While the ACC battle between Clemson and Florida State might be the headliner in this week’s slate of college football games, there really is an abundance of contests this weekend worth getting excited about. Last Saturday was awesome, with upsets all over the place and the crazy four overtime game in Happy Valley. This Saturday should be equally fun. Here are some picks:
Ohio State 45, Iowa 21: The Buckeyes’ conference competition is turning out to be even grosser than we thought. Northwestern looked terrible last weekend, Michigan still hasn’t played like a viable contender, and the Leaders Division is absolutely horrendous. At this point, the Buckeyes appear to have a relatively smooth path to the Big Ten Championship, but nobody is going to be wowed by their strength of schedule.
Northwestern 31, Minnesota 20: The Wildcats’ defense got eviscerated by Wiscy last weekend. Minnesota runs the ball pretty well. Unfortunately, they don’t do anything else well. NU should get a win here at home, but their defensive issues must be corrected before they play Nebraska on November 2nd.
TCU 30, Oklahoma State 23: Oklahoma State still shouldn’t be ranked.
Florida 31, Missouri 13: For Mizzou, breaking in a new QB against the fearsome Gator defense shan’t be fun.
Washington 37, Arizona State 24: Washington is way too good to be ranked 20th in the nation. Look for them to prove that on the road against a tough Arizona State team.
Louisville 42, UCF 27: So this is the best competition the AAC can offer Louisville?
Auburn 41, Texas A&M 30: Auburn’s robust rushing attack has allowed them to control games this fall. Texas A&M couldn’t stop Rice’s offense (the Owls ran for 306 yards against TAMU). This feels like it could be a VERY rough game for the Aggies’ defense, so I’m taking the Tigers on the road in an upset!
Stanford 24, UCLA 17: UCLA is headed into back-to-back roadies against Stanford and Oregon. That’s scary. I’m real torn when it comes to this game. I love both teams. Stanford, which is fresh off a loss to Utah, doesn’t really lose back-to-back games, though. So I basically have to pick them here. But I sure ain’t confident.
LSU 24, Ole Miss 17: The Rebels are just too injured for me to pick an upset in this one. But I do think it will be a great game.
Clemson 45, Florida State 38: The ACC finally appears to have national title contenders! These teams are phenomenal on both sides of the ball, and each features an unbelievably talented star under center. I think Florida State might be the better team right now, and Jameis Winston is a freak. But at night, in Death Valley? Gotta go Tigers.