Another week, another slate of awesome games in college football! We know about the in-state games happening this weekend, the biggest one being the Texas-BYU game in Provo. The Utah State Aggies look to bounce back from their loss to the Utes last weekend by taking on Air Force. Utah has a much easier matchup as they take on the Weber State Wildcats. It should be another exciting weekend of college football in the Beehive State. For this weekend, I’m going to break my rule and add a local team to my list of 5 games that are must-see TV for football fans. Here they are:
1. #14 Notre Dame at #17 Michigan: Saturday 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN
This is the last scheduled meeting between these two football powerhouses so you can expect excellent play from both teams. Notre Dame knocked off Temple last week 28-6 and Michigan defeated Central Michigan 59-9. ND senior quarterback Tommy Rees had an excellent game by throwing for 346 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Owls. I know everyone is down on the Irish because their star QB Everett Golson is no longer with the team, but I think Rees is going to have a nice game for the Irish and help lead the Irish to a tough win on the road against the Wolverines.
My pick: Notre Dame defeats Michigan
2. #6 South Carolina at #11 Georgia: Saturday 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
The Georgia Bulldogs lost a tough game to Clemson last week and South Carolina took care of North Carolina. Can the Gamecocks make a huge statement on the national stage and get a tough road win against the Bulldogs? Yes. They have the playmakers on both sides of the ball (especially defense) to go anywhere in the country and get a win. Will they do it this Saturday against an hornorary Bulldog team? It’s going to be tough. Georgia had aspirations at the beginning of the year to win a National Championship and a loss to South Carolina basically ends their chances of doing that. I think we’re going to see an emotional Georgia team looking to prove people wrong. The Gamecocks have won 4 straight against Georgia, but I think that streak ends on Saturday.
My pick: Georgia defeats South Carolina (barely)
3. #2 Florida at Miami: Saturday 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN
This is the first meeting between the two schools since 2008 and there aren’t any plans for future games, so you may want to check this game out. Miami, a team that hasn’t been relevant since the early 2000’s has an opportunity to get a marquee win against an in-state foe when the Gators come to town. Gator fans will pack the house which will make for a great atmosphere to begin the game. Florida wants to improve their offense from last year (who doesn’t?) and Miami also has some players on the offensive end so I think this could be a shootout. In the, end I think Florida is a much better team that is better coached, the Gators will put this thing away early in the 4th quarter.
My pick: Florida defeats Miami
4. #15 Texas at BYU: Saturday 5:00 p.m. MT on ESPN2/LHN
The Texas Longhorns had a very “meh” first half last week against New Mexico State, but turned it around by setting school records on offense and blasted the Aggies 56-7. BYU had a crazy game against Virginia highlighted by a 2 hour rain delay. The Cougar offense was absolutely awful, but their defense kept them in the game. With the fire power Texas has, BYU is going to need to keep up offensively or this game could be over quickly. BYU’s defense kept them in the game last week and did so all last season. It will do the same thing Saturday afternoon, but like many games we’ve seen from them lately it won’t be enough. I’ve got Texas pulling away by the 4th quarter.
My pick: Texas defeats BYU
5. #2 Oregon at Virginia: Saturday 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN2
The Virginia Cavaliers somehow pulled out a win against BYU last week, but they face a much tougher test as the high powered Oregon Ducks pay them a visit. Mark Helfrich took over for Chip Kelly as the head coach for Oregon and through one game, things haven’t changed. They beat Nicholls State 66-3 last week (yes, I know it’s Nicholls State) and did so in a commanding way. The Ducks will face tougher competition this week and road games are never easy. Virgina QB David Watford will need to play better than he did last week, he went 18/32 for only 3.6 yards a throw. The Cavaliers will stick around for a quarter or two, but I think Oregon is just too good of a team for Virginia.
My pick: Oregon defeats Virginia