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Fearless Rick's 2015-16 College Football Week 4 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | September 24-26, 2015

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, September 24

7:30 pm Cincinnati at Memphis (-10 1.2, 68 1/2) - Tigers are 3-0 after defeating Bowling Green on the road, 44-41, last weekend and look to extend their winning streak against a Cincinnati team that's off to a 2-1 start, their sole loss to Temple, 34-26, on September 12.

This being a conference showdown, expect Memphis to handle the Bearcats, though not as severely as they did last season, when they conquered on the road, 41-14.

Both teams have plenty of offense, so expect many varieties of scoring plays and few field goals.

Prediction: Tigers 45 Bearcats 28


Friday, September 25

8:00 pm Boise State (-2 1/2, 51) at Virginia - The Broncos made up for their week two loss at BYU (35-24) with a rousing 52-0 whitewash of sorry Idaho State, but will face an improved team in the Cavaliers, which, despite a 1-2 record, was not embarrassed by UCLA (losing 34-16) and nearly upended Notre Dame, again, losing, 34-17.

The Cavaliers struggled against William and Mary, but got their first win of the season last week, 35-29. With the kind of defense (and, to a lesser degree, offense, or lack thereof) both teams have been playing, scoring may be at a premium and the home team should be all out for a win over a solid opponent.

Prediction: Cavaliers 20 Broncos 17


10:00 pm Stanford (-15 1/2, 53) at Oregon State - Coming off a huge win at USC, Stanford has to be feeling much better about its prospects in the PC-12 and will use this game as a springboard to betting things going forward.

Oregon State is 2-1, but their loss to Michigan (35-3) was something of a wipeout, and this game is their first conference meeting, so expect them to have most of the wrinkles ironed out. Last week's 35-21 defeat of San Jose State (Mountain West) offers some comfort, and, while the Beavers may come up short here, an upset is possible.

Close call for the Cardinal.

Prediction: Cardinal 27 Beavers 20


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Saturday, September 26

12:00 pm Georgia Tech (-9 1/2, 58) at Duke - Getting rolled at Notre Dame last week, 30-22, the Yellow Jackets look to get back on the winning track, though it won't be an easy task.

The Blue Devils also are coming off a loss, to Northwestern, 19-10, but their defense - which has been very good (17 points allowed over three games) will really be put to the test.

Georgia Tech has advantages on the line and their offense is geared to run the ball over, around and through opponents. Once they get rolling, the defense will do the rest.

Prediction: Yellow Jackets 34 Blue Devils 21


12:00 pm LSU (24 1/2, 47 1/2) at Syracuse - This marks the fourth consecutive home game for the Orange, who have not tasted defeat yet this season (3-0) after winning in overtime over Central Michigan, 30-27, last week.

While the Orange may be a bit more formidable than last season, LSU appears to be on the way to making a serious run at the national championship scene, especially after dusting Auburn last week, 45-21, and Mississippi State, 21-19, in their season opener.

LSU gets a break from conference play, but may take the Orage a bit too lightly. Syracuse is a better team than many imagine.

Prediction: Tigers 31 Orange 24


12:00 pm BYU at Michigan (-5 1/2, 45) - Are the Wolverines ready for prime time? This will be a real litmus test.

After losing their opener at Utah, 24-17, Michigan recorded back-to-back wins at home over Oregon State and UNLV, and they are favored here at home against the Cougars, who dropped a 24-23 decision at UCLA last week.

While both teams have solid offenses, the Michigan defense may be jelling into a very strong unit, and that may pave the way for a big win against a quality program.

Prediction: Wolverines 28 Cougars 17


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3:30 pm Tennessee at Florida (-1 1/2, 53 1/2) - As SEC games go, it doesn't get much better than this. The Gators are 3-0 and looking to make some serious noise in the SEC, while the 2-1 Vols' only defeat was to Oklahoma, in overtime, 31-24.

The Gators have started off well, with wins over New Mexico State (61-13), East Carolina (31-24) and Kentucky (14-9), and they'd love to get their offense into high gear, but against the Vols, that is a questionable task. Look to the Florida defense and a raucous home crowd to lead to a win in this low-scoring affair.

Prediction: Gators 23 Volunteers 16


3:30 pm Oklahoma State (-3, 60) at Texas - The Longhorns are still finding their footing, and are just 1-2 at this point, losing badly to Notre Dame (38-3) in their opener, and last week being edged by Cal, 45-44. In between, they took down Rice, 42-28, but that's not saying much.

The Cowboys are off to their usual 3-0 start against creampuff opponents, but their bubble is about to be burst on the road. Last season, the Longhorns gored them, but good, 28-7, and a similar outcome may be on the menu come Saturday.

Prediction: Longhorns 35 Cowboys 31


3:30 pm Virginia Tech (-8 1/2, 56 1/2) at East Carolina - The Hokies got somewhat lost in the shuffle after losing, in week one, to the Buckeyes, 42-24, but since have rebounded with a win over Furman (42-3) and a big win at Purdue, 51-24 and are ready to roll, it appears.

East Carolina has other ideas, such as sending them home losers, as they have so often in the past. Last season's meeting resulted in a 28-21 Pirate win at Virginia Tech.

Even though the Pirates are 1-2, their losses have been to Florida and Navy, both on the road. They are forever dangerous, especially when they play ACC teams.

Prediction: Pirates 30 Hokies 24

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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