Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls gather around your television sets. This Saturday is filled with enticing match-ups and endless possibilities of how shaken up college football will be across the nation come Sunday. There are a plethora of games featuring ranked opponents and conference foes; my job is to break each one of these games down for you as well as an insight to the Missouri-Vanderbilt game and the Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan. Time for act one…
#3 LSU @ #11 Florida, 2:30, CBS
This match-up has created some memorable games in the past few years featuring the likes of Tim Tebow, Glenn Dorsey and plenty of Les Miles-Urban Meyer duels. Although some of the names in this game aren’t as glamorous, keep an eye on two players. LSU’s Sam Montgomery is projected to be a top five pick and is one of the best defensive linemen in the country while Florida’s Running Back Mike Gillislee has already gained Emmitt Smith comparisons. Florida will win this one in an upset.
Prediction: Florida 20, LSU 17
#4 Georgia @ #6 South Carolina, 6:00, ESPN
This is the biggest game of the season for both teams. Georgia got out of playing Alabama and LSU from the West and has a legitimate shot at going undefeated. South Carolina, on the other hand, still has to play at LSU but a win over Georgia would allow the Gamecocks to lose that LSU game and still win the East. This one might be different than the traditional SEC defensive battle, but I think the home-field advantage still gives the Gamecocks the edge.
Prediction: South Carolina 28, Georgia 20
#7 West Virginia @ #10 Texas, 6:00, FOX
This will be a great match-up and by far the toughest defense Geno Smith has faced in Texas. This is the first true test for the Mountaineers in the Big XII and Austin is definitely not an easy place to play. Although Texas has impressed me so far this season the West Virginia offense is arguably the best in the nation. It might be better than Baylor’s, but even the Longhorns’ defense can’t fully contain Smith.
Prediction: West Virginia 45, Texas 37
#24 Washington @ #2 Oregon, 9:30, ESPN
Washington knocked off Stanford last Thursday night and finally got some real recognition that they deserve. They are just one of many teams who have proved how good the Pac-12 is this year; however, Oregon is still the class of this conference and remains one of the best teams in the nation. The Ducks’ running game might just be the best in the nation and no one is questioning their speed.
Prediction: Oregon 52, Washington 31
Kansas @ #9 Kansas State, 11:00, FX
What is there to say about this one? Kansas should feel good if they can leave Manhattan with a 30-point loss. The Wildcats are extremely superior to Kansas and should have no trouble dismissing them Saturday. Look for some K-State backups to see the field as they’ll be in control from the start.
Prediction: Kansas State 59, Kansas 10
Vanderbilt @ Missouri, 6:00, FSN
Mizzou is still looking for their first SEC win after playing the two toughest teams in the East in Georgia and South Carolina. After a win over UCF, the Tigers are looking to take down Vandy and improve to 4-2 on the year. After today’s news of Dorial Green-Beckham and his teammates’ marijuana possession arrest, that’s what all the news will be about; however, DGB hasn’t done much for Mizzou this year so it shouldn’t be too much of an on-field distraction.
Prediction: Missouri 34, Vanderbilt 21
Well folks, I went 5-0 last week and I’m expecting to go undefeated once again. My picks are flawless, I know. On a real note though, this Saturday will be the best collection of games we’ve seen all season and if you aren’t glued to your television you better have a damn good excuse. Good luck to all the teams you support this weekend, unless you’re a Kansas fan.