Prediction time: Week 4 of college football
TCU at SMU (7 p.m., ESPN): We've already had some interesting talk from the two coaches heading into the game and it's another one of those recruiting games that TCU is playing locally. They beat Baylor last week in the same kind of situation. SMU played much better in the second half of the Washington State game and won't be intimidated by TCU. The Horned Frogs, though, should have plenty of motivation after coach Gary Patterson reminds them that SMU ruined a perfect season in 2005 with an upset. TCU is the more talented team, but the Mustangs will keep this game close for a while. Prediction: TCU 38, SMU 21
UCLA at Texas (2:30 p.m., ABC): Texas is coming off a nice win on the road at Lubbock, which is never an easy place to play. Garrett Gilbert got a chance to see what life was like away from Austin at a tough venue. He's now back home and the Longhorns should take care of business against the Bruins, who beat Houston 31-13 last week. Prediction: Texas 28, UCLA 10
Oklahoma at Cincinnati (5 p.m., ESPN2): I know there's a temptation for folks to expect Oklahoma to have some trouble on the road here after Air Force scared the Sooners. But I don't buy it. Cincinnati isn't the same team that Brian Kelly coached well enough to earn the Notre Dame job. And Oklahoma is thirsting for a breakout game similar to what they did against Florida State. I think the Sooners cover in this one. Prediction: Oklahoma 38, Cincinnati 17
North Texas at Florida Atlantic (6 p.m.): The Mean Green have now lost the top-2 quarterbacks on the depth chart after sophomore Derek Thompson broke his leg in the Army game. So Riley Dodge, who was converted from quarterback to wide receiver, is now back behind center. The key, though, to winning games may be in UNT's ability to get Lance Dunbar and the running game going. Prediction: Florida Atlantic 42, UNT 21
Baylor at Rice (7 p.m.): The Bears wanted to make a statement in Fort Worth last week, but ran into a Horned Frog buzz saw. Robert Griffin III is still getting used to being back on the field and running the offense. He'll improve each week. And I'm still convinced this Baylor defense is better. I think they'll proof it with a bounce back this weekend. Prediction: Baylor 31, Rice 17
Other national games of interest:
Alabama at Arkansas (2:30 p.m., CBS): The Hogs are at home and coming off a nice win between the hedges in Athens. But I'm still a firm believer in this Crimson Tide team. It will be a close game, but the Tide will wear Arkansas down in the fourth quarter. Prediction: Alabama 35, Arkansas 21
South Carolina at Auburn (6:45 p.m., ESPN): Both teams have picked up some nice wins early in the season, but this is a chance to prove which one has staying power to contend with the big boys in the SEC. This should be a great matchup, but I'll go with the Gamecocks and their running game to get past Auburn on the road. Prediction: South Carolina 27, Auburn 24
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