College Football Predictions Week 8: Bold Picks for Every Game
After weeks of few upsets or surprises, we got some in Week 7. Well, Week 8 in the college football universe brings some pretty interesting match-ups as well.
Will there be any upsets? Will there be any surprises?
With nearly all of the top 25 BCS teams in action, it should be a good weekend of football.
We have three match-ups featuring ranked teams:
No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 16 Michigan State
No. 8 Stanford vs. No. 25 Washington
No. 1 LSU vs. No. 20 Auburn
Let's take a look at these games and every other match-up this week in the FBS.
Florida International vs. Arkansas State
Tuesday Oct. 18, 2011 8:00 p.m. ET Florida International at Arkansas State
Arkansas State is 2-0 in the Sun Belt Conference and 4-2 overall. Their only loses were at Illinois and at No. 13 Virginia Tech. However, in both games the Red Wolves kept it respectable. They have an excellent quarterback in Ryan Aplin, who knows how to throw the ball, and he can run if he has to.
Their running game struggles at times, but the way Aplin passes the ball, they can get away with it.
Florida International is 1-1 in the Sun Belt, but overall they are 4-2 also. Both of their loses were home games, in which they lost to Louisiana-Lafayette 36-31 and Duke 31-27. On the road, they beat Louisville and Akron.
They average nearly 250 yards in the air, and 158 yards on the ground.
The crowd, the atmosphere, national television; advantage, home team.
Prediction: Arkansas State 31, Florida International 20
***Final Score: Arkansas State 34, Florida International 16***
UCF vs. UAB
Thursday Oct. 20, 2011 8:00 p.m. ET University of Central Florida at University of Alabama Birmingham.
The game will be played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. But, it probably won't matter.
UCF is the better team and should handle UAB by at least three touchdowns. They score an average of 27 points per game, but expect that total to double. UCF has a stingy defense only allowing an impressive 10 points per game.
Prediction: UCF 42, UAB 7
***Final: UCF 24, UAB 26***
UCLA vs. Arizona
Thursday Oct. 20, 2011 9:00 p.m. ET UCLA at Arizona
A Pac-12 matchup between a team who lost their coach, and a team who might.
The only thing that will keep Arizona in this game is the fact that it is played at Arizona. UCLA is 3-3 on the year and 2-1 in the Pac-12. Arizona is 1-5 overall and 0-4 in the Pac-12.
UCLA has been very good at running the ball this year, and Arizona has been getting run over. Allowing 37 points per game, the Wildcats have played very sloppy on defense. They do know how to pass the ball, but their running game is anemic.
UCLA should have a field day running the ball. Of course, their defense hasn't been that impressive either. They allow 32 points per game.
Prediction: UCLA 35, Arizona 31
***Final: UCLA 12, Arizona 48***
No. 15 West Virginia vs. Syracuse
Friday Oct. 21, 2011 8:00 p.m. ET No. 15 West Virginia at Syracuse
West Virginia has looked great this year with their only loss coming at the hands of LSU. They are passing the ball extremely well, and junior quarterback Geno Smith is averaging 380 yards per game in the air with a passing completion rate of 64 percent. The Mountaineers score 41 points per game, and allow only 21.
Syracuse has played well this season, for the most part. However, they don't have the players to matchup with West Virginia. Their offense is below average, and their defense is average at best. They have played three overtime games this year, winning two and losing one. Their overall record looks better than the team actually is, sitting at 4-2 overall.
Prediction: West Virginia 48, Syracuse 17
***Final: WV 23, Syracuse 49***
Rutgers vs. Louisville
Friday Oct. 21, 2011 8:00 p.m. ET Rutgers at Louisville
A real no-brainer on paper, Louisville is only averaging 16 points per game. Their rushing game is near the bottom of the FBS, and their passing game is average. They have lost to Florida International, Marshall and North Carolina.
Rutgers, on the other hand, has been stellar so far this season. Their only set back was a heart breaking loss at North Carolina, 24-22.
Prediction: Rutgers 30, Louisville 16
***Final: Rutgers 14, Louisville 16***
No. 4 Oklahoma State vs. Missouri
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 12:00 p.m. ET No. 4 Oklahoma State at Missouri
Oklahoma State is second in the FBS averaging 395 yards passing per game. They also rank second in points scored per game at 49.2.
Their quarterback has thrown for 2098 yards and 16 touchdowns this season and I expect that kind of performance to continue against Missouri.
