50 Bold and off-the-Wall College Football Predictions for Week 10
We have finally reached the most highly anticipated Week 10 of the 2012 college football season. What a Saturday it is shaping up to be.
There are some huge games to watch out for, including LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide and USC Trojans vs. Oregon Ducks. There are also plenty of other interesting matchups fans are certain to enjoy.
As always, expect some crazy endings and wild finishes. Here are 50 bold and off-the-wall predictions for Week 10 of the college football season.
*all stats according to http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics
Iowa State Upsets Oklahoma
Oklahoma is coming off a tough loss at home to Notre Dame. The Sooners were the favorites to win on Saturday night against the Fighting Irish but once again laid an egg 30-13.
This week a road game against Iowa State could be more of a challenge than expected. The Cyclones are fresh off a 35-21 win against the Baylor Bears and need just one more win to become bowl-eligible.
The Cyclones have a very talented defense that could give Landry Jones and Co. a little trouble. This is one of the first games of the week and could be quite an upset to get the day started.
Kentucky Gets Its 1st and Only SEC Win
Sooner or later Kentucky has to get an SEC win, right? Well, maybe not, but on Saturday against the Vanderbilt Commodores, the Wildcats could get that elusive SEC victory.
Even though they have one of the worst offenses in the country, the Wildcats are taking on a Vanderbilt team that they are capable of holding in check.
The game is in Lexington, and there is a chance this will be the only SEC win of the season for Kentucky.
Munchie Legaux Will Not Throw an Interception
Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux has thrown five interceptions in the Bearcats' previous two games, both losses.
Those picks cost Cincinnati dearly and have created questions about the quarterback position.
This week, Cincinnati takes on the Syracuse Orange, and if the Bearcats are going to get back on track, Legaux will need to improve his game.
On Saturday, Legaux will play a full 60 minutes without throwing an interception.
A Maryland Linebacker Will Throw a Touchdown
It is hard to find a team that has gone through more issues with the quarterback position than the Maryland Terrapins this year.
The Terrapins are now on to their fifth-string quarterback, freshman linebacker Shawn Petty. Petty ran the option offense in high school and is the best remaining bet for the Terrapins.
This week, he will throw a touchdown for Maryland against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Indiana Will Knock off Iowa
The Indiana Hoosiers are only 3-5, but they have been close to a few other victories this season. Their five losses have come by a combined 25 points, with four of those losses by four points or less.
Needless to say, Indiana is better than its record indicates, and a win over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday would place the Hoosiers only one-game behind the Wisconsin Badgers for a top spot among bowl-eligible teams in the Leaders Division.
This week the Hoosiers have Iowa at home, and a win is on the horizon.
Texas A&M Will Beat Mississippi State by 21 Points
The Texas A&M Aggies have shown they are one of the elite SEC teams and will take to the road this week for a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Even though the Bulldogs are at home and ranked higher, Texas A&M is clearly the better of the two teams.
Expect the Aggies to come up with a convincing 21-point road victory in this one.
Pittsburgh Will Lead Notre Dame at Halftime
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are coming off their biggest victory in recent memory and return home for what seems like an easy game against the Pittsburgh Panthers.
The Panthers are 4-4 but appear to have found their stride in recent weeks. They also gave Notre Dame trouble last season.
The Fighting Irish are certainly going to win this game but will be trailing at halftime.
Army Will Rush for over 500 Yards and Beat Air Force
The Army Black Knights are 1-7 with their only win coming against the Boston College Eagles. This week, all of that is going to change.
They average over 383 rushing yards a game, good for first in the country. This week against rival Air Force, the Black Knights are going to explode for 500 yards and pick up a huge upset victory over the Falcons.
The combination of quarterback Trent Steelman and Raymond Maples will be the difference.
Minnesota Will Shut out Michigan in the 1st Half
It is looking more and more likely that Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson will play on Saturday. If he does not, it will be a huge struggle for the Wolverines on the road.
