1 Alabama 48, Chattanooga 3.
Just a warm-up before the Iron Bowl of all Iron Bowls next weekend. Alabama sails by.
2 Florida State 63, Idaho 7.
Idaho just might be the worst team in college football. Okay, that’s a bit extreme, but this one won’t be a challenge for Jameis Winston. The most drama this weekend for the Heisman candidate is what comes out of the investigation currently going on in Tallahassee.
3 Ohio State 59, Indiana 27.
Ohio State’s defense showed me a lot last weekend. They allowed a weak Illinois offense to move the ball with relative ease. While the Hoosiers didn’t show it last weekend against Wisconsin, this offense can put up points. They just can’t stop the run. Ohio State and Carlos Hyde pull away in the third quarter to win again and set up a huge rivalry game next weekend against Michigan.
4 Baylor 45, 10 Oklahoma State 34.
A lot of people are saying Oklahoma State has the best defense in the Big 12. I kind of agree with that, although I’m not sure they’re good enough to slow down Baylor. Bryce Petty has looked impressive this year, and Shock Linwood has been fantastic in place of starting running back Lache Seastrunk. (Seriously, Baylor, where do you find RBs with these names???) It’ll be close for most of the game, but expect Baylor to make a huge stop late to secure the victory.
5 Oregon 58, Arizona 31.
Love Ka’Deem Carey. Don’t like the rest of Arizona’s team. Plus, they just lost at home to Washington State. No team that loses at home to Washington State will beat Oregon.
7 Clemson 51, The Citadel 17.
Tajh Boyd has a huge day in preparation for next week’s game against South Carolina.
8 Missouri 31, 24 Ole Miss 27.
A sneaky good game on ESPN at 7:45 p.m. ET, this match-up is pretty darn even. Missouri gets James Franklin back at quarterback, but how effective will he be? Ole Miss has been hot of late, and they’ve got the home crowd. One loss and Missouri is out of the SEC Championship. Something tells me Gary Pinkel will have his team ready to play.
9 Stanford 41, California 14.
This Cal team is dreadful. Just absolutely horrendous. Stanford will pound this one away to an easy win.
11 South Carolina 48, Coastal Carolina 10.
Another SEC-FCS match-up. Naturally, the SEC will come away victorious.
12 Texas A&M 48, 22 LSU 34.
14 points is my pick, and I think it might be bigger. Obviously, the question mark is Texas A&M’s defense. They’re pretty terrible, but LSU has had its issues on that side of the ball as well. I think Johnny Manziel plays the best game of his career and stuns Tiger Stadium into silence.
13 Michigan State 20, Northwestern 14.
This one smells like an upset. Northwestern has had some pretty rotten luck the last few weeks. I think this one will be a battle, and the Spartans will struggle early because it’s a noon kick and for some reason, the Wildcats play pretty well in noon games. Still, Michigan State’s defense IS the best in America…
14 UCLA 40, 17 Arizona State 35.
VERY even game. Brett Hundley vs. Taylor Kelly will be compelling. However, in games like this, I lean with the home team.
15 Fresno State 49, New Mexico 13.
19 Wisconsin 34, 25 Minnesota 20
Minnesota is the feel-good story of the year. This team has been through the ringer, and they are better because of it. However, this vastly underrated Wisconsin team has something to prove. Nobody runs the ball like this Badgers team, and I love what the defense has done the last few weeks. In the end, the Gophers just won’t be able to keep up.
Kansas State 31, 20 Oklahoma 23.
Kansas State is probably the hottest team in the Big 12, other than Baylor. Daniel Sams and Jake Waters are doing very well in this two-quarterback system, and Sams has been running like crazy this year too. The difference, though, is the poor play of Oklahoma. Guys, this isn’t a very good team. Spencer Tillman said that in the preseason, and we’re finally seeing it now.
21 Louisville 41, Memphis 21.
Memphis has turned things around this year, but not enough so to stop Teddy Bridgewater. Now, Louisville just needs UCF to lose.
23 USC 32, Colorado 20.
32? Yeah, it’s a weird score. I needed to throw one in somewhere. USC might suffer a bit of a hangover, and Colorado has improved, but the Trojans will be too much late.
Other Important Games
Duke 37, Wake Forest 24.
The dream season will continue. I LOVE this Duke team, especially the running attack. The Blue Devils are for real, and this game will set up the huge match-up against rival North Carolina for the right to go the ACC Championship. Yes, the ACC CHAMPIONSHIP.
Tennessee 30, Vanderbilt 28.
This one will be close, and Vanderbilt has played very well in November, but Tennessee wants and needs this one more. I like Rajon Neal, and I think Tennessee wins this one with a late field goal.
Samford 34, Elon 14.
I’ll be in attendance for this one to see my dad’s alma mater attempting to win a share of the Southern Conference title. The FCS Playoff automatic bid conversation is a bit more dicey, but one game at a time.