Stanford at USC: In a few short years, the roles have reversed. Stanford is the juggernaut. USC is the upstart, looking to make a statement. Stanford faces its first true test of the season, though there a number of reasons to like the Cardinal. Two physical teams. Two great college quarterbacks. USC has more playmaking ability at the skill positions, but expect Stanford’s power game to exploit the Trojans’ depth across the lines. Can USC cover Stanford’s tight ends? Is there a way to cover Stanford’s tight ends?
Clemson at Georgia Tech: This game looked far tastier two weeks ago. Then, the Yellow Jackets passed their expiration date and lost at Virginia and at Miami. Having had everything go right thus far, this seems the ideal moment for the Tigers to “pull a Clemson.” Their offense should be too explosive for the Yellow Jackets to keep up with, especially if Tech falls behind early. Though, Clemson is below average against the run and if the Yellow Jackets can get through the D-line, they can befuddle and exploit a vulnerable group of linebackers.
Wisconsin at Ohio State: If Luke Fickell wishes to keep his present employment, he must start pulling off some upsets. Ohio State is coming off a bye week. They should be in a slightly better mindset after a win against Illinois. They are playing in Columbus. That said, the weak unit in this game is clearly the Ohio State offense. They aren’t productive and they’ve become almost entirely one-dimensional, completing just one pass against the Illini and defending four. The Buckeyes defense can slow down Wisconsin, though, probably not enough for their offense to keep up.
Previously: College Football Preview Week Nine
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