College Football Picks Week 10: Games That Will Flip Script of BCS Title Game

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2012

Week 10 has some of the juiciest college football games of the year.

Fans expect rivalry week and the conference championships to impact the standings, but rarely is there a week that includes so many games with the potential to determine the BCS title picture.

For several teams near the top of the BCS rankings, a win will supply ammunition for inclusion in the national title game. On the other hand, a loss would mean almost certain exclusion.

Saturday evening is absolutely loaded with great games, as evidenced by the fact that a game that pits No. 24 vs. No. 2 is only the third-biggest.

Luckily for fans, the games are all on different channels, so those around multiple televisions are going to be in college football heaven.

Here are the three biggest games of the weekend and how they'll play out.


Alabama at LSU, 8:00 p.m. (EST)

The Crimson Tide's biggest test of the season is this Saturday night in Baton Rouge. Depending on your perspective, LSU's 9-6 win over Alabama last year was either epic or boring. Alabama got their revenge in the BCS title game with a 21-0 win.

This year's matchup lost a little allure after the Tigers lost to Florida in Week 6. Despite that, this is still shaping up to be the biggest game of the regular season.

Unlike last year's regular season game, touchdowns are going to be scored in this outing. While both defenses are great, each offense has the weapons to put some points on the board.

For LSU, the same questions as last year remain about their quarterback, only they surround Zach Mettenberger instead of Jordan Jefferson. If the Tigers are going to win, it's going to be on the legs of freshman running back Jeremy Hill.

It's not going to be enough. Alabama's offensive players are often overshadowed by their stellar defense, so fans aren't aware how good the Tide are on that side of the ball. Junior A.J. McCarron in particular will have a good performance managing the game and controlling the clock.

Prediction: Alabama 20, LSU 13


Oregon at USC, 7:00 p.m. (EST)

Forget about the Civil War. This is the biggest game for the Ducks.

Many fans are surprised by the fact that Oregon still sits No. 3 in the BCS rankings despite rampaging though everyone on their schedule. The closest game the Ducks have played was in Week 2 against Fresno State—they won by 17.

On the other side, you have a USC team fresh off a three-point upset at the hands of Arizona. The loss definitively ended the Trojans national title hopes and almost certainly Matt Barkley's Heisman chances.

USC will be looking to play the role of spoiler from here on out, with Oregon this week and Notre Dame in their last game of the regular season.

The Ducks, alongside their national title aspirations, will be looking for revenge against the Trojans. Oregon lost 38-35 last year in Eugene. A win against USC will finally get them into the top two of the BCS standings.

Although USC is looking to rebound after last week, the speed of the Oregon offense will be too much for them.

Prediction: Oregon 45, USC 34


Oklahoma State at Kansas State, 8:00 p.m. (EST)

Pity the poor Wildcats and Cowboys. Here there are in a Top 25 matchup still playing third fiddle on Saturday night.

Bill Snyder and Collin Klein are getting all the plaudits and rightfully so. Klein is leading most experts' Heisman lists, and Snyder has to be the top contender for coach of the year.

The ease with which Kansas State dispatched both West Virginia and Texas Tech was stunning. Oklahoma State, on the other hand, has yet to be quite as tested.

Sticking with the revenge theme, the Wildcats lost to the Cowboys around this time last year. It was a shoot-out, with Oklahoma State coming out on top 52-45.

Fans can expect the same kind of scoring this year as well. Much like the other two huge games this week, the team who lost last year will reverse their fortunes this year. The Cowboys will have no answer for Klein, who will have a great game through the air and on the ground.

Prediction: Kansas State 50, Oklahoma State 32


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