#15 Texas A&M @ #24 Ole Miss
The only college football game featuring ranked opponents this week is an SEC West battle that will all but virtually end one school’s chances of a division title. Both the Aggies and the Rebels are coming off disappointing losses. Texas A&M gave up three pick-six interception returns and 236 yards rushing to Derrick Henry in a 41-23 loss to Alabama. Ole Miss was worked over by 18th-ranked Memphis. Both school’s feature high-powered offenses. The Rebels Chad Kelly has 2,234 yards passing thus far and A&M’s Kyle Allen has thrown for over 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns. This one may come down to who makes a big defensive stop. Ole Miss has some future NFL players on its defense… Ole Miss 44, Texas A&M 41.
#20 Cal @ UCLA
The Golden Bears got an extra week to recover from their first loss of the season, a 30-24 defeat at Utah. Quarterback Jared Goff threw five interceptions in the loss. It is highly unlikely he could be any worse when the Bears take on UCLA this week. Cal is 5-1 and UCLA, after a blowout loss to Stanford, is 4-2. Neither team can afford another loss in their quest for a division title and a berth in the Pac-12 Championship game. UCLA continues to rely on freshman QB Josh Rosen, but Goff is clearly the better signal caller. With 1,970 yards passing and 17 TDs, Goff will provide the difference in a Cal victory… Cal 42, UCLA 37.
Iowa State @ #2 Baylor
It is pretty clear that Baylor will win this football game. The only question that lurks is, “By how much will the Bears win?” The nation’s most prolific offense averages over 720 yards of total offense per game and scores an amazing 64 points per contest. Nearly every time head coach Art Briles’s offense touches the ball, they put it in the end zone. Baylor faces an Iowa State team that is not terrible but does give up an average of 32 points a game. QB Seth Russell and WR Corey Coleman, who has a shot at breaking the NCAA record for touchdown catches in a season, will shine once again as the second-ranked Bears win big… Baylor 70, Iowa State 21.
#6 Clemson @ Miami
The best kept secret in America is Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. The Clemson signal caller has 1,410 yards passing and 14 touchdowns in leading the Tigers to a 6-0 start on the season. The Tigers defense is equally as good yielding just 16 points a game good for 14th in the nation. Head coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers will face a tough task in QB Brad Kaaya and the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday. The ‘Canes are 4-2 after a win over Virginia Tech last week. Miami needs a victory as it faces No. 24 Duke the following Saturday and has remaining games with North Carolina and Pittsburgh, both of which are 5-1 currently. Hurricanes head coach Al Golden needs the win more than anyone. Here’s to an upset… Miami 24, Clemson 23.
#18 Memphis @ Tulsa
The Memphis football program really hasn’t had much success through the years. Head coach Justin Fuente has built a winner in his short tenure at the school. The Tigers have won 13 straight games, including their first six this season and are ranked No. 18 in the nation. Memphis defeated Ole Miss last week, 37-24, making a statement that the school is for real. Quarterback Paxton Lynch is as good as any in the country. He has five straight 300-yard passing games and has thrown for 1,919 yards thus far this season. He is unlikely to slow down against a Tulsa defense that surrenders 35 points per game. Memphis cruises… Memphis 42, Tulsa 18.
Washington @ #10 Stanford
After a season-opening loss to Northwestern, Stanford appeared headed in a downward spiral. Now, the Cardinal are 5-1 and are alone atop the Pac-12 North standings. They take on a Washington team that has been up and down. The Huskies had a big win over USC but then fell to Oregon last week and are now 3-3 overall. While a win would be huge, Stanford is just too hot right now…and they are playing at home… Stanford 34, Washington 28.
#3 Utah @ USC
Utah needs to be careful in this one. The Trojans program is in a state of disarray with the firing of head coach Steve Sarkisian. The Trojans traveled to rival Notre Dame last week and lost 41-31 under interim head coach Clay Helton. Helton will likely guide the Trojans the remainder of the season when the school will begin its search for Sarkisian’s replacement. Until then, the school, which has 11 national championships to its credit, needs to save some face. They could do just that with a big win over the nation’s No. 3-ranked team in Utah. The Utes are solid all around. Running back Devontae Booker has 783 yards rushing. Quarterback Travis Wilson is a senior who is efficient in the passing game. The Utah defense has slowed down some of the nation’s better offenses in Cal, Arizona State, and Oregon. While USC may play well, the Utes get it done in the end… Utah 31, USC 27.
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