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Best College Football Games to Watch on Saturday, October 17, 2020

| October 14, 2020 11:38 am PDT
Best College Football Games to Watch October 17, 2020

So much for Dan Mullens wanting a packed house at Ben Griffin Stadium. At this point, he’ll be lucky if the Gators are even allowed to take the field against the Tigers.

While the LSU vs. Florida tilt is entirely in limbo, all won’t be lost if this matchup is postponed.

Let’s quickly run through the 6 best college football games to watch this Saturday.

Georgia Bulldogs vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

  • Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Time: 8:00 pm EST
  • Line: Alabama -6, O/U 57

Kirby Smart attempts to become the first Nick Saban disciple to get over the hump. Saban assistants are 0-21 against their former boss, including Kirby’s 0-2 mark. I covered this game in great detail when I unveiled my Georgia vs. Alabama pick, but here’s the matchup to watch.

Can Mac Jones and the Tide offense continue firing on all cylinders against what is by far the best defense in all of the SEC?

Only time will tell, but not much needs to be said in order to hype up #2 versus #3.

Auburn Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

  • Where: Williams-Brice Stadium – Columbia, SC
  • Time: 12:00 pm EST
  • Line: Auburn -3, O/U 51.5  

Will Muschamp’s seat is already warmed up. A loss at home to Auburn on Saturday and it turns red-hot. Speaking of hot seats, Gus Malzahn dodged a bullet last week against Arkansas or else he’d be skating alongside Muschamp on thin ice.

We can talk about Bo Nix being a superstar talent, but I’m more focused on the product on the field. The Auburn QB  is completing under 57% of his passes and has only thrown four touchdowns across the first three games.

When these two programs clash in Columbia on Saturday, it’ll be a couple of desperate SEC schools fighting tooth and nail to stay above water.

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

  • Where: Chapman Stadium – Tulsa, OK
  • Time: 12:00 pm EST
  • Line: Cincinnati -3, O/U 44
Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Matchup Predictor

The Golden Hurricane welcome the 8th-ranked Bearcats to Chapman Stadium on Saturday. And while Cincy is on the verge of closing as a three-point favorite, ESPN’s Football Power Index has other ideas.

Luke Fickell and his men will stroll into Tulsa sitting pretty at 3-0, but all of their games took place at home and they are yet to face a formidable foe. On the flip side, the Golden Hurricane’s first two games came on the road against the 11th-ranked team in the nation (Oklahoma State, UCF).

Is backing Tulsa worthy of being one of the top upset picks for college football this week? I’m certainly leaning in that direction.

UCF Knights vs. Memphis Tigers

  • Where: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – Memphis TN
  • Time: 3:30 pm EST
  • Line: UCF -3.5, O/U 75

Two of the top teams in the American Conference square off in Memphis – both trying to avoid dropping their second game in a row. The Knights lost for the first time at home in just shy of four years blowing an 18-point lead to Tulsa. The Tigers lost a heartbreaker on the road at SMU when the Mustangs booted a 43-yard field goal in the waning moments. Both Central Florida and Memphis have has an extra week to prepare.

Those of you who like watching hard-nosed defense, perhaps this isn’t the game for you. The Knights are pouring in 42 points per game while the Tigers clock in at 32.0 ppg. As far as the significance of Saturday’s game in Memphis, the following tweet sums it up.

We got two seething squads, each with an explosive offense. In other words, get your popcorn ready.

Boston College Eagles vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

  • Where: Lane Stadium – Blacksburg, VA
  • Time: 8:00 pm EST
  • Line: Virginia Tech -11.5, O/U 62

I’m excited about this one as it was highlighted as one of my best college football bets of the week.

Boston College and Virginia Tech have each beaten Duke, and they’ve each lost to UNC. The Hokies deserve to be the favorites as this game will be played in Blacksburg, but 11.5 points seem awfully high.

Then again, the total is the Boston College vs. Virginia Tech bet that really caught my attention.

We recently saw a winless Duke team drop 31 on the Hokies. Justin Fuente can’t be pleased knowing his team is surrendering more than 225 rushing yards per game, but here’s the saving grace.

Phil Jurkovec is likely to flourish against a suspect Va. Tech defense, but Hendon Hooker’s due for an even bigger game.

Texas A&M Aggies vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs

  • Where: Davis Wade Stadium – Starkville, MS
  • Time: 4:00 pm EST
  • Line: Texas A&M -6.5, O/U 54

The game in Starkville isn’t the SEC Showdown most are eager to see, but don’t tell that to the boosters at Mississippi State. The bliss from beating LSU in the opener has quickly dissipated after two straight losses, including an embarrassing performance last weekend in Lexington.

Quite a different feeling in College Station after the Aggies handed the Gators their first loss of the season.

Texas A&M saunters in and will try and slow the game down as much as possible. That means pounding the rock with Isaiah Spiller and Ainias Smith, which should simplify the game plan for Kellen Mond and the receivers.

With that being said, is keeping Mike Leach’s offense off the field really in the Aggies best interest?

K.J. Costello was ghastly last time out as Mississippi State threw six interceptions.

Michael Wynn
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