Preview: October 24’s Eight Best Games

8)  #23 Duke (5-1) at Virginia Tech (2-4)
VER:  23-20, Virginia Tech
Tech’s POW:  55%
This will be the third of four games this weekend in which a ranked team is an underdog to an unranked team.
Virginia Tech’s Michael Brewer will make his first start at quarterback since breaking his collarbone in the season opener against Ohio State.  He’ll face the nation’s second-ranked pass defense.

7)  Indiana (4-3) at #7 Michigan State (7-0)
VER:  40-23, Michigan State
State’s POW:  75%
The Hoosiers score 34.1 points per game but allow 39.3.
Spartan signal-caller Connor Cook targeted Aaron Burbridge 17 times last week against Michigan.

6)  Tennessee (3-3) at #8 Alabama (6-1)
VER:  34-19, Crimson Tide
Alabama’s POW:  80%
Streaks:  The Vols have lost eight straight to the Tide.  Alabama has won 57 straight vs. unranked opponents, with 38 of the last 39 coming by double digits!

5)  #6 Clemson (6-0) at Miami of Florida (4-2)
VER:  31-24, Clemson
Clemson’s POW:  65%
Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya faces the nation’s #6 (tie with Ohio State and Pitt) pass defense, led by safeties Jayron Kearse and T.J. Green.  The ‘Canes have to deal with Clemson QB Deshaun Watson.

4)  Texas Tech (5-2) at #17 Oklahoma (5-1)
VER:  44-30, Oklahoma
Sooners’ POW:  70%
Texas Tech’s offense is one of the nation’s best:  49.4 ppg ranks third; 623.7 yards per game ranks second.  Unfortunately the Red Raiders’ defense is correspondingly bad:  553.6 yards allowed per game to rank 122nd.

3)  #3 Utah (6-0) at Southern California (3-3)
VER:  31-28, Southern Cal
U.S.C. ‘s POW:  50%
No team in the nation has more interceptions than Utah’s 13.  Safety Marcus Williams has four and cornerback Dominique Hatfield has three.
The #3 team in the nation is an underdog to an unranked team!

2)  Western Kentucky (6-1) at #5 Louisiana State (6-0)
VER:  41-24, L.S.U.
L.S.U. ‘s POW:  80%
One could argue that this game features college football’s best quarterback on one side and its best running back on the other.  Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty has passed for 350 yards or more in six consecutive games.  L.S.U. ‘s Leonard Fournette leads FBS in rushing with a staggering 1,202 yards in six games  –  an average of over 200 yards per contest.

1)  #15 Texas A&M (5-1) at #24 Mississippi (5-2)
VER:  36-30, Ole Miss
Mississippi’s POW:  65%
Obviously, A&M can’t allow the opposing defense to score three touchdowns as it did last week against Alabama.  Ole Miss welcomes back Laremy Tunsil to its offensive line; Tunsil has served a
seven-game NCAA suspension for receiving improper benefits.  He’ll go up against Aggie sophomore and sack machine Myles Garrett in a key individual matchup.`

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