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Fearless Rick's 2015-16 College Football Week 10 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | November 5-7, 2015

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, November 5

7:30 pm Baylor (-17 1/2, 69 1/2) at Kansas State - The college football week begins with what is sure to be a high-scoring affair, and, judging by the point spread, another in a series of Big 12 blowouts for the Baylor Bears, who just happen to be the highest-scoring team in Division 1-A at 61.1 points per game.

At issue is whether defense will be played at all, though both teams are adept at stopping drivesŠ on occasion.

Baylor seems to be on a mission, and since they were left off the top four list released this week in the official Playoff Rankings - placed at #6, with TCU at #8 in a real snub to the Big 12 - the Bears should have additional motivation to produce a slaughter.

Prediction: Bears 53 Wildcats 28


7:30 pm Arkansas State at Appalachian State (-10 1/2, 62) - Good chance to get a look at two of the top teams in the Sun Belt, which may be useful come bowl season.

Arguably, the Mountaineers are the class of the league, their only loss of the season coming at Clemson (41-10) back in early September. Appalachian State is 7-1 and has a target on its back, leading the conference after topping Troy in three overtimes last week, 44-41.

Arkansas State has three losses, all out of conference, and matches the Mountaineers at 4-0 in the Sun Belt, so this is a showdown game. May not be a close one as the Red Wolves don't really play defense well but the Mountaineers do.

Prediction: Mountaineers 41 Red Wolves 20


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9:00 pm Mississippi State (-7 1/2, 42) at Missouri - The tigers have struggled to a 4-4 mark this season and, even though at home, don't figure to be much of a match for the 6-2 Bulldogs, who are 2-2 in the SEC (Mizzou, 1-4) and have recently been hammering the opposition.

The last three games for the Bulldogs - all wins, over Troy, LA Tech and Kentucky - have been by scores of 45-17, 45-20, and 42-16, respectively. Their only losses were to LSU (21-19) and Texas A&M (30-17), but they seem to have pulled it all together and should roll quite nicely on the road.

Prediction: Bulldogs 35 Tigers 17


Friday, November 6

8:00 pm Temple (-13, 54 1/2) at SMU - Temple lost for the first time this season last week at home to Notre Dame, 24-20, but, without a doubt, this is a very solid football team, averaging 30.8 ppg. offensively and 15.8 allowed on defense.

The 1-7 Mustangs have compiled six straight losses, their only win in week two, topping North Texas, 31-13. SMU allows 43.6 points per game, so the Owls should have a hoot at their expense.

Prediction: Owls 45 Mustangs 6


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Saturday, November 7

12:00 pm Duke at North Carolina (-8, 56 1/2) - Oddly, Duke comes into this off their incredible, final-play defeat to Miami a heavy underdog, though 7-1 North Carolina has shown that they'll play quality teams close, such as their 17-13 loss to South Carolina, a 38-31 win over Georgia Tech, and last week's 26-19 triumph at Pitt.

To think that the Tar Heels are more than a TD better than their arch-rival in the ACC is stretching it a bit, and Duke will be playing hard, if only to erase the memory of what was a loss that should not have happened in Miami last week.

The Blue Devils can be tough as nails and this should be a close one, and, fittingly, an upset.

Prediction: Blue Devils 24 Tar Heels 21


12:00 pm Notre Dame (-8 1/2, 53 1/2) at Pittsburgh - After knocking off Temple on the road last week, it really doesn't get any easier for the Fighting Irish, who meet up with a high quality team at Pitt this week.

The Panthers have just two losses on the season, 27-24 at Iowa and last week's 26-19 defeat at the hands of North Carolina. While this is a non-conference game for Pitt, they're not just going to take it easy. In fact, they should beat the Irish, who may be a little road weary and have shown some tendencies to give up big plays on defense.

Prediction: Panthers 31 Fighting Irish 28

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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