The choice for ESPN's College GameDay was easy this week. The mecca of college football in Week 10 is clearly Tallahassee, Fla. It is the the site for the huge battle between the No. 7 Miami Hurricanes and No. 3 Florida State Seminoles.
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10th time GameDay has been to Tallahassee. Only cities with more reg season appearances are Columbus (13), Ann Arbor (11), Gainesville (11)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 30, 2013
Much is at stake in this matchup. Beyond the obvious in-state bragging rights, these two teams have legitimate national championship hopes. Both are unbeaten, with the loser falling behind all of the remaining undefeated teams from major conferences.
If those other teams hold serve deep into the season, that may be too steep of a hill for a team with one loss to climb. Because of this dynamic, expect this game to played with a sense of desperation.
On an individual level, Seminoles freshman quarterback Jameis Winston is mounting his charge towards a Heisman Trophy. Having big-time performances in major showcases like this is what creates the proverbial Heisman moments.
Winston already came up big in his first huge test of the season. He threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns as the 'Noles plastered the Clemson Tigers, 51-14, in Week 8. Can he have another game like that against the 'Canes?
He certainly can. Winston is one of those special players who is mature beyond his years. He's also fortunate enough to have skill players Rashad Greene, Kenny Shaw and Devonta Freeman to offer him support.
On the other side of the ball, the Noles' defense has been exemplary, as Florida State has allowed an average of just 13 points per game. The Hurricanes have struggled to handle mediocre teams the last two weeks, as Miami has won by a combined seven points over unranked North Carolina and Wake Forest.
Look for the Seminoles to separate the men from the boys with a decisive 35-14 win at home.
Here's how you can catch this week's episode of College GameDay and the rest of the Week 10 schedule with predictions.
What: College GameDay
When: Saturday, Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. ET
Where: Tallahassee, Fla.
Live Stream: ESPN 3 or Watch ESPN App
|Thursday, Oct. 31|
|Time (ET)||Matchup||TV and Live Stream||Predictions|
|7 p.m.||South Florida at Houston||ESPN||South Florida|
|7:30 p.m.||Rice at North Texas||FOX Sports 1||Rice|
|7:30 p.m.||Louisiana-Monroe at Troy||ESPNU and Watch ESPN||Louisiana-Monroe|
|10:30 p.m.||Arizona State at Washington State||ESPN and Watch ESPN||Arizona State|
|Friday, Nov. 1|
|Time (ET)||Matchup||TV and Live Stream|
|9 p.m.||USC at Oregon State||ESPN2 and Watch ESPN||USC|
|Saturday, Nov. 2|
|Time (ET)||Matchup||TV and Live Stream|
|12 p.m.||No. 4 Ohio State at Purdue||BTN||Ohio State|
|12 p.m.||No. 17 Northern Illinois at Massachusetts||ESPN 3||Northern Illinois|
|12 p.m.||No. 24 Wisconsin at Iowa||ABC, ESPN2 and Watch ESPN||Wisconsin|
|12 p.m.||Virginia Tech at Boston College||ABC, ESPN2 and Watch ESPN||Boston College|
|12 p.m.||Temple at Rutgers||ESPN 3||Temple|
|12 p.m.||Illinois at Penn State||ESPN and Watch ESPN||Penn State|
|12 p.m.||Army at Air Force||ESPN U and Watch ESPN||Army|
|12:21 p.m.||Mississippi State at No. 14 South Carolina||ESPN 3||South Carolina|
|12:30 p.m.||North Carolina at North Carolina State||ESPN 3||North Carolina|
|12:30 p.m.||Wake Forest at Syracuse||ESPN 3||Wake Forest|
|12:30 p.m.||Southern Miss at Marshall||CBS Sports Network||Southern Mississippi|
|1 p.m.||Middle Tennessee at UAB||FOX Sports 1||UAB|
|1 p.m.||Western Kentucky at Georgia State||ESPN 3||Western Kentucky|
|2 p.m.||Rhode Island at Old Dominion||Rhode Island|
|3:30 PM||No. 8 Clemson at Virginia||ESPN and Watch ESPN||Clemson|
|3:30 PM||No. 21 Michigan at No. 22 Michigan State||ABC||Michigan State|
|3:30 PM||Navy at No. 25 Notre Dame||NBC||Notre Dame|
|3:30 PM||Arizona at California||Pac-12 Network||California|
|3:30 PM||Georgia vs. Florida*||CBS||Georgia|
|3:30 PM||Minnesota at Indiana||BTN||Minnesota|
|3:30 PM||Northwestern at Nebraska||BTN||Northwestern|
|3:30 PM||UTSA at Tulsa||Tulsa|
|3:30 PM||Kansas at Texas||Longhorn Network||Texas|
|3:30 PM||Kent State at Akron||ESPN 3||Akron|
|3:30 PM||Iowa State at Kansas State||FOX Sports 1||Kansas State|
|3:30 PM||West Virginia at TCU||ESPN U and Watch ESPN||TCU|
