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October 17, 2013

Weekend Forecast: Week Eight

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Florida St. vs. Clemson
Patrick Says: In what's a battle of undefeated and legitimate national title contenders, Florida State and Clemson will likely put on one of the best games we've seen this season. Playing in Death Valley at night is no easy task and I think the Tigers start with a distinct advantage simply because of that. Really, at the core of this matchup, these teams are pretty even. The Seminoles are averaging a ridiculous 54 points per game and Clemson is putting an average of 41. Their defenses are rather impressive too, as Florida State is allowing only 12 points a contest and the Tigers 16. It's why these two squads are in the mix to play for it all in January. I think Tajh Boyd and Clemson get it done at home, though. On paper, Florida State appears more dominant but the Tiger's early win against a good Georgia team still resonates with me. Clemson 31 Florida State 28
Auburn vs. Texas A&M
Andrew Says: Johnny Manziel added to his legend last weekend against Ole Miss, coming out of the game with what looked to be a bad knee injury only to re-enter the game and lead the Aggies to a come-from-behind victory. Texas A&M will add to its win column this weekend, no problem. Manziel and the Aggies have, in my opinion, the best offense in the country outside of Oregon, and the Tigers will have little success trying to stop it. Texas A&M's defense is shaky, at best, but Auburn doesn't possess the talent or experience needed to hang with Manziel's crew.Texas A&M 38 Auburn 21
UCLA vs. Stanford
Noon Says: Stanford is coming off of a loss to Utah, a loss that the college football world did not see coming. UCLA on the otherhand rolled Cal at the Rose Bowl. But what happened last week doesn't matter this week and Stanford is the much better team as a whole. Stanford has won the last five matchups after UCLA won the previous five in this series of streaks. I may take Brett Hundley (UCLA) if I were picking a QB to build a team around but I think the Cardinal will be angry and UCLA will see its good fortunes come to an end in this one. Stanford 31 UCLA 24
Florida vs. Missouri
Marc Says: The grind of a college football season has taken its toll on both of these programs recently as the Gators find themselves down a few starters and Missouri, coming off a huge win against Georgia, now finds itself without starting QB James Franklin. In comes former Ohio High School star Maty Mauk for the Tigers and he will be facing a very stout Florida defense that played an outstanding game last week against LSU. Missouri has been arguably the biggest surprise in college football this year but with an inexperienced QB against a fast and aggressive Florida defense, I look for the Gators to pull out a much needed road win. Florida 24 Missouri 17
Central Florida vs. Louisville
AndyMac Says: For weeks, I've been claiming this as a potential "trap" game for the Cardinals but after Rutgers gave them a bit of a scare, I can't imagine Charlie Strong's boys will come out flat again. Teddy Bridgewater continues to show why he's a candidate to become the next Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback and should have a strong showing against a sub-par UCF defense. Expect a shootout in Louisville. Louisville 52 UCF 34
Washington vs. Arizona St.
Tom Says: The No. 25 Washington Huskies travel to Tempe (Ariz.) on Saturday to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils in what promises to be a high scoring contest. Arizona State ranks higher in total offense and total defense than Washington, with both playing fairly equal quality of opponents. Sun Devil QB Taylor Kelly will have success against the UW defense as will RB Marion Grice. Washington QB Keith Price will have success against the Sun Devil defense, but it will not be enough. Arizona State 31 Washington 24
Minnesota vs. Northwestern
Indiana vs. Michigan
BYU vs. Houston
Washington St. vs. Oregon

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