College Football Predictions Week 10: 25 Questions for This Week's Games
What a weekend in college football this is shaping up to be.
We have ESPN's College Gameday in Salt Lake City, Utah on the campus of the University of Utah as they get set for a big-time, Top 10 matchup between the Utes and the TCU Horned Frogs.
But that's not the only game on the schedule that could shake up the way the BCS will look by the time Sunday night rolls around.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana will be jumping as they will host the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide.
Next to those two games there will be a battle in the Big 12, Auburn gets a technical breather and there will be another barn burner in the Pac-10.
There will be plenty of college football to watch Saturday and plenty of games to keep your eye on. Is your home team playing this weekend and are there teams you're rooting for to win or lose?
It's time to get into the questions that will surround these games and a whole lot more for Week 10 of the college football season.
No. 25: Auburn Gets the Week Off
No, Auburn doesn't have a bye week, but they may as well call it that as they will host Chattanooga on Saturday.
Though, I guess you could say it comes at the right time as their next two games will come against Georgia and Alabama.
No. 24: Will Florida State Suffer a Letdown?
Florida State will play host to a North Carolina team on Saturday that almost lost to William & Mary last weekend.
So far, the Tar Heels are 0-2 against ranked opponents, their last was against Miami, a game they lost 33-10.
Is this a trap game for the Seminoles or is this just a walk in the park?
No. 23: Can Clemson Upset NC State?
The Clemson Tigers are 0-2 so far against ranked teams but didn't lose either of those games by a large margin.
They will be home against NC State who's currently ranked 25th in the BCS poll.
Is there an upset brewing for Clemson or can NC State take their momentum from their win over Florida State into this game?
No. 22: Wisconsin Ripe For a Loss?
The Wisconsin Badgers, at this point in the season, can't be looking past any opponent they have the rest of the way.
If they win out, they could be staring at a Top Five finish and a solid BCS bowl bid.
However, if the Badgers are looking ahead, it would be two weeks from now when they travel to Ann Arbor to take on the Michigan Wolverines.
But, they have Purdue on Saturday. Are the Badgers ripe for a big loss or do they know exactly what they have to do from here on out?
No. 21: Can Iowa Run Past the Hoosiers?
They couldn't take down Arizona or Wisconsin, but they sure got to unbeaten Michigan State.
With that win in mind, it should be an easy weekend for them against Indiana. But, let's not forget, the Hoosiers almost upset Michigan on the road and with this one being at home, Iowa will need to be on their best behavior.
No. 20: Can Virginia Tech Win Their Seventh Straight?
Since opening the season with losses to both Boise State and James Madison, the Virginia Tech Hokies have found out what kind of team they are.
Subsequently, they've used that newfound knowledge to run off six straight wins and will look to make it seven straight against Georgia Tech this weekend.
Can they get to seven or does the streak stop here?
No. 19: How Many Points Will Michigan State Put Up?
Michigan State is coming off a tough loss to Iowa and they want to take it out on somebody. Lucky for them, they'll have 1-8 Minnesota coming to town.
Just their luck right? So how many points will the Spartans roll up on the Gophers? Can we set the over/under at 40?
No. 18: How Dangerous Is Iowa State?
Iowa State is one of three teams that knocked off Texas in Austin. Not that it's any big feat as we've found out in recent weeks, but you still have to give them some credit for getting it done.
This weekend, they'll be at home against Nebraska and will face its fifth-ranked team this season.
They currently hold a 1-3 record against ranked opponents with only one of those three losses coming at home (Utah).
Can they be a thorn in the side of Nebraska or do the Cornhuskers have far too much to lose to take this game lightly?
No. 17: Will Missouri Lose Their Second Straight?
The Missouri Tigers were finally found out to be an overrated Top 10 team and a big thanks goes out to Nebraska for doing just that.
It should have been San Diego State as Missouri's first loss but thanks to bad tackling, the Tigers pulled out a miracle at home.
