Column: Sports Prediction Central — Edition 2

Predictions for the best games around the sports world this week

Welcome to the second edition of Sports Predictions Central, a column for predictions of the best games on the sports slate this week. 

In the second edition, we will be predicting and breaking down the outcomes of the following games: Lakers vs. Heat, #22 Texas vs Oklahoma, #7 Miami (FL) vs #1 Clemson, Bills vs Titans, Seahawks vs Titans. 

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Lakers vs. Heat Game 5, Friday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.

Adam: Coming off a close game four, I think the Heat will bounce back on Friday night behind  strong performances from Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler. The extra day in between games will allow an injury-plagued Miami team to recover and they’ll take game five.

Heat 107, Lakers 101

Alex: I personally see the Heat taking down the Lakers in game five of the NBA Finals. After a tough loss in game four, the Heat will not let this one slip away. The young stud Tyler Herro will make himself present, putting the team on his back and leading the Heat to a commanding game five victory.

Heat 110, Lakers 102

Eric: I see the Lakers defeating a tough Heat team in a close, entertaining game. I believe that Anthony Davis will have a big game and Lebron James will continue to demand attention and facilitate the ball. On the Heat side, Jimmy Butler will have a similar game to game three, but ultimately the Lakers will pull out the win. 

Lakers 110, Heat 106

Final Score: Heat 111, Lakers 108

#22 Texas vs Oklahoma, Saturday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m.

Adam: Oklahoma is coming off two flat out embarrassing losses, and Texas is coming off a loss to a mediocre TCU team last week. Defense will be hard to come by this one, and the game will ultimately come down to who makes the biggest plays in the biggest moments. Lincoln Riley is one of the greatest offensive minds in the game, and Spencer Rattler (Freshman QB for the Sooners) is extremely talented. I see Oklahoma bouncing back here in a close one.

Oklahoma 49, Texas 42

Alex: Coming off embarrassing performances from both schools, this one is definitely harder to predict than it may seem. However, down the stretch, I see the Longhorns making big defensive stops against the young Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler. I’m taking the Longhorns in a down to the wire nail-biter.

Texas 31, Oklahoma 28

Eric: Both teams are having disappointing starts to their seasons, but I think Oklahoma’s offense will be too much. Freshman Spencer Rattler, will finally limit the turnovers and the Oklahoma defense will be salvageable. Texas will dig themselves into a big hole that they will not be able to climb out of like week 1.

Texas 27, Oklahoma 40

Final Score: Oklahoma 53, Texas 45

#7 Miami (FL) vs #1 Clemson, Saturday, Oct. 10 at 4:30 p.m.

Adam: Miami is arguably the hottest team in the country right now. Their offense is firing on all cylinders, with quarterback D’eriq King looking more and more like a legitimate Heisman contender. However, they will be simply outplayed by the better team on Saturday. While it will be a down-to-the-wire game, Clemson will get it done against the Canes.

Clemson 31, Miami 27

Alex: In the best matchup to come from the ACC this entire year, the Clemson Tigers will display just how dominant they really are. I don’t see the Hurricanes standing a chance in the path of Clemson. Trevor Lawrence will take over and I don’t see Miami’s defense stopping it whatsoever. 

Clemson 38, Miami 17

Eric: In a matchup between two top ten teams, I think that Clemson will blowout Miami. Star quarterback Trevor Lawernce will have a big game and the Clemson defense will simply overpower Miami’s offense and force multiple turnovers.

Clemson 52, Miami 30

Final Score: Clemson 42, Miami 17

Vikings vs Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 11 at 5:20 p.m.

Adam: The Vikings had a rough first few games, starting off the season 1-3. However, Seattle has a tendency to struggle against some middle-of-the-road teams, just like they did against Miami last week. A close game to the end, I think Dalvin Cook will run all over the Seahawks defense and the Vikings will pull out the Sunday night shocker.

Vikings 24, Seahawks 21

Alex: Showing improvement last week, the Vikings will make this a closer game than many like to think. However, I just cannot go against the MVP frontrunner Russel Wilson and his Seahawks. I see the Seahawks outscoring the Vikings in a higher-scoring game and taking the victory on Sunday night.

Seahawks 35, Vikings 24

Eric: This game will be the battle of offenses, as both team’s defenses are weak and depleted. However, I think Seattle’s potent offense will put this game out of reach in the 3rd Quarter. The Vikings have not been impressive, and I believe their slow start will continue with this matchup with the Seahawks. 

Seahawks 32, Vikings 14

Final Score: Seahawks 27, Vikings 26

Bills vs Titans, Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m.

Adam: Josh Allen is a legitimate MVP contender this year. In this battle of two of the last few undefeated teams in the league, he will lead his squad to a lopsided win over Derrick Henry and the Titans.

Bills 34, Titans 14

Alex: The battle of the unbeatens. On one hand, we have the pass-heavy Buffalo Bills — led by breakout star Josh Allen — while on the other hand, we have the rush heavy Titans, led by man-moving running back Derrick Henry. However, ultimately it’s going to be a battle of defense and I see the Bills capitalizing on a few of Ryan Tannehill’s mistakes. 

Bills 24, Titans 17

Eric: In a game of undefeated teams, I believe that the Buffalo Bills will win in a close game. Rising star Josh Allen will throw for multiple touchdowns and run for at least one. Coming off a bye week, I think the Titans will come out flat and unprepared. Bills in a tight one.

Bills 27, Titans 21

Final Score: Titans 42, Bills 16

Current Prediction Standings (Through First Edition):

Adam: 4-1

Alex: 3-2

Eric: 3-2