CFB Picks 10/12: Saturday Showdown
College Football fans should be excited for this weekend with some huge Saturday action, below are three games between six of the top 25 teams in the country.
Check out my predictions for each below:
No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 11 Texas will square off in a critical matchup on Saturday afternoon.
The Sooners are coming off a victory in which quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 228 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran for 56 yards and two more scores in a 45-20 win over Kansas.
Running back Rhamondre Stevenson had five carries for 109 yards and one score for Oklahoma.
Texas had its quarterback have a big game in a win over West Virginia.
Sam Ehlinger threw for 211 yards with two touchdown passes, and he ran for two more scores as the Longhorns converted three turnovers into touchdowns in a 42-31 win over the Mountaineers.
The Longhorns have been battle-tested. Back on Sept. 7, they fell 45-38 to No. 5 LSU in a shootout. Oklahoma has put up fantastic numbers offensively so far this season, but the Sooners haven’t really played anybody yet.
I like Hurts and head coach Lincoln Riley, but I love Texas in this matchup.
Take the Longhorns and the points.
Pick: Texas (+10.5)
The Nittany Lions will look to remain undefeated on Saturday night in a Big 10 showdown with Iowa.
Penn State signal caller Sean Clifford threw for 264 yards and four total touchdowns in a 35-7 win over Purdue. Running back Noah Cain added 12 carries for 105 yards and one score in the win.
Iowa will look to rebound after a loss to Michigan last week.
Quarterback Nate Stanley threw for 260 yards, but he had three interceptions on the afternoon, as the Hawkeyes failed to score a touchdown in a 10-3 loss to the Wolverines.
Through five games, Penn State is averaging 47.0 points per game, whereas Iowa is only scoring 27.4 points per contest. That is a drastic difference between these two teams, and I believe the Nittany Lions offense will prove to be the difference here.
Take the Nittany Lions minus the points here.
Pick: Penn State (-3)
No. 7 Florida and No. 5 LSU will face off in the best matchup of the upcoming weekend.
The Gators are coming off an impressive home victory over Auburn last week. Running back Lamical Perine had 130 rushing yards on 14 carries, which included an 88-yard score in the fourth quarter, as the Florida defense suffocated Auburn’s offense and intercepted quarterback Bo Nix three times in a 24-13 win.
Florida quarterback Kyle Trask threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns to help lift the Gators.
LSU will look to continue to ride its quarterback Joe Burrow.
Burrow completed 27 of 38 passes for 344 yards and five touchdowns, and he became the first QB in program history to throw for 300 or more yards in four straight games, as the Tigers cruised to a 42-6 win over Utah State.
Wide receiver Justin Jefferson had nine receptions for 155 yards and two scores in the win.
I love LSU and I do believe they will ultimately win this game at home but I believe the Gators, who are allowing only 9.5 points per game, will give LSU its biggest test thus far.
Take the Gators and the points.
Pick: Florida (+13)