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Week 8
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Here are our Week 8 Picks, Good Luck to all - Gregg
Last Week:  Once again the ever climbing Buckeyes had a dominate victory, this time over the reeling Nebraska Cornhuskers.
This Week: Ohio State gets the week off this Saturday, let's hope they are scouting the Nittany Lions together as a team. There are still plenty of good games out there this weekend and certainly games that will have impact on the playoff picture.  
Guest Buckeye: Our web site continues to show that former players are still in touch with the college game, and Vaughn Broadnax proves that each week with his great analysis.
 (10)Oklahoma State  @  Texas
(Favorite: Oklahoma State  - 7 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: OSU Lite - Tom Herman and the Longhorns keep it close but but Oklahoma State too much in the end  


Cory:  Oklahoma State enters this game with two consecutive wins following their upset loss to TCU three weeks ago. Traveling to Austin will be the Cowboys' first big test since that loss, so it will be interesting to see how they respond. Texas has looked good recently. The Longhorns beat Kansas State in overtime three weeks ago, and nearly upset Oklahoma last week. The Longhorns are still figuring things out on offense, and that is where the concern is this week. Can Texas keep up with Mason Rudolph and the Oklahoma State offense? It seems unlikely.   Oklahoma State 45, Texas 35  


Dave:  Oklahoma State 38 – Texas 31


Gregg:  No team has ever won 5 straight road games at Texas.  The Cowboys come into Austin with a four game winning streak. Coach Herman really has his team  playing well now and they seem to find an extra gear when playing as the underdog. It also seems the Longhorns have found their quarterback in Sam Ehlinger. They may be the best 3-3 team in the country but the top of the Big 12 is pretty strong and I don't think Texas is in that group just yet.  I called for the upset last week and didn't get it, won't make that reach again this week.  It will be close and I do thing the defenses will be the difference but the edge goes to the boys financed by Mr. Pickens.   Oklahoma State 24 Texas 21   


Jason:  Oklahoma State invades Austin led by QB Mason Rudolph who is averaging 395 yards per game through the air and is a closet Heisman candidate. A lot of the success through the air has been as a result of the deep ball, however with the depth and talent of the Longhorn D line coupled with the struggling Cowboy offensive line could make throwing the ball deep an issue in this game. If Oklahoma State can win Saturday it would be the fifth straight victory for the Cowboys in Austin. No other team has beaten the Longhorns on their home field more than three consecutive times. Oklahoma State still has hopes of playing for a Big 12 championship and if not for a self-destruction against TCU, they would roll into this game unbeaten. Texas isn’t as good overall as TCU, but they do have the talent to beat anyone they play so the Cowboys must play smart and mistake free football to escape with a win. So which Texas team will show up Saturday? They have played very well at times but also looked below average for stretches. Texas will have to create some turnovers and be very efficient on offense to pull the upset. The Cowboys have had moments too but in their worst game this season, they still 31 points and rolled up 499 yards of offense. Expect Texas to compete but Rudolph and that OSU offense will just be too much and the Cowboys remain in the thick of the Big 12 race.   OSU 41 Texas 28


Joe-S-U:  Oklahoma State  


John:  Is there a more Jekyll and Hyde big name program right now than Texas? They lay an egg against what is turning out to be a very average Maryland, then play USC and Oklahoma tough before coming up just short. If he gets the time, I think Tom Herman rights the ship is Austin, but just don’t think he has the horses to win these types of games just yet.  Oklahoma State 35 Texas 24

   
jOShUa ​Texas put a lot into the Red River Rivalry, and they hose an Oklahoma State team who has been solid so far this year. I think Texas has made improvements, and I think they have figured out their quarterback situation, but I think the passing attack of the Cowboys will be enough to wrangle in the Longhorns. I expect this to be a close game though until the end.   Oklahoma State 35 - Texas 23


Dr. Mark:  OSU 35-20 - Cowboys explosive but Texas getting stronger in some areas- have to go with their O!  


