Viewers’ Guide, Week 10 Picks: Tennessee-Georgia, Alabama-LSU, MSU-Illinois


* Baylor at Oklahoma (-3 ½), 3 p.m. (ESPN-Plus) – Both teams are 5-3, although Baylor is 3-2 in the Big 12 game against 2-3 for the host Sooners. Oklahoma leads the all-time series 28-4, although Baylor won 27-14 last year. A loss would likely eliminate defending Big 12 champion Baylor for the conference title game. When healthy, OU QB Dillon Gabriel has been tough to stop with 14 TD assists and 1 INT in the conference. Both teams have righted the ship recently with two-game winning streaks. Hmmm. Oklahoma home does. Oklahoma 34-28

* Michigan State at Illinois (-17), 3:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network) – MSU has won 12 of the teams’ last 15 meetings, but Illinois won the last at MSU in 2019 (37-34). Illinois has a one-game lead in the Big Ten West over Purdue and these two will meet next week. The Illini are 7-1 overall with six straight wins. MSU is 3-5 with losses in five of its last six games. The Spartans had more fighting in the tunnel after the game than they showed in a 29-7 loss to Michigan last week. Illinois picked up a 26-9 win over Nebraska last week. Illinois RB Chase Brown has already rushed for 1,208 yards and could have a big game here. The Illinois defense is allowing just 8.9 points per game. Illinois 22-9

* Penn State (-14) at Indiana, 3:30 p.m. (ABC) – Penn State is 23-2 all-time against Indiana and avenged a 2020 loss (36-35 in overtime) with last year’s 24-0 win at home. Indiana was inactive last week. The Hoosiers have lost five straight games after opening the year 3-0. Penn State is 6-2 with losses to top-five powerhouse Michigan and Ohio State. Indiana could go with regular starter Connor Bazelak or backup Jack Tuttle at quarterback. I’m not sure that will matter. Penn State 38-21

* Tennessee at Georgia (-8), 3:30 p.m. (CBS) – The SEC Game of the Year with Tennessee, No. 1 in the BFC playoff rankings, visiting Georgia, which is No. 1 in the AP poll and third in the playoff rankings. Vivid Seats currently lists an “entry price” of $458 for this one. Georgia leads the all-time series 26-23-2 with wins in the last five meetings, including a 41-17 victory last year in Knoxville. The winner is the No. 1 seed for the playoffs if they can go on and win the rest of their games, including the SEC championship presumably over Alabama. Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker will look to claim the Heisman Trophy as the Vols’ offense (#1 nationally in scoring at 49.4 ppg and total offense at 553 ppg) takes on a Georgia defense second nationally in points allowed (10.5ppg). Tennessee leads the nation with five wins over ranked teams. UT’s last win against a team ranked No. 1 in the AP poll was against Auburn (and Bo Jackson, no less) in 1985. A shootout would favor the Vols and Hooker because Georgia is more of a ball control team. with Stetson Bennett at quarterback. Georgia has won 23 straight regular season games, including 16 in a row in SEC play. Georgia is 35-4 at Sanford Stadium since Kirby Smart became UGa. head coach in 2016. It should be a hell of a game. Georgia 36-33

* Oregon (-31 ½) at Colorado, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) – Oregon 43-17

* Oklahoma State at Kansas (-1), 3:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1) – Remember when Kansas was 5-0 and we were talking about college football? U.S. too. The Jayhawks have lost three straight. It’s an intriguing game because Oklahoma State fell apart with last week’s 48-0 loss to Kansas State. The Cowboys are back on the road this week with this trip to Lawrence. A third Big 12 loss could knock Oklahoma State out of the conference championship picture. Both teams are averaging just under 40 points per game, so this could be another one of those. Flip a coin… give me Kansas 34-31

* Syracuse at Pittsburgh (-4), 3:30 p.m. (ACC Network) – After a 6-0 start, Syracuse lost back-to-back games at Clemson and at home to Notre Dame. Pitt is 4-4 after back-to-back road losses at Louisville and North Carolina. Syracuse will look for its first win in Pittsburgh in 21 years. Pitt has also won 17 of Syracuse’s last 20 meetings. So okay. Syracuse is due. Syracuse 27-20

* Central Florida (-3 ½) at Memphis, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2) – Central Florida 31-23

* Liberty at Arkansas (-14 ½), 4 p.m. (SEC Network) – Arkansas 33-25

* Navy at Cincinnati (-18 ½), 4 p.m. (ESPNU) – UC suffered its first AAC loss with last week’s 25-21 heartbreaker at Central Florida. It ended a six-game winning streak for the Bearcats. Navy had lost three of its last four games before last week’s home win over Temple (27-20, overtime). UC edged Navy 27-20 last year at Annapolis. Cincinnati 35-23


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