This is set to be a very defining weekend of college football, with teams clinging to top 25 rankings after some surprising upsets last weekend. The weekend is also for someone who is 27-23, this is also a very important weekend to grab some wins. Here is what to watch in an action packed weekend.
This weekend is so packed, it needs an extra on the college five. The Big Ten has some massive games that could change the playoff picture, and if the Hawkeyes knock off the Badgers, the Big Ten will be wide open.
In the Badgers favor is freshman Jonathan Taylor, the talented running back that is third in the nation with 1,368 rushing yards. The Hawkeyes are on the road and against the sixth defense in the country that gives up 13.3 points per game. While the Hawkeyes have played inspired football, on the road in a slugfest with a team that can grind out the game. The Badgers will control the game at home, where they are great.
5 - (15) Iowa State Cyclones vs. (21) Oklahoma State Cowboys, Saturday at 9:00 am
The Cyclones have now toppled the Sooners and the Horned Frogs, with two top 10 wins under their belt, they have the Cowboys in their sights. The Cyclones only allow 18.9 points per game and the magic that is quarterback Kyle Kempt is seemingly unstoppable.
The Cowboys just went toe to toe with Baker Mayfield, putting up 52 points but allowing 62 points in the exhausting match. Mason Rudolph leads the country in passing with 3,314 passing yards. The Cowboys are going to be coming into the game drained after a demoralizing loss and up against a team that has figured out how to get under the skin of Big 12 offenses.
Prediction: Iowa State wins 45-40
Another Big Ten game with playoff implications. The Spartans have toppled Michigan and Penn State, gutting out wins by outlasting teams in the fourth quarter. The offense is powered by what looks to be a rejuvenated running back L.J. Scott. The team also has a habit of finding turnovers late in the game, with 17 turnovers on the year.
The Buckeyes had real trouble against the Hawkeyes turning the ball over, after a four interception performance from J.T. Barrett crippled the Buckeyes. The Spartans are going to force the worst out of the Buckeyes and destroy the playoff possibilities for the Big Ten with a victory.
Prediction: Michigan State wins 27-16
TCU found a win against the Cowboys, but quarterback Baker Mayfield is back on the Heisman trail after 598 yards and five touchdowns last weekend. Mayfield has light up the field, powering the Sooners past opponents and muscling out wins. This team is on a rampage and one loss will derail their playoff hopes. At home, after a huge win and looking to pile on, this is all Sooners.
Prediction: Oklahoma wins 48-31
2 - (3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. (7) Miami Hurricanes, Saturday at 5:00 pm
The Irish have looked great, only losing to the first place Georgia Bulldogs and have run the ball to the tune of 324.8 points per game. The Irish average 41.3 points per game and running back Josh Adams is a dark horse Heisman contender. But this is Miami’s year to shine, just like their Turnover Chain.
The Hurricanes have 20 turnovers on the year, grabbing turnovers at the most opportune times. The team has been clutch all season long, with quarterback Malik Rosier tossing 2,273 yards and 19 scores. He has not been great all the time, but he has come through when the game was on the line. The Hurricanes may be inconsistent and gut out tight games with even poor teams, but they are finding wins. At home, Miami will be the upset of the week.
Prediction: Miami wins 23-20
1 - (1) Georgia Bulldogs vs. (10) Auburn Tigers, Saturday at 12:30 pm
As much as calling the toppling of a No. 1 team is tantalizing, the Bulldogs will not go down to Auburn. Everyone knows about running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, the defense will be the deciding factor.
Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy are monsters in the defensive front, combining for 6.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. They have three forced fumbles and 12 quarterback hurries, changing games with the amount of pressures. The Bulldogs are a dominant defense that only lets up 11.7 points per game.
When the offense does get the ball, freshman quarterback Jake Fromm has kept the offense running as a well oiled machine, passing for 1,459 yards and 15 touchdowns while his backs have combined for 1,577 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Bulldogs will continue to roll until they play Alabama.
Prediction: Georgia wins 31-10
Full College Football Schedule for Saturday November 11
|#12 Michigan State at #13 Ohio State||9:00 AM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Rutgers at #14 Penn State||9:00 AM||BTN||BTN2Go.com|
|#15 Oklahoma State at #21 Iowa State||9:00 AM||ABC/ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Connecticut at #18 UCF||9:00 AM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|#23 NC State at Boston College||9:00 AM||ABC/ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Arkansas at #24 LSU||9:00 AM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Duke at Army||9:00 AM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Texas Tech vs Baylor||9:00 AM||FSN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Louisiana at Ole Miss||9:00 AM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Florida at South Carolina||9:00 AM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|Indiana at Illinois||9:00 AM||BTN||BTN2Go.com|
|Nebraska at Minnesota||9:00 AM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|#17 Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech||9:20 AM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Middle Tennessee at Charlotte||11:00 AM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Wake Forest at Syracuse||12:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|#1 Georgia at #10 Auburn||12:30 PM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|Florida State at #4 Clemson||12:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|#20 Iowa at #8 Wisconsin||12:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Virginia at Louisville||12:30 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Michigan at Maryland||12:30 PM||BTN||BTN2Go.com|
|West Virginia at Kansas State||12:30 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|SMU at Navy||12:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Florida Atlantic at Louisiana Tech||12:30 PM||Stadium||WatchStadium.com|
|Southern Mississippi at Rice||12:30 PM||None||CUSA.tv|
|#11 USC at Colorado||1:00 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Maine vs UMass||1:00 PM||NESNPlus/Eleven||UMass.com|
|Georgia State at Texas State||1:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|San Jose State at Nevada||1:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Kentucky at Vanderbilt||1:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Troy at Coastal Carolina||1:30 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Arkansas State at South Alabama||2:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|UTEP at North Texas||2:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|#19 Washington State at Utah||2:30 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Kansas at Texas||3:00 PM||Longhorn Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Western Kentucky at Marshall||3:30 PM||beIN||None|
|#2 Alabama at #16 Mississippi State||4:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Purdue at #25 Northwestern||4:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|UAB at UT San Antonio||4:00 PM||KCWX||CUSA.tv|
|Tulane at East Carolina||4:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|New Mexico at Texas A&M||4:00 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Old Dominion at Florida Intl||4:00 PM||None||CUSA.tv|
|Tennessee at Missouri||4:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|#3 Notre Dame at #7 Miami||5:00 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|#6 TCU at #5 Oklahoma||5:00 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Arizona State at UCLA||6:30 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Oregon State at Arizona||7:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Wyoming at Air Force||7:15 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Boise State at Colorado State||7:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Fresno State at Hawai'i||8:00 PM||Spectrum Sports/KSEE||None|