Best college football matchups for Oct. 2


Tony Gutierrez | Associated Press

Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson (1) rolls out of the pocket before throwing a pass during an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 25.

By Davione Barrow, Sports Reporter

With four weeks of college football played, there are undefeated teams remaining, as well as some powerhouse matchups to go underway this weekend. Here are five of the must-see-marquee matchups in college football. 

#2 Georgia vs. #8 Arkansas at 11 a.m. CST on Saturday

The first game to kick off an array of games features two undefeated SEC teams looking to go out and prove something. In their last meeting in 2010, the Razorbacks snatched a comeback victory with Quarterback Ryan Mallet throwing a late touchdown to seal the win. This game should be a tight physical contest from start to finish. 

Prediction: Georgia 35, Arkansas 31

#7 Cincinnati vs. #9 Notre Dame at 1:30 p.m. CST on Saturday

With the Bearcats coming off a bye week, they are well rested and quarterback Desmond Ridder is looking to lead the team to a victory over the Fighting Irish. The Irish, however, have had nine interceptions in four games, which will be a real threat to Riddler and the Bearcats offense. This game has an elimination game feeling to it. Both teams are sure to leave it out on the field. 

Prediction: Cincinnati 51, Notre Dame 48

#1 Alabama vs. #12 Ole Miss at 2:30 p.m. CST on Saturday

In a battle of the unbeaten between two SEC foes, Ole Miss will have their hands full against an Alabama offense averaging 60.3 points per contest. However, Ole Miss has two wins against the spread, while the Crimson Tide is 2-2 against the spread. Ole Miss will need to come out aggressive and play hard for four quarters, which so far this season they have been able to do, but this will be their biggest test. 

Prediction: Alabama 42, Ole Miss 28

#3 Oregon vs. Stanford at 2:30 p.m. CST on Saturday

The Oregon Ducks (4-0) matchup against Stanford (2-2). The Ducks are an eight point favorite to win the contest, however, the game could go either way. Stanford has beaten a ranked Oregon team four times since 2009, which gives them a little confidence going into the matchup. The Ducks, on the other hand, are looking to start 5-0, which they have not done since 2013. RB CJ Verdell will be a key factor in the matchup for the Ducks, as he is 26 yards away from entering the top-five rushing yards in school history. 

Prediction: Oregon 42, Stanford 36

#21 Baylor vs. #19 Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. CST on Saturday

The Baylor Bears and The Oklahoma State Cowboys face off in this Big-12 battle of the undefeated prime time matchup. Baylor has had great success this season with their two RB combo of Abram Smith and Trestan Ebner. Smith, who ranks fourth in the Big 12 and Ebner, a passing threat as well, will pose to be a problem for the Cowboys. However, the Cowboys have been finding success with their QB Gerry Bohanon, who has completed 73% of his passes, with 105 rushing yards in 24 carries. This Big-12 matchup will certainly be an up and down contest throughout. 

Prediction: Baylor 42, Oklahoma St. 41