Pac 12 – Oregon Ducks vs. Utah Utes -6.5
Does anyone remember when Utah was beat by USC? That was all the way back on September 20th. The Utes have become a top ten team both offensively and defensively. Utah QB Tyler Huntley has developed into a huge threat averaging 11.1 yards per attempt which has ranks him 3rd nationally.
Oregon has to find a way to make stops as their defense vanished against better talent giving up big points to Washington, Washington State and Arizona State. Oregon will have problems dealing with Huntley and Utah runningback Zack Moss.
Justin Herbert will be running for his life against the Utah pass rush most notably Bradlee Anae. The Ducks have a verteran QB and a coach that has played these big games before. I like Utah to win and Oregon to cover on a garbage time TD.
Pick: Utah wins, Oregon covers +6.5
Big 12 – Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma Sooners -9
To have a chance at the College Football Playoff both of these teams would need some help. The Sooners have the best chance based on their placement at the moment. The Sooners have escaped multiple games over the last month and they have to come out and have a dominant performance on Saturday.
Baylor came out and took care of business the last two weeks dominating Kansas and beating in state rival Texas. The Bears big play ability is scary for the leaky Oklahoma defense. Baylor is top twenty in the nation in yards per play averaging 6.56. Baylor will put up points, it’s whether or not they can force turnovers. If Baylor is able to force mistakes from the Sooners they have a chance.
Oklahoma will have the services of CeeDee Lamb in the game, something they didn’t have in their prior matchup. That makes a dangerous offense even more explosive. The Bear’s have only given up a shocking seven touchdowns this season. Those numbers will increase by a lot on Saturday.
AAC – Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Memphis Tigers -10
I feel like I have seen this before. Oh it was last week. Memphis was able to topple the Bearcats by ten in their first matchup. Memphis was able to win but it was Cincinnati was able to cover the 14 point spread.
The Bearcats may have a wrinkle in their scheme come Saturday as quarterback Demond Ridder may be able to suit up. While he doesn’t have the arm strength of last Saturday’s starter freshman Ben Bryant, Ridder does bring a much more athleticism. I look for Cincinnati to utilize both QB’s if available. That means Memphis is not going to see the same game plan they saw the week before.
If Ridder plays I like the chances for Cincinnati, their defense has what it takes to win this game.
Pick: Cincinnati Upsets Memphis
SEC – Georgia Bulldogs vs. LSU Tigers -7
THIS IS YOUR MAIN EVENT OF THE EVENING!!! It’s hard for me not to imagine someone saying that as these two teams take the field Saturday. The entire landscape of the College Football Playoff could be changed by the outcome of this game.
Joe Burrow has burst onto the scene throwing himself right in the middle of Heisman talk as well as a bright NFL future. LSU has scored 36 points in all but one game this year. I can list off the Burrow’s statistics but they are pretty easy for anyone to find. He will outplay the steady Jake Fromm on Saturday, with the help of a strong running game and the red hot Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Georgia will be the toughest test defensively for LSU. The Bulldogs are just behind Clemson with 10.4 points per game this season. As good as they are they will not be able to contain LSU for a full 60 minutes. LSU and Georgia have played four similar foes this season with LSU putting up 183 points compared to Georgia’s 94. This game could be interesting but I see LSU with too much firepower to handle.
Pick: LSU wins, Georgia Covers
ACC – Virginia Cavaliers vs. Clemson Tigers -28.5
Is Virginia good? Not really. Beating their rival Virginia Tech got them the chance to play spoiler for Clemson Tigers. That means they get a chance to play tune up for the only ACC team worth anything this season. Looking past just the stats Virginia has really only been great at times this season at home and with this being on a neutral site any advantage for Virginia is gone.
Clemson is better on both sides of the ball. They win and cover with ease.
Pick: Clemson -28.5
Big 10 – Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers +17
There is only one way I see Wisconsin actually winning this game…..sorry really thought I had something. Wisconsin hasn’t beat Ohio State since 2010. Wisconsin is one dimensional, they will need to use the run game to control the pace and keep the #1 ranked offense in the country off the field. Ohio State will have all the motivation in the world to pour it on and insure themselves a shot at the #1 overall seed in the College Football Playoff.
I would love to see Wisconsin make this a game, but they had their chance week nine when the weather fit their game plan. Wisconsin has a puncher’s chance at best.
Pick: Ohio State -17