College Football Week 4 Games to Watch: Irish Invade Athens

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When we picked Iowa vs. Iowa State as the must-watch game of last week, we didn't expect a six-hour affair featuring two lengthy delays due to thunder and lightning. 

But hey — the game still had enough thrills to keep us interested. 

While last week was light on Top 25 matchups (there weren't any), Week 4 is packed with multiple heavyweight bouts spread throughout the weekend. 

Here are the biggest games of Week 4 of the 2019 college football season. 

No.10 Utah At USC

Friday, 9/20 — 9:00 p.m.

The Utes have busted into the Top 10 of the AP Poll and currently sit as the best team in the Pac-12 through three weeks. However, a challenge awaits on Friday night when they head to Memorial Coliseum for a matchup with Southern California. The Trojans are notably hurting after the disappointment of a 30-27 overtime loss to BYU last Saturday. In his second start after quarterback J.T. Daniels went out for the season due to injury, quarterback Kedon Slovis showed spurts of potential that were ultimately thwarted by rookie mistakes. Slovis threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, but also three interceptions in the loss. 

This game is Utah's biggest challenge of the young season and could put them face-to-face with a Trojan team that is looking to rebound after an upset loss. And if you're looking for one more narrative tying this game together — Utah defeated BYU, the Trojan's recent conquerors, 30-12 in their opening game this season. 

No.11 Michigan At No.13 Wisconsin

Saturday, 9/21 — 12:00 p.m.

Two top Big Ten programs meet in Madison on Saturday, with both looking to sneak into the Top 10 with a victory. The Wolverines come into this game off an early season bye week, which was much needed after they escaped against Army in a double-overtime win on September 7. The week off should lead to a sharper looking Wolverines on offense after losing five fumbles through their first two games. 

The Badgers are also coming off a bye, but if anything their week away may have slowed their momentum after outscoring South Florida and Central Michigan 110-0 through the first two weeks. This game will be must-watch simply to see how Michigan's stout defense handles itself against Badger running back and Heisman hopeful Jonathan Taylor, who has five rushing and three receiving touchdowns to his name already this season. 

No.8 Auburn At No.17 Texas A&M

Saturday, 9/21 — 3:30 p.m.

Auburn's freshman starlet Bo Nix is being thrown into enemy territory for the first time in his career on Sunday. After a neutral site win over Oregon in Week 1 and back-to-back home victories to begin the season, Nix will lead to Tigers to Kyle Field for his first ever road start. 

The Aggies bounced back from their loss against Clemson by housing Lamar, 62-3, behind 317 passing yards from Kellen Mond. 

Both programs will be looking for that coveted first SEC win of the season considering their tough roads ahead that both include meetings with Alabama, LSU and Georgia. 

No.22 Washington At BYU

Saturday, 9/21 — 3:30 p.m.

BYU may have scheduled the most exciting first month of games for a non-Power 5 school in recent memory. After a Week 1 meeting with Utah, the Cougars then traveled to Neyland Stadium to face Tennessee and after that found themselves on the other side of the country against Southern Cal. And as they currently sit at 2-1, the tough start to the season has borne fruit. 

But another challenge awaits as BYU welcomes Washington to LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday. The Huskies have looked strong under new quarterback and Georgia transfer Jacob Eason, but a 20-19 loss to California on September 7 threw a wrench into their early season plans. 

A meeting with a formidable BYU side could be exactly what the Huskies need to recover momentum before heading into eight weeks of Pac-12 play, but both Tennessee and USC have made it known that the Cougars should not be taken lightly. 

No.7 Notre Dame At No.3 Georgia

Saturday, 9/21 — 8:00 p.m.

The main event of the weekend justifiably gets the prime time slot on Saturday night. 

A win for the Bulldogs will help cement their CFP resume as they enter the treacherous waters of SEC play, while a victory for the Fighting Irish would bring them back into the national conversation after falling flat in their Playoff Semi-Final loss to Clemson last year. 

Notre Dame's fate will be dependent on quarterback Ian Book's performance, who got back on track last week with a five-touchdown performance against New Mexico. But the Bulldogs stout defense will provide an exponentially bigger challenge than the Lobos did. 

For Georgia, the pressure comes from the expectation of victory — they opened as double-digit favorites and will be riding the high or home field advantage. 

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