Going Between The Helmets Of Notre Dame-Miami, Georgia-Auburn & Ohio State Football
As the fall leaves blow around the stadiums and people are bundled up in the stands, some teams are beginning to reveal their true colors.
Ohio State’s scarlet perfectly personifies the red-cheeked embarrassment of the team after its blowout on the Iowa plains and the gray represents the mood of fans as well as the skies hanging over Ohio Stadium.
Oklahoma should be as red-faced as its home jerseys after its defensive showing against the Pokes. And the blue of Penn State reflects the entire Big 10 as suddenly that conference is left to ponder the possibility of a season without the playoffs.
Meanwhile, other teams are shining like reflective paint on a sunny day. For some, the sun will continue to be rising while for others it will be setting this weekend.
Now onto this week’s games. All times PT because The Prognosticator lives on the West Coast.
Friday, Nov. 10 Top College Football Games Predictions
Washington at Stanford (7:30 p.m., FS1)
The Pac-12 Friday night lights shine on the U-Dubbers and they could wind up famished on The Farm. Upsets are the order of the day (or night) in these Friday features. Stanford, tho, while receiving a lot of Love, is a team without much of a heartbeat. The Wolves will prove to be heartless when they go on the attack. Winner: Washington
Saturday, Nov. 11 Top College Football Games Predictions
Michigan State at Ohio State (9 a.m., FOX)
Sparty found enough life to slay a Lion and now he comes charging into Buckeye land to get a crack at a crumbled Brutus. The Nuts are blowing loose in the the breeze like a bunch of wind-swept leaves but will find the rake in time to pile up enough points to get the “W.” Winner: Ohio State
Oklahoma State at Iowa State (9 a.m., ABC)
The Pokes have proved they can both win with defense (Texas) and lose with it (Oklahoma). The Cyclones create more swirling winds at home than they do on the road and to win this one they will need to create the power of gale-force winds. Winner: Oklahoma State
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech (9:20 a.m., ACC Network)
The Hokie Pokeys couldn’t quite weather the storm of the Hurricanes last week and now get a swarm of Yellow Jackets who arrive with half their stingers already used up for the year. The Lunch Pails will have little problem swatting away these buzzing bees. Winner: Virginia Tech.
Georgia at Auburn (12;30 p.m., CBS)
The Georgia steamrollers come rolling into the Plains intent on flattening everything in their path, and that includes the Gus Bus. Sleeveless Coach Visor has patched up the bus and got it running again but that was against a bunch of rusty mechanics, not a pack of hungry Dawgs. The Eagles will prove to be more meat on the table for these ferocious canines. Winner: Georgia
Florida State at Clemson (12:30 p.m., ESPN)
The once-mighty Spears have fallen like rocks off a cliff and head into Death Valley as walking dead. That suits the Fighting Dabos just fine, but they will still be fully awake and alert because they know the Seminoles could also be a sleeping giant. The Felines are on the prowl to make it back to the College Football Playoff and don’t intend to let a bunch of wounded warriors stand in their way. Winner: Clemson
Iowa at Wisconsin (12;30 p.m., ABC)
The real-life Field Of Dreams boys from Iowa now take their act to the stage in Camp Randall. They should use the same script they used against Ohio State; play with reckless abandon and put the pressure to perform on the other guys. The Big 10 has a long tradition of teams rarely making it through the regular season undefeated and with little else impeding their path to the conference title game, this could be a bad sign for Bucky Badger. Winner: Iowa
USC at Colorado (1 p.m, FOX)
When the season started, it looked as if going to Boulder might be a rocky road for teams but instead, the Buffalos have paved the way to make things smooth for opponents. Like skiers and snowboarders who are about ready to hit the nearby slopes, things have gone downhill since last season’s surprise run to the conference title game. For Troy, this will be an easy gallop through the boulders and the Buffalos. Winner: USC
Alabama at Mississippi State (4 p.m., ESPN)
The wounded Pachyderms come into Cowbell Country missing seemingly half their defensive starters, causing them to play a number of baby elephants. And tho young, they are just as dangerous as the adults. The party is on in Stark Vegas but the ones doing the rolling will be wearing crimson, not maroon. Winner: Alabama
Notre Dame at Miami (5 p.m., ABC)
While not exactly Catholics vs. Convicts and Lou Holtz vs. Jimmy Johnson, it is a revival. Notre Dame verses Miami brings back memories of the goal-line fumble, the rumble in the tunnel, the Waking Of The Echos and the storm that always swirled around the Hurricanes. This tilt will be more calm from that standpoint but change could be blowing in the wind for either team. Winner: Notre Dame
TCU at Oklahoma (5 p.m., FOX)
The Boomers turned a lot of heads last week with their high-scoring win over the Pokes. But a lot of that was fans turning away from the TV when that defense was on the field. The Horned Toads have a big Hill to climb at quarterback and he’s no thrill to watch at times. The Texans will hang tough but are likely a couple of Baker Mayfield plays away from winning this one. Winner: Oklahoma
Arizona State at UCLA (6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network)
The Cubbies are all cuddled up for a long winter’s nap, but for fans they are hardly cute. Instead, they are starting to hear the roar of basketball season. Perhaps the Pitchforks can cause them to wake up, tho they, too, don’t have much of a fire in them. Winner: UCLA