#12 Kentucky (7-2, -6) at Tennessee (4-5)
You can’t speak about Kentucky without speaking about Benny Snell Jr. The third-year back has amassed 1,000 rushing yards AND 10+ TD’s for the third year in a row, and has been a real force to be reckoned with back there. With Terry Wilson only having 1,200 yards and SIX touchdowns in NINE games, his play on the ground has been that much more important. A loss in this one will destroy their place in the rankings.
For the 4-5 Volunteers, it all begins with QB Jarrett Guarantano, who has 1,571 yards and nine touchdowns to only two interceptions. He is not a mobile QB by any means, but is a solid pocket passer. They need to get some carries for Madre London, who is leading with a 5.0 yards per carry average on 41 attempts. They need to slow down Snell and get the offense going early to have a shot.
Prediction: Kentucky easily covers the spread, and will win by 10+.
#8 Washington State (8-1, -6.5) at Colorado (5-4)
What a year it has been for the Cougars with one of the best scoring offenses in the nation. QB Gardner Minshew has 3,517 yards and 27 TD’s in nine games and looks like a consummate pro. They only have 646 rushing yards as a team, but have SIXTEEN touchdowns on the ground. Minshew has been an absolute beast this year, and if they want to get to 9-1 and a shot at the playoffs, he has to be perfect the rest of the way.
For Colorado, their offense is also solid, but not as impressive. Steven Montez has 2,396 yards and 17 TD’s so far this year, also rushing for 202 yards and four scores. Travon McMillan has 837 rushing yards and five touchdowns, including a 75-yard run for a score. The team’s three kickers have combined to go 35-35 on PAT’s, as they finish their chances well.
Prediction: A blowout win for Washington State.
California (5-4) USC (5-4, -5.5)
Cal has gone back and forth between two QB’s, neither who have been the most effective this year. Chase Garbers and Brandon McIlwain have combined for 12 TD’s and 13 INT’s this year, with less than 1,900 yards passing. Patrick Laird has 700 rushing yards with 5 TD’s so far this season. Kicker Greg Thomas has struggled from beyond 40 yards, so it’ll be important for them to finish drives with TD’s.
USC’s offense is averaging three scores per game, with 16 coming on the ground and 13 through the air. JT Daniels has 9 TD’s and 7 INT’s, with 1,806 passing yards. Aca’Cedric Ware has 627 yards and six touchdowns, averaging an impressive 7.0 yards per carry. The offense has to get the job done to cover the spread and knock off their in-state rival.
Prediction: USC by a touchdown. Bet the Trojans
Full NCAA Football Week 11 Betting Odds
- Wake Forest +17 at NC State
- Louisville +20.5 at Syracuse
- Fresno State -3 at Boise State
- South Carolina +6.5 at Florida
- Wisconsin +9 at Penn State
- Navy +25.5 at Central Florida
- TCU +12 at West Virginia
- Michigan -39 at Rutgers
- Kentucky -6 at Tennessee
- Mississippi STate +24 at Akabama
- Northwestern +10.5 at Iowa
- Baylor +14.5 at Iowa State
- Oklahoma State +20 at Oklahoma
- Washington State +6.5 at Colorado
- Auburn +14 at Georgia
- LSU -13.5 at Arkansas
- Texas -2 at Texas Tech
- Florida State +17.5 at Notre Dame
- Clemson -20 at Boston COllege