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The Best Week of the College Football Season
The most exciting week of the College Football regular season is upon us. It’s “College Football Rivalry Week!” We’ll be covering 15 of these rivalry games, and we’ll supply you with a detailed analysis on each of these contests. Join us in reading our revealing College Football picks on each of these games, with the aid of of our top College Football analysts like Ron Patrick, Willie Bee, and Kevin Stott. Furthermore, Sportbook Review’s top professional NCAA football handicappers Jeff Grant, David Lawrence, Mathew Jordan, and Ross Benjamin will have a roundtable discussion to break down the point-spreads and totals in each contest.
These are annually the toughest College Football games of the season to decipher and handicap for average College Football bettors. The old cliché, “you can throw the records out the window” are prophetic when describing these heated clashes. Well there’s no need to be concerned. Our staff of professional College Football analysts and handicappers will work tirelessly to make you the most prepared and informed bettor than you can possibly be.
Will Auburn be able to upset Alabama and dash their national title aspirations for the 2nd consecutive season in a row? Can “Ole Miss” regroup from their recent 3-game losing streak to rain on the parade in state rival Mississippi State? How about the Texas Longhorns chances as an underdog versus a TCU team which is primed to capture one of the 4-spots in the College Football playoffs on New Year’s Day? We’ll have those answers on those games plus so much more!
The Slate of Rivalry Matchups
TCU (10-1) vs. Texas (6-5) 7:30 PM ET
All that the Horned Frogs can do is worry about what they can control in regards to the College Football playoff rankings. They need to win, and then hope that just one of the following teams Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, or Mississippi State loses. Even then there’s a possibility of Ohio State or Baylor passing them based on what the College Football playoff committee decides. An impressive win, with style points certainly wouldn’t hurt, especially after their struggles to beat a 3-8 Kansas team. Texas won’t go down without a fight, and will certainly be installed as a home underdog in College Football odds.
LSU (7-4) vs. Texas A&M (7-4) 7:30 PM ET
Both teams are already bowl eligible, and don’t have a heck of a lot to play for but bragging rights. It will be interesting to see who will be the more motivated team in this matchup.
Georgia Tech vs. Georgia 12:00 PM ET
Georgia Tech enters this game knowing they will be playing in the ACC Championship Game next week versus Florida State. Georgia has won the last 4, and 11 of the last 12 in this series. If Arkansas can pull the upset at Missouri, then the Bulldogs will play for the SEC Title in Atlanta next week against either Alabama or Mississippi State.
Nebraska (8-3) vs. Iowa (7-4) 12:00 PM ET
Can Nebraska can bounce back from consecutive defeats at Wisconsin 59-24, and this past Saturday in a 28-24 defeat at home versus Minnesota in a game they squandered a 21-0 lead? One thing you can be rest assured when it comes to a Kirk Ferentz coached Iowa team, they will be ready to play, and will always give 100% effort.
Stanford (6-5) vs. UCLA (9-2) 3:30 PM ET
This can be a bit of a scary spot for the Bruins. They’re coming off a demolition of arch rival USC on Saturday, and will be facing a Stanford team that will be hungry to atone for a disappointing season by their standards. UCLA holds the tiebreaker over both Arizona and Arizona State in the PAC12 South Division. Keep in mind when placing your College Football pick here, that a win for the Bruins will earn them a spot in the PAC12 Championship Game versus Oregon.
Arizona State (9-2) vs. Arizona (9-2) 3:30 PM ET
It is real simple for both of these teams. They need to win, and then pray that Stanford can upset UCLA. If the Bruins falter, it will be one of these schools playing for the PAC12 title. Arizona has won the last 2 meetings in this series, and that includes last season’s 58-21 rout at Arizona State.
Virginia (5-6) vs. Virginia Tech (5-6) 8:00 PM ET
Virginia will be motivated to snap a 9-game losing streak in this series. They should have no excuses this season versus a Hokies team that’s enduring a tough season, and that certainly was magnified during a 6-3 overtime loss at Wake Forest (3-8 overall/1-6 ACC) this past Saturday, in a game that was tied 0-0 at the end of the 4th quarter.
Michigan (5-6) vs. Ohio State (10-1) 12:00 PM ET
If Brady Hoke has an iota of a chance of saving his job at Michigan, it would be to spring the huge upset versus their biggest rival. Some will say that this is arguably the biggest College Football rivalry game of them all. The national interest of this annual clash has been diminished due to the Buckeyes winning in 9 of the last 10 meetings versus the Wolverines.
Mississippi State (10-1) vs. Mississippi (8-3) 3:30 PM ET
This game shaped up to be a lot bigger a few weeks back when both were undefeated, and ranked as the top two teams in the country. Since then, “Ole Miss” has lost 3 in a row, and Mississippi State lost at Alabama. Despite the loss, the Bulldogs are still in position to be part of the 4-team national playoff with a win, and especially if Auburn can pull the upset of Alabama.
Florida (6-4) vs. Florida State (11-0) 3:30 PM ET
The Gators have a lame duck coach in Will Muschamp that would like nothing better than to leave his mark by ending the Seminoles 26-game winning streak. Speaking of the Seminoles, they’ve given their fan base a lot of anxious moments over the last few weeks. My gut feeling is that Florida State has to remain undefeated if they hope to repeat as national champions, based on some less than impressive wins this season.
Baylor (9-1) vs. Texas Tech (4-7) 3:30 PM ET
Those of us outside of Lubbock and Waco probably have little idea that this is even considered a rivalry game. The only thing in question pertaining to this matchup, will be whether the Red Raiders will be able to get inside a huge number that they will be receiving. The only one than can beat Baylor in this game is the Bears themselves.
Oregon (10-1) vs. Oregon State (5-6) 3:30 PM ET
The Ducks can ill afford to stub their toe in this in state rivalry game. They’re in the driver’s seat in terms of being part of the College Football playoff festivities on New Year’s Day. Mike Riley’s team would like nothing better than to be the proverbial spoiler. The Beavers are in desperate need of a win to become bowl eligible. Oregon has won the last 5 in this series.
Michigan State (9-2) vs. Penn State (6-5) 3:30 PM ET
Michigan State was hoping they would have much more to play for at this juncture. Now it’s just a matter of what’s the highest profile bowl game they can participate in. The Nittany Lions are coming off a terrible upset loss at Illinois this past Saturday. After starting the season by going 4-0, Penn State has gone 2-5 in the last 7. In terms of interest, this one fits in the ho-hum category.
South Carolina (6-5) vs. Clemson (8-3) 7:00 PM ET
This one doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot outside of the state of South Carolina. However, it should be one of the most offensively entertaining games of the day.
Auburn (8-3) vs. Alabama (10-1) 7:45 PM ET
This will be arguably the most anticipated game of the day. Alabama fans are still seething after last season’s loss at Auburn which cost them a chance at their 4th national title in 5-years. The loss was bad enough, but losing in the manner in which they did was hard to swallow. In case you were living under a rock, the Tigers returned a potential game winning field goal by the Crimson Tide that fell short for a touchdown in the waning seconds of the 4th quarter. The win propelled Auburn to the 2014 BCS Championship Game where they lost to Florida State. Can the Auburn Tigers do it again to their fierce rival? Stay tuned as there’s plenty more to come on this game at SBR this week.