Spectacular week 10 of College Football

Week 10 looks superb with massively large games throughout the country. Bama-LSU clash in Tuscaloosa on Saturday Night in prime time. The Auburn Tigers square off with the Texas A&M Aggies as the Tigers try to put themselves more relevantly in the national discussion. A huge game in the Big 12 as the  Oklahoma Sooners play  at Oklahoma State, Bedlam as it's better known. The No.1 Georgia Bulldogs, though that's very debatable, take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in an always scintillating rivalry game. So a lot to break down today as we get ready for stellar football in November beginning this Saturday. 

First off though, I want to give credit where credit is due. Bama Golf and Brownie, the Toy Cannon, predicted the Astros to defeat the Dodgers and win the World Series. Bama had the Stros in 7, and Brownie pretty much did too. Well done fellas. George Springer was just too much for Dodgers pitching, hitting .379 with a World Series record tying 5 homers. Springer was named the MVP of the series. Though I picked the Dodgers, I'm very happy for Houston after going through the catastrophe of Hurricane Harvey. Houston is a super city with great people, I have a couple of good friends from there, so I'm very happy for them and the Rocket City citizens. Houston we have no problem. You are the champs. Congratulations to the Astros  for winning their first World Series in franchise history. That's 56 years, 1961. Super job by Springer, the great Jose Altuve and the amazing Justin Verlander. Sports Illustrated picked the Astros to be world champions in the summer of 2014 when they were going through consecutive 100 loss seasons. Excellent job by SI in forecasting that. All in all, a highly memorable world series.

Also, Bama Golf's nephew, Tom Lovelady, is performing well on the PGA Tour. TL finished T-18th at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, MS. this past weekend. He's now 88th in the Fed Ex rankings. Pumped for TL and Bama. Will keep you posted on Tom's progress throughout the season. He is playing at The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open this week in Las Vegas. Hope Tom can have another strong finish and keep moving up the rankings. Tom tees off at 8:55 AM PT, 10:55 AM CT.

Onto a tremendous week 10. 

Last week: 15-9

Overall:  151-49, 76%

Rankings are College football rankings, times are central, and all games are on Saturday unless otherwise noted.

 

No. 19 LSU (6-2, 3-1 SEC) @ No.2 Alabama (8-0, 5-0)

7 PM

CBS

Brad, Gary, Allie

Crimson Tide by 21 1/2

Alabama is ranked 2 in the College Football rankings and that's highly questionable, but Georgie is doing very well and has that quality victory on the road at Notre Dame, which we'll see how quality that is moving forward as ND faces some pretty stiff competition coming up. But the Crimson Tide looks like the best team by the eye test. Georgia and Clemson are very good and deserving of being in the top 4. The fourth spot for me is a wild card. Notre Dame is 3, with Georgia 1, Alabama 2 and Clemson 4. I don't think Notre Dame can last with games at Miami, at Stanford, a tough Navy team at home and a pretty solid Wake Forest team this Saturday at home, but their resume is solid so far. I like the winner of the Oklahoma-Ok State game to be right there at the end. TCU is still in it. Ohio State and Auburn will be there with impressive finishes to the season, which means Ohio State has to win at Michigan, which will be hard, and AU has to defeat A&M this Saturday and defeat Georgia and Alabama at home in the following weeks. Those are tough propositions for both teams. The PAC 12 may not get a team in unless Washington or USC can pull it out. The ACC has Clemson. The Big Ten has the Buckeyes, and Penn State is not technically out of it, but they'll have to be really impressive in the upcoming weeks and will need some help. OU, OK. State and TCU are candidates in the Big 12. Iowa State is my wild card. They are at No. 15 right now, so they'll need a lot of help, but victories at Oklahoma and at home over TCU are spectacular. They are an outside, sleeper threat. They are in Morgantown this Saturday in a tough matchup against West Virginia.

For the Crimson Tide, they'll be fine if they keep playing like they're playing. S is probably happy they're No.2. It gives him extra motivation for his team. He doesn't care about the rankings, but he likes any edge he can get. 