Mizzou does run the ball well, averaging 237 yards per game, but that will be no match for the air attack of the Cowboys.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 54, Missouri 31
***Final: OSU 45, Mizzou 24***
No. 7 Clemson vs. North Carolina
Saturday October 22, 2011 12:00PM ET North Carolina at No. 7 Clemson
North Carolina is 5-2 on the year and 1-2 in the ACC. Their only losses have been to, then No. 25 Georgia Tech, and a strange loss against Miami. They have a pretty balanced offense, but I won't be enough to stand against Clemson.
Clemson, on the other hand, has been perfect on the year so far at 7-0. They have escaped a few times this year, and they have a knack for keeping games close that shouldn't be.
Prediction: Clemson 35, North Carolina 17
***Final: Clemson 59, NC 38***
No. 23 Illinois vs. Purdue
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 12:00 p.m. ET No. 23 Illinois at Purdue
Illinois scores nearly 31 points per game, and they only allow 17. They have a balanced offense and are looking to bounce back after a tough loss against Ohio State.
Purdue does not have the fire power to take down the Illini.
Prediction: Illinois 28, Purdue 17
***Final: Illinois 14, Purdue 21***
No. 11 Kansas State vs. Kansas
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 12:00 p.m. ET No. 11 Kansas State at Kansas
Kansas has lost four straight, and it hasn't been pretty. The Jayhawks have allowed 49 points per game. Yes, 49 points per game.
Kansas State, on the other hand, is undefeated on the year at 6-0.
Prediction: Kansas State 56, Kansas 28
***Final: KState 59, KU 21***
Cincinnati vs. South Florida
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 12:00 p.m. ET Cincinnati at South Florida
Cincinnati has impressed most this year. They are currently 5-1 on the year with their only loss coming at Tennessee in Week 2 of the season.
They are averaging nearly 42 points per game on offense, and they are only allowing 16 points on defense.
South Florida has been just as impressive, averaging nearly 35 points per game on offense and allowing 21 points per game on defense. They had an impressive win over Notre Dame in Week 1, but tripped up the last couple games against Pitt and Connecticut.
The game is at South Florida, which may give them the edge.
Prediction: South Florida 37, Cincinnati 31
***Final: USF 34, Cincinnati 37***
Jacksonville State vs. Kentucky
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 12:00 p.m. ET Jacksonville State at Kentucky
Jacksonville State is 5-1 on the year, and they have looked impressive. However, they are stepping up to play Kentucky.
Even though Kentucky is just 2-4 this season, they have played much stronger competition in doing so. This should be a good confidence booster for Kentucky and will get them back on track, at least until next week when the play Mississippi State.
Prediction: Kentucky 35, Jacksonville State 21
***Final: Kentucky 38, JState 14***
Northern Illinois vs. Buffalo
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 12:00 p.m. ET Northern Illinois at Buffalo
The Buffalo Bulls of the MAC will try to bounce back after a 34-0 thumping at the hands of Temple last week.
Northern Illinois is a pretty solid team. They are 4-2 on the year and are averaging almost 40 points per game. The problem is, they are allowing 33 points per game.
However, it won't matter this week because Buffalo has no real offensive threat, and their defense has more holes than a screen door.
This one smells like a blowout.
Prediction: Northern Illinois 56, Buffalo 16
***Final: NI 31, Buffalo 30***
Indiana vs. Iowa
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 12:00 p.m. ET Indiana at Iowa
The only win Indiana has on the year is a 38-31 victory over South Carolina State. They have lost some close ones however, 34-31 to Virginia, 27-20 to Ball State, 24-21 to North Texas, and a 16-10 loss against Penn State.
To say it has been a tough year so far for the Hoosiers would be an understatement. Now, they have to go into Iowa and play a Hawkeyes team that is playing some pretty good ball.
Iowa is 4-2 on the year and 1-1 in the Big 10. They average 253 yards in the air and 133 on the ground. Their defense is average, and they have allowed a respectable 23 points per game.
This should be a good game, for a while at least, but in the end, Iowa will just be too much.
Prediction: Iowa 28, Indiana 17
***Final: Iowa 45, Indiana 24***
No. 9 Arkansas vs. Ole Miss
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 12:21 p.m. ET No. 9 Arkansas at Ole Miss
Nearly 40 points per game, 337 yards passing, and allowing only 21 points on defense, Arkansas is playing well this year. They are 5-1 on the year with a sole loss at Alabama.
