Which Top 10 Team Is Most Likely to Lose in Week 10?
by Rick Bouch Scores & Statson
Two Top 10 clashes lead the Week 10 slate of college football action meaning at lose two of the top teams in the country are going to fall. No. 4 Notre Dame faces a tough challenge at Northwestern and fifth-ranked Michigan battles No. 14 Penn State in yet another Big Ten showdown. Which Top 10 teams are going down this week?
The Gimmes No. 2 Clemson will be too much for Louisville which is still trying to figure out how to function without Lamar Jackson. No. 8 Washington State, the Pac-12’s only one-loss team at 7-1, gets Cal while 10th-ranked Ohio State entertains Nebraska. Oklahoma could have a scare on the road at Texas Tech, but it is unlikely. These four Top 10 teams will all be victorious this weekend.
SEC East Title Sixth-ranked Georgia faces off with No. 9 Kentucky in a de facto SEC East title game. The winner will win the division. The Wildcats haven’t won any SEC championships since the 1970s. Their defense is one of the nation’s best and tied for No. 1 in scoring defense giving up just 13.0 points a game.
Georgia has won eight straight in the series. Kentucky’s last win was in 2009. Both teams run the ball very well, but the Bulldogs have the edge at quarterback where Jake Fromm is completing over 67 percent of his passes. That will be the difference in a Georgia victory.
The Big House Penn State, coming off a huge win over Iowa last week, travels to Michigan to take on the No. 5 Wolverines. Last year at home, the Nittany Lions tore up Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown’s defense in a 42-13 win. This time around, Brown’s defense is even better and PSU QB Trace McSorley doesn’t have Saquon Barkley or TE Mike Gesicki to rely on. Michigan leads the country in total defense and has allowed just 20 points in its last two games against previously ranked Wisconsin and Michigan State. The Wolverines win at home.
Irish on the Road The unbeaten Irish are No. 4 in the first College Football Playoff poll and travel to Northwestern this weekend. The Wildcats are 5-3 and have won four straight since losing to Michigan 20-17. They made a statement last week in beating Wisconsin 31-17. Northwestern still has too many questions on offense where the Irish do not.
Quarterback Ian Book has made all of the difference for Notre Dame. He is 130-of-170 for 1,481 yards and 13 touchdowns. The running game has been solid and the defense continues to improve. The Irish win and will likely move up a spot in next week’s CFP rankings.
The Big One All eyes this week will be on No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 LSU. The winner will likely win the SEC West. For the Tigers who have one loss already, a loss to the Crimson Tide almost certainly knocks them out of contention for the CFP. Both defenses are very good, but the Alabama offense is simply unstoppable.
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa leads a unit that scores 54.1 points per game, tops in the nation. Two backs – Najee Harris and Damien Harris – have nearly 500 yards rushing. The passing game averages 347.4