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Game of the Week
#5 Oklahoma at #11 Oklahoma State (4:00 PM FS1)
This in state rivalry got a lot bigger this year with a possible playoff spot at stake. The QB’s, Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph, are the stars of the show with very similar stats both over 2,600 yards passing, 22 TD passes and 5 picks or under. This really a 50/50 call, with Vegas only making the spread 1.5. I will go with Baker Mayfield for the close win on the road.
Prediction Sooners 38, Cowboys 35
State Games and LSU
#13 Virginia Tech at #10 Miami (8:00 PM ABC)
The Hurricanes have a tough 2 game stretch that will determine if they are back or not and have the Hokies coming into town first. To get a W, the Hurricanes must avoid another slow start on offense and capitalize any turnovers with points. QB’s Malik Rosier for UM and Josh Jackson for the Hokies have nearly identical stats in passing over 2,000 yards, 17 TD’s each, and 4 picks. Running back Travis Homer will need to get back on track but might find tough sledding against a tough V-Tech defense. I think the Hurricanes will find a way to win in the end and remain unbeaten for an even tougher test vs Notre Dame next week.
Prediction Miami 27, Virginia Tech 23
#18 UCF at SMU (7:15 PM ESPN2)
The Knights are now in the driver seat for a new year’s bowl if they win out but must not take SMU lightly. The Mustangs have a high octane offense that can hang with UCF and have a potential top pick in WR Courtland Sutton who has over 700 yards receiving and 9 TD’s. Should be a high scoring affair but UCF will come out on top at the end.
Prediction UCF 48, SMU 39
USF at Connecticut (3:30 PM ESPNU)
USF is coming off a disappointing home loss to Houston but can still reach most of their goals if they win out. First up is a pesky Uconn team on the road in the cold in November, a place where USF has sometimes struggled. The Huskies have been atrocious on defense this year letting teams score around 38.5 per game and gave up 70 to Memphis. It should be music to the Bulls and Quinton Flowers as the will look for some big pass plays mixed in with a bunch of runs. The Bulls should pull away in the second half of this one as they look to start a new winning streak.
Prediction USF 38, UConn 17
Florida at Missouri – (12:00 PM ESPN2)
The Gators have parted ways with Coach Mac and are now lead by former Miami coach Randy Shannon. I’m not sure if it will help out their anemic offense as they prepare to face a high scoring offense in Missouri. The Gators are turning to transfer QB Malik Zaire as the starter over a struggling Felipe Franks to get the offense a sparkplug in a hope win.
Prediction Missouri 31, Florida 20
Syracuse at FSU (12:20 PM ACC Network)
I can no longer pick the Seminoles to win a game just based on their superior talent as they have simply given up on the season. A team this talented should not be losing 35-3 to Boston College regardless of a few key injuries and having their worst season in decades. I expect Orange QB Eric Dungey to have a good game and come away with a win in Tally.
Prediction Syracuse 24, FSU 16
#19 LSU at #2 Alabama (8:00 PM CBS)
LSU was on a nice 3 game winning streak but not must travel to Tuscaloosa and face arguably the best team in college football. The Crimson Tide will have some extra motivation as well since the initial playoff rankings placed Georgia as the #1 team instead of the Tide. Look for the Tide to run the ball and bottle up the LSU rushing attack, forcing Danny Etling to put the ball in the air.
Prediction Alabama 35, LSU 20
*All games Saturday 11/4 unless otherwise noted.
“Da Guru’s” record for last week Week 8 picks 3-3, on the season 36-16.
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