By Brad Carroll
The Saturday slate of Week 10 college football games is so big we had to break it into three parts, with 16 total matchups to preview and pick against the point spread. Below we have six of the biggest games on the evening schedule, including three matchups of ranked teams playing each other, No. 19 LSU at No. 2 Alabama, No. 13 Virginia Tech at No. 10 Miami and No. 22 Arizona at No. 17 USC, plus No. 8 TCU, No. 12 Washington and Michigan are all in action.
It’s going to be a wild Saturday, so make sure to stock up on food and drinks and sit back and enjoy it all. Our night game previews and picks are below. Make sure to check out our noon game previews and picks here and our Saturday late afternoon previews and picks here.
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Texas at No. 8 TCU, 7:15, ESPN
Spread: TCU -7
Brad’s Breakdown: TCU’s magical ride through the college football season came crashing to a halt last week when it lost to Iowa State 14-7. Until then, the Horned Frogs were 7-0 and ranked fourth in the AP poll. The first batch of College Football Playoff rankings weren’t too hurtful on the Frogs, however, as being ranked eighth is still a nice, but from from ideal, place to be, especially after such a devastating loss. TCU gets to bounce back and move up in the ranking at home against a Texas team that has been up and down this season. Texas beat Iowa State, fell just short against Oklahoma and took Oklahoma State to two overtimes before losing. The Longhorns are 4-4 but are still a program on the rise. TCU has to bounce back with a win and playing at home should be enough to catapult it back into the Playoff conversation with a solid win.
Brad’s Final: TCU 33, Texas 24 (TCU)
Craig’s Final: TCU 27, Texas 17 (TCU)
Glenn’s Final: TCU 42, Texas 31 (TCU)
Matt’s Final: TCU 31, Texas 21 (TCU)
Minnesota at Michigan, 7:30, FOX
Spread: Michigan -15.5
Brad’s Breakdown: Michigan has lost two of its last four games to not only drop to 6-2 on the season, but to drop completely out of the rankings. The Wolverines were rolling and undefeated until losing to Michigan State 14-10. After beating Indiana in overtime the following week, Michigan took its biggest blow of the season, losing 42-13 to Penn State. Michigan did get a win over Rutgers last week, but October was certainly a disaster of a month. Minnesota is 4-4 but has lost four of its last five games, taking defeats from Maryland, Purdue, Michigan State and Iowa during that stretch. The Golden Gophers already have trouble scoring, and that’s not a good thing going against a tremendous Michigan defense.
Brad’s Final: Michigan 31, Minnesota 10 (Michigan)
Craig’s Final: MIchigan 30, Minnesota 10 (Michigan)
Glenn’s Final: Michigan 31, Minnesota 17 (Minnesota)
Matt’s Final: Michigan 28, Minnesota 14 (Minnesota)
No. 19 LSU at No. 2 Alabama, 8, CBS
Spread: Alabama -21
Brad’s Breakdown: The biggest surprise to come out of the initial College Football Playoff rankings was that Alabama wasn’t No. 1. The Crimson Tide are 8-0 but the issue likely is the fact Alabama hasn’t faced anyone good this season, with only then-No. 3 Florida State as a ranked opponent. And we all know what has happened to the Seminoles this season. Alabama might just change those ranking next week as it gets its biggest test of the season in LSU. The Tigers have come a long way since losing to Troy (yes, they lost to Troy), winning three straight, against then-No. 21 Florida, then-No. 10 Auburn and Ole Miss. LSU isn’t going to beat Alabama, but the Tigers should make it at least somewhat competitive.
Brad’s Final: Alabama 38, LSU 20 (LSU)
Craig’s Final: Alabama 33, LSU 14 (LSU)
Glenn’s Final: Alabama 38, LSU 18 (LSU)
Matt’s Final: Alabama 35, LSU 13 (Alabama)
No. 13 Virginia Tech at No. 10 Miami, 8, ABC
Spread: Virginia Tech -3
Brad’s Breakdown: Miami is 7-0 on the season and controls its own destiny to play in the ACC championship game, but the fact the Hurricanes are ranked No. 10 in the College Football Playoff standings tells you all you need to know about what that record actually means. Miami has slipped past some mediocre to bad competition this season, especially over the last four weeks, where the Canes beat Florida State by four, Georgia Tech by one, Syracuse by eight and North Carolina by five. It’s no wonder visiting Virginia Tech is favored in this game. The Hokies are 7-1 with its lone blemish coming against Clemson, 31-17. Virginia Tech beat North Carolina two weeks ago 59-7, which Miami slipped by last week. The one thing about Miami, however, is that it keeps on winning those games. It won’t stop this week.
Brad’s Final: Miami 28, Virginia Tech 27 (Miami)
Craig’s Final: Miami 21, Virginia Tech 20 (Miami)
Glenn’s Final: Virginia Tech 23, Miami 21 (Miami)
Matt’s Final: Miami 21, Virginia Tech 20 (Miami)
Oregon at No. 12 Washington, 10, FS1
Spread: Washington -21
Brad’s Breakdown: Washington’s 13-7 loss to Arizona State three weeks ago likely destroyed any hope it had at making a run to the College Football Playoff. The Huskies will need to do some major damage on the scoreboard, plus get some (a lot) teams ahead of them to lose, the rest of the way to even have a shot at getting into the top four. Oregon is 5-4 but has lost three of its last four games, against then-No. 11 Washington State, then-No. 23 Stanford and UCLA before beating Utah last week. Oregon has proven it has trouble scoring against good defenses, and Washington has one of those, allowing just 12.1 points per game on that side of the ball. Washington beat Oregon 70-21 last year, so we’ll see if the Ducks can get some sort of revenge.
Brad’s Final: Washington 35, Oregon 21 (Oregon)
Craig’s Final: Washington 30, Oregon 24 (Oregon)
Glenn’s Final: Washington 42, Oregon 40 (Oregon)
Matt’s Final: Washington 56, Oregon 30 (Washington)
No. 22 Arizona at No. 17 USC, 10:45, ESPN
Spread: USC -7
Brad’s Breakdown: USC finally got the impressive victory everyone has been waiting for last week against Arizona State, winning 48-17. Before that, the Trojans were either winning close games or getting blown out by Notre Dame. Arizona is 6-2 and has won four straight since losing to Utah. Its biggest win came last week against then-No. 15 Washington State, 58-37. The Wildcats made a change at quarterback before that winning streak, and Khalil Tate not only has won all four games he’s started but has won an unprecedented four straight Pac-12 Player of the Week awards as well, giving Arizona a dynamic playmaker. I went against the Trojans last week and it spoiled what was a 9-3 week up to that point (Although, I’ll still always take a 9-4 week). But I’m going to roll the dice again.
Brad’s Final: Arizona 45, USC 42 (Arizona)
Craig’s Final: USC 28, Arizona 20 (USC)
Glenn’s Final: USC 45, Arizona 24 (USC)
Matt’s Final: USC 38, Arizona 34 (Arizona)