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Games to Watch - Week 4
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Saturday - Clemson at Florida State (ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET)
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Clemson at Florida State
This is basically the de facto ACC championship game. These two teams are clearly the class of the ACC and both play in the ACC Atlantic division…so it's basically like 'Bama/LSU and the SEC West. Well, minus the national championships, NFL caliber players, national interest and top tier coaching. Obviously both teams are very good in the ACC and some people even have Florida State possibly playing for the national championship this year. Problem is, the rest of the ACC is atrocious. Clemson has actually won five of the last seven meetings, including a 35-30 win last year while putting up nearly 450 yards of offense. The one key player missing last year was Florida State QB EJ Manuel, who was out with an injury. Now they have Manuel back under center, are at home in Doak Campbell Stadium and are looking to take regain control of the ACC that they once dominated. In order to do that the FSU defense will need to slow down Clemson QB Tajh Boyd who threw all over them last year to the tune of 344 yards. While the Clemson offensive line is young and rebuilding, Boyd also has new weapons in WR DeAndre Hopkins and RB Andre Ellington. Florida State is a two touchdown home favorite and if they can hold off Clemson this weekend they have the easiest path of any Top 10 team to make it to the National Championship where they won't face another ranked team until they host Florida the last weekend of the season.
Saturday - Kansas State at Oklahoma (FOX, 7:50 p.m. ET)
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Kansas State at Oklahoma
This game will answer two questions at once; Are the Sooners better than they have looked so far, and are the Wildcats really as good as they have looked so far? So far Kansas State looks like they have not only picked up where they left off last year but actually improved. Anyone that has ever tried to argue that coaching is overrated need not look any further than Bill Snyder and Kansas State. He may be roughly 127 years old but Bill Snyder can flat out coach. Kansas State may not be as good as they were in his original stint in the "Little Apple" but behind standout QB Collin Klein the Wildcats are once again nationally relevant. After two early season routes and a comfortable Week 3 win, Kansas State now faces an OU team that came into Manhattan last year and dropped the hammer on them winning 58-17. OU is 62-8 against the Wildcats in their last 70 meetings and the opening 14-point line indicates that number could easily reach 63 wins come Saturday night. However OU looked very shaky in their opening win against UTEP and then dominated Florida A&M, which of course means nothing. This game will come down to whether the OU defense can slow down Klein and the K-State offense. If they can, it will be a long night in Norman for Bill Snyder, if not the Wildcats could keep this close and FOX television analyst Gus Johnson might go, well, Gus Johnson on us.
Saturday - Arizona at Oregon (ESPN, 10:30 p.m. ET)
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Arizona at Oregon
If you like high-scoring football games, congratulations you're in luck. After opening against two middle schools and a high school the first three weeks of the season, the high powered Oregon offense faces their first real test this weekend against Arizona. While the Ducks' numbers on the surface aren't as impressive as they could be, that is mostly due to the fact that their starters have been pulled and are sipping Mai Thai's by the time the band takes the field at halftime. If you haven't seen Oregon play yet I highly recommend staying up late and tuning in for this one. Oregon redshirt freshman QB Marcus Mariota and Sophomore RB De'Anthony Thomas are about as entertaining as it gets in college football. Arizona also comes in 3-0 and has crept into the top 25 after squeaking out an overtime win in week one against Toledo, a shootout against an overrated Oklahoma State team and a route against a directional state school last week. Unlike Mariota, Arizona QB Matt Scott will look to do most of his damage through the air while Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey will also need to keep up his early season success if the school is to have any chance to upset Oregon at Autzen Stadium. Oregon opened as a 25 ½-point favorite, so the Ducks winning isn't really the question; how many points can these two teams combine to score will be the biggest question for this and many of the Ducks' games this season.
Other Games to Watch
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Michigan at Notre Dame
Michigan at Notre Dame - If the ACC is atrocious then the Big Ten or Notorious B1G or whatever they are called now is a step below atrocious. At least the Big Ten has Urban Meyer at Ohio State, which is their only hope of being good this year. With that said Notre Dame is now 2-0 against Big Ten teams and look to improve that mark this weekend against QB Dernard Robinson and the Michigan Wolverines. This was one of the more exciting games of the 2011 season when Michigan scored a touchdown on the final drive with under 30 seconds to play to cap off one of the largest fourth-quarter comebacks in the series history. The Wolverines lead the series 23-15-1 with three straight wins including five of the last six meetings. Michigan is looking to prove that their week one beating at the hands of Alabama was not indicative of their 2012 squad while the Irish, a touchdown home favorite, are looking to start 4-0 for the first time in 10 years and once again be nationally relevant. If this game is anywhere near as exciting as it was in 2011 they may have to delay the OU/K-State and borrow Gus Johnson for the last 5 minutes.
Baylor at Louisiana-Monroe
Baylor at Louisiana-Monroe - I just wanted to include this game because I have fallen in love with ULM the last two weeks and was heartbroken when they lost their chance to go undefeated in the SEC after blowing another late comeback against Auburn. In a related story, someone needs to let Bobby Petrino know that the Auburn AD is holding for him on line 1. This game will be played under the lights on Friday, with ESPN providing national coverage.

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