This is the fourth week of the college football season and teams are beginning to distinguish themselves from the others and national title contenders are beginning to emerge.
This week marks the start of the nine game conference schedules in the Big 12 and creates some of the weekend’s best games. The highlight of this weekend’s games features #7 Oklahoma State heading to College Station to square off with #8 Texas A&M. This week in college football has a lot of ranked teams playing in tough games and creates some great betting lines to be profitable this weekend.
Here are my picks for the fourth week of the college football season.
College Football Picks and Betting Lines for Week 4
North Carolina State v. Cincinnati
- North Carolina State-Cincinnati spread: Cincinnati -7.5
- North Carolina State-Cincinnati over/under: 60.5
This game features two teams that both have 2-1 records and will be looking to get their third win of the season. The Bearcats problem this season has been on the defensive side of the ball as they are giving up nearly 400 yards a game. North Carolina features a very good quarterback in Mike Glennon who has already thrown for 745 yards and 8 touchdowns. I think Glennon continues to stay hot at QB and that is why I am taking the Wolfpack with the points in this game.
Central Florida v. BYU
- Central Florida- BYU spread: BYU -3.5
- Central Florida-BYU over/under 43
Both teams are coming off disappointing losses last week and will be looking to make a statement in this game in front of a national audience. The problem with BYU this season is that their offense is one of the worst in all of college football and in three games have only scored 40 points. Central Florida has a solid pass defense this season and is holding opponents to an average of 93 passing yards a game. I think BYU will continue to struggle on offense this week and that is why I like Central Florida in this game.
#7 Oklahoma State v. #8 Texas A&M
- Oklahoma State-Texas A&M spread: Texas A&M -3.5
- Oklahoma State-Texas A&M over/under 69
It has been four years since Texas A&M beat Oklahoma State and this may be their last chance to get a victory over the Cowboys for a long time. Oklahoma State’s offense is putting up some serious numbers this season and is averaging 52.3 points and 601 yards a game. Texas A&M is no slouch on offense either and this season they are averaging close to 500 yards of offense a game. Both teams can score at will and Oklahoma’s State’s defense has given up a lot of points this season. I know the over/under seems high for this game but with these two dynamic offenses there will be a lot points scored in this game. I like the over in this game and I think both teams will put up at least 40 points.
#14 Arkansas v. #3 Alabama
- Arkansas-Alabama spread: Alabama -11.5
- Arkansas-Alabama over/under 50.5
This is an early SEC West showdown that could decide who will be representing their division in the SEC Championship Game. The Razorbacks are very good on both sides of the ball and have one of the best teams in the country. The Crimson Tide has a very good rushing attack and is starting to get improved quarterback play from QB A.J. McCarron, who has not thrown an interception in his last two games. I think this is going be a close game that will be hard fought by both teams and that is why I am going to take Arkansas with the points.
Missouri v. #1 Oklahoma
- Missouri-Oklahoma spread: Oklahoma -21.5
- Missouri-Oklahoma over/under 56.5
Oklahoma gets this game at home and will look to avenge last season’s lost to Missouri. Missouri’s only loss this season came out in the desert when they lost a close game in overtime against Arizona State 37-30. Oklahoma is coming off a very impressive win last week against Florida State that has many people believing they will be playing in the national championship game. I see both offenses being able to put a lot of points on the board and will combine to score well over 57 points. I don’t think Missouri will win this game but I think they will cover the spread.
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