I’m very sorry Total Bros – and…. Sistas? – but this week kind of got away from me and I have run out of time to write a fully fleshed out College Football preview. However, with the incredible slate of games we have on our plate this Saturday, I thought it would be a crime to not give my quick two cents on the best games to watch.
ACC: No. 3 Notre Dame (8-1) at No. 7 Miami (8-0)
Clint’s Call: Notre Dame over Miami, 31-28
Why: Miami has been living on close calls. Notre Dame can run the ball extremely well, and if Miami’s D has a weakness, it’s run defense.
Matchup to Watch: Miami front seven vs. Notre Dame run game
Quick Thought: Rivalry renewed and both teams area actually worth a darn. Another big “prove it” moment for each. Winner moves one step closer to potential CFP berth. Both teams matchup very evenly and should be close, fun classic. One of many this week.
Big 10: No. 12 Michigan State (7-2) at No. 13 Ohio State (7-2)
Clint’s Call: Ohio State over Michigan State, 35-21
Why: Michigan State always plays great defense, as evidenced last week, but can they stop Ohio State’s strong run game and JT Barrett (assuming they’re on). With motivation and the home crowd on their side, I have to go with the Buckeyes.
Matchup to Watch: Michigan State D-line vs. Ohio State O-Line
Quick Thought: For the millionth week in a row, the Big 10 title is basically on the line. Michigan State is fresh off a big win, but I’d be shocked if OSU didn’t bounce back strong after the embarrassment in Iowa.
Also Watch: No. 20 Iowa (6-3) at No. Wisconsin (9-0). Can lightning strike twice for the Hawkeyes?
Big 12: No. 6 TCU (8-1) at No. 5 Oklahoma (8-1)
Clint’s Call: TCU over OU, 35-30
Why: If TCU wins this game, it’s because they went back to the golden offensive formula of keeping the ball on the ground and out of Baker Mayfield’s (and Kenny Hill’s) hands. It worked against OSU and it can work at OU. TCU defense is good enough to get key stops, especially if rested. Expect a big game from Darius Anderson.
Matchup to Watch: OU’s offense vs. TCU’s defense (specifically Baker Mayfield vs. TCU D-line).
Quick Thought: Game of the Week by far. One of the nation’s best offenses vs. one of the nation’s best defenses. TCU and OU have always played close as Big 12 opponents, regardless of the quality of either team – every game has been decided by one score, three times by four points or less. Fun fact: following every losing season by a Gary Patterson TCU team, the Horned Frogs have beaten Oklahoma. #Nostradamus. Also, Baker Mayfield is just so awful.
Also Watch: No. 15 Oklahoma State (7-2) at No. 21 Iowa State (6-3). More Big 12 title implications.
Pac 12: I was too late for Washington vs. Stanford, and the rest of the Pac 12 slate this week is kinda trash so…
SEC: No. 1 Georgia (9-0) at No. 10 Auburn (7-2)
Clint’s Call: Georgia over Auburn, 24-21
Why: Georgia escapes. After QB Jake Fromm stepped up last week against South Carolina, I expect more of the same against Auburn if the Bulldogs need him. Helps when you have an incredible run game.
Matchup to Watch: Nick Chubb and Sony Michel vs. Auburn front seven.
Quick Thought: Another great chance for Georgia to show what they’re made of with a rare East-West crossover. Georgia doesn’t seem to have as much room for error though as your typical SEC school. A loss here and to Bama in the conference championship would doom their playoff chances.
Also Watch: No. 2 Alabama (9-0) vs. No. 16 Mississippi State (7-2). Same, except I think there’s a by-law that Alabama can’t not be in the playoff.
Group of Five Game of the Week
Mountain West: Boise State (7-2) at Colorado State (6-4)
Clint’s Call: Boise State over Colorado State, 42-38
Why: Boise State has the best defense in the MWC, a solid QB in Brett Rypien, and the momentum – CSU is coming off of two straight deflating losses. The Rams’ offense is explosive, but Boise takes this one.
Matchup to Watch: Colorado State offense vs. Boise State defense
Quick Thought: Good ole MWC. At one time, this looked like a de facto division title game. Boise is firmly in the lead of the Mountain division, but a trip to Fort Collins is a decent hurdle, as the 4-2 Rams hope to climb their way to a tie at the top after a hot start was derailed.