Pinnacle — Colorado (Shocker of the Year)
How does one go from the National spotlight games, to getting it handed to you in front of your home crowd by Utah in losing 62-20? How do you prepare to then regroup and head to the altitude of the Rockies and play a 3-1 Colorado team looking to follow up with what Utah just proved is possible? For the Buffalos, Colorado is licking its chops at the opportunity to exact payback for its recent blowout losses to the Ducks. Colorado has a little head of steam, while Oregon is reeling. The Buffs should have success against a defense that couldn’t stop—or sack—Utah on Saturday. Colorado is getting production from the ground troops, and Sefo Liufau to Nelson Spruce is one of the Pac-12’s most dangerous pitch-and-catch combos. Oregon will not turn things around immediately. They have not been asked to do that with these players. They have little idea how to react off that kind of loss as having not been in that position. They are a huge road favorite, in altitude, playing against a boatload of revenge and are asked to win AND win big. Rarely happens like that. Look for this to be a game with the emotions of a major upset or the emotions of “oh so close”. TAKE COLORADO
Inner Circle — Arizona State
Saturday the entire nation will get to witness how freshman QB will be able to handle the ferocious pass rush and all out blitzing of the Arizona St Sun Devils. At best, Josh Rosen will be forced to throw short passes as going deep will be remove from the equation. The key to the upset is the Sun Devil’s potent pass rush. The top 3 tacklers for a loss in the Pac 12 are all on the Sun Devils side. The Devils can run the ball which bodes well against the Bruins main weakness as they have little in the form of a run defense. The Bruins may relax just a little too much after destroying Arizona on the road last week opening up their conference play. This is a lot of point to be giving a team that can sack you, force a turnover and create backfield havoc to a young frosh quarterback. The Sun Devils defense is set so all that needs to be done is Arizona State’s run offense to chew up some yardage and wind down the clock. TAKE ARIZONA STATE
Perfect Play — Florida
Well the good news out of Florida is that Coach Jim McElwain finally decided on a quarterback in Will Grier. He’s been their main man but has split time with Treon Harris. This should be a big boost in confidence. Last week,
he was at his best down the stretch against Tennessee, hitting 11 of his final 18 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Grier is the much better passer. Ole Miss (4-0) is still living off the win over Alabama, but a sluggish performance against Vanderbilt means it has to get back on track. This is going to be a fight. Florida is going to get tough and pound the ball, and Grier will come up with a nice game. To pull off the upset, the Gators have to make this an ugly, grinding game with long drives that eat up clock. The Gators have to force mistakes – they have yet to lose the turnover battle this year. Florida’s “D” can get to Ole Miss’ QB Chad Kelly by way of the best player on the field. Pass rusher Jonathon Bullard of Florida is the man to watch. TAKE FLORIDA
No Limit — Notre Dame
Notre Dame is already 2-0 this year versus ACC opponents, having gotten past Virginia and Georgia Tech after QB Malik Zaire was lost for the season to a fractured ankle. Now the only game circled all year for the Fighting Irish in their quest to go undefeated for the season is this game. Win this and the remainder of the season is possible to do so. But is Clemson for real? They are the favorite to win the ACC. The Tigers have beaten Wofford, Appalachian State and 1-3 Louisville in an overall lackluster effort two weeks ago. Not exactly a statement to the nation. This game will be won at the line of scrimmage with the Fighting Irish on top. The expected heavy rains should quiet the Clemson crowd as the Notre Dame linemen sink in and hold their turf. TAKE NOTRE DAME
Millionaires — Middle Tenn St.
This is the battle to see who the 3rd best team in Tennessee is behind Tennessee and Memphis. Vanderbilt will come out on the short end. Mid Tenn is a good team and is set to win the Conf USA this year. Vandy should have a huge letdown Saturday after nearly defeating Ole Miss last week and leaving everything they had on the field. Meanwhile, it’s the little brother of Tennessee football eyeing this game to increase their own stature. Vandy averages 14 ppg and Mid Tenn can put up the points as evidenced with two games where they scored over 70. QB Brent Stockstill is a pass throwing machine and has 2 fast, speedy WR in Ed Battles and Richie James. TAKE MID TENN ST.
Pinnacle —- Colorado
Inner Circle —- Arizona St.
Perfect Play —- Florida
No Limit —- Notre Dame
Millionaire —- Middle Tenn St
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