Surprise performances and unexpected outcomes are anticipated each weekend in the wild world of college football. Even if everyone knows they are coming, guessing when and where they will happen is difficult. The USA TODAY Sports college football staff — Jace Evans, Paul Myerberg, Brent Schrotenboer, Erick Smith, Eddie Timanus, and Dan Wolken — weigh in with some bold predictions for Week 10 of the season:
Jace Evans Clemson will be playing Saturday’s game under the lights at historic Notre Dame Stadium without star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, still out of the lineup as he follows ACC protocols after testing positive for COVID-19.
The circumstances seem to benefit the No. 4 Fighting Irish, but I think the Tigers will still win the game – in blowout fashion. Touted prospect D.J. Uiagalelei was impressive in last week’s victory over Boston College, showing little panic as the Tigers fell behind early before staging one of their bigger comebacks in school history. The high-pressure experience Uiagalelei got against the Eagles will prove valuable for this environment, but it’s the other side of the ball that will turn this game into a laugher.