Last week was a tough week for our writers in terms of picking games. But that’s a good thing in terms of entertainment – there were LOTS of upsets last week, and several memorable plays. The best part of the weekend wasn’t Louisville’s comeback victory on the road, or Washington surviving Utah, or Wisconsin continuing to own Nebraska, or Texas edging the previously-perfect Baylor Bears. It, of course, was Notre Dame’s victory over the convicts of Miami… oh, and I guess BC’s surprising win over NC State and UMass’s Senior Day dub. Those too, or whatever.
9 weeks down. Our records look like this:
Tyler: 14 – 10, (129 – 34, 80.6%) Gabe: 14 – 10, (141 – 46, 75.4%) Sean: 143 – 44 (76.5%) TJ: 15 – 9, (111 – 46, 70.7%) Will: 14 – 10, (139 – 48, 74.3%) Mikey: 13 – 11, (136 – 51, 72.7%) Kevin: N/A (73 – 25, 74.5%)
For the record, these rankings are via the AP Poll, which we have obviously used all season long. If you want to see rankings based on the College Football Playoff Standings, check it out here.
BYE: #16 Utah
#12 Oklahoma v. Iowa State
Tyler: Sheesh. Sooners by 33.
Gabe: One of the most talented teams in the country verses one of the least talented… yikes. Oklahoma by 31.
Sean: Iowa State is bad, and Oklahoma is absolutely on fire. Baker Mayfield is doing his best to get back into the Heisman conversation (27 touchdowns, five interceptions) with the help of DeDe Westbrook and the running back duo of Joe Mixon and Semaje Perine. Sooners by 37.
TJ: Sooners by 17.
Will: Iowa State has not been seeing any success in the Big 12 in terms of football. Obviously a good thing for Oklahoma who is slowly climbing their way back to the top 10. Oklahoma by 20.
Mikey: Why do we have to keep picking ISU games? Oklahoma by 56.
Kevin: This could get ugly. Oklahoma by 41.
UCLA v. #21 Colorado
Tyler: Josh Rosen’s season-ending injury totally ruins the Bruins’ already disappointing. Colorado is at home and has played better on both sides of the ball than Jackie Robinson’s alma mater. Buffaloes by 12.
Gabe: Colorado will have the advantage at home. I think they are seriously over ranked but should pull it out. Colorado by 3.
Sean: Things haven’t gone as scripted for UCLA this year, while the Buffaloes have taken everyone by surprise. No Josh Rosen for UCLA makes this a no brainer, especially with Colorado at home. Buffs by 21.
TJ: Josh Rosen is now out for the season but I think that the Bruins could rebound. I like when backup QBs get thrust into the spotlight. We’ll see what he’s made of. Unfortunately, the Bruins are off to a lackluster 3-5 start while Colorado is off to an impressive 6-2 start. I have to go with the Buffaloes by 14.
Will: Just got the update about Josh Rosen being out for the rest of the season due to an injury while I was writing this. Didn’t think UCLA had much of a shot to begin with, but with no Rosen, no shot they come out with a win in Colorado. Colorado by 14.
Mikey: Rosen is out for the year, so this should be an even easier game for CU. Colorado by 28.
Kevin: With Rosen out for the season there’s not much that UCLA can do on offense. Colorado by 13.
San Jose State v. #24 Boise State
Tyler: Double sheesh. Broncos by 27.
Gabe: All hope for a New Year’s Six bowl is all but gone for the Broncos. Still should finish the year with only one loss. Boise by 24.
Sean: Boise State’s luck finally ran out against Wyoming last weekend, but are still ranked in the top 25. They shouldn’t have a problem back at the Blue Field against a poor San Jose State defense. Broncos by 25.
TJ: Boise State Broncos by 30.
Will: Wyoming? Are you kidding me Boise State? Literally the only athlete I can think of out of Wyoming is Larry Nance Jr. Before last week, to say Wyoming was under the radar would be an understatement. Boise State still remains ranked, so I’ll give them a chance to redeem themselves. Boise State by 10.
Mikey: SJSU is 3-6, so another easy pick. BSU by 28.
Kevin: Another great game for the blue turf. Boise State by 24.
Vanderbilt v. #11 Auburn
Tyler: This game is sandwiched between road games at Ole Miss (which was a two-score win) and Georgia, who do not represent the SEC’s best. Nonetheless, since both are rivalry games, I consider this a bit of a trap game for the Tigers. I wouldn’t be surprised if they come out a bit sloppy, even if they are undefeated in their last five games. But, Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson will prove to be too much. Auburn by 12.
