Week Ten Predictions
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While the last couple of weekends have been a little slow in the college football universe, there is certainly no lack of excitement in week 10! There are some big-time matchups including TCU at Oklahoma State, LSU at Alabama, and Florida State at Clemson. After this weekend the Playoff picture will not be settled by any means whatsoever. But we will have a much better general idea of who is left standing and who has been knocked out...
Here are my picks for the games of week 10....
#17 Florida State (7-1) at #1 Clemson (8-0) - Once again, the rain and Death Valley have a date for a fun-filled Saturday as this is the third home game this year for Clemson fans in a hard rain in their home stadium. That will make this a bit more of a running game, which may help the 'Noles who return a healthy Dalvin Cook. Clemson will counter with Wayne Gallman and Zac Brooks. There will be plenty of emotion on both sides as FSU looks to win the ACC Atlantic despite a freak loss at GT a couple of weeks ago, while Clemson could also wrap up the Atlantic and takes their home field ranked #1 for the first time in school history. How will they handle that? At the end of a long, wet day, I see a tough 4-quarter battle with no shortage of craziness, and a huge play by someone late to be the difference...Clemson, 30-26.
#8 TCU (8-0) at #14 Oklahoma State (8-0) - Well, this is a big-time game for sure as the Big 12 hardware is still very much up for grabs with several unbeaten teams. But when I look at who these two schools have played so far, no wonder they are both undefeated! A couple of common teams between the two are Texas and West Virginia, in which TCU destroyed both but OSU squeaked by both. With that as somewhat of a base of thought, I will go with the visiting Frogs...TCU, 42-31.
Duke (6-2) at North Carolina (7-1) - The Tar Heels (5-0 ACC) could find themselves in pretty darned good shape in the ACC Coastal if they can defend their home field here with a win over the rival Blue Devils. But Duke is thinking the same thing, and with a win they would still be on track to win the division themselves as they host Pitt the following weekend. This will be a war - in the rain - for a lot of pride. I like coach David Cutcliffe at Duke and think he finds a way to steal a win in Chapel Hill...Duke, 27-21.
#5 Notre Dame (7-1) at Pitt (6-2)- This game doesn't count in the official ACC standings, but still has meaning on a national scale as Pitt looks to jump into the national scene with a big win, and ND tries to stay alive for the Playoff. The Irish are probably a little strong for the Panthers, so I am going to go with them here. But Pitt has ruined the Irish's season a few times before, and an upset here would not be a major surprise...Notre Dame, 35-27.
#2 LSU (7-0) at #4 Alabama (7-1) - I've already picked a couple of upsets this week, so I am staying away from this one and going with the favored home team. This is set to be another Les Miles-Nick Saban classic that features two stud Heisman caliber running backs (Fournette and Henry), and two very strong defenses. All you can do here is sit back and enjoy, a prediction is extremely hard in a game like this...Alabama, 28-20.
#9 Iowa (8-0) at Indiana (4-4) - The Hawkeyes roll in this one. Indiana is mediocre as always riding a 4-game skid after starting 4-0, while the Hawks are staring down a possible Playoff berth. This could get ugly as the Hoosier skid goes to 5 games...Iowa, 40-10.
California (5-3) at Oregon (5-3) - Even though both of these squads sit at 5-3 and this game doesn't have much of an impact on the PAC-12 races, there is still a lot of pride on the line - especially for Oregon. The Ducks are used to being in the national Top 10, and this is a bad season to say the least. A winning streak to win out is what UO needs to get back on track. That'll be tough though as they journey to Stanford in 8 days then host USC...Oregon, 36-20.
South Carolina (3-5) at Tennessee (4-4)- The Gamecocks are struggling in 2015. This we know. But so are the Vols who should be hitting stride by now under Butch Jones but aren't. I think South Carolina goes up to Knoxville, scares the crap out of Tennessee, and has Vol fans starting to rethink this whole Butch Jones thing (16-17, 7-14 SEC) . I don't know if the Gamecocks can get a win in this one as they just don't have tons of fire power to work with. But I think this is a close one....Tennessee, 21-17.
Minnesota (4-4) at #3 Ohio State (8-0) - The Buckeyes will open up a can as they are certainly pissed not to be #1 in the debut Playoff poll as they defend their title. The Gophers are in for a whoopin'....Ohio State, 50-7.
Auburn (4-4) at #19 Texas A&M (6-2) - The Aggies can begin to jockey for a pretty good bowl game if they can defend home turf against what is obviously a struggling Auburn team. The Tigers are having a bad year but could get over .500 with an upset here. A decent year is not out of the question if things could begin to click. However, in this one, I see A&M hang on at home and the War Eagle message boards going nuts about Will Muschamp...Texas A&M, 35-27.
Kentucky (4-4) at Georgia (5-3) - Apparently, Mark Richt is feeling major heat in Athens. The guy has delivered good - but not great - seasons for 13 years now, and UGA fans have absolutely had enough of getting their butts kicked by Bama and losing to Florida in seasons that should not happen. This year, even a "good" season is looking improbable. That said, I think Richt returns to his good but not great antics this weekend with a strong mashing of Kentucky...Georgia, 42-24.
Arizona (5-4) at USC (5-3) - The Trojans are on a roll and I think this keeps up. They are like a new team and on a mission since Sarkisian was dismissed. As for Arizona, I am still trying to figure out why Rich Rod is such a hot commodity in the coaching search talk. He had a 15-22 record at Michigan and is 16-16 in the Pac-12 in 4 years. I don't get it....USC, 37-27.
Arkansas (4-) at #18 Ole Miss (7-2) - The Rebels go big here. I'm seeing one of those Chad Kelly freak offensive blowup type of games...Ole Miss, 55-14.
Penn State (7-2) at #21 Northwestern (6-2) - Don't look now, but this is actually a pretty solid Big-10 game for these two. The Nittany Lions are still trying to climb back into the national radar while Northwestern looks to make another nice bowl under Pat Fitzgerald. This game is a toss up, so I usually go with the home squad...Northwestern, 28-21.
#11 Stanford (7-1) at Colorado (4-5) - After an opening loss at Northwestern, the Cardinal have won 7-straight and it won't end Saturday. They are thinking Playoff, and with Oregon, Notre Dame and the PAC-12 Title game still left on the schedule, a 12-game winning streak would be tough to ignore...Stanford, 40-3.
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