12 PM ET: #2 Georgia at Missouri on ESPN - Two undefeated SEC squads with loads of NFL talent
Nobody is really giving the Tigers much of a shot against the Bulldogs but that’s not why we’re here. There will be lots of NFL eyes on this matchup with Mizzou’s talented quarterback Drew Lock and Georgia’s signal caller Jake Fromm, who is completing 80% of his passes. Maybe this game should be given more of a chance this time around:
Since the Tigers last faced Georgia, losing 53-28 in Athens last season, they have won nine of the 10 games that followed. They have outscored those opponents 455-225. Their only loss during that span came against Texas in The Bummer Bowl. They have responded by starting 3-0 for the first time since 2015. Like Georgia, the Tigers enter Saturday as one of just 35 remaining undefeated FBS teams.
What to expect: Both teams pass rushing units aren’t much to write home about. It’s going to be about offense in this game and the edge goes to the Bulldogs by a touchdown. They just have more talent across the board than Mizzou.
3:30 PM ET: #22 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama on CBS - Can Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies upset the best team in all of college football?
The Aggies lost by two points against #3 Clemson and the way they played against the Tigers is giving them confidence heading into Tuscaloosa. Will confidence be enough to dethrone the kings of the college football world? Our friends over at Good Bull Hunting are feeling disrespected by the spread, they predict an Aggies victory:
This team is starting to believe. Listen to their interviews. Watch them play. They want to fight and get better, and they’re not about to lay down for Alabama. Sure, reference the Ole Miss score from this weekend, that was an absolute whipping by Alabama, but they didn’t play a Jimbo Fisher coached Aggie squad. *huffs paint* Ok, let’s do this. Aggies 45, Tide 38
What to expect: Alabama and Nick Saban don’t care about the opponent, they never have, and never will. The Aggies want this one very badly and the game will be much closer than expected. However, this is Nick Saban, the man who subbed in a freshman quarterback during halftime of the National Championship. The Tide will roll on these Aggies.
3:30 PM ET: #17 TCU at Texas on FOX - Can the Longhorns get Tom Herman a second-straight win over a ranked opponent?
The Longhorns defense is pretty good and their offense is starting to improve after putting the boots to USC 37-14. Now, it’s time to start BIG 12 play and TCU is one of four ranked teams in the conference. The Horned Frogs will also be looking to avenge last week’s loss to the Buckeyes. TCU and Gary Patterson have owned the Longhorns pretty much since they returned to the Big 12:
Last season continued the trend of head coach Tom Herman’s teams not getting blown out, but the 24-7 defeat in Fort Worth felt more lopsided than the final score indicated — the Horns were never really in the game.
All told, TCU has outscored Texas 153-33 over that stretch of four games, an average margin of 38-8. The Longhorns have only scored more than 13 points against the Horned Frogs once in that stretch — the 30-7 win in 2013.
Herman knows that if Texas plays well, it can beat anyone. If it doesn’t, the program still isn’t in a position to win a lot of games, especially against its new purple overlords.
What to expect: It’s going to take the Longhorns’ best game to beat Patterson’s bunch. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Texas pulls this one out by a field goal.
8 PM ET: #7 Stanford at #20 Oregon on ABC - PAC 12 showdown is the game of the week between two fast-start programs
Six year’s ago, this game was the decider in the PAC 12 and though the rivalry has lost a little luster, there’s reason to believe it could be back. Stanford and Oregon have both got off to fast starts and the Ducks’ quarterback is legit. The problem is that his receivers can let him down and he’s yet to face a defense as stout as the Cardinal:
This matchup seems awfully reminiscent of the Stanford-Oregon showdowns from 2010-2013. Both teams are ranked in the top 25, are hyped up on offense, and will fight for the PAC-12 crown.
The Oregon passing attack is legit; it’s time to see if the Cardinal secondary is composed of men or boys. The Ducks average over 50 points per game, and you can thank Justin Herbert and his 12 touchdowns for that. In his first three games of the season, Herbert posted an average QBR of 72.2. In comparison, K.J. Costello owns a 59.0 QBR. Oregon has the quarterback advantage in this game.
However, after Herbert, the Ducks don’t have many options on offense. The receiving group struggles to collect their quarterback’s passes every so often, and the team is yet to find their new stud running back after Royce Freeman left for the NFL.
What to expect: Stanford’s secondary can handle the Oregon receivers and it’s going to put too much pressure on Herbert to deliver. The Cardinal will win this game by 10 points.