Game of the Week World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, Jacksonville
This would be my pick if these two teams were coming in with only one win a piece. The fact that both teams are still playing for playoff spot certainly ups the ante. Both teams need to win. This is the most important game on both teams’ schedule every year. This year, it’s even bigger than usual.
With fans from two states swarming the banks of the St. John’s River, creating a carnival atmosphere, and looking for bragging rights as well as a shot at a national championship, this is the biggest game this week. The winner moves on and the loser starts scrapping for a chance at a New Year’s Day game in Orlando or Tampa.
Coach Drew Burnham
GAME OF THE WEEK SMU @ MEMPHIS How can you not be a fan of what is happening in Dallas? 32 years after the death penalty the Pony Express finds itself undefeated and ranked for the first time. Thinking about what the program has been through - the tremendous lows that followed a period of such greatness - since long before any of these players were born and seeing where they are right now, how can you not get emotional? Anyone who has been a consistent reader of this column knows that there are few people in the country who love the Memphis Tigers and the work of Mike Norvell than me. He has done an incredible work there and that is supported by the College Gameday set that is sitting outside the Liberty Bowl today. He has taken the program to new heights and he and his staff deserve an unmentionable amount of praise for that. However, I just cannot consciously pull against SMU here. I can’t not want to see them be successful. Heart over head here 100%, no apologies. Giddy Up!!
No Upset Alert this week.
WAKE over NC STATE MIAMI over FLORIDA ST. GEORGIA over FLORIDA OKLAHOMA ST over TCU ARMY over AIR FORCE MISSISSIPPI ST over ARKANSAS UTAH over WASHINGTON VANDY over S. CAROLINA SMU @ MEMPHIS OREGON over USC
NC STATE over WAKE MIAMI over FLORIDA ST. FLORIDA over GEORGIA OKLAHOMA ST over TCU ARMY over AIR FORCE MISSISSIPPI ST over ARKANSAS UTAH over WASHINGTON S. CAROLINA over VANDY MEMPHIS over SMU OREGON over USC