Preston and Chris’s College Football Predictions: Week 10

Preston Oliver and Chris Shutrump

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1 Georgia vs 10 Auburn

The Georgia Bulldogs travel to Jordan Hare stadium to take on the Auburn Tigers with their undefeated record and number one ranking in the line.

Auburn and Georgia both stack up pretty evenly on the defensive side of the ball both ranking in the top 20 in overall defense.

Both schools have standout running backs. Nick Chubb leads the Bulldogs with 867 yards and nine touchdowns. On the other side, Kerryon Johnson highlights the Tigers backfield with 868 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Auburn fans are one of the noisiest crowds in the SEC. The noise and pressure will get to true freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, as he hasn’t faced a crowd quite like Jordan Hare.  

In the past, Auburn has knocked off top teams in the country. The most memorable example is the  “Kick six”play in which Auburn returned a missed field goal for a touchdown as time expired, which squashed Alabama’s national title hopes.

Prediction: Expect the noise to get to the unproven Freshman as the Tigers cruise to their eighth win of the season and make it just that much harder for the bulldogs to make their first playoff appearance. 23-17 Auburn


6 TCU vs 5 Oklahoma

The TCU Horned Frogs take on the Oklahoma Sooners in a game that has huge college football playoff implications.

TCU is ranked sixth in the country, while Oklahoma is fifth and are coming off of a huge road win against rival Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma has arguably the best quarterback in the country in Baker Mayfield, who has thrown for 3,226 yards and 28 touchdowns while only throwing five interceptions. TCU quarterback Kenny Hill hasn’t had a bad season, throwing 15 touchdown passes despite five interceptions. But it’s safe to say that Oklahoma has the advantage at quarterback, and on offense for that matter.

The Sooners rank first in overall offense while TCU ranks 38th in total offense. While TCU does have the sixth best defense, they have not proven to have beaten teams like Oklahoma on the road. Oklahoma beat the second ranked Buckeyes in Columbus 31-16 in September, and Oklahoma State in Stillwater last week, which are two statement wins.

Prediction: Oklahoma will win convincingly as they inch closer to their second playoff appearance. 41-24 Oklahoma


2 Alabama vs 16 Mississippi State

The Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs in a pivotal SEC West showdown.

Alabama is currently in first place in their division at 6-0, and Mississippi State is third in the division at 3-2.

If Alabama wants to keep their playoff hopes alive, they will need a win in Starkville. It will not be easy, as the Bulldogs are led by star quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who has thrown for 13 touchdowns and ten interceptions. He also has 12 rushing touchdowns on the season.

The focal point of Alabama’s offense is their running game. They have a three headed monster in running backs Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough,paired with quarterback Jalen Hurts. The bulldogs have the 23rd best rush defense in the country and have the seventh best defense overall. They also have one of the best home crowds in the country, as the fans use cowbells to distract away opponents.

However they have not proven they can beat the top teams as their two losses have come to Georgia and Auburn by a combined score of 80-13.

Prediction:  Alabama will pull away in the third quarter and crush the Bulldogs. 38-16 Alabama


3 Notre Dame vs 7 Miami

Arguably the biggest showdown of week ten takes place in Miami, Florida. This game brings major playoff implications.

This is a matchup that the committee will have their eyes on in order to decide the four best teams come Dec. 3. Malik Rosier is a young star in the making, throwing for 19 touchdowns and leading Miami to an undefeated record.

The Irish are lead by star running back Josh Adams who has rushed for 1,191 yards and has carried his team to the number three ranking in the country.

Notre Dame controls their own destiny, and if they were to win their remaining games they would be a lock for the playoffs, due to their outstanding strength of schedule.

The Hurricane  defense will come out playing strong, shutting down Adams and Irish quarterback Brandon Wimbush. Miami’s defense has adopted a new tradition called the “Turnover Chain.” The players put a gold chain around their neck with the symbolic “U” after they force a turnover.

Prediction: Expect the turnover chain to be out early and often as Miami’s stingy defense shuts down the duo of Adams and Wimbush, along with Notre Dame’s playoff hopes. 27-13 Miami