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Fearless Rick's 2014-15 College Football Week 4 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | September 18-20

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, September 18

7:30 pm Auburn (-9, 65 1/2) at Kansas State - This should be a fun one, matching a pair of mobile, athletic quarterbacks in Auburn's Nick Marshall and K-State's Jake Waters.

Both teams are presently unbeaten, each 2-0, and both are coming off bye weeks, so players should be in mid-season form. Auburn's wins over Arkansas and San Jose State are more impressive than the Wildcat victories over SF Austin and a close call at Iowa State, 32-28, but Iowa State went on to beat Iowa last week, so that win may be better than it looks.

This may come as a shock, but Auburn won't win this by much, if at all. Road wins are tough to come by, especially against teams from major conferences. It will be a shoot-out

Prediction: Tigers 44 Wildcats 42

Friday, September 19

8:00 pm Connecticut at South Florida (-2, 47 1/2) - If one is strapped to the recliner and forced to watch this game out of the American Athletic conference, be advised that it could be a dull one. Neither offense is anything special, both are 1-2, and South Florida had the better of it last season, winning 13-10 at UConn.

The Huskies have a fairly stout defense and if they can get a turnover or two, could put their offense and/or place-kicker in good field position. A not-so-stunning upset in store.

Prediction: Huskies 20 Bulls 14

Saturday, September 20

12:00 pm Iowa at Pittsburgh (-6 1/2, 47) - Pitt is 3-0 and already has a win in their new conference, the ACC, beating Boston College, 30-20, two weeks ago, a win that looks even more impressive considering the Eagles went on to whip USC last week.

2-1 Iowa suffered their first defeat of the season last week, losing in overtime to Iowa State and this is their first road test of the season. The Hawkeyes are grinders and should keep this close for a half, but the home team will have extra energy down the stretch.

Prediction: Panthers 31 Hawkeyes 21

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12:00 pm Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (-8, 52 1/2) - OK, so playing mid-Atlantic games are not easy. Just ask Virginia Tech's players, who took down Ohio State in week 2, only to get beaten at home by East Carolina, 28-21, last week.

The Hokies may have an easier time scoring against the Yellow Jackets, who allowed Georgia Southern to score 38 points last week, but still won by four. Georgia Tech is 3-0, and may upend the Hokies here with their option offense, which is difficult to defend for most teams.

No matter what, this one looks like it will go down to the wire.

Prediction: Hokies 34 Yellow Jackets 31

3:30 pm North Carolina at East Carolina (-2 1/2, 66) - North Carolina has had an extra week to prepare for this and that time may come in handy in trying to dissect the East Carolina defense, which was instrumental in the Pirates' 28-21 win at Virginia Tech last week.

These two teams meet regularly, though they play in different conferences and it should be noted that the Pirates won last season's meeting, 55-31 at North Carolina, so the Tar Heels will be looking to make amends. NC's defense is improved this year and the offense carries plenty of weapons.

Prediction: Tar Heels 41 Pirates 30

3:30 Virginia at Brigham Young (-14, 49) - Virginia was an upset winner over Louisville last week, topping the Cardinals, 23-21. The Cavaliers ar much improved over last season and enter this fray at 2-1, their loss coming on opening weekend, 28-20, to UCLA. This is their first time on the road this season.

BYU is looking like a powerhouse, beating UConn and Texas on the road before their home-opening win over Houston, 33-25, last week, but that game revealed some defensive deficiencies which the Cavaliers can exploit and potentially use to upset the Cougars.

Prediction: Cougars 28 Cavaliers 21

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3:30 pm Utah at Michigan (-5, 56) - The Wolverines have already shown that they are not a quality squad this season. Their 31-0 loss at Notre Dame was enough evidence.

This week will show how good the Utes are, and whether their gaudy wins - 56-14 over Idaho State and 59-27 over Fresno State - were more about the quality of the opponents or the ability of its offense.

Probably a little of both, but the Wolverines may show some fortitude at home and take a hard-fought win.

Prediction: Wolverines 27 Utes 20

3:30 pm Florida at Alabama (-14 1/2, 52) - Alabama hasn't been particularly impressive, but they still have a huge offensive line that will make it tough on the front seven Florida defenders.

There are lots of people who think the Gators are really good, but they had to go to three overtimes to defeat Kentucky last week, 36-30, so one should not make judgments until one sees what they do on the road against a super-quaity conference opponent. Indications are that Alabama may just pitch a shutout for a half or longer and the offense will grind out at least a few touchdowns, wearing Florida's defense down late in the game.

Prediction: Crimson Tide 34 Gators 13

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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