PJSBuck:  This will be a great game to watch. I want Texas to win but have to go with the explosive Oklahoma State guys by 17 or more


Pia Pete:  Texas still needs a lot of work.   OSU 24 – UT 16  


Coach Rick:  I believe this game will be one of the better games this weekend. I would like to see Texas win at home, but I think Oklahoma State will pull off the win 30 - 24. 


Steven:  Ain't no fairy dust Tom Herman can sprinkle on the Longhorns to make them instantly better this year. The growth will be slow, but have no doubt Texas will get there. There has already been improvement since the 'Horns opening week loss to Maryland. Of course, they've lost two more since them, but those have been close losses to decent teams. Oklahoma State comes in averaging over 8 yards per offensive play and are deadly in the Red Zone. Against a rebuilding Texas team, even on the road, the second OSU should win handily.    'Pokes 44-28. 


Trout:  Although the Longhorns are improved under Tom Herman, they are still in a transition stage and not at the same caliber of skill as Oklahoma State. The Cowboys should be able to beat them. Their offense is so much more dynamic than Texas' currently. The one thing that might keep Texas in the game is, OSU's lack luster defense. They might be able to put up some point and keep it close early. But at the end of the game, the Cowboys' superior offense puts distance between them, and the win with a comfortable lead.   (Oklahoma State, 56-27)  


Vaughn:  I don’t see Texas outscoring Oklahoma State’s potent offense, but they are improving. The Cowboys beat the Longhorns 28-14.  


GameDay:  Desmond Howard, quest picker Ki Jana Carter, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit all believe the Cowboys will keep rolling.
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​Final Score:  Oklahoma State 13   Texas 10   OT
                       (6-1)                   (3-4)
 Louisville  @  Florida State
(Favorite: Florida State  - 6 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick:Florida State - Is Bobby Petrino now on the hot seat? It’s warming at the least.  


Cory:  It's been a rough season for both of these ACC teams. Both Louisville and Florida State enter the game with three losses a piece, however, it is Florida State that is struggling more. So far the Seminoles only possess wins over Wake Forest and Duke. Miami is a team on the rise, but that's a game Florida State should've been able to close out. Louisville does not look as explosive as they did last season, but the Cardinals still have Lamar Smith at quarterback. That's a huge boon for them in this game, and it's what gives the edge to Louisville.   Louisville 31, Florida State 21  


Dave:  FSU 30 - Louisville 21


Gregg:  The loser of this game will have 4 loses and we are only in week 8, I don't think anyone predicted that for two teams that were supposed to complete for the ACC title. Today they find themselves in 5th and 6th place in the Atlantic division. Florida State's offense is 121st in the FBS, and I have not seen anything in their defense that leads me to believe they can stop Lamar Jackson.  I don't see the Cardinals putting up as many points as they did last year, but if I was in Vegas this would be a game I would put my money down on the underdog.   Outcome, Lamar tries to stay in the Heisman race, Seminole fans get a bit restless with Jimbo, but would be foolish to think that way.   Louisville 35  Florida State 10 


Jason:  It’s hard to believe that the loser of this game will have 4 losses. For Louisville, if not for Lamar Jackson, this team would be lucky to have any wins and after getting drilled by Boston College, the struggle to get bowl eligible is real. Florida State is in the same situation, with difficult road games remaining, bowl eligibility is no lock. So for both teams, this is a turning point game. The Noles offense has been a struggle so far this year, averaging only 18 points per game, really feeling the loss of QB Deondre Francois. Louisville can score with Jackson single handedly carrying the offense, but stopping anyone has been there primary issue. FSU true freshman QB James Blackman has improved as the season has gone along after unexpectedly being thrown into the fire and he is being helped by RB Cam Akers who has run for over 100 yards the last 2 games. Florida State is beginning to figure some things out and Louisville seems to be going the other direction. Jackson is playing well, but the rest of Louisville isn’t getting the job done with the defense getting torched by BC last week. Florida State is motivated and at home. Jackson will keep it close himself but it won’t be enough.   Florida State 28 Louisville 24  


