College Football Predictions Week 10: Teams Set to Celebrate on the Road

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2012

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide calls out signals to his offense against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Home-field advantage is supposed to be just that, an advantage, but it's not going to work that way for a few teams in Week 10.

These are major weeks in the BCS world. With the number of remaining games growing smaller, one slip-up could cost a team everything.

Every week brings a slate of games that's enough to make any college football fan drool. Week 10 is no different. A few home teams will carry an edge into its contest on Saturday, but the visiting team will vanquish that advantage by game's end.

Let's take a look at three teams that will celebrate with a huge road win this Saturday.


No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide

Traveling into Death Valley to face Louisiana State is never easy, but the Crimson Tide have everything necessary to triumph over the Tigers' home-field advantage.

Dominant run game?


Efficient pass game?


Daunting defense?


Alabama is stacked this season, adding to the idea that Nick Saban runs a football factory in Tuscaloosa. The notion of reloading as opposed to rebuilding has never been more true. Losing guys like Dont'a Hightower, Courtney Upshaw and Trent Richardson would impact most teams, but not these guys. Saban simply has others step in.

Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon form one of the nation's best backfield duos, combining for 1,195 yards and 14 touchdowns on the year. AJ McCarron has been incredibly efficient, tossing 18 touchdowns and completing nearly 70 percent of his passes.

On top of that, cupcake schedule or not, the Crimson Tide have allowed just over eight points per game.

Zach Mettenberger is going to struggle against Saban's aggressive defense, and it's tough to see the Tigers running the ball well enough to win. Without turnovers, a victory looks impossible, and Alabama just doesn't make mistakes.

This game all but cements Saban's squad into the BCS title game, barring an upset to the pesky Texas A&M Aggies.


Arizona State Sun Devils

Cody Vaz has been named Oregon State's starter for this Saturday's game versus the Sun Devils, but he's heading for a disappointing loss. 

The Sun Devils have lost two games in a row, but Taylor Kelly isn't to be underestimated. The sophomore signal-caller has 19 touchdowns and five interceptions this season in his first year as a starter, making Arizona State a very dangerous squad any time it steps on the field.

Other than Kelly, the Sun Devils have a solid run game with D.J. Foster and Cameron Marshall. Neither is a dynamic playmaker, but both run hard and complement Kelly's throwing ability.

Todd Graham's offense is all about speed. The Beavers are reeling after a disappointing loss to Washington in Week 9, putting them in prime position for another disappointing loss on Saturday.

Look for the versatile Foster to make the difference Saturday night. Vaz played well in his start for Sean Mannion two weeks ago, but he's facing more pressure this time around.

Arizona State is hungry for a big win, and it gets it this time.


No. 4 Oregon Ducks

Oregon is going to hang 70 points on Southern California on Saturday if the Trojans aren't careful. USC hasn't shown much resilience this season, losing its two closest games to Stanford and Arizona.

The Ducks have the BCS National Championship on the brain. Notre Dame and Kansas State currently sit in front of them, but winning out should vault Oregon to No. 2 in the BCS standings when all is said and done.

USC, for all its offensive firepower, simply struggles on defense. When you're facing the likes of Marcus Mariota, Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas, that's not a good thing.

As good as Marqise Lee has been this season, he's just one guy. Matt Barkley struggles when the play breaks down, and Dion Jordan will make sure that the pocket doesn't remain intact for the heralded signal-caller.

USC isn't a tough team, but Oregon has everything to prove. Being jumped in the BCS standings doesn't sit well with teams like this, and the Ducks have more than enough weapons to make the Trojans pay for the BCS voters' decisions so far.

This is the Pac-12's marquee matchup, and Oregon's offense will be entirely too much for the Trojans' faulty defense.