Didn’t you feel amazing last week? I don’t know about you, but I spent a full 12 hours playing college football and was a better person for it. The best part, though? That was just the beginning, it was only Week 1! “We” can do it all again this Saturday!
I say “we” in quotes because “I” can’t participate because I have a wedding at 4:30. But hey, I’m still happy for the rest of you.
No. 1 Alabama in Texas
12:00 p.m. — FOX
Granted, this game is played at the same time as the Penn State game, but hopefully the Nittany Lions Ohio Boat Race so you can come back to this game from time to time. While Alabama is a near three-touchdown favorite, Texas certainly isn’t lacking in talent with Quinn Ewers, Bijan Robinson and Xavier Worthy on offense. Plus, it has the added bonus that Nick Saban is up against one of his former assistants: Steve Sarkisian.
Prediction: Alabama 45, Texas 21
No. 24 Tennessee at No. 17 Pitt
With a combined 64.5-point plus/minus, this should be an up-and-down affair led by two pretty solid quarterbacks in Hendon Hooker and Kedon Slovis. However, beyond the fact that the game itself should be highly rated, this also has an impact on Pitt’s hopes for an undefeated season. Haha, yeah, I know that sounds like a joke, but check out their schedule: the next ranked team they play is No. 15 Miami on Nov. 26. If Pitt wins tomorrow, they could very well be looking for an 11-0 start. – I think I’m going to get sick.
Prediction: Pitt 34, Tennessee 31
No. 25 Houston at Texas Tech
The Houston Cougars made it through UTSA last weekend and now head to Lubbock for another in-state matchup. Personally, I am very intrigued by what Texas Tech is doing under the guidance of veteran Texas high school football coach Joey McGuire. Obviously the x’s and o’s are hugely important to the success of a show, but I think having the right culture is no slouch. By all accounts, McGuire is a great fit at Tech, and nothing would boost his stock more than an early-season loss to a strong Houston team.
Prediction: Texas Tech 31, Houston 24
No. 20 Kentucky at No. 12 Florida
Normally, this would seem like a prime spot to pick a Kentucky surprise. Florida is coming off a pretty emotional win over Utah, and you wonder if they can bounce back even if it’s another ranked opponent coming to The Swamp. But two things favor the Gators here:
- The late kick helps them to the extent that they don’t come out flat.
- Kentucky is likely to be without All-SEC running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. As much as the media loves Will Levis, Rodriguez Jr. is the powerhouse of the Wildcats’ offense. If he doesn’t play, it could be difficult for Kentucky to score enough to win.
Prediction: Florida 27, Kentucky 17
No. 10 USC at Stanford
Lincoln Riley, Caleb Williams and the rest of the Transfer Portal Crew defeated Rice 66-14 last week. They’ll have a little tougher test this week as they make their way to Stanford, but I don’t know, I don’t understand the warmth and confusion of seeing where the David Shaw show is headed. The Trojans are somehow only 8.5-point favorites, so maybe Vegas knows something I don’t?
Prediction: USC 42, Stanford 17
No. 9 Baylor at No. 21 BYU
10:15 p.m. — ESPN
Is it even controversial to say that this is the best game of the day? As I have no doubt, this will be a one-possession game heading into the fourth quarter. Good sneaky quarterback matchup here too between Baylor’s Blake Shapen and BYU’s Jaren Hall.
Prediction: Baylor 28, BYU 24
State of Oregon in the state of Fresno
Don’t look now, but Jonathan Smith is building a really strong program at Oregon State, as evidenced by his 34-17 thrashing of Boise State last Saturday night. Can I call them Darkhorse Pac-12 contenders? Because I go to. Meanwhile, Fresno State is led by one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Jake Haener. Add in the fact that this is taking place in Fresno, shout out “anyone, anytime, anywhere” from Pat Hill, and this game is going to be a lot of PAC-AFTER-DARK fun.
Prediction: Oregon State 33, Fresno State 28