College Football Top-10 Editor Picks for Oct. 24

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Cody Kessler and USC have a chance to pull off a big upset over No. 3 Utah this weekend. Photo courtesy of

Washington at 10) Stanford

Players to watch: Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and quarterback Kevin Hogan

Though just 3-3, Washington is no slouch. They have featured one of the best defenses in the Pac 12, but Stanford has been arguably the best team in the nation after an ugly loss to Northwestern in week one. Heisman hopefull Christian McCaffrey and the improving Cardinal defense will be too much at home. Stanford wins, 27-13

9) Florida State at Georgia Tech

Players to watch: Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and quarterback Everett Golson.

After sputtering during the first month of the season, the Seminole offense has hit its stride with the dominance of sophomore running back Dalvin Cook. Cook has thrust himself into the Heisman discussion. Meanwhile, Georgia Tech continues to be a huge disappointment at just 2-5 after winning the Orange Bowl last year. Florida State wins, 38-20

Tennessee at 8) Alabama

Players to watch: Alabama running back Derrick Henry and wide receiver Calvin Ridley.

Alabama has been rolling ever since their loss to Ole Miss. Tennessee struggles to stop the run. That's not good when you're facing Derrick Henry and that Tide rushing attack. Alabama's fierce front seven should shut down Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd--forcing quarterback Joshua Dobbs to have to win the game on his own. That won't happen. Alabama wins, 31-17

Indiana at 7) Michigan State

Players to watch: Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook and Indiana running back Jordan Howard.

Indiana can score with the best of them, and Michigan State is coming off of that emotionally draining win at Michigan. This letdown will allow the Hooshers to hang around for a while, but the Spartan defense will step up when they have to at home. Michigan State wins, 45-28

6) Clemson at Miami

Players to watch: Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya

Miami has the athletes to hang with Clemson--especially at home. Quarterback Brad Kaaya has been superb, but the Hurricane defense has been inconsistent all season. They'll struggle to stop Deshaun Watson and that Tiger offense. Clemson also has one of the best defenses in the ACC. They'll make big stops when they're called upon. Clemson wins, 31-24

Western Kentucky at 5) LSU

Players to watch: LSU running back Leonard Fournette and Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty.

Western Kentucky has one of the most prolific passing attacks in the country with Brandon Doughty at quarterback. The Hilltoppers are a solid football team at 6-1. LSU usually plays down to their competition in these games. I wouldn't be surprised if Western Kentucky hangs around early, but they rank just 76th against the run. Leonard Fournette should have a huge night. LSU wins, 41-24

3) Utah at USC

Players to watch: Utah running back Devontae Booker and USC quarterback Cody Kessler

I'm gonna go out on a limb and pick an upset here. Utah's defense has been great all year, but this will be the most explosive offense they've faced. Cody Kessler is the best quarterback in the Pac 12. The Utes have only played one conference road game all season. I think the Trojans will be inspired at home and play just well enough on defense to pull the upset. USC wins, 24-23

Iowa State at 2) Baylor

Players to watch: Baylor quarterback Seth Russell and wide receiver Cory Coleman.

Not much discussion is needed for this one. Playing at home against a subpar Iowa State team, Baylor will score, and score and score some more. Baylor wins, 61-24

1) Ohio State at Rutgers

Players to watch: Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback J.T. Barrett

Ohio State has gotten off to slow starts all season. So, playing on the road, Rutgers will probably hang around early on, but that won't last. Rutgers' defense has been victimized most of the season; nothing will change on Saturday. Ohio State wins, 42-20.