Duane Rankin’s Week 10 forecast

   October 30, 2012 10:10 pm    0

 

Here are three college football games worth watching in Week 10.

Game of the week: No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 SEC) at No. 5 LSU Tigers (7-1, 3-1 SEC), Saturday, 8 p.m., WSEE (CBS).

Pregame rant: As good as this game will be, we don’t want to see the Tide and Tigers play in the national title game again.

Alabama hasn’t lost since it fell 9-6 in overtime at home to the Tigers. The Tide dominated LSU in the national title game, but the Tigers can avenge that loss and really put themselves in the national title picture.

The Tide are first in the nation in run defense. LSU is eighth. So the team that has the better quarterback should win Saturday.

Edge Alabama.

A.J. McCarron has thrown 18 touchdowns, no interceptions and can make all the throws. If Zach Mettenberger is called upon to beat the Tide, it’s not going down.

Matt Barkley can make amends for USC's disappointing season by leading the Trojans past the Ducks in Saturday's Pac-12 showdown./AP

No. 2 Oregon Ducks (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) at No. 18 USC Trojans (6-2, 4-2 Pac-12), Saturday, 7 p.m., WFXP (FOX)

Pregame rant: The Ducks are going to need USC to beat Notre Dame later this season to help them play for a national title.

On Saturday, they have to make a statement and crush the Trojans in the Coliseum.

The Ducks have the offense to run up points and are catching USC after it lost at Arizona. If Oregon jump out on the Trojans early, it could get ugly.

Chances of that are good. This season, Oregon has outscored its opponents 162-26 in the first quarter.

Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) at No. 3 Kansas State Wildcats (8-0, 5-0 Big 12), Saturday, 8 p.m, WJET (ABC)

Pregame rant: Kansas State is right where it wants to be in theĀ  BCS rankings.

The Wildcats are second behind Alabama, but can’t afford any slip ups. Looking at their final four games, their two toughest ones are at home — Saturday against the Cowboys and Dec. 1 against Texas.

Pitt has the daunting task of trying to score against the Irish defense led by Heisman Trophy candidate Manti Te'o./AP Photo

If senior quarterback Collin Klein continues to dominant, Kansas State won’t have any problems in either one. In his last two games, the leading Heisman Trophy candidate has rushed for six touchdowns and thrown five more.

Snooze on these, though.

Pittsburgh Panthers (4-4, 1-3 Big East) at No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-0), Saturday, 3:30 p.m., WICU (NBC)

Pregame rant: The Panthers are going to try to score against a team ranked second in the nation in scoring defense. The Irish are yielding just 9.88 points a game.

Now Tino Sunseri has improved as a quarterback for Pitt as evidence of him throwing 18 touchdowns to only two interceptions this season. He hasn’t thrown a pick in his last five games.

Last season, he threw 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. However, Notre Dame has intercepted 13 passes this season. Good luck trying to complete passes on the Irish.

Missouri Tigers (4-4, 1-4 SEC) at No. 8 Florida Gators (7-1, 6-1 SEC), Saturday, noon, ESPN2.

Pregame rant: The Tigers were feeling good last week.

Got that first SEC win by beating Kentucky, but woke up Sunday morning realizing they have to face an upset Florida team next in The Swamp.

In an instant, Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller can change the game for the Buckeyes./AP Photo

The Gators are coming off a loss to Georgia in Jacksonville that not only cost them a shot at a national title, but likely knocked them out of the SEC title game.

Not good for Missouri.

Illinois Fighting Illini (2-6, 0-4 Big Ten) at No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten), Saturday, 3:30 p.m, ESPN.

Pregame rant: Hate to keep picking on Illinois. The Illini are having a tough enough time this season.

Won’t get any easier against Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes.

A sophomore, Miller is 11th in the nation in rushing with 1,033 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. He’s thrown for 1,527 yards and 12 touchdowns.

— Duane Rankin

 

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