Week 4 College Football Preview: LSU And Auburn’s Catfight

While the nation recovers from its hangover in the aftermath of Texas A&M vs. Alabama, college football’s Week 4 schedule lacks any matchups with national championship implications this week. However, there are a few middleweight matchups that could hit the sweet spot. Check out the rest of this week's Any Given Saturday here.

No. 23 Arizona State vs. No. 5 Stanford

Arizona State’s Taylor Kelly has built up his rep as the leader of an offense that has the capacity to sling the rock around with the best of them. Against Stanford, the ground game will be snuffed out quickly so Kelly will have to be flawless. Quietly, Kevin Hogan is now 7-0 since being named the Stanford starter last season. Arizona State’s on the rise, but they’re about to nudged back down the mountain on Saturday.

Auburn at No. 6 LSU

Don’t look now, but the LSU Tigers have quickly painted themselves into the NCAA Championship picture. Zach Mettenberger is bringing a dimension to a Les Miles offense that the SEC hasn’t seen since JaMarcus Russell was throwing heat into receivers’ chests. Their rivalry with Auburn is special though. Gus Malzahn and quarterback Nick Marshall have the hurry-up offense off the mat. Against an LSU defense that is still rife with future NFLers, at the very least, they’ll be able to make the Tigers sweat. When Auburn comes to Baton Rouge, throw out the rankings, anything can happen.

UNC at Georgia Tech

Vad Lee has thrown six touchdowns this season and completed only 15 passes. That’s how Tech’s offense rolls. Last year, both offenses left burning turf in the wake of Tech's 68-50 win. Lee’s progression as a passer makes Tech’s triple-option that much more potent.