Movie quote of the day:
“What is this, a center for ants?”
– Derek Zoolander, “Zoolander” (2001)
Week 10 record: 11-1 (91.7 percent)
2018 record: 79-41 (65.8 percent)
All-time record: 429-206 (67.5 percent)
No. 10 Ohio State (8-1) at No. 18 Michigan State (6-3)
East Lansing, Mich.
Line: OSU -3.5
I’m not really sure what to make of this game. Ohio State is really struggling, but I’m not sure I can trust Michigan State to pull off the upset. I don’t think the Spartans are good enough offensively to win this game. I’m not overly confident in it, but I think the Buckeyes win a close one.
Prediction: Ohio State 27, Michigan State 26
South Carolina (5-3) at No. 15 Florida (6-3)
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Line: FLA -6
Even though I’m not sold on Florida, I don’t think South Carolina can win this game. Florida has one of the better defenses in the country and I can’t trust the Gamecocks’ offense to go down to a hostile environment and get the win. I also don’t think Will Muschamp will be able to outcoach Dan Mullen.
Prediction: Florida 31, South Carolina 23
Wisconsin (6-3) at No. 20 Penn State (6-3)
University Park, Pa.
Line: PSU -9
I really want to take Wisconsin, but I’m not able to pull the trigger. The Badgers are banged up offensively and might even start their backup quarterback. Their ought to be able to keep them in the game by limiting Penn State’s offense. At the end of the day, I think Trace McSorley will make some plays and be the difference maker.
Prediction: Penn State 27, Wisconsin 20
No. 16 Mississippi State (6-3) at No. 1 Alabama (9-0)
Line: ALA -24
Mississippi State has been too inconsistent this season. So I can’t bring myself to pick the Bulldogs to pull off a massive upset. Nick Fitzgerald might be able to make some plays against Alabama’s defense. However, the Crimson Tide are just too talented and ought to handle the Bulldogs.
Prediction: Alabama 48, Mississippi State 20
Oklahoma State (5-4) at No. 6 Oklahoma (8-1)
Line: OKLA -21
It’s usually always entertaining when these two teams get together for Bedlam. I’m a little surprised with the spread in this game, though. I don’t think Oklahoma State’s offense is very good, but I don’t trust Oklahoma’s defense to get stops. The Cowboys should be able to keep this game fairly close, but in the end I think the Sooners will emerge victorious.
Prediction: Oklahoma 55, Oklahoma State 45
No. 8 Washington State (8-1) at Colorado (5-4)
Line: WSU -6
I got half a mind to pick Colorado in this matchup. I don’t think Washington State is that good and the Cougars are coming off a lackadaisical, emotional performance last week. It’s hard to tell what will happen to a team the week after a game like that. I don’t think Colorado is very good, though. The Buffaloes have lost four games in a row and I just don’t think they have the horses to match Washington State.
Prediction: Washington State 34, Colorado 24
Northwestern (5-4) at No. 21 Iowa (6-3)
Iowa City, Iowa
Line: IOWA -10.5
Iowa has lost its last two games by a combined eight points. I think the Hawkeyes are desperately looking to get back on track and I think this is the week to do it. Northwestern has been a little too inconsistent this season. I’m not sure I trust the Wildcats to go on the road and score points on one of the nation’s best defenses.
Prediction: Iowa 24, Northwestern 17
Baylor (5-4) at No. 22 Iowa State (5-3)
Jack Trice Stadium
Line: ISU -17
Iowa State has been a totally different team since switching to Brock Purdy at quarterback. The Cyclones are moving the ball and look like a legitimate Big 12 contender. I’m not sure Baylor has much of a chance. The Bears have one of the worst defenses in the conference – ranking No. 104 in scoring defense. I think Brock Purdy and David Montgomery have huge games and Iowa State rolls to another win.
Prediction: Iowa State 41, Baylor 20
Oregon (6-3) at Utah (6-3)
Salt Lake City
Line: UTAH -3
I think I’m going to go Oregon here because the Ducks have the quarterback advantage in Justin Herbert. Oregon also has a decent defense that I think is good enough to slow down Utah’s offense – which only ranks No. 58 in the country. I don’t trust the Utes’ offense so I’m going with Oregon.
Prediction: Oregon 31, Utah 27
No. 24 Auburn (6-3) at No. 5 Georgia (8-1)
Line: UGA -14
Auburn finally got right against Texas A&M last week, but I’m not sure it’ll be enough to win this game. Georgia is just too good defensively. I think the Bulldogs’ defense are going to exploit Auburn’s offensive line – which has significantly struggled this season. I think Jarrett Stidham is going to have a hard time making plays and Georgia rolls to a comfortable win.
Prediction: Georgia 31, Auburn 16
No. 19 Texas (6-3) at Texas Tech (5-4)
Jones AT&T Stadium
Line: TEX -1.5
I’m a little surprised Texas isn’t more of a favorite in this one. I know the Longhorns are really banged up on defense, but I still think they’re good enough on that side of the ball to win this game. Texas Tech has zero defense so Sam Ehlinger and Texas’ offense should have a big game. This will likely be another track meet. I mentioned it last week, but if that’s the case I don’t think that’ll favor the Red Raiders.
Prediction: Texas 48, Texas Tech 45
Game of the week:
No. 2 Clemson (9-0) at No. 17 Boston College (7-2)
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Line: CLEM -19.5
I think Clemson might have its hands full this week. Boston College is now slouch. The Eagles have a competent offense and a very good defense – each of which I could see giving the Tigers some trouble. However, Clemson has the better coach and way more talent. I think this game is close at first, but the Tigers pull away in the second half.
Prediction: Clemson 34, Boston College 23
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