However, they'll be on the road against Texas Tech, a team that wants to prove something and wants to be bowl eligible.
Will the Tigers come back and get a win or will the Red Raiders bring Missouri their second straight loss?
No. 16: Is Nevada the Most Overrated Team in The Top 25?
They lose to Hawaii, give up 42 points to Utah State and the Nevada Wolfpack still remain in the Top 25?
Anyone else see something wrong with this picture?
No. 15: Texas A&M Getting the Better of Oklahoma?
Ryan Tannehill has earned the starting job at Texas A&M.
He came into the game against Kansas and threw three touchdown passes. He got the start against Texas Tech and promptly threw for 449 yards and four touchdowns.
Yeah, I'd say he's earned it.
Look out Oklahoma, this might be the loss that sends you out of the BCS picture.
No. 14: Boise State Needs To Watch for the Upset
This has been a game that the Hawaii Warriors have looked forward to for the past several weeks.
They knocked off Fresno State, they knocked off Nevada and now they set their sights squarely on Boise State.
The Broncos are favored by a surprising 21.5 points, a spread that a lot of people wouldn't take Boise State to cover.
Bryan Moniz leads the Hawaii offense, not to mention the nation, in passing. The Broncos secondary better be ready for this one or they'll limp off the field with a loss.
No. 13: How Good is South Carolina?
They knock off Alabama, lose to Kentucky, put up just 21 points on Vanderbilt and were tied with Tennessee in the fourth quarter before finally sneaking away.
This is not a game they can sneak away from and it's not an offense that they can just get around.
Could the Gamecocks be in trouble against Ryan Mallet and Arkansas?
No. 12: Can Baylor Continue Their Run?
The Baylor Bears have had an incredible run so far and knocking off Texas for the first time since 1997 just added to all that.
This week, they'll be back on the road against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Are the Bears for real? We'll find out on Saturday.
No. 11: Will a Win Push Stanford to The Top Five?
So far this season, Stanford has done exactly what they needed to do to be at this point. Their only loss this season is to the current top ranked team in the nation, the Oregon Ducks.
But, they'll have to set their sights squarely on Arizona on Saturday as these two top Pac-10 teams will do battle.
Question becomes, if Stanford wins, are they good enough to be Top Five material?
No. 10: Watch out for Washington
Jake Locker can't be happy with the way this season has gone for his Huskies. You wonder if he hasn't thought about what might have happened if he had gone in to the NFL instead of coming back for the 2010 season.
Washington is coming off getting trounced by Stanford, a game Locker can't be proud of.
With their trip to Oregon coming up, you know Locker wants to prove that he can put his bad performance aside and shock the top-ranked Ducks.
Can he do just that, or is this Oregon team as good as advertised?
No. 9: Can LSU End Alabama's Title Chase?
The LSU Tigers will face their biggest game of the year. I know some of you might say they just did against Auburn, but they can do something that only one other team has done this season. Beat Alabama.
They will have the Crimson Tide in Baton Rouge, in front of the Tigers' home crowd, which you know will be raucous and ready to go.
Can they knock off Alabama and end their BCS title chase or will they become just another team in Alabama's way?
No. 8: Biggest Game in TCU School History?
The TCU Horned Frogs will board a chartered flight and they will head to Salt Lake City, Utah for arguably the biggest game in school history.
This game is about as big as it can get for not only them but the University of Utah, who will have College Gameday on Campus to take this one in.
TCU is on the cusp of a title shot with a loss from Oregon or Auburn. All they need to do is win out and hope for a loss by one of those two teams and they might get their wish.
However, Utah is having the same thoughts but has a more outside chance than TCU.
A big win by either team would put them in a great position toward the top of the BCS poll come Sunday evening.
Who do you have in this game?
No. 7: Guest Picker Of The Week
I had to bring this guy in this week. Not only is he a good friend of mine, but he's also one of the good guys in the social media world.
