Week 8: 5 Games to Watch

Rundown for week 8 features some great match ups to plan your day around.

Make sure you listen to Carress’ Corner to get your locks this weekend.

Five Games at five different time slots:

1.  (6) Michigan -7 at (24) Michigan state                                        12:00 FOX

Michigan State is coming off a huge win over Penn State, while Michigan has been rolling since their home opener, this game doesn’t just have implications for the BIG 10 but for the greater college football playoff picture. Early games do not get much better than this match up as an exciting Michigan offense sees if it can keep momentum in East Lansing.

2. (16) NC State at (3) Clemson -17.5                                                   3:30 ESPN

Clemson looks to keep punishing ACC opponents and this game looks to be no different. Enjoying a bye week last week, Clemson watched as 4 top 8 teams suffered losses. The Tigers should be rejuvenated against a likely draft pick at quarterback in Ryan Finley. He has been efficient this year and looks to continue his impressive campaign today at Clemson.

3. (22) Mississippi State at (5) LSU -6.5                                                7:00 ESPN

The Tigers were crushed by the bulldogs last year 37-7. LSU will be looking for revenge, but more importantly to keep momentum. Coming off a great win against Georgia last week the Tigers are playing their 8th straight game and will look to overcome fatigue in this prime-time pairing.

4.  (12) Oregon at (25) Washington State -3                                         7:30 FOX

A home game for Washington State and making them a favorite against the best team in the PAC-12, Oregon. The Cougars have an impressive 5-1 record but with wins coming against Wyoming, San Jose State, Eastern Washington, Utah and Oregon State. Nothing to write home about. Look for Oregon to put up big points in a high scoring game out West.

5. Arizona at UCLA  -8                                                                                 10:30 ESPN 2 

Arizona has been disappointing, as Khalil Tate has been injured from the first game of the season. UCLA finally won a game last week and Chip Kelly hopes he can get this team going in the right direction. Rich Rodriguez’s son, Rhett Rodriguez, will get his first collegiate start at quarterback this weekend. Both defenses in this game are lackluster as both teams have struggled. This game doesn’t feature the best teams, but never sleep on #PAC12afterdark

Week 7: 5 Games to Watch

We are back with a rundown for what to watch this weekend.  Don’t forget to listen to the pod and line-up your bets

Five Games at five different time slots:

1.  Tennessee at (21) Auburn -16.5                                               12:00 SEC

Both of these teams are desperate. Tennessee to stay relevant and Auburn to stay in the SEC title picture. Auburn’s offense is averaging a middling 29 points per game. Is it still warm enough for southern girls to wear sun dresses?

2. (2) Georgia -7.5 at (12) LSU                                                         3:30 CBS

LSU got steamrolled by Florida last weekend, getting embarrassed on defense. This one comes down to LSU’s pass rush on Georgia QB Jake Fromm and his 72% completion percentage. Like most SEC battles this game will be won by linemen.

3. (7) Washington -3.5 at (17) Oregon                                          4:30 FOX

Could be the best PAC-12 game of the year, as the two best teams go at it in Oregon. Justin Herbert has looked much better than Jake Browning and can really solidify his status as the best QB in the PAC-12 with a pivotal win this week. Oregon is coming off a bye-week and should be ready to go at home.

4.  (15) Wisconsin at (12) Michigan -10                                          7:00 ABC

The is Harbaugh good talk? will continue to percolate until he gets Michigan into the CFP. Wisconsin suffered an embarrassing loss to BYU and has rebounded since, crushing both Nebraska and Iowa. College Gameday will be there.

5. (19) Colorado at USC -7                                                                10:30 FS1 

Last game of the night features an undefeated Colorado vs USC. USC still has athletes, but is not the daunting power of past. Colorado is improbably undefeated, granted they haven’t really played anyone noteworthy. Somehow this game will go into overtime and 3/4 of the country will be asleep. Laviska Shenault, just remember that name when you watch this game.


