The most interesting aspect of this week’s most exciting games is the uniform contrast of each match-up, which puts permanent contenders against unproven apartments. No. 1 Alabama (4-0) and No. 12 Mississippi (3-0) will have a shootout. There will be a rock fight between No. 2 Georgia (4-0) and No. 8 Arkansas (4-0). There will be Kentucky (4-0) looking for their second win at No. 10 Florida (3-1) since 1986. Maryland (4-0) will have a rare home in No. 5 Iowa (4-0) under Friday night light.
The biggest wave will be felt when No. 7 Cincinnati (3-0) travels to No. 9 Notre Dame (4-0), just one of those matchups in which traditional power is a weakness. It is the only game to feature two top 10 teams, yet it has the distinction of ensuring that the loser does not advance to the playoffs, while the winner has enough to secure a place in the playoffs with an unbeaten season. Failed to stand. This is because no team has any other (currently) ranked teams in its schedule.
After failing to rise above the sixth during last year’s unbeaten regular season, the Barclays have an outside chance to at least consider a playoff, given the struggles of three-quarters of the game’s most post-season participants. (Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma). Cincinnati is the second team in the fifth playoff round after Houston in 2016 to enter such a strong position in October.
It’s worth it, and it’s heartbreaking, but it’s also unfamiliar to a program that has played a legal road game since 2019. The Barclays may be a better team, but they put more pressure on them at once. In front of Cincinnati’s largest crowd, a lifelong opportunity faces an opponent in two years whose helmets are reminiscent of his history and have been so disrespected at home.
“Once things are over, you can’t let all the emotions affect you about what is happening. You can’t let it flow,” Cincinnati coach Luke Feckle said this week. “With all the things you prepare, once you get there on Saturday, it can take you away. * It’s a big game whenever you play Notre Dame. … It is definitely a measuring stick. Notre Dame is a top five program, not only in the last 100 years, but in the last five years.
Cincinnati has been waiting for this game for a long time, but there is no playbook to prepare for the emotions and atmosphere. Gradually improve. Fighting Irish (+2.5) You know what’s coming
Arkansas (+18.5) over Georgia.
Alabama or Georgia will receive the national award. Any other result would be surprising. But in recent years, while Alabama has evolved aggressively, the Bulldogs are still determined to defend themselves. Less powerful, despite the DNA, Arkansas is the same. Hogg will feel low scoring at home, even if Kirby Smart still comes out on top with a two-digit win.
WISCONSIN (-1.5) on top of the mouse.
Despite my desire to bet against badgers quarterback Graham Merit at every opportunity, the Wolverines’ run-dependent offense will not have much success in their first road game of the year. Michigan were held to a goalless draw and turned into just two first defeats in last week’s hard-fought victory over Rutgers’ strong run defense. Wisconsin has the best run-stopping unit in the country, allowing only 1 yard per carry.
Mississippi over Alabama (+14.5)
Nick Saban’s favorite former assistant scored 48 points in last year’s shootout. Now, Lane Cuffin is back in Tuscaloosa with the country’s highest scoring offense, Hessman front runner (Matt Coral) and better defense. With an extra week to prepare, rely on Shroud’s brilliant offensive mind to set aside some new dramas for this showdown.
Stanford (+8) over Oregon.
The emergence of Tanner McKee since he was nominated as a starter makes him a strong backdoor candidate. Sophomore has a total of nine touchdowns in the quarterback and has been uninterrupted since landing in Jig and is now facing the 125th pass defense in the country. The Ducks, who are 1-3 against the spread this season, rely on turnover: not ideal against a team that doesn’t field a player.
Oklahoma (-10.5) above Kansas State.
Wild Cats will be a strong game, except for quarterback Scholar Thompson. Soon is traditionally a safe game, except that they have lost to Kansas State in the last two seasons, have beaten three FBS opponents by an average of five points this season and are not yet on the road. Have played Unfortunately, sitting outside is not an option (at least for me).
RUTGERS (+15) on Ohio State.
I rely more on Greg Shane’s defense than on Ohio State. What world am I living in? A world in which the Buckeyes have included only two of their last eight games as double-digit favorites.
Kentucky over Florida (+8.5).
Kentucky is only allowing 60 yards per game on the ground and will force Emory Jones to rely more on his arm. Put it down for a couple of obstacles.
Texas A&M (-7) on the state of Mississippi.
Everyone is pouring Aggie Stock after an extraordinary performance against Arkansas. So, this is a good time to get some shares, A&M continued to win nine game homes and face an opponent who scored seven offensive points in last year’s meeting.
Baylor (+3.5) over the state of Oklahoma.
Big 12 is ready to catch. Any team could make a run. Any team can win here. If I have to turn the coin, I have to take points with the team so far.
Indiana (+13) Above Pan State.
The Hoosiers’ No. 17 pre-season ranking was clearly a bit generous, but Penn State’s current No. 4 ranking should also be raised. The Nutney Lions’ two impressive victories (Wisconsin, Auburn) were about to nail down two terrific quarterbacks in Power Five football, while their most recent victory came in an unexpected competition with Vilanova. Hossiers won’t be as upsetting as last year’s thriller, but the younger group still has the skills to keep it close.
Boston College (+15) over CLEMSON.
Will Clemson also get 16 points? In just three Tigers games against FBS enemies, they have yet to cross the mark in the rules. Rising injuries and Dubois support Sony’s own quarterback – “I think DJ. [Uiagalelei] We have quarterbacks “- at least until 2022 Clemson’s bounceback stopped
LSU (-3.5) on Auburn.
Standing in the way of the LSU is either the recent Bench Bo Nix-which has more obstacles in its career than touchdown on the road, a 4-6 record and five straight failures as an underdog یا or much Over-excited and overly emotional LSU transfer TJ Finlay, returning to play in prime time in front of 100,000 or more spectators and the program that benched him last year. Enjoy
Best bet: Kentucky, Boston College, LSU.
This season (best bet): 26-32-2 (7-5)
2014-20 record: 904-866-15.