BCMG Week 10 CFB Predictions
Week 10 of the College Football Season is upon us and the Pac-12 and MAC have retuned! Last week was full of upsets and close games including the Michigan State v Michigan game and a near-upset of the number-one ranked Clemson by Boston College. This week, there are four top-25 matchups that include the #1 team versus the #4 team, the world's largest cocktail party in Florida and some very entertaining games to watch. With that being said, here are the BCMG Week 10 CFB Predictions.
9 BYU @ 21 Boise State
Game Time: 9:45 EST (Friday) Venue: Albertsons Stadium - Boise, ID
Line: BYU -3.5
This is the most underrated game of the week. It could even end up being the best game of the week with two Top-25 teams squaring off late Friday night. With his performance this season leading the Cougars to a 7-0 start, BYU's QB, Zach Wilson, is one of the dark horses for many prestigious national awards such as the Heisman. So far this year, Wilson has amassed 2152 passing yards and 19 TD's along with seven rushing scores. Another key for BYU this year is the outstanding defense that's only allowing roughly 13 points per game (PPG). And no, they haven't played the best teams but it's still very impressive to have a PPG of 13 through seven games. On the other side of the ball, Boise State started their season off great with two wins against conference opponents, but Friday's matchup with BYU will be their toughest challenge this season. This season, the offense has looked exactly like it has since Boise State became the powerhouse of the WAC, scoring 91 combined points against Utah State and Air Force. The Bronco defense has also looked solid through those two games allowing just 21.5 PPG. This matchup is very tough to call due to the fact that one team has played five more games than the other. However, I do think the BYU offense has too much firepower for Boise State to handle and don't be surprised if this turns into a classic Friday night shootout.
Prediction: 38-34 BYU
Stanford @ 12 Oregon
Game Time: 7:30 EST
Venue: Autzen Stadium - Eugene, OR
Line: Oregon -9
Welcome back Pac-12! This matchup will feature some of the conference's best teams of the past decade and should be another classic matchup between these two schools. Stanford heads into this game on a four-game losing streak dating back to last season where they finished with a disappointing 4-8 record. Head coach David Shaw has a reputation of being able to lead his team back to having a good record after a poor season so we will see if that trend continues. However, it will be tough to snap that losing streak on Saturday night when they play the Ducks. Oregon has a really good chance of playing in the Pac-12 championship game and to contend for a spot in the CFP. But, they cannot overlook an up-and-coming Stanford team. This contest will have a rough start as both are starting the season with new starting QB's and little camp time. So, with that, I will ride with the more experienced and talented team to win this game.
Prediction: 38-24 Oregon
1 Clemson @ 4 Notre Dame
Game Time: 7:30 EST
Venue: Notre Dame Stadium - Notre Dame, IN
Line: Clemson -5
Backup true Freshman QB D.J. Uiagalelei had a great, but scary, first start for Clemson in a close 38-24 win against Boston College, last week. I believe the only reason Clemson struggled in the first half was because the freshman QB was thrown into the system built for star starting QB, Trevor Lawrence, 48 hours before the game started due to Lawrence testing positive for COVID-19. The Tigers will have a stronger showing on Saturday and may open the playbook up even more for Uiagalelei. On the other side, the Fighting Irish are proving to be one of the best teams in 2020 and have a chance to prove they are legit in what might be their the biggest game in years. Too bad Notre Dame Stadium will not be packed on Saturday night because that would add a huge advantage and a little magic for ND. But, even without fans, Notre Dame is a very good football team. The Fighting Irish defense has only allowed about 10 PPG - one of the lowest averages in the country. Notre Dame is a team built to play with a lead, and I expect the time-of-possession to heavily favor ND if they get the lead first. However, I still expect the number-one team in the nation to barely beat the Fighting Irish with the power of their run game with star RB Travis Etienne.
Prediction: 31-27 Clemson
8 Florida @ 5 Georgia
Game Time: 3:30pm EST
Venue: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Line: Georgia -3
Florida's secondary will be a big part of the equation Saturday night. The Gators need to be able to come up with plays in the secondary, especially if Georgia QB, Stetson Bennett, catches fire. Bennett, who hasn't been his best lately, is due for a big game. He threw for over 200 yards in each of his first four games and tallied seven touchdowns. For Florida to win Saturday night, QB Kyle Trask is going to have to have a huge game. Trask needs to put up some Joe Burrow numbers for a comfortable Gator win. For me, I am going to give the edge to the Georgia defense. They have been dominant the entire year and are the number-one defense in the SEC. It is going to be a battle through four quarters, but I give Georgia the upper-hand.
Prediction: 27-24 Georgia
23 Michigan @ 13 Indiana
Game Time: 12:00pm EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium - Bloomington, IN
Line: Michigan -3
It is rare we are coming into a Michigan vs Indiana game where Indiana is the higher ranked team. Michigan, who are coming off of a very bad loss, are looking to bounce back. And there is no better way to do that than going up against a top-15 team. Joe Milton has played well for the Wolverines, but it's nothing that jumps out of the stat sheet. Michigan needs to operate this game at a quicker tempo and take Indiana out of this one early. For Indiana, they just need to continue riding the momentum they have been for the last two weeks. Michael Penix has to be good, but the defense has to be better. If the Hoosier defense can keep Michigan off the field, this could turn into a really interesting game. To me, Michigan looks like the more likely team to convert 3rd-downs, make clutch field goals and win the turnover battle.
Prediction: 34-21 Michigan
11 Miami @ NC State
Game Time: 7:30pm EST (Friday)
Venue: Carter-Finley Stadium - Raleigh, NC
Line: Miami -10.5
Without a doubt, the NC State defense needs to show up. The Wolf Pack have had a difficult time all season coming up with big plays on the defensive end. In fact, they have just had a difficult time in general. When you look at Miami, yes their offense has been bumpy, but their only loss all year is to Clemson. This week is no different than any other week for Miami. D'Eriq King has to show up in order for the Hurricane offense to be successful. I think Miami will just keep this game simple. Throw to the big targets, run the ball down the middle, convert on 3rd down, try and win the field position battle and not have many turnovers. If Miami can execute those things, they will walk out of NC State with an emphatic win.
Prediction: 38-17 Miami
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