Week 10 brought with it a few surprises, and more than a few important wins for teams that maintain high aspirations this season. I’ll keep the talking brief and get right to the scores!
Games of Note and Predictions
#21 Baylor 44 – #20 Oklahoma State 26
Scott- Oklahoma State 40, Baylor 31
Gavin- Baylor 38, Oklahoma State 35
Big win for the Bears to keep their slim Big 12 hopes alive. Neither team came into the game in control of their own destiny, but it was a must win in order to stay alive mathematically for Baylor.
#7 Wisconsin 30 – #25 Northwestern 8
Scott- Wisconsin 34, Northwestern 7
Gavin- Wisconsin 28, Northwestern 14
A three game win-streak comes to an end for the Cats. Meanwhile Wisconsin retains control of the West.
#2 Alabama 42 – #3 LSU 33
Scott- Alabama 30, LSU 23
Gavin- Alabama 35, LSU 28
Bama gets the job done in their biggest challenge yet this season. There is still work to do however to secure the SEC West. LSU has plenty still to play for, only dropping one spot in the rankings.
Arizona State 37 – California 26
Scott- California 31, Arizona State 30
Gavin- Arizona State 38, Cal 35
An under-the-radar Sun Devils squad takes control of the Pac 12 South with an impressive win and a shocking Utah loss.
#9 Georgia 27 – #23 South Carolina 0
Scott- Georgia 27, South Carolina 9
Gavin- Georgia 31, South Carolina 10
Georgia takes care of business to end a short stay in the top 25 for the Gamecocks.
#5 Penn State 32 – #18 Nebraska 17
Scott- Penn State 42, Nebraska 28
Gavin- Penn State 38, Nebraska 21
Nebraska’s early success is proving to be the result of a backloaded schedule. Penn State meanwhile keep (some) pressure on the Buckeyes in the B10 East.
#4 Clemson 34 – #12 Notre Dame 12
Scott- Notre Dame 35, Clemson 32
Gavin- Clemson 28, Notre Dame 24
A much different result than in the real-life meeting this past week, Clemson appear to be destined for the playoff.
#1 Ohio State 59 – Indiana 22
Scott- Ohio State 48, Indiana 13
Gavin- Ohio State 51, Indiana 14
The top team in the country rolls again, and they don’t look like slowing down any time soon.
Virginia Tech 28 – Pittsburgh 17
Scott- Pittsburgh 26, Virginia Tech 18
A struggling Panthers team falls again in disappointing fashion.
UMass 43 – New Mexico State 22
Gavin- New Mexico State 35, UMass 17
My apologies to all Minutemen fans out there. UMass with an impressive win as deserved favorites.
Our Pick Results
Scott 5-4 (49-22 overall)
Gavin 8-1 (46-25 overall)
A stellar week for myself and a rare stumble from Scott means that the gap has closed to just three games now with as many weeks to go. I’m coming for you Scott.
Other Games of Note
#24 SMU 38 – Temple 36
The Mustangs survive a genuine scare to stay atop an incredibly tight American Conference race.
TCU 29 – #14 Iowa State 21
The Horned Frogs put Iowa State’s Big 12 title hopes on life support with a big upset. The Cyclones now face a must win against Baylor.
Memphis 36 – South Florida 19
In what was essentially a must-win for both teams, it is Memphis that comes out with conference title hopes still intact.
Arizona 33 – #13 Utah 32
In a game that we didn’t even list in our games of note, Arizona pulled off a massive upset. It now looks like the Utes and Arizona State may be playing for the division title in two weeks time.
As usual, be sure to check out the results page for all the scores I didn’t get to here!