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College Football Preview: Picks for Week 10

This week’s college football games are absolutely incredible, with seven, yes SEVEN RANKED MATCHUPS, tied for the most ever in one day. I’ll give you my breakdown of each game, and let me know what you think in the comments below:

No. 7 Penn State at No. 24 Michigan State (+8.5)

I’m actually surprised that Penn State isn’t a bigger favorite here, but Michigan State always seems to play good teams tough, so perhaps that plays a factor in the 8.5 point spread. I see Saquon Barkley doing his damage in a different way in this game due to the tough MSU defense, so look for him to get at least one receiving touchdown in this one. I think Penn State takes this one 28-17, and taking the reins in the BIG 10 on their way to the playoffs.

PC: SB Nation

No. 4 Clemson at No. 20 NC State (+8)

Losing to Syracuse was a tough one for Clemson a couple of weeks ago, but the playoffs are certainly not out of the question, and a big win against NC State here would bode well for the Tigers’ chances. Clemson basically has the entire ACC’s hopes of getting a team in the playoff on the line in this one, but I see them winning this one by a couple touchdowns, let’s say 35-21.

No. 21 Stanford at No. 25 Washington State (-2)

A tight one here for two teams that have played pretty well as of late. Stanford had a tough loss to USC early in the year, but now they seem to be rolling, so I think they take this one in a tight match with lots of points. I’m thinking 35-31 Stanford, pushing them up to a potential New Year’s bowl if they continue to play like they have been lately.

No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 11 Oklahoma State (-3)

This might be the biggest game of the night, with playoff hopes and the Big 12 essentially on the line here. Oklahoma having to go on the road doesn’t make it any easier, but I think they pull this one out, and in doing so, jump Clemson as the #4 spot in the playoff rankings. Although it’s a little early to state anything yet, I think Baker Mayfield leads this team to the playoffs, and may even cause an upset (assuming they don’t play Alabama in the first round). Oklahoma wins this crucial rivalry game 38-31.

No. 19 LSU at No. 2 Alabama (-21)

Wow. A 21 point favorite to a ranked team in the same conference. I’m not sure if anyone is even close to ‘Bama this year. I’m just as sick of them winning as everyone else, but I see no reason why they don’t roll again here. ‘Bama by at least 20, probably somewhere along the lines of 42-14.

No. 13 Virginia Tech at No. 10 Miami (+2.5)

Hopefully Miami isn’t overlooking this game, as they have an even bigger showdown next week against Notre Dame, but as long as they play with the swag that earns them that sick turnover chain that they have, this one will be easier than the experts predict. I have Miami staying focused and winning by a score of 34-24 in this one, and this may be a team that could sneak into the playoffs with a little help from some other potential upsets.

PC: ESPN

No. 22 Arizona at No. 17 USC (-7.5)

USC is a sizable favorite in this one, but don’t count Arizona out here. They know how to win tight games, having won three games by less than a touchdown, and I think they’re headed in the right direction. Khalil Tate has been the man lately, and this could be another upset in the making. I’m taking Arizona with the big upset 27-21.

That’s my thoughts on Week 10 of an amazing college football season so far. Can’t wait to watch these games on Saturday! Hope you tune in, and also tune into our Facebook page @ProSportsExtra for all your sports, news, and much more!

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