This week there are a plethora of games to choose from and by the weekend’s finish, the top 25 could be in for a shake-up. Here are the three games to set your DVR for to watch, the one game to ignore and the upset special.
Three games to watch
#2 Clemson (4-0) @ #12 Virginia Tech (4-0)
You could say the Tigers are battle tested and ready for the Hokies are you could say they are battle weary after having to play three tough games in the first four weeks including two top 25 opponents. The Tigers play with a chip on their shoulder trying to quell the point that they were so good because of current Houston texans quarterback DeShaun Watson. The Hokies with a five game winning streak since losing to Clemson in the ACC title game last year are also playing with a chip on their shoulder this weekend. Considering they were on the Clemson 23 yard line trailing 42-35 last season, Va Tech is out to prove their four wins this season are for real. Add the fact that this game is primetime (7:00pm CT) on ABC and you have the making of the best game of the weekend. Take Clemson by 14.
#15 Oklahoma State (3-1) @ Texas Tech (3-0)
Consider that the Sooners aren’t too happy with last week’s effort against TCU and that Mike Gundy coached teams are 11-2 against the Red Raiders and that OSU is 12-2 in its last 14 road games and 12-2 in its last 14 games and for good measure few might think that this road game can be marked off in the win column. Hold on a minute though Texas Tech is undefeated and is overdue a win considering they haven’t won against the Sooners since 2008. The Red Raiders linebacker Dakota Allen earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors with 12 tackles and an pick against Houston will look to contain Sooners QB Mason Rudolph (383 yards per game). If that happens, Texas Tech QB NIc Shimonek who has 11 touchdown throws already this season could make it a lopsided game. 2017 is the year you should pick Texas Tech.
#7 Georgia (4-0) @ Tennessee (3-1)nic
This week the SEC dominate the three games to watch. It’s just how good the SEC is once again. The Bulldogs come off a 31-3 rout of Mississippi State last week and now face a Volunteers team that struggled offensively against a winless UMASS side. Having observed the three headed monster (Nick Chubb & Sony Michel) in the Georgia backfield lead by true freshmen quarterback Jake Fromm, the question will be whether or not the Vols defense that registered seven sacks last week can keep the game close. Take Georgia by 10.
Don’t bother watching
#17 Louisville (3-1) v Murray State (1-3)
Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson had his chance against Clemson to prove that his team is a team to be reckoned with however that ended in a 47-21 debacle. This week the Jackson and the Cardinals get another patsy in Murray State a team better suited to basketball. The Racers could not handle Austin Peay losing 27-7 and there isn’t much reason to expect that they will fare any better this week. Don’t waste your time watching as the Cardinals win by at least 17.
Troy (3-1) @ #25 LSU (3-1)
With seven straight SEC opponents lying ahead, the Tigers can ill afford to overlook Troy. It’s a senior laden Trojan team what that wants to do what two previous Troy teams (2004 & 2008) failed to do. The “08” team gave LSU it’s greatest comeback in school history. It’s the Troy defense that will be the difference maker in this game. No one runs on the Trojans defense. With the exception of Boise State (147 yards) no team has been able to hit the century mark against the Trojans. LSU could barely handle the Syracuse passing game and they couldn’t stop the Mississippi State run game so what’s to encourage anyone to think they will stop a team on a mission such as Troy. Take the Trojans to win straight up.