Week 4 of the college football season is when things start getting really good. LSU may be playing a non-conference game against New Mexico, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the slate is as underwhelming. Week 4 is around the time when regular conference play has begun all across the nation. This means that there is quality, meaningful football to be played throughout the day on Saturday from here on out.
The Tigers are at home, so they’ll be playing during their regular Saturday night slot. LSU kicks off against the Lobos at 6:30 p.m. CT from Baton Rouge. How can you occupy the rest of your day though? You could do something “useful” like a normal human being. However, I prefer to sit on my couch and watch college athletes play football for hours on end.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to find the best games on television to watch. That’s why I’ve created this handy dandy Week 4 viewing guide for Tigers fans.
Building the best Week 4 College Football viewing schedule for LSU fans
I will provide two options for each normal timeslot (minus the early evening slot, that’s reserved for the Bayou Bengals): one for SEC games and the other for pure entertainment purposes. All times will be CT and all selections come from 506sports’ complete list of games. Without further ado, let’s kick off the perfect Week 4 viewing schedule.
Late morning slot (11 a.m.)
There are a plethora of games kicking off early on Saturday. The first games of the day usually don’t live up to the hype generated by College Gameday and Lee Corso’s headgear selections. However, that probably won’t be the case during Week 4.
A majority of the country will be watching Clemson take on Wake Forest (ABC) or Maryland at Michigan (FOX). Personally, I would go with the latter as I believe it’ll be a slugfest between two of the ACC’s top teams.
A few SEC games are kicking off in the late morning too. The first is one I’d personally go with, Missouri at Auburn (ESPN). You could get a bit of scouting done. I also enjoy watching two horrible teams face off in the morning as it only increases the quality of the later games. If none of the aforementioned games tickle your fancy, you can see how Mississippi State responds to a loss to the Tigers last week when it hosts Bowling Green.
Picks: Clemson at Wake Forest (entertainment), Missouri at Auburn (SEC)
Mid-afternoon (2:30 p.m.)
I want to preface this section by saying that the best game also comes from the SEC. Therefore, I’ll only be handing out one pick for the mid-afternoon timeslot. That being said, there are a few other games if Florida at Tennessee (CBS) does get out of hand early.
If you’d like to watch two evenly-matched teams who were overhyped during the preseason, flip over to ABC to watch Notre Dame take on North Carolina (ABC). If you’re in the mood for a Big 12 or B1G shootout, Texas at Texas Tech (ESPN) and Minnesota at Michigan State (BTN) are also available for your viewing pleasure. Please watch the Gators at Volunteers though, it’s going to be an electric atmosphere in Knoxville.
Pick: Florida at Tennessee
Late night (8:30 p.m. and later)
There isn’t a lot to choose from when it comes to Pac-12 after dark in the late-night slot. The LSU game won’t conclude in two hours or less, so those who watch the Tigers won’t get to watch USC and Oregon State kick off on the P12N. It’ll hopefully be worth the watch in the second half as the contest in Corvallis is expected to be close.
There aren’t any other SEC games to keep an eye on late, so Stanford at Washington (FS1) is the way to go following the conclusion in Corvallis. The Huskies emerged as one of the conference’s and country’s best teams last week when they blew out Michigan State. The Cardinal provides a tough test for every team out on the west coast—Washington needs to watch out.
Picks: USC at Oregon State (entertainment), Stanford at Washington (entertainment)
There you have it, your perfect day of college football. As an added bonus, keep an eye on ESPN leading up to LSU vs. New Mexico. Arkansas vs. Texas A&M has some huge implications in the SEC West and I have a feeling it’ll be a fantastic football game. Happy viewing!