After another week of great and heartbreaking college football games, we have another great weekend in store for the gridiron. Featuring a couple of critical Big Ten games, Big 12 showdowns, and top ranked SEC match ups.
*All times are EST.
5) Iowa Hawkeyes vs #19 Wisconsin Badgers - Sat. 12pm ESPN
The stingy 4-0 Hawkeyes will go into Camp Randall and face the #19 Wisconsin Badgers in a important Big Ten, western division matchup. The Badgers will go into the game missing their #1 running back Corey Clement, who just had surgery on a sports hernia. While the Hawkeyes have a very powerful run game that can cause issues with the Badgers. The Badgers will look to make it 4 straight against the Hawkeyes, and move to the top of the Western Division of the Big Ten.
Prediction: Wisconsin wins at home by the same score last year, 26-24.
4) #21 Mississippi State Bulldogs vs #14 Texas A&M Aggies - Sat. 5:30pm SEC Network / Watch ESPN App
Here we have another great SEC match-up (again). If the Aggies want a chance to win the SEC Western conference they will need to bring their best in order to stay undefeated to compete with LSU, and Ole Miss. This should be a high scoring event, with the over/under 63 points. Both teams average almost 500 yards of offense and should be lighting up the score board again on Saturday.
Prediction: Look for the Aggies to outrun the Bulldogs at home 35-28.
3) #23 West Virginia Mountaineers vs #15 Oklahoma Sooners - Sat. 12pm FOXS1
Since West Virginia joined the Big 12 they are 0-3 against the Sooners. Both these teams look nearly identical on paper and only have a 7 point spread between the two of them. Last year they met up in West Virginia and scored a total of 78 points. Look for more of the same this time around in Oklahoma as they try to stay undefeated in front of the home crowd. You should be easily entertained by both quarterbacks in this game as both of them love to throw it often.
Prediction: Look for the Sooners to over power the Mountaineers 38-24
2) #13 Alabama Crimson Tide vs #8 Georgia Bulldogs - Sat. 3:30pm CBS
This will be your classic battle in the trenches in Georgia, especially if you like watching talented running Backs. This game will also have huge implications in the SEC and could even determine who goes to the SEC championship game. The Crimson Tide could lose their second game regular season game for the first time since 2010 when they lost a total of three. Nick Saban is 17-7 against Top 10 teams, and will be prepared to fight off the Bulldogs between the hedges.
Prediction: I think the Bulldogs have the team and the offense to hand Alabama their second loss 28-20
1) #6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs #12 Clemson Tigers - Sat. 8pm ABC
Game of the week! This game is very critical to both teams. On one end you have Notre Dame, and as BYU fans you know how hard it can be to earn a playoff spot. For Notre Dame to be considered for a playoff spot they need to go undefeated the entire season. They have tough games coming up against USC and Stanford, which could help them gain the committees favor in landing that playoff spot.
On the other side you have the Tigers in the ACC. A lot of people, including the playoff committee, don't think the ACC is that tough and a one loss ACC team probably won't be making the playoffs. This is the time for the Tigers to stand up for their division and win a hard game in front of their home crowd.
This game should be tight with only a 1.5 spread going to the Tigers for home field advantage. We will see if the backup quarterback for the Irish can win big games on the road, and if the Tigers and Deshaun Watson can beat a ranked opponent.
Prediction: Clemson will be able to pressure Kizer into some bad decisions and win this one 27-24
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These are other games that would be worth your time that you can catch this weekend.