Last week had a of positives for some teams. On the other hand, a lot of teams rediscovered the meaning of the word low
Let’s begin with No. 2 Clemson vs. FSU. This game was a tale of two offenses. The Tigers’ offense was firing on all cylinders. Trevor Lawrence finished the game with four touchdowns and 314 passing yards. However, the running backs only seemed to be able to score on the goal line with three touchdowns from three different running backs. On the other hand, we saw a Seminoles’ offense that hasn’t gotten over the struggles it has faced all season. Deondre Francois only threw for 180 yards and an interception with the Seminoles only touchdown coming from backup quarterback James Blackmon when the game was already out of reach. This game felt like an eternity for Florida State. The final score was 59-10 at Doak Walker Stadium. This blowout set a new record for the Seminoles, but not in a good way. Clemson handed Florida State its largest home loss in the program’s history. Can Willie Taggert redeem the season and make the Seminoles bowl eligible?
Next Week’s Matchup:
No. 2 Clemson vs. Louisville:
Louisville has struggled in nearly all of its games this season and comes into this one with a 2-6 record. I expect Clemson to handle this game very easily if Trevor Lawrence can continue his dominant play. I predict a route of the Cardinals 45-17 and a Clemson will remain undefeated.
Florida State vs. No. 21 NC State:
This game will be closer than the experts will call it. The Wolfpack will be looking to redeem itself after back-to-back losses and aren’t going to go down easily. At the end of the day, this game will come down to who can limit the mistakes and keep the pressure on the other team. I predict NC State falling at home to the Seminoles 21-17.
Now let’s move on to College Gameday. It was No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 9 Florida for control of the SEC East. This game was an absolute slugfest through two quarters. After a 13-7 halftime lead, the Bulldogs weren’t content. The Bulldogs went on to dominate the second-half of the game for a commanding win and the lead in the East. The final score in Jacksonville when all the dust cleared was 36-17. There’s only one team left in the way of the Bulldogs chances of going to Atlanta for the championship now, can the Bulldogs hang on?
Next Week’s Matchup:
No. 6 Georgia vs. No. 9 Kentucky:
This game will ultimately decide what team will be playing Alabama for the SEC championship. Unfortunately for Kentucky fans, I believe this game is going to be very humbling. If the Bulldogs can just shut down Benny Snell, it’s going to be a long game for the Wildcats. I’m not going to expect a shutout, but Kentucky is definitely going to get throttled by a hungry Bulldogs team. Final score Georgia by three or four touchdowns.
No. 11 Florida vs. Missouri:
After a disappointing loss in Jacksonville, Florida will bounce back with a commanding victory against a Missouri team that has been very unlucky lately. Senior quarterback Drew Lock won’t be able to overcome the Gators’ defense. Florida will rebound with this game and get a shutout 30-0.
Penn State’s year hasn’t been what its fans would have expected, but last week’s game has given the Nittany Lions some hope. After choking games to Ohio State and Michigan State, the Nittany Lions were looking for some type of rebound. The Nittany Lions got just that this past week. No. 18 Iowa slowly crept its way into the top 25 after an easy conference schedule. Despite both quarterbacks being responsible for multiple turnovers, this game was actually pretty close. Trace McSorley had to step up and lead the Nittany Lions in rushing yards. Its offense struggled to find any room on the ground. The Hawkeyes kept it close, but in the end this game would be decided by an interception on the goal line due to a bad miscommunication from its quarterback with three minutes left in the game. The Nittany Lions would hold on for an impressive win 30-24.
Next Week’s Matchup:
No. 14 Penn State vs. No. 5 Michigan:
This game could end up stirring up the race for the lead in the Big 10 East if the Nittany Lions can pull off the upset. Trace McSorley is going to have to step up contribute more than he did in last week’s matchup if Penn State wants to leave this game victorious. This game is going to be a close one. I’m predicting Penn State falling on a heartbreaking loss 24-21 from a late score or field goal.
No. 16 Iowa vs. Purdue:
Iowa seem to have to easier after last week’s game. It seems Purdue’s luck ran out after falling to Michigan State last week. However, I think the Boilermakers’ offense will bounce back this week and give the Hawkeyes a tough time. If the Hawkeyes turnover the ball like it did in the last game, this one is going to hurt. I’m going to put out upset alert for this game. The Boilermakers will get a great win by three scores on a hungry Iowa team.
If you love old-school defensive wins, No. 15 Washington vs. Cal was the game for you last week. The Huskies’ offense only managed a touchdown and field goal in this game. For California, who do you think the MVP was? If you somehow guessed the defense, you were right! Two field goals and a pick six was all it took for the Golden Bears to pull off the upset. Washington fell after a disappointing offensive game. The Golden Bears secured the upset 12-10.
Next Week’s Matchup:
Cal vs. No. 8 Washington State:
This one is going to be a killer for the Golden Bears. This should be an easy game for Washington State, especially since the Golden Bears will be without its starting quarterback Ross Bowers. The Cougars will win this game easily and secure its spot in the Pac-12 Conference Championship with a win. If California can somehow pull off the upset, it will be guaranteed a bowl game for the first time in a while. I predict Washington State wins by two scores 28-14.
Washington vs. Stanford:
The Huskies will be looking for a rebound against a Stanford team that has dropped three out of its last four games. Bryce Love and the offense will do just that. The Huskies will find it hard to do much worse than last week’s performance, but the Huskies will still struggle. Stanford will qualify for a bowl game with a win. Stanford will control the clock and dominate on the ground with a 30-14 win over the Huskies.
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