|4:00 PM||Hawaii at Utah State||CBS Sports Network||Utah State|
|4:00 PM||San Jose State at UNLV||UNLV|
|5:00 PM||Texas State at Idaho||Idaho|
|5:00 PM||New Mexico State at Louisiana-Lafayette||Louisiana-Lafayette|
|5:00 PM||Tulane at Florida Atlantic||Tulane|
|6:00 PM||No. 11 Auburn at Arkansas||ESPN2 and Watch ESPN||Auburn|
|6:00 PM||East Carolina at Florida International||Florida International|
|7:00 PM||Tennessee at No. 9 Missouri||ESPN and Watch ESPN||Missouri|
|7:00 PM||No. 18 Oklahoma State at No. 15 Texas Tech||FOX||Oklahoma State|
|7:00 PM||Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech||ESPN U and Watch ESPN||Georgia Tech|
|7:00 PM||Eastern Michigan at Toledo||ESPN 3||Toledo|
|7:30 PM||Colorado at No. 20 UCLA||FOX Sports 1||UCLA|
|7:30 PM||Arkansas State at South Alabama||ESPN 3||Arkansas State|
|7:30 PM||Alabama State at Kentucky||ESPN 3||Kentucky|
|8:00 PM||No. 7 Miami (FL) at No. 3 Florida State||ABC||Florida State|
|8:00 PM||New Mexico at San Diego State||San Diego State|
|8:00 PM||Boise State at Colorado State||CBS Sports Network||Colorado State|
|9:00 PM||UTEP at No. 12 Texas A&M||ESPN2 and Watch ESPN||Texas A&M|
|10:30 PM||Nevada at No. 16 Fresno State||ESPN U and Watch ESPN||Fresno State|
Other Games to Watch
No. 18 Oklahoma State Cowboys at No. 15 Texas Tech Red Raiders
This is a crucial Big 12 battle for two one-loss teams. The chances that either can get into the national championship picture is slim, but the possibilities of playing in a BCS bowl game are still alive.
Both the Cowboys and Red Raiders trail Texas and Baylor in the conference standings. The Oklahoma Sooners also have one conference loss. If Oklahoma State or Texas Tech hopes to earn the conference championship, it can't afford to pick up a second in-conference loss.
Which team has a better shot at playing in a BCS bowl game?
Texas Tech fell, 38-30, in Week 9 to the Sooners to knock them from the ranks of the unbeatens. Freshman quarterback Davis Webb's 385 passing yards and two touchdown tosses weren't enough to handle the Sooners.
That game took place in Norman, Okla., and the Red Raiders are much better at home. Their Week 10 clash with the Cowboys will be at the Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. The Red Raiders are undefeated there this season and have won by an average of 22.75 points.
The Cowboys plowed through Iowa State, 58-27, in Week 9, as Desmond Roland was beastly with 219 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. The Red Raiders must find a way to slow him down if they hope to win.
As great as the home-field advantage can be, a formidable running game could take the crowd out of play. Turnovers are another potential bugaboo for Texas Tech. The team is minus-6 in turnover differential with 19 giveaways this season.
Against a high-powered team like the Cowboys, who own a strong running game, the Red Raiders can't afford to turn over the ball. Unfortunately for them, Texas Tech is still young and miscues are part of the maturation process.
The Red Raiders won't get away with carelessness in this matchup.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 37, Texas Tech 24
No. 21 Michigan Wolverines at No. 22 Michigan State Spartans
Rivalries don't get much bigger than this one in college football. The Wolverines and Spartans don't care for each other and that should show in this meeting.
Both teams have just one loss, but the Spartans are undefeated in the conference. If the Wolverines hope to catch their in-state rivals in the Big Ten's Legends Division, a win in East Lansing on Saturday would go a long way in capturing that goal.
Devin Gardner and the Wolverines have been averaging 42.4 points per game this season.
That high-scoring offense will certainly be tested in this one. Michigan State has the third-ranked defense in the nation in points allowed per game.
Michigan State is only allowing an average of 12.3 points per game in 2013. Playing at home is only going to give the Spartans even more of a spark. Michigan State has outscored its last two opponents, 56-3, while the Wolverines have been held under 40 points only twice in their seven games.
What's going to give in this one? The Wolverines offense.
Look for the crowd to be a major factor and for the Spartans defense to force the Wolverines into turnovers. This will be an ugly game, which will suit Michigan State.
Prediction: Michigan State 20, Michigan 13
Stat references per CFBStats.com