College Football Predictions Week 10: Projections for Top 25 Teams

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 31, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 26: Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles throws for a touchdown pass against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the first half at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)
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If you haven't been watching any college football this season, you might want to start in Week 10.

Even though Alabama and Oregon aren't playing this week, there are still a number of exciting games to watch.  It includes a big matchup between two Top-10 teams along with a few teams in the Top 25 that are officially on upset alert.

Let's take a look at this week's predictions for every Top 25 team followed by a breakdown of some of the biggest games.

College Football Week 10 Predictions
No. 7 Miami (FL)17-35No. 3 Florida State
No. 4 Ohio State44-10Purdue
No. 8 Clemson30-14Virginia
Tennessee24-28No. 9 Missouri
No. 11 Auburn27-20Arkansas
UTEP7-45Texas A&M
Mississippi State21-28No. 14 South Carolina
No. 18 Oklahoma State30-37No. 15 Texas Tech
Nevada28-38No. 16 Fresno State
No. 17 Northern Illinois48-13Massachusetts
Colorado10-33No. 20 UCLA
No. 24 Wisconsin27-10Iowa
Navy17-27No. 25 Notre Dame
Predictions by Tyler Brooke

No. 7 Miami Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0 ACC) at No. 3 Florida State Seminoles (7-0, 3-0 ACC)

Date: Saturday, Nov. 2

Time: 8 p.m. ET


Prediction: Florida State, 35-17

These two teams may have identical records, but they have taken very different paths through their first seven games.

The Miami Hurricanes are coming off back-to-back close games that were decided in the final minute. Although they are undefeated, they've started to slide a bit and could be in big trouble in this one.

Stephen Morris has not played up to expectations after being hyped up heading into the season.  He's completing less than 60 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions—not exactly blowing anyone away in the passing game.

Miami's ground game has made up for Morris' inability to make plays, as Dallas Crawford and Duke Johnson have combined for more than 1,100 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns.

Florida State has been unstoppable so far, winning every game by at least 14 points.  Through seven games, the Seminoles are scoring 52.6 points per game and holding opponents to an average of just 13 points.

Everyone is talking about Jameis Winston and how big he's been this year.  He's one of just two quarterbacks with a passer rating more than 200, the other being Bryce Petty of Baylor.  With 23 touchdowns and four interceptions, Winston is certainly making a strong case for the Heisman Trophy.

The Seminoles keep beating down opponents and I expect much of the same in this one.  The Hurricanes have been hanging onto their unblemished record for a few weeks now, but they are bound to get their first loss on Saturday night.

Tennessee Volunteers (4-4, 1-3 SEC) at No. 9 Missouri Tigers (7-1, 3-1 SEC)

Oct 26, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback Maty Mauk (7) runs with the ball during the second quarter against South Carolina at Faurot Field. South Carolina won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Date: Saturday, Nov. 2

Time: 7 p.m. ET


Prediction: Missouri, 28-24

Few teams in the country have had as tough of a schedule as Tennessee so far. Next up for the Volunteers are their fourth Top-10 opponent in the Tigers.

It's really been a rough season for the Volunteers with losses against Oregon, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.  They were able to take down South Carolina a couple of weeks ago, but that has been the Vols' only big win this season.

An effective ground game has kept the Volunteers in most of their games.  They've run for 1,539 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 5.0 yards per carry.

Missouri is dealing with the big loss of James Franklin, who the Tigers certainly missed in their double-overtime loss to South Carolina. Freshman Maty Mauk has had to step up in his absence, but has only completed 49.3 percent of his pass attempts.

Like Tennessee, Missouri has a number of guys who can run the ball. They have three great running backs in Henry Josey, Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy who have combined for 1,432 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Tennessee is an underrated team, so I think that the Volunteers will be able to hang tough in this one.  However, the Tigers have the more impressive defense, led by Michael Sam, and they should be able to squeak out a close win.

No. 18 Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) at No. 15 Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-1, 4-1 Big 12)

Sep 7, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarter back Davis Webb (7) passes against the Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks in the second half at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Spo

Date: Saturday, Nov. 2

Time: 7 p.m. ET


Prediction: Texas Tech, 37-30

Two high-powered Big 12 offenses will go at it in this one, and that means we could be preparing for a big-time shootout.

Oklahoma State has scored more than 50 points in three games this season while allowing an average of just 19.6 points per game.  However, the Cowboys do have a loss to West Virginia on their resume and have yet to be tested.

Clint Chelf started at quarterback over J.W. Walsh last week against Iowa State, but he didn't have the best game.  He completed just 10-of-26 passes for 78 yards, one touchdown and one interception to go along with 85 yards rushing.  It is uncertain which quarterback will start this week, and that's not good news for an Oklahoma offense that wants to focus on continuity. 

Texas Tech got its first real test last week against the Oklahoma Sooners, losing a close 38-30 struggle. The Red Raiders own an aerial assault on offense, averaging 412.9 yards passing for the third-most potent passing game in the FBS.

Freshman quarterback Davis Webb has recently taken the starting reins for Texas Tech and has come up big. He has thrown for 1,812 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions with at least two scores in five straight games.

The Red Raiders have proven that they can play with some big teams while the Cowboys have yet to be tested.  I think both offenses get on a roll, but Webb will have another big day and lead Texas Tech to its biggest win of the season.


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