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College football Week 4 viewing guide: Hello, Notre Dame vs. Georgia

Unlike last week, Saturday’s slate is loaded. Sit back and enjoy. Plus: Times staff predictions.
Notre Dame defensive lineman Jonathan Bonner (55) celebrates a sack of Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm (11) during the second half of 2017 game. Georgia defeated Notre Dame 20-19. [MICHAEL CONROY | AP]
Published Sep. 20
Updated Sep. 20

Lamest time window: None. This loaded slate makes up for last week’s lack of sizzle.

Noon: Jim Harbaugh is 2-10 at Michigan against top-13 teams. His opponent this week? No. 13 Wisconsin, on the road.

3:30: No. 8 Auburn is the second of five potential top-10 matchups Jimbo Fisher’s No. 17 Aggies will have this season. At least this one’s in College Station?

RELATED: Jimbo Fisher wanted the SEC. Be careful what you wish for

4: See what kind of reception ex-Florida coach Jim McElwain gets in his return to the state to play Miami. Then change the channel quickly, because his Chippewas will get destroyed.

RELATED: Ex-Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain returns to the state Saturday, fittingly, at Miami

7: Stanford should continue its slide at home against No. 16 Oregon.

7:30: Oklahoma State has the nation’s leading rusher (Chuba Hubbard, 521 yards) and receiver (Tylan Wallace, 390 yards). Watch out, No. 12 Texas.

8: The two previous meetings between No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 3 Georgia have been decided by eight total points. Can the Irish keep it close in Athens?

10:30: The best quarterback you might not know (Utah State’s Jordan Love) faces a top-20 defense on the road (San Diego State).

Week 4 predictions from the Tampa Bay Times staff

Away Home Traci Johnson, Assistant Sports Editor Matt Baker, College Beat Writer Martin Fennelly, Columnist Ernest Hooper, Assistant Sports Editor Joey Knight, USF Beat Writer Mike Sherman, Deputy Editor-Sports John Romano, Columnist
Tennessee Florida (-14.5) Florida 34-17 Florida 31-14 Florida 38-20 Florida 24-20 Florida 24-17 Florida 30-14 Florida 23-14
Louisville Florida State (-6.5) Louisville 24-21 FSU 35-31 FSU 24-23 FSU 30-21 FSU 27-20 FSU 27-23 FSU 28-24
UCF (-12.5) Pittsburgh UCF 48-24 UCF 28-21 UCF 35-28 UCF 40-12 UCF 28-21 UCF 35-17 UCF 24-17
Air Force Boise State (-8.5) Boise St 28-20 Boise St 31-20 Boise St 30-28 Boise St 28-27 Boise St 31-21 Boise St 27-21 Boise St 31-24
Utah (-4.5) USC Utah 31-24 Utah 27-21 Utah 27-24 Utah 35-21 USC 31-28 Utah 27-21 USC 27-24
Cal Ole Miss (-2.5) Ole Miss 21-17 Ole Miss 21-14 Ole Miss 16-14 Cal 43-33 Ole Miss 41-28 Cal 35-31 Ole Miss 20-17
LSU (-23.5) Vanderbilt LSU 42-10 LSU 45-20 LSU 51-10 LSU 49-0 LSU 51-17 LSU 48-17 LSU 38-14
Michigan St (-9.5) Northwestern MSU 24-17 MSU 21-10 MSU 2016 NW 17-16 MSU 28-20 MSU 23-13 MSU 28-20
Michigan Wisconsin (-3.5) Wisconsin 31-24 Wisc 27-17 Wisc 30-27 Mich 21-17 Wisc 27-24 Wisc 28-23 Wisc 20-14
SMU TCU (-9.5) TCU 27-3 TCU 35-21 TCU 28-20 TCU 30-14 TCU 38-24 TCU 31-21 TCU 30-17
Appalachian State North Carolina (-3.5) UNC 35-27 App St 35-31 UNC 38-28 UNC 24-23 UNC 34-27 App St 27-26 UNC 28-21
Auburn Texas A&M (-4.5) Auburn 28-24 Auburn 24-23 Auburn 33-30 A&M 30-20 A&M 38-33 A&M 31-28 Auburn 23-21
Kentucky Mississippi St (-6.5) Kentucky 28-24 Miss St 28-20 Kentucky 28-23 Miss St. 21-14 Miss St 31-24 Miss St 27-21 Miss St 30-21
South Carolina Missouri (-9.5) Missouri 35-27 Mizzou 28-17 Mizzou 27-16 Mizzou 50-14 Mizzou 34-24 Mizzou 34-23 Mizzou 27-20
West Virginia (-5.5) Kansas WVU 24-21 WVU 31-21 Kansas 32-30 Kansas 33-30 WVU 42-21 Kansas 34-31 WVU 21-10
Washington (-6.5) BYU Wash 34-24 Wash 31-21 BYU 35-33 Wash 28-27 Wash 34-24 BYU 31-28 Wash 35-24
Oregon (-10.5) Stanford Oregon 38-24 Oregon 31-17 Oregon 38-27 Oregon 27-16 Oregon 31-21 Oregon 30-21 Oregon 37-23
Oklahoma St Texas (-5.5) Texas 34-28 Texas 38-35 Texas 31-26 Texas 26-20 Texas 42-30 OK State 31-28 Texas 27-21
Notre Dame Georgia (-13.5) Georgia 35-24 Georgia 35-21 Georgia 35-21 Georgia 26-16 Georgia 38-24 Georgia 31-23 Georgia 26-24
Colorado Arizona St. (-7.5) ASU 31-21 ASU 28-20 ASU 24-21 ASU 22-12 ASU 20-10 ASU 20-14 ASU 31-17
This week Lock of the week Florida Wisconsin Florida Missouri WVU Florida TCU
This week Upset of the week Louisville App St Kansas Northwestern USC Kansas USC
Last week vs. spread 7-13 10-10 11-9 11-9 9-11 5-15 12-8
Overall vs. spread 23-26 22-27 22-27 21-28 20-19 19-30 19-30
Last week straight up 14-6 14-6 14-6 14-6 13-7 14-6 15-5
Overall straight up 38-12 38-12 34-16 31-19 35-15 39-11 38-12
Season Locks 1-2 2-1 2-1 2-1 1-2 1-2 2-1
Season Upsets 2-1 2-1 0-3 0-3 0-3 1-2 1-2

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