Gabe: Auburn looks really good this year. They are better than their 2 loss record indicates. Auburn by 20.
Sean: Sean White has been excellent this year for the Tigers, but this team revolves around Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson. The two running backs have combined for over 1,500 yards and have 15 combined touchdowns. The defense has played well all year long, and going up against a horrid Commodores offense, this could get ugly. Tigers by 35.
TJ: Auburn Tigers by 29.
Will: Wouldn’t be shocked if Vandy didn’t score a point against Auburn this week. Auburn by 20.
Mikey: Auburn has quietly gone 6-2 this year and has seen a major rebound from last year’s disappointing season. Against Vandy, they’ll make it 7-2. Auburn by 14.
Kevin: Auburn has been nearly unstoppable since losing to Texas A&M and Vanderbilt doesn’t stand a chance at slowing them down. Tigers by 38.
#7 Texas A&M v. Mississippi State
Tyler: A&M is #4 in the first College Football Playoff Standing, and for good reason. They’ll show off their talent against Mississippi State this week, because at this point in the year, it’s about flexing your muscles in lower level games. Aggies by 28.
Gabe: Hopefully this mumbo-jumbo stuff about them being the 4th best team in the country doesnt get into their heads. MSU hasn’t look too sharp this year. Aggies by 10,
Sean: Texas A&M bounced back after getting beaten by Alabama and are currently the #4 team in the race for the College Football Playoff. The Aggies have an explosive offense led by Trayveon Williams and all around offensive threat Christian Kirk, who can absolutely fly with the ball in his hands. Myles Garrett is one of the best pass rushers in the country, and should have a field day against the Bulldogs. TAMU by 23.
TJ: Mississippi State got outplayed by UMass, therefore Aggies by 24,
Will: Hey, at least Mississippi State beat UMass. Texas A&M by 24.
Mikey: Somehow, A&M cracked the first playoff based on the committee outlook. Nevertheless, they do have the talent to warrant such a selection, and against a sub-.500 opponent, they should easily get a victory. Aggies by 21.
Kevin: This should be a nice easy win before the Aggies get ready to play Ole Miss next week. Aggies by 24.
#5 Louisville v. Boston College
Tyler: This game actually has an interesting storyline, because Eagles quarterback Patrick Towles played at Kentucky, who, of course, is the in-state rival of Louisville. He only started against them once, where his Wildcats lost by 4 in a shootout two years ago. Now, his Kentucky teams don’t have the defense BC has. But Louisville also wasn’t this explosive two years ago. Sorry, Pat. Louisville by 21.
Gabe: The Cards didn’t impress the CFB Playoff committee with their showing last week. Hopefully they can put up some points against a tough BC defense. Louisville by 21.
Sean: BC’s defense is phenomenal, but Louisville’s offense is just as good. Lamar Jackson has lost his grip on the Heisman race, and Louisville is on the outside looking in at this point for the CFP. Cardinals by 28.
TJ: Lamar Jackson vs Patrick Towles. Cardinals by 22.
Will: Growing up a BC fan, it’s going to be tough watching Lamar Jackson dismantle the entire football team single handedly. Louisville by 30.
Mikey: Good one. Louisville by 49.
Kevin: *begins crying thinking about how bad this game is gonna be for the Eagles* Louisville has the most beautiful uniforms of the year for this game. Cardinals by 56.
#8 Wisconsin v. Northwestern
Tyler: Wisconsin enjoyed a huge win last week against Nebraska, and they are NOT out of the playoffs yet. They’ll need to keep on winning, and that they will against Northwestern behind their elite defense. Badgers by 17.
Gabe: The Wildcats have been under the radar this year. They have lost some close games to WMU, Ohio State and Nebraska while beating Iowa, Indiana, MSU and Duke. Clayton Thorson looked very solid against a good OSU defense. With Wisconsin coming off a great win, I think that Northwestern will give them a good fight. NU by 3.
Sean: A huge win last week keeps Wisconsin’s chances alive and could very well end Nebraska’s hopes of a CFP appearance. After running a gauntlet, the last month of so (#8 Michigan State, #4 Michigan, #2 Ohio State, Iowa and #7 Nebraska in the last five weeks), things get easier for the Badgers. Northwestern plays just about everyone tough, but Wisconsin is a powerhouse this year. Badgers by 19.
