Col­lege games to watch:

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Ed­die Ti­manus picks win­ners, Danny Sheri­dan pro­vides lines for Alabama-Texas A&M, Stan­ford-Ore­gon, oth­ers.

Games to watch in Week 4:

No. 22 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama

Sept. 22, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Alabama by 25

There are five — count ’em, five — ranked teams in the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence West Di­vi­sion. The Crim­son Tide (3-0, 1-0 SEC) take on the first of those four po­ten­tial di­vi­sion chal­lengers af­ter a stun­ning 62-7 win at Mis­sis­sippi. The Ag­gies, who came up just short against sec­ond-ranked Clem­son a cou­ple of weeks ago, try again for a stun­ner of an up­set.

This time, how­ever, the Ag­gies (2-1) will be in hos­tile en­vi­rons. The venue has mat­tered lit­tle to Alabama, which has its at­tack hum­ming whether QB Tua Tago­v­ailoa or Jalen Hurts is run­ning it. Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond can chal­lenge the Tide se­condary, but he’ll need rock­solid pro­tec­tion.

Pre­dic­tion: We’ve yet to see how Alabama re­acts if things are close at all af­ter in­ter­mis­sion. Will that hap­pen this time? Per­haps, but we aren’t in­clined to think so.

Alabama, 49-24

No. 14 Mis­sis­sippi State at Ken­tucky

Sept. 22, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2 Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Mis­sis­sippi State by 10

As pre­vi­ously men­tioned, the Bull­dogs (3-0) have a lot of com­pany in the SEC West. They have, how­ever, done every­thing right in hold­ing up their end of mak­ing the di­vi­sion tough. The Wild­cats’ 3-0 start in­cludes a his­toric win against an­nual neme­sis Florida and gives them a 1-0 SEC mark. Whether that means they’re ready to chal­lenge East Di­vi­sion fa­vorite Ge­or­gia re­mains to be seen, but this home test could help an­swer that ques­tion.

Mis­sis­sippi State hasn’t been quite as dom­i­nant as the Tide, but it’s been close. The Bull­dogs han­dled a po­ten­tially tricky test at Kansas State with ease in Week 2 and hasn’t been pushed in their other two tune­ups. QB Nick Fitzger­ald and RB Kylin Hill lead the most ac­com­plished at­tack UK has en­coun­tered to date. The good news for the Wild­cats is QB Terry Wil­son and RB Benny Snell Jr. are ca­pa­ble of un­cork­ing big plays them­selves.

Pre­dic­tion: But the bad news for UK is the Bull­dogs de­fense doesn’t al­low many big plays, just eight of 20 yards or more through three games. Ken­tucky has been good in that re­gard as well, but the Bull­dogs have more weapons.

Mis­sis­sippi State, 28-17

No. 7 Stan­ford at No. 19 Ore­gon

Sept. 22, 8 p.m. ET, ABC

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Stan­ford by 1

The Car­di­nal (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) might not be flashy, but they’re win­ning. The Ducks (3-0) would like to be flashy again. They aren’t quite there yet, but they’ve han­dled their non-con­fer­ence slate well enough to set up this first league test in what fig­ures to be a com­pet­i­tive Pac-12 North.

Ore­gon QB Justin Her­bert is healthy again and has shown why he was missed last sea­son (12 TD tosses in 2018). He’s not get­ting much ground sup­port, how­ever, and Stan­ford has sur­ren­dered only 23 points through three games, the stingi­est scor­ing de­fense in the FBS. Stan­ford QB K.J. Costello has been steady, though he might need to open the pass­ing game up a bit on the road.

Pre­dic­tion: Stan­ford’s star RB Bryce Love hasn’t bro­ken out yet this sea­son, and he was held out of last week’s con­test against UC-Davis with an undis­closed in­jury. He should be back, and he’ll make a dif­fer­ence against the Ducks.

Stan­ford, 24-13

No. 16 Wis­con­sin at Iowa

Sept. 22, 8:30 p.m. ET, Fox Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Wis­con­sin by 31⁄2

The Badgers (2-1) might have had this trip to Iowa City on their minds when they were tripped up by Brigham Young in the first big stun­ner of the sea­son. The Hawkeyes (3-0) have given up very lit­tle and haven’t had to leave home yet, but they’re al­most cer­tainly ready for what could be a lows­cor­ing bat­tle with Wis­con­sin, the first Big Ten game for both teams.

Iowa QB Nate Stan­ley doesn’t put up huge num­bers, but he usu­ally takes care of the ball and can count on a wellschooled de­fense that al­ways plays well in Iowa City. The Badgers’ back­field tan­dem of QB Alex Horni­brook and RB Jonathan Tay­lor have been turnover prone, a trend that must not con­tinue if they hope to con­tend in the Big Ten.

Pre­dic­tion: Night games in Iowa City of­ten spell trou­ble for vis­i­tors, and that might be too much for the reel­ing Badgers to over­come.

Iowa, 16-13

Ari­zona State at No. 12 Wash­ing­ton

Sept. 22, 10:30 p.m. ET,


Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Wash­ing­ton by 18

The Sun Devils (2-1) got a bit of a re­al­ity check last week, following a last-sec­ond win against Michi­gan State with a road set­back at Moun­tain West con­tender San Diego State. That re­sult didn’t bode well head­ing into this trip to Wash­ing­ton (2-1, 1-0 Pac-12), still at least the co­fa­vorite with Stan­ford in the Pac-12 North.

On the plus side for ASU is its de­fense, which has for the most part held steady against ex­pe­ri­enced sig­nal call­ers. But Huskies QB Jake Brown­ing seems due for a break­out per­for­mance af­ter fac­ing some stiff com­pe­ti­tion early on. RB Myles Gaskin, who had a solid out­ing in last week’s hard-hit­ting af­fair at Utah, will also be there to help. The Sun Devils of­fense has been largely one-di­men­sional with QB Manny Wilkins do­ing most of the dam­age through the air. He has weapons down­field, but he’s sure to face mul­ti­ple pres­sure looks from the Wash­ing­ton front.

Pre­dic­tion: With a con­fer­ence win in hand, the Huskies should take care of busi­ness at home, even if it does have po­ten­tial to be a #Pac12AfterDarkSpe­cial.

Wash­ing­ton, 34-24


Wash­ing­ton quar­ter­back Jake Brown­ing has passed for 764 yards and four touch­downs in lead­ing the Huskies to a 2-1 record.

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