🏈Welcome to Week 9 of the NCAA College Football Season. As always, the schedule is loaded with great matchups, but we only pick 6. I hope everyone is having a great week, now let’s get into it, and see what this weekend has in store for us. 🏈
- (2)LSU at (9)Auburn-Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, October 26th at 3:30. LSU is home at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. The Tigers are now ranked second in the country after winning last week 36-13 against Mississippi State. They had two very big wins this season against (15)Texas and (7)Florida! Florida was red hot at the time. Up next for LSU is (9)Auburn, and then it’s (1)Alabama. Ninth ranked Auburn is 6-1, and last week they blew out Arkansas 51-10. They did lose to Florida, but they’re still the only team to beat Oregon.
- (13)Wisconsin at (3)Ohio State- I’m an Ohio State fan, and I couldn’t wait for this game. It would’ve been better if Wisconsin was still undefeated, but hey, it’s still a matchup that’s going to reveal some much needed information about both teams. Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 12:00 in Columbus, Ohio. The Badgers are 6-1 and they’re in 2nd place in the Big 10 West. Up until last week’s huge upset loss to Illinois 23-24, the 2019 Badgers had us thinking about the good old days of RB Ron Dayne and Head Coach, Barry Alverez. It’s really tough though to take a loss like that right before playing an undefeated Ohio State team because a six game winning streak could be forgotten very easily in the world of college football after two straight losses. This is a must win for Wisconsin. Sophomore linebacker Jack Sanborn is up to 57 tackles and 3.5 sacks, and the Badgers are going to need nothing short of excellence out of their defense this week. The Buckeyes are 7-0 and they’re in 1st place in the Big 10 East. Last week they beat Northwestern 52-3, and that has pretty much been the story for every team that played the Buckeyes this season. The fact that Cincinnati is the only ranked team they’ve beaten however, has some people whispering upset, but with the 7th ranked offense averaging 527 yards per game, I don’t think Buckeye fans are concerned.
- (8)Notre Dame at (19)Michigan- The Fighting Irish and the Wolverines is a rivalry game. It is. Kickoff will be at 7:30 Saturday night, October 26th in Ann Arbor. Notre Dame is 5-1 and 1st in the Independents. Last week they beat rebuilding USC 30-27, and earlier this season they recovered nicely from a Georgia loss by beating Virginia 35-20. The Fighting Irish are averaging 450 yards per game on offense. Quarterback Ian Book is completing 63% of his passes and has thrown for 14 touchdowns. RB Tony Jones Jr, has 80 carries for 557 yards and 4 touchdowns. Michigan is coming off a disappointing 28-21 loss to Penn State, but what’s even worse is they now have two losses, which could turn into four with Notre Dame and Ohio State still left to play. They’ll need a good defensive effort, and zero mistakes on offense this week. Last week Shea Patterson was held without a touchdown, and he was picked off once so Michigan will also need a better effort from their quarterback. WR Ronnie Bell has been playing good, and we thought he was ready for a breakout game last week, but he let that pass slip through his hands late in the game, which could’ve tied the game. Like I said, no mistakes this week.
- Boston College at (4)Clemson- This game will start Saturday night, October 26th at 7:30 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. Boston College is 4-3 and ranked 3rd in the Atlantic Coast Atlantic Division. Clemson is undefeated (7-0) and they’re in 1st place. I think it was like two weeks ago when we made that joke about Clemson being the only team that keeps winning and keeps going down in the rankings, LOL, but it’s true.
- Liberty at Rutgers- The Liberty Flames travel to Piscataway, New Jersey Saturday, October 26th for a 12:00, high noon kickoff. Liberty is 5-2. They lost to Syracuse 24-0, and 35-14 to the Louisiana Rajun’ Cajuns. Offensively, the Flames throw for 265 yards per game. QB Stephen Calvert completed 137 passes in 224 attempts. He has 1,920 yards passing and 15 touchdowns. RB Frankie Hickson has 418 yards rushing with 3 touchdowns. Rutgers will be a tough opponent for them? I don’t know much about Liberty, but I worked in New Brunswick, New Jersey during Greg Schiano’s days at Rutgers. That city was on fire at the time! C’mon Rutgers! You’re better than 1-6! Bring some pride back to Jersey. Last week Rutgers lost 42-7 to Minnesota.
- (5)Oklahoma State at Kansas State- Saturday afternoon at 12 o’clock in Manhattan, Kansas, the Sooners and the Wildcats will take the field. Kansas State is 4-2 and 5th in the Big 12. Last week they beat TCU 24-17. QB Skyler Thompson completed 80 of 133 passes, but a 60% completion rating isn’t very good. He also had 994 yards and 7 touchdowns. That isn’t very good either. RB James Gilbert gets most of the carries, and he’s averaging 5.2 yards per carry with 4 touchdowns. Oklahoma State is 7-0 and in first place in the Big 12. Last week they beat West Virginia 52-14. The Sooners are an absolute machine on offense. In the Country, they’re ranked 10th in passing, 14th in rushing, and 2nd overall with 612 yards per game. K-State can’t afford another loss, but a win isn’t likely this week. Oklahoma’s QB Jalen Hurts has 20 touchdowns and 2,074 yards this season. His completion percentage is 74%. Oklahoma is darn good.
Okay everyone. Thank you for checking in to read the Table Seven Top 6 of NCAA College Football Week 9. If you guys want to write in to discuss our picks, or discuss games you’re looking forward to that we didn’t pick, please do. We not only welcome that, but we encourage your feedback. As always, don’t forget to check back this afternoon at 3:00 for the Feature Game Analysis, and our pick versus the spread as we attempt to go 5-2-1 when the money is on the line. 🏈💰💰💲🔥🔥🔥