College Football Picks- Week 10
We are in store for another great weekend of college football, which includes several “Big-Time” match-ups! In the past few weeks we have witnessed so many upsets, along with so many Top 10 teams losing. Heading into the month of November I am currently sitting at (50-40) with my picks.
This season has been very exciting and entertaining, and I hope that the best is yet to come! So let’s get going for this “Big” Saturday as we take a look at my College Football Picks- Week 10.
1. Iowa (6-2) at Purdue (4-4)
This is a very interesting and important game in the Big Ten West. Both teams are coming of a tough loss on the road, and both teams need to win in order to keep their Big Ten Championship hopes alive. I like Iowa and I think that they are a good football team. However, the Hawkeyes are in a difficult spot. They played in a close, physical game against Penn State on Saturday, and now they have to go back on the road to play another solid team. The Boilermakers did not play well at Michigan State, but I think that they will be able to get back on track playing at home. This is probably going to be a really fun game to watch!
Winner: Purdue, 30-27
2. Utah (6-2) at Arizona State (4-4)
For awhile it looked like Arizona State was going to be one of the main front-runners in the Pac-12 South. But after a couple conference losses, they have fallen towards the bottom of the pack. Technically, the Sun Devils could still win the division, but they would probably need to win-out and get some help along the way. Utah has been “on a roll”, winning 4 games in a row! The Utes have scored 40, 42, 41, and 41 points in those four games, and their defense is still playing really well. Even though the Sun Devils are at home, I think that they are going to have their hands full come Saturday.
Winner: Utah, 34-23
3. Georgia (7-1) at Kentucky (7-1)
This is a huge game in the SEC East, as the winner will most likely be playing in Atlanta for the SEC Championship! Georgia is coming off a very impressive win against their rival, Florida, and Kentucky is coming off their improbable victory at Missouri (See College Football Recap- Week 9). The Kentucky defense is absolutely awesome! Through 8 games they are only giving up about 295 yards and 13 points per game. However, I just don’t think that the Wildcats will be able to score enough points to win. Of course, I said the same thing last week and they did score enough points to win (15 points)! But if the Bulldogs can play like they did last week, then they should be just fine.
Winner: Georgia, 23-16
4. West Virginia (6-1) at Texas (6-2)
This is the “Big” game in the Big 12! The winner will put themselves in a very good position to finish in the “Top 2” of the conference, which means that they would get to play in the conference Championship Game. West Virginia is one of those teams that I’m not really sure how good they are. They could be “really good” or they might end-up being “not so good”??? But for some reason, I have been skeptical of Texas all season. In week #1 the Longhorns lost to Maryland, 34-29, and last week they were upset by Oklahoma State, 38-35. Sandwiched in between those losses are several “narrow” victories. Texas is playing at home which gives them a nice advantage, but I’m going with the Mountaineers in an exciting one!
Winner: West Virginia, 37-27
5. Boston College (6-2) at Virginia Tech (4-3)
The Eagles defeated Miami last week, 27-14, and they are now ranked #22 in the first CFP Rankings. Their loss at Purdue in week #4 doesn’t seem so bad now, and their only other loss was a very close game at NC State. Boston College’s sophomore running back, AJ Dillon, is also back and healthy. Dillon ran for 149 yards and 1 touchdown against the Hurricanes. The Hokies have been really struggling this season, and they have not been able to find any consistency. If Virginia Tech forces a lot of turnovers and wins the special teams battle, then they might have a chance. But I’m sticking with the Eagles!
Winner: Boston College, 33-27
6. Missouri (4-4) at Florida (6-2)
I still cannot believe that Missouri lost that game to Kentucky last week…unbelievable!!! Now the Tigers have to travel to Gainesville to take on an angry Gator team. Florida did not play that well against Georgia this past Saturday as they turned the ball over 3 times. But outside of a couple late touchdowns in the 4th quarter, the Gator defense actually played very good. Missouri is (0-4) in conference play, and I don’t think that they will be able to pick-up their first win this week.
Winner: Florida, 28-20
7. Oklahoma (7-1) at Texas Tech (5-3)
Texas Tech lost a close, hard-fought game at Iowa State last week, 40-31. The Red Raiders have been playing very well this season, and have improved greatly on the defensive side of the ball. Nothing against the Sooners, but I will be rooting for Texas Tech to pull-off the big upset! But Oklahoma’s offense is a “machine”! They just know how to move the ball up and down the field, and they know how to put the ball in the end-zone! The Sooners are still averaging nearly 49 points per game and Kyler Murray has thrown for 2,329 yards and 28 touchdowns. This game is not getting much attention because of all the other “Big” games being played, but I think that this one could be very entertaining as well.
Winner: Oklahoma, 42-31
8 California (5-3) at Washington State (7-1)
Somehow, someway, California defeated the Washington Huskies last week, 12-10. But now the Golden Bears have a very daunting task as they travel to Pullman, Washington to take on the “Red-Hot” Cougars. In the first CFP Rankings, Washington State found themselves sitting at #8! In recent years, Washington State has gotten off to some good starts, but they were unable to finish those seasons “strong”. However, this Cougar team has a different feel to them. They are playing really good football on both sides of the ball, and they are in a position to have a very special season. I like the Cougars to keep rolling!
Winner: Washington State, 37-20
9. Notre Dame (8-0) at Northwestern (5-3)
I don’t think that any coach in the country has done “More” with “Less” than Pat Fitzgerald. He has done a fantastic job with the Northwestern program, and his team is in a very good position to win the Big Ten West this year. The Wildcats are not always pretty and sometimes they lose games to “bad” football teams. But so often they find a way to win against all odds. However, I don’t think that Saturday night will be one of those times. Notre Dame is a very good team, and they will be looking to make a statement for the Playoff Committee. Northwestern will play hard (as they always do) and they will be competitive (as they usually are), but in the end, the talent of the Fighting Irish will prevail.
Winner: Notre Dame, 34-20
10. Alabama (8-0) at LSU (7-1)
It doesn’t get much better than this! A night game in Baton Rouge against #1 Alabama and #3 LSU! We are all hoping for an “epic” battle between these two football powerhouses, but in the back of our minds we all realize that this could easily turn into another “Alabama Blowout”. This is by far the Crimson Tide’s toughest test of the season, and it will be interesting to see how they handle adversity (assuming LSU can give them a little adversity). I do think that LSU will keep it close, and I think that it will be a very competitive game. I (like most of you) will definitely be rooting for the Tigers to “Take Down” mighty Alabama, but there is no way that I’m picking against Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.
Winner: Alabama, 31-17