USC vs. No. 24 Utah
When: Friday, Sept. 23, 9 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1)
The Line: Utah (-3)
After a couple of poor performances against ranked teams, USC head coach Clay Helton has decided to make a change. He’s going with Sam Darnold over Max Browne at quarterback.
Prediction: Utah (-3)
No. 12 Georgia vs. No. 23 Ole Miss
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, noon ET (ESPN)
The Line: Ole Miss (-7)
With Chad Kelly at quarterback Ole Miss is 6-3 against the spread at home. Despite the 39-point swing last week against Alabama, the Rebels still crawled back within four. Ole Miss will take advantage of a shaky Georgia offensive line.
Prediction: Ole Miss (-7)
Penn State vs. No. 4 Michigan
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
The Line: Michigan (-19)
Michigan’s defense continued to hold up without All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis, as well as end Taco Charlton and tackle Bryan Mone. Finally, there’s good news. According to Nick Baumgardner of MLive, head coach Jim Harbaugh is “very hopeful” all three of them will return to the field.
That’s a problem for Penn State, which needs an offensive explosion to derail the Wolverines because of a suspect defense, and I don’t see that happening.
Prediction: Michigan (-19)
No. 11 Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Michigan State
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, noon ET (Big Ten Network)
The Line: Michigan State (-5.5)
The Badgers rarely attack down the field through the air, which is Michigan State’s lone defensive weakness. Saturday’s clash won’t be a blowout, but the Spartans will retain a touchdown advantage over Wisconsin in the fourth quarter.
Prediction: Michigan State (-5.5)
No. 19 Florida vs. No. 14 Tennessee
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
The Line: Tennessee (-6.5)
Consistency is a major problem for both Tennessee and Florida. Winning this rivalry game is an even bigger issue for the Vols, who have dropped 11 straight outings to their SEC East foe. I like the Vols because they have played better competition up to this point.
Prediction: Tennessee (-6.5)
No. 17 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Texas A&M
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Line: Texas A&M (-6)
Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema is a master at keeping away games close. Since 2014, Arkansas is 6-1 against the spread and 4-3 straight up as an underdog on the road. Red zone offense will be a problem for the Aggies against the Razorbacks and kicking field goals, instead of scoring touchdowns will get you beat.
Prediction: Arkansas (+6)
Oklahoma State vs. No. 16 Baylor
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
The Line: Baylor (-9.5)
Oklahoma State has a problem, defense. Pitt isn’t exactly an offensive juggernaut yet racked up 527 total yards and 31 points. (The Panthers also returned a fumble return for a touchdown.) We all know what Baylor can do on offense.
Prediction: Baylor (-9-5)
OTHER GAMES TOO WATCH
Kent State vs. No. 1 Alabama (-43.5)
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, noon ET (SEC Network)
Kent State is in trouble, the point spread does scare me being so big, but I am saying Roll Tide in this one.
Prediction: Alabama (-43.5)
No. 13 Florida State (-6) vs. South Florida
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, noon ET (ABC)
South Florida is a well-rounded club with a dynamic quarterback in Quinton Flowers. The Bulls are a good team, but the Noles have to be angry after last week. I still think this game could be a shocker.
Prediction: South Florida (+6)
No. 20 Nebraska (-7) vs. Northwestern
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network)
The Cornhuskers are coming off a huge win, and need to avoid a let down. The Wildcats are a much better team at home, so this could be interesting.
Prediction: Nebraska (-7)
No. 7 Stanford (-3) vs. UCLA
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
Stanford might have the worst September schedule in the nation. After defeating USC, the Cardinal now head to UCLA before traveling to Washington.
Prediction: Stanford (-3)