Week 4 of the 2021 college football season has arrived, and it brings another loaded schedule on CBS Sports Network spanning Friday and Saturday. Charlotte and Middle Tennessee kick off the slate on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET in a battle of Conference USA programs looking for their first league victories. In the nightcap, No. 22 Fresno State, one of the darlings of Week 3 after upsetting UCLA, will try to build off of that momentum against UNLV.
Saturday’s tripleheader kicks off at noon with Army looking to improve to 4-0 against Miami (Ohio). The busy day continues at 3:30 p.m. with a high-powered Wyoming squad traveling to UConn. Finally, Western Kentucky will host Indiana at 8 p.m. with the Hilltoppers gearing up for a home game against a Power Five opponent. For the Hoosiers, the game represents a chance for the preseason No. 17 team to get back on track after a disappointing 1-2 start. With a game at No. 6 Penn State coming up in Week 4, Indiana needs to generate momentum, but WKU’s pass-happy offense will pose a challenge.
Here is the full rundown of all the Week 4 action on CBS Sports Network with all times ET.
MTSU at Charlotte
Storylines: Charlotte began the season with its first win over a Power Five team by knocking off Duke 31-28, but suffered a reality check last week by losing 20-9 at Georgia State. Charlotte finished with just 276 yards of total offense while allowing 298 on the ground on defense. MTSU had its own offensive struggles in Week 3, finishing with just 199 total yards in a 27-13 loss to UTSA. This one could be a rock fight as both teams seek their first league victories.
UNLV at Fresno State
Storylines: Fresno State provided one of the most thrilling finishes of the season by upsetting then-No. 13 UCLA 40-37. Quarterback Jake Haener played through obvious pain in the fourth quarter, throwing two late touchdown passes to secure the marquee victory for second-year coach Kalen Deboer. The Bulldogs want to avoid a letdown against an 0-3 UNLV team in the conference opener for both.
Miami (Ohio) at Army
Storylines: Army is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2016 behind its usual efficient option attack and a stifling run defense. Miami (Ohio) is 1-2, but opened with road games at Cincinnati and Minnesota. Considering the level of competition, the Redhawks have done a decent job of generating explosive plays. They haven’t been great at defending the run, though, which means this could be a high-scoring game. Army won the last meeting 31-30 in 2018.
Wyoming at UConn
Storylines: UConn scored its first touchdowns against FBS opposition last week in a 52-21 loss to Army. Those scores came in garbage time, however, after the Huskies fell behind 42-0 at halftime and Army pulled its starters. But perhaps the momentum generated in the second half can propel the Huskies this week. They’ll need all the mojo they can find against a 3-0 Wyoming that scored a combined 95 points in the last two weeks.
Western Kentucky vs. Indiana
Storylines: Indiana began the season with lofty expectations, but it needs a get-right game after losses to Iowa and Cincinnati. The Hoosiers can’t get caught looking ahead to next week’s game at No. 6 Penn State, though, because Western Kentucky poses a tough test. The Hilltoppers and their pass-obsessed attack generated 435 yards through the air in a close loss to Army during Week 2. Indiana is 3-0 all-time against WKU, including a 38-21 road win in 2010.