Even if Robinson does play, the Minnesota Gophers defense will have a game plan to shut out a struggling Michigan offense for the first half.
This is not saying Minnesota will win the game, but the Gophers will have a double-digit lead going into the locker room.
Ole Miss Will Give Georgia a Better Game Than Florida Did
Ole Miss surprised a few people in knocking off the Arkansas Razorbacks over the weekend; this Saturday, the Rebels take on a very talented Georgia Bulldogs team on the road.
Even though Georgia is coming off a win over rivals the Florida Gators, the Rebels have enough talent to hang around until the end of this one.
Expect a slight let-down from Georgia, which will make this game closer than a lot would have expected.
Temple Will Lead Louisville in the 4th Quarter
Temple was playing excellent football until about halftime of their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Oct. 20. At that time the Owls were leading 10-0.
They fell apart, lost 35-10 to Rutgers and followed that up last week with a 47-17 loss against the Pittsburgh Panthers.
This week the Owls take on No. 10 Louisville in what could be a close game. The Cardinals seem to play everyone close, and this one will be no different.
Look for a Temple lead into the fourth quarter, before the Cardinals pull away for the victory.
Everett Golson Will Play Every Snap
Everett Golson has improved from week to week but seemingly comes out of every game for at least a snap or two with an injury.
This week against the Pittsburgh Panthers will be the game that Golson plays every snap for the Fighting Irish and leads Notre Dame to victory.
That is something fans are going to get used to over the next few years.
Ohio State Will Shut out Illinois
The Ohio State Buckeyes defense is finally starting to turn the corner, and this will be the week the group finally puts together a complete effort.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are the perfect opponents for any team to get well against.
Ohio State will not only put multiple touchdowns on the board, it will also shut out Illinois.
Missouri Will Lead Florida at Halftime
The Florida Gators are fresh off a devastating loss against the Georgia Bulldogs and now will attempt to take out their frustrations on the Missouri Tigers.
The problem for the Gators is that Georgia did a good job of exposing them, and Missouri will have some success, at least in the first half.
The Tigers will go into halftime with a lead on Florida, before the Gators take over in the second half.
Virginia Tech Will Get a Special Teams Touchdown Against Miami
Frank Beamer's teams are known for their special teams; while not much has been talked about the group during a 4-4 campaign this season, his Virginia Tech Hokies will come up big against the Miami Hurricanes on Thursday night.
One way or another, the group is going to come up with a touchdown. Whether it is a blocked punt for a score, a kick return or a punt return, the Hokies special teams will be the difference in this one.
Tino Sunseri Will Throw Two Touchdowns
Tino Sunseri is quietly having a remarkable season. The senior Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback has thrown for nearly 2,200 yards in eight games.
He has also passed for 13 touchdowns with only two interceptions. Sunseri has not thrown an interception since Sept. 15.
Two touchdowns against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defense is no easy task, but Sunseri will get it done.
Purdue Will Beat Penn State by Double Digits
The Purdue Boilermakers are having an awful season and are one of the biggest disappointments not only in the Big Ten conference but also in the entire country.
The Boilermakers have not won a conference game, but the remaining schedule is relatively easy.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 5-3 and are having a remarkable season.
The Purdue offense will finally come alive in this one with a victory over the Nittany Lions.
Johnny Manziel Will Total 4 Touchdowns
Johnny Manziel is one of the most dynamic freshmen in the country. This week in a road game against a solid Mississippi State Bulldogs defense, the Texas A&M Aggies quarterback is going to have a remarkable game.
Manziel will have four touchdowns total with three coming through the air and one on the ground. Four touchdowns will spell an easy victory for Texas A&M.
Tulsa Will Score 45 Points against Arkansas
Tulsa is the most talented team in Conference USA. The Golden Hurricanes have won seven games in a row since a season-opening loss against the Iowa State Cyclones.
This team is very talented, and even though it is taking on the Arkansas Razorbacks on the road, Tulsa is the favorite in this one.
