College Football Locks for Week 10

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 3, 2012

BERKELEY, CA - OCTOBER 20: Josh Nunes #6 of the Stanford Cardinal throws the ball during their game against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The wild and unpredictable madness that is Saturday during college football season never fails to produce eye-opening results and gut-wrenching upsets. 

This weekend, though, upsets will be few and far between as the nation's elite squads continue their march toward BCS glory. With only six undefeated teams left standing (five eligible for the postseason), the task is a simple one: Win. 

Here are this weekend's biggest locks. 


No. 6 Georgia 

The Bulldogs are just one week removed from an emotional win over SEC East rival Florida, and they have a trip back to the SEC championship game in their sights. Therefore, a win at home over Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon is all but guaranteed.

There is too much on the line for Georgia, and Ole Miss hasn't proven it can beat a top team. The Rebels lost to Texas by 35 points at home back in September, and they have two conference losses at Alabama and versus Texas A&M.

Sure, Ole Miss has won two in a row, but both victories have come against SEC bottom feeders in Auburn and Arkansas. 

Meanwhile, Georgia is a perfect 4-0 at home this season and has scored at least 45 points in each of its games inside Sanford Stadium in 2012.

Throw in the fact that the Rebels' only two road wins this season have come against Tulane and Arkansas, and we can only make one conclusion: Georgia is a lock in Week 10.


No. 14 Stanford

Stanford's Week 10 opponent, Colorado, has lost four straight games and seven of eight overall this season. To say a Cardinal loss on the road Saturday afternoon would be a jaw-dropping upset would be an understatement. 

The Buffaloes were trounced by Oregon last weekend, losing by 56 points in Eugene. Before that, they received a drubbing at the hands of USC, losing by 44 on the road. 

So, for those keeping track: Colorado has been outscored by 100 points over its last two games and will now return home to host the 6-2 Stanford Cardinal, who are still in the mix for a trip to the Pac-12 championship game at season's end.

Although crazier things have happened, Saturday's outcome is assured given the current state of these two Pac-12 squads. Expect Stanford to have its way in Boulder.


Ohio State 

Urban Meyer's Buckeyes have won nine games in a row. Their Week 10 foe, the Illinois Fighting Illini, have lost five straight games dating back to mid-September.

If those simple facts aren't enough to convince you that Ohio State is a lock to move to 10-0 this weekend, then here's some more: The Buckeyes are averaging more than 38 points per game this season but more than 40 at home, where they'll host Illinois on Saturday afternoon.

On the other hand, the Illini are surrendering more than 30 points per game this fall but more than 40 on the road, where they are 0-3 in 2012.

It doesn't matter how you chop it down or slice it up, the Buckeyes have Braxton Miller and are 9-0 for a reason. Illinois stands zero chance of hanging in on the road with Ohio State in Week 10.


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