I am never going to pretend that I am a college football writer. I am an average guy who went to a D3 school and enjoyed watching football on Saturdays. I have no bias. I have no team. That being said, let me give you my bullet points for what I am excited to see on Saturday.
#2 Alabama Vs. University of South Carolina
USC started off the year in a bad way with a hard loss to UNC. They then went on to play Charleston Southern and kick their dicks in with their freshmen Quarterback, Ryan Hilinski leading the way. It was a good game to boost the confidence of this kid. Now he has to go in and face Alabama. The key to this game is playing perfect football. I know that sounds dumb, but that what you have to do to beat Saban and his boys. One turnover can turn the tides for or against you. I’m not ready to put Bama on upset watch, but I will always root for them to collapse.
Kansas Vs. Boston College
The Eagles have looked like a different team this year. Aj Dillon is healthy and Anthony Brown has looked amazing under center. They both are making a case for BC to be ranked and appreciated in the ACC. The Jayhawks don’t seem confident in the QB, Carter Stanley. He is going to have to do better than last week where he threw for 107 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions. BC is going to be looking for the big play and the Kansas defense has to be ready to defend against that or they will end up like Virginia Tech.
Florida State Vs. #25 Virginia
Florida State what happened to you? You Barely beat out ULM last week, then the week before that you collapsed and lost to Boise State. You have the talent to win you just aren’t producing. Virginia is out to prove that their hype is fitting. This game means more to FSU. For a program of their caliber, they cannot afford to spend three years un-ranked. My take, it’s time to put Hornibrook in and let him lead you to a win.
Hawaii Vs. #23 Washington
If you have read my previous post *cough cough* here *cough cough* You know how high I am on Hawaii this year. They have a chance to capitalize on a falling Washington team that lost to Cal last week. Washington is going to look to take advantage of the above average defense of the Rainbow Warriors. I still think my boy Cole McDonald (had a farm) will burn through Washington.
#1 Clemson Vs. Syracuse
Syracuse is going into this as a four touchdown underdog. If you’re shocked raise your hand….nope…no one? Okay. HOWEVER, Syracuse fans still have the memory of 2017 when they upset #2 Clemson. This is not that team. Trevor Lawrence is equal parts good at football and good at getting mistaken for a girl at a bar. The Tigers defense looks really good so far this year and I don’t expect that to change. For Syracuse to pull another upset, the key will be pressing the young defensive line and testing out the ability of their Linebackers. Even with all that, I still believe Clemson leaves here with a win.