College football picks for week 4: Times staff predictions

Here’s the Tampa Bay Times college football coverage team’s picks for week 4
South Florida Bulls student section during the game against Georgia Tech at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, September 8, 2018.  OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
South Florida Bulls student section during the game against Georgia Tech at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, September 8, 2018. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Published Sep. 21, 2018

USF is a three-plus touchdown favorite at home against an East Carolina team that stunned North Carolina.

Florida is a 4.5-point favorite at a Tennessee team playing its SEC opener under first-year coach Jeremy Pruitt.

And Florida State is a 10.5-point favorite at home against a Northern Illinois team it paid $1.6 million to come to Tallahassee.

Here’s our picks for those and other top games from week 4 in college football (! indicates lock of the week; * indicates upset special):


  1. The Rays' Nate Lowe talked Monday about why he underwent a physical, mental and spiritual transformation.
  2. New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) during warmups before a recent hockey game against the Dallas Stars in Newark, N.J.
  3. Rezz will perform at the 2020 Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium.
  4. In this radar image from the National Weather Service migratory birds are seen moving north overnight. This product shows biological targets in green/yellow flying north over the Keys. Showers/rain are depicted in darker blues.
  5. Police say Terrence Hoover, right, broke into a $4 million Vinoy Place condo on Jan. 17. The penthouse is owned by Scott Swift, left, the father of supererstar Taylor Swift.
  6. In a body cam video from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, two police officers are heard questioning why a school allowed a 6-year-old student to be committed to a mental health facility under Florida's Baker Act.
  7. In this Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, file photo, Tiffany Carr, executive director of Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, left, speaks at a news conference held by Gov. Jeb Bush, background right, to announce a public awareness campaign designed to prevent disaster-related domestic violence, in Tallahassee, Fla. On Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered an investigation into a nonprofit domestic abuse agency whose CEO, Carr, had received $7.5 million in compensation over a three-year span. (AP Photo/Phil Coale, File)
  8. Former Port Richey mayor Dale Massad heads to trial Feb. 24 on five charges of attempted murder. He fired upon SWAT team members who were arresting him on a warrant at his home, but his attorneys will argue it is a stand your ground case.
  9. Race cars go down pit row before the NASCAR Daytona 500 on Sunday.
  10. The Voluntary Prekindergarten room is one feature of the new Bardmoor Branch of the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg. The location also includes a child-care center and Preschool Academy.
  11. Danielle Wade, Megan Masako Haley, Mariah Rose Faith and Jonalyn Saxer in the nationally touring company of Mean Girls the Musical, coming to the Straz Center Feb. 18-23.
  12. Mary Margaret's Olde Irish Tavern co-owner Pete Boland poses with photos of his family that will hang in the St. Petersburg pub. He's holding a portrait of his late grandmother Mary Margaret Prescott, whom the bar is named after. [MEAGHAN HABUDA | Times]