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Week 4 schedule full of potential blowouts

Ben Fisher, TSN.ca

9/20/2013 12:32:40 PM

Fans of blowouts rejoice, Week 4 of the NCAA football schedule is going to be full of them.

Several top teams are taking on FCS opponents, leading to a thin schedule and several large spreads. No. 7 Louisville and No. 13 UCLA are each laying 40+ points in their matchups. Basically it's a great weekend for Heisman candidates to pad their stats.

But amongst the carnage that is the Week 4 schedule there is one matchup that could be worth keeping a close eye on. The Arizona State Sun Devils jumped into the Top 25 with a win over Wisconsin and their “make or break” stretch of the schedule continues against the fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal.

Beating Wisconsin is one thing, and upcoming games against USC and Notre Dame could be winnable too, meaning the Sun Devils have a chance to spend some weeks in the Top 25, but Stanford is a different beast, and should halt Arizona State's momentum before it gains too much traction.

After a less than dominant win over Army last week, Stanford has a lot at stake in this game too. With No. 3 Clemson looking ordinary in their win over North Carolina State on Thursday, the Cardinal could make a jump in the rankings with a big win over the Sun Devils.

Action on TSN 2 – Purdue at No. 24 Wisconsin, Saturday at 3:30pm et/12:30pm pt

It's a Big 10 showdown as the Purdue Boilermakers travel to the No. 24 Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers were lucky to stick in the Top 25 after their loss last week to the aforementioned Sun Devils, but should have an easier road this week opening conference play against Purdue. Wisconsin opened the year with two shutout wins and with a spread in the mid-20s, could make it three of four.