These are the games to watch this weekend, with some great match up potential and plenty of weight in the rankings held in these games. Unfortunately they also play at about the same time, but do your best to watch at least a couple of them. After starting off 4-1 with my predictions (thanks Texas A&M for the blemish), I will try to give a perfect slate the week.
The Bulldogs took a big hit losing Jacob Eason last week against Appalachian State and now are starting true freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, who threw for 143 yards and a touchdown in last weeks 31-10 win. Behind him is the running back duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, who combined for 183 rushing yards and three touchdowns. However, the Irish are coming in with a strong running game as well, putting 422 yards and five touchdowns on the ground last week against Temple. Josh Adams, Dexter Williams and quarterback Brandon Wimbush all ran for over 100 yards in the dominate display. Georgia has in their favor, a defensive front that can control the offensive line, with players like defensive tackle Trenton Thompson, who had the team’s only sack and two of their seven tackles for loss. Georgia controls the line of scrimmage and beats them with the Chubb/Michel backfield.
Georgia wins 37-28
Oregon beat the brakes off of Southern Utah, winning 77-21 and scoring in under two minutes on eight of their 11 drives. Nebraska’s running back Tre Bryant put up 192 yards and their quarterback Tanner Lee had 238 yards through the air, but the offense is still not high powered enough to compete with the Ducks on the road. Their defense gave up 36 points to Arkansas State and they were beat 497 to 463 in total yards despite the win. Ducks running back Royce Freeman will dominate Nebraska, just like he did in his three touchdown performance last week.
Oregon win 54-35
Have the Tigers finally found a quarterback that will not hurt the team? Jarrett Stidham had 185 yards an two touchdowns with only one turnover. It definitely helped that both Kam Martin and Kerryon Johnson both rushed for 136 yards each with a touchdown. The defense also put on a show, recording six sacks and 12 tackles for loss. However, Clemson held Kent State quarterback Nick Holley to one passing yard (yes you read that right) and the offense to 120 total yards. On offense, quarterback Kelly Bryant shined in his debut for 236 passing yards and a touchdown. He added another 77 yards and a score on the ground. While Clemson was supposed to have a down year, they simply reloaded and came back strong yet again. This game will be defensive, but Clemson has the stronger quarterback.
Clemson wins 41-27
Upset alert! Upset alert! The highly touted Trojans go down this week for the first time since their October game against Utah last season, when quarterback Sam Darnold made his first start. The Trojans gave up 263 rushing yards to the Western Michigan Broncos and now have the Bryce Love/Cameron Scarlett duo rolling into Los Angeles. Stanford also has a massive edge on defense, with returning cornerbacks Quenton Meeks and Alijah Holder facing a weak USC receiving core. Evan Keller Chryst looks to have made a jump in talent, as he brought 253 passing yards to the table. Stanford will come into this game as the more complete team once again.
Stanford wins 31-27
This very well may be the best quarterback matchup of the year, with Baker Mayfield in the Sooners corner and J.T. Barrett in the Buckeyes. Mayfield stomped Utep with a 329 yard, three touchdown performance. While Barrett started out slow against Indiana, he also showed up big, throwing for 304 yards and three touchdown, running for 61 more and another score. The difference is the Buckeyes freshman running back J.K Dobbins, who exploded for 181 yards on the ground, topping the 200 mark with his 24 yards receiving yards. The Sooners only had 180 total rushing yards and is an unbalanced offense. The Buckeyes can throw more players in the secondary and dare the Sooners to beat them in the running game.
Buckeyes win 48-34