We learned that the first four teams we see at the unveiling of the first CFP Rankings will probably never be the four we see playing in the Semifinal bowl games. Let’s take a quick look what we learned in Week 11 from Clemson, Louisville and three other B1G teams who play their college football east of the Mississippi River.
#1 Bama Rolls, #2 Clemson, #3 Michigan Both Lose on Last-Second Field Goals
Head Coach Dabo Swinney, Deshaun Watson, and host and #2 Clemson were upset on Saturday, 43-42 on a last-second FG by Pittsburgh. The Tigers had the second-longest conference (ACC) win streak (13) snapped, meaning that there will probably be three new teams entering the CFP Rankings which come out later this week.
Then on Saturday night, #3 Michigan was knocked off by host Iowa—west of the Mississippi River—14-13 on another last-second FG as the Hawkeyes handed Jabrill Peppers and the Wolverines (9-1 SU, 5-5 ATS) their first Loss in a Big Ten thriller.
And QB JT Barrett and Ohio State crushing Maryland, 62-3, (OSU -27½, BookMaker), the big showdown this coming weekend (Saturday, Nov. 19) between Ohio State and Michigan could leave the Buckeyes in a great spot and head coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines in a precarious one. And #7 Wisconsin continued to play great defense (13.8 ppg, #3 in FBS) and stay in the national championship conversation as the Badgers (8-2 SU/ATS) crumpled Illinois in Madison, 48-3.
#1 Alabama Cruises Again, #6 Louisville Rallies To Keep CFP Hopes Alive vs. Wake
#1 Alabama won their 22nd straight, rolling over Mississippi State, 51-3 as the Crimson Tide (#2 Scoring Defense, 13.2 ppg) improved to 10-0 SU and 8-2 ATS while #6 Louisville scored 44 unanswered 2nd Half points to win 44-12 (LOU -34, BookMaker) over a gallant Wake Forest side in the Bluegrass State as the Cardinals (9-1 SU, 5-4-1 ATS) won but did not cover. Louisville QB Lamar Jackson rushed for 153 yards and threw for 145 yards (TD) in the Cardinals much-needed ACC victory, especially on a day with three of the top four teams losing.
NCAAF ‘East’ Futures Book Pick Correction: Michigan State (not Michigan) +24½ vs. Ohio State, Week 12
NCAAF Picks ATS Record: 19-8-0