It’s Turkey Season!

The last full week of college football is here. As usual, it has flown by in the blink of an eye. Seems like yesterday we were rejoicing at the end of summer watching the Labor Day weekend games. Many had high hopes for their team and many experienced utter disappointment. Fact is, only a few can make it relatively unscathed through the season and still remain with high hopes coming up on Turkey Day Weekend. This leads me to ponder, which teams are going to be turkeys this weekend? Aside from President Trump’s pardoning of Drumstick, the White House turkey, no turkey is safe from a quick death during Thanksgiving week. For many teams, they are playing for very little and will sleepwalk through this last game. Is your team as finished as your Thanksgiving turkey? Let’s find out…

Missouri -10 at Arkansas – Bret Bielema seems to be a dead man walking since AD Jeff Long was fired. Missouri has won by 47, 40, 29, 33 and 28 in their last five games. Razorback fans are hoping Auburn loses to Bama so Malzahn comes back home to Arkansas. Drew Lock adds to his NCAA leading TD total.
Missouri 42 Arkansas 30

NC State -16 vs. UNC – I called for the Wolfpack to get upset by Wake last week. They are just too predictable. This week they get to feed on the ultimate turkeys, the Tarheels. Fedora’s team never showed up in 2017 and the last thing they care about is football in Chapel Hill. They are focused on basketball and not showing up for their fake classes (keep looking away NCAA). The Pack throttles lowly UNC.
NC State 37 UNC 17

Ohio State -11.5 at Michigan – With the lack of production out of the QB position and all the players they lost from last year, I figured the Wolverines would be a 4 loss team at best. This will cement that 4th loss of the year. The Buckeyes need to win in dominant fashion. Jim Harbaugh better get Dylan McCaffrey ready to roll in 2018 or he will be on the hot seat next year. I can’t believe OSU is still in the running for the playoff, given the bad loss at Iowa, but there is still an outside chance.
Ohio State 30 Michigan 17

Penn State -22 at Maryland – I knew Barkley would bounce back last week after a month of his coaching staff and offensive line doing him a disservice. In his last regular season game, I expect him to go out with a bang and get PSU their 10th win. Too little, too late to win the Heisman. He shows this week why, although he won’t win the award, he is the best player in the country. He goes for 200 yards and 3 scores.
Penn State 41 Maryland 17

Stanford +2.5 vs. Notre Dame – Notre Dame is out of the playoff hunt. Much like Barkley, recent games have hurt Bryce Love’s Heisman chances but don’t be surprised if Love has a great game on national TV. Something tells me he makes one more huge statement to secure his spot in NYC at the award ceremony. Stanford will have more motivation in this game.
Stanford 30 Notre Dame 27

Oklahoma -22.5 vs. West Virginia – Will Grier is out and this spells disaster for West Virginia. Baker Mayfield faces another cupcake defense in his waltz into the Heisman ceremony. Looking like another 5 TD day for him. Looking forward to see how he performs against Bama’s D. Too bad it will be after the Heisman is handed to him.
Oklahoma 48 West Virginia 24

LSU -10.5 vs. Texas A&M – Two teams going in opposite directions. A&M coaching staff seems bewildered that they are a lame duck staff. This will not translate well. What a turnaround for Ed Orgeron.
LSU 31 Texas A&M 20

Alabama -4.5 at Auburn – Nick Saban seems unusually at ease coming into Auburn. Does Malzahn have his sights set to Arkansas after the pressure from the fanbase after this loss? Mississippi State was a wakeup call. Bama just grinds out a methodical win.
Alabama 27 Auburn 17

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