With SEC rivalries, new Heisman favorites and more, our college football staff previews the week ahead.
By FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS STAFFFS Carolinas
FOX Sports South's college football writers and guests offer a weekly preview of the upcoming slate. This week, FOX Sports South producer Kyle Payne joins the show to offer insight on Alabama-Texas A&M, the Pac-12/Big 12 races and more. Here is the Week 4 preview, featuring a few under-the-radar rivalry games and one showdown of ranked West Coast programs:
Five Matchups to Watch
Clemson at N.C. State (Thu.): This has all the makings of a "Clemson Being Clemson" moment. N.C. State has taken down Clemson and Florida State, respectively, in back-to-back seasons. Can Tajh Boyd and the
Tigers' high-powered offense avoid the letdown game this time around?
Tennessee at Florida: Two SEC teams in desperate need of a pick-me-up win following lackluster outings. Will Jeff Driskel ever put the
Gators on the right track offensively?
Michigan State at Notre Dame: Can the Spartans continue to win games despite a fruitless attack? The defense has been spectacular — even outscoring its offense by a wide margin — but is it enough to overcome the reigning BCS runner-ups?
Arizona State at Stanford: As strange as it may sound, this is the only game on the docket featuring two ranked opponents. David Shaw's Stanford program is one of the nation's best in recent seasons. Can Arizona State stake its claim in the Pac-12 race?
Auburn at LSU: Other than the end-of-season Iron Bowl matchup against Nick Saban and the
Crimson Tide, is there a better statement opportunity for Gus Malzahn's Auburn program? Probably not. However, LSU is riding a 28-game winning streak in September home games — that's a tall task.
Jeff Driskel, Florida: Tennessee is not the biggest test, but it's an opportunity to get back on track following a rocky performance in Miami?
Kevin Hogan, Stanford: Where does the sophomore rank in the Pac-12's deep class of young QBs?
Alex Collins, Arkansas: The frosh has posted back-to-back-to-back 100-yard games for the
Razorbacks. Can he do it again at Rutgers before the SEC slate picks up?
Kenny Guiton/Braxton Miller, Ohio State: Will the
Buckeyes really consider running a two-QB system? Florida A&M could provide a convenient guinea pig. (Please let this happen, Urban.)
-- Should Wisconsin be on alert after last week's letdown?
-- Is there BCS buster potential in the Boise State-Fresno State matchup?
Vanderbilt's season is not off to the best start. Could UMass pull off the surprise?
-- Could a high-scoring shootout in Louisiana-Monroe v.
Baylor go against the ranked Bears?