Look for the Golden Hurricanes not only to beat Arkansas, but also to put up 45 points on a below-average Razorbacks defense.
Stnaford Will Hold Colorado to Less Than 150 Yards
The Stanford Cardinal have one of the best defenses in the Pac-12 conference, and this week they will be taking on an awful Colorado Buffaloes team.
The Buffaloes are not only the worst team in the conference, they just might be one of the worst teams in the country.
It is hard to imagine them getting anything going against the talented Stanford defense. This one could be real ugly.
Michigan State Will Upset Nebraska
The Michigan State Spartans are not officially eliminated from the Big Ten title race, but they would be with a loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The Cornhuskers are traveling into East Lansing, and this could be the Big Ten upset of the week. The Spartans are very talented on defense, and if the offense can control the ball, this one is going to be close.
Look for an upset here, which will tighten up the Big Ten race even more.
Geno Smith Will Complete 40 Passes with No Picks
Geno Smith has struggled in the past two weeks, but that does not mean he is still not one of the most talented quarterbacks in the country.
The West Virginia Mountaineers senior is no longer a Heisman Trophy front-runner but can still throw the ball around.
Smith and the Mountaineers are taking on the TCU Horned Frogs this weekend in a game both teams desperately need to win. Look for a huge game from Smith.
Boston College Will Win Its 2nd Game in a Row
The Boston College Eagles got their second win of the season against the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday, and this week, they will pull off another upset in a victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
The Eagles do not have a road victory so far this season, and against a 4-4 Wake Forest team, the they will get that victory on Saturday.
Quarterback Chase Rettig will be the difference in this one.
Louisiana Tech Will Score 8 First-Half Touchdowns
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have the second highest-scoring offense in the country and are averaging nearly 53 points a game.
This week the Bulldogs take on a 5-3 UTSA Roadrunners team that will be severely overmatched. After only scoring 28 points a week ago, Louisiana Tech is looking to put up some big numbers on Saturday.
Expect eight first-half touchdowns as the Bulldogs break this game wide open.
The Georgia Running Back Duo Will Both Go over 100 Yards
After struggling in recent weeks, at least one half of the Georgia Bulldogs running back tandem went over 100 yards in a victory over the Florida Gators.
Todd Gurley rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown in the win. While fellow freshman Keith Marshall did not have a big game, the tandem will both go over 100 yards against the Ole Miss Rebels.
Look for the Rebels to get a steady dose of these two talented running backs.
Kansas Quarterbacks Will Pass for 3 Touchdowns
No matter who is playing quarterback for the Kansas Jayhawks, it is going to be a big day on Saturday against the Baylor Bears.
So far this season, the combination of Dayne Crist and Michael Cummings has only passed for four touchdowns in eight games.
This will be a chance for Kansas to finally put some points on the board against a weak Baylor defense.
South Florida Will Lose Once Again on the Final Possession
The South Florida Bulls have lost some absolute heart-breakers in recent weeks, and Saturday against the Connecticut Huskies will be the sixth straight loss for the Bulls.
This will be another loss on the final possession of the game.
Not many teams have suffered through more tough losses than the Bulls, and it is going to continue on Saturday.
The LSU-Alabama Game Will Actually Be Exciting
We all know how tough it was to watch the national championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers last season.
This year, the night game in Baton Rouge will actually be one of the more exciting games of the week.
Not only is the game going to be close, but expect LSU to do a little more on the offensive side of the ball, making this game well worth watching.
Oregon Will Beat USC by 20-Plus Points and Jump Notre Dame in the Polls
The Oregon Ducks have continued to drop in the polls, despite dominating every opponent on the schedule.
This week will be a different story as USC is coming to town. The Trojans are a Top 20 opponent, and a dominating win over them would help the Ducks immensely.
Oregon will dominate this game from start to finish en route to a huge victory and then jump up to No. 3 in the BCS Standings.