TJ: I’m feeling an upset in this matchup, Northwestern has some great amount of talent on their offense including quarterback/wide receiver combo Clayton Thorson and Austin Carr. Northwestern by 3.
Will: Despite suffering a 9-7 loss early in the year to Illinois State, Northwestern has shown they can be competitive, especially in their win against Michigan State. Wisconsin is so close to playoff contention that I don’t see this game getting away from them. Wisconsin by 10.
Mikey: Wisconsin has been phenomenal this year, and is those games against UM and OSU went a little differently, they’d be ranked much higher. Still, they’ll handle NW with ease this week. Badgers by 27.
Kevin: Northwestern always plays ranked opponents very well and they’re normally good for one big upset per year, and the Iowa game doesn’t count. Northwestern by 10.
Georgia Tech v. #18 North Carolina
Tyler: Georgia Tech is usually good for at least one upset per season. On the road against a ranked team who has played sloppy sounds like a good setting for an upset, but I think Mitch Trubisky is simply too good to make as many mistakes as the Jackets would need to win. Heels by 12.
Gabe: UNC by 11.
Sean: Mitch Trubisky has a top 10 name in college football. Very catchy. His play is something to be admired too, with 18 touchdowns to just two interceptions. His main weapons, Ryan Switzer and Elijah Hood, are dangerous in space. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are a triple-option team, that rarely passes. I think this game will be closer than some people think, but I like the Tar Heels at home by 13.
TJ: Tar Heels by 18.
Will: UNC is holding firm in the top 25 and will continue to roll through the rest of their ACC opponents. UNC by 8.
Mikey: Potential for a very good game here; I’ll take the ranked team at home by a slim margin. UNC by 3.
Kevin: Tar Heels by 14.
#10 Florida v. Arkansas
Tyler: Coach Bielema has had a couple of weeks to prepare for a home matchup against the Gators, who have one of the best defenses in the entire country. They have not one, but two NFL-caliber corners. They have momentum, as they’ve climbed to #10 in the AP Poll. Austin Allen has averaged a little under one interception per game… for the Pigs to win, he has to play near-perfect football. He doesn’t have to win it with his arm, but he can’t lose it. Fortunately, they can turn to Rawleigh Williams III. Arkansas by 3.
Gabe: Florida’s defense is rock solid. Arkansas is going to have trouble getting anything going. Gators by 7.
Sean: Arkansas has taken a nosedive in the last month, and now find themselves unranked. Florida still has the best defense in the country. Have fun Austin Allen and company. The Gators get a huge road win in Fayetteville. Florida by 15.
TJ: I really liked the Razorbacks in the middle of the season but now that they’ve cooled off and are struggling with SEC competition, I don’t see them defeating Florida. Gators by 6.
Will: I don’t think a bye week could even get Arkansas to forget about being demolished by Auburn. Florida by 14.
Mikey: Finally, a very quality matchup. While the Gators have been stout, especially on the defensive side of the ball, I like Arkansas at home in this one. They have made significant strides in their own right, and it feels as though this has the potential to be a great matchup. Razorbacks by 2.
Kevin: After suffering a loss like that to Auburn I don’t know if Arkansas can come back and play Florida well and they’re passing game will be non existent, due to the Gators having 2 first round-caliber corners. Gators by 13.
#22 Oklahoma State v. Kansas State
Tyler: Oklahoma State’s offense has been prolific all season long, and I think that will continue against a K-State passing defense that ranks 96th in the country. To be fair, OSU’s pass defense is 97th, but Mason Rudolph is far better than Jesse Ertz. ‘Boys by 17.
Gabe: K-State has a very good running attack but their pass offense is too mediocre to keep up with Oklahoma State. Cowboys by 14.
Sean: Mason Rudolph and James Washington are a great QB-WR combo, but go up against a tough Kansas State team that has won two straight. They may not play pretty, but the Wildcats play gritty and smart. Jesse Ertz is a tough dual-threat quarterback, and with the OSU’s defense having more holes that your standard slice of Swiss cheese, he could be in for a big day. I like KSU at home by 4.
TJ: Kansas State is somehow favored in this matchup, perhaps because they’ll have a home field advantage. As for me, I don’t see KSU knocking off OK State after the Cowboys just got back to the Top 25. Cowboys by 6.
