse (I never thought I would type that sentence). We saw a few games get cancelled due to Hurricane Florence and all of us at Nosebleed continue to send our thoughts and prayers to all that have been affected by the storm. What Week 4 may lack in top 25 matchups it makes up for with storylines and solid matchups across the country. Lastly, if you’re on Twitter make sure to follow us @NosebleedCFB. Without further ado, let’s dive into this week’s slate of games.
#1 Alabama v. #22 Texas A&M
Ben: Alabama completely dismantled Ole Miss in Week 3, shutting down an offense that many thought would at least put up a few scores against Bama. I’ve been impressed with how Texas A&M has played so far but through 3 weeks I can confidently say this is the best Alabama team I’ve ever seen. Texas A&M will hang around until halftime and then the crowd and Alabama defense will smother the Aggies offense. All aboard the Tua hype train.
Texas A&M: 20
Aaron: Tua is too good to be true, but Jimbo has Kellen Mond playing at an extremely high level. Nonetheless A&M’s defense is too weak to withstand Bama for a full game.
Texas v. #17 TCU
Ben: I’m not entirely sold on Texas though they did have an impressive win against Southern Cal last week. On the other side if TCU doesn’t have a 3 minute implosion the Horned Frogs were in prime position to knock off Ohio State. I expect the Frogs to come out with a chip on their shoulder after coughing away the game last weekend.
Aaron: TCU has its best offensive team in years. The looked stout last week against Ohio State who is looking to be a true title contender. Although Texas was able to play well for the first time this season, TCU is a whole different animal compared to USC.
Kentucky v. #14 Mississippi State
Ben: Kentucky appears to have a decent squad up in Lexington this year. Mark Stoops has still has Benny Snell and now has a fairly efficient mobile quarterback. While that’s a step forward, Kentucky certainly doesn’t have the talent to keep up with Mississippi State. I think we will see Nick Fitzgerald have a monster game, springing himself further into the Heisman discussion.
Mississippi State: 31
Aaron: Mississippi State is a Dark Horse to content with top SEC teams like Alabama and Georgia. Look for them to flex some muscle against a strong but inferior Kentucky team.
Mississippi St: 35
#15 Oklahoma State v. Texas Tech
Ben: This game is going to be a fun one to watch. If I was betting on any game this week I’m going to take the over for this one. Look for both teams to put up video games like numbers through the air while both defenses will struggle to keep up. In the end I think that the Cowboys will be able to rely on their home field advantage and a key takeaway from the defense to seal this one.
Oklahoma State: 51
Texas Tech 42
Aaron: In a battle of two high powered offenses itt may come down to which offense has the ball in their hands last. But if all goes right, the Cowboys should keep rolling right along.
Ok State: 56
Texas Tech: 42
#20 Oregon v. #7 Stanford
Ben: I’m confident that this will be one of the first times in a few years that we will have the privilege of seeing Autzen Stadium out in full force. The atmosphere will be absolutely electric as the Ducks will take the field in what are sure to be surreal uniforms under the lights. I’m a huge fan of Bryce Love but am a little skeptical about him returning to 100% following his “undisclosed injury”. I think we’ll see a classic between these two teams similar to those from 5-6 years ago. I think the Ducks will find some magic in Autzen and pull off the upset.
Aaron: Bryce Love has been quiet so far this year and has a lot to prove if he wants to be in the national conversation for the Heisman. I think he’ll do that here against a strong Oregon team.
Vanderbilt v. South Carolina
Ben: It feels like it has been 10 year since South Carolina played a football game. The Georgia loss has left a bad taste in the mouths of Gamecock fans and players alike. On the other side Vanderbilt is coming off of a close loss on the road to Notre Dame who I believe is vastly overrated. I don’t see Vanderbilt being able to matchup with any of the South Carolina receivers. Look for Jake Bentley to push the pace and for the Gamecock offense to put up big numbers.
South Carolina: 42
Aaron: The Gamecocks still have a lot to prove this year if they want their program to continue on the path it’s “supposedly” going on. Winning against Vandy is a must and shouldn’t be too tough.
South Carolina: 48