Top 5 College Football Games to Watch on October 31, 2020 – Bearcats vs. Mustangs and Others
College Gameday is headed to University to Park for the Big Ten showdown between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions. Many are interested in Oklahoma State’s upcoming clash with Texas as the Cowboys look to stay perfect in the Big 12.
No matter where you look, Halloween is stocked with a collection of NCAAF games that promise to be filled with drama.
Keeping that thought in mind, check out the best college football games to watch on October 31.
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
- Where: Beaver Stadium – University Park, PA
- Time: 7:30 pm EST
- Line: Ohio State -11.5, O/U 62.5
So much James for Franklin plastering “Indiana” all over his Twitter feed – his group was obviously looking ahead to this Halloween matchup against the Buckeyes. It appears that the Nittany Lions head coach didn’t learn his lesson because he’s back to his same old tricks this week.
Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State!#WeAre— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) October 25, 2020
After succumbing to the Hoosiers in last weekend’s opener, Penn State is staring at an 0-2 hole to begin the season. Justin Fields was sensational against Nebraska and looks to start closing the gap between him and Trevor Lawrence in the 2020 Heisman Trophy race.
A line that opened at Ohio State -8 has now soared to 11.5 points at most of the top sportsbooks. In fact, it’s already at up to Buckeyes -12.5 at MyBookie.
Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
- Where: Boone Pickens Stadium – Stillwater, OK
- Time: 4:00 pm EST
- Line: Oklahoma State -4, O/U 59
Texas strolls into Stillwater after a gutsy win over Baylor. The victory snapped the Longhorns two-game skid and gives them a fighting chance in the Big 12. With that being said, Tom Herman is fully aware of the test that lies ahead.
Tom Herman on facing #6 Oklahoma State on Saturday:— Bryan Keating (@KOCOKeating) October 27, 2020
"You put him (Spencer Sanders) back there with one of the best back in the country, it makes you that much more nervous. And oh by the way, there's a Biletnikoff finalist at wide receiver." pic.twitter.com/tEMWIq8bu3
Sam Ehlinger leads the nation with 24 touchdowns (17 passing, 7 rushing) and will need to be at his best if Texas plans on pulling off the upset. Easier said than done against a Mike Gundy defense currently allowing just 12.0 points per game.
Given all of the speed and NFL talent that’ll be present, this Big 12 battle is undoubtedly one of the best college football games to watch on Saturday.
LSU Tigers vs. Auburn Tigers
- Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium – Auburn, AL
- Time: 3:30 pm EST
- Line: LSU -3, O/U 65
LSU leads the all-time series 31-22-1 and seeks their fourth straight win over Auburn. The “Tiger Bowl” has been played every year since 1992, and the 2020 edition has “barnburner” written all over it.
The struggles of Ed Orgeron’s squad have been well documented; some think Gus Malzahn is on the hot seat. Interestingly enough, both of these programs are aiming to secure their first two-game winning streak of the year.
If Myles Brennan’s is unable to go, LSU will once again turn to true freshman TJ Finley. Perhaps it’s not the worst idea.
Finley stands 6’6”, weighs north of 240 pounds, and possesses a cannon of an arm.
Kansas State Wildcats vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
- Where: Milan Puskar Stadium – Morgantown, WV
- Time: 12:00 pm EST
- Line: West Virginia -3.5, O/U 46
On paper, one would be quick to assume that Kansas State has the edge in this game. The Wildcats are ranked 16th in the country and are 4-0 in the Big 12. Meanwhile, the Mountaineers have already dropped a couple of conference games – including coming off a loss to the same Texas Tech team that KSU already beat.
Nevertheless, it’s West Virginia who is sitting as a substantial 3.5-point favorite at the top football betting sites.
With Skylar Howard shelved for the year, Chris Klieman will continue to lean on true frosh Will Howard under center to carry the Wildcats through. Howard played well the last time out against Kansas – but that was against Kansas. Against Neal Brown’s feisty front seven, the Pennsylvania native will have his hands full.
Memphis Tigers vs. Cincinnati Bearcats
- Where: Nippert Stadium – Cincinnati, OH
- Time: 12:00 pm EST
- Line: Cincinnati -7, O/U 55
Anyone wondering if Cincy was for real can put that matter to bed. After bludgeoning a previously undefeated SMU team in Dallas, the 7th-ranked Bearcats have caught the attention of the CFP committee.
However, there’s no rest for the weary as Luke Fickell and his crew get set to face another dynamic offensive attack in the form of Brady White and the Tigers.
MY GAME OF THE WEEK WEEK 9— College Football Rankings ™ (@CFBRanking) October 25, 2020
Cincinnati Bearcats pic.twitter.com/OPqmYSEe94
Memphis is averaging 38.8 points/game thanks to a whopping 548.8 yards/game of total offense. Loaded with weapons like Calvin Austin III and Tahj Washington, the Tigers have converted over 48% of third downs and are a perfect 9-9 on fourth down.
Look for those numbers to start shrinking up on the road this weekend in Cincinnati.
If you plan to bet on these college football games, or any of the NCAAF action this weekend, check out our college football picks.