It’s going to be tough for this week’s games to match up to last week’s contests in terms of playoff implications. Surprisingly, the biggest game of the week comes from two teams that weren’t even considered to be threats in their conference, but are now two possible choices for the College Football Playoff
Let’s take a look at some of the best games across the nation.
ACC: Georgia Tech at No. 6 Clemson
The Tigers got a huge win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish that helped the propel way up the rankings and just outside of the top four. This team is very talented, but making the CFP out of the ACC is going to be tough.
With that being said, the Tigers MUST perform well this weekend if they want to prove they deserve a spot.
They cannot sleep on the Yellow Jackets this week. CJ Prosise had a good game last week for the Irish, so the Tigers are going to have to contain both Justin Thomas and Patrick Skov if they don’t want to get upset.
Clemson wins, 31-20
American Athletic Conference: Navy at No. 16 Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish are not happy about their loss to Clemson last week and they will want to rebound in a big way with a major rivalry game. They can’t look past the Midshipmen for their game against USC next week.
If they do, this could be a long game for them.
Keenan Reynolds is a terrific quarterback and he should give the Fighting Irish problems all day long. Despite that, I think the Irish turn things around and get past the Midshipmen this week as they try to save their chances for the CFP.
Notre Dame wins, 28-22
Big 12: No. 9 Oklahoma at Texas
This isn’t a game to watch because I think it will be good. I think the Sooners are going to come out and destroy the Longhorns. However, this game is the biggest rivalry in the Big 12 and it’s always fun to watch these two teams go at it.
Much like Trevone Boykin, Baker Mayfield can really pad his stats and try to help his Heisman chances against a depleted Texas defense.
Plus, it’s always fun to see what crazy fried foods these people come up with at the Texas State Fair.
Oklahoma wins, 56-17
Big Ten: No. 19 Northwestern at No. 20 Michigan
Who would have thought that the best game to watch this week would be between two teams that weren’t even relevant in the CFP talks at the beginning of this season. The Wildcats and Wolverines both have very good defenses and that should be on display this week.
The Wildcats have allowed more than 10 points only once this season, while the Wolverines have only given up 14 points in their last four games, with their last two being shutouts.
This is going to be about which defense makes the last mistake, but expect what good ol’ Jim Ross would call a “slobberknocker” this week.
Northwestern wins, 13-10
Conference USA: Southern Mississippi at Marshall (FRIDAY)
This game could be an early preview of the Conference USA championship game. The Thundering Herd is sitting at 4-1 and 2-0 in the conference, while the Golden Eagles are a surprising 3-2 and 1-0 in the conference.
The Thundering Herd have been all about defense this year, while the Golden Eagles have been an offensive juggernaut since their season-opening loss to Mississippi State. T
his is going to be a fun one to watch, but I think the boys from Hattiesburg pull off the upset.
Southern Miss wins, 35-26
MAC: Kent State at Toledo
The Rockets are finally back on top of the conference in the Midwest and they want to keep their current streak going. Their game against Kent State this weekend could prove to be a trap game if they aren’t careful.
Kent State is trying to claw its way back into the conference championship picture, so a big win this week could do just that. However, I think Toledo has too much riding on this game to let it slip by them.
The Rockets pull away late to pull off the big win.
Toledo wins, 34-21
Mountain West: New Mexico at Nevada
To be completely honest, I only picked this game because of the two teams’ mascots. It was almost too perfect having the Lobos and the Wolf Pack facing off against each other this week.
For New Mexico, this team is probably the only one that can knock off the Boise State Broncos in the Mountain division, so they will want to build momentum heading into their game against them in about a month.
The team has won two straight and they look to make it a third this week.
New Mexico wins, 33-30 OT
PAC-12: No. 22 Cal at No. 8 Utah
There were a few big games in the PAC-12 this week to choose from, but I had to go with the only featuring two top 25 teams. This is going to be an offensive showdown and full of big plays.
Jared Goff has proven time and time again that he can be the quarterback NFL teams drool over. I think he does that again this week and helps his team move way up the rankings to become a real threat for the CFP.
Cal wins, 42-35
SEC: Arkansas at 5 Alabama
Usually when I talk about a team that was in my top games the week prior, it’s about them avenging their loss from that week. The case is different this week as the Crimson Tide host the Razorbacks.
Fans may look at this and think I am crazy, but hear me out.
The Crimson Tide looked like their old selves last week, but they were hungry for that win after their loss to Ole Miss earlier this year. I don’t think they will lose to the Razorbacks this week, but they are facing a proven quarterback in Brandon Allen and they may be somewhat looking past them.
This should be a good game.
Alabama wins, 38-27
Sun Belt: Appalachian State at Georgia State
The Mountaineers are doing much better this season than they did in their inaugural season last year. This team has a chance to get to bowl eligibility, so they want to prove they belong with a big game this week.
The former FCS National Champions are 3-1 right now and, with a win, they would be tied atop the Sun Belt with the same overall record as their bitter rivals, the Georgia Southern Eagles, just two weeks from their big contest in Boone. The Mountaineers should be able to come out and get an easy victory against the Panthers this week.
Appalachian State wins, 42-20
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