CFB Picks 11/09: LSU To Turn The Tide In Alabama

Here's our spread picks for Saturday's CFB games
Dan Canova
Fri, November 8, 8:27 AM EST

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.

Here’s a closer look at those matchups:

No. 4 Penn State @ No. 17 Minnesota (+6.5), ABC, 12:00 PM ET:

The No. 4-ranked Nittany Lions will travel to No. 17 Minnesota in a Big Ten showdown on Saturday.

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford completed 18 of 32 passes for 189 yards and four scores, and wide receiver Pat Freiermuth had five receptions for 60 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-7 win over Michigan State.

Penn State’s run defense is second in stopping the run, allowing just 68.4 yards per contest, 1.99 per carry and only five TDs all season.

Minnesota heads into this game with a perfect 8-0 record.

Running back Rodney Smith had 103 rushing yards on 17 carries with one TD for the Gophers in a 52-10 win over Maryland in their last game.

The Gophers' running attack is ranked No. 31 in the country, as they produce 204.5 yards per game with 21 touchdowns.

This matchup between Penn State’s run defense and Minnesota’s rushing attack will prove to be the difference in this one.

Penn State should ultimately win this game, but the Gophers can cover the spread.

Take Minnesota plus the 6.5 points.

Pick: Minnesota (+6.5)

No. 2 LSU @ No. 3 Alabama (-6), CBS, 3:30 PM ET:

SEC rivals No. 2 LSU and No. 3 Alabama will clash in a battle of titans on Saturday afternoon.

The winner of this matchup will mostly likely win the SEC West Division race and clinch a berth in the College Football Playoff.

Both teams enter this matchup with perfect 8-0 records.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow completed 32 of 42 passes for 321 yards and one touchdown and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 136 rushing yards with one score in a 23-20 win over Auburn last week.

Alabama had its backup QB Mac Jones running the show in its win over Arkansas. He had 235 passing yards with three TDs, and Jerry Jeudy had seven receptions for 103 yards and two scores for the Crimson Tide in a 48-7 win over the Razorbacks.

The Crimson Tide hopes QB Tua Tagovailoa will return for this matchup. He has completed 74.7 per cent of his passes for an average of 309.4 yards per game with 27 touchdown passes and only two interceptions this season.

Burrow, a Heisman Trophy Award frontrunner, has a 78.8 completion percentage, with 350.6 yards per game, 30 touchdowns, and only four interceptions.

Alabama leads the all-time series with a 53-25-5 record.

Look for this game to be a shootout between both NFL prospects at the quarterback position.

Crimson Tide to win this home matchup.

Pick: Alabama (-6)

No. 18 Iowa @ No. 13 Wisconsin (-9.5), FOX, 4:00 PM ET:

No. 18 Iowa will travel to Madison to take on No. 13 Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon.

The Hawkeyes are riding a two-game winning streak with their latest victory coming against Northwestern.

Quarterback Nate Stanley had 179 passing yards and one touchdown, and the Hawkeyes defense allowed just 202 yards of offense in a 20-0 shutout victory over the Wildcats.

The Badgers, on the other hand, are looking to bounce back at home after consecutive losses in their last two outings.

Jonathan Taylor had 20 carries for 52 yards and quarterback Jack Coan completed 10 of 17 passes for 108 yards and one score, but the Badgers fell 38-7 to No. 1 ranked Ohio State.

Iowa has given up only 10.1 points per game this season. They’ve allowed only nine touchdowns, and they are tied for second in the nation with Penn State behind only Ohio State’s six TDs allowed.

Will the Hawkeyes be able to control the Badgers’ star running back?

Taylor leads the nation with 19 touchdowns, and he is fifth in rushing, averaging 126.1 yards per game.

Wisconsin has won three consecutive games over Iowa, and I believe the Badgers will make it four in a row on Saturday.

Take Wisconsin minus the 9.5 points here.

Pick: Wisconsin (-9.5)

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