It’s Week 4 of the college football season and we’ve got a doozy of a week ahead of us as the Michigan Wolverines start Big Ten conference play. Each remaining game on the Wolverines’ schedule is against a Big Ten opponent so every game has significant ties to it.
Here’s how you can watch the game and enjoy a full slate of college football this weekend!
No. 19 Michigan Wolverines vs the Rutgers Scarlett Knights
- Date & Time: Saturday, Sept. 25, 3:30 p.m. ET
- Channel: ABC
- Location: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Weather: 68 degrees and spotty showers
- Betting Line: Michigan -20, O/U: 50
Every Big Ten fan knows that Rutgers has been the laughingstock of the conference since they joined in 2014. They are a whopping 27-58 since they joined the prestigious Power 5 conference. However, the Scarlett Knights seem to have a bit of buzz surrounding their program as of late. They re-hired their second-winningest coach in program history as Greg Schiano returned to Piscataway. And Schaino has his guys playing some good ball, albeit, against some awful opponents.
Rutgers heads into Ann Arbor with a 3-0 record. That includes blowout WINS (that’s not a typo) against Temple and Delaware, and a Power 5 win over Syracuse. This team has some offensive weapons to it. Their quarterback, Noah Vedral, has completed 71.6% of his passes through the first three weeks on 81 attempts. Bo Melton, his top receiver, has 20 catches for just over 225 yards and two touchdowns already this season. Combine that with a defense that has allowed only 11.3 points per game this season (the 9th best defense statistically in the country) and this team may be as dangerous as they have ever been against Michigan.
If Michigan looks past Rutgers and sees themselves as the favorites in this game like the sportsbooks seem to think, we could be looking at a game that ends closer than it should. These two teams are very similar personnel-wise as they were a year ago when they faced off in Piscataway and that Rutgers team took Michigan into triple-OT before the Wolverines escaped.
With that being said, Michigan does have the far superior talent, they have one of the most dynamic duo of running backs in the country, and have made significant changes to their coaching staff to ensure that they wipe out even the mediocre teams in the conference like Rutgers could be. What certainly doesn’t help the Scarlett Knights is that their starting corner Max Melton was suspended for a paintball incident, and there is now a shake-up at the position. It will take all Rutgers’ has got to topple the Wolverines in the Big House.
No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers vs No. 12 Notre Dame
- Date & Time: Saturday, Sept. 25, 12:00 p.m. ET
- Channel: FOX
- Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
- Weather: 70 degrees and partly cloudy
- Betting Line: Wisconsin -6.5, O/U: 46.5
Start your Saturday off with the game of the week, which has massive implications for the Big Ten Conference and the College Football Playoff. These are two historic programs with big-time expectations that have gotten off to some rocky starts to open up the year. Notre Dame has had to skid by Toledo and Florida State this season. On the other side, Wisconsin lost their opener to Penn State while commanding the time of possession owning the football for almost 43 minutes of game time, and STILL finding a way to lose.
Three crazy facts about this game. First, it’s a Wisconsin home game in Chicago where mostly Notre Dame fans reside. Second, Wisconsin is a full touchdown favorite in that environment with an offense that has far from clicked in their first two games. Third, Jack Coan, the starting quarterback for the Fighting Irish, was a Wisconsin Badger just a season ago before being replaced by stud recruit Graham Mertz. It’s a weird game, but it’s going to be a lot of fun to see how it unfolds.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners
- Date & Time: Saturday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Channel: ABC
- Location: Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma
- Weather: 86 degrees and partly cloudy
- Betting Line: Oklahoma -17, O/U: 57
Keep it locked to ABC after the Michigan game for maybe the most intriguing game of the evening. West Virginia has had some pretty wild ups and downs to their season already. They lost in the opening week of the season to Maryland, but then last week hosted and upset the No. 15 Virginia Tech Hokies. Could they play upset in consecutive weeks on the road in Norman?
Oklahoma may be ranked as the No. 4 team in the country, but don’t let that fool you. Spencer Rattler hasn’t been the Heisman superstar quarterback that so many projected him to be. And this defense was supposed to be the best they had in years, but that hasn’t been the case either.
The Sooners have had to survive against Tulane and Nebraska, two teams they played at home and should have blown out based on their stature. West Virginia is the best competition they have faced yet, and if the Sooners come out flat, it won’t be as easy to beat one of the better teams in the Big 12 conference.