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Week Nine College Football Viewing Guide

Oct. 30 -- We take a look at the games that should be relevant to UCLA fans this weekend...

Once again, it's a pretty poor week of games, as evidenced by the fact that GameDay had to choose between going to Philadelphia or freaking Pullman this week. If you want to just get started pre-partying the pre-party for your Halloween party right after the UCLA game, we wouldn't hold it against you.

SATURDAY

No. 19 Ole Miss at Auburn
9:00 A.M., ESPN
Ole Miss -7.5

With ASU’s loss to Oregon last night, UCLA once again controls its own destiny in the Pac-12, and if you have any hazy pipe dreams of a Playoff run for the Bruins, it’s time to start rooting for weird upsets. Ole Miss is one of a few two loss teams ahead of UCLA, so a loss for the Rebels is probably good for the Bruins. The issue for all of us is that Auburn is so hilariously godawful that it’s hard to imagine the Tigers winning more than one game the rest of the way, let alone knocking off a team as talented as Ole Miss.

Ole Miss 31, Auburn 21

Colorado at No. 24 UCLA
12:00 P.M., Pac-12 Network
UCLA -21

I’m 7-0 ATS on UCLA games this year.

UCLA 44, Colorado 20

USC at California
12:00 P.M., FOX
USC -6

Meanwhile, I’m 0-5 ATS picking meaningful USC games this year. Scratch that — I’m actually 0-5 even picking winners in meaningful USC games this year. I picked the Trojans to beat Stanford, Washington, and Notre Dame, and I picked them to lose to Arizona State and Utah. It’s almost like it’s difficult to know how a talented, poorly coached, inconsistently motivated circus of a team is going to perform week to week.

USC 34, California 24

No. 12 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech
12:30 P.M., ESPN
Oklahoma State -3

We know that water flows on Mars, and that there’s possibly some alien superstructure floating around a star some nearly infinite distance away, but if you polled 100 college football fans, we’d bet the majority of them have no freaking idea that Oklahoma State is currently undefeated. The Cowboys are a power five squad that has somehow not yet played a ranked team — their best win is probably over currently 3-4 West Virginia. Texas Tech, at 5-3 with zero good wins, is by far the best opponent the Cowboys have played this year. Of course, in five Big 12 games this year, the Red Raiders are giving up an average of 46.4 points so that’s…something. We’ll go ahead and ride with the team that appears to actually field a defense.

Oklahoma State 48, Texas Tech 34

Oregon State at No. 13 Utah
4:00 P.M., Pac-12 Network
Utah -24

Oregon State achieved dumpster fire supremacy in the Pac-12 last week with the Beavers’ loss to Colorado at home. It was just as awful a game as you might have imagined, and I watched every ugly second of it. The Beavers have probably packed it in for the season, and it really wouldn’t matter anyway, because Utah is going to approach this game with righteous fury after getting billy-clubbed last week by USC. Devontae Booker ran the ball 14 times last week against USC, and we’d bet he doubles that total against Oregon State, and goes for a cool 200+ yards.

Utah 38, Oregon State 10

No. 9 Notre Dame at No. 21 Temple
5:00 P.M., ABC
Notre Dame -10.5

Consider this fair warning — if Notre Dame manages to get through the next two games against ranked Temple and soon-to-be previously ranked Pittsburgh, the only thing standing in between the Irish and the College Football Playoff are Stanford and the paper mache sculptures doubling as Boston College and Wake Forest. So, unless you want to see Brian Kelly’s wide, pulsating rageface spewing invective on your TV over New Years’, it’s time to start rooting, in earnest, for Notre Dame defeats. Temple is a disciplined team with a solid defense and a good running game, but their quarterback probably wouldn’t even be good enough to start in the SEC. The Irish and Stanford are on a seeming collision course for the end of November, and, unfortunately, both teams can’t lose.

Notre Dame 31, Temple 17

No. 8 Stanford at Washington State
7:30 P.M., ESPN
Stanford -10.5

HOW DID STANFORD LOSE TO NORTHWESTERN? How did it happen? I watched the game and I still don’t get it. This Stanford team, that looks to have one of the best offenses in the country, was somehow held to SIX(!) points against a mid-level Big Ten team that has since given up 38 points to Michigan, 40 to Iowa, and 28 to Nebraska.

HOW DID WASHINGTON STATE LOSE TO PORTLAND STATE? How did it happen? I watched the game and I still don’t get it. This Washington State team, that looks to have one of the top offenses in the Pac-12, was somehow held to 17(!) points against a good BIG SKY team that has since given up 42 points to Montana State and 35 points to Cal Poly.

That this isn’t a game between an undefeated top 5 Stanford and a one-loss, top 15 Washington State should provide a pretty fair explanation why the Pac-12 is likely going to be shut out of the College Football Playoff this year.

Stanford 41, Washington State 38

Arizona at Washington
8:00 P.M., FOX Sports 1
Washington -5

Arizona is currently a five-point dog to a Washington team without a quarterback that hasn’t scored more than 24 points in a Pac-12 game this season. Of course, Scooby Wright is out, but that shouldn’t really have derailed the entire season, right? Now, bear with us for a second, but isn’t it almost like Arizona got absurdly lucky last year to go 10-2 with last-minute wins over California and Washington, and catching Oregon at the perfect time when Marcus Mariota was hobbled and the Ducks’ offensive line was in shambles, and that this year has been simply a season-long regression to the mean? Either way, this is a big game for both teams for bowl eligibility. If Washington has any chance, the Huskies need to win this and then take two from some combo of ASU, Oregon State and Washington State (they’re not beating Utah). Arizona, if the Wildcats don’t win here, will be forced to get that sixth win against one of USC, Utah, or ASU.

Arizona 24, Washington 21


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