One of the best things I saw and heard this week, besides the National Anthem in LA Tuesday Night, was Crimson Tide freshman defensive back Daniel Wright singing Happy Birthday to S on his birthday Tuesday. It was phenomenal. If you haven't heard it I would highly recommend checking it out on Youtube. If Daniel has the same talent on the field that he has with his pipes, he'll be a terrific player for S. Really spectacular performance. I think S was pretty moved. 

This Saturday, LSU could provide a little resistance for a little while, but I don't think too much. My question is, can Jalen Hurts be a championship quarterback. He's shown flashes. The team around him is loaded, so maybe he can be pretty solid and the team will still win it all. There's good competition out there. LSU has been impressive lately. Derrius Guice went off against Ole Miss a couple of weeks ago. They're a talented team. But I like the Crimson Tide to take care of business, get'er done and keep matriculating toward the postseason. At Auburn is no bargain, so there is work left. But I like the Crimson Tide pretty easily this Saturday at Bryant-Denny.

Alabama 31, LSU 3

 

No. 14 Auburn (6-2, 4-1) @ Texas A&M (5-3, 3-2)

11 AM

ESPN

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

Tigers by 15

The Tigers have been playing well lately, but have the implosion at LSU still hanging over their heads. Kam Pettway is out for the season most likely, so Kerryon Johnson and someone else will have to carry the load at running back. Candidates are Cam Martin and Malik Miller among others. My question with Auburn is the same as Alabama, is Jarrett Stidham a championship quarterback. He has all the weapons around him. He has a super defense helping him out. If Stidham can play really good football, his team has a chance to win at home against Georgia and Alabama. Not a huge chance, but a shot. I like the Tigers to play well this Saturday at College Station.

Auburn 38, A&M 20

 

South Carolina @ No.1 Georgia

2:30 PM

CBS

Dawgs by 24

Will Muschamp has done an outstanding job with his Gamecocks team, but this is too tall an order between the Hedges. Georgia is on fire. Kirby Smart has his team playing superb football and right in the thick of the national championship hunt. Gotta take care of business. Georgia does that at home on Saturday.

Georgia 41, South Carolina 14

 

Florida @ Missouri

11 AM 

ESPN2

Missouri by 3 1/2

In late August, if you saw this line, you would be all over Florida. At the beginning of the season, Florida probably would have been favored by 10 to 14, but they have imploded and it cost Jim McElwain his job. The Florida hire will be extremely interesting. My top 2 choices for the Gators job are Chad Morris of SMU and Willie Taggert of Oregon with Morris having a slight edge.

Missouri 31, Florida 28

 

Ole Miss @ Kentucky

3 PM

SEC Network

KY by 3 1/2

The Wildcats defeated Tennessee at home last Saturday which they don't do very much. Ole Miss was dominating Arkansas in the first half, but lost a 31-7 lead. That's another job that is up for grabs. Chad Morris will be in the running for that job. Maybe Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables as Ole Miss needs to really upgrade its defense with a dark NCAA cloud hanging over their heads, though the NCAA, knowing them, may not rule on Ole Miss till 2030. So they could be safe for a while.

Kentucky 35, Ole Miss 31

 

UMass @ Mississippi State

11 AM

SEC Network

Bulldogs by 28

State looking like a pretty formidable group again after blasting A&M at College Station last Saturday. Nick Fitzgerald is playing superb football.

State 45, UMass 14

 

Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt

11 AM

ESPNU

VU by 10

I'm so tired of picking against my Dores every week. I've had to, but not this week.

Vanderbilt 41, Western Kentucky 27

 

Southern Miss @ Tennessee

6:30 PM

SEC Network

UT by 6 1/2

This is a tough game for a reeling Tennessee team under Butch Jones, who will most likely be on the unemployment line after this season. The Vols should be looking for a new coach at the conclusion of this season, so that's another interesting job. The Vols survive but barely here.

Tennessee 42, Southern Miss 38

 

Coastal Carolina @ Arkansas

3 PM

SEC Alternate Network

Ark by 23 1/2

The Hogs had a huge comeback at Ole Miss and that helped Brett Bielema's prospects for keeping his job. This should be a cakewalk for Arkansas.

Arkansas 48, Coastal Carolina 21

 

Rice @ UAB

2 PM 

C-USA Network (can only be watched online)

Blazers by 10 1/2

The Blazers had a huge victory at Southern Miss last week. I like Bill Clark's troops to keep it going. The Southside is excited and rockin. 

