College Football Spoiler Alert; Week 10
So, last week I picked Duke to beat Miami. That should totally count as a win for the CFSA, no? I mean, c'mon the guy's knee was clearly down...not to mention I apparently could use all the help I can get with maintaining a good record with the CFSA. Let's get another week in the books!
(All time EST; All ranking reflect College Football Playoff Top 25)
Penn State (7-2, 4-1) @ #21 Northwestern (6-2, 2-2)
There's no denying that the Northwestern Wildcats have probably exceeded expectations this season. There's also no denying that when the Wildcats have to go up against a top defense, things don't normally end up in their favor. Both of their losses, which have to come to fellow ranked Big Ten foes Michigan and Iowa, have featured the Cats' offense stifled by a powerful defense. With the Nittany Lions coming to town, expect more of the same. While the PSU offense may not be as potent as the Wolverines' or Hawkeyes' expect them to take advantage in pulling off the upset
UPSET SPECIAL: Penn State
Texas Tech (5-4, 2-4) @ West Virginia (3-4, 0-4)
Here we have an interesting scenario where both teams appear to be much better than their record indicates. TTU's four losses have all come to ranked Big 12 brethren, as have WVU's quartet of defeats. Ironically, all four losses came to the same four ranked opponents in Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. For one week, the pain finally stops, and considering this is a Big 12 game, it's going to come down to whose offense has the ball last. I understand that WVU has the better defense, but I frankly I trust the Tech offense more right now. It'll set college football defense back a few years, but expect the Red Raiders to emerge from this shootout a winner.
The Pick: Texas Tech
Duke (6-2, 3-1) @ North Carolina (7-1, 4-0)
Frankly, as I mentioned above, this should be a matchup of 7-1 teams undefeated in ACC play, but the ACC officials had other ideas at Duke's loss to Miami last Saturday. Now, they enter perhaps the biggest Duke-North Carolina non-basketball game in years. It took Larry Fedora a little while, but he's finally got the Tar Heels program where he wants it. Now, UNC has won 7 in a row, one of the longest winning streaks in the nation, and leads the ACC Coastal division. The conference itself appears like it's Clemson's to lose, but I expect a good challenge from the new contender...North Carolina. No denying that David Cutcliffe has set up his Blue Devils well for the biggest Debacle in Durham in years, but for now the Heels are just the hotter team
The Pick: North Carolina
#16 Florida State (7-1, 5-1) @ #1 Clemson (8-0, 5-0)
3:30 PM, ABC
Not gonna lie, it felt a little weird to type "#1" by Clemson's name. Quite frankly, though....I'm going to get a little used to it. This isn't your father's Clemson team, heck it's not even your older brother's Clemson team. Dabo Swinney has this team shedding their "Clemsoning" image week by week. Expect that trend to continue this week against the Seminoles. Not only will they be playing with a hobbled Everett Golson and Dalvin Cook, but they're basically a repeat of the same team last year that would fall behind early and then make a miraculous comeback later in the game. That kind of stuff won't fly against the top-ranked Tigers.
The Pick: Clemson
#8 TCU (8-0, 5-0) @ #14 Oklahoma State (8-0, 5-0)
3:30 PM, FOX
Expect yet another high scoring affair, this being a top Big 12 matchup and all. It had taken awhile, but the Horned Frogs finally have seemed to pull it together. With Seth Russell done for the year, Trevone Boykin is the undisputed best QB in the conference and he will prove that against the porous OSU defense. It's great what the Cowboys have been able to accomplish, but this is a TCU team on a mission. It's not every day you run into an offense that tallies over 600 yards per game, but that's just what the Frogs have done. OSU keeps it close but the Frogs march onward toward perfection.
The Pick: TCU
South Carolina (3-5, 1-5) @ Tennessee (4-4, 2-3)
4:00 PM, SEC Network
The Gamecocks are slowly picking themselves back up after the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier. The Vols are still trying to pick themselves up after a promising season went up in flames. It sets up a perfect storm in Knoxville today. The Cocks would be a good story if they somehow scrounged up a bowl appearance sans Spurrier, and and the Vols are inching closer toward oblivion. Not exactly an upset special, but I expect the other USC to shock some people and come away with a W.
The Pick: South Carolina
#12 Utah (7-1, 4-1) @ Washington (4-4, 2-3)
7:30 PM, FOX
Don't laugh...this game is going to be closer than people think. Utah had some fatal flaws exposed in their last game, a loss against USC that more or less knocked them out of the College Football Playoff Four. Meanwhile, Washington is coming off a very impressive 49-3 over Arizona, who, while disappointing, was expected to contend for the PAC-12 title. Expect the upstart Huskies to keep this game closer before the Utes eventually pull away, put this will be a big boost of confidence for them.
The Pick: Utah
#2 LSU (7-0, 4-0) @ #4 Alabama (7-1, 4-1)
8:00 PM, CBS
Well it hasn't achieved "Game of the Century" status, but still a huge, huge, huge matchup in the SEC. Alabama did look shaky early in the year with that loss to Ole Miss, but it's more than safe to say they recovered, especially when that clicked that offense into gear. At the end of the day though, only LSU has Leonard Fournette. The Heisman ceremony should just take place on the field if/when Fournette gets through the Crimson Tide defense, which I believe he has the talent to do. This is a special player and we'll see him in all his glory tonight/
The Pick: LSU
Cal (5-3, 2-3) @ Oregon (5-3, 3-2)
10:30 PM, ESPN2
Oregon has slowly righted their sinking ship, thought they're nowhere near what they once were. QB Vernon Adams is back in action, and at the very least the Ducks will definitely salvage a bowl out of this disappointing year. However, they'll be facing a Bears team that has taken some beatings from the Ducks over the years. Tired of being run over in the media, expect QB Jared Goff to take advantage of a Ducks defense filled with holes. Cal gets the upset victory on the road.
The Pick: Cal
Arizona (5-4, 2-4) @ USC (5-3, 3-2)
10:30 PM, ESPN
These were two teams that were expected to make noise in the PAC-12 South, but both have ended up with disappointing years. USC, however, is slowly starting to salvage the embarrassing season. And now, facing off against the Wildcats, who were blown out by Washington last week, they'll have a chance to officially announce their back in the division race. Welcome back, USC, welcome back.
The Pick: USC
Last Week: 7-3
Upset Specials: 3-6
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