Week 4 brings the most loaded college football slate in recent memory with six ranked-on-ranked matchups and that doesn’t even include a Florida State-Clemson game that had everyone on the edge of their seats.
In one of the marquee games of the day, No. 10 Oregon absolutely throttled Deion Sanders and the No. 19 Colorado Buffaloes to the tune of 42-6. No. 13 Alabama, meanwhile, appeared to find its footing after a rough couple weeks, handling No. 15 Ole Miss, 24-10. No. 11 Utah played another game without starting QB Cam Rising, but handled its business at home against No. 22 UCLA with a dominant defensive outing.
There’s still great football to watch tonight, so stick with us for the entirety of this epic day.
Here’s what we’ll be watching later on Saturday:
Time: 7 p.m. ET | TV: Fox | Line: OSU -3 | Total: 57.5
The two teams that remain in the crumbling Pac-12 are looking to compete for the conference title before the league disappears as we know it. Oregon State is coming off a 10-win season and is off to a strong start in 2023 with dominant wins over San Jose State, UC Davis and San Diego State. The Beavers brought in Clemson transfer QB DJ Uiagalelei in the offseason to elevate a run-heavy offense. Washington State is also off to a 3-0 start. The Cougars blasted Colorado State on the road and upset Wisconsin at home before taking care of Northern Colorado over the weekend. Cameron Ward is underrated among the many great QBs in the Pac-12 and he has been excellent in his second season at WSU.
Time: 7:30 p.m. | TV: NBC | Line: OSU -3 | Total: 55.5
Ohio State coach Ryan Day is 48-6 since taking over as the full-time head coach, but losing to Michigan in back-to-back years and coming up painfully short in last year’s CFP semifinal puts added scrutiny on him. The Buckeyes are off to a 3-0 start, but working in new starting QB Kyle McCord has been a process. How will he handle his first raucous road environment? And on the other side, this is one of the biggest games at Notre Dame Stadium in years and a major opportunity for second-year head coach Marcus Freeman. The Irish are off to an impressive 4-0 start in 2023 led by transfer QB Sam Hartman, who’s been a major upgrade at the position compared to past years.
Time: 7:30 p.m. | TV: CBS | Line: PSU -14.5 | Total: 40.5
Is this the year Penn State can get back to the top of the Big Ten? The Nittany Lions won the Big Ten back in 2016, but it was the only time the Nittany Lions have gotten past Ohio State and Michigan in the Big Ten East under coach James Franklin. The offense, with first-year starting QB Drew Allar, sputtered a bit in the 30-13 win over the Illini, but the defense forced five turnovers. There could be similar opportunities ahead for the defense with Iowa coming to Happy Valley for the annual “whiteout” game. The Hawkeyes are 3-0, but their offensive woes from recent seasons have not gotten much better. Transfer QB addition Cade McNamara hasn’t looked 100% after hurting his quad during preseason camp and now tight end Luke Lachey is out after suffering what appeared to be a serious leg injury in Week 3.