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PREVIEW: CFB WEEK TEN

Early dose of Bedlam highlights big week

Fri, Nov 03, 2017

Week 10 | Games to Watch

#7 Penn State (7-1) at #24 Michigan State (6-2), Noon on FOX
This game lost some luster after both of these teams lost last week. It would have been a showdown for first place in the Big Ten East. The Nittany Lions have to win out and hope Ohio State loses twice while Michigan State has to win this game for next week’s game against the Buckeyes to be for the division lead with the Spartans controlling their own destiny.
Matchup to Watch: Michigan State WR Felton Davis vs. Penn State CB Christian Campbell

#14 Auburn (6-2) at Texas A&M (5-3), Noon on ESPN
Auburn’s offense took a hit with Kamryn Pettway being out with a fractured scapula but the Aggies run defense has been porous again. The Aggies have had some struggles against the pass too so either Kerryon Johnson or Jarrett Stidham should have a big enough game if Stidham puts things together and plays better on the road. Don’t count Auburn completely out of the Playoff hunt with Alabama and Georgia both still on the docket.
Matchup to Watch: Texas A&M OT Koda Martin vs. Auburn DE Jeff Holland

#4 Clemson (7-1) at #20 NC State (6-2), 3:30pm on ABC
This was a tight game last year and now NC State fully believes it can take control of the ACC Atlantic Division. Ryan Finley was just 17-of-37 against Notre Dame and everything was put on him after Nyheim Hines went down. Finley needs help from his running game and offensive line against this Clemson front.
Matchup to Watch: Clemson OT Mitch Hyatt vs. NC State DE Bradley Chubb

#6 Ohio State (7-1) at Iowa (5-3), 3:30pm on ESPN
Time for Ohio State to avoid any emotional letdowns on the road against a tough Iowa team. Can the Hawkeyes force J.T. Barrett into turnovers while their QB Nathan Stanley plays efficient in his own right? Iowa has to be able to move the ball on the ground after Ohio State shut down Saquon Barkley.
Matchup to Watch: Iowa OG Sean Welsh vs. Ohio State DT Dre’mont Jones

#15 Iowa State (6-2) at West Virginia (5-3), 3:30pm on ESPN2
Just a couple weeks ago, West Virginia was ranked and Iowa State wasn’t. Now the script has flipped after the Cyclones beat two top 4 teams. Will Grier threw four interceptions last week. Forcing turnovers and mistakes is how Iowa State wins so Grier has to rebound. The size of the Cyclones could be a tough matchup for WVU corners and the Cyclones running game with David Montgomery keeps churning.
Matchup to Watch: Iowa State WR Allen Lazard vs. WVU CB Mike Daniels

#21 Stanford (6-2) at #25 Washington State (7-2), 3:30pm on FOX
After benching Luke Falk, Washington State says that he will start against Stanford. Meanwhile, the Cardinal are making a QB change and will start K.J. Costello. Stanford has won five straight since the loss to San Diego State but still elected to make the change to try to spark the offense that’s struggled without Bryce Love. Stanford can clinch the Pac-12 North with wins in the next two weeks. Love is reportedly questionable for this week.
Matchup to Watch: Washington State OT Cole Madison vs. Stanford LB Peter Kalambayi

#5 Oklahoma (7-1) at #11 Oklahoma State (7-1), 4pm on Fox Sports 1
Bedlam comes early this year moving up to the first week of November rather than the final week of November to avoid a potential rematch in consecutive weeks in the Big 12 championship game. There’s a ton on the line here with CFP hopes and Big 12 title implications. There should be a lot of quick game in this game with Mason Rudolph wanting to get the ball out before Obo Okoronkwo gets to him.
Matchup to Watch: Oklahoma State WR James Washington vs. Oklahoma CB Jordan Thomas

Colorado State (6-3) at Wyoming (5-3), 7pm on CBS Sports Network
Josh Allen had a productive game last week against New Mexico. In this one, he has to make sure to not be overshadowed by CSU QB Nick Stevens. Wyoming leads the battle for the “Bronze Boot” series 25-24. Wyoming has been much better on defense this year while the Rams are rolling offensively in the top 10 nationally.
Matchup to Watch: Colorado State RB Dalyn Dawkins vs. Wyoming S Andrew Wingard

Texas (4-4) at #8 TCU (7-1), 7:15pm on ESPN
TCU has won games with its defense but don’t count on the Texas defense that has been dominant at times in Big 12 play. The Longhorns still need two more wins to make a bowl game in Tom Herman’s first season and a win in Ft. Worth would be a huge step in the right direction. No word on if it’ll be Sam Ehlinger or Shane Buechele at QB so far. TCU has never lost as a top-10 ranked team at home under Gary Patterson (19-0).
Matchup to Watch: Texas WR Collin Johnson vs. TCU CB Ranthony Texada

