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15 Bold Predictions For Week 4 of College Football Action

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15 Bold Predictions For Week 4 of College Football Action

Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into Week 4 of the college football season, it is time to start seeing title contenders fall. Perennial powerhouses Texas, Florida, USC, Georgia and Notre Dame have already lost a game. Last week, Johnny Manziel put up a Heisman Trophy performance in a loss against the Alabama Crimson Tide. UCLA came back from an 18-point deficit to defeat Nebraska on the road by 20 points. 

There have been teams that have looked completely dominant like the Oregon Ducks, Ohio State Buckeyes and Florida State Seminoles. However, Week 4 is when we get into full conference mode and teams that are very familiar with each other play every week. This is the time of year that a lot of upsets happen and ranked teams begin to fall. In power conferences like the SEC and PAC-12, there will be games weekly that have two contenders for the conference titles and perhaps BCS title squaring off.

This is also the time of the year that we see pre-season Heisman hopefuls begin to fade and unknown players step up and shine. Going into last season, Manziel wasn't on anyone's Heisman list, and he ended up winning the award as a freshman. Players like Jameis Winston, A.J. McCarron, Teddy Bridgewater and Marcus Mariota have already stepped into the discussion with Manziel. Over the next few weeks, there will be a handful of players that join these guys and help move their teams closer to a major bowl game.

With so much action happening this week, these 15 things will start shaping the remainder of the college football season.

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15. Marshall Wins

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Marshall will beat Virginia Tech in Blacksburg 17-10.

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14. Utah State Wins

Utah State
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Utah State will win on the road against USC 35-24.

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13. Johnny Manziel will score 7 TDs

Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Defending Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel will score seven TDs before the end of the third quarter against SMU.

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12. Troy Wins

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The Troy Trojans will upset the Mississippi State Bulldogs on the road.

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11. Florida International University

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After losing by three TDs to Bethune Cookman, Florida International University will gain less than 100 yards of total offense against Louisville.

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10. Miami Running Backs

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In a blowout against Savannah State, the University of Miami will have three running backs gain over 100 yards on Saturday.

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9. Auburn Up At Half

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Auburn will lead LSU at halftime, but lose the game in the second half.

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8. Michigan State Wins

Michigan State
Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State University will beat Notre Dame without scoring an offensive touchdown.

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7. Louisiana Monroe Wins

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Louisiana Monroe will beat no. 24 Baylor on the road.

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6. Big Day For Tyler Tettleton

Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Tettleton will throw for over 400 yards against Austin Peay.

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5. Florida Blanks Tennessee

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Gators will shutout the Tennessee Volunteers 23-0.

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4. BYU and Utah Ground Game

Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

BYU and Utah will combine for over 700 yards rushing.

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3. 200 Yards for Todd Gurley

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Georgia Running Back Todd Gurley will rush for over 200 yards in the first half against North Texas.

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2. Arizona State Wins

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State will end Stanford's title hopes by beating them 38-28 on the road.

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1. Perfect Day for Teddy Bridgewater

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will complete every pass he throws against Florida International University.