CFB Picks 10/26: Wisconsin, Ohio State Battle In Big 10 Matchup
College Football fans should be excited for this upcoming weekend with Saturday action.
Here are three games that will feature six of the top 25 teams in the country.
Check out my predictions for each below:
The No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers and No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes will square off in a Big 10 showdown on Saturday afternoon.
The Badgers started this season sizzling with a perfect 6-0 record, but their National Title aspirations came to a fork in the road when they lost to Illinois last week.
Running back and potential Heisman Trophy candidate Jonathan Taylor piled up 132 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries, and quarterback Jack Coan had 264 passing yards with one score.
Illinois kicker James McCourt booted a 39-yard field goal though as time expired to lead the Fighting Illini to a 24-23 win over Wisconsin, and the biggest upset of the college football season thus far.
Ohio State, on the other hand, seems to be getting better as each week progresses.
Last week against Northwestern, quarterback Justin Fields had 194 passing yards with four touchdowns, and running back J.K. Dobbins had 18 carries for 121 yards and one score as the Buckeyes cruised to a 52-3 win over the Wildcats.
This matchup between two of the best teams in the Big 10 will be fantastic.
I expect a hard-nosed football game, and I ultimately believe the Buckeyes will pull away to a victory.
This will be the first time this season Ohio State is tested, and I do believe they will pass, however, Wisconsin plus the points is the bet here.
Take the Badgers plus 14.5 points.
Pick: Wisconsin (+14.5) @ -110
No. 9 Auburn and No. 2 LSU will battle in an SEC matchup on Saturday afternoon.
Last game against Mississippi State, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 327 yards and four scores, which broke the LSU season-record with 29 passing touchdowns on the season, as the Tigers cruised to a 36-13 win.
Auburn rebounded to a nice win after a disappointing loss to Florida the previous game.
Quarterback Bo Nix threw for 176 yards and three touchdowns, and wide receiver Seth Williams came down with four receptions for 90 yards and two scores in a 51-10 win over Arkansas.
The matchup I am most intrigued to see in this game is LSU’s offense against Auburn’s fantastic defense.
LSU comes into this matchup with Auburn leading the conference as the top passing offense, and the Tigers are also the second-highest scoring team in the country averaging 50.1 points per contest.
Auburn, on the other hand, averages 2.86 sacks per game, which is second in the SEC only to Florida.
LSU came away with a 22-21 victory on a 42-yard field goal as time expired at Auburn last season, but the home team in this rivalry has won 16 of the last 19 games.
The last three games between these teams have been decided by a grand total of 10 points, and two of the last three matchups have been decided on the final play.
I think this is LSU’s best offense in a long time, and I believe it will come away with a convincing win at home against Auburn.
I don’t think Bo Nix and Auburn’s offense can realistically keep up with Joe Burrow and LSU.
Take LSU minus the 10.5 points.
Pick: LSU (-10.5) @ -107
The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the Michigan Wolverines will square off in Ann Arbor on Saturday night.
Notre Dame is coming off a slim win over USC in its last game.
Running back Tony Jones Jr. piled up 176 rushing yards on 25 carries, and kicker Jonathan Doerer booted three field goals to help the Fighting Irish claim a 30-27 win over Southern California.
With the win, Notre Dame improved to 5-1 on the season, with its only loss coming to Georgia back in Week 3.
Michigan will look to regroup after a loss to Big 10 rival Penn State.
Wolverines running back Zach Charbonnet had 81 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, but the Nittany Lions came away with a 28-21 win over Michigan, handing them their second loss of the season.
In this upcoming matchup, Notre Dame will not only be going against Michigan, but the Fighting Irish will be fighting their own demons as well.
The Fighting Irish have losses at Michigan Stadium in seven of their last eight trips to Ann Arbor. Even though Notre Dame hasn't played there since 2013, the Irish (5-1) will be seeking their first win against Michigan since 2005.
I don’t see it happening. Some way, somehow, I believe the Wolverines will come away victorious at home, putting an end to Notre Dame’s quest at a bid to the College Football playoffs.
Take the Wolverines in this one.
Pick: Michigan (+1) @ -110
By Dan Canova