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What to watch list: Week 4

In a loaded weekend slate, which games on the college football scene are worth the most attention during Week 4?

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With a big Saturday slate of games this weekend for must watch match ups, Week 4 is the pinnacle of watchability for college football fans so far this season. With so many great games, and only so many televisions readily available for most fans, Bucky’s 5th Quarter gives you the insight on what to watch, and when.

Here are the best games available during each time slot:

Friday the 20th

10 Utah (3-0) @ USC (2-1) —> 8pm CST on FS1

Kyle Whittingham’s Utah squad has looked good through the first few games, including a blowout win over rival BYU where the Utes pulled away in the second half. The Trojan’s on the other hand just lost at BYU in overtime, and are all in on freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis after starting quarterback JT Daniels was hurt early in the season. USC has some tremendous athletes, but Utah running back Zack Moss has had success against USC in the past, and Utah is stingy on defense.

Saturday the 21st

Morning games

11 Michigan (2-0) @ 13 Wisconsin (2-0) —> 11am CST on FOX

The biggest game in the past two seasons at Camp Randall should be a doozy. But you already know that.

Michigan State (2-1) @ Northwestern (1-1) —> 11am CST on ABC

This game is a prototypical flip back game. If you are watching the Badger game in the confines of your home, this can be your commercial filler. Both teams have had early season struggles on offense, which could make this game a low scoring affair.

Afternoon games

8 Auburn (3-0) @ 17 Texas A&M (2-1) —> 2:30pm CST on CBS

Freshman quarterback Bo Nix sprinkled some late game magic on Auburn in their opening game win over Oregon. Kellen Mond is a veteran presence for Texas A&M under center. Both teams have similar offensive and defensive statistical outputs. The game is a 3.5 points spread in the home teams favor, and should be a great test for both teams who have tremendously difficult schedules.

22 Washington (2-1) @ BYU (2-1) —> 2:30pm CST on ABC

While the SEC matchup above will get most of the headlines during the early afternoon window, this West Coast battle is intriguing. Washington fell to Cal in funky fashion during week two, while BYU is coming off a home victory over USC. This game represents an opportunity for Washington to get right, or a chance for BYU to keep momentum building.

Primetime games

16 Oregon (2-1) @ Stanford (1-2) —> 6pm CST on ESPN

I picked Stanford as a team that could underperform in the preseason. If David Shaw wants to keep his program as a high level bowl team this season, a home win is a must. Oregon has some young talent to pair with a big time quarterback prospect in Justin Herbert. The early season Pac-12 matchup that could shape the North Division race has lost some luster after a disappointing start for Stanford.

7 Notre Dame (2-0) @ 3 Georgia (3-0) —> 7pm CST on CBS

The big game of the weekend has tickets going for $350 on the low end. Brian Kelly returns his quarterback in Ian Book, but Notre Dame did not look great against Louisville. Georgia on the other hand had blown through their early season competition, with Jake Fromm and DeAndre Swift leading the offense. Georgia is a two touchdown favorite, but both teams have College Football Playoff aspirations. The loser will take a big hit to their resume after this one if it isn’t close.

Other games of note: Nebraska (2-1) @ (2-1) Illinois, and Oklahoma State (3-0) @ Texas (2-1).

After dark

Colorado (2-1) @ 24 Arizona State (3-0) —> 9pm CST on Pac-12 Network

Coming off of a big road victory, Arizona State jumped into the Top 25 this weekend. Herm Edwards still has his doubters, but an undefeated four game start would go a long ways in silencing the naysayers. Colorado stumbled against Air Force last week coming off the high of beating Nebraska the week before. First year head coach Mel Tucker aims to get his first conference victory on the road against the Sun Devils.

UCLA (0-3) @ 19 Washington State (3-0) —> 9:30pm CST on ESPN

Go figure Mike Leach would find another quarterback for his pass happy system. Anthony Gordon has been great so far while throwing for 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns. On the flipside the Bruins have been a train wreck so far this season. Chip Kelly has tried to change a lot, but so far it has yet to start working. While Washington State will likely win this one, the head coaching battle of Leach versus Kelly could be interesting.