Story by Yousaf Khan
Game of the Week
LSU at #10 Auburn (3:30 PM CBS)
LSU got back on track winning in the “Swamp” against Florida to take some heat off Coach “O” but are back in the kitchen this week as the #10 Auburn Tigers visit Baton Rouge on Saturday. LSU must key in on stopping Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson, a touchdown machine as he has 12 for the year along with 504 rushing yards. The Auburn passing attack is led by QB transfer Jarret Stidham and he has somewhat underwhelmed after producing big numbers at Baylor. For LSU, they must again rely on their defense playing stout and their rushing game moving the chains as their pass game has struggled once again. Expecting a low scoring game with Auburn pulling it out.
Prediction Auburn 24, LSU 17
Georgia Tech at #11 Miami (3:30 PM ABC)
Well the Hurricanes finally beat rival FSU last week but it came at a cost as stud RB Mark Walton was lost for the year with an ankle injury. The team must move on with backup Travis Homer and rely more on QB Malik Rosier (check out my recent article on him as well). They must now deal with Paul Johnson’s option attack that likes to control the game with the run game averaging almost 400 yards a game and 37 points. The Yellow Jackets main man is QB Taquon Marshall as has over 500 yards rushing with 9 TD’s and over 300 yards passing with 4 scores through the air. For the Hurricanes to be successful, they must score points and get an early lead to put Georgia Tech’s strategy of running and using the clock in disarray. Watch out for Hurricanes WR Braxton Berrios to continue his excellent play and grow his touchdown streak to 5. When asked about his diminutive senior WR, UM Head Coach Mark Richt said that he is simply “amazing”. The Hurricanes might have to gut out this win but should come out on top at the end.
Prediction Miami 34, Georgia Tech 23
Cincinnati at #18 USF (7:30 PM ESPNU)
The Bulls return to action after a bye week and hope to remain unbeaten against the struggling Cincinnati Bearcats who come in with a 2-4 record. The USF rushing attack, averaging around 300 yards a game, will be on full display against a Bearcats rush defense that is allowing 221 yards rushing a game and 33 points. The Bearcats have really struggled in conference play since last season as well, losing 6 in a row, including a loss last week to rival UCF 51-23. The Bulls will follow their same recipe for winning with a strong rush attack, some big plays in the passing game, and some opportunistic turnovers to cruise past Cincy in this one.
Prediction USF 45, Cincinnati 20
East Carolina at #22 UCF (7:00 PM CBSSN)
UCF gets another underwhelming conference opponent with 1-5 East Carolina Pirates coming into town. The best part of this game will be the space themed uniforms UCF will be unveiling as an homage to nearby Cape Canaveral as the game will probably be decided by halftime. UCF QB McKenzie Milton was on fire in the last game going 16/19 for 374 yards and 5TD’s, almost posting a perfect QB rating, and looks to stay on track against an ECU defense allowing 600 yards a game and 48 points on average. The backups will get some playing time in this one and Knights look to stay toe to toe with rival USF in what could be a historic matchup at the end of the season.
Prediction UCF 52, East Carolina 23
Texas A&M at Florida (7:00 PM ESPN2)
The Gators must bounce back after losing their second game of the season in a 1 point loss to LSU and face a good Aggies team. Stopping A&M QB Kellen Mond through the air and on the ground will be pivotal for the Gator defense to be successful. On offense, UF needs to continue to rely on RB’s Malik Davis and Lamical Perine to control the game as QB Feleipe Franks has struggled to develop a consistent passing game. While Gatornation is not thrilled about the new “Swamp Green” uniforms, I think they will like the outcome of the game.
Prediction Florida 27, Texas A&M 24
Florida State at Duke (12:00 PM ESPN2)
Oh how the mighty have fallen as the previous #3 ranked team in the country has fallen to 1-3 on the season and need a win badly on the road vs Duke. This game should be a battle of two of the best defensive teams in the ACC as FSU relies on talent and Duke on technique and coaching. The Noles rushing attack came to life against Miami but will have a harder outing versus a Duke team only allowing 88 yards per game on defense. FSU QB James Blackmon must continue to progress and make a few big plays in the passing game for FSU to come out with a win. First team to 20 probably walks away with the “W” and going with FSU as they have too much talent to go 1-4 on the season.
Prediction FSU 26, Duke 16
*All games Saturday 10/14 unless otherwise noted.
“Da Guru’s” record for last week 3-2, on the season 24-10.