College Football Games of the Week (#5)

  1. #13 Alabama at #8 Georgia (CBS 3:30 PM)
    • Alabama last played at Georgia in 2008, and the Crimson Tide were not favored to win coming into the matchup. However when the final seconds ticked off, Nick Saban and the Tide were enjoying a 41-30 victory. This Saturday, the Georgia Bulldogs are once again favored to win. Even though Alabama is coming off a loss against Ole Miss, the Bulldogs are not overlooking their opponent. Sophomore tailback Nick Chubb has shown that he is worthy of Heisman contention so far this season and his quarterback, Greyson Lambert will have to show that he is capable of performing at a high level like he did against South Carolina. The UGA defense will also look to stop the run early on and force Alabama’s young receivers and quarterback to make plays. Over in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide nation is full of trepidation after Ole Miss’ victory at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Coach Nick Saban will look to establish the run with his gargantuan star running back Derrick Henry. Quarterback Jacob Coker gets the start and it will be important for him not to commit any turnovers. Eventually he will have to make a huge throw, and he must be ready when that moment occurs. Alabama will look to stop Nick Chubb and the UGA running game so Greyson Lambert should have plenty of opportunities for play-action throws down the field. Alabama’s defense will keep the Tide in the game, but UGA will hit too many big plays and will prevail on Saturday.
  2. #6 Notre Dame at #12 Clemson (ABC 8:00 PM)
    • The site of College GameDay this week, this matchup of undefeated teams will have heavy implications on the national title picture. The Fighting Irish already have beaten ACC favorite Georgia Tech, and will look to do the same to Clemson. For the Irish, they have overcome the loss of six starters to season ending injuries, including starting quarterback Malik Zaire, and are still undefeated. New quarterback Deshone Kizer has performed well so far, though playing in Death Valley is another animal. If the Irish are to win, Kizer must protect the ball, get the ball to his talented receiver Will Fuller, and avoid Clemson star defensive end Carl Lawson. Defensively, the Irish managed to contain Georgia Tech’s triple option attack, and they will look to do the same to Clemson’s spread offense. Their defense will have to be conditioned however to match the Tigers’ fast pace. For Clemson, they must use quarterback Deshaun Watson as both a passer and a runner if they want to move the ball on offense. Notre Dame’s front seven will make it tough for Clemson’s running backs and in pass protection, but the Irish’s secondary is suspect. Notre Dame will come out fighting hard, but Deshaun Watson will launch himself into the Heisman race by leading Clemson to victory.
  3. #21 Mississippi State at #14 Texas A&M (SEC Network 7:30 PM)
    • The winner of this game will secure themselves nicely in the race for the SEC West title. After losing to LSU, Mississippi State rebounded nicely and defeated Auburn. However, Texas A&M is on a different level from the struggling Auburn Tigers. Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott will have to have a big game to help keep up with Texas A&M’s fast paced offense. Mississippi State has lost a lot of talent from last year’s team, but a win Saturday would justify Dan Mullen’s program and the depth that has been built. Aggies quarterback Kyle Allen played well against a desperate Arkansas team and he excelled at throwing on the run and distributing the ball to his playmakers. Look for the Aggies to win again at home and to become contenders in the SEC.
  4. #23 West Virginia at #15 Oklahoma (Fox Sports One 12 PM)
    • Baylor and TCU are usually considered the favorites when pundits discuss who will win the Big 12. Following very closely behind them however are West Virginia and Oklahoma. Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield and Mountaineers quarterback Skyler Howard will look to score a lot of points in game that looks to be a shootout. The winner of this game will most certainly be vaulted up the polls and will also become a contender in the Big 12.
  5. #3 Ole Miss at #25 Florida (ESPN 7:30 PM)
    • Coming off a huge victory at Alabama, the Ole Miss Rebels must maintain their focus as they head towards the Swamp. Last week, the Florida Gators made a miraculous comeback against Tennessee and they are now riding some momentum after being down for a while. Quarterback Chad Kelly for the Rebels will look to get the ball down the field to receiver Laquan Treadwell, even though he will be covered by star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. For Florida, quarterback Will Grier is questionable to play with a stomach bug, and if he can not go then Treon Harris will get the start. Florida has gained momentum this season, but Robert Nkemdiche and the Ole Miss defense will quickly snuff out any hope and the Rebels will be singing “Hotty Toddy” by the end of the night.
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