The best-case scenario for this week’s slate of college football games is that each of the top four teams from each conference plays a playoff game.
The rest of the games aren’t really that big of a deal, but they do make for a great week of college sports, with the likes of Ohio State, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Michigan State playing for the second week in a row.
There are still some good matchups for the rest of us though, as you’ll see below.
In the Big Ten, the Wolverines have to travel to Indiana for a home game against Indiana State, which is still in a very similar position to where they were in Week 3.
That game will likely have an early exit in the standings.
The Hoosiers have a bye in Week 5 and are also on the road for the first time since Week 4.
Michigan State and Wisconsin both have games in hand at Ohio State this week.
The Spartans are at home against Purdue and the Badgers are on the West Coast for a week after a bye.
Penn State will travel to Rutgers for a win against Rutgers.
The Scarlet Knights are still in the playoff hunt at 6-5, with a win this week would push them back up to 10-3, which would give them an edge over Nebraska for a second straight year.
Wisconsin is in the same position as the Badgs, and they will also have to take on Rutgers.
This week, the Badger’s win over Rutgers would make them 9-2 and would give the Badg faithful their first win of the season, and a win over Penn State would give Wisconsin its second win of 2017.
Ohio State is currently tied for second in the Big 10 with Wisconsin and is also a game away from beating Nebraska for the fifth straight year, and if Ohio State wins this game, the Buckeyes would have a five-game winning streak at home.
Iowa State is the other Big Ten team that is still tied with Wisconsin for the top spot in the conference.
The Cyclones are in the midst of a 10-game win streak, but there is still one game in hand over the Badies.
Texas Tech is still at 8-4, but the Red Raiders are in a bit of a situation as well, as they have only won once in 2017 and are currently two games behind the Horned Frogs for the fourth spot in conference.
Indiana is the only Big Ten game remaining in Week 4 and will likely need a win for the Big 12 title.
The Red Raiders will travel for a road game against Baylor, which could be the deciding factor in the outcome of the game.
This is the first week that the College Football Playoff is scheduled to start, which means that it’s only a matter of time before we get to see how well it plays.
The College Football Playoffs will be hosted by CBS Sports on Saturday, January 18 at 6:00pm EST.
The playoff bracket will be released the following week.