Thursday Thoughts; Can Volunteers, Badgers deliver the upsets at home?

After two weeks of predictions, I stand at 5-1, and despite picking some favorites last week, I’m feeling pretty good. To spice things up a bit though, I’m gonna make my picks a bit more interesting this week! In week 5 of college football this year, we were given a treat of three top 10 matchups early on in the season. Here we are, two weeks later, given another great viewing weekend as two top 10 games look to impact the Playoff race.

 

In our first game, the top ranked Crimson Tide head to Knoxville to take on the ninth ranked Volunteers of Tennessee. As the Michigan State Spartans were last year, Tennessee has been the “miracle team” of college football this year. However, despite their close and miraculous games, they have proven themselves to be in the running for the SEC championship this year, despite a loss at Texas A&M last week. Alabama meanwhile, is riding their 18 game win streak into Neyland Stadium, into what looks to be their toughest competition thus far. Alabama’s weakness this season has been to the passing game, giving up over 400 yards to both Ole Miss and Arkansas last week. If Josh Dobbs can limit his turnovers, this game could be a shootout.

My Prediction: Tennessee 45-38

 

Next we head to Wisconsin as the Badgers play host to the Buckeyes of Ohio State. With the fall of the Spartans, the Badgers appear to be one of the only blockades to the Playoffs this year for the Buckeyes, so finding a favorable matchup at home could play the difference here. Despite losing at the Big House, Wisconsin has proven itself time and again this year as a contender for the title. Ohio State on the other hand is coming off of it’s closest game yet after last weeks disappointment against Indiana. A win here gets the momentum rolling again for the victor, and will close to clinch a division title if Wisconsin is able to pull out the W. I think the home crowd will play a huge factor here, but the Badgers will fall just short.

My Prediction: Ohio State 31-24

 

The final game I’ll be taking a look at is one that many will overlook, as it’s not anything fancy, but has huge impact on one of the biggest stat lines heading into the weekend. The Western Michigan Broncos head to Akron, Ohio to play their first game as a program in a ranked position, standing 24th in the AP Poll. The team is of to their best start since 1941, and a large portion of that has to do with standout WR, Corey Davis. The Broncos are among the best in the country in a few areas, including being the last team in all of college football to have zero offensive turnovers so far. The Broncos are atop the MAC West, and the Zips are the equivalent of the MAC East, so if you want to see a preview of the MAC Championship, be sure to tune into this game! I don’t think the Zips have what it takes to stop the boat from rowing, and Western takes this one in spectacular fashion.

My Prediction: Western Michigan 49-13

 

So how close do you think I will be? Only time will tell, but if all goes according to my plan, we’ll have a new #1 by Sunday afternoon!

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