There are 7 unbeaten FBS teams left in college football. All 7 play on the road and five of the seven lost to their opponent in the most recent meeting. It's shakeout week! Here are some opening BetOnline NCAAF odds.
It's weird seeing Florida State (5-2, 2-2 ACC) as a home underdog in the college football odds board. It hasn't been at least a 4-point dog in Tallahassee since early in the 2011 season against Oklahoma. The Seminoles lost that one 23-13 and are 0-4 this century as a home dog of at least 4 points. If Clemson (7-0, 4-0) wins this game, the Tigers are going to play in a second straight ACC Championship Game because 1) they probably aren't going to lose the rest of the regular season and 2) even if they did lose once, they would still hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over FSU and No. 5 Louisville. Both teams come off a bye week. Tigers star running back Wayne Gallman suffered a concussion in his team's 24-17 overtime escape vs. NC State on Oct. 15 but is expected to play vs. FSU. Gallman leads the Tigers with 90 carries for 489 yards and five touchdowns. Last year in a 23-13 win over Florida State, Gallman had 22 carries for 103 yards and a TD. If Clemson QB Deshaun Watson has any shot at overtaking Louisville's Lamar Jackson for the Heisman Trophy, Watson has to have a monster game here and win it. The Tigers haven't won at FSU in a decade.
These two could easily meet again in the Pac-12 Championship Game in December as Washington (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) is tied for the North Division lead with Washington State and Utah (7-1, 4-1) is tied for the South lead with Colorado. Neither school has played in the Pac-12 title game before. I don't see Washington losing a regular-season game after this one so it probably wins the North regardless of this result. But a loss here could leave the Pac-12 on the outside looking in for the College Football Playoff a second year in a row. Utah has a much tougher schedule remaining so it probably has to win this one to reach the conference championship game. What will Utes running back Joe Williams do for an encore? In his second game since returning from a month-long retirement, Williams ran for a school record 332 yards in Saturday's shootout win at UCLA. It's the most by an FBS player this season. Washington, meanwhile, failed to cover a massive spread in a 41-17 win at Oregon State in what could have been a look-ahead game. UW's 33.7-point average margin of victory is tops in the nation, and the team ranks fourth in scoring offense and sixth in scoring defense. Utah won 34-23 in Seattle last season for the Utes' first victory in nine meetings with the Huskies.
Could this be the final home game for Charlie Strong as the Texas coach? The Horns (3-4, 1-3) are in danger of missing a bowl game again with a loss here. Most believe that Strong's fate was sealed -- if it wasn't already -- in Saturday's 24-21 loss at a mediocre Kansas State team. It's just the eighth time in the past 60 years that Texas has been 3-4 or worse through seven games and it has now happened in all three of Strong's seasons. He took control of the defense a few weeks ago and nothing has changed. K-State ran for 234 yards on Strong's unit. Athletic Director Mike Perrin told reporters a couple of weeks ago that he believed in Strong. When approached by reporters after Saturday's loss, Perrin simply said: "No comment." If UT is routed in Austin by little brother Baylor, I don't see how Strong is employed at this time next week. There are already reports that Texas is negotiating with the agent for University of Houston coach Tom Herman. Is Baylor (6-0, 3-0) any good? I have no idea and anyone who tells you different is lying. The Bears have played maybe the easiest schedule in the country of any Power 5 team so far. They do have the benefit of coming off their bye week. Baylor was upset in its regular-season finale at home against Texas last year, 23-17. A win would have sent Baylor to the Sugar Bowl. That win might have saved Strong's job then.