Week four of the college football season kicked off last night with Mississippi, the number four team in the country, getting upset by Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks. Will another top five team fall? Is it possible for Miami to continue their undefeated start? Can the Pac 10 keep up with the SEC? There are lots of questions this week in the five most exciting college football games on the docket, so let’s get going…
(9) Miami at (11) Virginia Tech
The resurgent Hurricanes are back in the national title picture after two straight wins over ranked opponents, including last week’s 33-17 drumming of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The win, however, will mean nothing to the program’s national title ambitions if they can’t steal a victory in Blacksburg when they take on the Hoakies Saturday afternoon (which won’t be easy considering the last time Miami travelled to the Virginia Tech campus they left with a 44-14 loss). Expect four fast paced, high-octane quarters in this one between two of the country's most athletic teams, and in particular an electric quarterback battle between the Hoakies’ Tyrod Taylor and Miami’s Heisman candidate Jacory Harris.
Arizona State at (21) Georgia
The Pac 10 doesn’t travel down to SEC country that often, so expect an intriguing battle of differing styles between two programs looking to re-establish their identities after losing their starting quarterbacks this offseason. And for those who don’t dig the unusual conference pairing and are looking for another reason to tune in (besides two of the most attractive student sections in the country), be sure to catch a glimpse of AJ Green – who might be the nation’s top wide receiver by this time next season.
(15) TCU at Clemson
Last week BYU lost their hopes of crashing the BCS Title game with a devastating 26 point loss to Florida State. This week, the board of shadowy figures in the NCAA’s front office will look to Clemson to further destroy the possibility of a mid-major championship dream when they play the undefeated Horn Frogs of TCU. Clemson is the last school from a major conference that TCU plays all year, meaning that if the Horn Frogs can win a difficult road game, not only would they impress the voters, but they would also establish a pretty clear path to an unbeaten season.
Arkansas at (3) Alabama
For anybody that loves explosive offense, hard-hitting defense and two of the craziest fan bases in the country, this game has it all. After putting up 41 points against Georgia last week, the Razorbacks come into Tuscaloosa ready to air it out with former five-star recruit and Michigan transfer Ryan Mallett. On the other side of the ball, the Crimson Tide will be playing their first big home game since an opening week win over Virginia Tech, but will need to avoid looking ahead to what seems like an inevitable SEC 1 vs. 2 showdown with the Florida Gators. Just ask USC what can happen if you overlook a young, talented team with a gun-slinging quarterback.
(6) California at Oregon
Ever watch Cal running back Jhavid Best play? If not, better get started, because the speedy junior running back is the most exciting player to come out of the West Coast since Reggie Bush. In three starts, the future first round draft pick already has eight touchdowns, but will be facing his first difficult test of the year this week in Eugene. Additionally, if the Bears are able to leave Oregon with a win it sets up a PAC 10 showdown with USC next week, where the winner will likely go on to win the conference title.
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