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The College Five: Week 10

The underdogs are coming

Arizona State v Stanford Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Friends and family would say this is the perfect week to finally leave that couch and spend some time with them before games like Alabama vs. LSU or Penn State vs. Minnesota next weekend. Do not let them fool you; week 10 is the week of the underdog!

Record: 25-20

(9) Utah Utes vs. Washington Huskies - Utah favored by 3.5

The Utes passing defense is one of the better squads in the country, allowing just 5.6 yards passing yards per attempt and snagging nine interceptions. Utah has defeated each opponent by at least 15 points or more in seven games, but the one loss was on the road to the Trojans and third-string quarterback Matt Fink. What? How? Why? Deep shots in the passing game.

Jacob Eason can do more of the same against a susceptible Utah secondary. The Huskies defense offense requires a heavy dose of doing passing in the first place (2,000 yards to just over 1,300 rushing yards), which will spell trouble for the road warriors.

Taking: Washington plus 3.5

Texas Tech v Kansas Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

(22) Kansas State Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks - Kansas State favored by 5.5

The Les Miles led Jayhawks have been a joy to watch all season long, but in recent weeks, the team is kicking it into high gear. Two weeks ago, Kansas nearly toppled Texas at home, throwing up 48 points despite being a double-digit dog.

The next week, they scored 14 fourth-quarter points to tie with Texas Tech, only to have the 40-yard, game-winning field goal blocked. But on the return off the block, the ball was fumbled, giving Kansas the ball back on the 32, with 13 seconds left to nail the walk-off kick.

Riding high after two weeks of great football, Kansas is at home, playing a Wildcats team that is probably still drunk off a massive upset victory against Oklahoma. And remember, Kansas State allowed 18 points last week in the final quarter. Kansas has scored 41 total points in the fourth quarter over the past two weeks.

Taking: Kansas plus 5.5

(7) Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans - Oregon favored by 5.5

The Ducks defense struggled mightily against Washington State, escaping by two points. Oregon let up several deep plays in the passing game, allowing six completions over 15 yards and three over 20 yards.

The Trojans boast a 4-0 record at home, including a 30-23 victory over Utah (ranked 9th at the time), a game they won on deep passes to stress the Utes defense.

The Trojans have had a rocky season, but Kedon Slovis has been excellent stepping in for JT Daniels, tossing for 1,625 yards and 13 scores while completing 72 percent of his passes.

Slovis is also throwing to two receivers ( Michael Pittman Jr. and Tyler Vaughns) who are fourth and fifth in average yards per reception (15.1 and 12.8 respectively) amongst receivers with 50 or more receptions.

The rumble in LA LA Land will be dicey for the Ducks, and much like the Cougars, USC will hang around all game long.

Taking: USC plus 5.5

(8) Georgia Bulldogs vs. (6) Florida Gators - Georgia favored by six

I trust Jake Fromm about this much (you can’t see my hands, but I’m holding my fingers close together). The Gators, on the other hand, have proven to be reliable, even behind backup QB Kyle Trask.

Florida surprised Auburn, thrashed South Carolina and have one blemish: A loss to the No.1 ranked LSU Tigers.

And this great Florida team turns elite at home, outscoring opponents 165-36 in four games. For Georgia, this is the first good quarterback they will play on the road. The Bulldogs nearly lost at home to Notre Dame, lost at home to South Carolina and hold just two road victories: Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Georgia drowns in the swamp.

Taking: Florida plus six

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 24 SMU at Houston Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

(15) SMU Mustangs vs. (24) Memphis Tigers - Memphis favored by six

Get charged up for the renaissance of not only former Longhorns QB Shane Buechele but also SMU football! It is the first 8-0 start SMU has had since 1982 (that team finished 11-0-1) and has the makings of the best season for SMU since the 10-2 1984 Mustangs. SMU’s offense ranks 10th in the country and the defense has collected the second-most sacks (36) 15th most interceptions (9).

The Mustangs have topped 40 points every single road game of the 2019 season and will stay flawless against the 55th ranked defense of the Tigers.

Taking: SMU plus six