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We have two huge College Football Top-10 battles on the slate for this week and two other top 25 battles. College Football is back!

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The first November of the college football season and Week Ten is upon us.

Or Week Three if you’re a fan of the Big Ten.

Or FINALLY Week One if you are a Pac-12 fan.

We have two huge top 10 battles on the slate for this week and two other top 25 battles. This is an awesome week to be a College Football fan as there is finally a full slate this Saturday! So, sit down, order some pizza, wings or be fancy with your caviar and enjoy the games on tap.

#11 Miami at North Carolina State (Friday, 7:30 pm EST, ESPN)

Why you should watch? Do you have anything better to do Friday night during this pandemic? We need to see if #11 Miami is for real after losing badly to #1 Clemson a few weeks ago. Miami QB D’Eriq King is an exciting dual-threat quarterback to watch (1,401 passing yards to 301 rushing yards in 2020) and this plays into Miami’s hands as NC State’s defense is giving up 182 rushing yards per game. NC State hopes the bye week helps its’ cause after a tough loss to state rival North Carolina.

The Pick: Miami 38 North Carolina State 30

#9 BYU at #21 Boise State (Friday, 9:45 PM EST, FS1)

Why should I watch? BYU Quarterback Zack Wilson. Wilson (who loves to sport the headband Jim McMahon style) baring collapse should be a Heisman Finalist and future 1st round draft pick.  Wilson takes on a Boise State team with questions at Quarterback. Starter Hank Bachmeier was out for undisclosed reasons last week is still an unknown for this game but maybe it doesn’t matter as USC Transfer Jack Sears had 4 total TD’s in their win at Air Force. Despite Wilson’s talent, this is a perfect stage for a Friday night upset.

Check out this amazing throw by Wilson:

The pick: Boise State: 31 BYU 26

West Virginia at #22 Texas (12 NOON EST. ABC)

Why should I watch? There are three decent Big 12 games this week: Oklahoma State at Kansas State, Oklahoma at Kansas and this one- so its’ your choice. I like this one the best as both teams’ are coming off of huge wins last week. Texas won over unbeaten Oklahoma State (41-34) and WVU blew out Kansas State 37-10. Texas has a ton of drama right now- fans are calling for their head coach’s firing and QB Sam Ehlinger has been a flop in an expected Heisman campaign. Against KSU, the WVU Mountaineers were able to force three interceptions while their QB threw for over 300 yards. This feels like another Texas disappointment.

The Pick: West Virginia 31 Texas 24

#23 Michigan at #13 Indiana (12 NOON EST, FS1)

Why should I watch? The matchup. After a nice season-opening win at Minnesota, the Wolverines were upset at home last week against their huge in-state rival Michigan State (A team that had seven turnovers in a week one loss). They face a 2-0 Indiana team who’s 13th overall ranking is their HIGHEST since 1987, but questions remain on this team’s legitimacy. Michigan has a lot to prove coming off of their loss and their head coach Jim Harbaugh is squarely on the hot seat.

The pick: Michigan 31 Indiana 21

Arizona State at #20 USC (12 EST, FOX)

The first game of the Pac-12 season is at 9 AM Pacific Time?! Hm. Okay. This one is going to be a treat as possibly the two best Pac-12 Quarterbacks square off when USC and Kedon Slovis (3,502 yards and 30 TDs in 2019) take on Arizona State and Jayden Daniels (17 TD’s to 2 INT’s in 2019). This game may feature the top contenders to win the South, but another disappointing season for USC could finally lead Head Coach Clay Helton out the door.

The Pick: Arizona State 23 USC 21

Houston at #6 Cincinnati (3:30 pm EST, ABC)

Why Should I Watch? Cincinnati!! Who would have thought the Bearcats would be College Football’s biggest story thus far in 2020? In their last two games they decimated both #16 SMU (42-13) and former conference champion Memphis (49-10). Houston doesn’t have much of a chance after getting dismantled 44-21 at home by UCF. Despite its’ light remaining schedule, Cincinnati may be the best chance for any Non-Power Five team to crash the College Football Playoff since the CFP started in 2014.

The Pick: Cincinnati 46 Houston 17

#8 Florida at #5 Georgia (3:30 pm EST, CBS)

Why should I watch this game? The winner of this game is likely going to take on Alabama for the SEC Title Game. Florida possibly has two of the nation’s top offensive weapons in Quarterback Kyle Trask (three-straight 400 yard games) and Tight End Kyle Pitts (Future NFL All-Pro?) Georgia comes into this game after an underwhelming 14-3 win at Kentucky where it lost several defensive players to injury and then another this week to a traffic accident. Georgia hopes that it can rely on its’ run game (Last week 43 carries, 215 yards at Kentucky) to control time of possession since their Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV won’t be able to keep up with Trask.

Florida wins it for me as their coach is Darth Vader.

The Pick: Florida 34 Georgia 24

Rutgers at #3 Ohio State (7:30 pm EST, BTN)

Why should I watch?: Justin. Frickin. Fields. Already a Heisman Front Runner after two games and likely top NFL pick and only, you know, completing 87% of his passes… After a 38-25 route of Penn State, he leads an Ohio State team who shouldn’t have any challengers in the Big Ten after a 38-25 rout of Penn State. They take on a Rutgers team that had an EIGHT lateral touchdown called back last week. Rutgers coach Greg Schiano was defensive coordinator for Ohio State from 2016-2018 interestingly enough.

The Pick: Ohio State 59 Rutgers 24

Stanford at #12 Oregon (7:30 pm EST, ABC)

Why Should I watch? Well, it’s the first game of the season for both of these Pac 12 rivals. Oregon is favored to win the Pac-12 but questions persist with a new Quarterback (Tyler Shough) and new offensive line. Stanford had one of their worst seasons (4-8) in 2019 in recent memory and the outlook doesn’t look great after Quarterback KJ Costello departure.. Expect to be entertained by Oregon running back CJ Verdell (who is looking for his third 1,000-yard season) who should bust out after a few quarters behind his new offensive line.

The Pick: Oregon 37 Stanford 16

#1 Clemson at #5 Notre Dame- (7:30 pm EST, NBC)

Why should you watch? Why shouldn’t you watch? This is #1 at #4 and an almost certainty to be the first of two (possibly three) matchups between these two teams. The Tigers still won’t have star Quarterback Trevor Lawrence due to testing positive for COVID-19 but they do have Freshman D.J Uiagalelei, who looked mighty impressive in leading a comeback win against Boston College. Clemson will be without two key defenders in Tyler Davis and James Skalski against the Irish.

The Irish come took out Georgia Tech 31-13 in a dominant fashion. Notre Dame is known for its’ 6th ranked defense (267.2 yards per game) which allows4.1 rush yards per carry and tops in the ACC in pass defense (173.5 yards per game). This unit will be the key to the game as they are tasked to take out Travis Etienne who is probably College Football’s most dynamic playmaker and now the ACC’s all-time leading rusher.

Notre Dame never wins games like this in primetime and. Without Lawrence playing, this is their chance… NOT.

The pick: Clemson 31 Notre Dame 28 (At the buzzer)

Tim is a grateful believer, husband to Kristin, Father to Isabelle living in Los Angeles as both an actor and Claims adjuster. He was born and grew up eight blocks from Wrigley Field and is a die hard Chicago fan (Especially Bears). He is incredibly grateful to The Turf for giving him a chance to pursue a passion of his.

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