Tyler Wilson has looked better than expected so far and has thrown for 1779 yards and 12 Arkansas touchdowns.
Ole Miss, on the other hand, are winless in the SEC at 0-3, and are 2-4 overall. They are only scoring 20 points per game, and against Arkansas that is not enough.
Prediction: Arkansas 48, Ole Miss 13
***Final: Arkansas 29, Ole Miss 24***
Wake Forest vs. Duke
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 12:30 p.m. ET Wake Forest at Duke
Wake Forest has looked good all year. They score 31.7 points a game, and they pass for 297 yards per contest. They have heart, guts, and determination.
The Demon Deacons are 4-2 on the year and 3-1 in the ACC.
Duke is 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the ACC. They have been lighting it up in the passing game at almost 300 yards per game. Unfortunately, they don't know how to play defense. Opponents have racked up 30 points a game against them.
This one will be close for the first half, but Wake Forest guts it out.
Prediction: Wake Forest 34, Duke 17
***Final: Wake Forest 24, Duke 23***
Western Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 1:00 p.m. ET Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan
Western Michigan is 4-3 on the year and 2-1 in the MAC. They score 31 points a game, and pass the ball well, with 281 yards per contest. They are coming off a thumping at the hands of Northern Illinois and will be looking to rebound.
Eastern Michigan runs the ball very well averaging 229 yards per game, but they don't put up many points at just 21 on average. Despite some improvement in their last few games, they will have a hard time getting past Western.
Prediction: Western Michigan 35, Eastern Michigan 17
***Final: WM 10, EM 14***
Central Michigan vs. Ball State
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 2:00 p.m. ET Central Michigan at Ball State
Central Michigan is now 2-5 on the year. They have lost two straight, both of them heart breakers.
Ball State, on the other hand, is coming off a big win over Ohio and are now 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the MAC.
Prediction: Ball State 24, Central Michigan 13
***Final: Ball State 31, Central Michigan 27***
New Mexico vs. TCU
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 2:00 p.m. ET New Mexico at TCU
TCU is 4-2 this year with close losses to SMU and Baylor. It is not because they can't score either, as they average almost 40 a game.
New Mexico is winless on the year, and that will continue.
Prediction: TCU 65, New Mexico 3
***Final: TCU 69, New Mexico 0***
No. 12 Virginia Tech vs. Boston College
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 3:00 p.m. ET No. 12 Virginia at home vs Boston College
Virginia Tech is 6-1 and Boston College is 1-5. These two teams couldn't be more opposite.
VT only allows 16 points per game, and Boston College only scores 19 a game.
Virginia Tech is going to roll.
Prediction: VT 45, Boston College 0
***Final: VT 30, BC 14***
Idaho State vs. Brigham Young
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 3:00 p.m. ET Idaho State at BYU
Idaho State is an FCS school and BYU is hungry for a win; that is a formula for disaster for ISU.
After losing two straight, BYU has rolled off four straight wins and will make it five on Saturday.
Prediction: BYU 43, Idaho State 10
***Final: BYU 56, Idaho State 3***
Louisiana Tech vs. Utah State
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 3:00 p.m. ET Louisiana Tech at Utah State
Utah State is a good team, but they keep losing games they should win. Their record is 2-4, but they are much better than that. They should have beaten Auburn, Colorado State, and BYU. Instead, they lost all those games in the last quarter.
They know to run the ball and are averaging 301 yards per game on the ground.
Louisiana Tech on the other hand, is allowing almost 30 points against.
Utah State should get the victory if they don't choose to give it away late.
Prediction: Utah State 30, Louisiana Tech 24
***Final: Utah State 17, La Tech 24***
No. 1 LSU vs. No. 20 Auburn
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 3:30 p.m. ET No. 1 LSU at home vs No. 20 Auburn
LSU, the newly ranked No.1 in the BCS rankings, will take on Auburn in its first game since the poll was released.
The Tigers have been very impressive this year, defeating the likes of Oregon, Mississippi State, West Virginia and Florida. They are only allowing 11.7 points per game by opposing offenses, and they are playing good defense as well.
The only weakness this team has is the passing game. They have only produced 175 yards per game which is 100th in the nation, however, the team they are playing is 106th.
Auburn has won a few games they shouldn't have, but this will not be one of them.
Prediction: LSU 34, Auburn 16
***Final: LSU 45, Auburn 10***
No. 5 Boise State vs. Air Force
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 3:30 p.m. ET No. 5 Boise State at home vs. Air Force
The Broncos won their first Mountain West Conference game last week at Colorado State 63-13 and are looking to make it two in a row against Air Force.
