College Gameday 2013: Week 9 Schedule, Location, Predictions and More
The third-ranked and undefeated Oregon Ducks were a big enough draw to entice the ESPN College Gameday crew to Eugene, Ore. for their game against the No. 12-ranked UCLA Bruins.
Per Bovada, the Ducks are favored by 23 points. UCLA is coming off a 24-10 loss to Stanford in Week 8, but the Bruins are still the highest-ranked team the Ducks will have faced this season.
This Pac 12 battle will be the center of the college football world in Week 9. Here's how you can watch the ESPN preview.
Date: Oct. 26
Time: 8 a.m. EDT
Location: Eugene, Ore.
TV Info: ESPN
Live Stream: ESPN 3 or Watch ESPN App
Can the Bruins Upset the Ducks?
Before Stanford shut down the Bruins in Week 8, many fans would have suggested UCLA's offense could compete with the Ducks' explosive attack. After all, the Bruins hadn't scored less than 34 points in a game before it ran into the Cardinal.
That offense isn't looking as explosive now.
Oregon's defense has held teams to just 17.3 points per game this season. The unit will be looking to keep the Bruins offense scuffling. One main way to accomplish this is to control the ball on offense.
With a running game that averages 332 yards per game, the Ducks have the tools to accomplish this. Heisman frontrunner Marcus Mariota has engineered this offense perfectly this season, and UCLA isn't likely to slow them down.
Playing in Oregon obviously doesn't help UCLA's efforts. The Bruins haven't won in Eugene since 2004 and haven't beaten the Ducks anywhere since 2007. This isn't the year UCLA snaps its losing streak.
Oregon will win, 42-24.
Should the Crew Be in Missouri?
Chris Fowler acknowledged the desire of Missouri Tigers fans to have the show hosted in the Show Me State, but the SEC's newest powerhouse lost out to Oregon.
We know Mizzou wants wanted us in COMO's ZOU. Tigers a good story. Had great time our last visit. But 2nd L by SoCar certainly a factor— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) October 20, 2013
Two-straight conference wins have the Tigers ranked fifth in the nation. This week, the team has another tough conference foe in front of them. Jadeveon Clowney leads the No. 21 South Carolina Gamecocks into town to try and knock off the Tigers.
Missouri's offense has proven to be effective against SEC defenses. In wins over the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators, the Tigers averaged 38.5 points. During the Georgia game, Missouri lost starting quarterback James Franklin to injury.
Freshman Maty Mauk stepped in nicely against the Gators.
Mauk threw for 295 yards and a touchdown in the Week 8 win. Mauk figures to see the most dynamic pass-rusher he'll ever see in Clowney. While No. 7 may have his moments, overall, the Gamecocks have been inconsistent all season.
Their 5-2 record is deceiving. Both losses have come in SEC play as the team has feasted on bad teams. The combined record of the teams the Gamecocks have beaten is 15-19. When faced with a hungry and talented team like Missouri on the road, the Gamecocks won't get it done.
Look for the Tigers to take this one going away, 40-14. Here is a list of the entire schedule and predictions for each game.
