Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/13/12

Tennessee plays at home against the Florida Gators in a pivotal SEC match-up. Florida has the advantage in this game with their 10 returners on defense. Jon Bostic will be all over the place at his linebacker position for the Gators. The Gators' defense has shown weakness in their previous games, while their D tightened in the second half. Tyler Bray for the Vols will make big plays early in this contest. The biggest two points of this game:The Gators will need to get up for another road game in two weeks time, and Florida's Jeff Driskel playing the QB position in Neyland Stadium. Tennessee 24 Florida 21 Upset Alert!! .

USC at Stanford This game will be a close one if Stanford slows the game down by completing short passes to their tight ends. One thing for sure, USC still has issues with their defense. Last week's Syracuse game wasn't a positive sign for USC to win a title. With no Andrew Luck in this year's game, the advantage is on USC's side with three offensive weapons:Matt Barkley, Silas Redd, and Robert Woods. If USC can win the turnover battle,  USC wins this one by a 31-20 score.   

Alabama at Arkansas My pick in a previous article will be taken back. With an uncertainty at the QB position, Arkansas will not have that advantage with QB Tyler Wilson. Arkansas needs to establish the running game with Knile Davis to make this a game. Something has to change with Arkansas' D since they gave up a total of 58 points between La. Monroe and Jacksonville State. A.J. McCarron will have a big day mixing his passing up with the deep running back core of the Crimson Tide. With Tyler Wilson not playing a strong role, the Tide defense will have a big day statistically. I will eat my former pick and take Bama - 34-16.

California at Ohio State Move over James Franklin and Denard Robinson, Braxton Miller could be the best duel threat in the country! Miller has passed for 362 yards and rushed for 302 in the Buckeyes' first two games. With Cal giving up 31 points at home against Southern Utah, these stats along with Miller at QB will be a disaster for Cal. Cal/Ohio State game sounds like a Rose Bowl game. This is enough for a Buckeye team who is on probation to have something to play for. With nine returners on defense, Ohio State wins by a score of 38-16.

Notre Dame at Michigan State This could be one of the most important games in ND's history. With all the talk of Notre Dame not being relevant in football, they could change their course with a win on Saturday. Everett Golson needs to be mistake free against Michigan State. ND will need Theo Riddick to run the ball effectively. Michigan State will need to pass the ball with success because ND's defense has not given up many yards on the ground. Le'Veon Bell will not be a factor for MSU. MSU's QB Andrew Maxwell will have a big game with a 27-20 victory over the Irish.

 

 

 

 

 



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