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This week offers several highly anticipated matchups between highly ranked teams, as well as a new #1 overall team for the first time all season. Here’s a quick look at some games to watch.
Kentucky @ #1 LSU
Louisiana State takes on Kentucky in Baton Rouge in its first game as the top-seeded team in college football. While this certainly puts a target on its back, LSU should be able to beat fellow SEC-squad Kentucky fairly easily. Vegas has them as 27-point favorites. I say that’s too low. Prediction: LSU 45 - Kentucky 13
#3 Alabama @ #12 Florida
In a matchup of unbeatens, Alabama rolls into The Swamp to face SEC-rival Florida. Florida has been putting up huge numbers this season on offense as it looks they’ve finally found a replacement for golden boy Tim Tebow. Alabama, on the flip side, is coming off a big win against Arkansas and looks to be a legitimate contender. With pretty evenly matched teams, I’m giving the edge to home-field advantage and the Gators in an upset. Prediction: Florida 34 - Alabama 31
#8 Nebraska @ #7 Wisconsin
Nebraska, in its first season in the Big 10 conference, comes into Wisconsin with a 4-0 record in another battle of unbeatens. Nebraska is going to look to make a statement to the rest of the conference. Wisconsin has the all-important home-field advantage, and that’s enough for me with teams this even. Prediction: Wisconsin 27 - Nebraska 17
#13 Clemson @ #11 Virginia Tech
Unbeaten matchups galore! In this ACC matchup, surprising Clemson comes off back-to-back wins over Auburn and Florida State, both ranked at the time. Virginia Tech has yet to play a ranked team, and that inexperience will cost them. Clemson continues its surprising season with a big road win. Prediction: Clemson 31 - Virginia Tech 21
As you can see, we’ve got a full slate of games this weekend in the AP top-25. Look for close games, high drama, and lots of shuffling in the top-25 after this week’s over.
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