It is also homecoming for the Broncos, and it should be a great college football environment.
Air Force is 3-3 on the season and 0-2 in the MWC.
They have their usual triple option going strong with 336 yards per game on the ground, but they have holes in their defense and a weak passing game.
They will not be able to keep up with Kellen Moore and the Broncos.
Prediction: Boise State 56, Air Force 17
***Final: BSU 37, Air Force 26***
No. 10 Oregon vs. Colorado
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 3:30 p.m. ET No. 10 Oregon at Colorado
Oregon was impressive against ASU last week and the Ducks are now 5-1 on the year with their only loss against LSU.
Colorado is only 1-6 overall and their only win was against their in-state rival Colorado State 28-14.
Colorado's defense ranks near the bottom of the FBS world, allowing 36 points per game, whereas Oregon's offense averages nearly 49 points per game.
Prediction: Oregon 70, Colorado 3
***Final: Oregon 45, Colorado 2***
No. 22 Georgia Tech vs. Miami
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 3:30 p.m. ET No. 22 Georgia Tech at Miami
Trying to bounce back from their first loss of the year, Georgia Tech will travel to play Miami.
They are running the ball with amazing results this year at almost 350 yards per game and are 2nd in the nation in that area. They also score 43 points and only allow 24 per game.
Miami has been steady this year. They win one, they lose one, they win one, they lose one, you get the picture. They are on the cycle to lose one this week. However, they match up well against Georgia Tech.
Prediction: Miami 31, Georgia Tech 24
***Final: Miami 24, Georgia Tech 7***
No. 13 Nebraska vs. Minnesota
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 3:30 p.m. ET No. 13 Nebraska at Minnesota
Nebraska is coming off a bye week, and they should be ready for Minnesota.
Nebraska is going to handle business well.
Prediction: Nebraska 54, Minnesota 13
***Final: Nebraska 41, Minn 14***
No. 17 Texas A&M vs. Iowa State
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 3:30 p.m. ET No. 17 Texas A&M at Iowa State
Iowa State is 3-3 after losing three straight.
Texas A&M is 4-2 and are winners of two straight, including Texas Tech and No. 20 Baylor in a blowout.
Averaging 42 points per game, that trend should continue.
Prediction: Texas A&M 47, Iowa State 16
***Final: Texas A&M 33, Iowa State 17***
Maryland vs. Florida State
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 3:30 p.m. ET Maryland at Florida State
Florida State needs a win, but Maryland is no pushover. In the three losses to ranked teams, Maryland has lost by an average of seven points, and they were in every one of those contests until the end.
This should be a very good game, but Florida State has more weapons in its arsenal.
Prediction: Florida State 35, Maryland 28
***Final: FSU 41, Maryland 16***
Temple vs. Bowling Green
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 3:30 p.m. ET Temple at Bowling Green
Temple is 5-2 on the year. They are running the ball well, and their defense has been outstanding, only allowing 9.6 points per game.
Bowling Green is 3-4, and the same cannot be said of their defense.
Prediction: Temple 35, Bowling Green 7
***Final: Temple 10, BG 13***
North Carolina State vs. Virginia
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 3:30 p.m. ET North Carolina State at Virginia
North Carolina State has a decent passing game, but their defense has been less than stellar. They allow over 30 points per game, but they score 32 per contest.
Virginia is just too tough for NC State. They are 4-2 on the year, including their upset win last week over then, No.12 Georgia Tech.
They should continue to roll.
Prediction: Virginia 28, NC State 17
***Final: Virginia 14, NC State 28***
Ohio vs. Akron
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 3:30 p.m. ET Ohio at Akron
Ohio is a much better team than their record indicates. They are 4-3 overall, but they could easily be undefeated. Their losses to Rutgers, Ball State and Buffalo were all very close games, as the latter two were lost by a combined total of three points.
They are a balanced team with a solid defense.
Akron however, is not solid in many areas. Their defense ranks near the bottom of the FBS, and their offense isn't too far behind. They only average 15.5 points per game while allowing over 35.
Prediction: Ohio 42, Akron 10
***Final: Ohio 37, Akron 20***
East Crolina vs. Navy
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 3:30 p.m. ET East Carolina at Navy
East Carolina has been throwing the ball well, averaging nearly 300 yards per game.
The Pirates are 2-4 on the year and 2-1 in Conference USA.
