It’s Week 4 in college football, which means conference play begins for most teams throughout the country. The familiarity between league teams usually breeds close games and upsets and we’ve seen some of both on Saturday.
Texas fell to Texas Tech on the road in an overtime stunner after star running back Bijan Robinson fumbled on the Longhorns’ first play of the extra period. The Red Raiders seized the opportunity, kicking a field goal to beat their in-state rivals a few plays later.
Oregon, Tennessee, Clemson and Michigan all eked out wins over conference foes elsewhere.
In non-conference action, Miami suffered what will likely end up being the most embarrassing loss of the day in getting throttled at home by Middle Tennessee.
Here are the key games left that we’re keeping an eye on Saturday.
(Note: All times ET, odds from BetMGM)
No. 10 Arkansas vs. No. 23 Texas A&M (Arlington, Texas)
Time: 7 p.m. | TV: ESPN | Line: TAMU -2.5 | Total: 48.5
Coming off a surprisingly tough win over Missouri State, expect the 3-0 Razorbacks to come out with much more focus when they goes up against Texas A&M at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Texas A&M, meanwhile, managed to bounce back after its disappointing Week 2 home loss to Appalachian State. The Aggies made a change at quarterback and got a 17-9 win over No. 13 Miami. Even with the QB change from Haynes King to Max Johnson, the offense did not look very good. It remains to be seen how the unit will look against Arkansas.
No. 7 USC at Oregon State
Time: 9:30 p.m. | TV: Pac-12 | Line: USC -6.5 | Total: 70.5
USC will have its most significant test of the Lincoln Riley era so far when it goes up to Corvallis to face an underrated Oregon State team. Through three games, the hype about USC has been justified as Caleb Williams has been tearing up defenses during the Trojans’ 3-0 start. The Beavers, who are 3-0 with wins over Boise State and Fresno State, have steadily improved during Jonathan Smith’s tenure as head coach. If the Beavers can pull off the upset here, it would be just their third win over a ranked opponent since 2013.