UAB 38, Rice 14

 

No. 5 Oklahoma @ No. 11 Oklahoma State 

3 PM

Fox Sports 1

Gus, Joel, Jenny Taft

I like the homestanding Cowboys to get the job done in Bedlam and climb in the playoff rankings. 

OK. State 38, OU 35

 

No.4 Clemson @ No.20 N.C. State

2:30 PM 

ABC

Tess, Todd, Holly

Tough game for Clemson, but I'm still very bullish on them. Kelly Bryant looks back to close to 100% and the Tigers are really good when he's under center and he's healthy. N.C. State is a solid team, but I like the Tigers to take care of business and keep progressing.

Clemson 35, N.C. State 20

 

No. 13 Virginia Tech @ No. 10 Miami

7 PM 

ABC

Chris, Kirk, Maria

Va Tech is the favorite here and they should be. They're playing very well and Miami, even though I like their team and especially their quarterback Malik Rosier, has just been getting by. I like the Hokies to get it done in Hard Rock Stadium. Should be a stellar game though.

VA Tech 31, Miami 30

 

Wake Forest @ No. 3 Notre Dame

2:30 PM 

NBC

Tirico, Flutie, Kathryn Tappen

Like the Fighting Irish, which have made a strong case for their number 3 ranking, to keep taking care of business. Really like their quarterback, Brandon Wimbush, and their running back, Josh Adams. Adams ran for over 200 yards against N.C. State last week. Wimbush played with Minkah Fitzpatrick in high school in New Jersey. Minkah is very high on Brandon. The Irish's defense is playing at a high level too.

Notre Dame 37, Wake Forest 28

 

Texas @ No.8 TCU

6:15 PM

ESPN

I'm looking for a close game here. Tom Herman is going to get the Longhorns back to national prominence. I see that happening next year. I'm going with the upset.

Texas 24, TCU 21

 

No. 15 Iowa State @ West Virginia

2:30 PM 

ESPN 2

I'm a buyer of this Iowa State team. The terrific Matt Campbell's team has upset Oklahoma on the road and also upset TCU at home last Saturday. They'll be tested on the road at Morgantown, but I like the Cyclones to come out on top.

Iowa State 35, West Va. 31

 

No.7 Penn State @ No. 24 Michigan State

11 AM

FOX

The Nittany Lions are upset after blowing a 35-21 lead last Saturday at Ohio State and losing to the Buckeyes 39-38. I still don't know how that happened, I re-watched the game and it seemed impossible that Ohio State beat Penn State. But I like Penn State to still be in the hunt for the playoff and shellack Michigan State

Penn State 41, Michigan State 24

 

No.9 Wisconsin @ Indiana

11 AM

ABC

I'm not a real buyer in Wisconsin. Don't see them as elite. They're solid, but not a major postseason team. They'll be tested this weekend in Bloomington. 

Wisconsin 31, Indiana 30

 

No. 22 Arizona @ No. 17 USC

9:45 PM

ESPN

This should be a very entertaining game. The Trojans got it back last Saturday in dominating Arizona State, while Zona is looking for real after demolishing Washington State at home last Saturday. This one's at the Coliseum so I like the Trojans. These are both exciting football teams.

USC 41, Zona 38

 

Oregon @ No.12 Washington

9 PM 

Fox Sports 1

This should be another electric game in the PAC-12. Oregon blasted Utah last Saturday at home while the Huskies took care of business at home versus UCLA. Like the Huskies to prevail and keep their hopes alive in the national conversation. 

Washington 45, Oregon 27

 

No. 21 Stanford @ No. 25 Washington State

2:30 PM

FOX

Stanford somehow got it done over an inspired Oregon State team last Thursday Night. Washington State got blasted last Saturday at Arizona, but I like them to rebound here even if Stanford has Bryce Love, which would make this game very interesting. Love is a game time decision with a high ankle sprain. 

Washington State 34, Stanford 31

 

No. 6 Ohio State @ Iowa

2:30 PM CT

ESPN

I guess Ohio State is good. Still not sure. Might get tested on the road for a while, but I like the Buckeyes to move on in the national picture with a solid victory here.