Navy is still trying to recover from four straight losses, including a heart breaker to Rutgers last week, 21-20. They have ran the ball very well at 332 yards per game, and have been putting up good numbers on the score board. The problem is, they score about 32 a game, but they allow almost 30.
Home against ECU this week, Navy should rebound.
Prediction: Navy 27, East Carolina 17
***Final: Navy 35, ECU 38***
Memphis vs. Tulane
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 3:30 p.m. ET Memphis at Tulane
Memphis ranks near the bottom of every FBS statistic, which is the reason why they are only 1-6 on the year.
Tulane, isn't much better at 2-5 overall.
The difference in this game could be the fact that Tulane is at home.
Prediction: Tulane 31, Memphis 14
***Final: Tulane 17, Memphis 33***
Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Western Kentucky
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 4:00 p.m. ET Louisiana-Lafayette at Western Kentucky
The Ragin' Cajuns are 6-1 on the year with their only loss to Oklahoma State in the opener.
WKU, on the other hand, have been better of late, but they are still only 2-4 on the year.
This will be a home game for the Hilltoppers, but it shouldn't matter.
Prediction: Ragin' Cajuns 35, Hilltoppers 7
Fresno State vs. Nevada
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 4:05 p.m. ET Fresno State at Nevada
Nevada is getting better each game, while Pat Hill and his Fresno State Bulldogs seem to be slipping.
Hill and the Bulldogs did get past a pesky Utah State team in their last outing, but the win didn't look all that impressive.
Nevada has destroyed its last two opponents by a combined score of 86-7. Of course, that competition was UNLV and New Mexico.
The difference will be location.
Prediction: Team Nevada 31, Fresno State 28
***Final: Nevada 45, Fresno State 38***
No. 19 Houston vs. Marshall
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 4:30 p.m. ET No. 19 Houston at home vs Marshall
Houston is looking great. At 6-0, the Cougars are lighting it up. They have amassed 435.5 yards in the air per contest.
Balanced on all parts of their game, they won't be stopped this week.
Prediction: Houston 56, Marshall 17
***Final: Houston 63, Marshall 28***
Utah vs. California
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 7:00 p.m. ET Utah at California
These two teams are pretty evenly matched. Both are 3-3 on the year and 0-3 in the Pac-12.
The game is at Cal, which may make the difference.
Cal throws the ball well, but Utah's defense is better than average.
Prediction: Cal 27, Utah 23
***Final: Cal 34, Utah 10***
No. 21 Penn State vs. Northwestern
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 7:00 p.m. ET No. 21 Penn State at Northwestern
This one shouldn't be close, but you never know with the way Penn State has failed to put games away. They are 6-1, but they have let several of their opponents stay close all game.
Northwestern lacks the weapons on offense, and their defense has real issues.
Prediction: Penn State 24, Northwestern 6
***Final: Penn State 34, Northwestern 24***
Army vs. Vanderbilt
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 7:00 p.m. ET Army at Vanderbilt
Army is best in the nation at running the ball. They average 361 yards per game on the ground.
Vanderbilt is 3-3 on the year, but those three losses were to South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia. They are much better than their record indicates.
They are at home against Army this week.
Prediction: Vanderbilt 27, Army 17
***Final: 44, Army 21***
Tusla vs. Rice
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 7:00 p.m. ET Tulsa at Rice
Tulsa is 3-3 on the year, while Rice is 2-4. Both teams have played less than their potential.
Tulsa should win this one.
Prediction: Tulsa 30, Rice 21
***Final: 38, Rice 20***
Louisiana-Monroe vs. North Texas
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 7:00 p.m. ET Louisiana-Monroe at North Texas
On paper both teams look pretty weak, however, if you look into the schedule of Louisiana-Monroe, you realize they have had some pretty tough competition. They haven't played horrible this year, but their record certainly doesn't reflect their talent.
North Texas has struggled and are 2-4, near the bottom of every statistic.
Prediction: LM 28, North Texas 16
***Final: LM 21, NT 38***
Miami (OH) vs. Toledo
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 7:00 p.m. ET Miami (OH) at Toledo
Toledo has its season back on track. They have won three straight, and are currently 4-3 on the year. They are passing well, running well and playing defense well as of late.
They will be too much for Miami Ohio, who are coming off a 9-3 win over Kent State. They have won two straight, but that stops this week.
