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Watch Guide: Week 4

Conference play begins in earnest this weekend.

Georgia Tech v Clemson Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Note: All times listed are in Eastern Time

Thursday, September 22nd

Only Option

#5 Clemson at Georgia Tech, 7:30PM, ESPN

Clemson enters with a five-game losing streak on the road against the Yellow Jackets, including ranked losses in 2011 (#6) and 2014 (#19). As for Georgia Tech, they’re 7-2 at home when facing ranked opponents under head coach Paul Johnson. While the Tigers are the favorite, both teams are undefeated, and GT still runs that tricky triple option.

Friday, September 23rd

Best Bet

USC at #24 Utah, 9PM, FS1

The Trojans are a hot mess right now as they attempt to salvage what’s left of their season. Redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold will be starting his first game this week after junior Max Browne failed to throw for a single touchdown against Alabama and Stanford. On top of that, rumors of a transferred player punching head coach Clay Helton are swirling about, even though they are being denied. At home, Utah will likely torpedo the already sinking ship from Southern California.

Saturday, September 24th

Midday Options

#11 Wisconsin at #8 Michigan State, Noon, BTN

Each team already has a marquee as well as a lackluster victory, and each will be out to prove that they’re for real in 2016. Offense might be hard to find, so tune in if you like defense and punting.

#12 Georgia at #23 Ole Miss, Noon, ESPN

The Bulldogs try to remain undefeated and move towards the top ten; the Rebels attempt to bounce back from a rough 1-2 start to the season that includes two second-half collapses against FSU and Alabama. If Ole Miss loses - especially in similar fashion - Oxford may burn to the ground.

Afternoon Picks

#19 Florida at #14 Tennessee, 3:30PM, CBS

A showdown between ranked rivals sounds like a good time, but this game has U-G-L-Y written all over it. Tennessee’s offense ranks 112th nationally in Bill Connelly’s explosiveness metric, and Austin Appleby - who you may remember from his time in as a Boilermaker - is making his first career start as a Gator. But you should still flip to it during Michigan commercial breaks because, while Tennessee’s favored, the Gators have won 11 in a row over the Vols. If you’re curious, here are 17 ways the world was different the last time Tennessee beat Florida. My favorite: Butch Jones was the running back coach at Central Michigan under head coach Brian Kelly.

Penn State at #4 Michigan, 3:30PM, ABC

With PSU lacking the entirety of their starting linebacker unit, I’d like to see the Wolverines make amends for this abomination by rushing for north of 300 yards. Highly unlikely, but boy, would that be fun.

Wake Forest at Indiana, 3:30PM, BTN

Two teams enter! One team leaves! Who will it be in this clash between undefeated powerhouses football programs?

Nighttime Choices

Oklahoma State at #16 Baylor, 7:30PM, Fox

Offense. Offense everywhere.

#7 Stanford at UCLA, 8PM, ABC

The Bruins have a chance to steal a big victory at home against Stanford. However, the Cardinal enter with an eight-game winning streak over UCLA as well as Christian McCaffrey.

#3 Louisville at Marshall, 8PM, CBSSN

Players like Lamar Jackson don’t come around every day. This shouldn’t be a competitive contest, but it’s can’t miss programming when #8 is on the field for the Cardinals.

#17 Arkansas at #10 Texas A&M, 9PM, ESPN

The Aggies have won the last four against Arkansas, including overtime victories in the last two meetings. Both teams are undefeated, and the only other undefeated team in the SEC West is Alabama.

#9 Washington at Arizona, 10:30PM, Pac-12N

The Huskies have blown out three cupcakes to start the season, and RichRod’s Wildcats pose their first test of the season. Can they pass it and prove they deserve a top ten ranking?

B1G Leftovers

Colorado State at Minnesota, Noon, ESPNU

Watch if you want to see the Golden Gophers win.

Nevada at Purdue, Noon, ESPNews

Watch if, for some reason, you’re a fan of one of these teams.

Iowa at Rutgers, Noon, ESPN2

Watch if you want to see the Hawkeyes suffer back-to-back losses against teams with FCS-level talent.

#20 Nebraska at Northwestern, 7:30PM, BTN

Watch if you want to see Tommy Armstrong Jr. put another nail in the coffin of the Pat Fitzgerald era.