Auburn-A&M headline week 4

Tremendously important game in College Station Saturday as the Auburn Tigers square off with the Texas A&M Aggies at 2:30 PM CT on CBS. The Tigers are the underdog and College Station is quite a home field advantage. I’ll tell you who I like below and why.

The Crimson Tide has another week off as it faces Southern Miss.

Some other key national matchups on the slate this week.

Here’s a look at the action.

Last Week: 20-4

Overall: 59-17

No.8 Auburn (3-0) @ No.17 Texas A&M (2-1)

2:30 PM CT

CBS

Carter Blackburn, Rick Neuheisel, Aaron Murray, John Schriffen

A&M by 3 1/2

Auburn rushed for 467 yards last Saturday against Kent State. Of course it was Kent State not the Aggies, so it’ll be a little tougher sledding against the A&M defense. I do think Bo Nix is getting better and better as he gets more confidence as a college quarterback. He’s got the tools and the intangibles to be terrific. I’m not a big believer in Kellen Mond. He’s good at times, but not so good at other times. Clemson made him look like a junior high quarterback. Auburn is pretty good on defense. I like the Tigers to do enough to get out of College Station with a major SEC West victory. It’s going to be quite a contest.

Auburn 28, A&M 27

Southern Miss (2-1) @No.2 Alabama (3-0)

11 AM CT

ESPN2

Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler

Alabama by 38 1/2

Not much to say about this except this non-conference schedule is not too swift.

Alabama 52, Southern Miss 10

No.7 Notre Dame (2-0) @ No. 3 Georgia (3-0)

7 PM CT

CBS

Brad, Gary, Jamie

Dawgs by 14 1/2

Notre Dame and Brian Kelly are out of their league here.

Georgia 45, Notre Dame 24

No.4 LSU (3-0) @ Vanderbilt (0-2)

11 AM CT

SEC Network

Tom, JRodg, Cole

LSU by 24

Joe Burrow has completed 75-of-90 passes, 83.3%, for 1,122 yards 11 TDs and 2 Ints. He has just 4 less touchdowns than he has incompletions. That’s phenomenal. Vandy is an excellent school and excellent at baseball, but football’s not their thing.

LSU 49, Vanderbilt 17

Tennessee (1-2) @ No.9 Florida (3-0)

11 AM CT

ESPN

Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams

Gators by 14

Tennessee’s been a disaster this season. Florida had a nice come from behind victory at Kentucky last Saturday. The Gators compound the Vols’ misery.

Florida 35, Tennessee 20

Kentucky (2-1) @ Mississippi State (2-1)

3 PM CT

SEC Network

Taylor Zarzour, Stinch, Alyssa Lang

State by 6 1/2

State lost to Kansas State last Saturday at home so that was disappointing. Kentucky let a double digit lead over Florida slip away in the 4th quarte. Both teams are pretty good. I guess give me State with the home field in a close game.

State 27, Kentucky 24

South Carolina (1-2) @ Missouri (2-1)

3 PM CT

SEC Alternate Network

Mike Morgan, Ray Bentley, Tera Talmedge

Missouri by 9 1/2

South Carolina played better last Saturday against Alabama even though they lost fairly handily. It was a competitive game in the first half. I’m going to take the upset here

South Carolina 31, Missouri 28

No. 23 California (3-0) @ Ole Miss (2-1)

11 AM CT

ESPNU

Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf, Taylor Davis

Ole Miss by 2 1/2

I’m taking Cal in the slight upset.

Cal 24, Ole Miss 21

San Jose State (1-1) @ Arkansas (2-1)

6:30 PM CT

SEC Network

Dave, D.J., Dawn

Ark by 20 1/2

Arkansas played better last Saturday against Colorado State. Still far from where they want to be if they can ever get to be an upper echelon SEC West team, but they showed some spark on offense last Saturday.

Arkansas 52, San Jose State 24

No. 11 Michigan @ No. 13 Wisconsin

11 AM CT

FOX

Gus, Joel, Jenny

Wisconsin by 3 1/2

I like the Badgers a lot and not so bullish on Michigan. Wisconsin has a real shot at winning the Big Ten. They’ll have to go through Ohio State but that’s down the road. I like them in Camp Randall.

Wisconsin 30, Michigan 24

Charlotte @ No.1 Clemson

6:30 PM CT

ACC Network

Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George

Clemson by 41 1/2

Clemson gets a week off too.

