Dan Mullen is putting his selections in for a loaded Week 4, including choosing the winner of two Top 25 SEC showdowns.
To illustrate, Mullen’s former employer in the Florida Gators will try to take their show on the road and find victory against the Tennessee Volunteers. Additionally, Texas A&M and Arkansas will do battle in what should be a hard hitting game.
Elsewhere, an ACC showdown between Clemson and Wake Forest could have huge College Football Playoff implications. Many believe the Tigers are the conference’s only shot at the dance, but the Demon Deacons have something to say about that.
As Week 4 draws near, Dan Mullen is excited for some wild showdowns, and so is the rest of the college football world. Here’s who he believes will be victorious in their efforts on Saturday.
- No. 5 Clemson over No. 21 Wake Forest
- No. 3 Ohio State over Wisconsin
- Kansas over Duke
- No. 11 Tennessee over No. 20 Florida
- North Carolina over Notre Dame
- No. 7 USC over Oregon State
- No. 15 Oregon over Washington State
- No. 23 Texas A&M over No. 10 Arkansas
Dan Mullen evaluates Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson ahead of Tennessee showdown
“What I saw in the Utah game is the guy that has the talent — I know he has so much talent. He just went out there and was playing. He started last year a little bit, and was always banged up the entire season. Could not get healthy. So it was hard to get him on the field consistently. But you know, I think it was a guy that was relaxed. There was really no pressure. They weren’t expected to win. Kind of almost the underdog at home. He went out and played,” stated Mullen, via the College GameDay Podcast. “Then the last two weeks, I think you saw a guy that now, as a younger player, is expecting to lead the team. It’s kind of this outside pressure. It comes on younger players of saying there instead of hey, relax. Go play. Make your reads. Hand the ball off. Do different things. If you’ve got a lane, you can run. Relax and go many plays, and just manage and run the offense.
“I think you’re seeing as a guy who now feels, ‘Okay, I’m now this starter. There’s the expectations on me that I have to live up to.’ You start pressing. I think he’s really been pressing, it’s looked like, to make the plays these last couple of weeks, instead of letting the plays just come to him.”
Thus far on the season, Anthony Richardson has made plays with his arm and his legs, but he’s still looking for his first touchdown pass. If he takes some of his old coaches advice, perhaps he can find his groove against the Volunteers — the Gators will need him to if they’re to get a victory this weekend.