Listen, everyone: I’m a firm adherent to the idea that every college football game is good, because it’s a college football game. That said, this week’s matchups outside of about two games are not anything to write home about. Of the seven games I’m choosing, five feature a team currently sitting at .500 or worse.
If you can’t handle college football at its week ten, you don’t deserve it at its weeks one through nine and eleven though fourteen, imo.
One fun thing: rankings are now the Playoff Committee’s, so we can fight about that.
#14 Oklahoma at Iowa State (+20.5)
I’m temped to call for Iowa State to make this interesting. Heading up to Ames on a short week is never fun and the Cyclones are salty on weeknight games. Seems like they’re due after coming up just short against Baylor, Oklahoma State, and Kansas State. The Sooners are missing both top running backs. But it’s a short week for Matt Campbell and his team too. Oklahoma 41, Iowa State 20
UCLA at Colorado (-12)
Man, the Bruins sure fell off the map. Things don’t look to get any easier trying to keep pace with the streaking Buffaloes without quarterback Josh Rosen. Colorado 30, UCLA 16
Navy vs. Notre Dame (-6.5)
This one kicks off at 10:30 Central time Saturday, so we’ll get a head start on football today. Thanks, weirdo scheduling people. Navy 33, Notre Dame 28
#8 Wisconsin at Northwestern (+7)
What got into you, Northwestern? You guys started 1-3 but are since 3-1, beating Iowa, Michigan State, and Indiana in impressive fashion and taking Ohio State to the wire at the Shoe. Your newfound offensive prowess gives me confidence to pick what I couldn’t pick Nebraska to do. Northwestern 23, Wisconsin 20
Oregon at USC (-17)
These two freshman quarterbacks, Justin Herbert at Oregon and Sam Darnold at USC, will dominate headlines and highlight reels in the coming years. Watch this game and say you saw it coming. USC 41, Oregon 31
#1 Alabama at #13 LSU (+7.5)
Ed Orgeron has a chance to do what Les Miles couldn’t: beat Nick Saban. There’s precedent: his 2013 USC team upset fifth-ranked Stanford, and DaCeauxchEaux’s Tigers are playing very well. But Bama is still Bama, and it’ll take a Herculean effort to topple them. Alabama 27, LSU 21
#10 Nebraska at #6 Ohio State (-17)
Anyone who takes Ohio State at 17 hasn’t seen the Buckeyes’ offensive malaise the past month or the Cornhusker’s stinginess. Nebraska comes out swinging but once again struggles to find ways to move the football with its hobbled offensive line. Ohio State escapes again at home. Ohio State 24, Nebraska 19