|Friday, October 25|
|Time (EDT)||Matchup||TV and Live Stream||Prediction|
|8:00 PM||Boise State at Brigham Young||ESPN and Watch ESPN||BYU|
|Saturday, October 26|
|12:00 PM||Wake Forest at No. 7 Miami (FL)||ESPN U and Watch ESPN||Miami (FL)|
|12:00 PM||No. 19 Oklahoma State at Iowa State||Oklahoma State|
|12:00 PM||No. 20 Louisville at South Florida||ESPN 2 and Watch ESPN||Louisville|
|12:00 PM||Connecticut at No. 23 UCF||ESPN 3||UCF|
|12:00 PM||No. 24 Nebraska at Minnesota||ESPN and Watch ESPN||Nebraska|
|12:00 PM||Houston at Rutgers||ESPNEWS and Watch ESPN||Houston|
|12:00 PM||Ball State at Akron||ESPN 3||Akron|
|12:00 PM||Northwestern at Iowa||BTN||Northwestern|
|12:21 PM||Vanderbilt at No. 16 Texas A&M||ESPN 3||Texas A&M|
|12:30 PM||Georgia Tech at Virginia||ESPN 3||Virginia|
|1:00 PM||Pittsburgh at Navy||CBS Sports Network||Navy|
|1:00 PM||Old Dominion at Norfolk State||Norfolk State|
|2:00 PM||Miami (OH) at Ohio||ESPN 3||Miami (OH)|
|2:30 PM||Toledo at Bowling Green||ESPN 3||Toledo|
|3:00 PM||Western Michigan at Massachusetts||ESPN 3||Western Michigan|
|3:00 PM||Temple at Southern Methodist||ESPN 3||SMU|
|3:30 PM||Tennessee at No. 1 Alabama||CBS||Alabama|
|3:30 PM||North Carolina State at No. 2 Florida State||ABC, ESPN 2 and Watch ESPN||Florida State|
|3:30 PM||No. 9 Clemson at Maryland||ESPN and Watch ESPN||Clemson|
|3:30 PM||No. 10 Texas Tech at No. 15 Oklahoma||FOX||Texas Tech|
|3:30 PM||Duke at No. 14 Virginia Tech||ESPN U and Watch ESPN||Virginia Tech|
|3:30 PM||Eastern Michigan at No. 18 Northern Illinois||ESPN 3||Northern Illinois|
|3:30 PM||Boston College at North Carolina||ESPN 3||Boston College|
|3:30 PM||UTEP at Rice||Rice|
|3:30 PM||Michigan State at Illinois||ABC and ESPN 2||Michigan State|
|3:30 PM||Buffalo at Kent State||ESPN 3||Buffalo|
|3:30 PM||Tulsa at Tulane||Tulane|
|3:45 PM||West Virginia at Kansas State||FOX Sports 1||West Virginia|
|4:00 PM||Utah at USC||Pac-12 Network||USC|
|4:00 PM||Troy at Western Kentucky||ESPN 3||Western Kentucky|
|5:00 PM||Notre Dame at Air Force||CBS Sports Network||Notre Dame|
|5:00 PM||UAB at UTSA||UAB|
|6:00 PM||Louisiana Tech at Florida International||Louisiana Tech|
|6:05 PM||UNLV at Nevada||ESPN 3||Nevada|
|7:00 PM||No. 12 UCLA at No. 3 Oregon||ESPN and Watch ESPN||Oregon|
|7:00 PM||No. 21 South Carolina at No. 5 Missouri||ESPN 2 and Watch ESPN||Missouri|
|7:00 PM||No. 8 Baylor at Kansas||ESPN U and Watch ESPN||Baylor|
|7:00 PM||Furman at No. 13 LSU||ESPN 3||LSU|
|7:00 PM||Wyoming at San Jose State||San Jose State|
|7:00 PM||South Alabama at Texas State||ESPN 3||South Alabama|
|7:00 PM||Georgia State at Louisiana-Monroe||ESPN 3||Louisiana-Monroe|
|7:00 PM||North Texas at Southern Miss||Southern Mississippi|
|7:30 PM||Florida Atlantic at No. 11 Auburn||ESPN 3||Auburn|
|7:30 PM||Idaho at Ole Miss||ESPN 3||Ole Miss|
|7:30 PM||Texas at TCU||FOX Sports 1||TCU|
|8:00 PM||Penn State at No. 4 Ohio State||ABC||Ohio State|
|8:00 PM||Arizona at Colorado||Pac-12 Network||Arizona|
|8:00 PM||Abilene Christian at New Mexico State||ESPN 3||New Mexico State|
|10:30 PM||No. 6 Stanford at No. 25 Oregon State||ESPN and Watch ESPN||Stanford|
|10:30 PM||No. 17 Fresno State at San Diego State||ESPN 2 and Watch ESPN||Fresno State|
|11:00 PM||California at Washington||FOX Sports 1||Washington|
|Sunday, October 27|
|12:00 AM||Colorado State at Hawaii||Hawaii|
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