The Arizona Wildcats are looking for their third win in a row Saturday when they face the California Golden Bears at 5 p.m. PT in Berkeley, Calif.
Arizona (4-3, 2-1 overall) is a three-point favorite over the Bears (4-3, 1-3) as this article was published and has won the past three meetings.
In general, Arizona-Cal games are decided by one possession, as 22 of 33 games in this series have been decided by eight or fewer points.
So what do we think will happen Saturday? Here are our predictions. Be sure to make yours in the comment section below.
Ryan Kelapire — Arizona wins 38-27
I know Cal hammered Washington State last week, but I think this is a good matchup for Arizona assuming Khalil Tate doesn’t regress greatly.
To a lot of Trojan faithful, this feels like the end.
A consistent flow of miscues and injuries have led to a disappointing Trojan season and has brought USC to South Bend where many think their playoff hopes will end.
No, I refuse to pack it in already. The eleventh-ranked Trojans are very much in the playoff mix and a road victory over 13th-ranked blood rival Notre Dame will for once give this team the respect they deserve.
USC has battled though poor playing calling—offensively and defensively as well as a bevy of key injuries to the offensive line and receiving unit that have left Darnold on an island. With a narrow victory over Utah last week, it was clear the bad times were continuing to role. However, this is the turning point in the season and this is how USC can get the win Saturday night.
The Texas Longhorns were unable to add a third tight end to the #RevolUTion18 on Friday evening when Fort Bend Ridge Point standout Mustapha Muhammad committed to the Michigan Wolverines over the ‘Horns.
The inability of the ‘Horns to win close contests in recent weeks likely impacted the decision, but the 6’4, 235-pounder has long been considered a Wolverines lean. And, in fact, it’s possible that Muhammad was closer to choosing UCLA than Texas.
Losing out on Muhammad isn’t as significant for the ‘Horns since Spring Dekaney’s Malcolm Epps and Arizona Western College’s Dominick Wood-Anderson. However, the Crimson Tide remain in pursuit of Wood-Anderson, who could flip to Alabama, especially if Texas continues to struggle to secure victories on the field.
Before the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers head on the road for two weeks, they host the Maryland Terrapins on homecoming weekend this Saturday.
Wisconsin (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) comes off a 17-9 win against Purdue where they stymied a Boilermakers’ offense to 221 yards and only three field goals. Though UW was sloppy with three turnovers and eight penalties, the offense accumulated 494 yards and seven yards per play. That included Jonathan Taylor recording 219 yards on 30 carries with a 67-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Maryland (3-3, 1-2) started the season hot with an upset win against Tom Herman’s Texas Longhorns. However, injuries to the quarterback position has derailed productivity, and the Terps’ defense ranks last in the conference in scoring defense and total defense.
When and where is the game?
Maryland and Wisconsin will kick off at 11 a.m.
Texas Longhorns football currently sits at 3-3, and Tom Herman’s group will face yet another colossal task on Saturday morning against No. 10 Oklahoma State. The ‘Horns have been competitive against USC and Oklahoma, but can they finally minimize mistakes enough to finally pull an upset?
Texas is no stranger to facing elite quarterbacks, and OK State’s Mason Rudolph is certainly one of them. Rudolph has helped lead the Cowboys to a nation best 610.7 yards per game.
This week, BON has broken down how Texas can limit Rudolph’s effectiveness and what needs to happen for a Longhorn win. It will take a nearly flawless game, but this Texas team has shown it has the ability to hang in there with top opponents.
Here’s to hoping the tower is lit orange come Saturday night.
Maestro, the soundtrack if you will:
This is the Friday Tailgate, the place to hang out when you don’t know what to do with yourself because the Georgia Bulldogs aren’t playing football tomorrow. There are worse places to be, as we’ll discuss shortly.
It’s pretty good to be Kirby Smart right now. You’re winning football games. You’re snagging big-time recruits. You’re munching on tasty popcorn.
Life is your oyster.
Sadly such is not the case for some of Kirby’s coevals. Football fans around Knoxville are engaging in their annual fixation on Jon Gruden. Jim McElwain is trying to pull his team out of a two game conference losing streak.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and USC Trojans will resume the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football under party cloudy skies, and amid 66 degree Fahrenheit temperatures at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.
Twelve mile per hour winds will blow from the southeast, which will make the typical October weather in South Bend, Indiana feel just a bit chillier. The high of 74 degrees and low of 59 degrees are both twenty degrees higher than they were on Oct. 21, 2016. (The Irish were in the midst of fall break.)
You’re going to need a jacket with a warm lining if you plan to be tailgating when the lots open at 7 a.m. Saturday. The temperature will be 53 degrees. While the weather will warm up, the winds will blow harder — up to 18 miles per hour. So make sure you bring heavy items to weigh down tables, tents, flags and other accoutrements.
The football recruiting trail has run a bit dry since the season started, but Michigan just landed another top player in the 2018 class in the form of 4-star tight end Mustapha Muhammad.
Muhammad is the fifth ranked tight end and the 109th overall player in 247Sports’ Composite Rankings for the 2018 class. Texas, Clemson, UCLA and LSU were also in the running.
The 6-foot-4, 235 pound tight end is an all around good player. He isn’t great at one thing, but he is a good at just about everything — blocking, receiving and route running. In fact, he was running routes that receivers would normally run in some of his junior year tape.
He also has pretty good speed for his size and can make defenders miss tackles with ease. Overall, from looking at the tape, this is a great addition for Jim Harbaugh and company.
It’s that time again. Here are your fantasy start and sits for Week 7.
NOTE: This is a list of players who are on the bubble when it comes to deserving a starting spot for the week. Obvious choices won’t be mentioned, and likewise – some under-the-radar guys, will. Advising you to start Tom Brady offers no value to you as a fantasy owner.
Russell Wilson vs. Giants- He’s not had the best start to the season but the Giants are allowing an average of 21+ points to quarterbacks over the past several weeks. He’s got a real shot here.
Marcus Mariota vs. Browns- We pick on the Browns but start every quarterback that plays Cleveland. The Browns have allowed the most touchdown passes (14) and are allowing 20+ PPG to quarterbacks.
Carlos Hyde vs. Cowboys- I mean, you have to start him.
It is finally Stealers week, and the Cincinnati Bengals are feeling fired up coming off a big win against the Bills.
Not only that, but with the Ravens faltering, the Bengals could get within a half-game of the division lead and with a head to head win over the Steelers after the weekend.
The Steelers are always a tough opponent for the Bengals and always an important game. It is unfair to label games this early in the season as must-win, but with the momentum the Bengals have built, and an easier than expected game against the Colts with Andrew Luck not expected to play, this game is very important for the Bengals to win.
The Bengals could be on a three-game winning streak with a very winnable game against the Colts. The Bengals need to continue growing on offense and shut down the Steelers stars.
To start off the game, the Steelers receive the ball.