Posted 15 hours ago | By Jeff Mezydlo
It’s a pretty big week in the college football world with plenty of storylines. The Mid-American Conference has kicked off play, and the Pac-12 will do so this weekend. COVID-19 has claimed the Purdue-Wisconsin matchup and will keep Clemson star Trevor Lawrence from facing Notre Dame.
Without further ado, here are our previews and predictions (point spreads courtesy of BetOnline.ag) for this weekend’s games featuring teams in The Associated Press Top 25 and other intriguing matchups.
All times Eastern.
No. 11 Miami, Fla. (5-1) at North Carolina State (4-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Miami enters the weekend third in the ACC and looking for a third consecutive victory. The Hurricanes should be lauded for a defense that has held four teams to 19 or fewer points this season, including each of the last two contests. N.C. State’s three-game winning streak ended with a 48-21 loss to rival North Carolina two weeks ago, so it’s had time to prepare for a bounce back.
Prediction: Miami (-10 1/2)
No. 9 BYU (7-0) at No. 21 Boise State (2-0), Friday, 9:45 p.m., FS1
Folks in and around the BYU community believe this is one of the biggest games in program history. The Cougars sport their highest national ranking since 2009 while trying to go undefeated for the first time since that special 1984 group. BYU snapped a three-game losing streak to Boise State with last season’s 28-25 win at home. The Broncos, who are at home for this contest, have totaled 91 points through its first two games.
Prediction: Boise State (+3)
No. 23 Michigan (1-1) at No. 13 Indiana (2-0), Saturday, Noon, FS1
The Hoosiers have become the talk of the Big Ten and perhaps parts of the nation. Looking to go 3-0 for the second time in three seasons, Indiana has totaled 73 points in its wins over Penn State and Rutgers, but the defense can be a little tighter. The Wolverines, meanwhile, will try to bounce back from that frustrating home defeat to rival Michigan State and extend their winning streak over Indiana to a whopping 25 games. Is this the year the Hoosiers finally end that misery?
Prediction: Indiana (+3)
No. 18 SMU (6-1) at Temple (1-3), Saturday, Noon, ESPN+
SMU ranks among the national leaders averaging 39.6 points per game. That’s the good news. The bad news: The Mustangs have allowed 113 over their last three contests. So far, SMU has been able to outscore enough teams to be successful. Temple, which aims to avoid a third straight defeat, has allowed an average of 36.8 points, which should have the Mustangs feeling good about this contest.
Prediction: SMU (-18)
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