Carges College Primer: Week 4

Check out Pete's games of the week in college football

September 22, 2017 - 10:58 am

Pete Carges

12.5 hours. That's how long I spent on the couch during a sunny, 80-degree Saturday last week, locked in to one of the more exciting days of College Football in a while.

What did we learn throughout that marathon session? For starters, we will definitely have a new Heisman winner this year, and more than likely 50-percent of the College Football Playoff will remain the same thanks to a beat down by Clemson in Louisville. We also learned that the PAC-12 may not be as strong as we though, while the Big 12, who many left for dead before the season, now has the inside track to the playoff. On top of that, we learned that the SEC STINKS outside of Tuscaloosa. 

The most important takeaway from Saturday however, is that the Carges College Primer is officially BACK. A 3-1 day, and two upset specials in a row brings our record to 6-6 on the year. We're officially back at ground zero and I'm smelling a 4-0 week this upcoming Saturday.

Week 4 Can't Miss Games

  • 16 - TCU at 6 - Oklahoma State - 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

It has been an absolute blast watching this offensive juggernaut Oklahoma State team so far this year, and we're not even into Big 12 play yet. Mason Rudolph has been dissecting defenses left and right, as the Pokes have taken care of business in the non-conference.

Now the tough part begins.

OSU can score 70 points a game, we know that, but can they stop anyone? They’ll get their first test this weekend as a much improved TCU team comes to town that can spin the bean just as well as they can.

I'm tempted to take the over in this one but I can see Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs trying to slow it down a little bit in effort to curtail OK State's attack. They’ll keep it close for a while, but I like the Cowboys at home, getting a late touchdown and blowing it open at the end.

MY PICK: Oklahoma State -13

  • 17 - Mississippi State vs 11 - Georgia - 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Who would've thought in the first full weekend of SEC play, we'd only see one matchup of ranked teams in the "best conference in the land". And even more so, who knew it would be these two? That's what we've got here as Georgia and Mississippi State clash in a battle of Bulldogs.

Mississippi State comes into this game on an emotional high, dismantling a quality opponent in LSU last week, while Georgia has looked good over the first three weeks, but still don't know exactly what they have in freshman quarterback Jake Fromm.

I think we'll get a low scoring street fight in this one, with Georgia looking to control the clock with their running back machine, and Mississippi State's defense on the field for a long time. UGA might pull out the win here, but it will be ugly, which is fitting for a couple of Bulldogs.

MY PICK: The UNDER 48.5.

  • 4 - Penn State at Iowa - 8 p.m. (ABC)

It happens almost every year. A so-so Iowa team hosts a big dog at home and pulls off a miracle upset by a score of 16-13. Well either that, or they get blown out by 30, but I’m excepting more of the former in this clash.

Make no mistake about it; this is a big game for the B1G 10. Penn State has been the most impressive team in the conference so far this year, but that’s not saying a whole lot when your three victories have come against teams that are winless when facing Power-5 opponents this year.

There aren’t a lot of big games on Saturday night, so a lot of eyes will be on this Nittany Lion squad, and a solid showing on the road against a conference foe will go a long way in the committees eyes come December. I do like this Penn State team, but I’m anxious to see just what exactly they can do when facing a real defense. James Franklin’s squad pulls out the win, but it’s going to be a sloppy one, and won’t feel comfortable until the end.

MY PICK: Iowa +12.5 


  • 8 - Michigan at Purdue (+10) - 4 p.m. (FOX)

There were a few different ways I was leaning this week for my upset special, but this game intrigued me the most because these appear to be two teams heading in opposite directions.

Michigan certainly has more talent than Purdue, but the Wolverines have not put together a complete 60 minutes in any of their first three games, especially on offense.

Under new coach Jeff Brohm, the Boilermakers have improved in all three games so far, giving Louisville a tough run, then blowing out their next two FBS opponents 79-24. The point is, Purdue can score, and Michigan cannot.

This is the biggest game at Purdue since Kyle Orton was playing quarterback and I expect a good showing by this promising squad. They may not get the win, but they’ll turn some heads and lay a foundation for the future 
in this one.

Other Games to watch:

  • NC State at 8 - Florida State - 12 p.m. (ABC)
  • 1 - Alabama at Vanderbilt - 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
  • Syracuse at 25 - LSU - 7 p.m. (ESPN)
  • UCLA at Stanford - 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)

My College Football Playoff (If the season ended today):

  • 1 - Clemson vs 4 - Penn State
  • 2 - Alabama vs 3 - Oklahoma

Next four in: Oklahoma State, USC, Washington, Wisconsin

Heisman Front-runners:

  1. Baker Mayfield - QB - Oklahoma
  2. Saquon Barkley - RB - Penn State
  3. Mason Rudolph - QB - Oklahoma State
  4. Sam Darnold - QB - USC
  5. Lamar Jackson - QB - Louisville
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