Will: I like the potential upset here, mostly because Kansas State is at home. Kansas State by 6.
Mikey: Decent matchup, but the Cowboys get the edge due to record, rank, and an elite offense. Cowboys by 10.
Kevin: Kansas State is a very good football team and I haven’t been that impressed by Oklahoma State. This is a trap game for them. Kansas State by 10.
TCU v. #13 Baylor
Tyler: Baylor lost a heartbreaker last week, but they get to rebound against a bad Big XII program. Bears by 22.
Gabe: The Big 12 will more than likely not get any teams in the CFB Playoff this year. Bragging rights will be on the line as well as a potential birth in a New Year’s Six bowl. Baylor by 3.
Sean: With Baylor’s heartbreaking loss, it ended their, and the BIG 12’s hopes of being in the CFP. The heartbreaking loss was the first of the season for the Bears. TCU sucks though, and should have never been ranked early in the season. Seth Russell will have a field day in this one. Bears by 30.
TJ: A matchup of absolutely zero defense. The Horned Frogs sure do miss Josh Doctson but Baylor doesn’t seem to miss Corey Coleman nearly as much. Baylor Bears by 17.
Will: Baylor getting upset by Texas was foreseeable, but it will hurt Baylor far more than it will benefit Texas this season. TCU has seen a similar season to Texas. An upset against Baylor just isn’t in the cards for them, though. Baylor by 14.
Mikey: Aaaaaannnnnnddddd back to the crap games. Yippee. Baylor by 31.
Kevin: Baylor as always has a terrible defense and that’s no different this year. Although the Horned Frogs offense isn’t as good as it’s been, they can still put up points. They’ll be able to stay in the game at the least and I think they’ll come out on top. Horned Frogs by 7.
Syracuse v. #3 Clemson
Tyler: D’oh Syracuse. Clemson by 35.
Gabe: Clemson has continued to show why they are the most legitimate threat to Bama for the title this year. DW4 can flat out ball, Dabo knows to manage close games and their defense can make stops in big situations. The Tigers will keep rolling. Clemson by 21.
Sean: Amba Etta-Tawo is a star for the Orange and will be playing football on Sunday’s in the near future. However, the Tigers have about 20 guys on their roster than will play football on Sunday’s. Clemson by 27.
TJ: Clemson by 28.
Will: It’s only Clemson and Louisville for the ACC at this point. All signs point to Clemson. Clemson by 20.
Mikey: Another snoozer. This week is full of them. Clemson 28.
Kevin: In Death Valley, not a chance. Tigers by 35.
Maryland v. #2 Michigan
Tyler: Maryland has quietly put together a decent season for themselves. But this week, they’re on the road in the Big House. Sorry. Blue by 24.
Gabe: Saw that Jabrill Peppers ran like 3.7 second 40 in his 2 point conversion fumble return last week. I don’t know what that’s worth but it sure does sound fast. Michigan by 30
Sean: Yawn. Get me to the Ohio State game already. Wolverines by 39.
TJ: Wolverines by 35.
Will: NEED Michigan vs. Alabama in the championship game, for now we have to watch Maryland get massacred on live TV. Michigan by 30.
Mikey: Michigan at home… blowout alert. Wolverines by 45.
Kevin: Michigan has looked great all season and beat up on lesser opponents all year. They struggled against Michigan State, however, and that’s the best defense they’ve played against, besides Wisconsin. I think the Terps will be able to slow them down and keep it close ,but they won’t be able to win due to their lack of top tier talent compared to the Wolverines. Michigan by 14.
#23 Virginia Tech v. Duke
Tyler: D’oh Duke. VT by 20.
Gabe: The question on Duke’s mind…”Is it basketball season yet?” Sorry, not yet. VT by 15.
Sean: Jerod Evans is stud for Virginia Tech and hasn’t played much bad football this year. Not many people expected the Hokies to be ranked at this point in the season, but his play has them riding high into Durham. Virginia Tech by 23.
TJ: Virginia Tech by 16.
Will: V-Tech can’t lose to Duke. V-Tech by 10.
Mikey: Seriously, no good games this week. VT by 24.
Kevin: Virginia Tech by 17.
Arizona v. #25 Washington State
Tyler: Washington State has played some solid football over the past few weeks, and they deserve credit for that. I think they’ll continue their winning ways at home. WSU by 10.
