NCAA Week 11 Early Lookahead: Welcome to Bedlam!

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, November 1, 2018 4:12 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 4:12 PM UTC

Here’s a quick look at some interesting Week 11 college football matchups, all of which SBR will have covered in one way or another.

No. 16 Fresno State at Boise State, Friday

5Dimes opening line: FSU -3

It’s a potential Mountain West Conference title game preview (again), although Boise State would have it tough getting there with a loss here. Fresno State probably still will even with a defeat. Two MWC Player of the Year candidates and very good quarterbacks here in Boise’s Brett Rypien and FSU’s Marcus McMaryion, an Oregon State transfer. Both are seniors.

The Broncos are 14-4 all-time in this series. The teams played in back-to-back weeks last year. Boise lost 28-17 at Fresno in the regular-season finale but then knocked off the Bulldogs on the blue turf 17-14 in the conference title game. Ryan Wolpin’s 2-yard TD run with 4:42 left was the difference. McMaryion was just 16 of 34 for 172 yards and a pick.

Look for this preview Monday on SBR picks.

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Oklahoma State at No. 6 Oklahoma

5Dimes opening line: Sooners -18

Time for a little Bedlam! The Pokes have no shot at playing in the Big 12 title game, but they put a dent in Texas’ chances in Week 9 and could really hurt the Sooners’ chances with an upset here, although that seems unlikely. Might this already be the last Bedlam game for OU coach Lincoln Riley? The NFL is lusting after that guy for his offensive mind and the Cleveland Browns now have an opening – and a certain former Oklahoma quarterback named Baker Mayfield.

Riley was asked about the Cleveland job earlier this week and of course said he had no interest in the NFL … “right now. Don't know that I ever will. But I'm never going to be a guy that stands up here and says no way, no how with any of these things ever happening. I don't know that. But I know right now I could care less about the NFL."

Oklahoma leads this series 79-18-7 and is 37-4 when it’s ranked and OSU isn’t. The Sooners have taken the past three in the series and the closest was last year’s 62-52 shootout. Mayfield threw for 598 yards and four scores and Mason Rudolph 448 and five TDs. There was more than 1,400 yards combined.

OU is 5-3 SU & ATS as a double-digit home favorite in this series. Last happened in 2016 (Sooners won 38-20).

No. 8 Ohio State at No. 24 Michigan State

5Dimes opening line: Buckeyes -5.5

The only thing Michigan State can do at this point in the Big Ten East is play spoiler and maybe help rival Michigan win the division if Sparty could upset Ohio State. The Spartans were clearly a bit overrated entering this season, but they have been hammered by injuries on both sides of the ball.

You keep hearing rumors that this might be the last year for Urban Meyer at OSU, although he says he plans on coaching in 2019. He looks a bit rundown like he did before stepping aside at Florida. If the Buckeyes win here, it will be a winner-take-all for the East vs. Michigan on Nov. 24 because OSU isn’t losing at home to Maryland the week before.

Ohio State leads this all-time series 31-14 and is 14-4 when it’s ranked and Michigan State isn’t. The Buckeyes have won the past two in very different fashion: 48-3 in 2017 in Columbus and 17-16 the year before in East Lansing.

Auburn at No. 5 Georgia

5Dimes summer line: Dawgs -13.5

The Deep South’s oldest rivalry! These schools first played in 1892 and have a total of 122 times. Could be a bit of a trap game for Georgia off its SEC East winner-take-all showdown in Kentucky in Week 10. Auburn is simply playing to improve its bowl standing. It’s the Tigers’ last road game before heading to Tuscaloosa in the regular-season finale for the Iron Bowl.

Auburn and Georgia played twice last year. The Tigers rolled 40-17 at home in the regular season behind a big game from Kerryon Johnson, who is now having a nice rookie campaign with the Detroit Lions. Georgia had just 46 rushing yards on 32 attempts. In their first-ever meeting in the SEC title game, Georgia got payback and a spot in the College Football Playoff with a 28-7 win. Auburn scored first but obviously not again and totaled 259 yards with two turnovers (both recovered by Roquan Smith). This time, Georgia rushed for 238.

The Dawgs are 13-3-1 in the series when they are ranked and Auburn isn’t.

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