Daily Picks 11/23: Don't Duck On Oregon
College Football fans should get excited for another weekend of Saturday action.
Here are three games that will feature top 10 teams in the country, including a Big Ten matchup between No. 8 Penn State and No. 2 Ohio State.
Check out my predictions for each below:
No. 8 Penn State will visit No. 2 Ohio State in a Big Ten Conference showdown on Saturday afternoon.
The Nittany Lions rebounded last week after a loss to Minnesota the week prior.
Quarterback Sean Clifford had 179 passing yards and three total touchdowns and running back Journey Brown piled up 100 yards on 21 carries with one score for Penn State in a 34-27 win over Indiana.
Ohio State, a perfect 10-0 on the season, came away with an easy win over Rutgers last week.
Justin Fields had a career-high 305 passing yards and four touchdowns and running back J.K. Dobbins had 89 yards on 17 carries with two more scores in a 56-21 win over the Scarlet Knights.
The top spot in the Big Ten East will be on the line in this matchup between familiar foes.
Ohio State is first in the country in scoring, averaging 51.5 points per game. The Buckeyes also lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 9.8 points per contest.
Penn State hasn’t won at Ohio Stadium since 2011; a 20-14 defeat of the Buckeyes.
I believe the Buckeyes will continue their winning streak over the Nittany Lions, however, I think Penn State will be Ohio State’s toughest matchup of the season thus far.
Look for the Nittany Lions to cover the 18-point spread in this one.
Take Penn State plus the points here.
Pick: Penn State (+18) @ +100
Texas A&M will carry a four-game winning streak into Georgia to take on the fourth-ranked Bulldogs.
Quarterback Kellen Mond threw for 221 passing yards and had two total touchdowns and running back Cordarrian Richardson had six carries for 130 yards and one score for the Aggies in a 30-6 win over South Carolina.
The Gamecocks are the only team in college football to beat Georgia this season; a 20-17 victory five weeks ago.
Since then, Georgia has rolled to four straight wins.
Quarterback Jake Fromm had 110 passing yards and three touchdowns and running back D’Andre Swift had 106 rushing yards on 17 carries for the Bulldogs in a 21-14 victory over Auburn.
With the win, Georgia clinched the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division.
The Bulldogs led 21-0 through three quarters before Auburn rallied in the fourth to pull within a touchdown.
There’s no doubt that this is a bigger game for Georgia.
If the Bulldogs want to make the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years, they need to win their next three games, including a potential victory over LSU in the SEC title game.
Georgia has rebounded nicely since its loss to South Carolina, and I believe the Bulldogs will win another one in this matchup, however, Texas A&M will put up a fight on the road.
Take the Aggies on the road in this one.
Pick: Texas A&M (+13.5) @ -125
No. 6 Oregon clinched the Pac-12 North title in its win over Arizona last week.
Quarterback Justin Herbert had a monster performance, throwing for 333 yards and four touchdowns, and wide receiver Juwan Johnson had five receptions for 93 yards and one touchdown in the 34-6 victory over the Wildcats.
Arizona State, on the other hand, is looking for a win after losing four games in a row.
In their last game, quarterback Jayden Daniels had 334 passing yards and three touchdowns, and wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk had 10 receptions for 173 yards and one score for Arizona State in a 35-34 loss to Oregon State.
Oregon has won nine straight games since its 27-21 loss to Auburn at a neutral site in Arlington, Texas.
The Ducks are only one of five teams ranked in the top 14 in college football in both scoring offense and scoring defense.
There’s no doubt about it that Oregon will go on the road and come away with the two-touchdown win over the Sun Devils.
Take Oregon minus the points in this matchup.