Joe-S-U:  Lamar Jackson wins, I mean Louisville  


John:  FSU looks to be adjusting to losing their starting QB for the season in week one against Alabama. Anytime you have a Freshman under center, you are going to have growing pains, but the ‘Noles seem to be playing better of late. Look for the Lamar Jackson Heisman repeat tour to come completely off the rails this week, leaving Archie as still the only two time winner of the award.    FSU 31 Louisville 21  


jOShUa Florida State has the players on defense to put up a fight, but their offense is worse than Michigan’s, and that is saying something. I think this will be the Lamar Show pt 2, and Louisville will win this game on the road behind Mr. Jackson, and this will be a game with a lot of points, yards, and surrender cobra from the Seminole faithful.   Louisville 42 - Florida State 31  


Dr. Mark:  FSU 31-28 - Not much opinion here – both below expectations. I like watching Louisville QB but FSU will pull it out. 


PJSBuck:  I personally think Jimbo Fisher is the most over-rated coach in college football. But, this is a game of desperation for both.  I say Louisville by 6


Pia Pete Louisville is a one man show. FSU will have enough weapons to overcome.   FSU 37 – Louisville 33  


Coach Rick:  At the beginning of the season I am sure a lot of people had this game circled on the calendar. But then the season happens and neither team is living up to their pre-season hype.  I will go with FSU in a high scoring game. 


Steven:  On paper, this looks like a Louisville blowout. So it is written, so shall it be done.  Cards 38-10


Trout:  Both teams have not lived up to the preseason hype. Granted, the Seminoles lost their starting quarterback, but the have struggled with mediocre opponents. While Louisville seems to be in a bit of a tailspin after losing to the surprisingly good NC state, and the bad Boston College. I still would give the advantage to Louisville. Even though they are not great, Lamar Jackson and the offense can still put up a lot of points. While Florida State is struggling to find their offensive identity. I do think it will be close for a while, the Louisville offense will kick into gear and put some points up on the ailing Seminoles.  (Louisville, 35-17)  


Vaughn:  The Louisville Cardinals and Florida State Cardinals are two of the bigger disappointments of 2017. I am going to go with the team that has the edge at quarterback and that is Louisville.   Louisville over Florida State 27-17   


GameDay:  Desmond Howard, guest picker Ki Jana Carter and Lee Corso believe in Lamar and Louisville. Kirk Herbstreit is going with the favorite FSU at home.
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​Final Score:  Louisville 31   Florida State 28
                     (5-3)                   (2-4)
 (9)Oklahoma  @  Kansas State
(Favorite: Oklahoma  - 15 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick:Oklahoma - Could be interesting, but OU knows they can’t take anyone lightly anymore.  


Cory:  Seeing Oklahoma struggle last week against Texas should be cause for concern among Sooner fans. Yes, Texas is improving under first-year coach Tom Herman, but the Longhorns should not have been able to keep it close against this Oklahoma team. Kansas State is 3-3, and the Wildcats are coming off consecutive losses to TCU and Texas. Despite that, if there is one place you don't want to play, it's at Kansas State. Though I expect Oklahoma to win, it will be an ugly win.   Oklahoma 35, Kansas State 28  


Dave:  Oklahoma 32 - Kansas State 20


Gregg:  As I watch the Sooners, it makes me wonder how Ohio State lost to this team. Since the game in Columbus, Oklahoma has looked mediocre at best. I feel the 9th place ranking is generous but will not complain as it only helps the Buckeye cause. With this game being in Kansas, I think it will help the Wildcats keep it close (take KSU and the points)  but it is because Oklahoma is not dominant, has nothing to do with Coach Snyder. He has had a great career but all his success will mean nothing on the field today. Result, Mayfield has a few Heisman moments but nothing that gets him to ceremony, and Kansas State does not get a moral victory. You can't do that when you are under .500 for the season.   Oklahoma 31  Kansas State 21  


