Week 10 College Football Preview and Picks

Ohio State host Nebraska; Alabama travels to LSU

Tim Grattan
November 02, 2018 - 11:52 pm

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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) -- You can make a case that today is "Elimination Saturday" with ranked teams battle each other and divisional races are on the line. 

With the first College Football Playoff rankings coming out Tuesday, we have games that will be impacted in the next CFP rankings. 

Let's start with Ohio State returning off its bye week against Nebraska.  

Nebraska (2-6, 1-4) at No. 10 Ohio State (7-1, 4-1), Noon, FOX

It’s a blackout game in Columbus as Ohio State comes off a bye week. Dwayne Haskins and the Buckeyes’ offense should be problems for a young Nebraska defense.

Nebraska has won its last two games but winning in Columbus is probably a long shot.

In the last three games of this series, Ohio State is average 60.3 points per game.

A lot of offense and not a lot of defense in this game, so I’ll take the Buckeyes.

Line: Ohio State -19, O/U 73.5

Prediction: Ohio State 56, Nebraska 21

No. 6 Georgia at No. 9 Kentucky, 3:30 p.m., CBS

So, Kentucky is playing in a big-time football game since … a long time ago.

Running back Benny Snell has been dynamic for the Wildcats this season and is a critical piece for the team's success; Snell is going up against a Bulldogs’ defense that is 11th in the SEC in run defense.

I want to go with Kentucky at home but give me Jake Fromm and a Georgia team that’s has played in big games in the past.

Line: Georgia -9, O/U 45

Prediction: Georgia 28, Kentucky 24

No. 13 West Virginia (6-1, 4-1) at No. 17 Texas (6-2, 4-1)

Texas secondary had awful outing against Oklahoma State last week. Today that secondary will take on a great crop of receivers and one of better quarterbacks in the country.

West Virginia had a bounce-back win that it needed against Baylor after a dreadful game at Iowa State a few weeks ago.

If Sam Ehlinger can run the football, the Longhorns will be able to keep the high-powered Mountaineers offense on the sidelines.

I think Texas will defeat West Virginia and move closer to Dallas for a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game.    

Line: Texas -2, O/U 58

Prediction: Texas 45, West Virginia 41

No. 14 Penn State (6-2, 3-2) at No. 5 Michigan (7-1, 5-0), 3:45 p.m., ESPN

Michigan’s defense is elite and is gaining momentum as each Saturday passes.

Penn State is on a rolling and its last four games all being decided by six points for less.

Take the Wolverines to slow down Trace McSorley and the Nittany Lions.      

Line: Michigan -12, O/U 52.5

Prediction: Michigan 33, Penn State 23

No. 4 Notre Dame (8-0) at Northwestern (5-3), 7:15 p.m., ESPN

After coming off a big-time win over Wisconsin, Northwestern welcomes another test with Notre Dame coming to town.

‘Cats QB Clayton Thorson is the key for Northwestern to win this game. He must play a near-perfect game and not turn the ball over (Thorson has 10 INTs on the season).

Meanwhile, Notre Dame’s defense should keep the game low-scoring and have no problem to shut down the Wildcats’ running attack, which ranks 127th in the nation.

Line: Notre Dame -10, O/U 53.5

Prediction: Notre Dame 28, Northwestern 20

No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0) at No. 3 LSU (7-1, 5-1), 8 p.m., CBS

Question? Will Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa play in the fourth quarter? Yes, he will.

I think Tagovailoa will be challenged in the passing game against a good Tigers secondary.

Will Joe Borrow and LSU have enough offense to compete against Alabama? I don’t think so and the Crimson Tide roll to 9-0.

Line: Alabama -14.5, O/U 53.5

Prediction: Alabama 35, LSU 24

No. 7 Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1) at Texas Tech (5-3, 3-2), 8 p.m., ABC

We’re probably not going to see another 66-59 classic the schools played two years ago, but don’t be surprised if Texas Tech gives Oklahoma problems.

The Red Raiders can play defense this year, and Oklahoma hasn’t been tested since playing Texas back in Oct.

I think Kyler Murray will be the difference maker from the Sooners winning a close game at Jones Stadium.

Line: Oklahoma -13.5, O/U 77.5

Prediction: Oklahoma 49, Texas Tech 41