#18 UCF (7-0) at SMU (6-2), 7:15pm on ESPN2
Scott Frost’s name continues to come up for big jobs while he inherited a winless team and now has them undefeated in just his second year. UCF is the only undefeated team to win every game by double digits and just scored a school-record 73 points last week. The Knights are good on defense too but this could be a high-scoring game with LSU-transfer WR Trey Quinn going for his fifth straight 100-yard game. The Mustangs had three different 100-yard receivers last week.
Matchup to Watch: SMU WR Courtland Sutton vs. UCF CB Mike Hughes

#19 LSU (6-2) at #2 Alabama (8-0), 8pm on CBS
Alabama is favored by over 21 points in this one while if LSU can get to 20 wins, they mostly win. The Tigers are 21-1 the last three years when scoring at least 20 points but Derrius Guice won’t be rushing for 200 yards against the Tide.
Matchup to Watch: Alabama OT Jonah Williams vs. LSU LB Arden Key

#13 Virginia Tech (7-1) at #10 Miami (7-0), 8pm on ABC
Miami own’s the nation’s longest win streak but has prove-it games coming up with the Hokies and Notre Dame. The winner of this game is most likely going to be the ACC Coastal Division representative in Charlotte. Miami QB Malik Rosier got banged up with a shoulder but is expected to play. Chris Herndon had a career-high in receptions and yards against Syracuse. The Canes need to continue getting Herndon involved in the passing game. Both of these QBs can supplement the run-game struggles by making plays with their feet too.
Matchup to Watch: Virginia Tech OG Wyatt Teller vs. Miami DT Kendrick Norton

Oregon (5-4) at #12 Washington (7-1), 10pm on Fox Sports 1
Oregon has won the last five trips to Seattle over Washington while the Huskies won in Autzen last year to snap the 12-game losing streak to the Ducks. Willie Taggart has been mum on the status of QB Justin Herbert, but getting him back with be a huge boost for the Ducks. Washington has allowed just 8 offensive touchdowns this season. Oregon RB Royce Freeman will set the school record for rushing touchdowns and points scored with his next score on the ground.
Matchup to Watch: Washington WR Dante Pettis vs. Oregon CB Arrion Springs

#22 Arizona (6-2) at #17 USC (7-2), 10:45pm on ESPN
Arizona is surging after a 4-0 October for the first time since 1992. The reason? Making the change to redshirt freshman QB Khalil Tate. Since taking over, Tate has led the Wildcats to four straight wins and he became the first player in Pac-12 history to be named offensive player of the week in four straight weeks. The Wildcats now lead the Pac-12 in scoring (45.0 points per game) and leads the nation with 36 plays of 30 yards or more. Are they ready to challenge USC and gain control of the Pac-12 South? The Trojans beat Arizona 48-14 in Tucson last year. Look for the turnover battle in this one too with Arizona at Plus-6 and USC at Minus-3.
Matchup to Watch: Arizona QB Khalil Tate vs. USC LB Cameron Smith

Other Week 10 things to view:
• #9 Wisconsin on the road at Indiana has a good showcase of junior prospects with Hoosiers WR Simmie Cobbs Jr. facing Wisconsin CB Nick Nelson (transfer from Hawaii).
• Florida goes on the road to Missouri, who’s been heating up offensively. Randy Shannon makes his interim head coach debut while Mizzou WR J’Mon Moore should see some snaps against Gators CB Duke Dawson.
• Baylor goes on the road to Kansas, who’s only win is against Southeast Missouri. Matt Rhule may get his first career win at Baylor this weekend.
• Syracuse WR Steve Ishmael has emerged as a senior WR prospect. Keep an eye on him this week vs. Florida State junior All-American CB Tarvarus McFadden
• Wake Forest DE Duke Ejiofor plays the boundary side so he will get some matchups against Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey this weekend.
• The Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana visit Ladd-Peebles Stadium this week with two of the top senior safeties in the Sun Belt being featured – UL’s Tracy Walker and South Alabama’s Jeremy Reaves.
• San Diego State at San Jose State – the Spartans are still winless in conference play but this game has big corners that are intriguing NFL scouts in SDSU’s Kameron Kelly and SJSU’s Andre Chachere & Jermaine Kelly.

-- Patrick Woo, Scouting Coordinator