Jason:  No. 9 Oklahoma heads on the road to face Kansas State in a big game for both schools. The Sooners still have a shot at the College Football Playoff, but the margin of error is now zero. Kansas State needs a win to avoid the season collapsing in front of their eyes. Following season-opening blowout wins, the Wildcats have lost three of its last four games. Kansas State’s success on offense is due to a strong running game, averaging over 200 yards a game rushing. Oklahoma’s defense has struggled in recent weeks so for K State to be successful they will have to score often. The Sooners, led by QB Baker Mayfield, are averaging 378 yards per game through the air and 198 on the ground, scoring 42 points per game so the Cats can’t expect to completely shut down that offense. If they can control game tempo by running the ball and using clock, making it a 4th quarter game, they have a chance to pull the upset. They won’t. Oklahoma scores early and often and cruises to the win.   Oklahoma 38 Kansas State 17  


Joe-S-U:  Oklahoma wins and continues to help the Buckeye cause.  


John:  After the poll carnage last week, I think this week will go more to caulk. The Sooners survived a game effort from Texas last week. Look for KSU to hang for a short while, but in the end Mayfield and the Sooners are just too strong.   Oklahoma 34 Kanas St 20  


jOShUa Oklahoma rebounded after a bad loss to Iowa State with a gritty win against Texas. Mayfield might have some lingering issues with his shoulder after going down for a while. I know the Wildcat defense will be there to play, but Kansas State is not a threat this year in the Big 12 title race. i expect Oklahoma to start off strong and hold on to a win as they prepare for the toughest stretch of their schedule.   Oklahoma 31 - Kansas State 14


Dr. Mark:  OK 28- 17 - Sooners too strong but would take the points with K State if I was betting  


PJSBuck:  TCU survived the trip to Snyder Family Stadium, will the Sooners   Oklahoma by 14 or more


Pia Pete:  Oklahoma 41 – Kstate 21  


Coach Rick:  I think the only chance KSU has is they are playing at home. I have the Sooners winning 42 to 14.


Steven:  Once again we must marvel at the career of KSU coach Bill Snyder. They guy just gets it done year after year. He's the Energizer Bunny of college football. Even when his teams aren't elite, they are always a tough out. This year, the Wildcat's can score, but only against weaker competition. Anyone with a defensive pulse seems to tie them in knots. That being said, this one could end up being a bit of a shootout. As Texas saw last week, a motivated Oklahoma team is dangerous. With losses by top ten teams mounting, Oklahoma still has a chance to climb back into playoff contention. The first step is this Saturday.   OU 34-28. 


Trout:  The Sooners should win this game. On paper, the Sooners are the better team both offensively and defensively. Not to mention, Baker Mayfield is a Heisman caliber quarterback. Having said that, the Kansas State Wildcats are a weird team to predict. They are never a powerhouse in the college landscape, but they often play teams tough, and on some occasions, pull off the upsets. It also helps that they are playing at home. Oklahoma will most likely win this game, but it will be a closer game than most expect. I see the Sooners winning a last second nail bitter.   (Oklahoma, 27-24)  


Vaughn:  The Buckeyes need the Sooners to continue to win for the Buckeyes’ sake. Kansas State will slow the Oklahoma down, but not enough for a victory. The Sooner beat the Wildcats 31-17.  
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​Final Score:  Oklahoma 42   Kansas State 35
                   (6-1)                (3-4)
 (19)Michigan  @  (2)Penn State
(Favorite: Penn State  - 7 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: Penn State - I think the Michigan defense prevents PSU from running away with this one, but the UM offense prevents UM from winning. Nits by 13  


Cory:  This should be one of the biggest Big Ten games of the season, yet, with the way Michigan has been playing lately it doesn't feel like it will be much of a game. The Wolverines were not a good offensive team to start with, and have really struggled since the season-ending injury to quarterback Wilton Speight. John O'Korn is struggling mightily, as seen in the team's loss to Michigan State last week, and their overtime win against Indiana last week. Penn State's only real challenge thus far came in their narrow win over Iowa. Michigan's defense may keep this game close, but expect Penn State to be in control for most of the game.   Penn State 28, Michigan 14  


