This week’s slate is pretty loaded, so let’s get right to it.
17 UCLA (4-1) at 15 Stanford (4-1) – Thursday, 9:30, ESPN
Both teams are fresh off bye weeks here, but come in with different morale. Stanford has won four games in a row, while UCLA was spanked by Arizona State their last time out. Consider this a playoff elimination game.
Stanford stays in the driver’s seat in the Pac 12 North as UCLA struggles without Myles Jack.
Prediction: 31-23 Stanford
18 Iowa (6-0) at 23 Northwestern (4-1) – Saturday, 11:00am, ABC
After sarcastically voting Northwestern number one in our poll last week because I was unimpressed with everyone else at the top, the Wildcats proceeded to lose 38-0 at Michigan. (I voted Utah number one this week, so they’ll probably lose). We’ll see how Northwestern responds against an unbeaten Iowa team, who’s enjoyed nice wins over Wisconsin and Illinois the past couple weeks.
At the risk of jinxing Northwestern again, I like them to rebound at home this week and hand the Hawkeyes their first loss.
Prediction: 21-17 Northwestern
9 Alabama (5-1) at 10 Texas A&M (5-0) – Saturday, 2:30, CBS
Just another Saturday in the SEC West. Kevin Sumlin’s bunch comes in undefeated, including wins over Arizona State, Arkansas and Mississippi State. In addition to playing ‘Bama this week, the Aggies still have to go to Ole Miss and LSU, so time will tell whether or not they’re the real deal.
A&M suffers its first loss as the Tide continues to roll after convincing wins over Georgia and Arkansas.
Prediction: 27-23 Alabama
4 Michigan State (6-0) at 16 Michigan (5-1) – Saturday, 2:30, ESPN
Michigan is playing as well as anybody in the country right now, pitching three straight shutouts. State, on the other hand, has had some close calls the past couple weeks, squeaking by Rutgers and Purdue. With how Oregon has fallen off the map, you could argue the Spartans don’t have any marquee wins yet. Will this be the week they get it going?
The Wolverines give up points for the first time in a while, but hang on to hand Michigan State its first loss.
Prediction: 24-16 Michigan
11 Florida (6-0) at 5 LSU (5-0) – Saturday, 6:00, ESPN
A tough week for Florida, losing Will Grier for the year to a PED suspension, but the Gators still control their own destiny in the SEC East. All is well in Baton Rouge right now behind Heisman hopeful Leonard Fournette, who is only the 10th player in history with 1,000 rushing yards in five games; he also accounts for 45% of LSU’s offense. This is the Tigers’ toughest test to date, as Alabama, Ole Miss and A&M loom on the schedule in November.
Florida’s stout defense keeps it close, but LSU is too much at home.
Prediction: 24-17 LSU
13 Ole Miss (5-1) at Memphis (5-0) – Saturday, 11:00am, ESPN2
Big time statement game here for Memphis. They’ll be playing like its their Super Bowl, so if Ole Miss doesn’t come out fired up, they could be in for a scare in this regional rivalry. With a win, Memphis could very well go undefeated and could be right there at the end of the season if there are multiple teams at the top with two losses.
22 Oklahoma (4-1) at K-State (3-2) – Saturday, 2:30, ABC
I’ve had K-State on here twice in a row and they gave Oklahoma State and TCU good scares. If Oklahoma comes out sluggish after last week’s bad loss to Texas, they could be in trouble in the Little Apple.
Arizona State (4-2) at 6 Utah (5-0) – Saturday, 9:00, ESPN
I already mentioned the jinx factor at play here. All kidding aside, Arizona State is a battle-tested team and won’t be intimidated on the road. This one could go down to the wire.
That’s all for this week. Have a good weekend, sports fans. Go Royals!
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