Coming into October, this is when things seem to get crazy in the world of college football and as a fan of the game, I wouldn’t be opposed to that. My record in picking college football games this season is 48-33.
Missouri vs South Carolina
The Tigers are coming off of a bye and the Gamecocks are coming off of taking a beat down at the hands of Kentucky. South Carolina has been pretty unpredictable this season so you never know which team you’re going to get, and I’ve had a hard time picking their games this season. I’m going to predict that Drew Lock puts on a show in this game and Missouri comes in and gets a divisional road win.
(19) Texas vs (7) Oklahoma
The Red River Shootout this season has shaped up to be a really good one. Texas hasn’t been lighting up the scoreboard this season, but they’ve shown to have the best defense in the conference so far, but this week they will be facing a completely different test, as Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma offense haven’t missed a beat so far this season despite the graduation of Baker Mayfield. Even when Texas hasn’t been as good this has still been a competitive game so I have no reason to think it won’t be so again this year. I’m still going to pick Oklahoma just because of how good Murray has been, but it wouldn’t shock me one bit if Texas slows down that Oklahoma offense and wins the game.
Boston College vs (23) NC State
This is an underrated game this weekend. NC State is entering this game undefeated and Boston College has looked like one of the better teams in the conference so far this season. Anthony Brown is the key for Boston College. When he plays a good game at quarterback they put up some serious points, but when he struggles, the offense does too and they become vulnerable. Ryan Finley is the best player on the NC State team and if he plays really good this game is very winnable for them. This game will come down completely to quarterback play in my opinion.
Pick: Boston College
(5) LSU vs (22) Florida
This will be a really tough test for LSU, because the Florida defense is definitely good enough to win this game and LSU will be traveling on the road for it, oh and by the way they have Georgia on the horizon next week. LSU is the better team, but they will definitely need to keep their focus on this game. Joe Burrow will be huge for LSU because if he comes in and plays well they should win this game, but he’s had times this season where he’s been spotty and if he does that, they could easily lose.
Florida State vs (17) Miami
I’m only including this game because it’s a rivalry game. Florida State has not looked good at all this season and they were pretty lucky to win last week against Louisville. Miami hasn’t really played anyone since they got thumped in the opening week against LSU, but I think their defense and being at home will just be way too much for a terrible Florida State offense, and more specifically, offensive line.
San Diego State vs Boise State
These are probably the two best teams in the Mountain West, although Fresno State would probably have something to say about that. Boise State is the better team and they’re playing at home, but the Aztecs are coming off of a bye. What also gives San Diego State a chance in my mind is they are very physical and if they can establish their physicality they could win, but I think Brett Rypien and the Boise State offense will be too much.
Pick: Boise State
Arizona State vs Colorado
Whoever wins this game will get a real leg up in the Pac-12 South, especially if Colorado wins, because they’re the only team in the South without a conference loss. The Buffs are at home and I think that’s why they will win. I like both defenses and think this will be a decently low-scoring game, but the Buffs have just been a little bit more balanced on offense this season and I think that will be the difference in a close game.
(13) Kentucky vs Texas A&M
Kentucky has probably been the story of college football this season and they’ve already won some pretty tough games that people thought they could lose, but those were at home and now they’ll have to travel to Kyle Field, which is a very tough place to play. Texas A&M does have two losses, but those losses were to Clemson and Alabama. I think Kentucky is good, but they’re due for a letdown game and this will be the first ranked win for Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M.
Pick: Texas A&M
(8) Auburn vs Mississippi State
This game might finish 10-7. With the presence of Nick Fitzgerald and Joe Moorhead being their coach as an offensive mind, I’m surprised that Mississippi State has been as bad as they have been on offense this season. I don’t see it being any better this week against a dominant Auburn defense. That Auburn offense has also been pretty subpar this season, but I think Auburn will be able to generate enough offense to win this game against what’s been a bad Mississippi State offense.
(6) Notre Dame vs (24) Virginia Tech
This has looked like the best Notre Dame team in some time since they inserted Ian Book into the starting lineup at quarterback. This is looking like the biggest test left on the Notre Dame roster and despite the injury a couple weeks ago to Joshua Jackson, this won’t be an easy one because Lane Stadium will be rocking. Ryan Willis also put up a huge game in his start last week against Duke and if he is able to replicate that performance they will have a good chance of pulling off the upset.
Pick: Notre Dame
Utah vs (14) Stanford
This game has the potential to be the most physical game of the weekend. Stanford is coming off of a rough loss at the hands of Notre Dame and Bryce Love is banged up, and over the last two seasons we’ve seen what their offense has looked like with him out of the lineup or even when he is banged up, it hasn’t been pretty. His availability will be a massive factor in this game. I’m still going to pick Stanford regardless because they do have an improved passing game and the Utah offense has been horrible this season, but this game should be fairly close.