Clemson 49, Charlotte 14

Miami (Ohio) @ No. 6 Ohio State

2:30 PM CT

Big Ten Network

Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis, Elise Menaker

OSU by 39 1/2

Justin Fields is looking every bit of the superstar quarterback he was projected to be coming out of high school 2 years ago. The Buckeyes get a blow as well.

Ohio State 56, Miami Ohio 13

Oklahoma State @ No. 12 Texas

6:30 PM CT

ABC

Chris, Kirk, Maria

Texas by 6

Like the Hook’em Horns at home, but in a close shootout.

Texas 42, OK State 41

No. 16 Oregon @ Stanford

6 PM CT

ESPN

Sean, Todd, Holly

Oregon by 10

Oregon is an explosive team offensively that is starting to play better defense this season under Mario Cristobal and is a major contender in a pretty solid PAC 12. Stanford is dysfunctional.

Oregon 42, Stanford 30

Friday

No. 10 Utah @ USC

8 PM CT

Fox Sports 1

Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce Feldman

Utah by 4

The Utes are a hard nosed, tough team. They’re just mentally and physically tougher than SC.

Utah 34, USC 27

Friday

Air Force @ No. 20 Boise State

8 PM CT

ESPN 2

Dave Flemming, Jim Mora, Paul Carcaterra

Boise State by 7 1/2

The Academy went into Boulder last Saturday and knocked off a Colorado team that was hot after defeating Nebraska the week before coming back from a 17-0 deficit. The Academy won in overtime. I like the Falcons to pull off the upset at Albertsons Stadium.

Air Force 30, Boise State 28

South Alabama @ UAB

2:30 PM CT

NFL Network

Rhett Lewis, Max Starks, Molly Sullivan

Blazers by 10 1/2

Quarterback Tyler Johnston is playing extremely well for the Blazers and the defense looks physical and athletic. UAB could be 7-0 heading into Knoxville in week 10 with a shot at winning there. They have had a bye already and will have one before they play the Vols.

UAB 35, South Alabama 24

SMU @ No. 25 TCU

2:30 PM CT

Fox Sports 1

Tim, Spencer, Coley Harvey

TCU by 9 1/2

My daughter, a sophomore at TCU, is pumped for this one. Kind of a matchup of the more understated versus the Mercedes Convertible types. Like the more blue collar mentality in football and in life.

TCU 37, SMU 24

No. 22 Washington @ BYU

2:30 PM CT

ABC or ESPN2

Steve Levy,. Grease, McShay, Molly

Wash by 6 1/2

BYU has knocked off Tennessee at Knoxville and USC at home in consecutive weeks. I still like Washington a lot. They could very well be the best team in the PAC 12. I’ll take Chris Peterson and the Huskies on the road in Provo.

Washington 34, BYU 27

West Virginia @ Kansas

3:30 PM CT

ESPN+

Dave LaMont, Mike Golic Jr., Lericia Harris

WVU by 4 1/2

I really like what Les Miles and Kansas did last Saturday going to Chestnut Hill and dominating Boston College 48-24. They’re an impressive team. Like Les and the Jayhawks in an upset.

Kansas 35, West Virginia 34

Colorado @ No. 24 Arizona State

9 PM CT

PAC 12 Network

Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth, Jill Savage

Zona State by 7 1/2

Even though the Buffaloes lost to Air Force in overtime last Saturday at home, I like what Mel Tucker is doing in Boulder. I’m going to take the Buffs in an upset on the road.

Colorado 31, Zona State 27

UCLA @ No. 19 Washington State

9:30 PM CT

ESPN

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

WSU by 18 1/2

Really bullish on MIke Leach and what he does in Corvallis. He’s phenomenal.

Washington State 48, UCLA 28

Michigan State @ Northwestern

11 AM CT

ABC

Dave, Gregory, Lugues

MSU by 9

I’m going to take another upset here. Like Pat Fitzgerald and his team to win at home.

Northwestern 21, Michigan State 17

Tonight

Houston @ Tulane

7 PM CT

ESPN

Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck, Pat McAfee, Molly McGrath

Tulane by 5

This line has been jumping from 1 to 5, but I like Dana Holgerson, quarterback D’Eriq King and the Cougars to pull off the upset. Houston is battle tested from playing Oklahoma (which is off this week, lost 49-31) and playing Washington State tough at home last week losing 31-24

Houston 35, Tulane 30