After just three weeks, College Football has provided us with the excitement that it always brings. There have been marquee match-ups like Michigan vs. Notre Dame, Clemson vs. Texas A&M, and Ohio State vs. TCU. We have seen playoff contenders such as Wisconsin and Miami suffer early losses, and we have seen teams like LSU and Virginia Tech emerge as playoff hopefuls. However, because of a mediocre slate of games, it seems like the excitement might die off a little in week four. But there are still some big storylines to watch for in week four!
Nobody had a worse end to their summer and start of the season than Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. He severely damaged his reputation, was suspended for essentially an entire month and a half, and missed his team’s first three games of the season. Despite Meyer’s absence, the Buckeyes are still undefeated, and Urban returns to the sideline this week against Tulane. Expect Urban and his squad to be a little more emotional than usual and deliver a beating to the Green Wave. It will be good for Meyer to get back to coaching, but the real test comes when Ohio State visits Happy Valley and its famous white out on September 29th.
Bama’s First Test?
The defending national champions and number one team in the country have looked as good as advertised. They have allowed no more than 14 points and have scored no less than 51 in a game this season. Not to mention, Tua Tagovailoa is picking up right where he left off from the National Championship game and is looking like the early front-runner for the Heisman. However, it is no secret that the Tide have played inferior competition, with their toughest opponent being unranked Louisville. This week, the Tide play the 22nd ranked Texas A&M Aggies in a SEC West clash. The Aggies were a two-point conversion away from possibly beating Clemson, and Kellen Mond is performing well at quarterback. Expect Bama to get the win, but it may not be easy.
Pac 12 in the Spotlight
It has been a rough year for the West Coast. After an abysmal bowl season, Washington, the Pac 12’s favorite to reach the Playoff, lost its first game of the season to Auburn. However, there is a bright spot for the conference this week, as it features the week’s biggest game between number seven Stanford and number twenty Oregon. College Gameday will be visiting Eugene and the game will be in the primetime slot on ABC. Both teams are undefeated and Stanford’s Bryce Love is making his return after missing last week’s game against UC Davis. With the return of Love, this game now features two Heisman contenders in Love and Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert. With that being said, this game has many important implications to the football landscape.
Fantastic Friday Night
Although Friday Night Lights are generally reserved for the high school squads, there are some college football games on Fridays. There just so happens to be some big names playing this Friday. The tenth ranked Penn State Nittany Lions are visiting Illinois before they clash with the Buckeyes, the self-proclaimed national champions and 16th ranked UCF Golden Knights play Lane Kiffin’s FAU in an interstate meeting between two interesting programs, and USC looks to rebound against Washington State after getting obliterated by Texas. These may not be some of the best games, but there are some good teams taking the field, and there always is chaos on Friday night, so anything can happen.