When we look at the month of October in the world of College Football, I like to name the month Shocktober. No not because Halloween is coming up, but for a different reason. Shocktober in college football is the meaning of upset central, top teams being shocked in their home stadium or on the road. And last week we saw a major shakeup in the rankings as the team in the second position was shocked by a hated rival!
The Buckeyes of Ohio State were shocked in Happy Valley by Penn State. I am just as shocked as pretty much everyone, I DID NOT see this coming. This throws a major wrench in the grand scheme of things. Ohio State falls unexpectedly and goes from 1st to 3rd in the Big 10 East standings. This opens the door big time for not only just Penn State, but for Michigan as well. Michigan remained unbeaten last weekend and now owns sole possession of the top spot in the Big 10 East. Now that final week rivalry game in Columbus means the division will be on the line, Penn State has to remain with one loss to have a chance. They were blown out by Michigan earlier this season, they’ll need help from the Buckeyes in the final week of the year.
Next off, I am 2-0 in my lock of the week picks the last two weeks. I am FIRED up about that, but due to the happenings of Shocktober, I ended last week 2-3. Not how I was thinking I would finish. But it is what is, life goes on.
My lock this week comes from the Big 12. I love the Baylor Bears on the road against the Texas Longhorns. This could be the nail in the coffin of the Charlie Strong tenure at Texas. Baylor should win this game convincingly. The Bears are sneaking up the polls right now, and with some help and if they do their job could find themselves in the top 5 by the end of the weekend. Texas showed shines of greatness in week 1, but since have been just piss poor. Longhorns might give up 50 at home on Saturday.
Now in one of the possible games of the week, we see Nebraska take on Wisconsin live from Camp Randall. The 7 ranked Cornhuskers have been a team I have been keeping my eye on all season. I think it could be safe to say that the Huskers have returned to the elite of the college football world. Tommy Armstrong is something else at quarterback and may lead the Huskers back to glory. Looking at the history books, the Badgers have won 3 in a row dating back to 2012, one of those being a Big 10 title game. This is the highest ranked match-up of the two since 2011, the Badgers were ranked 7 and the Huskers were ranked 8. I think we are in for an exciting one here.
The fourth ranked Washington Huskies travel to Utah to take on the 17th ranked Utes, in a huge Pac-12 match. Washington is a team that has silenced the doubters(including me) with an elite defense and a stellar QB. Jake Browning has been nothing short of spectacular, and is honestly a Heisman hopeful. The last big named Jake the Huskies trotted out was Jake Locker(remember him?). This is the biggest game left on the Huskies schedule, and if they win this one they could probably punch that playoff ticket. They, in my opinion, control their own destiny. We could see a rematch in the Pac-12 title game too! Man, someone call Goddell, this is how it is done.
Now the heavyweight matchup in the ACC pits number 3 Clemson heading into Bobby Bowden field to take on the 12th ranked Seminoles. If I am a Louisville fan, I am watching this one closely. You need a Florida State victory, I really think thats the only way they get into the playoff. The Seminoles have won 3 out of the last 4 too, and won the last two meetings from Tallahassee. Deshaun Watson has to be perfect in this game, this cannot be a repeat of the NC State game. You cannot, I repeat cannot play from behind at Doak-Campbell. This has major ACC implications, and well it is the last weekend of Shocktober, so lets see some SHOCKING events.
It’s Picking Time! ESPN wouldn’t open for me this week, so I left out the records of the clubs. But here are the picks!
LOCK (8) Baylor 48-Texas 10
(4) Washington 31-(17) Utah 17
(7) Nebraska 24-(11) Wisconsin 16
(12) Florida State 35-(3) Clemson 24
Oklahoma State 54-(10) West Virginia 48
I like the favorites, can you blame me?
I think the Heisman is a three man race right now between Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson and Jabrill Peppers. Peppers has climbed the ladder, and has really impressed me after the last couple weeks. I think Jake Browning might be in the top 3 if he comes up big in Utah this weekend.