Biggest questions for Week 4 in college football
Week 4 of the college football season features the start of the Southeastern Conference schedule. There’s not a monumental showdown but enough competitive games to provide a look at where things stand among contenders and the rest of the field.
The Big 12 also begins conference play. And there’s some significant meetings in the Group of Five as those schools position themselves for a potential New Year’s Six bowl game.
A look at the top questions for Saturday:
Is a ranked SEC team in danger?
While some sloppiness is to be expected, most ranked SEC teams are not in danger of being upset in the opener. Alabama’s won’t sleep on Missouri. Even with question marks at quarterback, Georgia will roll against Arkansas. Texas A&M will handle Vanderbilt. Florida should be fine against Ole Miss, though the Rebels could make things interesting. Two teams need to stay focused: Tennessee, which is at South Carolina, and Auburn, which hosts Kentucky.
Oklahoma be on upset alert?
Flash back 11 months to Manhattan, Kansas, where the Sooners were stunned by Kansas State in their lone Big 12 hiccup. Now the Wildcats come to Norman. Conventional wisdom suggests Oklahoma won’t get caught napping two years in a row. However, a loss by Kansas State against Arkansas State in its opener could have the Sooners overconfident. There’s also the uncertainty of how freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler responds to his first major start for Oklahoma. He looked great against Missouri State, but that was Missouri State. His counterpart Skyler Thompson was critical to the Wildcats pulling the upset last year. Can he make those same clutch throws this year?
Can FSU catch Miami napping?
Miami has put together good wins against Alabama Birmingham and Louisville. Florida State lost to Georgia Tech and will play Saturday without coach Mike Norvell, quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19. You’d think Miami simply keeps rolling and inches closer to the top 10. It’s a good test for the program in coach Manny Diaz’s second season. To lose to Norvellless FSU in these circumstances would be a disaster.
Does Army continue marching on?
The Black Knights have outscored their first two opponents 79-7 and look to be much improved after last year’s disappointing campaign. There’s an opportunity for New Year’s Six consideration should they finish unbeaten. The first of two roadblocks is Saturday at No. 16 Cincinnati. Should Army win this week and then win a rescheduled game against No. 23 BYU, it could rise near the top 10 of the College Football Playoff rankings.