|(News & Observer)|
What will happen this week? Here are my picks.
Note: I'll be using the Playoff rankings for the balance of the season. They are announced on Tuesday nights and my picks will be updated as such.
Tuesday, November 3rd
Northern Illinois vs. 24 Toledo - ESPN2, 8:00
Wednesday, November 4th
Ohio vs. Bowling Green - ESPN2, 8:00
Pick: Bowling Green
Thursday, November 5th
Buffalo vs. Kent State - ESPN3, 7:00
Ball State vs. Western Michigan - CBSSN, 7:30
Pick: Western Michigan
Arkansas State vs. Appalachian State - ESPNU, 7:30
Pick: Appalachian State
6 Baylor vs. Kansas State - FS1, 7:30
20 Mississippi State vs. Missouri - ESPN, 9:00
Pick: Mississippi State
Nevada vs. Fresno State - ESPN2, 10:30
Friday, November 6th
22 Temple vs. SMU - ESPN2, 8:00
Rice vs. UTEP - CBSSN, 8:00
BYU vs. San Jose State - CBSSN, 11:30
Saturday, November 7th
Akron vs. UMass - CBSSN, 12:00
FAU vs. Western Kentucky - FSN, 12:00
Pick: Western Kentucky
UCF vs. Tulsa - ESPNEWS, 12:00
Penn State vs. 21 Northwestern - ESPNU, 12:00
This is a relatively even contest but the difference for me will be this strong NW defense against the bad offensive line of the Nittany Lions.
Illinois vs. Purdue - BTN, 12:00
Charlotte vs. FIU - ASN, 12:00
Texas Tech vs. West Virginia - FS1, 12:00
Pick: Texas Tech
Duke vs. North Carolina - ESPN2, 12:00
Duke's loss to the U was so bonkers that we still don't know what to think. What we do think is that this Carolina team is looking very good right now.
Pick: North Carolina
Vanderbilt vs. Florida - ESPN, 12:00
Kentucky vs. Georgia - SEC Network, 12:00
Are the Sharks starting to circle Mark Richt in Oxford? Sure looks like it and a solid Kentucky team will give them all they can handle.
5 Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh - ABC, 12:00
Another tough road test against another quality defense for the Fighting Irish. They'll pull out another win but it will be close.
Pick: Notre Dame
Syracuse vs. Louisville - ACC Network, 12:30
NC State vs. Boston College - ACC Network, 12:30
Pick: NC State
Stanford vs. Colorado - Pac-12 Networks, 1:00
Louisiana vs. Georgia State - ESPN3, 2:00
Eastern Michigan vs. Miami (OH) - ESPN3, 2:30
Idaho vs. South Alabama - ESPN3, 3:00
Pick: South Alabama
Colorado State vs. Wyoming - ESPN3, 3:00
Pick: Colorado State
Virginia vs. Miami (FL) - ACC Network (FSN), 3:00
16 Florida State vs. 1 Clemson - ABC, 3:30
That FSU loss to Georgia Tech still makes no sense but it did show that this team is not nearly as good as they were the last two years. They just don't have the talent level that the Tigers have.
Arkansas vs. 18 Ole Miss - CBS, 3:30
Pick: Ole Miss
Army vs. Air Force - ESPNU, 3:30
Pick: Air Force
Arizona State vs. Washington State - FS1, 3:30
The Cougars came close to taking out Stanford but they couldn't finish the deal after a last-second field goal missed the uprights. They showed that they are for real and they'll bounce back and defeat the Sun Devils on Saturday.
Pick: Washington State
Iowa vs. Indiana - ESPN, 3:30
Wisconsin vs. Maryland - BTN, 3:30
Rutgers vs. 17 Michigan - BTN, 3:30
8 TCU vs. 14 Oklahoma State - Fox, 3:30
I think that the Horned Frogs are primed for an upset and we will get it here. Anything can happen when neither teams plays defense but TCU's defense woes will come back to haunt them here.
Pick: Oklahoma State
North Texas vs. Louisiana Tech - FCS, 3:30
Pick: Louisiana Tech
Marshall vs. Middle Tennessee - FSN, 3:30
Cincinnati vs. 25 Houston - ESPN2, 3:30
This is Houston's first real test this season but this team is for real. Also doesn't hurt that Cincinnati isn't good enough defensively to slow them down.
Louisiana Monroe vs. Troy - ESPN3, 3:30
Utah State vs. New Mexico - CBSSN, 3:30
Pick: Utah State
New Mexico State vs. Texas State - ESPN3, 4:00
Pick: Texas State
UConn vs. Tulane - ESPNEWS, 4:00
South Carolina vs. Tennessee - SEC Network, 4:00
23 UCLA vs. Oregon State - Pac-12 Networks, 4:30
Hawaii vs. UNLV - Mountain West Network, 6:00
Navy vs. Memphis - ESPN2, 7:00
I think that Memphis is the better team here but Navy will make it interesting (as it usually does) with their option attack. Controlling the clock is the best way to combat a great quarterback and that will certainly help against Paxton Lynch.
Old Dominion vs. UTSA - ASN, 7:00
Pick: Old Dominion
Iowa State vs. 15 Oklahoma - ESPNU, 7:00
7 Michigan State vs. Nebraska - ESPN, 7:00
It has become a mess in Lincoln. That can happen when you get embarrassed on the road by an awful Purdue team.
Pick: Michigan State
Utah vs. Washington - Fox, 7:30
Auburn vs. 19 Texas A&M - SEC Network, 7:30
Is A&M vulnerable for an upset? They could be after following up two straight losses with struggling early with South Carolina. Still like them over an Auburn team that is too inconsistent.
Pick: Texas A&M
USF vs. East Carolina - CBSSN, 7:30
Pick: South Florida
2 LSU vs. 4 Alabama - CBS, 8:00
The Crimson Tide don't look to be as good as they usually are, and they are still 7-1. We all talk about Leonard Fournette for a reason (because he's freaking awesome) but QB Brandon Harris has yet to throw an interception. In the end, I like Saban at home.
Kansas vs. Texas - Longhorn Network, 8:00
Minnesota vs. 3 Ohio State - ABC, 8:00
The Golden Gophers will not be beating anybody with clock management like what they showed at the end of their loss to Michigan. Also, Urban Meyer may be full of it.
Pick: Ohio State
California vs. Oregon - ESPN2, 10:30
Remember when Cal looked to be in the driver's seat in the Pac-12 North? That seems so long ago after three losses in a row. Now they get to go to Autzen and take on an Oregon team that still has issues, but has won two in a row.
Arizona vs. USC - ESPN, 10:30
These two are going in opposite directions. Arizona was up 3-0 at Washington and then promptly gave up 49 unanswered points, while SC has put up two nice wins in a row. Therefore, give me the Trojans.