Texas Will Fall by 21 Points to Texas Tech
Even though the Texas Longhorns knocked off the Kansas Jayhawks on the road on Saturday, it was not a very convincing win.
The Longhorns lost two in a row before that and appear to be headed in the wrong direction. This week a road game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders looms large, as the Longhorns are in desperate need of a victory.
With how talented the Texas Tech offense is, that is not likely to happen, and a blowout loss could be in store for Texas.
Duke Will Score 30 Points over Clemson
Even though Duke struggled mightily in a 48-7 loss against the Florida State Seminoles last weekend, the Blue Devils are no stranger to putting points on the board.
Duke averages nearly 32 points a game, and the Clemson Tigers defense it will be up against this week is not exactly top of the line.
The Blue Devils perform much better at home, and while Clemson will come out with a victory, Duke will score 30 in this one.
Zach Mettenberger Will Throw for More Touchdowns Than A.J. McCarron
The LSU Tigers had a bye week to prepare for this game, and quarterback Zach Mettenberger is as ready as he is ever going to be for this one.
The LSU defense will be hungry for revenge, making it that much harder on Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron.
Look for the LSU defense to bother McCarron enough to allow Mettenberger to have a slightly better game.
Southern Miss Will Finally Win a Game
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles may be the worst team in the country (with the exception of the UMass Minutemen) and are still looking for that elusive first victory of the 2012 season.
The Golden Eagles are 0-8, but the most winnable game remaining on their schedule is on Saturday against the 1-7 UAB Blazers.
The home-field advantage will make a difference, and Southern Miss will get its first win of the season.
Arizona State Will Win at Oregon State
The Arizona State Sun Devils have lost two games in a row, both to very talented teams.
This week the Sun Devils will battle the No. 11 Oregon State Beavers, who may just be slightly overrated.
Even though it is on the road, Oregon State will struggle to score points, and the Sun Devils have plenty of talent to put points up against the talented Beavers defense.
Collin Klein Will Only Score 2 Touchdowns
There is no question that Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein is the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, as he has not had a bad game so far this season.
Against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday, he is not going to have a bad game, but he will only get into the end zone two times.
The quarterback has already totaled 28 touchdowns in eight games, so a two-touchdown performance would be a bad game by his standards.
Matt Barkley Will Be Sacked 6 Times
The USC Trojans had a few problems earlier in the season, as far as the offensive line is concerned; while the group has gotten better, the Oregon Ducks defense is a whole new animal.
Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley will always put up huge numbers, but this Oregon defense is better than many people think.
While Barkley might have a solid game stats-wise, he is going to get sacked six times by the talented Oregon defense.
SMU Will Beat UCF by 14 Points on the Road
Even though the SMU Mustangs come into this game at only 4-4, and though the Central Florida Knights are 6-2, this game has upset written all over it.
The Mustangs are on the road, but Central Florida may not be quite as good as its 6-2 record indicates.
A win here would get SMU back in the Conference USA title conversation.
Penn State Will Not Score a Touchdown
The Penn State offense has been better than anticipated this season; against a sub-par Purdue Boilermakers team this week, the Nittany Lions will be held out of the end zone.
Nittany Lions quarterback Matt McGloin has certainly been impressive, but this week will be a completely different story.
It looks like Penn State may finally be starting to come back to earth.
De'Anthony Thomas Will Score a Special Teams Touchdown
There is no player in the country more explosive than the Oregon Ducks' De'Anthony Thomas, and this week against rivals USC Trojans, he will find the end zone on a kickoff return.
Every time he touches the ball, he has the potential to go the distance.
There is not a bigger game-changer in the country, and that is what Thomas is going to do against USC on Saturday.
Clemson Will Put Up 500 Yards of Offense on Duke
As mentioned earlier, the Clemson Tigers have a lot of issues on the defensive side of the ball, but offense is a completely different story.
Clemson is going to be able to move the ball all over the Duke Blue Devils defense, to the tune of at least 500 yards.
This one is going to be very high-scoring and fun to watch.
