In Week 4, most fans skimmed past Oklahoma's visit to Baylor — whose 0-3 start included losses to Liberty and UTSA. However, while stopping short of proclaiming a potential upset, it was evident that the Bears might compete with the return of many injured players, including running back Terence Williams.
They did more than compete. Baylor racked up 523 yards of offense, led 31-28 in the third quarter and had possession in the final two minutes while trailing by eight. Oklahoma ultimately prevailed but it was a spectacularly entertaining game.
One of the biggest Group of Five games all season, Memphis and UCF are vying for a huge piece on their AAC and New Year's Six résumés. This game was rescheduled from Week 2 after Hurricane Irma forced its cancellation.
Both teams are undefeated, have wins over Power Five teams (Memphis over UCLA, UCF over Maryland) and have the two most-sought-after head coach coaches in the country.
Look for a shootout between two high-powered, multi-dimensional offenses.
Wisconsin should run away with the Big Ten West title. They cruised through a weak non-conference schedule and face one top-25 team in Big Ten play, Michigan.
There is nothing to suggest Northwestern should win this game, or even keep it close. They were annihilated by Duke — 191 total yards in the 41-17 loss — and don't have enough offensive weapons to hang 30 on the Badgers. However, the same was the case in both 2014 and 2015, when the Wildcats won both games by a combined score of 33-21.
Both of LSU's all-time meetings with Troy have been unexpectedly close: 24-20 in 2004 and 40-31 in 2008, Might this be another one?
After scaring Boise State in Week 1, the Trojans have reeled off three-straight wins thanks to a dominating defense that ranks in the top 25 nationally in red-zone scoring, rushing and scoring, among other areas. They are allowing fewer than three yards per carry and could give an identity-seeking Tigers' offense fits.
Iowa State is a last-minute collapse vs. Iowa from their first 3-0 start since 2012. The Cyclones are just 2-12 all-time vs. Texas but they did post a 24-0 shutout in 2015 and lost by a combined four points in 2013 and 2014. And they now have arguably their best offense in years.
Jacob Park vs. a fast Texas is overwhelmingly the matchup the watch. Aside from a bad interception vs. Iowa, the Iowa State quarterback has been terrific and has a bevy of Big 12-caliber weapons.
San Diego State is 4-0 and chasing another Mountain West title and New Year's Six bowl, but they've won three games by a combined 17 points, including a four-point victory at Air Force in Week 4. Though it's senseless to put much stock into games against the always-tough service academies, poor third-down execution and a lack of big plays from the offense are concerning moving forward.
Northern Illinois, meanwhile, is seeking to establish themselves as a legitimate New Year's Six contender also with their second big road win.
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