Ohio State 30, Iowa 17

 

No. 18 Central Floria @SMU

6:15 PM 

ESPN2

This is going to be a riveting game. UCF is the top team in the Group of 5 and if they keep winning, they will be in a New Year's Six bowl game. But SMU is explosive offensively and are playing good ball under Chad Morris. I'll take UCF, I believe in them, but looking for a high scoring, electric affair in Dallas.

UCF 48, SMU 45

 

Army @Air Force

2:30 PM 

CBS Sports Network

I have the highest regard for both these teams with what these players, servicemen, sacrifice for our country. Two good teams as well. Like the Air Force at home, but not by much. 

Air Force 34, Army 31

 

Northwestern @ Nebraska

2:30 PM

Big Ten Network

This should be a really good game. With the Wildcats coming off a big home upset victory over Michigan State in overtime last Saturday, I'll go with them to get a big, slight upset victory on the road. They always peak at the right time.

Northwestern 31, Nebraska 28
 


Tonight

Navy @ Temple

7 PM

ESPN

In no way do I go against the Academy. They're so disciplined, well coached and clutch.

Navy 42, Temple 30

 

Idaho @ Troy

8:15 PM

ESPNU

The Trojans are having a super year even though they lost to South Alabama a couple of weeks ago, and South Alabama is capable with good players and a good coach in Joey Jones. Coach Neal Brown and running back Jordan Chunn and the Trojans regain momentum against the Vandals.

Troy 45, Idaho 28

 

 

Friday

 

Marshall @ Florida Atlantic

5 PM

CBS Sports Network

Kiff is proving he's quite a head football coach. His team is playing well. Good team the Owls are playing so it'll be close, but I like Kiff and the Owls to get the job done.

Florida Atlantic 45, Marshall 42

 

No. 23 Memphis @ Tulsa

7 PM

ESPN2

This is a little bit of a tricky game for the very good Tigers on the road. But I believe in'em.

Memphis 49, Tulsa 45

 

UCLA @ Utah

8:30 PM

FOX Sports 1

Utah is not having their best year, but I see them playing well against the Bruins, though it'll be competitive. I like both these teams regardless of their records. They're fun teams to watch. Looking forward to it. 

Utah 35, UCLA 31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College Football Week 9 with an electric matchup along with solid contests

The Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers are off this week after impressive victories over Tennessee and Arkansas respectively. Alabama was highly impressive blasting Tennessee 38-7, while the Tigers were equally impressive on the road at Arkansas winning 52-20. Both offenses were stellar and the defenses are both playing spectacularly well. Alabama is a lot healthier at linebacker and it's showing. The running game keeps clicking and Jalen Hurts is doing a very good job under center. Tua is an outstanding backup. The offensive line is playing lights out. The whole team has really hit on all cylinders. The only blemish is in the punt return game, but I like Henry Ruggs III to be the man there. He's caught 5 passes and all 5 have been for touchdowns. He caught a pass over the middle last Saturday from Tua and took it 60+ yards to the house. It was a spectacular play. He's terrific. I'm sure the Crimson Tide is hard at work in that area.

The Tigers were terrific on offense in the second half at Fayetteville. Kamryn Pettway looked like his 2016 self running for 90 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jarrett Stidham played pretty well and the receivers were outstanding, particularly Darius Slayton and Ryan Davis. Davis lofted a beautiful 62 yard TD pass to Slayton on an end around pass. Would still like to see Nate Craig-Myers get more involved in the vertical game. He's a major talent at 6'2", 205, and can really open things up for the offense in the deep and intermediate passing game. Kerryon Johnson is still playing at a high level. The offensive line looks solid. The defensive front looks like the best in college football and the linebackers are playing very good football. Secondary is pretty good. Getting safety Tray Matthews back on the field will help the back 4 immensely. But both teams are in good shape as the Crimson Tide hosts LSU at Bryant-Denny Stadium next Saturday Night at 7 CT on CBS. Should be fun in prime time. LSU is coming off an impressive blasting of Ole Miss on the road in which Derrius Guice ran for 276 yards and a touchdown, and, like Pettway, looked like his 2016 self in which  he led the SEC in rushing. So should be a classic showdown in Tuscaloosa. Auburn will hit the road at aTexas A&M team that is getting better and better. A&M has a tough home showdown at home this Saturday versus Mississippi State before they play the Tigers. Auburn and the Aggies will kickoff at 11 AM CT on ESPN next Saturday.

