Let's take a look back at the college football odds from Week 10 and see what we learned from the bad beats, the stunning victories and how we could have improved our NCAAF picks.
It pays to shop around and get the very best number because even a half point can be the difference between a cover and a loss. The College Football Odds makers had this one right when they opened up the line with Clemson-10 over Florida State. But as the Clemson money came pouring in the line spiked and for those that love including home chalk in their College Football Picks that line inflation cost you dearly as the Tigers maintained their undefeated streak with a 23-13 victory over their ACC rivals the Seminoles of Florida State.
The Tigers will be crowned ACC Atlantic division champs with the win but more importantly they will most likely maintain their number one ranking in the college football polls. Clemson has won only one national title in their history and that was in 1981 when coach Danny Ford took the Tigers to the Promised Land with a 12-0 record and a victory over Nebraska in the 1982 Orange Bowl. It appears as though this 2015 edition will duplicate that 12-0 mark as they have only Syracuse, Wake Forest and South Carolina standing in their way. None of which are expected to pose any threats whatsoever to Clemson's perfect season.
Bears Win But...
The Baylor Bears were undefeated but still on the outside looking in as far as the voters who comprise the college football playoff rankings. This is the only poll that matters because this is the one that starts late in the season and is the official word on who gets in the four team playoff tournament and who doesn't. Before Baylor took on their Big 12 Conference rivals Kansas State they were ranked 6th by the committee that matters. I am afraid to say that after their 31-24 road victory over the Wildcats on Thursday night they may have very well dropped in those polls.
Baylor has a perfect record and had been putting up an ungodly amount of points but their game against Kansas State had none of the punch of their previous triumphs. Remember in college football style points do matter as does the strength of the opposition. Kansas State now has a 3-5 mark and are winless in Big 12 play. Not exactly the kind of opponent that is supposed to hang tough with one of the best in the nation. Baylor does not have an easy road in front of them with Big 12 powers Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and finally TCU. If the Bears can get through that kind of opposition they deserve to have a seat at the playoff tournament table.
Bama Powers Past LSU
In the highly anticipated showdown for SEC supremacy the Alabama Crimson Tide rolled to a 30-16 victory over their rivals from Louisiana State University. It proved the college football playoff committee prescient as they had ranked Alabama 4th in the nation despite every other major poll placing Bama 7th and on the outside of the prized top four.
LSU on the other hand was in everyone's top four including the official BCS poll and it could very well be that they fall from second to straight out of the top four. The Tigers should be able to finish out the string undefeated with games against Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas A&M. But will that be enough to get them back where they belong?
Huskers Shock Spartans
The Cornhuskers were playing in front of their rabid fans thirsting for last minute salvation. It was a long shot to be sure but there was still time on the clock and a belief that victory was still possible. Nebraska drove 91 yards culminating in a controversial touchdown strike that ultimately decided the game by the thinnest of margins. When the final gun sounded the Huskers had come from 12 points down in less than 4 ½ minutes to take a 39-38 victory.
Oh and if you're wondering about the controversial touchdown call, the replay showed clearly Nebraska's Brandon Reilly had stepped out of bounds through no fault of defender MSU's Jermaine Edmondson. The officials chose to ignore the obvious which made this outcome more than a bit fishy. Michigan State, no longer undefeated after losing to an unranked opponent, could very well tumble from the top 10.