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2017 NCAA FOOTBALL – WEEK 9 BIG GAMES

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Computer Hope This game comes down to J.T. Barrett’s ability to play a big time game against a big time opponent. Against Oklahoma, Barrett was 19/35 (54%) for 183yds/0TD/1INT. Since then Barrett has gone 99/137 (72%) for 1351yds/18TD/0INT. Sure Saquon Barkley & Trace McSorley will be tough, but the real question will be if the Penn St. defense can contain Barrett & cause him to have an off game against and ELITE defense? Barrett needs to have a big game. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Strength v. Strength! Notre Dame can make a pretty good argument they have the best O-Line in the nation. NC State in contrast can argue they have the best D-Line in the nation! What’s interesting here is that the Wolfpack rank 122nd in pass defense, but 6th in rush defense.  Notre Dame shows the same tendencies so the team that wins might be the team that has the best QB that day. Can Brandon Wimbush pass enough to get Josh Adams going? Computer Hope
Computer Hope This is a great opportunity for the Georgia to make a statement nationally with a complete demolition of Florida. The Gators have won the last 3 meetings and are 21-6 in their last 27 meetings. Georgia is ULTRA athletic on defense while Florida is having issues at QB. That’s a bad recipe for Florida to think they’ll come out with a win. On top of that Florida will have to worry about a Georgia running attack that is comparable to Alabama’s! UGA wins. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Morgantown is a fantastic atmosphere for football & I love college football when the Moutaineers are good, but this game is going to come down to whether or not WVU can put up any sort of defensive front to Oklahoma St.’s offense. Baylor scored 36 on West Virginia last week which means the Cowboys might put up 80 on the WVU defense! I thought OSU played well defensive last week against Texas so WVU should be slowed. WVU has to play D. Computer Hope
Computer Hope A lot more on the line in this one that meets the eye. For Clemson, a loss probably eliminates them from playoff contention, but GT is THIS close to being undefeated & a playoff contender themselves. The Jackets get Virginia Tech in Atlanta so a win here could mean GT is 2 Miami-FL losses away from an ACC Coastal title. GT is not an easy team to play at all. Yes, Clemson has a lot more talent, but GT can be physically overwhelming. Can’t wait! Computer Hope
Computer Hope Arizona is flying a bit under the radar despite being 5-2 with their two losses coming by a total of 9 points. The Wildcats have won 3 straight games & are averaging 52.4PPG in their 5 wins compared to 20.0PPG in losses. Therein lies the strategy. Can Washington St. hold Arizona’s offense down in Tuscon? What is different about the Cougars this year is the defense. Wazzou ranks 21st in scoring defense & that should be enough to escape with a victory. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Don’t look now but Iowa St. could win the Big XII! The stage won’t be too big for the Cyclones who went into Norman and beat Oklahoma 38-31 a couple of weeks ago. If you are looking for a blueprint, there really isn’t one. Iowa St. gave up quite a bit to the Sooners so ISU’s defense might not be key. What should be key is the Cyclones keeping it close & not making mistakes. TCU has a tough defense, but ISU can play mistake free they have a shot here. Computer Hope
Computer Hope Like Arizona, Arizona St. finds itself flying under the radar a bit here at 4-3 but 3-1 in Pac 12 play with a real shot at wining the Pac 12 South. Unfortunately for USC, they’ve been turning the ball over quite a bit while Arizona St.’s defense can be quite opportunistic. The defense can get after the passer which could spell bad news for Sam Darnold just as it spelled bad news for Jake Browning & Washington. Darnold can’t make mistakes or ASU wins. Computer Hope
Computer Hope The Huskies had a week off to stew about their loss to Arizona St. which gave them another week to prepare for Josh Rosen & UCLA. The Bruins got a solid win over Oregon last week, but make no mistake, this UW defense is NASTY and I think Rosen takes a beating while the Huskies defense pours it on. Rosen hasn’t been particularly consistent this season & I think he might have a tough time finishing this game. Get ready for Washington to flex a bit. Computer Hope
Computer Hope This game doesn’t have much national impact, but in theory Texas A&M could potentially win the SEC West if they win out & Alabama collapses. Both squads are 5-2 so a win gives the victors bowl eligibility & at 6-2 probably gets them ranked. The Bulldogs could have a shot at a 10-3 season if they win this game and win out with a loss coming to Alabama. On the other side, Kevin Sumlin needs a win. Another 8-4 season won’t cut it at A&M. Computer Hope
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October 23, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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