After an absolutely brutal slate of picks against the spread a week ago, it's time to get back on the winning trend in week 4. Week 3 saw some college football games end up being far closer than expected, so perhaps it's time to back off some of the traditional favorites against the spread this week and give some new teams a chance to impress.
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Saturday, Sept. 25.
No. 12 Notre Dame (+6.5) vs. No. 18 Wisconsin, 12 p.m. (Chicago)
Notre Dame's less-than-inspiring start to the season has the Fighting Irish coming into their neutral-site game with Wisconsin in Chicago as an underdog. And the line hasn't done much to instill too much more confidence in Brian Kelly's squad. The Badgers have the defense to frustrate former Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan, but Graham Mertz and Co. have to prove they can finish drives. Kyle Hamilton helps hold off the Badgers just enough not only for the Irish to cover but go home with a win. Notre Dame 24, Wisconsin 20
Army (-8.5) vs. Miami (Ohio), 12 p.m.
If you are looking for a safe bet this week, Army may be it. Army is 3-0 with two wins by at least 30 points. They may not win this one by 30, but trust the ground game of Army to work its magic. Army 28, Miami Ohio 17
Maryland (-14.5) vs. Kent State, 3:30 p.m.
Expect a big game from Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa as the Terrapins should easily move their way to a 4-0 record. After a close call against Illinois last week, Maryland should come out a little crisper at home, where the Terps already have a win against West Virginia and a blowout over an FCS program. This one shouldn't be too close. Maryland 38, Kent State 23
No. 23 Auburn (-27) vs. Georgia State, 4 p.m.
Auburn lost a close physical game last weekend on the road at Penn State, but the Tigers have been on cruise control at home this season. That trend should continue as Auburn has the perfect matchup for a big rebound win against Georgia State. Auburn 52, Georgia State 10
No. 21 North Carolina (-12.5) at Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m.
We're not going to be tricked into thinking Georgia Tech keeps this one close the way the Yellow Jackets did last week against Clemson. Weather elements had at least a bit of a factor in Tech giving the Tigers a scare last week. But Sam Howell and the Tar Heels will keep the offense humming to win this one by at least two touchdowns. North Carolina 40, Georgia Tech 20
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