On paper, this looks to be the weakest week of the year so far. There are no five- OR four-star games. That usually means we’ll see some wild upsets and finishes.
Games are ranked like recruits: 5 stars, 4 stars, and 3 stars. Just like in recruiting, 2-star and 1-star games won’t be given much attention.
Games are ranked using a super-scientific system comparing the overall quality of the two teams and the closeness of the match-up. The quality of each team is found using Brian Fremeau’s, Bill Connelly’s, and ESPN’s advanced stats ranking systems.
The percentages below are projected “watchability” percentage scores. This is the likelihood that the game will be “good.” Five-star games will have a percentage of 90% or greater, four-star will be 75-89%, and three-stars will be 55-74%.
|All Games||Pct.||Upset Picks||Pct.|
Without further ado: the games. All times AZ.
GAME OF THE WEEK
|West Virginia at #5 TCU||73%||Thu.||4:30 PM||FS1||TCU|
|#11 Florida vs. Georgia (in Jacksonville)||73%||Sat.||12:30 PM||CBS||UF|
|North Carolina at #23 Pitt||71%||Thu.||4:00 PM||ESPN||UNC**|
|USC at Cal||70%||Sat.||12:00 PM||FOX||USC|
|Oregon at Arizona St.||67%||Thu.||7:30 PM||ESPN||ASU|
|Illinois at Penn St.||67%||Sat.||9:00 AM||ESPN2||PSU|
|Virginia Tech at Boston College||61%||Sat.||9:30 AM||ESPN3 (Streaming)||BC*|
|#12 Oklahoma St at Texas Tech||59%||Sat.||12:30 PM||ESPN||OSU|
|#3 Clemson at NC State||56%||Sat.||12:30 PM||ABC||Clemson|
|Miami at #22 Duke||56%||Sat.||4:00 PM||ESPNU||Duke|
**Vegas favorite despite lower ranking
***Vegas underdog despite higher ranking