By Chris Carlson
Rivalry Week produced a big victory for Auburn as they sent their bitter foe Alabama packing and Wisconsin took it to the Gophers in the 2nd half in Week 14. Week 15 is of course the Conference Championship title games with still a ton to play for as it pertains to the Top-4 Playoff Rankings.
#2 LSU vs. #4 Georgia: For the 3rd straight year the Bulldogs qualify for the SEC title game and no surprise they have a tough matchup. This will be the 5th time LSU has faced a Top-10 team at the time they played this season which harkens back to the Tigers run in 2011 only to get man-handled by Alabama 21-0 in the National Championship. Georgia will have to ground and pound that susceptible LSU defense with heavy doses of D’Andre Swift in order to keep the Tigers high-octane offense on the sidelines. The trend this year when facing top-level opponents for LSU is a fast start, followed by plenty of back and forth scoring, and the Tigers defense making a play to seal the deal. Although LSU QB Joe Burrow’s season massively overshadows Bulldog QB Jake Fromm, it should be noted Fromm has knocked off 4 Top-10 ranked teams in his tenure. The game will be entertaining and on the table midway thru the 4th quarter until LSU puts Georgia away for good.
The Pick: LSU 37 Georgia 27
#6 Oklahoma vs. #7 Baylor: The rematch from a wild Oklahoma comeback 3 weeks ago that saw the Sooners down 28-3 only to shock Baylor. Signal caller Jalen Hurts has been a jack-of-all-trades for Oklahoma this year both passing and rushing. The Sooners have managed to get sophomore RB Kennedy Brooks some more carries of late which will help take the pressure and hits off Hurts. It will also cause for more breakout runs from Hurts when he keeps it on a read instead of handing it off to Brooks. Baylor’s defense has performed fairly well this year bailing out QB Charlie Brewer at times. Baylor couldn’t stop the run or pass versus Oklahoma so something has to give if the Bears want to win the Big-12. The Sooners experience at quarterback along with a playmaker like CeeCee Lamb will be too much to overcome for Baylor.
The Pick: Oklahoma 38 Baylor 30
Under The Radar
#5 Utah vs. #13 Oregon: Beyond the misstep early this year against USC, the Utah Utes have been mighty impressive as an overall team. The Ducks took their eye off the prize two weeks ago as they were beat by ASU. The QB & RB duo of Tyler Huntley and Zack Moss along with a rock solid defense has carried Utah this far. Oregon’s QB Justin Hubert gets more press clippings then Huntley, but every since Tyler got healthy his efficiency has gone thru the roof. Utah is not a huge favorite but based off the stretch run of the season all signs point to the Utes getting the victory. But this is College Football and Utah doesn’t have many quality wins so Oregon will kill Utah’s hopes of making the Top-4 rankings.
The Pick: Oregon 24 Utah 20
#17 Memphis vs. #20 Cincinnati: Back to back matchups for the AAC title game and a trip to the New Year’s Six Bowl game is on the line for Memphis. The underdog (Cincinnati) is 3-0 since 2007 against the spread in this scenario.
#21 Appalachian State vs. Louisiana-Monroe: The Ragin Cajuns are in the midst of a great season and if you look at the stats these two teams matchup very evenly making the perfect ingredients for a barnburner.
Against The Spread
Oregon will cover if not win outright as 6-point underdog to Utah.
Is Ohio State due for an uneven offensive performance? If so the Buckeyes will win but it may be by less than 16.5-points over Wisconsin.
Take it to the window LSU/Georgia will go above the 54.5 over/under.
Quick Hits Recap & My Top-4 Plus 1
-My Top-4 #1 LSU, #2 Ohio State, #3 Clemson, #4 Georgia, #5 Oklahoma
-Ohio State has now beating Michigan 8 times in a row, scoring 30+ points for a 7th straight time.
-Buckeyes QB Justin Fields threw 4 TD’s and RB J.K. Dobbins rushed for 4 TD’s in a 56-27 romp over Michigan.
-It was 16 years to the day when Virginia last beat Virginia Tech on Saturday dating back to November 29, 2003 since the last Cavalier victory over the Hokies.
-LSU QB Joe Burrow set the single season SEC passing yards record and tied the TD SEC record as well.
-With a win last week Memphis has 3 straight AAC regular season titles.
-Kentucky QB/RB/WR Lynn Bowden Jr. rushed for 284 yards and a school record 4 TD’s. The rushing yards total was the most by an SEC QB since 2008.
Written by Chris Carlson Host of The College Ball Show Podcast available at blogtalkradio.com/ ropeadoperadio
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