College Football Week 10 Preview
No. 3 TCU at No.5 Utah
For TCU to pull off a win over the Utes, they will need to continue their dominance on defense. The Horned Frogs enter the game with the nation’s top scoring defense, letting up just 8.7 ppg. However, the Utah offense, led by quarterback Jordan Wynn, will enter the game tied for the nation’s third highest scoring offense. However, the 45.3 ppg scored by the Utes is quite deceiving as they have not faced a quality opponent since their season-opening win against Pittsburgh. The defense of TCU will expose Utah and their overrated offense as head coach Gary Patterson and Co. will leave Rice – Eccles Stadium with an improved BCS resume and a shot at a spot in the national title game.
Prediction: TCU 34, Utah 21
No. 6 Alabama at No. 10 LSU
The Alabama Crimson Tide have quietly snuck up on the national title discussion since their only loss of the season against South Carolina. Since the loss against the Gamecocks, Nick Saban’s crew has outscored their opponents 64-20. The Tide have also given up just one touchdown this season at home, and after this weekend’s game in Death Valley, Alabama closes the season with three straight home games. The Alabama defense should have a relatively easy time against an LSU offense that has had a quarterback carousel all season long between Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee.
Prediction: Alabama 31, LSU 17
No.21 Baylor at No.17 Oklahoma State
In a game that could eventually decide who represents the Big 12 South in the Big 12 Championship game, there will be plenty of points scored. The Oklahoma State Cowboys enter the game tied for the nation’s third highest scoring offense, with 45.3 ppg. However, the Cowboys’ defense has held them back this season, allowing 28.5 ppg. Unfortunately for Oklahoma State, they have not faced an offensive player this season with the speed and leadership of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. Griffin enters the game with 20 touchdowns through the air as well as another seven on the ground. Ultimately, Griffin and the Baylor offense will be too much for the Cowboys in a game that will likely be a shootout.
Prediction: Baylor 41, Oklahoma State 38