But this week offers some super matchups, particularly the one in the Big Ten with the No.2 Penn State Nittany Lions squaring off in the Horseshoe at No.6 Ohio State. Both teams are playing well, Penn State is fresh off a blasting of Michigan last Saturday Night at Happy Valley, 42-13, and Ohio State recently steamroled through inferior competition to set up this classic. Georgia and Florida square off in Jacksonville. Georgia is playing really well. Florida is reeling some. 

So here's a look at this week's action in another riveting week of college football.

Last week: 15-7

Overall: 136-40, 77%

All times central and all games on Saturday unless otherwise noted.

 

No.2 Penn State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) @ No.6 Ohio State (6-1, 4-0)

2:30 PM

FOX

Gus, Joel, Jenny Taft
 

Buckeyes by 6 1/2

The forecast is for rain at the start of the game and throughout the first half, but you never really know 2 days out. It'll be pretty chilly with temperatures in the mid 40's, but those guys from the North are used to this. I like Saquon Barkley, Penn State's outrageously good tailback, and standout quarterback Trace McSorley to get the job done and move a little closer to a their goal of a special season and postseason.

Penn State 28, Ohio State 27

 

No.3 Georgia at Florida

2:30 PM 

CBS

Brad, Gary, Allie

Georgia by 14

The Gators have been mouthing off this week as they always do saying Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm is not much of a passer. Georgia's been quiet and focused. I like the way Georgia is approaching this game. It's all business for them.

Georgia 28, Florida 10

 

Mississippi State @ Texas A&M

6:15 PM 

ESPN

Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

State by 1 1/2

This should be very interesting. Both teams are playing well as State is coming off a demolition of Kentucky, 45-7, and A&M has been winning lately including an upset victory over  Florida at the Swamp 2 weeks ago. I'm going with quarterback Nick Fitzgerald and State in this one, but this should be close and very entertaining.

Mississippi State 38, Texas A&M 35

 

No. 11 Oklahoma State @ No.22 West Virginia

11 AM

ABC

Tess, Todd, Holly

OK. State by 7

Looking for a major shootout in Morgantown. I like the Cowboys to survive the trip and keep their Big 12 and national hopes alive.

OK State 48, West Virginia 45

 

Vanderbilt @ South Carolina

3 PM 

SEC Network

Taylor Zarzour, Andre, Olivia Harlan

SC by 7

I like the way South Carolina is playing. They have put it together a solid  defense and quarterback Jake Bentley and the offense has been playing well overall. Vanderbilt's problem is defense. They can't stop anybody. Like Will Muschamp and his Gamecocks to remain very much alive in the SEC East race.

South Carolina 35, Vanderbilt 27

 

Arkansas at Ole Miss

11 AM 

SEC Network

Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport

Ole Miss by 3 1/2

I like the Hogs to go into Oxford and upset the Black Bears.

Arkansas 35, Ole Miss 30

 

Tennessee @ Kentucky

6:30 PM

SEC Network

Tom Hart, JRodg, Cole

Kentucky by 5

I like the Vols to go into Lexington and upset Kentucky.

Tennessee 34, Kentucky 31

 

No.4 TCU 45, Iowa State 42

2:30 PM

ABC

I see the Horned Frogs barely surviving  a trip to Ames, Iowa versus the vastly improving Cyclones. The Cyclones will give the Horned Frogs everything they want, but I see Coach Gary Patterson and his team moving on in the national picture. This will be a good victory for TCU because they're playing a very good, well coached team.

 

No.7 Clemson 31 Georgia Tech 30

7 PM

ABC

TaQuon Marshall, the Ramblin Wreck's stellar quarterback, and the Tech offense will give Clemson everything they want and have a real shot at pulling off the upset. I like the Tigers barely here. 

 

Southern Miss 38, UAB 28

6 PM

C-USA Network

The Blazers lost a tough one on the road to previously winless Charlotte. It was a good game though and they played well for most of it. They'll play hard on the road at Hattiesburg, but the Golden Eagles have a pretty strong team.

