There are only three weeks left in the College Football regular season.
The College Football Playoff looms large, and that is no different this week.
Below is the breakdown of all the big games…..
#3 Michigan (9-0) @ #10 Penn State (8-1) 12:00 PM EST:
Somehow the Michigan Wolverines will likely cause as many if not more headlines than Deion Sanders.
The sign stealing scandal is the major topic in the College Football world.
That is less than ideal as Michigan heads into their biggest game of the season….. so far.
In fact, this is the first ranked opponent Michigan has faced all year….. we are in November people!
On the other side is a Penn State team that is trying to prove it belongs on the national picture.
The Nittany Lions failed their first test when they lost to Ohio State a couple weeks ago.
That means this game is due or die for Penn State.
If Penn State wins then they are catapulted back into the playoff picture…..
But if they lose…..
It will mount more criticism on head coach James Franklin for his failure to win big games.
Michigan comes in as a -4.5 favorite, and with so many key storylines this game will be a must watch.
#9 Ole Miss (8-1) @ #2 Georgia (9-0) 7:00 PM EST:
Next up on the chopping block for the Georgia Bulldogs is Ole Miss.
Each week Georgia faces a new test, and each week they pass it.
Interestingly, the Bulldogs are only a -10.5 favorite for this one.
From my point of view, Ole Miss is closer to a Missouri or a Tennessee than a Georgia.
In other words, I do not think the Rebels should be a top 10 team.
They have good players, but they have also been barely beating pretty weak teams.
To add to my skepticism – Brock Bowers looks like he will play for the Bulldogs.
Obviously, that is a huge addition for Georgia, and means Ole Miss will have their work cut out for on the road.
#13 Tennessee (7-2) @ #14 Missouri (7-2) 3:30 PM EST:
This can be viewed as the battle for second place in the SEC East.
Missouri has already lost to Georgia so their chances of making the SEC Championship are low.
Tennessee, could theoretically beat Georgia, but the Dawgs would have to drop another game for the Vols to make the SEC Championship game.
Still, this should be an exciting matchup – hopefully with a lot of points.
Missouri’s offense has been a revelation this year, and will have to rely on Brady Cook once again this week.
The star quarterback has combined with wide receiver Luther Burden III to form a devastating duo.
On the other side, is Joe Milton III.
The Vols quarterback has been inconsistent, but he has been playing better of late.
The impetus will be on Tennessee in this one.
Can the offense play consistently/score enough points?
Can the defense, which has been solid all year, stop Missouri?
Tennessee comes in as a slight favorite at -2.5, so we will see if they can cover.
#18 Utah (7-2) @ #5 Washington (9-0) 3:30 PM EST:
This is a defense vs offense game in the making.
Utah is lead by a strong defense, but an inconsistent offense.
Washington is lead by a great offense, but an inconsistent defense.
So who has the edge?
Washington comes in as a -8.5 favorite, and needs to keep winning to keep the playoff hopes alive.
Another quality win here would only boost their resumé – a loss would be detrimental.
Utah is playing with house money and will look to capitalize on the fact that the Huskies have not been quite as good recently.
Yes, Washington has been winning games, but they have been too close for comfort.
Washington will hope to blow Utah out early, or the nerves may start setting in…..
USC (7-3) @ #6 Oregon (8-1) 10:30 PM EST:
When it rains, it pours for the USC Trojans.
If you were selecting games for USC to have, I think they would have gladly chosen not to play Oregon in Oregon.
The Ducks come in as a -15 favorite, and will expect to win this one.
USC certainly has the offensive firepower to score some points, but the defense……
Well, the less said about the USC defense, the better.
This will be a long offseason in Southern California, and I am sure Trojans fans cannot wait for this game, and season to end.