College football week 4: Three games you need to watch – Washington Examiner

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 | September 21, 2019 06:00 AM

Week three was quite good to me as I went 3-0 straight up and 2-1 against the spread. It was not so good to ranked teams that lost in week three, such as Michigan State, Maryland, and USC. Those teams want to move on, so let’s take a look at week four’s enticing matchups.
Record after week three: straight up — (8-1), against the spread — (7-2)
No. 11 Michigan (2-0) at No. 13 Wisconsin (2-0) (Noon ET on FOX)
If there are two teams that have a habit of making me and my picks look bad, it is Michigan and Wisconsin. I trust them at the worst times. The Badgers had a subpar year last season and the Wolverines, whom I didn’t believe in all year long, laid an egg in “The Game” when I finally picked them to win.
Nevertheless, Michigan has not given fans much reason to believe in them this year either. It took a bit of luck and two overtimes for the Wolverines to survive Army at home. The last team that survived an overtime scare at home against Army ended up winning their conference and making it to the College Football Playoff (Oklahoma).
Unfortunately for the Maize and Blue, Shea Patterson is no Kyler Murray. Michigan finds itself ranked 12th out of the 14 Big Ten teams in passing yards per game at 226 yards per game through the air. For comparison, Wisconsin is third. The Wolverines are eighth in the conference in rushing yards per game with 170.5. That’s a respectable number, but they’re only averaging 3.8 yards per carry. That means they’re getting that number with volume because they don’t trust the passing game very much. Meanwhile, the Badgers are averaging five yards a carry and over 216 rushing yards per game.
Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor is arguably the best running back in the country. No running back in FBS history has compiled more rushing yards in his freshman and sophomore seasons than Taylor has. He has five rushing touchdowns, 237 rushing yards, and is averaging nearly seven yards per carry. Jack Coan, Wisconsin’s signal-caller, is growing more and more comfortable under center. He’s completing 76.3% of his passes with five touchdowns and no picks so far this season. His job is pretty straightforward this week as it is most weeks. He’ll hand the ball to Taylor about 20

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