When we sit down to iron out our Top 25 Poll each year at Athlon Sports, we are trying to project the final year-end standings not build a preseason power poll. It might be a small and subtle difference but an important one to acknowledge.
Week 4 of the 2016 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments. Tennessee rallied in the second half to end an 11-game losing streak to Florida, Wisconsin scored a huge road win over Michigan State, and Texas A&M knocked off Arkansas in Arlington, Texas.
The Week 4 edition of college football’s picks against the spread features predictions for some of Saturday’s biggest games, including Michigan State-Wisconsin, Florida-Tennessee and Texas A&M-Arkansas. Additionally, conference matchups such as LSU-Auburn, Ole Miss-Georgia and Colorado-Oregon feature lines or odds that caught our attention for Week 4.
College football’s Week 4 slate kicks off on Thursday night with an ACC showdown between Clemson and Georgia Tech. The Tigers have a huge showdown against Louisville next Saturday, but coach Dabo Swinney’s team can’t overlook the Yellow Jackets after losing five straight road matchups in this series.
The 2016 college football season is only three weeks old. However, it’s never too early to look back at the preseason rankings and identify a few teams that have impressed or are poised to easily exceed projections.
Week 3 featured several high-profile matchups, but the big winners on Saturday were Louisville, Alabama and Ohio State. The Cardinals dominated Florida State to take a huge step forward in the ACC title race, while Alabama knocked off Ole Miss to end a two-game losing streak to the Rebels. A revamped and reloaded Buckeye team with several new stars emerging handled Oklahoma in Norman.
College football’s Week 3 slate features four games matching top 25 teams and several other intriguing matchups. The weekend slate starts on Thursday night with Houston traveling to Cincinnati, followed by three games on Friday night, including Baylor at Rice and Arizona State at UTSA.