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.
The LA skyline is an icon to fame and “making it.” It’s also the setting for what could be the University of Utah’s primetime opportunity to prove its No. 10 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. https://t.co/2tSqX8X1iN— KSL (@KSLcom) September 19, 2019
Saturday the 21st
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.
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.
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).
They didn't know it then, but when Notre Dame and Georgia played in 2017, it would precede Playoff runs by both programs over the next two years. @LakenLitman on that fateful night in South Bend: https://t.co/GLwMaEN5zS— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) September 19, 2019
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.