Gabe: Never thought I would be picking a Washington State game because they were the ranked team, but nonetheless. Haven’t watched them play but it looks like this Luke Falk kid can PLAY. He is putting up Heisman like numbers. They have won 6 in row. WSU by 14.
Sean: Washington State has been beating up on bad opponents all year long. Luke Falk throws the ball 80 times in Mike Leach’s system. Arizona is just another team in a list of bad PAC-12 teams that will give up 400+ passing yards to the Cougars. WSU by 23.
TJ: Washington State is the new Oregon, mark my words on that one. Washington State by 17.
Will: Love seeing the Mike Leach led Washington State in the top 25. I anticipate they plan on staying there as well. Washington State by 7.
Mikey: A bad game. In the words of the immortal DJ Khaled, “Another One.” WSU by 42.
Kevin: Battle of the cats will be won by the Cougars. Washington State by 20.
Kansas v. #14 West Virginia
Tyler: West Virginia is angry after last week’s loss. They come back with a home game against something that resembles a football team. Mountaineers by 50.
Gabe: WVU by 40.
Sean: It’s time for Kansas to drop football. I am dead serious. It’s embarrassing. Mountaineers by 55.
TJ: Mountaineers by 33.
Will: Kansas just needs to stop playing football all together. West Virginia by 27.
Mikey: No. WVU by 59.
Kevin: It’s a wrap. West Virginia by 28.
#19 Florida State v. NC State
Tyler: Florida State is REALLY angry after last week’s loss to Clemson. NC State is reeling from a loss at home to Boston College, and they’re catching the Seminoles at a bad time. FSU by 20.
Gabe: A battle of two teams that almost took down #2 Clemson. Dalvin Cook is really good at football and should be able to run it down the Wolfpack’s throat. FSU by 3.
Sean: Dalvin Cook is forcing himself into Heisman contention. NC State’s performance seems to vary week-to-week. They either got blown out or play people tough, and after coming off a close loss to BC last week, FSU should walk all over them while healing the wounds left by Clemson last weekend. FSU stays in the top 25 this week. ‘Noles by 32.
TJ: The Wolfpack has showed some serious promise throughout the season but last week they didn’t impress me in their matchup with the BC Eagles. Florida State shouldn’t have too much of a problem with them. Seminoles by 9.
Will: NC State losing to BC is not a good look. FSU taking Clemson to the wire is a good look. FSU is the easy choice in this one. FSU by 14.
Mikey: The Wolfpack have been up-and-down, while FSU has mostly recovered from a slow start outside of last week’s loss. With NC State on the decline right now, I like FSU to get a good road win. Seminoles by 14.
Kevin: Florida State is improving again and and showed against Clemson that they have the talent to be a top 5 team in the country. The same cannot be said about NC State. Seminoles by 34.
Iowa v. #20 Penn State
Tyler: I don’t have much reasoning behind this, but I like Iowa in this game. Penn State has been rolling since beating Ohio State, but I also think they’re playing a little over their heads. Iowa is looking for some sort of redemption, and CJ Beathard has proven he can win big games. Hawkeyes by 7.
Gabe: Had to do a double take when I saw Penn State was ranked #20. They have looked really good the last few weeks. At home verses an underachieving Iowa team, Penn State by 7.
Sean: In two weeks, Penn State has gone from unranked to #12 in the country. While I don’t think they’re the best team in the nation, once you get outside the top seven, it’s a cluster of teams. Saquon Barkley is a stud, and while Tommy McSorley isn’t a great quarterback, he’s as gritty as they come. Penn State’s defense is one of the best in the nation, and they should be able to contain CJ Beathard and a struggling Hawkeyes team. Nittany Lions by 13.
TJ: Penn State has been rolling but Iowa will be a tough matchup, people forget that the Hawkeyes were a #3 seed last year. Not this year though. Nittany Lions by 8.
Will: If there is any team to make me happy and not Penn State back to irrelevance like they deserve, it’s good ‘ole Iowa. Iowa by 6.
Mikey: The Nittany Lions are living big off that win against OSU, getting up to 12 in the first playoff rankings and 20 in the AP Poll. Iowa is still a good football team, but PSU will win by a small amount. Penn State by 7.
Kevin: Penn State by 21.
#1 Alabama v. #15 LSU
Tyler: I think this will be the tightest game of the weekend. For LSU, if their season is going to mean anything, short of winning a National Championship, beating Alabama is the biggest thing. Since firing Les Miles, they’ve played like a completely different team, finding themselves back in the rankings. I think the home crowd helps them, I think Leonard Fournette is turning a corner, and I think the Bayou Bengals are motivated. I also don’t think ‘Bama is going down to anyone until the playoff. Tide by 6.
