Tucker’s Pick ‘Em: College football picks and previews for Week 10
Record last week: 7-2
Record this year: 75-23
No. 2 Florida State (7-0, 4-0 ACC) @ No. 25 Louisville (6-2, 4-2 ACC)
Thanks to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee’s first poll, this will be a meeting of two ranked teams.
Vegas is floating the line between three and four points in favor of the Seminoles, who will have to navigate around the nation’s top-rated defense. The Cardinals have given up just eight offensive touchdowns (one more than Ole Miss) and are giving up less than 244 yards a game.
Thursday night games tend to get a little crazy:
Louisville 44, Florida State 38
Actual Score: Florida State 42, Louisville 31 (LOSS)
Troy (1-7, 1-3 Sun Belt) @ Georgia Southern (6-2, 5-0 Sun Belt)
Thursday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m
It’s a shame Troy coach Larry Blakeney’s career is ending this way.
Eight games into the season, the Trojans have one win and still have the league’s two unbeaten teams on their schedule.
They get Georgia Southern this week before playing Georgia State (1-7, 0-5) and Idaho (1-6, 1-4).
Blakeney’s finale is against Louisiana-Lafayette (4-3, 3-0) on November 29:
Georgia Southern 56, Troy 10
Actual Score: Georgia Southern 42, Troy 10 (WIN)
No. 7 TCU (6-2, 3-1 Big 12) @ No. 20 West Virginia (6-2, 4-1 Big 12)
Saturday, November 1 at 3:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN2
If you’re a fan of offense, you don’t want to miss this one.
The Horned Frogs are scoring an average of 50 points a game, including 82 in last week’s win over Texas Tech. West Virginia isn’t far behind. The Mountaineers are scoring right at 37 a game and haven’t scored less than 33 in a game since their 33-23 season opening loss to Alabama.
West Virginia already beat Baylor. Now it will knock off TCU:
West Virginia 42, TCU 38
Actual Score: TCU 31, West Virginia 30 (LOSS)
Florida (3-3, 2-3 SEC) vs. No. 11 Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC)
Saturday, November 1 at 3:30 p.m. CBS
If you haven’t heard, Georgia’s star running back Todd Gurley won’t return until the Auburn game.
The junior from North Carolina will serve a total suspension of four games. He’ll also be required to pay back to charity some of the $3,000 he accepted for his autographs and he must complete 40 hours of community service.
The Bulldogs have done just fine without him.
They’ll get Florida’s best shot at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party but will beat the Gators for the fourth year in a row:
Georgia 24, Florida 13
Actual Score: Florida 38, Georgia 20 (LOSS)
Virginia (4-4, 2-2 ACC) @ Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2 ACC)
Saturday, November 1 at 3:30 p.m. ESPNU
Georgia Tech capitalized on four Pittsburgh turnovers to jump out to a 28-0 lead last week on its way to setting a Heinz Field scoring record with 56 points.
The way the Jackets performed on the road says a lot about this team. Instead of folding after two close losses, it was able to bounce back with a 28-point win in Pennsylvania.
I like the Jackets’ chances at home against the Wahoo-Wahs:
Georgia Tech 38, Virginia 31
Actual Score: Georgia Tech 35, Virginia 10 (WIN)
Kentucky (5-3, 2-3 SEC) @ Missouri (6-2, 3-1 SEC)
Saturday, November 1 at 4 p.m. SEC NETWORK
Can you believe Missouri is 6-2?
It seemed like all hope was lost for the Tigers after they lost 34-0 at home to Georgia, but they bounced back with a 42-13 win at Florida. Last week against Vanderbilt, it was back to being mediocre.
The Tigers needed a late touchdown to pull away and beat Vanderbilt 24-14:
Missouri 24, Kentucky 17
Actual Score: Missouri 20, Kentucky 10 (WIN)
The Citadel (2-6, 0-3 SoCon) @ Mercer (5-4, 1-4 SoCon)
Saturday, November 1 at 4 p.m. ESPN3
What better time to pick up your first Southern Conference home win than at homecoming?
Young teams are bound to make mistakes, and Mercer has seen its fair share. The Bears have been on the losing end in four of their five SoCon games, but they’ve come close to beating some of the league’s best.
They’ll put it together this week:
Mercer 38, The Citadel 28
Actual Score: The Citadel 28, Mercer 26 (LOSS)
Fort Valley State (6-2, 4-1 SIAC) @ Morehouse (4-4, 2-3 SIAC)
Saturday, November 1 at 7 p.m.
FVSU has struggled the last two weeks against teams it was supposed to beat easily.
The Wildcats edged Limestone (2-6), a start-up program, by five points on October 18 and needed a pick-six last week against Paine (1-7) to ensure a win at homecoming.
A win on the road at Morehouse will make next week’s game at Albany State (5-2, 5-0) the SIAC East championship:
Fort Valley State 28, Morehouse 21
Actual Score: Morehouse 24, Fort Valley State 21 (LOSS)
No. 3 Auburn (6-1, 3-1 SEC) @ No. 4 Ole Miss (7-1, 4-1 SEC)
Saturday, November 1 at 7 p.m. ESPN
Auburn faces its second top 5 opponent of the year. The unfortunate news for the Tigers is it won’t be their last.
To win in Oxford, they’ll need a quick start.
Another sloppy first quarter will mean another Magnolia State loss:
Auburn 27, Ole Miss 24
Actual Score: Auburn 35, Ole Miss 31 (WIN)
Arkansas (4-4, 0-4 SEC) @ No. 1 Mississippi State (7-0, 4-0 SEC)
Saturday, November 1 at 7:15 p.m. ESPN2
Arkansas is going to win its first SEC game eventually.
It won’t be this week. Mississippi State’s offense will make enough plays to win at home:
Mississippi State 34, Arkansas 23
Actual Score: Mississippi State 17, Arkansas 10 (WIN)
Tennessee (3-5, 0-4 SEC) @ South Carolina (4-4, 2-4 SEC)
Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. SEC NETWORK
South Carolina is either hot or cold.
We saw the hot Gamecocks last week on the road at Auburn. Steve Spurrier’s team was one hailmary catch away from a 2-point try to beat the Tigers.
Tennessee erased a huge deficit at home to Alabama but still lost by two possessions.
After losing on the road, the Vols will have to win their final three games to become bowl eligible:
South Carolina 35, Tennessee 31
Actual Score: Tennessee 45, South Carolina 42 – OT (LOSS)
No. 12 Arizona (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) @ No. 22 UCLA (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12)
Saturday, November 1 at 10:30 p.m. ESPN
The night closes out with two top 25 match-ups in the Pac-12 Conference.
Rich Rodriguez’s Arizona Wildcats travel to California to face Jim Mora’s UCLA Bruins.
UCLA has lost back-to-back home games. The last time it lost three in a row was 1971:
UCLA 41, Arizona 38
Actual Score: UCLA 17, Arizona 7 (WIN)
No. 17 Utah (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) @ No. 14 Arizona State (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12)
Saturday, November 1 at 11 p.m. FOX SPORTS 1
Utah visits Arizona State in the Week 10 finale.
The Sun Devils have won ten in a row against the Utes, including a one-point win last year in Salt Lake City.
The Utes are 2-0 this year against ranked opponents. They beat then-No. 8 UCLA and then-No.20 USC.
Their third attempt won’t be successful:
Arizona State 31, Utah 27
Actual Score: Arizona State 19, Utah 16 – OT (WIN)