CFB Night Picks: Must-Watch Saturday Night
There are certain nights in the college football season where it just makes sense to stay in. I’m a big fan of going out, and enjoying the Milwaukee night life. I actually love when a game or two is on in the bar, so, I can ignore people and just watch football. This is not a night for that. This is an evening to get some friends who like football together and watch everything unfold because there are four massive games starting at 6:00 pm then the nightcap isn’t shabby either.
MUST WATCHES OF THE WEEK
5. Oklahoma at 2. Ohio State (-7) 6:30 pm ABC – A rematch from last year that took a new shape with Lincoln Riley taking over as a head coach of the Sooners. Last year, Ohio State’s offense exposed Oklahoma’s defense and dominated them throughout the game. Curtis Samuel had his coming out party in that one. He’s gone this time around, and the Sooners bring back Baker Mayfield. Can their defense hold up against an offense that we’re not so sure is good yet? I want to pick the Sooners in an upset, but I can’t fully get there with that defense. Mayfield has a massive day, and Buckeyes squeak out a thriller. OSU 41-38
14. Stanford at 6. USC (-6) 7:30 pm FOX – This should be a fun one. Stanford is one of those teams that’s lying in the weeds and they’re fresh after a week off after traveling to Australia for their first game against Rice. Stanford’s defense can contain Sam Darnold. They have a good secondary, and a really good linebacker unit. But will their offense hold up enough? I’m unsure of that. I get Bryce Love looked great two weeks ago, but he’s facing a much different beast. This is much more defensive than expected, but I like the Trojans here to do enough with Darnold and Ronald Jones III to win this one. USC 24-16
13. Auburn at 3. Clemson (-5) 6:00 pm ESPN – To me, this could be the best of the three. There are still a lot of questions about both teams heading into this one. For Auburn, it’s their defensive line which lost a lot from last season, and they’re going up against one of the best offensive lines in the country. That could mean a huge day for C.J. Fuller out of the backfield. Question for Clemson is how Kelly Bryant will do against a top-tier defense. Even though Auburn’s D-line might be shaky, they have talent all over that field. This is a very tough game for Bryant in his second start. For Auburn, Jarred Stidham and Karyn Pettaway are as good as it gets for a QB-RB duo. I like the SEC upset here. I think Clemson is pretty good, but it’s going to take a few weeks for them to really hit their stride. AUB 27-20
WORTH A FEW CHANNEL FLIPS
15. Georgia at 24. Notre Dame (-5) 6:30 pm NBC – This game carries a huge amount of weight for both teams. Either coach will probably be staring down the critics, although, Kirby Smart may get some leeway considering he’s starting a true freshman in a night game at South Bend. Brandon Wimbrush is leading a top notch offense that looked in sync last week, but how will they fare against a SEC opponent. I like what Josh Adams brings to the table, and I have zero faith in Jake Fromm, the freshman, for Georgia especially with a questionable offensive line. Give me the Irish in a surprising two-score victory. ND 31-17
LOCK OF THE WEEK
San Diego State at Arizona State (-3.5) 10:00 pm PAC-12 Network – Arizona State is secretly one of the worst teams in the Power 5 this season especially on defense. Before people find out that secret, let’s get rich on the Aztecs. SDSU 52-38
BAR WATCH OF THE WEEK
Boise State at 25. Washington State (-10) 9:30 pm ESPN – If you’re out tonight, you can enjoy this one that figures to be pretty good with a ton of points. Both teams are pretty young defensively. Both teams have very good quarterbacks with Luke Falk for Washington State and Brett Rypien for Boise State. This could mean each quarterback could duel out in Pullman. I like the Cougars though. I feel their offense overwhelms Boise.