By Chris Carlson: Week 10 was super entertaining across the board highlighted by wins for Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Arizona, and Clemson. Week 11’s biggest matchup is in the Big Ten but SEC and Pac-12 have some sneaking games that could create unexpected drama. No changes in the 2nd rankings for the Playoff and that’s just fine because it will all get worked out on the field.
#3 Michigan vs. #10 Penn State: Outside of the locker room the talk has been mostly about stealing signs. Regardless this College Football podcaster doesn’t think it will have much effect on the outcome. Both teams play elite level defense but Penn State has yet to show much via the passing game. The same could be said this year about the Wolverines not being creative on offense but we’ve already seen what they can do in big games in 2022. Bottom line is the trust at QB goes to JJ McCarthy until the Nittany Lions show us more with QB Drew Allar. It will be well into the 2nd half before Michigan to separate just enough.
The Pick: Michigan -4.5
#2 Georgia vs. #9 Ole Miss: Both teams are coming off close wins with the Bulldogs getting the better victory over a ranked Missouri club. Georgia has looked very impressive on offense even without their stud TE Brock Bowers. Instead of heavily relying on their rush game this year even with an inexperience QB Carson Beck, Georgia is airing it out relatively speaking of course. The Bulldogs will contain the Ole Miss offense both thru the air and on the ground. That said Georgia has been in a couple close games so the spread is a tough one for this College Football junkie.
The Pick: Georgia wins but +11 Ole Miss
Under The Radar
#14 Missouri vs. #15 Tennessee: The Vols are a slight favorite and should be looking to the ground and pound to keep Mizzou’s offense off the field. Pounding the rock will help contain the crowd and set up big shots down the field. The QB Grady Cook and WR Luther Burden III is the better duo and I also favor the secondary for the Tigers. The key for Missouri will be coming out of the gates fast enough to be within striking distance because Tennessee tends to start very fast. On the flip side can the Vols keep that same first half intensity for the 2nd half?
The Pick: Missouri +2
#6 Oregon vs. #20 USC: This still important PAC-12 rivalry is flying under the radar due to the Trojans horrendous defense. The Ducks feature great balance on offense and that fact Washington ran the ball down USC’s throat the same thing should happen here. The biggest item is how Oregon has been so dominant since taking their loss to the Huskies. As long as they have their eyes on the prize and don’t overlook USC’s explosive offense the Ducks should secure the ‘W’. Stranger things have happened and to be fair the Trojans are still in search of a meaningful win.
The Pick: Oregon wins but a late TD makes it +15.5 USC.
Saturday Upset Special
Minnesota the road dog barley gets over the hump at Purdue as +1.
(Honorable Mention) Rutgers pulls slight upset over #22 Iowa as +1 home dog.
#5 Washington vs. #18 Utah: Washington is vying for a Top-4 Playoff spot and managed to outlast USC last week via run game. That won’t work as well versus a sturdy Utah defense along with QB Bryson Barnes coming off a 4 touchdown outing. If this one was in Utes-Ville I would think about taking the plus number but that’s not the case.
The Pick: Washington -9.5
#22 Iowa vs. Rutgers: Iowa appears to be in complete control of the Big Ten West making this a perfect time to mess up like Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Nebraska all did. Rutgers took Ohio State to the semi-deep waters and much like Minnesota the Scarlet Knights can run the ball.
The Pick: Rutgers +1
Against The Spread
Miami +14 versus #4 Florida State
West Virginia +13 versus #17 Oklahoma
Stanford +20.5 versus #12 Oregon State
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Quick Hits Recap & My Top-4 Plus 2 More
-My Top 6: Ohio State, Washington, Georgia, FSU, Michigan, and Oregon.
-Alabama QB Jalen Milroe continues to show improvement from earlier in the year as he ran for 150 yards becoming the only quarterback in team history to score 4 rushing touchdowns. Even sweeter it came against their bitter rival LSU.
-Washington RB Dillon Johnson became the 2nd player in school history to rush for 250 yards and 4TD’s in the Huskies 52-42 win over USC.
-Also, 52 points was the most ever from Washington when playing USC.
-Make that 7 out of the last 8 meetings between Texas and K-State decided by 7 points or less. This time it was the Longhorns getting the job done in OT 33-30.
-Ole Miss WR Tre Harris made 11 catches for 213 and 1 touchdown in a close win over Texas A&M.
-Clemson LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. had 11 tackles, 2 sacks, and a pick-six in the Tigers win over Notre Dame.
-Georgia extends their winning streak to 26 as did FSU with 15 in a row.
Written by Chris Carlson Host of The College Ball Show Podcast available at blogtalkradio.com/ropeadoperadio Follow on Twitter @RopeADopeRadio