By Blake Childress
October 26th is shaping off to be what I would call an interesting upcoming weekend in College Football. I can not pinpoint exactly what it is, but something deep down in my gut feels like a game or two may not go exactly as America sees it to go. Again that is my gut feeling and I could be wrong, but October 26th will at least be a fun weekend for College Football must see TV. Below I outline 3 key games that are must watch.
Saturday, October 26, 2019 12:00 PM: Wisconsin at Ohio State (Fox) Announcers: Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Taft
So yes folks Wisconsin lost last week to Illinois 24-23, but do not turn your heads to quickly from this game. Ohio State is a 14.5 point favorite and rightfully so. Justin Fields is in my top 5 list right now for the Heisman conversation and Ohio State has all momentum swinging with them.
Do I think Wisconsin will win? No
Can Wisconsin win? Yes
Well as we saw lost week they lost 24-23 to Illinois and they also have a Heisman favorite in Jonathan Taylor.
Ryan Day has the Buckeyes looking strong and only seem to be gaining momentum forward. This will be a fun game to watch and a great way to start off this Saturday’s slate of games at 12 Noon Eastern Time.
My prediction for this game is 38-24 Ohio State.
Saturday, October 26, 2019 3:30 PM: Auburn at LSU (CBS) Announcers: Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson, Jamie Erdahl
LSU is going to be very hard to beat and to make matters worse, the game is in Death Valley.
October 12th I was in Death Valley for the Florida vs LSU Game and I will tell you the crowd is insane, the atmosphere is as tough if not one of the toughest to play at in College Football, and you better bring your A Game.
So Auburn fans where is your love? Well I was also at the Auburn vs Florida game and we see what happened with that game. The Florida defense shut down Auburn, the crowd took out Bo Nix and the Auburn offense. Tiger fans this is without a shadow of a doubt going to be nothing easy. Can Auburn win? Sure we have seen upsets happen but this is my analysis and keys for this game.
LSU we all know is very talented and balanced enough on offense that it will give Auburn’s standout defense a run for its money, but will Bo Nix and the Auburn offense do enough and put points on the board in a Death Valley environment? LSU has the defense to slow Auburn’s run game down by putting strength against strength in the trenches.
Auburn has to get big third-down plays from Nix, and he has to make sound decisions. This meeting could be a slugfest that could go down to the wire but Auburn has to remain disciplined. If Burrow has another typical work day, keeping up with LSU’s scoring proficiency may be too much for the Auburn offense to keep up with.
LSU has won six of the last eight in this series and honestly I do not see that changing this weekend.
My prediction for this game is: 48 - 24 LSU
Saturday, October 26, 2019 7:30 PM: Notre Dame at Michigan (ABC) Announcers: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Notre Dame will need some help to climb back into the playoff consideration. But they will also have to step up to the plate, starting with this Saturday’s game against Michigan a ranked Big Ten opponent on the road. The Wolverines have lost two games and are now playing for a good bowl game location, but I know deep down the Wolverines are perfectly happy with derailing Notre Dame along the way.
Michigan did have some positive takeaways from last weeks loss in Happy Valley. QB Shea Patterson was able to get things going in the passing game and make things interesting after the Wolverines fell behind 21-0 to Penn State on the road. But this Notre Dame secondary is tough and rarely beats itself. The same can be said of QB Ian Book and the Fighting Irish offense that have limited turnovers this season. The Notre Dame offense isn’t always glamorous and it will be up to the Wolverines Defense and players like LBs Khaleke Hudson to keep it that way.
My Prediction for this game is 31-28 Notre Dame