College Football Predictions Week 9: Teams Poised to Bounce Back After Losses
The world of college football was not kind to some of the nation's best teams in Week 8, with several of the best squads suffering defeats that put a serious damper on title expectations.
One team in particular didn't just lose—it was laughed out of its own building.
Luckily for the teams in question, good things are on the horizon.
Whether it is a weak opponent or a variety of other factors, last week's biggest losers will find no issues hitting the comeback trail.
Here's how. Check out these predictions for each Top 25 team, followed by a breakdown of the three highlighted teams.
|Away Team||Home Team||Predicted Winner|
|Tennessee||No. 1 Alabama||Alabama|
|NC State||No. 2 Florida State||Florida State|
|No. 12 UCLA||No. 3 Oregon||Oregon|
|Penn State||No. 4 Ohio State||Ohio State|
|No. 21 South Carolina||No. 5 Missouri||Missouri|
|No. 6 Stanford||No. 25 Oregon State||Stanford|
|Wake Forest||No. 7 Miami (FL)||Miami|
|No. 8 Baylor||Kansas||Baylor|
|No. 9 Clemson||Maryland||Clemson|
|No. 10 Texas Tech||No. 15 Oklahoma||Oklahoma|
|Florida Atl||No. 11 Auburn||Auburn|
|Furman||No. 13 LSU||LSU|
|Duke||No. 14 Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech|
|Vanderbilt||No. 16 Texas A&M||Texas A&M|
|No. 17 Fresno State||San Diego State||Fresno State|
|E. Michigan||No. 18 N. Illinois||N. Illinois|
|No. 19 Oklahoma State||Iowa State||Oklahoma State|
|No. 20 Louisville||South Florida||Louisville|
|Connecticut||No. 23 UCF||UCF|
|No. 24 Nebraska||Minnesota||Nebraska|
Schedule via ESPN
No. 20 Louisville Destroys South Florida
Louisville may have the best quarterback in the nation (from a pro perspective, Jameis Winston from Florida State is playing pretty well) with Teddy Bridgewater, but the Cardinals were embarrassed under the national microscope at home against UCF last week.
Bridgewater was his usual self with 341 yards and two touchdowns, but the team lost two turnovers, and the defense allowed 446 yards of total offense en route to the last-second loss, 38-35.
Now the Cardinals have another date with a team from Florida, but this time it is a 2-4 South Florida squad that scores just 16.2 points per game.
While the Bulls have won two in a row, their defense ranks outside of the top 100 against the rush and pass. Pair that with an anemic offense, and Bridgewater and Co. will have no problems racking up yardage in a major way.
Prediction: Cardinals 40, Bulls 23
No. 16 Texas A&M Rebounds Over Vanderbilt
By now, the world is well aware that despite a titanic effort from Johnny Manziel last week, the Auburn Tigers escaped College Station with a major upset.
Manziel posted 502 total yards and five total scores, yet his defense allowed 379 rushing yards in a 45-41 loss, giving the Aggies two checks in the loss column and essentially ending their national title aspirations.
Now the Aggies have three simple contests before finishing the season with LSU and Missouri.
First up is Vanderbilt, a team fresh off an upset of Georgia (if it can even be classified as such at this point).
The Commodores score well at 33.3 points per game, but the team could be without starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels thanks to an injury from a week ago, per WTVF in Nashville.
The only comparable offense the Commodores have faced this year was Missouri, and that ended in a 51-28 rout. Expect much of the same here, especially if Carta-Samuels is out.
Prediction: Aggies 48, Commodores 28
No. 9 Clemson Obliterates Maryland
Remember that team from the intro, the one that was flat-out embarrassed in defeat?
That's Clemson, the former No. 3 team in the land that was eviscerated in front of 83,000 of their own fans by Florida State, 51-14.
Tajh Boyd? Forget his Heisman campaign.
A pathetic 156 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in his team's biggest game of the year takes care of that. Of course, it would have helped if the aforementioned Jameis Winston didn't go off for 444 yards and three touchdowns.
Alas, here we are with the Tigers six spots lower and looking at an ACC showdown with Maryland.
The Terrapins will be without both of their star receivers in Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, who combined for over 50 percent of the team's receiving yards before they both suffered a broken leg last week, per CBS Sports.
Maryland is going to find it difficult to put up points without their top two options, and an angry Clemson offense is not a good thing. The Terrapins know a thing or two about being destroyed by the Seminoles, but they're about to learn what it's like to be destroyed by Clemson as well.
Prediction: Tigers 35, Terrapins 10
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