Marc My Words: Marc Ryan Picks Week Ten in College Football

Marc Ryan's Week Ten Picks

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October 31, 2019 - 4:29 pm

1. Florida vs. Georgia

The Line: Georgia -6.5

So Las Vegas is once again believing that Georgia is who we thought they were when the year began with this line. Almost a touchdown favorite. Trouble is, Georgia hasn’t looked like that team much of the season. A narrow win over Notre Dame, who subsequently was narrowly better than USC and significantly worse than USC. Will the real Georgia please stand up?

Perhaps my orange and blue colors are shining through. I just believe Florida is a better team. I just believe Dan Mullen is a better coach.

The Pick: Florida, 27-24.


2. Utah at Washington

The Line: Utah -3.5

Utah has taken much of this season to get healthy, and they’re peaking at the right time. Washington sadly saw its hopes for the season slip away in losses to Cal, Stanford, and Oregon. These Pac-12 teams play so much better at home than on the road, but by this point in the season, as the calendar turns to November, I get the sense Washington has lost much of what motivates it.

Quarterback Jacob Eason right now is playing for himself, whereas Utah is playing for a conference crown.

The Pick: Utah, 27-17


3. Oregon at USC

The Line: Oregon -4.5

Someone will have to explain this one to me. A week ago, the AP Poll thought Georgia was better than Oregon. Today, Oregon is ahead of Georgia after the Bulldogs were on a bye and the Ducks required a last second field goal to top 4-4 Washington State. Oregon is not a legitimate College Football Playoff Contender, ladies and gentlemen. At least they should not be. They are, however, better than USC.

The Pick: Oregon, 35-24


4. Vanderbilt at South Carolina

The Line: South Carolina -15

How much fight does this Gamecocks squad have left? South Carolina has a 21.7% chance of winning six games and making it to a bowl this season. How much does that matter to them? You’re asking me to predict the unpredictable here, folks. That said, playing at home, under those Williams Brice lights, has me believing that even a flat start will be overcome by a loud and encouraging home crowd.

SC gets a W it so desperately needs, and the spelling of their head coaches name changes once again.


The Pick: South Carolina, 27-13


5. SMU at Memphis

The Line: Memphis -6

I’m not following them line on this one, either. Former Texas Longhorns quarterback Shane Buechele has been nothing short of magnificent for the Mustangs, electrifying their offense. As of today, SMU is earmarked for the New Year’s Six, provided they can continue their unbeaten run. It won’t be easy, as Navy, Tulane, and the American Athletic Conference Championship game await after this one.

Yet, this team is impassioned, talented, and confident. And College Gameday is in town because of their presence in this game.

The feel good story of the 2019 season continues.

The Pick: SMU, 37-33

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