The Week 4 college football schedule has some pretty enticing matchups as conference play is picking up steam and that will make it more challenging for those making NCAA football predictions.
Now it is time to take a look at the best three-game parlay heading into Week 4. Michigan is the lone favorite that we are riding with as part of the parlay that includes a pair of underdogs finding a way to cover.
Colorado has already generated more media attention in its first three games until the watch of Hall of Fame defensive back Deion Sanders, the first-year head coach at Colorado. Those who bet online certainly have their eyes set on the 21-point line against Oregon on Saturday.
Here’s a look at the three-game Week 4 parlay.
North Carolina at Pittsburgh (+7½)
Something doesn’t seem right with the North Carolina offense this season and now the Tar Heels are facing a Pittsburgh team that leads the ACC in total defense. Even when North Carolina averaged 10.4 yards per passing attempt, as it did in last week’s win over Minnesota, there were only 31 points to show for it.
Pittsburgh’s pass defense has some numbers that are tough to digest. The Panthers have allowed the fewest passing yards in the conference but opposing quarterbacks are completing 67% of their passes versus the Panthers.
The 55 passes against Pittsburgh are easily the fewest among ACC teams. Expect that to change with Heisman Trophy candidate Drake Maye leading North Carolina against Pitt.
Maye’s numbers a season ago were almost identical when he was on the road or when playing at home.
As long as the line stays at 7½, we’re rolling with the underdog Panthers to cover even if the Panthers failed to cover against the college football odds in its lone game as a home underdog in 2022
College Football Pick: Pittsburgh +7½
Rutgers at Michigan (-23½)
Michigan will have Jim Harbaugh back on the sidelines after he served a three-game in-house suspension to try to minimize what the NCAA does after completing its investigation.
Rutgers is undefeated on the strength of a defense that, like Michigan, is allowing less than four yards per play.
Michigan will provide a much bigger challenge than the Scarlet Knights faced against Northwestern, Temple, and Virginia Tech.
The Wolverines had no trouble with Rutgers a season ago, outgaining the Scarlet Knights 433-180, and look for more of the same on Saturday.
It can be risky going with Michigan to cover as a heavy favorite since the Wolverines don’t always come through with explosive plays in the passing game.
The 23½-point spread at home seems like something Michigan can handle.
College Football Pick: Michigan -23½
Colorado (+21) at Oregon
Not having an injured Travis Hunter will hurt Colorado on both sides of the ball. However, a 21-point spread seems a bit high for a Colorado team that already went on the road and took down 2022 national runner-up Texas Christian and had no issues with Nebraska. The matchup with Colorado State was much closer than anticipated as the Buffaloes were fortunate to escape with the overtime win.
Colorado head coach Deion Sanders has thrived on creating an us-against-the-world mentality during the early stages of his first season at Colorado and that should be easy to do this week on the road against Oregon.
It is hard to draw any conclusions from what Oregon has accomplished this season with games against Portland State, Texas Tech, and Hawaii.
Oregon has covered in each of its last four games as a 20-point favorite. The last time that didn’t happen was in a 2021 game against Colorado. Can history repeat
College Football Pick: Colorado +21