 

No.9 Notre Dame 28, North Carolina State 27

2:30 PM

NBC

See the Irish barely getting by a good N.C. State team  after demolishing an overrated USC team last week. 

 

No.8 Miami 42, North Carolina 21
 

11 AM

ESPN2

Like the Canes to keep their special season rolling in Chapel Hill.

 

No.5 Wisconsin 45, Illinois 10

11 AM

ESPN

This is another pretty darn good team. They can run it really well. Their quarterback. Alex Hornibrook, has issues at times, but he can be pretty good. Not sure if he's good enough to help Whisky win the Big Ten, but he can certainly keep progressing. He's a sophomore. 

 

No.10 Oklahoma 52, Texas Tech 35

7 PM

ESPN2

Not sure what I think of Oklahoma. They're really good on offense and OK on defense. After dismantling Ohio State on the road, they've lost to Iowa State at home and just seem to be getting by. They have a really good offense though, so that takes them a long way, but their defense needs to make more progress if they want to be in the postseason national picture.

 

Washington State 42, Arizona 38

8:30 PM 

PAC-12 Network

Like Leach and the Cougars to just survive a visit to the desert.

 

No.12 Washington 45, UCLA 24

2:30 PM 

ESPN2

See the Huskies getting back on track after being upset by Arizona State on the road 2 weeks ago.

 

Tonight

No.20 Stanford 42, Oregon State 17

8 PM

ESPN

See the Cardinal getting it done with or without standout running back Bryce Love, who is a game time decision with an ankle injury. Love has rushed for 1,387 yards and 11 TDs this season. He's been spectacular. The Cardinal should be OK without him though, even though I know they really want him out there.

 

Saturday

Arizona State 31, USC 28

9:45 PM

ESPN

Like the Sun Devils to pull off the upset at home. They're playing really well right now after upsetting Washington at home 2 weeks ago and demolishing Utah on the road last week. Sam Darnold and USC are fading right now. 

 

Friday

Boston College 28, Florida State 27

7 PM

ESPN

Like BC to pull off the upset over an FSU team that is really struggling. Boston College beat Louisville a couple of weeks ago on the road and blasted Virginia on the road as well last week. They're solid. Not FSU's year after losing quarterback Deondre Francois in the opener against Alabama.  

 

Saturday

No.16 Michigan State 21, Northwestern 20

2:30 PM

ESPN

Like the Wildcats to put a real scare into the Spartans, but the Spartans to survive on the road.

 

No.17 South Florida 42, Houston 30

2:45 PM

ESPNU

Charlie Strong inherited a good football team from Willie Taggert who moved onto Oregon. They're a solid group that is explosive offensively led by quarterback Quinton Flowers.

 

Oregon 34, Utah 31

4:45 PM

PAC 12 Network

See the Ducks pulling off the upset with a better offense. 

 

Baylor 35, Texas 31

11 AM

ESPNU

Like the Bears to get their first victory of the season in an upset at home over the Longhorns.

 

No.18 Central Florida 48, Austin Peay 10

4 PM

ESPN3

UCF is coming off a huge victory on the road at Navy, 31-21, and look like a real contender for a New Year's Six bowl. This team is outstanding. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Interesting matchups in College Football week 6

Alabama and Auburn with some SEC tests, Bama on the road at A&M and AU at home vs Ole Miss. Very winnable games for both teams, but both need to play well to keep their respective momentum going. Bama facing an A&M team that's improved and skilled, and it's on the road at College Station, so it should be somewhat of a challenge. The Crimson Tide has been hit by injuries on defense again with the loss of Da'Shawn Hand to a knee sprain last week. He's expected to miss a couple of weeks. Punt returner Trevon Diggs is out with a foot injury, and he's expected back in the next week or 2. Auburn is playing well on both sides of the ball, but my question is have they really been tested after facing a pretty bad Missouri team two weeks ago, and a beaten up team physically last week in Mississippi State which had just gotten blasted mentally and physically by Georgia the week before. So the jury is out on the Tigers and the Tide needs to overcome some injury concerns. Some key SEC matchups in Nashville and on the Swamp and some compelling national games to breakdown. Here's a look at the slate this week in college football.