Week 5: Five Games to Watch

Week Five has some interesting match-ups as top teams in the Big Ten clash, and the Pac-12 play some key non conference games.

Five Games at five different time slots:

1.  (12) West Virginia -3.5 at (25) Texas Tech                         12:00 ESPN2

Start your day off with offense in a Big 12 shootout. Tech is averaging over 600 yards a game and 52 points. Will Grier the Heisman hopeful takes his team into Texas hoping to avoid an early game-day loss.  WVU hasn’t played a close game yet feasting on lowly Kansas State last weekend.

2. (14) Michigan -9 at Northwestern                                            4:30 FOX

The 3:00 time-slot is rough this week so we will bump to 4:30. Michigan goes on the road hoping to establish there run game early on. Led by Paddy Fischer(great name) and the NW defense will have there hands full against a staunch running game from Michigan featuring senior RB Karan Higdon.

3.  Florida at (23) Mississippi State -8                                           6:00 ESPN

Mullen returns to the Mississippi State for the first time since leaving, look for him to get torched by the home crowd. The Bulldogs hope to bury there old coach with QB Nick Fitzgerald leading the way on the ground. Florida’s offense will struggle to put up points against one of the most talented defensive lines in the country.

4.  (4) Ohio State -3.5 at (9) Penn State                                           7:00 ABC

White out, Game of the week, Saturday night in Happy Valley, electricity. After a slow afternoon of football things heat up at night. This game has playoff implications and will test OSU QB Dwayne Haskins. McSorley vs Haskins will be fun to watch.

4.5. (7) Stanford at (8) Notre Dame -5.5                                        7:30 NBC 

The 7 pm hour is loaded. Find a second tv because this is must watch with two undefeated teams after Stanford’s improbable comeback against a good Notre Dame team. Saturday night prime-time in South Bend featuring a Heisman hopeful in RB Love what else can you ask for?

5.  (19) Oregon -3.5  at (24) California                                             10:30 FS1   

Brutal follow up game for Oregon after the Stanford loss at home last week. Finish the night with a high scoring showdown. QB Justin Herbert the possible first pick in the draft next year, and Oregon look to bounce back on the road.

Week 4: 5 Games to Watch

Once College Game Day has finished and Lee Corso dons a duck mask or starts dancing with the Stanford tree, its time to decide what football games are worth watching.

Here are five games at five different time slots and a bonus game for good measure.

1. (23) Boston College  -7 at Purdue                ESPN 2 12:00 pm ET

BC goes to West Lafayette looking to prove its top 25 ranking. If Purdue doesn’t win is Jeff Brohm going to make it the entire season? The line is only 6.5 BC against an 0-3 Purdue team.

2. (22) Texas AM (22) at (1) Alabama  -26      CBS  3:30 pm ET

Alabama is projected to win big no surprise here, but can the AM offense put up some points against this Bama defense? Texas AM didn’t disappoint against Clemson and their NFL ready defensive line.

3. (17) TCU -3 at Texas                                         Fox 4:30 pm ET

UT beat USC last week but will they put together two good weeks? Predicted to be a low scoring game, TCU is the favorite with a more explosive offense. Texas has a 1-5 record against TCU since they have joined the Big-12(ouch). TCU is coming off a loss against OSU.

4. (7) Stanford -2 at (20) Oregon                      ABC 7:00 pm ET

On paper the best game of the day and it’s not even close. If the PAC-12 wants to keep playoff hopes alive they need a Stanford win. Also, how lucky is Oregon that Willie Taggart is no longer their coach, instead he is destroying the storied FSU program.  Another Heisman hopeful in RB Love looks to put up some highlights on national TV. Should be the best uniform matchup of the night.

5. ASU vs (10) Washington  – 17.5                    ESPN 10:30 pm ET

Pac-12 after dark has a compelling case for best time-slot of the day. You’ve lost all your bets for the day, you are at a bar, and you need Washington to cover. Washington is down at halftime, so you double down on your bet, what could go wrong?

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