This weekend, pandimonium is going to breakout in college football. There are so many good matchups that your remote control channel button may stop working completely. Make sure you have a back up! You will want to make sure you record or at least catch some of the action from these top matches below.
The Early Games:
NC State vs Florida State (12pm EST @ Florida St.)
This game is going to be extremely close in my opinion. The loss of Deondre Francois for FSU will be felt for the first time this season. The Simenoles haven’t played a game since their opening week loss to Bama, due to Hurricane Irma. Look for FSU to come out a little rusty overall and especially on offense. I think NC State logs an upset here in a low scoring contest that should come down to the wire.
Houston vs Texas Tech (12pm EST @ Houston)
If you like high-powered offenses then this is the early morning game for you. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one had over 1,000 total yards of offense and over 72 points. I think the shootout ends in an upset victory for the Red Raiders. If it happens, Kliff Kingsbury will have put his team on the map once again, this time as the head coach.
Mid-Afternoon Games: This will be the best time slot of the day!
Alabama vs Vanderbilt (3:30pm EST @ Vandy)
Don’t look for this to be a one-sided afair. Alabama should definitely log the win, but it will be an interesting matchup. If Derek Mason can come up with a defensive scheme to make Jalen Hurts throw the football, the Comodores stand a chance in this one. I know, it’s crazy to imagine, but it’s definitely not impossible.
Southern Cal vs CAL (3:30pm @ CAL)
Southern Cal QB, Sam Darnold, is on pace to be the first draft pick in the NFL at the end of the season. He has already surpassed 1,000 yards in the first three games of the season and should take on a lot more in this one. Ross Bowers isn’t a house-hold name at this point, but he is good. Bowers is just below 800 passing yards and has 5 touchdowns on the year. If he can minimize mistakes and manage the game, Cal could surprise a few pundits this week.
Oklahoma St. vs TCU (3:30pm @ OK St.)
Immovable object meets unstoppable force in this one. Mason Rudolph and the OK state offense have put up an incredible 1847 yards of offense. In that time, he has an 11-1 touchdown to INT ratio, and looks on pace to break every record in Oklahoma. TCU on the other hand, has a stifling defense. They have only allowed 43 total points this season, most impressively, holding Arkansas to only 7 points. This should be a great one to watch!
Mississippi St vs Georgia (7pm @ Georgia)
Nick Chubb will look to run the ball against a stingy Miss St. defense in this one. State only allowed LSU RB, Guice to rush for 76 yards on 16 carries a week ago, holding the Tigers to just seven points. They will be under the lights in Samford Stadium Saturday night. The atmosphere should be electric. Look for Georgia to try to establish the run game early and MSU’s, Nick Fitzgerald to move the ball offensively. He has 783 all purpose yards for Mississippi State this season with a combined 12 touchdowns. This one will come down to who can establish a few long drives late in the game.
Penn State vs Iowa (7pm EST @ Iowa on ABC)
This one will be another great offense versus stingy defense game. Sequon Barkley is amongst the top of Heisman ballets everywhere as the RB for Penn State. Barkley is averaging 8.1 yards per carry for the season and has hit pay-dirt in each game thus far. Trace McSorley is a terrific QB for Penn State and has put up some terrific numbers himself this season. He has eleven total touchdowns on the season and has only thrown 2 ints. Iowa’s defense shut down Josh Allen, an NFL caliber QB, in week one and then proceeded to give up chunk yards to rival Iowa State. It’s tough to see an Iowa victory but they could keep it close.
Florida vs Kentucky (7:30pm @ Kentucky)
Kentucky will look to snap a 30 game losing streak to The Florida Gators Saturday night. They are coming off of a victory at Williams-Brice stadium against the Gamecocks of South Carolina. Florida is riding an even bigger high, coming off of a hail mary victory over East rivalry Tennessee. I think the streak stays alive. Florida’s defense should be too much for Kentucky who look to be one dimensional on offense, with running the football. This one will determine who sits atop the SEC East division.
UCLA vs Stanford ( 10:30pm EST @ Stanford)
Stanford will look to bounce back after a bismal loss last week to San Diego State. UCLA similarly, will be looking to avoid two losses in a row after they took a defeat against Memphis last week. Both of these teams need a victory to salvage their season. I think Josh Rosen and company get it done this week in good fashion and regain the momentum they started the season off with.
This may be one of the best weeks of the season, so grab some wings and a cold one and sit back and enjoy. I know I will!