Last week: 20-2

Overall: 92-20, 82%

 

No.1 Alabama@ Texas A&M 

6:15 PM CT

ESPN

Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

Bama by 26 1/2

Kind of a challenge for the Crimson Tide. Jalen Hurts is playing well, the line and running game are clicking and if the defense can overcome some injuries, Alabama should be fine here. But A&M has a pretty electric young quarterback in Kellen Mond and some good skilled players and College Station will be rockin. Still like the Tide to take care business here and keep moving forward with SEC championship aspirations in tact along with national championship hopes.

Alabama 45, A&M 14

 

Ole Miss @ No. 12 Auburn

11 AM CT

SEC Network

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

Auburn by 22 1/2

Tigers should be in good shape here against a decimated Ole Miss squad. Like Jarrett Stidham, Kerryon Johnson and the offense to excel and the defense to keep on cookin.

Auburn 48, Ole Miss 14

 

No.5 Georgia @ Vanderbilt

11 AM CT

ESPN

Mike Patrick, Tubby, Paul Carcaterra

Dawgs by 17 1/2

Vanderbilt won at Georgia last year in a dramatic way as Zach Cunningham blasted Isiaiah McKenzie on 4th and 1 to preserve the upset victory for the Dores. But the Dawgs are a much better football team this year and in the thick of the national picture. The Dawgs handle the Dores relatively easily.

Georgia 38, Vanderbilt 17

 

LSU @ No. 21 Florida

2:30 PM CT

CBS

Brad, Gary, Allie

Gators by 2 1/2

The line has dropped from 5 to 2 1/2 so the gamblers are thinking this will be an upset, a minor one at that. But I don't believe in LSU at all. Troy went down to Death Valley and posted a monumental upset. Troy's a good team, but LSU is totally dysfunctional. Gators outlast the Bengal Tigers.

Florida 21, LSU 17

 

Arkansas at South Carolina

3 PM CT

SEC Network

Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport

Arkansas by 2

I like the upset here.

South Carolina 31, Arkansas 30

 

Missouri at Kentucky 

6:30 PM CT

SEC Network

Taylor Zarzour, Andre, Olivia Harlan

Kentucky by 9 1/2

Kentucky is fading a little bit to me. I'm going to take the upset in this one too.

Missouri 31, Kentucky 28

 

Tonight

No. 17 Louisville @ No. 24 North Carolina State

7 PM

ESPN

N.C. State will give Louisville everything they want, but I like Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals to barely survive.

Louisville 35, N.C. State 31

 

No. 11 Washington State @ Oregon

7 PM 

FOX

This looked like it could be an upset, but Oregon's starting quarterback is out with an injury and they have some other injuries and Mike Leach's team is trending well and looking like a contender to win the PAC 12 and be in the thick of the national conversation if they keep this up. They're playing some defense now.

Washington State 38, Oregon 34

 

Michigan State @ No.7 Michigan

6:30 PM CT

ABC

What is usually a competitive game that can go either way doesn't look that way this year. The Wolverines have lost their starting quarterback for a while, but their backup is pretty good and Michigan State is not a heavyweight any more. Michigan's defense is for real.

Michigan 30, Michigan State 14

 

Other scores

TCU 45, West Virginia 30

2:30 PM CT

FOX

 

No. 13 Miami 28, Florida State 17

2:30 PM 

ESPN

 

No.2 Clemson 38, Wake Forest 14

11 AM

ESPN 2

 

No.3 Oklahoma 48, Iowa State 28

11 AM

FOX

 

No.4 Penn State 35, Northwestern 31

11 AM 

ABC

 

No.6 Washington 45, California 14

9:45 PM

ESPN

 

No. 20 Utah 31, Stanford 30

9:15 PM 

FOX Sports 1


Navy 34, Air Force 31

2:30 PM

CBS Sports Network

 

Lousiana Tech 35, UAB 31

3 PM 

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Stanley Cup prediction

The NHL opened their season last night. A long season with an always captivating postseason. I like the Pittsburgh Penguins to shine once again. The team has the drive and tenacity to get the trifecta done. Sydney Crosby captures another MVP award in the NHL and the Penguins overcome the awesome 20 year old Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers to capture their 3rd straight Stanley Cup.

Penguins over Oilers in 6