Was nice to get the upset right again next week picking Troy over LSU at LSU. Have only missed one upset this season and that was a bit embarrassing considering the pick of Vandy over “Bama” became a Roll Tide rout. Check out this week’s three to watch, one to ignore and of coure the upset special.
3 Games to watch
#9 Wisconsin (4-0) @ Nebraska (3-2)
The last two games in this series have been decided by a total of eight points and however this year’s game will not be close if Nebraska QB Tanner Lee continues to turn the ball over. The Huskers signal caller has an FBS high nine picks this season and faces his sternest test yet in 2017. If Nebraska can’t contain running back Jonathan Taylor, the Badgers will end Nebraska’s 20 consecutive night game wins in Lincoln.
#23 West Virginia (3-1) @ #10 TCU (4-0)
Could this be the game? Could this be the year that West Virginia snaps its streak of 15 straight road losses against a top 10 team ?It’s been 35 years (9/11/1982) since the Mountaineers defeat of then #9 Oklahoma in Norman. The last time this match-up happened on the road was 2014 and it was loss this West Virginia is ready to avenge. WVU has one of the best QB-WR duos in the country in Will Grier/Gary Jennings while TCU boasts QB Kenny Hill and a pair of backs in Dariius Anderson and Kyle Hicks. Neither team plays a lot of defense as both teams average 48 points a game on offense so expect a shoot out in Fort Worth where the Horned Frogs continue their winning ways.
Stanford (3-2) @ #20 Utah (4-0)
Utah had the week off while Stanford’s Bryce Love was running roughshod over Arizona State racking up 301 yards on the ground. Love with that performance has now rushed for 250 plus yards in consecutive games becoming the first back to do that in Stanford history. The nation’s leading rusher (1,088 yards) averages 11.1 yards per carry. Don’t think the 20th ranked Utah defense that only gives up 165 yards on the ground hasn’t been working on how to contain him. The Cardinal defense on the otherhand will have to contain a Utes offense that puts up 39 points a game. Needless to say whoever plays the better defense wins the game. Take Stanford in a close one.
Game to ignore
#1 Alabama @ Texas A&M
Kevin Sumlin says this week is no different than any other week because “the Aggies” will play football again next week. Unfortunately if A&M doesn’t make a good showing, Sumlin’s exit will be a little closer to reality. A&M has not beaten “the Tide” since someone name Johnny Football was runing around in the maroon and white. This week it won’t happen either. Bama may not put up 59 or even 66 against Texas A&M and even with their DE Da’Shawn Hand rules inactive don’t look for this to be less than a three score loss for the Aggies.
Wake Forest (4-1) @ #2 Clemson (5-0)
It’s homecoming for Clemson in a year that even without the departed Deshaun Watson, the Tigers are undefeated and looking for a third straight national title rematch with Alabama come January and Wake Forest is coming to town with a similar defense only with better athletes then the Boston College team that gave Clemson a tough run. Like Troy who dropped LSU at home last week for the first time in a decade it is that the Demon Deacons are due having lost eight straight to Clemson and are 14-67-1 in the overall series.
Nearly dead even in points per game, (Clemson 36.4/Wake 34.0), and points allowed per game (Clemson (10.8/Wake 14.4), the difference will come in the run game. Clemson averages 246 yards on the ground while allowing the opposition backfield 92 yards. On the otherhand, Wake rushes for 192.2 yards per game while allowing 132.4 to opposing offenses.
Expect this game to go to the team that has the ball last.