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College Football Week 4: Games to Watch

With the start of fall, let the real football season begin.

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Week three is in the books. What did it give us?

Louisville humiliated the 'Noles, and Lamar Jackson has begun making hotel reservations in New York for the weekend of December 10.

Leo Fournette bruised the ground with a DB's head.

Ohio State eliminated Oklahoma from National Title contention as Buckeye's receiver Noah Brown caught nonstop TDs (4) even when the Sooners were on him like a shirt.

And the Jayhawks played something we're told was football in Memphis. Good news 'Hawk fans. Kansas can't lose this weekend!

Fall is officially here now as the 2016 college football season rolls into its fourth week.

Thursday, September 22

#5 Clemson Tigers 3-0 at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 3-0 @ 6:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPN

This conference opener for both squads might be a preview of the eventual ACC title game in December.

Friday, September 23

TCU Horned Frogs 2-1 (1-0 Big 12) at SMU Mustangs 2-1 @ 7 p.m. (CT) on ESPN

The old Southwest Conference battle for the Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex.

Saturday, September 24

#12 Georgia Bulldogs 3-0 (1-0 SEC) at #23 Ole Miss Rebels 1-2 (0-1 SEC) @ 11 a.m. (CT) on ESPN

Ole Miss could easily be 3-0 and sitting at #1 in the nation with the two best wins of the early season on their resume. Georgia could easily be 1-2 were it not for their ability to close out close games late in their last two contests against Nicholls State and Mizzou.

#13 Florida State Seminoles 2-1 (0-1 ACC) at South Florida Bulls 3-0 @ 11 a.m. (CT) on ABC

The 'Noles were feeling great after moving up to #2 in the Polls before having 63 points put on them last weekend. In three out of their last four games (going back to their Peach Bowl loss to Houston in January) the 'Noles defense has been shredded. Those flaws were laid bare before a national audience when the human highlight reel Lamar Jackson of Louisville got a chance to face them.

#11 Wisconsin Badgers 3-0 at #8 Michigan State Spartans 2-0 @ 11 a.m. (CT) on Big Ten Network

Sparty came out and punched Notre Dame right in the mouth last Saturday. If they can get past the Badgers this week, they get four straight games against unranked opponents before getting the Wolverines at home on October 29.

#19 Florida Gators 3-0 (1-0 SEC) at #14 Tennessee Volunteers 3-0 @ 2:30 p.m. (CT) on CBS

For years, people have been awaiting the return to prominence in the SEC for Tennessee, specifically after the hiring of Butch Jones. In four years though, Jones' Volunteers have come up just short. One of the biggest roadblocks in their way have been the Gators. Florida has absolutely owned Tennessee, winning every single game since 2005.

Pittsburgh Panthers 2-1 at North Carolina Tar Heels 2-1 @ 2:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU

Pitt's offense has been a lot of fun to watch this season.

Colorado Buffaloes 2-1 at Oregon Ducks 2-1 @ 4:30 p.m. (CT) on the Pac 12 Network

Colorado looks much improved, as evidenced by their strong early performance at Michigan. Since joining the Pac 12 in 2011 the Buffaloes haven't won more than four games. A win over the Ducks would mark their official arrival in the Pac 12, at least when it comes to football.

Oklahoma State Cowboys 2-1 at #16 Baylor Bears 3-0 @ 6:30 p.m. (CT) on FOX

The Big 12 conference opener for both schools should be a shootout as both teams have put up big time offensive numbers so far this season.

#7 Stanford Cardinal 3-0 (1-0 PAC 12) at UCLA Bruins 2-1 @ 7 p.m. (CT) on ABC

We know how good Christian McCaffrey is, but how good is Stanford?

#3 Louisville Cardinals 3-0 (2-0 ACC) at Marshall Thundering Herd 1-2 @ 7 p.m. (CT) on CBS Sports Network

After having Akron post 65 points on the Herd, what in God's name will Louisville do to them? Will Lamar Jackson score 15 times in this one?

#17 Arkansas Razorbacks 3-0 at #10 Texas A&M Aggies 3-0 (1-0 SEC) @ 8 p.m. (CT) on ESPN

This is the first of three of the next four games in which both of these teams will face a ranked opponent.

Cal Golden Bears 2-1 at Arizona State Sun Devils 3-0 @ 9 p.m. (CT) on ESPN2

Fourth straight week in which a late Saturday night shootout presents too good of a game to pass up. These two teams should combine for 120 points. Dykes' Bears, on offense at least, look even better without Jared Goff -€” so they have that in common with the Los Angeles Rams then.