At first glance, not the most appetizing slate of games this week, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll see we’re in for another great week of college football. The rivalry of Georgia and Florida headlines the top 5 games to watch this week. ESPN’s college GameDay will put Temple in the spotlight this week, how will they handle it? Can USC feed of their upset win against Utah and continue to play inspired football? How will Miami respond to the firing of Al Golden? What team is on upset alert this week?
1.) Georgia @ #12 Florida
The biggest game of the week is of course, an SEC matchup as it seems to be every week. An intense rivalry that often flies under the radar in that conference. The Gators won last year for the first time since 2010. The Gators look to strengthen their CFB Playoff hopes with Treon Harris playing in place of the still-suspended Will Grier. On the other hand, Georgia is desperate for a win in order to stay relevant in the SEC. A win would put them in next week’s top 25. This game shapes up to be a physical, exciting game and very well could come down to the last play of the game.
2.) #11 Notre Dame @ #21 Temple
ESPN’s College GameDay heads over to Philadelphia this week which puts Temple in the national spotlight for perhaps the first time in school history. The Owls have so much to gain with a win – it would launch them near the top 10 and make them a player in a BCS bowl game. This is the biggest game for the program in quite sometime. On paper, Notre Dame looks like a heavy favorite, but you can’t sleep on Temple. The Fighting Irish don’t have much to gain with a win, but a lot to lose with a loss.
3.) USC @ California
This is the game I have my eye on this week. Since Clay Helton took over as interim head coach, USC has looked like a rejuvenated program and have been playing much better football – they almost beat ND and are coming off a huge upset win against Utah. The Golden Bears have lost two straight and are close to desperation mode – they definitely need a win this week, especially at home. Cal hasn’t beaten USC since 2003, dropping 11 straight. Helton looks to keep building his case to be retained as the head coach for next season.
4.) Miami (FL) @ #19 Duke
How will Miami respond to the worst loss in school history? Not only that, how will they play in their first game since the firing of Al Golden? Duke is coming off a huge victory in 4OT on the road against Virginia Tech – they look to keep on building their résumé as a legitimate BCS contender. Miami has owned the series, however, winning 10 of their last 11 matchups. On the other hand, Duke is just two years removed from a win against the Hurricanes. Both teams have a lot to gain from a win – it should be a scrappy, physical contest in Durham.
5.) West Virginia @ #6 TCU
Is this finally the week that TCU goes down? It seems like every week their close to being upset, up until Trevone Boykin bails them out. Even at 3-3, West Virginia poses as a threat. Plus, they are desperate for a conference win. TCU is a fun team to watch, especially when they’re involved in tight games.
#9 Oklahoma State @ Texas Tech
My upset pick of the week will see Oklahoma State lose their first game of the season. I’m really big on Kliff Kingsbury, I love what he has done with that program. Texas Tech brings a high powered offense to the field with gunslinger, Patrick Mahomes leading the charge. It’s going to be a high scoring game that comes down to the last drive, but I think the Red Raiders pull it out. Texas Tech looks for their first win against OK State since 2008.