Welcome to another exciting weekend of college football and what about the shake-ups for the first weekend in November and for the first week of college playoff rankings. Last week my record was 3-2, which I’m disappointed in because I told people all week to look out for North Carolina, but somehow I picked Duke to win the game. That’s how things go sometimes and hopefully I can rebound from that one. My overall record falls to 34-15 and in the process dropping m winning percentage from 70.5% to 69.4%, so there’s room for me to get back to my 70% goal. This week I’ll be predicting five games and hopefully I can get back to my goal as the regular season continues to dwindle down. Let’s Get Started!!!
We start with the Big 10 conference as the 12th ranked Oklahoma Sooners visit the 4th ranked Baylor Bears in what will seem like a playoffs in the conference these final few weeks. Ever since the Sooners lost to the Longhorns they have been blowing out their opponents by an average of 46 points over the last four games and that includes games against Kansas State and Texas Tech. On the other hand, the Baylor Bears were thought to be in trouble when their starting QB went out with a fractured bone in his neck, but that hasn’t stopped WR Corey Coleman. This is a tough one, but I’m going with Coleman to have another big game in a victory.
Bears Win 41-31
We head down to SEC country and of course, its Alabama facing another ranked opponent, but this time it’s on the road as the 3rd ranked Crimson Tide visit the 20th ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Tide is coming off an amazing performance against the LSU Tigers last week and basically catapulted Derrick Henry as the Heisman frontrunner in the process. Will the Tide show fatigue from that game? The Bulldogs haven’t been talked about any this year, but Dak Prescott has put up some great numbers, while improving as a QB. This should be a close game, but I still think the Tide is the best team in the conference.
Crimson Tide Win 30-21
We head down to the American Conference for the first time this year as the 25th ranked Memphis Tigers visit the undefeated 13th ranked Houston Cougars. Earlier in the year, the Tigers shocked everyone by pulling off the huge upset over Ole Miss. Unfortunately, last week they were steamrolled at home against a very tough Navy team and we will get to see how they respond after a loss. Houston biggest win of the season came against Louisville and they’re looking to show the nation they belong in the playoff talk. Memphis had issues against the rush and they will have the same issues against the Cougars.
Cougars Win 38-28
We head to the West Coast and the Pac-12 Conference as the Oregon Ducks travel to face the 7th ranked Stanford Cardinal. The Oregon Ducks still have an outside shot at the Pac-12 North, but it would consist of them beating Stanford and the Cardinal losing to Cal the following week. The last couple of weeks, the Ducks offense is looking like the Oregon offense we’re used to seeing. On the other hand, the Stanford Cardinal continues to win lead by Heisman candidate RB Christian McCaffrey as they’re hoping to be one of the four teams that reach the playoffs. The Cardinal will continue that quest by beating the Ducks!!
Cardinal Win 35-24
In the final game of the week from me, we head to ACC country as the N.C. State Wolfpack look to kick the 19th ranked Florida State Seminoles while they’re down. The Wolfpack are already Bowl eligible and they’re hoping to get to an even better bowl and what better way than to upset the Seminoles on the road. Can the Wolfpack pull off the upset over the Seminoles? On the other hand, how will the Seminoles respond after losing to Clemson and their ACC Championship hopes have vanished? They still have a shot at another 10-win season and that will be motivation for them to win this game.
Seminoles Win 44-27
My Top 5 Teams in the Country
1) Clemson Tigers
2) Ohio State Buckeyes
3) Alabama Crimson Tide
4) Baylor Bears
5) Notre Dame Fighting Irish