Gabe: I have doubted Alabama in the past in games like this, not again. ‘Bama by 14.
Sean: Since when is LSU #13 in the country? Either way, there is a simple formula for picking this game. What does LSU love to do/what is the only thing they can do? What is Alabama elite at? Stopping the run. I would love to say I’m intrigued to see Leonard Fournette go against an Alabama front seven which features multiple future first round picks, including top 10 pick Jonathan Allen, but the advantage lies with the Tide. Jalen Hurts and Damien Harris have bright futures ahead of them for Bama. The Crimson Tide are too good for everyone this year, including LSU in Baton Rouge. Alabama by 20.
TJ: Good for LSU on bouncing back into the rankings after a rocky start. Alabama is pretty much an NFL team though so I don’t give the Tigers much chance. If LSU can pull off the upset, you can expect to see them in the two four with two losses over teams with just one loss. Alabama by 10.
Will: HUGE game. Ever since Coach O has taken over, LSU has had an unmistakable swagger about them. They’ve had two weeks to prepare for this game. For all of Alabama’s dominant teams, this one seems to pushing the limit of what dominance is. Coach O is the difference in this one. LSU by 3.
Mikey: The game of the week. LSU always likes to hype these games up and try to get into the heads of their rivals, but this Alabama team is on another level. They are great in every phase of the game and dominate on a consistent week-to-week basis. This week will be no different, and they’ll blow out the Tigers. Tide by 24.
Kevin: One of the best rivalries in football has gone stale lately, with Alabama coming out on top the last 5 years. Things may change this year. LSU’s offense has played well under Coach O, and they’ve won their last three. Fournette also came back and exploded last game for 284 yards and 3 TD’s. He’s the most talented player in college football and a better draft prospect than Ezekiel Elliott. Relying on him will make it tough, but their passing game has looked better recently, and they have a talented wide out Malachi Dupre. It also helps that the Tigers are at home for this one. Give me LSU by 7.
#9 Nebraska v. #6 Ohio State
Tyler: This is almost a ‘nice’ game. Instead, it pits an Ohio State team that needs to win out to find themselves in the College Football Playoff against a Nebraska team that was bested by Wisconsin in overtime. While the Badgers proved that they are a quality college football team, and while they showed a lot of fight, I think they also showed that they are not an elite program. The Buckeyes have one of the most explosive offenses in the country, complimented by a quality defense. I do not think the Cornhuskers can keep pace with Urban Meyer’s offense. I think throwing for 150 yards, and totaling 300 yards of offense last week proves that. Bucks by 10.
Gabe: Two teams that are arguably playing for their Playoff lives. Ohio State at home is almost automatic but they have looked vulnerable the past couple weeks. Nebraska is coming off a heartbreaker to Wisconsin. Nebraska has the ability to make this a low scoring game with their defense and should be able to handle the environment with a senior QB. Nebraska by 4.
Sean: This is the biggest game of the weekend. Winner puts themselves back in the CFP conversation, while the loser finds themselves playing in a regular New Years Six Bowl, which isn’t a bad consolation prize. Both of these teams come off tough fought games, but I like Urban Meyer’s experience with this Ohio State team in big games to be the difference in this one. Buckeyes by 15.
TJ: I’ll be shocked if JT Barrett and the Buckeyes lose another game all season, their performance against Penn State which knocked them out of the top rankings will always be in the back of their minds. The Cornhuskers are going to be facing the wrong team on the wrong week. Buckeyes by 17.
Will: I have a lot of respect for Nebraska this season. While they’ve had a fantastic season, they don’t have what it takes to beat a top team. I’m sure they will find their way into a BCS bowl, but Ohio State needs/will want the win more than them. Ohio State by 14.
Mikey: FINALLY, a great game this week. Nebraska has surprised me and been great this season. Nevertheless, Urban Meyer’s team knows how big these games are, and they’ll come out hot and pick up a massive double-digit win. Ohio State by 17.
Kevin: Ohio State has struggled the past couple of games and they’ll be facing a good defense when they play Nebraska., but the Cornhuskers turn the ball over a good amount. With Ohio State’s talent in the secondary, Tommy Armstrong Jr. will have a rough game and I think he’ll throw multiple picks Saturday. Even if the offense struggles a little, they’ll have more than enough chances to score. Ohio State by 11.
