The College Football Playoff Rankings were released this week. Per usual, they mean absolutely nothing at this time of the year. Teams like LSU were rewarded for their tough schedule and performance to date. They have had a fantastic start to the season. Unfortunately, this will account for nothing if the month of November doesn’t go well for them. Like LSU, most of the top ten are sitting on a house of cards. If any team has one or two bad games, they will drop like a lead balloon.
At this stage, there are so many swing games, it isn’t possible to predict the chaos that is about to ensue over the next few weeks. It is very possible that everything goes chalk in November, leaving teams like Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame (and possibly Oklahoma, Ohio State or Michigan) in the playoff. However, this all remains to be seen. A few more games like Purdue vs. Ohio State and everything will be turned upside down and we will be assessing two-loss teams for the final four. One bad loss and the bottom falls out, just like a house of cards!
Here are some key games this weekend to keep an eye on that will have playoff implications:
Georgia vs. Kentucky – Two one-loss teams. Loser is out of the playoff picture.
West Virginia vs. Texas – Winner should get Oklahoma in Big12 Championship.
Penn State vs. Michigan – Wolverines need to hold serve to get to OSU with one loss.
LSU vs. Alabama – Monster game. Tigers have chance to turn the CFP rankings on their head with a win in Baton Rouge. Even more intrigue to see Tua possibly lock up the Heisman.
October was a great month of picking games. Let’s keep it rolling in November. Here are my plays for this week. Take the ride with me!
Wake Forest +6.5 vs. Syracuse – Cuse had a great win at home against the Wolfpack last week. Wake isn’t the easiest game to get up for in Winston-Salem.
Syracuse 38 Wake Forest 35
Georgia -8 at Kentucky – UGA has way more talent. They should load the box to stop Benny Snell and dare quarterback Terry Wilson to beat them.
Georgia 27 Kentucky 17
Texas -2.5 vs. West Virginia – This game is a total toss-up. I am going with the home field advantage here. Texas should rebound from a tough loss last week against Okie State.
Texas 31 West Virginia 27
Northwestern +9.5 vs. Notre Dame – This is a game that many are overlooking. I am going to go out on a huge limb here and pick the Wildcats to upset the mighty Fighting Irish. If anything, I believe they will cover in an extremely close game.
Northwestern 28 Notre Dame 27
Clemson -38.5 vs. Louisville – Have you watched Louisville play this year? I wouldn’t recommend it. U-G-L-Y. This is going to be a bloodbath.
Clemson 52 Louisville 10
Michigan -10 vs. Penn State – Nittany Lions had a great win last week against Iowa. It’s always tough to bounce back from playing a physical team like the Hawkeyes. Quite a tough task to follow up that game with a game in Ann Arbor.
Michigan 31 Penn State 20
Michigan State -2.5 at Maryland – If the Terps win this week, they are the most resilient teams ever. Too much chaos going on right now. The only thing that scares me here is that Vegas and the public have yet to adjust the line.
Michigan State 24 Maryland 20
UNC +6 vs. Georgia Tech – The Tarheels have been a disaster this year. However, every game, they seem to be improving just enough to be competitive. Georgia Tech has been rolling, as of late. They are due for a clunker and I think Vegas see this, with the spread being under a touchdown. Still can’t pick the Heels to win, but I will take them to cover.
Georgia Tech 34 UNC 31
Alabama -14 at LSU – The Tigers have a great defense. Is it good enough to stop Tua? Can LSU move the ball against Bama? A home game keeps them in the mix for the first half, until the Tide rolls…..
Alabama 34 LSU 17
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