Dave:  Penn State 21 - Michigan 14


Gregg:  As with most of my predictions this week, I am going based on what I have seen on the field so far this year. I have got to see plenty from both of these teams.  Michigan statistically has a great defense but have yet to prove it against a great team, and they have displayed absolutely offense. Meanwhile, the Lions have been solid on both sides of the ball. The only game that was close for them was the last second victory over Iowa.  Night game, GameDay present, White Out, Sticky Buns, Ice Cream, the Wolverines do not have a chance.  Result, Michigan will have to work to get any higher than 4th place in the B1G East, and it sets up the biggest game of the season to date next week in Columbus as OSU faces Penn State. And if the Michigan defense is as suspect as I think they are, expect Saquon Barkley to have a game that makes a Heisman statement.   Penn State 38  Michigan 10  


Jason:  It’s make or break time for the Nittany Lions.. This week starts a 3 week stretch where we will find out how good this Penn State team is. Let’s face it, they haven’t played what could be considered a high powered group of opponents and outside of the last second win at Iowa, they haven’t been tested either. They start this run hosting Michigan before heading to Ohio State and Michigan State. Jim Harbaugh has struggled with his rivals, going 1-2 and 0-2 against the Spartans and Buckeyes, but he sits 2-0 against Penn State and has done it relatively easily. This Penn State team will provide his largest challenge, sitting #2 in the country and in the driver’s seat to a playoff appearance. With all the talk about Saquon Barkley and his Heisman hopes, it should be noted that he has only eclipsed the 100 yard mark twice all season and that’s against mediocre defenses. This Michigan front will be the most talented he will have seen thus far. The Wolverines problems stem primarily from their offense or lack thereof. QB John O’Korn threw for just 58 yards a week ago at Indiana but RB Karan Higdon did have a big game on the ground, rushing for over 200 yards which give Michigan fans a glimmer of hope. For Penn State, QB Trace McSorley is having a solid year but protecting him has been an issue. The Penn State offensive line has really struggled and they will face the best front they have seen all year so it will be very important for McSorley to get the ball out quick. Penn State will be the best defense Michigan has faced as well and that’s not a good recipe for success for an already struggling offense. Bottom line, night game, white out in Beaver Stadium, it will be important for Michigan to get stops early to quiet the crowd. If Penn State jumps out early, things could get ugly for Michigan. I don’t expect a lot of points in this game, but if Michigan turns the ball over a couple times, that could spell disaster. In the end, Penn State will capitalize on field position and although they won’t put up big offensive numbers, they will score enough and Michigan will struggle to score at all. Penn State knocks Michigan out of the Big Ten East race and head to Columbus for the biggest game of the Big Ten season.   Penn State 24 Michigan 6

   
Joe-S-U:  Penn State by 11 points  


John:  The natives are starting to get restless up north. Quirkiness (perhaps even weirdness???) is great when you are winning. All of a sudden, though, UM is staring at the real possibility of a 3 or 4 loss season. The UM defense keeps this one close into the 4th, but the Lions are just better.   Penn State 27 Michigan 17  


jOShUa If there is one positive thing I can say for Michigan, it is that their defense is great, but their offense is in trouble. Quarterback Whisperer Jim Harbaugh has not had his impact with O'Korn, and the running game will need to carry the Wolverines if they want to keep up with point with the Nittany Lions. I think Penn State will have a focus from the bye week as they know what is on the line, with three straight ranked opponents, and only this game at home. I expect Michigan to contain Barkley, but McSworley is the key in this game. A rough and tumble Big Ten game.   Penn State 13 - Michigan 10 


Dr. Mark:  PSU 24-17 - hard to tell How good Michigan really is. Barkley is a fine player and is the key to all their victories  


PJSBuck:  The NATIONAL and Big Ten game of the week for me. Going to be awesome to watch. If you can't watch this, record it for later. I expect a small war Saturday night. Personally, I hope the BOTH LOSE. I listened to James Franklin's weekly press conference and frankly came away impressed, even though I still think he is a pompous butt. This game could go into OT. I am going with Penn State by 6 or less which will set up our season-showdown on the line next week with the pukey Lions.


