Curator Sam Burnham Game of the Week Auburn @ Georgia This game may not have all the meaning that it usually has. Win or lose, Georgia goes to Atlanta. Win or lose, Auburn doesn't. But this is the Deep South's oldest rivalry. This one was first played in 1892 and has been played annually since 1919. This game is never meaningless. The rivalry itself is enough to motivate these two teams. Georgia fans are calling for a Blackout, which worked once against Auburn but after they tried it against Alabama, those black jerseys should have been piled up in the middle of the North Quad and burned. I expect to see red jerseys and a Georgia victory but Auburn isn't going to just roll over.
Upset Alert Ohio State @ Michigan State The Buckeyes are in a position to make the playoff if they just win out. Finish with that one loss, capping it off with wins over Michigan and the Big Ten Championship Game and they are certainly in. But their season has been surrounded by chaos. An abusive assistant led to a scandal for their head coach who has now revealed some serious health problems. They got smashed at Purdue and then they squeaked past 2-7 Nebraska. This is a dead team walking, perhaps even stumbling into East Lansing. And Sparty is waiting their, licking his chops.
Coach Drew Burnham Game of the Week Mississippi State @ Alabama Alabama proved a lot last week (as if they had much to prove) winning in an unforgiving environment and doing it soundly. This week they have another test. While it isn’t as great as their last test, it does come on the heels of an emotional win and in the comfort of their own home. It would be easy to feel like you can take a breath here, but Mississippi State has proven to be a worthy team that has the ability to make you pay. I’m not calling for the upset, it’s just a game to keep your eye on. Upset Alert Texas @ Texas Tech Both of these teams enter the game off back-to-back losses. However, Texas Tech is able to draw a bit more of a moral victory off those 2 than the Horns. This is a dangerously explosive team who gave Oklahoma more than they wanted last week. Watch out for the big play! This one should be exciting.
Curator’s Picks Ohio State @ Sparty Ole Miss @ A&M Oklahoma State @ Oklahoma Kentucky @ Tennessee Mississippi State @ Alabama Purdue @ Minnesota Washington State @ Colorado Auburn @ Georgia Texas @ Texas Tech Clemson @ Boston College
Coach’s Picks Ohio State @ Sparty Ole Miss @ A&M Oklahoma State @ Oklahoma Kentucky @ Tennessee Mississippi State @ Alabama Purdue @ Minnesota Washington State @ Colorado Auburn @ Georgia Texas @ Texas Tech Clemson @ Boston College