Alabama vs Tennessee
The most anticipated matchup for the weekend features #3 Alabama @ #6 Tennessee in what will be the biggest matchup of the college football season so far.
The best dynasty over the last decade (Alabama) vs the sleeping giant (Tennessee). If Tennessee wins this game, then they will no longer be a sleeping giant.
I will be interested to see who can get the early momentum in this game as Tennessee will be coming out firing, but they have not played a team of Alabama’s caliber to date.
Meanwhile, Alabama has been in this tough environment before when they played at Texas. In that game, Alabama played one of the worst games of the Saban era and were bailed out by some Bryce Young magic.
Speaking of – all signs point to reigning Heisman winner, Bryce Young, starting this weekend after missing last week’s game against Texas A&M due to injury.
I expect a tough game for Alabama. Tennessee is great on offense, the stadium will be raucous, and Alabama has shown some flaws, especially on defense.
However, I still think Alabama wins the game. It’ll be close, but I like Tennessee +7.
Penn State vs Michigan
Noon kickoff, #10 Penn State @ #5 Michigan, and all eyes will be on J.J. McCarthy in his first big game as the starting quarterback.
McCarthy will have to bring his A-game against an experienced Nittany Lions team lead by Sean Clifford who (checks stats) has been at Penn State for what feels like a century.
My general strategy is to lean on underdogs. Historically, underdogs have a better edge.
Furthermore, my bias towards Big Ten games is that they are close and typically low scoring (minus Ohio State).
Combine those factors with the quarterback difference and I will take Penn State +7.
Oklahoma State vs TCU
#13 TCU comes into this game hot after defeating a 5-0 Kansas team with College Gameday in attendance. Meanwhile #8 Oklahoma State has been unconvincing through their first five games.
TCU has been a big surprise this season after bringing in a new coach and immediately seeing great returns.
After a few down seasons, TCU seems to be among college football’s better programs once again.
My gut feeling says TCU continues their hot streak and covers at -4.