Analyst Josh Theus weighs in with his thoughts and predictions for this weeks Top 25 games.
Games to watch:
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Georgia vs #11 Florida
The #11 Florida Gators 6-1 (4-1) in SEC play take on SEC EAST rival Georgia 5-2 (3-2) in Jacksonville, FL on Saturday. The Gators are coming off a bye week and a tough loss at LSU in Treon Harris’ first real start of the season. The Gators lost that game 35-28 on a Les Miles fake field goal early in the 4th quarter. Georgia comes into the game after a bye week as well and a close win vs Missouri. Both of these teams have had to overcome adversity in the last few weeks. The Gators lost star QB Will Grier for the season because of PED use and the Bulldogs lost RB Nick Chubb to a knee injury vs Tennessee. This game is still very important in SEC play. The winner of this game will control its own destiny to the SEC title game in Atlanta.
PREDICTION: Florida 31 – Georgia 20
#9 Notre Dame @ #21 Temple
This game is a no win situation for the Fighting Irish. They win this game and they were expected to win. If they lose this game they were overrated. On the other side Temple has nothing to lose. Undefeated and on the brink of making a historic statement the Owls have never started a season 7-0 and if they could upset the powerhouse Irish it would be a huge win for the university. Notre Dame just needs to take care of business and show they are the dominant team. If they let Temple hang around an upset might just brew up in Pennsylvania. I think this game will start close, both teams trading scores and defensive stops. Then in the second half one team will take control and keep it until the clock hits 0:00.
PREDICTION: Notre Dame 38 – Temple 28
A NEW BEGINNING?
Miami (FL) @ #22 Duke
The Hurricanes get a fresh start Saturday when they take on coastal division front-runner Duke in a game that could ruin the Blue Devils chances to make it back to the ACC Championship. Miami is in a polar opposite situation. With a new coach at the helm the Hurricanes once again have hope and optimism. This could be the new beginning of the “U” coming back. This could turn around the season for both teams but in different directions. Miami has one of the best QBs in the ACC in Brad Kaaya and he needs to play a good game to give Miami a chance. The Canes will also need to establish a run game to keep a balanced attach and the defense guessing. Duke just needs to continue to do what it has been doing most of this season, winning. The Blue Devils are 6-1 with its lone loss coming from Northwestern. This is another step in the right direction for the Blue Devils to get back to Charlotte. Miami is going to come into this game fired up and ready to show the country what it has been missing since the late 80s and early 90s, The “U” swagger. Can they show the nation that or will the Hurricanes continue to slide down the hill.
PREDICTION: Miami 37 – Duke 35
NIGHTMARE ON WADE AVE?
#3 Clemson @ NCST
NCST seems to upset an ACC favorite every few years. In 2012 the Wolfpack upset #3 FSU on a Thursday night. This time could it be #3 Clemson on Halloween? NCST has been a tale of two teams this year. Sometimes they look pretty good and then on the other hand they look like a mid-pack team in the ACC. There opponent has been a tale of one team, a team looking to go out and beat any team standing in the way of their goal. Clemson is coming off of a huge 58-0 win at Miami last week and the team looks strong. Deshaun Watson is playing great football and is rallying the guys around him. This is usually the time NCST makes a shakeup in the college football world especially at home. This team really has nothing to lose and has everything to win. Will they upset the Tigers on a Halloween afternoon? I think it will be a close game at some point but the Tigers look too good too strong to foil to inconsistent NCST.
PREDICTION: Clemson 41 – NCST 21
Syracuse 20 – #17 FSU 41
#19 Ole Miss 38 – Auburn 17
Colorado 24 – UCLA 42
#14 Oklahoma 38 – Kansas 3
#12 Oklahoma St 41 – Texas Tech 49
Maryland 24 – #10 Iowa 28
Vanderbilt 27 – #18 Houston 38
Oregon St 17 – #13 Utah 35
#15 Michigan 38 – Minnesota 3
Tulane 21 – #16 Memphis 42
#8 Stanford 45 – Washington St 38