We are edging towards the final third of the College Football season, and this week has some important matchups to go over.
Below is your weekly preview of the 5 biggest games…..
#7 Penn State (6-0) @ #3 Ohio State (6-0) 12:00 PM EST:
This is going to be must watch TV.
In one corner you have Ohio State.
The Buckeyes have had plenty of success under current head coach Ryan Day; however, they tend to fail in the big time games.
This year Ohio State does not have the offense that they have had in the past, which has made the Buckeyes seem vulnerable.
That is due to Kyle McCord not being to the level of prior Buckeye quarterbacks.
Then in the other corner you have Penn State.
The Nittany Lions are trying to break through under James Franklin.
Penn State only has one win vs Ohio State since 2013 – the one win came back in 2016.
However, the hope for Penn State fans is that this year is different .
Penn State has arguably the better quarterback in young phenom Drew Allar, and they have the better defense (in terms of statistics).
Currently Ohio State is listed as a -5.5 favorite, so look for home field advantage to play a key role in this one.
#17 Tennessee (5-1) @ #11 Alabama (5-1) 3:30 PM EST:
Expect the juices to be flowing for this one.
Alabama will desperately want to avenge their loss to the Vols from last year.
Funny enough, this game could be the exact opposite from the one last year.
Instead of relying on dominant offenses, both teams rely on stout defenses.
That means there will be more pressure on both quarterbacks to make some plays.
Joe Milton, the Vols QB, has struggled with short accuracy throughout the season.
If he continues to struggle, it could be a long day for Tennessee.
Jalen Milroe, the Bama QB, has also had his struggles, but he has been improving as the season goes on…..
Alabama is listed as a -8.5 favorite for this one, so it will be up to Tennessee to keep it close.
#14 Utah (5-1) @ #18 USC (5-1) 8:00 PM EST:
This is another game where revenge is at the forefront.
The Utes prevented USC from making the playoff in Lincoln Riley’s first season, and will be looking to play spoiler again.
Unfortunately for Utah, they will be without their star quarterback Cam Rising, who has yet to play this season.
Without Rising the Utes have had the offense needed to beat more complete teams.
USC comes into this one following a loss to Notre Dame.
Caleb Williams had arguably his worst game of his college career last time out, so he will be looking to bounce back in this one.
The Trojans are a -7 point favorite, and I know they will be motivated to put the losses to Utah and Notre Dame behind them.
#16 Duke (5-1) @ #4 Florida State (6-0) 7:30 PM EST:
For the Blue Devils to have any chance in this one they will need their quarterback Riley Leonard to play.
Leonard missed last weeks game through injury, and without him Duke is not the same.
So much of the offense goes through Leonard both through the air and on the ground.
Of course, even if the star QB plays it is asking a lot to win.
Florida State is a -14.5 favorite for a reason…..
The Seminoles have been one of the most complete teams in the country through the first 7 weeks, so they are expected to win this one, especially at home.
#13 Ole Miss (5-1) @ Auburn (3-3) 7:00 PM EST:
Don’t be surprised if an upset comes from this one.
Auburn is a tough place to play, especially at night, and their head coach Hugh Freeze is going against his former team.
The Tigers do have their flaws, but remember, this was a team that had Georgia on the ropes a couple of weeks ago.
The other concern I have for Ole Miss is their defense.
Historically under Lane Kiffin the Rebels defense has not been great…..
And those types of teams are usually prone to an upset or two (see USC last week as the most recent example).
Auburn is a +6.5 underdog, but watch out for a potential upset here – the atmosphere will be intense for Ole Miss.