College Football Now in Overdrive

College Football Now in Overdrive

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If you have been waiting for the college football season to step things up, the wait is over. There are a number of games of critical importance this week as the season move on. We’re down to just three high profile teams with unbeaten records, but one of the teams is Florida State and they’re off this weekend. Let’s take a look at the games that may provide the most excitement this Sat.

Michigan at Michigan State — Before the season began, this meeting was expected to be a huge one. The Wolverines, however, have been a big disappointment while the Spartans have recovered from an early season Oregon beat down and are in the thick of things. If Michigan pulls the upset, they’ll resurrect their season. They need to hope that Michigan State is looking ahead to Ohio State on Nov. 8 to knock off their cross-state nemesis. Close, but not good enough: Michigan State 45, Michigan 31.

West Virginia at Oklahoma State — These two teams are going in opposite directions. The Cowboys were pounded by TCU last week, 42-9. Meanwhile, West Virginia played the rude host and sent the previously undefeated Baylor Bears packing, 41-27. Both teams are 5-2 and the winner of this game will have a good shot in the Big 12 race with only Kansas State in front. This one should go back and forth: Oklahoma State 41, West Virginia 38.

Ole Miss at LSU — The Rebels continue with their dream season, but must get past the Tigers of LSU first. They cannot look ahead to next week’s matchup against Auburn, lest LSU pull the upset. For LSU, a win would be huge as it would keep the Tigers alive in the SEC West. Lose and they’ll be consigned to a lesser bowl. Look for the Rebels to prevail: Ole Miss 31, LSU 21.

Ohio State at Penn State — It has been more than a month since the Nittany Lions last won. Losses to Northwestern and Michigan were sandwiched by a pair of bye weeks. That means Penn State should be well rested as the Buckeyes come to town. And they’ll need it as Ohio State has won its last four games, averaging 56 points per game. Expect Penn State to put up a fight for the first half and Ohio State to wear them down as the game progresses. Ohio State 42, Penn State 20.

USC at Utah — USC leads the Pac 12 South, where five of the six teams are ranked nationally. A home game should give the Utes the advantage, but that didn’t go to well the last time they hosted, losing to Washington State 28-27. Both teams like to score and are averaging at least 35 points per game. Expect a barnburner here. Utah 51, USC 48.

On Overdrive

This year, the college football season has a four-team playoff hanging over everyone’s heads. From the start of the season, each of the Power 5 conferences (SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac 12) have been graded with most experts expecting the chosen four to emerge from four different conferences, leaving one conference out. That may not be the case, especially if a loser of a conference championship is still ranked high enough to make it, putting at least two conferences on the outside looking in.

See Also — Looking Ahead: College Football Enters Its Second Half

 

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