Prediction: Toledo 42, Miami Ohio 20
***Final: Toledo 49, Miami Ohio 28***
No. 2 Alabama vs. Tennessee
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 7:15 p.m. ET No. 2 Alabama at home vs Tennessee
Tennessee is a young team with a lot of potential, but not this week as they travel to Alabama to take on the No. 2 Crimson Tide.
Prediction: Alabama 45, Tennessee 7
***Final: Alabama 37, Tennessee 6***
USC vs. Notre Dame
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 7:30 p.m. ET USC at Notre Dame
USC is a surprising 5-1 on the year, too bad they can't go bowling.
Notre Dame is a respectable 4-2 on the year after losing its first two of the season.
This game is being played in South Bend and that could be a huge advantage. However, Notre Dame may have trouble stopping passing game of the Trojans.
Prediction: USC 31, Notre Dame 28
***Final: USC 31, ND 17***
No. 3 Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 8:00 p.m. ET No. 3 Oklahoma at home vs Texas Tech
This should be a high scoring contest.
Oklahoma has looked great, although last week they seemed to play uninspired. Both teams have potent offenses, and it may be a back in forth game, at least for a while.
Prediction: Oklahoma 52, Texas Tech 21
***Final: OU 38, TT 41***
No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 16 Michigan State
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 8:00 p.m. ET No.6 Wisconsin at No.16 Michigan State
Wisconsin goes on the road to take on Michigan State. We will get to see which team is the contender, and which team is the pretender in this contest.
Wisconsin is undefeated, while Michigan State has just one loss on the year. The Spartans are coming off a huge win over Michigan, but will they show let down?
Wisconsin fans are upset over their teams No. 6 BCS ranking and feel like they should be higher. Well, this will be their chance to prove they are worthy.
Prediction: Michigan State 31, Wisconsin 30
***Final: Michigan State 37, Wisconsin 31***
No. 8 Stanford vs. No. 25 Washington
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 8:00 p.m. ET No.8 Stanford at home vs No.25 Washington
Where did Washington come from? They have quietly slipped into the rankings with a 5-1 record and 3-0 in the Pac-12.
Stanford on the other hand, has not been quiet.
This game is a home game for Stanford, and Andrew Luck will be on his game.
Washington will make it interesting.
Prediction: Stanford 35, Washington 28
***Stanford 65, Washington 21***
Middle Tennessee vs. Florida Atlantic
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 8:00 p.m. ET Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic
Middle Tennessee throws the ball like the best of them, averaging 300 yards per game through the air.
Florida Atlantic has very little defense, allowing over 33 points per game.
Prediction: MT 56, Florida Atlantic 10
***Final: MT 38, Florida Atlantic 14***
SMU vs. Southern Mississippi
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 8:00 p.m. ET SMU at Southern Mississippi
A good old fashioned southern showdown.
Both teams are 5-1 and both are firing on all cylinders.
This will be a great game to watch.
The Golden Eagles average nearly 38 points per game, and SMU averages nearly 34. Both defenses are playing well, and this will be a battle.
The game is at Southern Mississippi, but SMU plays well on the road.
Prediction: SMU 42, Southern Mississippi 35
***Final: SMU 3, Southern Miss 27***
Colorado State vs. UTEP
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 8:00 p.m. ET Colorado State at UTEP
Poor Colorado State, they got it handed to them last week by Boise State 63-13.
The Rams are 3-3 now on the year, but they have to still be feeling that blowout in front of their biggest home crowd of the year.
WIll they bounce back?
UTEP is playing well as they almost upset Houston, and they destroyed Tulane last week 44-7.
Prediction: UTEP 31, CSU 17
***Final: UTEP 31, CSU 17***
Oregon State vs. Washington State
Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 10:30 p.m. ET Oregon State at Washington State
Oregon State is 1-5 on the year, and they have not looked impressive. They did pull out one victory against Arizona.
Washington State, on the other hand, is 3-3 and 1-2 in the Pac-12. They nearly beat UCLA two weeks ago, but were handled by Stanford last week 44-14.
The Cougars are passing the ball well.
Prediction: WSU 37, Oregon State 27
***Final: WSU 21, OSU 44***
New Mexico State vs. Hawaii
Sunday Oct. 23, 2011 12:00 a.m. ET New Mexico at Hawaii
New Mexico State gets to travel to Hawaii.
They are much improved this year at 3-3 and 1-1 in the WAC. However, Hawaii is tough at home.
Hawaii has the same record, but they are a different team on the island.
Prediction: Hawaii 45, New Mexico State 33