Honestly, this Saturday does not feature one the better slates of college football games we’ve seen this year. 8 of the top 25 teams in the BCS standings have the week off and there are only three games between ranked teams. But there are still a number of games worth getting excited about…and one titanic ACC battle worth getting very excited about. Here are picks for some of those games:
Wisconsin 24, Iowa 14: What separates these two excellent defensive squads is their offenses. Wiscy’s is way better.
Michigan State 21, Michigan 14: Yeah, their combined record is 13-2, but, shoot, I don’t trust either of these teams that much. State’s offense is erratic. Michigan’s defense isn’t much better. I’ll take Sparty though–they’re at home and really impressed in a 42-3 win over Illinois last weekend. Michigan has been dreadful on the road.
Oklahoma State 42, Texas Tech 35: Oklahoma State dropped 58 points last weekend. Sure, it was against pitiful Iowa State, but it was still a good sign for an offense that has been mostly unable to reach high expectations this fall. The Cowboys should again put up big offensive numbers against a Red Raiders defense that has allowed 100 points the last three weeks.
Penn State 43, Illinois 26: It is a good thing for Penn State that this is at home–they’ve been awful on the road. It is also a good thing for the Nittany Lions that Illinois’ defense can’t stop anybody.
Nebraska 23, Northwestern 13: Neither of these teams could beat Minnesota (the Golden Gophers are 6-2!). But, right now, I’d put more faith in Nebraska. At least they’re scoring.
Georgia 30, Florida 20: This matchup would have been so much sexier a few weeks ago.
Florida State 42, Miami 24: Undefeated top ten teams going head-to-head in Prime Time? Yes, please! This is great stuff for the ACC. Miami is probably as good as their ranking would indicate, in spite of their past two lifeless performances. Meanwhile, the dominant Seminoles seem averse to playing close games. I’m picking Famous Jameis and FSU at home. Because, duh.