College Football Week 9 Matchups

Previewing the key Week 9 College Football matchups.

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Well I lost all three of my games last week, dropping my record to 14-12 on the year.  I will be starting by previewing a key Pac-12 matchup between a potential College Football Playoff team and a potential Playoff crasher.  Let’s begin.

12:30 PM PT FS1 WASH -10.5

4 Washington

(7-0, 4-0 Pac-12)

7-0

17 Utah

(7-1, 4-1 Pac-12)

How Washington Wins:  As much as I hate Jake Browning he actually is a pretty good quarterback.  This Washington team has yet to face a strong road test, so I have some concerns there especially considering how they needed overtime to beat Arizona.  As long as Myles Gaskin runs the ball well and the Huskies are able to play good defense, they should exit their toughest road test outside of the Apple Cup with a win.

How Utah Wins:  Troy Williams needs to have a big game.  This is a sneaky Utes team that I think could definitely surprise some people down the road, and the Huskies may have their guard down just enough for them to steal a win out of them.  Pressure Jake Browning, do not allow him to run a QB clinic, and stop the Husky offense.

The Bottom Line:  I hate UW, but that’s not why I’m picking Utah.  I’m picking Utah because the Huskies have yet to face a real road test, and I think that in Salt Lake City they will be unpleasantly surprised by this afternoon’s result.

4:00 PM PT ESPN WIS -9.0

7 Nebraska

(7-0, 4-0 Big Ten)

7-0

11 Wisconsin

(5-2, 2-2 Big Ten)

How Nebraska Wins:  Nebraska had a near scare with Purdue last week so they need to get off to a fast start, especially in an environment like Camp Randall Stadium.  As long as Tommy Armstrong Jr. doesn’t make any mistakes and they’re able to play good defense, that should be enough.

How Wisconsin Wins:  This is a battle tested Wisconsin team that could just as easily be 6-1 if they beat Ohio State in Overtime.  They are a ground and pound team so they shouldn’t overthink this.  Have Corey Clement run the football, play good defense (14.3 PPG on average), and make the throws that need to be made.

The Bottom Line:  Wisconsin has faced two big tests this season, Nebraska has hardly faced any besides maybe a ranked Oregon team.  Wisconsin should win this one quite handily.

5:00 PM PT ABC CLEM -4.5

3 Clemson

(7-0, 4-0 ACC)

7-0

12 Florida State

(5-2, 2-2 ACC)

How Clemson Wins:  Deshaun Watson continues to play outstanding football.  As long as they play complete football games they should be alright in this one.  As long as Watson is able to get the ball to Mike Williams, the Tigers should be able to put up more than enough points to leave Tallahassee with a victory.

How Florida State Wins:  Dalvin Cook needs to run the football.  He has 900 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns already on this young season.  Deondre Francois also needs to play the way he did in that season-opening win over Ole Miss (which is looking less impressive week by week).  FSU also needs to play good defense since they are giving up 28.9 points per game and you can’t afford to give up 60+ like at the start of the season against Louisville.

The Bottom Line:  Clemson will win because they have a better defense, and they have experience from last year to draw off of.  FSU may pull a shocker in this one, but don’t count on it, especially considering their two losses in the ACC.

Well that’s it.  Enjoy your weekend everyone, stay safe.

 

 

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