Urban Meyer returns for Ohio State; No. 18 Wisconsin travels to Iowa

Week 4 college football preview and picks

Tim Grattan
September 22, 2018 - 4:22 am

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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – We have reached the quarter mark of the college football season and now we'll start to see which teams are contenders or pretenders. 

Last week was my worst week picking games here on the website -- thank you Oklahoma State -- so hopefully, I can improve on today's action. 

Tulane (1-2) at No. 4 Ohio State (3-0), 3:30 p.m., BTN

Urban Meyer is back on the sidelines after serving a three-game suspension for Ohio State in its final non-conference game of the season.

Defensive end Nick Bosa has been ruled out due to having surgery on a core muscle earlier this week and his timetable is unknown. 

I see Ohio State being too much for Tulane to handle and the Buckeyes rolling the Green Wave. Dwayne Haskins will throw for three TDs, and Tate Martell will see action. 

Line: Ohio State -37, O/U 68

Prediction: Ohio State 56, Tulane 10

No. 2 Georgia (3-0, 1-0) at Missouri (3-0), noon, ESPN

Georgia rolls into Missouri to face one of the better passers in college football in Missouri quarterback Drew Lock. Lock has 1,062 yards with 11 TD’s and 1 INT.

If Missouri is going to have shot with the home upset, they will need to play perfect on defense. However, the Tigers gave up 614 yards last week to Purdue.

Jake Fromm and the Dawgs’ will be running wild at Faurot Field.    

Line: Georgia -14, O/U 64.5

Prediction: Georgia 45, Missouri 24

Nebraska (0-2) at No. 19 Michigan (2-1), noon, FS1

I see two BIG ifs for Nebraska in this game: If quarterback Adrian Martinez is healthy and the Huskers defensive front can cause problems, Nebraska might have a chance to win the game.

However, those are two big ifs for the Huskers -- who are off to their worst start since 1957.

I think Shea Patterson will continue to thrive under the Jim Harbaugh’s offense and the Wolverines winners over the Huskers.

Line: Michigan -18.5, O/U 50.5

Prediction: Michigan 31, Nebraska 20

No. 22 Texas A&M (2-1) at No. 1 Alabama (3-0. 1-0), 3:30 p.m., CBS (Ch. 19 in Cleveland)

Jimbo Fisher vs. Nick Saban -- a battle of two West Virginians who grew up 21 miles from each other.

Fisher’s Aggies are heading in the right direction, but Texas A&M might take a few years to have an even playing field against Saban’s Crimson Tide.

 Alabama’s offense is rolling, and Tua Tagovailoa will continue to play like a Heisman Trophy candidate. 

Line: Alabama -26, O/U 53

Prediction: Alabama 42, Texas A&M 17

Kansas State (2-1) at No. 12 West Virginia (2-0), 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Dana Holgorsen’s squad was off last week due to Hurricane Florence canceling WVU’s matchup at NC State.

Kansas State has played one Power Five team this season – Mississippi State – and got cobbled at home.

Will Grier and the rest of the West Virginia friends shouldn’t have a problem with the Wildcats defense. 

Line: West Virginia -16.5, O/U 60.5

Prediction: West Virginia 45, Kansas State 14

No. 17 TCU (2-1) at Texas (2-1), 4:30 p.m., FOX (Ch. 8 in Cleveland)

TCU opened a lot of eyes in the college football world when they went toe-to-toe with Ohio State last week as they shown they its phenomenal team speed and loaded with talent.

Meanwhile, Texas rolled a young USC team in Austin during the same time TCU played Ohio State.

The Horned Frogs have more talent than the Longhorns and leave Austin with a win.

Line: TCU -3, O/U 48

Prediction: TCU 27, Texas 20

Florida (2-1, 0-1) at Tennessee (2-1), 7 p.m., ESPN

This rivalry game has me head scratching because both teams are struggling on offense.

Florida is 12th in the SEC on offense (382 yards per game), while Tennessee is 10th (409 yards per game).

Jeremy Pruitt will be coaching in his first big-time game and if the Volunteers want a shot at a bowl game, they need a win here. 

Line: Florida -3.5, O/U 46

Prediction: Tennessee 24, Florida 20

Texas Tech (2-1) at No. 15 Oklahoma State (3-0), 7 p.m., FS1

Oklahoma State proved me wrong last week when they manhandled Boise State.

The Cowboys lead the Big 12 Conference with 32 tackles for loss.

Texas Tech can score but still can’t play defense.

I like the Cowboys here in a classic Big 12 shootout.

Line: Oklahoma State -14, O/U 76.5

Prediction: Oklahoma State 63, Texas Tech 50

No. 18 Wisconsin (2-1) at Iowa (3-0), 8:30 p.m., FOX

I’m excited about this rivalry game because I want to see Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor goes up against Iowa’s tough defensive line.

I’m feeling the Hawkeyes pull off this upset and will sit atop of the Big Ten West standings.

Line: Wisconsin -3, O/U 42.5

Prediction: Iowa 24, Wisconsin 20