It’s another college football Saturday! The Pac-12 kicks off its season today to give us our first full slate of college football this season. We have a preview of each Big 12 game and we’ll take a look at what else is happening around the nation! These are the CRFF staff picks for week 10.
No. 14 Oklahoma State @ Kansas State
Oklahoma State and Kansas State are both coming off disappointing losses last weekend. Oklahoma State dropped a home overtime thriller to Texas while Kansas State was blown out on the road against West Virginia.
Turnovers have held this Oklahoma State team from reaching its full potential and Kansas State is traditionally a fundamentally sound football team. The Wildcats blueprint for winning this one will be similar to how Texas beat the Pokes last weekend. Force turnovers and take care of the football. Texas is a much more talented team than Kansas State is and the Horns weren’t starting a freshman at quarterback.
Our staff has Oklahoma State in this one. The Cowboys defense should suffocate the Kansas State offense. I have Oklahoma State 31-10. I think the Wildcats put together one good drive and score again on a short field off a turnover. Tune in to ABC at 3 p.m. to find out how this one plays out.
West Virginia @ No. 22 Texas
Both West Virginia and Texas are coming off big wins in different ways over the two teams participating in the game I just previewed. West Virginia needed a win over Kansas State to turn its season around after a disappointing loss to Texas Tech. Texas needed a win over Oklahoma State to help turn its season around as well. Only one team will extend its winning streak this afternoon.
Texas is coming off an emotional overtime win on the road as an underdog. The Horns are now favored at home against a lesser opponent. This game has upset written all over it for the Longhorns. These are the kind of games that Texas has lost over the course of the last decade. With that being said, I’m still going with the Longhorns. West Virginia took advantage of a freshman quarterback playing on the road last weekend and lost to Texas Tech the weekend before. I can’t trust this team yet.
Robert is taking the Mountaineers is this one and I don’t blame him. It was hard for me to pick Texas. The rest of the staff has Texas, but don’t be surprised to see West Virginia pull the upset and Robert to make the rest of the staff look bad.
Kansas @ No. 19 Oklahoma
Oklahoma has bounced back nicely and is looking a bit more like themselves after the 0-2 start in Big 12 play. The AP voters have noticed and the Sooners are up to No. 19. Oklahoma gets Kansas at home today and we’ll likely see some Tanner Mordecai at quarterback this afternoon, and not for the same reason we saw him come in against Texas. It’ll be mop-up duty for Mordecai this afternoon.
Kansas likely won’t win a game this season and the Jayhawks are getting run out of town every week. Oklahoma will win big today and continue to gain momentum towards a Bedlam showdown that the Sooners have to win to keep its Big 12 title hopes alive. Our staff has Oklahoma over Kansas, along with every other expert on Tallysight.
Texas Tech @ TCU
Texas Tech coach Matt Wells thought he had something when he put in backup Henry Colombi at quarterback. Colombi led the Red Raiders to a win over West Virginia but that success was short-lived. Texas Tech lost big against Oklahoma last weekend and travels to take on TCU today.
TCU ran all over Baylor last weekend as true freshman Zach Evans scored his first rushing touchdown of his college career. It will be a good day for the TCU offense on the ground and through the air today and I like TCU by several touchdowns over Texas Tech this afternoon. The rest of the staff has TCU handing Texas Tech yet another loss in Big 12 play.
Baylor @ No. 17 Iowa State
Iowa State bounced back with a big win over Kansas last weekend after losing on the road to Oklahoma State the week before. Baylor dropped a home game to TCU last weekend and has put itself in the bottom tier of the conference, along with Texas Tech and Kansas.
I don’t know what’s wrong with Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer but he hasn’t looked like the same player this season and the Baylor offense has really suffered as a result. Iowa State is on the opposite end of the spectrum as one of the best teams in the Big 12 this season. Our staff likes Iowa State over Baylor at home this afternoon.
Games Around the Nation
The best afternoon game is No. 8 Florida at No. 5 Georgia. This game has serious SEC Championship implications and will eliminate one team from CFP contention. That leads into the night game. No. 1 Clemson travels to take on No. 4 Notre Dame but the Tigers are without star quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The loser of this game won’t be eliminated from CFP contention but won’t be in a good place either. It should be a great game and a glimpse into the future for Clemson.
Stanford takes on Oregon and USC hosts Arizona State in Pac-12 action today. Tennessee takes on Arkansas in a game that each team needs to win. Michigan looks to bounce back on the road against Indiana. Here’s who our staff has in games from around the nation.