By Chris Carlson
In Week 9, College Football proved once again why this sport has the best regular season hands down, yet again a huge favorite in Oklahoma shocked by an unranked opponent, for the third week in a row. Week 10 features a huge SEC East marquee matchup and an important contest as it pertains to the AAC in primetime.
#6 Florida vs. #8 Georgia: This marquee matchup between the Gators and Bulldogs will go a long way in securing a birth to the SEC title game. In recent years Georgia has been the more consistent program knocking on the door of a national championship. This year’s Florida team is different on offense relying on a back up junior signal caller Kyle Trask and big bodied tight end Kyle Pitts. The usual suspects from a year ago remain but this season Bulldog QB Jake Fromm hasn’t been quite as productive, whereas D’Andre Swift has been a workhorse through and through. The outcome will come down to Florida being able to contain Georgia’s rush attack relatively speaking. Also, turnovers and this SEC tilt taking place in ‘The Swamp’ definitely play a part as well. The game will be competitive all the way to the fourth quarter.
The Pick: Florida 20 Georgia 17
Under The Radar
#15 SMU vs. #24 Memphis: When the Mustangs and Tigers meet in prime time on ABC the College Game Day crew will be on campus. The AAC and Mountain West are two legitimate conferences outside the Power 5. SMU is in the middle of their best regular season since the early 80’s. Memphis is more accustomed to success in the last few seasons mostly due to a great offensive system. Both teams were almost victims to the classic trap game scenario last week. What are the odds that SMU gets another quality road victory as they did versus TCU? The over/under is set at 72 meaning whichever defense can force field goals instead of touchdowns or create a few turnovers will be the victor.
The Pick: Memphis 37 SMU 34
#9 Utah vs. Washington: Last week the Utes pitched a shutout against California, Utah’s first since the 2011 season. Two weeks ago Washington had a lead on Oregon but weren’t able to hold on to it. The first question that should be asked is how’s quarterback Tyler Huntley back injury and will he be able to be a real run threat? On the Huskies side of things Washington’s run defense is leaky which could cost them this victory. Washington has struggled in their more difficult tests but did manage to beat a previously ranked USC. The same Trojans that gave Utah it’s only loss thus far. Stanford is not at the same high-level as they normally are but they were able to run the ball at will on the Huskies. It will no doubt be ugly at times and low scoring as Utah wins at Washington in the final chunk of minutes.
The Pick: Utah 24 Washington 20
Saturday Upset Special
Fresno State will defeat Hawaii in a minor upset.
#7 Oregon vs. USC: The Ducks close calls versus Washington and WSU leave them vulnerable to a inconsistent but talented USC club.
Miami vs. Florida State: When these two in-state bitter-rivals face off yearly it tends to produce a barnburner type outcome.
Against The Spread
#16 Notre Dame got whooped by Michigan last Saturday night the Irish will beat the Hokies just not by 17.5-points.
Take it to the window Arizona vs. Oregon State will surpass the over/under number set by Las Vegas at 71.
Quick Hits Recap
-Ohio State defensive stud Chase Young had a career high 4 1/2 sacks and two forced fumbles in the Buckeyes blowout over Wisconsin.
-On offense for Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins became the first ever RB in Buckeye history to rush for 1000+ yards as a freshman, sophomore, and junior.
-Utah RB Zack Moss broke a school record for touchdowns totaling 33 dating back to 1978-81. Moss also has the most 100-yard games in Utah history with 15.
-LSU head coach Ed Orgeron moves to 7-3 when facing a Top-10 teams with a huge win over Auburn. All three losses came to Alabama.
-UConn RB Kevin Mensah ran for 164-yards and scored career high 5 touchdowns in a victory over UMass.
-The Minnesota Gophers moved to 8-0 for first time since 1940, Minnesota won the NCAA title that year.
-Appalachian State extended their winning streak to 13 in a row good for the 3rd longest in FBS.
Written by Chris Carlson Host of The College Ball Show Podcast available at blogtalkradio.com/ ropeadoperadio & Follow on Twitter @RopeADopeRadio