Pia Pete:   Penn State waxes TBGUN.   PSU 45 – UM 17  


Coach Rick:  What a rough road for Penn State ahead for the next couple of weeks. If PSU looks ahead to next week they will lose. If they take care of business, like I think they will, they will win.  I have PSU on top 35 to 17.


Steven:  UM has not looked good this year, and their QB, John O' Can of Creamed Korn passed for just 58 (FIFTY EIGHT! Who do they think they are Navy?) yards in UM's OT victory against Indiana. I know he's second string, but so much for Harbaugh being the QB whisperer. Fortunately for Michigan, the run game was working for them, so not putting the QB in a position where he needs to win the game for you was a smart move. The running lanes will not be as wide this week, and to keep up with the Nittany Lion offense UM will need score better than their average. Their defense is good, but not good enough to contain an elite, balanced Penn State team. I'm sure things could go sideways for PSU this week, but everything points to Saquon Barkley just running all over the Wolverines.   PSU 45-21 


Trout:  The Nittany Lions will win this game. Although I don't think PSU is as good as advertised, They still have the advantage over Michigan. The have the current front runner for the Heisman in Saquon Barkley in their back field. McSorley has proven to be a good facilitator of the football. And the most obvious advantage is that the game is being played in Beaver Stadium at night. The crazy PSU fans will be loud and belligerent. In regards to Michigan, besides a decent running game last week, the Wolverines has not had a good offense this season. Neither Wilton Speight or John O'Korn have proven to be the answer at quarterback. Michigan's defense will keep it close for a while, but with Barkley leading the way, the Nittany Lions win by a few scores.   (Penn State, 35-17)  


Vaughn:  The Wolverines have a great offense and speedy defensive backs to try to slow down Penn State’s potent offense. Unfortunately, their offense stinks. Penn State rolls over Michigan 35-14 to set up showdown against the Buckeyes. 


GameDay:  David Pollack predicts a 3 point win for Penn State, Ki Jana Carter and Lee Corso also go with the Nittany Lions.  Desmond Howard goes with his home boys.
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​Final Score:  Penn State 42   Michigan 13
                        (7-0)                (5-2)
 (11)USC  @  (13)Notre Dame
(Favorite: Notre Dame  - 4 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: Notre Dame - USC has to go on the road after an emotional game against Utah; I like the Irish at home 


Cory:  Notre Dame enters this game 5-1, but the back half of their schedule is absolutely loaded. Along with this week's game with USC, Notre Dame plays North Carolina State, Miami, and Stanford. At this point I'm not even sure how good the Fighting Irish are. A win this week would give some confidence in Notre Dame, but USC continues to struggle. The Trojans escaped Utah by one point last week, but quarterback Sam Darnold continued his alarming trend of turning over the ball with three lost fumbles. That makes 18 total turnovers from Darnold this year. It doesn't appear if either team is quite as good as their records indicate. Against better judgment, I'm going to pick Notre Dame in an upset.   Notre Dame 31, USC 24  


Dave:  Notre Dame 31 - USC 27


Gregg:  For those college fans that want the playoffs expanded to eight games, here is a game South Bend that would not mean nearly as much if we had more than 4 teams in the post season spotlight. Instead this will be an elimination game for the loser and should be entertaining to watch. I am having a harder time picking a winner for this one so I will use the Buckeye strategy pick. Notre Dame is just now getting into the tough part of their schedule, if they navigate it without a loss, the Irish probably deserve a playoff slot. In contrast, this is the toughest game left for the Trojans so the OSU faithful want USC to go down and then wipe out the rest of the Pac-12 from playoff contention. Then the hope is the ACC powers or Stanford take out Brian Kelly and the boys.   Notre Dame 38  USC 35  


