The 5 Best College Football Games to Watch on October 24, 2020
A six-pack of Big Ten openers highlights the Saturday Slate, although key showdowns taking place in other conferences can’t be overlooked. In terms of potential barnburners and games that carry significant weight in the CFP race, I’ve circled five matchups you won’t want to miss.
Here are the best college football games to watch on October 24.
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
- Where: Boone Pickens Stadium – Stillwater, OK
- Time: 3:30 pm EST
- Line: Oklahoma State -3.5, O/U 51.5
Iowa State strolls into Stillwater in search of a 4-0 start in Big 12 play. Brock Purdy has looked sharp since his opening dud against the Ragin’ Cajuns, but he’ll need to be at his best on Saturday if the Cyclones plan on upending the Cowboys.
Last time out, Iowa State’s defense didn’t allow an explosive Texas Tech offense to score until late in the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma State hasn’t played since dismantling Kansas on October 3rd. This game marks Mike Gundy’s stiffest test thus far.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers
- Where: TCF Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, MN
- Time: 7:30 pm EST
- Line: Michigan -3, O/U 55
Perhaps the most intriguing and best college football game to watch this week is the one in Minneapolis on Saturday evening. This Michigan vs. Minnesota betting preview dives into the matchup, but here are a few cliff notes.
The Golden Gophers opened as a two-point favorite and are now sitting as a three-point underdog. Jim Harbaugh is set to unveil Joe Milton for the first time as a starter, while P.J. Fleck leans on Tanner Morgan and Rashod Bateman to carry the Minnesota offense.
I like the Golden Gophers as one of my college football upset picks of the week.
Cincinnati Bearcats vs. SMU Mustangs
- Where: Gerald J. Ford Stadium – Dallas, TX
- Time: 9:00 pm EST
- Line: SMU -2.5, O/U 57
Heat up some popcorn, grab a couple of beverages, and tune into ESPN2 on Saturday at 9:00 pm EST. This matchup of undefeated teams pits one of the top offenses in America against a lights-out defense.
Mustangs quarterback Shane Buechele is 2nd in the nation in passing yards and his team averages 563.2 yards and 42.6 points per game. Buechele is quietly sneaking his name into the Heisman race.
On the flip side, the Bearcats have been suffocating on D, surrendering just 12.3 ppg. Cornerback Ahmad Gardner is among the best CBs in the country, while defensive lineman Elijah Ponder might be the best defensive player in all of college football.
Highest-graded players in College Football— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 21, 2020
Offense: Kyle Pitts, Florida TE – 95.5
Defense: Elijah Ponder, Cincinnati ED – 92.7 pic.twitter.com/sazqdXdMGI
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
- Where: Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
- Time: 12:00 pm EST
- Line: Ohio State -26, O/U 67.5
The Buckeyes opener against the Cornhuskers will likely turn into a blowout. Nonetheless, many are captivated to see Justin Fields and Chris Olave get to work on Saturdays. Others want to see if Scott Frost will make any headway now entering his third year in Lincoln.
Nebraska will roll out Adrian Martinez under center, but don’t be shocked if Frost has a few packages scripted for Luke McCaffrey.
Those of you aboard the “Scarlet and Gray” train, hopefully, you hopped on early. I backed the Buckeyes at -22.5 in this Nebraska vs. Ohio State pick, but the line has now soared to 27 in some spots.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Tennessee Volunteers
- Where: Neyland Stadium – Knoxville, TN
- Time: 3:30 pm EST
- Line: Alabama -21, O/U 65.5
Tennessee is hoping to get back on track after getting blasted by Kentucky, but it’s unlikely to occur this Saturday at Neyland Stadium. The red-hot Crimson Tide saunter into Knoxville with a bevy of offensive weapons. Nick Saban’s bunch is pouring in 48.5 points per game, and by now you’ve probably heard about how former assistants have fared when facing their former mentor.
If not I’ll fill you in.
They’re 0-22 and have been outscored 945-380. That’s more than a 25 point-per-game margin of defeat.
In other words, Jeremy Pruitt has his hands full going up against his previous employer. In fact, I showcased Alabama as one of my best college football bets for October 24th.