Notre Dame versus Georgia, No. 7 versus No. 3, it doesn’t matter how it’s drawn up, it’s set up to be the biggest game of the young college football season.
Another big matchup is taking place in the SEC. Auburn who pulled off the first major upset of 2019 is heading to College Station to take on the Texas A&M Aggies in a pivotal SEC West showdown. The Aggies can’t afford another loss if they hope to keep their playoff aspirations alive. No two-loss team has ever qualified.
In the Big Ten, Michigan looks to rebound from a recent scare with Army as they take on a high octane offense in Wisconsin. Will this finally be the year for Big Blue to win the conference?
No. 8 Auburn at No. 17 Texas A&M
Up 24-14 with less than six minutes remaining, the Aggies had their hearts ripped out as Auburn rallied back to score 14 unanswered points. Both schools will be getting their first tastes of SEC play, fans can expect Auburn to try and beat the Aggies on the ground while Aggie quarterback Kellen Mond will take to the air. Auburn freshman quarterback will experience his first hostile environment, and A&M will be waiting to capitalize on his mistakes. The Aggies get their revenge, and will be aided by a defensive score.
Prediction: Texas A&M 31, Auburn 23
No. 11 Michigan at No. 13 Wisconsin
No defense is off to a better start than Wisconsin’s. They have yet to allow a point and have outscored their competition 110-0. Michigan is coming off of a scare against an extremely underrated Army team. The Wolverines have been very sloppy to start the season. They’re getting penalized over eight times a game, and have fumbled the ball fives times in two games. All is well in Wisconsin. The Badgers lead the nation in third-down conversions, time of possession, and the most important stat: points allowed. This game will look much like last year’s meeting, however, it’ll be Wisconsin doing the damage this year.
Prediction: Wisconsin 38, Michigan 16
No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia
College football’s game of the week. The Bulldogs have opened as a heavy 14 point favorites over the Irish. In 2017, these programs met in week two. Georgia won 20-19 after hitting a game-winning field goal with a little over 3 minutes to play. Georgia went on to win the SEC and play in the College Football Championship game. Neither offense has really been challenged, and Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book is off to a great start so expect a shootout. The Irish will have an opportunity to win this game late, but it’s going to largely depend on Book completing passes in front of 92,000+ fans, because the Irish running game will go nowhere.
Prediction: Georgia 32, Notre Dame 28