The college playoff committee has released their top 25 rankings for the first time this week, shaking up the college football landscape after placing the Georgia Bulldogs at No. 1 and the Clemson Tigers at No. 4, with the Alabama Crimson Tide and Notre Dame Fighting Irish round out the top four. After a tough weekend, I now sit at 26-19 and in this new crazy world where Alabama is not No. 1 , let us try for a perfect weekend in this stacked slate of games.
Your games to watch.
5 - (21) Stanford Cardinal vs. (25) Washington State Cougars, Saturday at 5:00 pm
The Cardinal are getting running back wonder Bryce Love back against a maligned Cougars team that have lost two of their last three games, giving up 95 points in the last three games. Love has made a habit of tearing into opponents on the ground and should be able to assert his will against the Cougars. Second year quarterback K.J. Costello will also be getting the start, meaning the Cardinal will have a signal caller that has not thrown an interception. Running the ball and not giving it away are two great ways to win a ballgame.
Prediction: Stanford wins 35-21
4 - (22) Arizona Wildcats vs. (17) USC Trojans, Saturday at 7:45 pm
If someone told you that an Arizona/USC game would be a must watch show back in August, you may have slapped him. But in the PAC-12 clash, not only is it a must watch game but Sam Darnold might not even be the best quarterback. While Khalil Tate may have some shortcomings in a passing attack that has only put up 784 yards and six touchdowns he has made up for it with 926 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Tate has made the Wildcats offense explosive and exciting, while not creating a wealth of backbreaking turnovers, a Wildcats special last season. Against USC, Tate will be too much for the Trojans defense to handle, especially after turnovers.
Prediction: Arizona wins 37-34
3 - (13) Virginia Tech Hokies vs. (10) Miami Hurricanes, Saturday at 5:00 pm
The Hurricanes have gone on a tear this season, bringing back memories of old school college football, but this is not the same team. This team has beat poor teams while surviving on turnovers from the defense. They have not faced a player the likes of quarterback Josh Jackson. Jackson sites back and pick teams apart to the tune 2,032 passing yards and 19 total touchdowns. Jackson is in prime position to have a monster game against a defense that is opportunistic, but gives up 377 yards per game.
Prediction: Virginia Tech wins 30-17
2 - (4) Clemson Tigers vs. (20) NC State Wolfpack, Saturday at 12:30 pm
This screams upset, with the Wolfpack already toppling Louisville earlier this season. However, Clemson’s is the best defense they will play this season, a buzz saw of a front seven that has produced 32 sacks for first in the country. This team has also racked up a stunning 67 tackles for loss, constantly in the backfield of their opponents. The problems the Fighting Irish game the Wolfpack will be magnified against the Tigers.
Prediction: Clemson wins 27-13
1 - (5) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (11) Oklahoma State Cowboys, Saturday at 5:00 pm
This will be a showdown for the ages, with Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph battling Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield. The pair combine for 5,494 passing yards and 45 touchdowns this season. Rudolph has a 65 percent completion rate to Mayfield’s 72. These two will now be locked in a quarterback duel for supremacy over the Big 12. Who takes it all? Cowboys wide receiver James Washington has 1,005 yards and eight scores, second in college as a receiver and an absolute monster on the outside. He will be the difference because he is the best red zone threat on the field.
Prediction: Oklahoma State wins 54-45