I would give you his bio, but I wouldn't do what he wrote any justice. Instead, I'll let you read it from his own words.
Ryan Durling is a Syracuse native living in Boston who forgot that his hometown had a college football program. He covers the Red Sox and the Celtics for http://bostonsportsthenandnow.com/ and is an Editor and Featured writer covering the Boston Bruins for http://somethingsbruin.net/. He prefers Yuengling and chicken wings to milk and cookies, and he recently discovered how to use the internets! Follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/Ryan_Durling/. Or don't. It's America, you can decide on those things.
See, I told you I wouldn't be able to do him any justice. Without further ado, here are Ryan's picks for Week 10 of the college football season.
No. 6: Baylor at Oklahoma State
Ryan Durling: Oklahoma State, because ever since I watched them trash my alma mater in Buffalo three years ago, I have this strange expectation that Baylor will always be better than anyone they play. Except for most of their conference. Also, orange is a really cool color.
Todd: If I can ever stop laughing, I'll be able to make my pick. Sorry Ryan, gotta go with Baylor on this one. I love the run they're on and it's going to continue.
No. 5: TCU at Utah
Ryan Durling: Utah. Because when two teams that good and that familiar with each other face off, home-field advantage is very, very real. And because TCU's...*cringing*...better than Boise.
Todd: Ok, for the record, Boise fans need to remember that I'm not the one who said TCU was better than Boise. Ryan gave his Twitter out, go bug him about that.
Now that I've said that, it's time for me to take TCU. The Frogs' defense is too good and I want to pick against Ryan just to annoy him.
No. 4: Hawaii at Boise State
Ryan Durling: Boise State by at least 45. They're going to have a gigantic chip on their shoulder after meandering around for 60 minutes against La Tech and, let's face it, these aren't Colt Brennan's Warriors.
Todd: I don't know how you think Boise State is going to win by 45. Hawaii's offense is too good and if there's anyone that has a chip on their shoulder, it's the Warriors. This is going to be a good game all the way through.
No. 3: Arizona at Stanford
Ryan Durling: The Cardinal. I wasn't on the Stanford bandwagon when they played Oregon (playing against too much talent, no experience in big games, stupid mascot), but I think that loss may be enough to spring them in this one. Besides, it's not like Arizona's had a lot of big-time games lately, either.
Todd: I agree with Ryan on this one as well. Stanford is too good offensively and even though Arizona does have an above average defense, Andrew Luck and Stepfan Taylor will be too much in this one.
No. 2: Alabama at LSU
Ryan Durling: Bama, because the Les Miles magic doesn't work against well-coached teams and it's my impression that the Tide still very much think they could play for the national title if they Roll (like what I did there?) over their opposition the rest of the way.
Todd: This is the first pick where I actually agree with Ryan. I like the Tide to win but not by much. The fans in Baton Rouge will be rocking the house and it will keep the Tide from really being able to be cohesive on offense. But, once they get rolling, it's going to be tough to stop them.
No. 1: In My Own Words
It's unfortunate that the college football season is wrapping up. I didn't expect the season to go by this fast but I have to admit that this is one of the best seasons I've seen in quite some time.
The BCS standings have been shaken up a few times in succession and it may continue to be shaken up over the coming weeks.
With baseball season coming to a close and ballparks around the country falling silent for the next five months, there will be a few college football stadiums that will fall silent in the next month or so.
This is the time of year that a lot of us hate. Our two favorite sports either coming to a close or winding down, but at least we have college football until January and the NFL until early February.
After that, it's back to waiting and watching the calendar, wishing we could turn back the clock to see one more game.
We wait in anticipation for spring practices to start back up, to get what little bit of a football fix we can get.
For now, we'll enjoy what's left because this show isn't over just yet. There's still more to see and big things are yet to happen.
So, saddle up in your favorite chair or on your favorite couch, invite friends over, fire up the grill, throw on the steaks and enjoy what college football brings to a ton of homes throughout the country.