#4 Washington v. California
Tyler: Washington won their first real game last week IMO. Will they make the playoffs? Stay tuned for that one… but, they will beat Cal on the road. Huskies by 17.
Gabe: The Huskies will be playing with a little chip on their shoulder for not being included in the Top 4 of the first CFB Playoff rankings. You can blame that on their schedule but they certainly have looked the part. Browning and Gaskin are an electrifying pair and their defense is full of future NFLers. Huskies by 17.
Sean: Washington is playing for everything and then some from here on out. They have the pressure of the PAC-12 riding on the right shoulder of Jake Browning, and I think the sophomore slinger can deliver. Cal has a very pass happy offense, while the Huskies feature on of the best passing defenses in the country, led by Sidney Jones, who may be the best corner in college football. Huskies by 22.
TJ: California is very underrated but unless Marshawn Lynch and Aaron Rodgers lace up the cleats for Saturday’s game I have to go with the Huskies. Washington has the playoffs on their horizon and they absolutely can’t afford to lose games like this one. Washington Huskies by 17.
Will: Washington is easily making the playoff with the schedule they have for the rest of the season. Cal doesn’t have the juice to measure up with Washington. Washington by 20.
Mikey: The Huskies should be in the top 4, especially since they are undefeated at this point. They’ll stay undefeated against Cal, and hopefully the committee gets it right next week. UW by 28.
Kevin: Cal is sneaky good this year and they already beat a ranked team this year in Utah but they simply let up too many points. Washington has a great offense lead by Jake Browning. Cal can score and they might but able to stay in it but I think their defense will come up short. Washington by 17.
BONUS – Notre Dame v. Navy
Tyler: I’m pleased with last week’s win. I’m pleased with how the defense has largely come around (shoutout to you, Jaron Jones). I’m pleased with how DeShone Kizer played last week. However, that game should’ve been a blowout, and the Irish let the ‘Canes back into that game, which is simply unacceptable. If they can keep that first half momentum and play a complete game, this team is absolutely capable of beating Navy. Irish by 5.
Gabe: Notre Dame showed us a glimpse of what could have been a successful season for them against the Hurricanes but even then they almost lost. Navy is always such a tough match up but shockingly, their defense is worse than Notre Dame’s. Irish by 3 in an instant classic.
Sean: The Irish beat my Hurricanes last week, which made me sad. Navy loves to run the ball, but Notre Dame’s defense is stout against the run. I think DeShone Kizer is one of the most gifted passers in college football, and he’ll show off his elite arm talent against a Navy team that is coming off a tough loss to South Florida. Irish by 10.
TJ: The Midshipmen are stronger than most people think and they’ll take advantage of a worn out Fighting Irish roster. Navy by 6.
Will: I’m not buying ND’s win against Miami. Navy by 3.
Mikey: Navy has been better than ND to this point, so I’ll give them the edge in this one. Navy by 3.
Kevin: Navy by 24.
BONUS – UMass v. Troy
Tyler: Trojans made a useful horse. Now, Trojan make even more useful…. Well, never mind. Troy by 10.
Gabe: Troy by 28.
Sean: I once turned Troy into a national powerhouse in NCAA 14. Trojans by 24.
TJ: Troy is SOMEHOW favored by 23 points. Yeah right, give me a break. The Trojans have played absolutely nobody outside of Clemson. If UMass had Troy’s cupcake schedule they’d also be 6-1. Troy is basically the Ryan Tannehill of College Football, everybody says that they’re good but then you actually watch a game and think, what the hell were these people thinking when they said that they/he was good. If I was a betting man (which I’m not) this game is basically a Mortal Lock, there is no way that UMass gets beaten by 23. No chance, get out of here Troy. Would you rather an Android on Verizon (UMass) or an IPhone on TracFone (Troy). Minutemen by 31.
Will: The win streak starts now. UMass by 10.
Mikey: I feel like it. UMass by 10.
Kevin: Troy by 17.
#17 Western Michigan v Kent State
All writers do not like the MAC’s “fun” idea of scheduling football games on Goddamn Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Do them Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays like normal people. For that reason, we are all picking WMU to continue their unbeaten season, but also remind them that the conference they play in is stupid.
Cover photo courtesy of Gabe Van Dyke. Yay Gabe. Yay designing.