Week 4 Picks: Take the Cardinal

Predicting Week 4's top games, including ASU-Stanford and MSU-Notre Dame

Updated: September 19, 2013, 11:51 AM ET
By Phil Steele | ESPN Insider

Kevin Hogan, Taylor KellyAP PhotosStanford's Kevin Hogan and ASU's Taylor Kelly will square off in a Pac-12 showdown Saturday.

Each week during the 2013 college football season, I will offer up my picks and scores for the biggest games in addition to a handful of other key matchups.

Week 3 is in the books and my picks went 7-2, giving me an overall record of 19-8.

While this week's slate of games looks like a bit of a letdown after last week's Alabama-Texas A&M thriller, there are some intriguing conference matchups along with some longtime nonconference rivals squaring off. I tried to find games that could offer a lot of split opinions.


No. 23 Arizona State Sun Devils at No. 5 Stanford Cardinal

Saturday at 7 p.m. ET

This week's only game involving two ranked teams takes place in the Pac-12 as the Sun Devils, fresh off a controversial 32-30 win over then-No. 20 Wisconsin, travel to take on the defending Pac-12 champion Cardinal, who are off to a 2-0 start after last week's 34-20 win over Army.

These two conference foes have not met since 2010, but Stanford is going for three straight wins in the series for only the second time (1999-2001).

After two wins over overmatched foes in San Jose State and Army, this will be the first legitimate test for the Cardinal. Last week's relatively close game can be excused when you consider the Cardinal were traveling across the country, playing at 9 a.m. PT time. Plus, Stanford had to face Army's option offense. 

Phil Steele

ESPN Insider