Jason:  One of the biggest rivalries in college football matters again was the Trojans visit South Bend. The Trojans have been hanging by a thread and have largely been disappointed thus far. However a win on the road at Notre Dame could propel them back into the playoff conversation. On the other hand, a win for the Irish could put them firmly in the conversation as well. While both still have challenging schedules remaining, one joins the conversation while the other will be eliminated. With all the hype around Trojan QB Same Darnold to start the season, the real strength of USC is their defense. Notre Dame has shown the ability to run the ball to win games, but this will be a new challenge and will largely determine the outcome of this game. If the Trojan defense can bottle up the Irish ground game, much the same as Georgia did in defeating Notre Dame earlier this season, then USC will escape with a win. The Notre Dame defense has forced 14 turnovers so far, and USC has given it up 16 times, including three lost fumbles a week ago against Utah. They survived that one, barely, but overcoming turnovers becomes exponentially more difficult on the road. Darnold played well a year ago, leading the Trojans to a win over the Irish and he will have to be mistake free to give USC a chance. I’m not sure either team is great, but Notre Dame will do enough to win in front of the home fans.  Notre Dame 28 USC 24  


Joe-S-U:  Notre Dame will win by 6 or more.  


John:  One of the great intersectional rivalries in all of college football. This should be the best game of the bunch to watch. Notre Dame is favored by 4, but I think ( and hope) that So Cal gets it done on the road.    USC 31  Notre Dame 28  


jOShUa In some ways, Georgia is the biggest Notre Dame fans outside of South bend. USC has not been great and had too many close calls. I think outside of Georgia, Notre Dame has not had a tough challenge, but I think they will be outmatched in this one, but just barely. I am rooting for the Trojans in this one, and eliminate any chance ND has to making the playoff.   USC 24 - Notre Dame 21  


Dr. Mark:  USC 24-21 - Irish have turned it around and don’t seem to be intimidated by anyone currently but I think USC sees this game as the one that defines the rest of the season.  Darnold with a lot more mistakes than the preseason Heisman gurus touted.  


PJSBuck:  There were MANY years where this game determined national fame. How far the tarnish has etched its way up on both programs. I am going with the Trojans by 10. Kelley better get things in gear.


Pia Pete:  The Domers fall to the Trojans.   USC 36 – ND 27  


Coach Rick:  I think this is a must watch game. I will have to go with the home team in a great game.  Notre Dame 35 to 31. 


Steven:  As much as it pains a Buckeye fan to say it, Notre Dame is good this year. Suddenly, the Irish win over MSU looks solid and the loss to Georgia may be the best of the one loss teams. USC: Another year, another derailing of the pre-season hype-train. The talking heads always seem to say that this will be USC's year... and I can't I'm among the disappointed when they are proven oh so wrong. Trojan QB, Sam Darnold is not the second coming of Montana. He's not even the second coming of Leinart, but invariably, some idiot NFL team, most probably the Browns will draft him next year and anoint him the savior of the franchise. It would be a huge tumble if the Domers let USC come in and beat them at home. I've yet to see anything out of USC that leads me to believe that it will happen.   ND stays in the mix 28-20. 


Trout:  Thus game is a toss up. The Trojans are definitely talented and can score some points, but they have also had defensive struggles. Just last week they had to come from behind against an average Utah team. While Notre Dame has looked good, but their only notable win is over Michigan State. Looking at both teams, I think I the victory to Notre Dame. They seem to be the more complete team. I also think their defense is stronger than the Trojans. Although they lost, they were still able to hold the Georgia Bulldogs to 20 points. It will be a close game however with both teams putting up a good front. But I see Irish wining the game with some last minute heroics.   (Notre Dame, 17-14)  


Vaughn:  USC has had as many close shaves as anybody this year. Notre Dame’s record is validated more with every Georgia win. In this rivalry game I am going with the Irish. Notre Dame over USC 33-27.  


GameDay:  Desmond Howard, Ki Jana Carter and Kirk Herbstreit anticipate a Notre Dame win. Lee Corso is sticking with his pre-season National Champion USC Trojans.
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​Final Score:  Notre Dame 49   USC 14
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Brent Baver ***
Rick DeSutter ***
Jason Harris
Josh Watson
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Cory Steger
Vaughn Broadnax
Pete Quint *
Joe Hylton *
Stefan Armintrout
Dave Culver *
Pat Steger
Steven Smith
John Siebert *
Mark Triffon

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