Stepfan Taylor Will Go for 150 Yards and 3 Touchdowns...in the 1st Half
The Stanford Cardinal's Stepfan Taylor is one of the most complete running backs in the country, and against an awful Colorado Buffaloes defense, he is certainly going to have a field day.
While most talented players do not see much action in the second half against Colorado, Taylor will do all of his work in the first 30 minutes.
Three touchdowns and 150 yards for Taylor will be a solid first half. He may even put up those numbers in the first quarter.
Tennessee and Troy Will Come Down to the Final Possession
The Tennessee Volunteers have lost four games in a row and are having yet another disappointing season. If the Vols do not make a bowl game, it could be the end of the line for head coach Derek Dooley.
To do that, Tennessee will need to win three of its remaining four games.
Beating the Troy Trojans on Saturday is a must for the Vols to have bowl aspirations. This game, however, is going to be much closer than expected.
Miami (OH) Will Lay and Egg and Lose to Buffalo
Miami (OH) is fresh off an upset win over in-state rival Ohio. The Redhawks knocked the Bobcats from the ranks of the unbeaten and now take on the Buffalo Bulls.
Buffalo is one of the worst teams in the country, and at 1-7, this seems like a sure-fire victory.
The game is on the road and could be a huge trap game for the Redhawks. Look for Miami to stumble and lose this one in a huge upset.
Johnathan Franklin Will Score 4 Touchdowns
The UCLA Bruins are at home this week against the Arizona Wildcats in what could be one of the more exciting games of the weekend.
Both of these teams can put some points on the board, and UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin will be the best player on the field.
He has already rushed for over 1,000 yards but has only six touchdowns so far in the season. Look for Franklin to put up four touchdowns in a UCLA victory.
Georgia Tech Will Lose to a Linebacker
Georgia Tech has had one of the most disappointing seasons of any ACC team, and this week the Yellow Jackets will reach rock bottom.
The Maryland Terrapins come into the game with a linebacker starting at the quarterback position and still have enough talent on the defensive side of the ball to pull off the upset.
Losing to a team with a freshman linebacker playing quarterback would be something Georgia Tech would soon like to forget.
The Michigan Defense Will Force 4 Turnovers
The Michigan Wolverines defense has been excellent for most of the 2012 season, and this week against the Minnesota Gophers will be no different.
The Wolverines may struggle on the offensive side of the ball in this one, but expect the defense to be there throughout.
If Michigan has any hopes of winning the Big Ten title, the defense will need to continue to play like it has for most of the season.
Arizona and UCLA Will Combine for 90 Points
If Johnathan Franklin scores four touchdowns as mentioned earlier, there is an excellent chance that the game between the two very talented offenses of the UCLA Bruins and the Arizona Wildcats is going to be extremely high-scoring.
Both of these teams can score, and when going against one another, expect some serious points to be collected.
This game will likely be played in the upper 40's and could come down to who has the ball last.
Houston Will Score 45 Points on East Carolina and Lose
The Houston Cougars have recovered after an awful start and are now 4-4 in the season. The offense has not been an issue, rather the defense, where Houston has struggled mightily once again.
This week they take on the East Carolina Pirates, one of the better teams in Conference USA. A win here would help shore up a bowl bid.
Houston is allowing over 35 points a game and will put up 45 on East Carolina but still somehow end up with yet another road loss.
Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas Will Each Go over 100 Yards with Two Scores
There is no running back combination in the country that is more talented than Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas of the Oregon Ducks.
Against the USC Trojans on Saturday, both of these running backs are going to go over 100 yards, and both are going to find the end zone twice.
If that happens, it is going to be a great day for the Ducks and their fans.
LSU Will Beat Alabama
There is no question that LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide is the marquee game of the weekend and perhaps the biggest matchup of the season.
LSU is at home, and the game is at night. That is an excellent combination for the Tigers.
Even though Alabama is the more talented of the two teams, LSU is going to pull this one out and leave the SEC race wide open.
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