Week 10 was a wonderful Saturday for the fans and horrible for the Big Ten with heavyweights Ohio State and Penn State both now with two losses. Week 11 is full on ranked vs. ranked Marquee Matchups that hold weight inside conference races as well as on the national scene.
#3 Notre Dame at #7 Miami: Notre Dame visits South Beach as quite possible the hottest team in America. The Irish bulldozing ground attack of RB Josh Adams and QB Brandon Wimbush looks unstoppable. Notre Dame’s redzone offense is unbelievable along with an improved defense from last year’s 4-8 club. The last team to beat the Miami Hurricanes during their 13-game win streak is you guessed it, the fighting Irish. Miami’s offense thrives on the big play and a proven knack to close in the fourth quarter several times over. What can’t be overlooked is the Hurricanes Achilles heel on third-down offensively. The Miami defense will need to score thus willing the Canes to victory.
The Pick: Notre Dame 30 Miami 26
#6 TCU at #5 Oklahoma: The Sooners mentality must be survive and advance as if it were NCAA March Madness facing TCU for control of the Big-12 regular season crown. The strange thing is this matchup could be a prelude to the newly added league championship game. How will Oklahoma react after having to summon so much energy last week in Bedlam? Can the Sooners defense finally show some life after several poor showings? TCU is the better overall team but do they have enough firepower to keep pace?
The Pick: TCU 33 Oklahoma 31
Under The Radar
#1 Georgia at #10 Auburn: The Bulldogs are on a roll boasting the best backfield in the country to go along with a sturdy defense. Auburn’s helter-skelter performances in high profile spots have me shy to pick the home Tigers. If Auburn can play up to potential and remain consistent they have a legitimate shot to qualify as a national semifinalist. With Alabama still on the schedule and the SEC title game it would be difficult to deny Auburn. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves because the Georgia Bulldogs are for real. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn’s record when facing a ranked opponent at home is silly so I will side with that trend.
The Pick: Auburn 27 Georgia 23
#12 Michigan State at #13 Ohio State: The Buckeyes got shelled by Iowa last week 55-24 but still have a chance to earn a trip to the Big Ten title game. The Spartans have the momentum fresh off a last second victory over Penn State. Ohio State’s head-scratcher of a no-show, coming off the heels of an epic comeback makes it hard to predict. Will they fall completely off the edge and lose 3 regular season games a rarity in Urban Meyer’s career? Flip of the coin outcomes generally go to the home team with a stellar track record of a coach.
The Pick: Ohio State 24 Michigan State 20
Saturday Upset Special
Stanford ruins not only the Huskies NCAA title hopes but brings the whole Pac-12 down with them nationally. Washington hasn’t really played many good teams and the smash-mouth style of Stanford will do the trick.
Hardcore Barn Burner
#9 Washington vs. Stanford: Week 11 just like Week 10 so much this significant Pac-12 meeting is almost forgotten. The Cardinals are battle tested and the Huskies can explode with big play ability at any time. Washington needs this victory to keep pace with in-State rival Washington State in the North division.
Another example of the depth for this dynamic Week 11 schedule #2 Alabama at #16 Mississippi State: Alabama’s injury issues at linebacker and overall plus similar style of play, makes this a closer than expected. Contrasting running attack matchup up Bama’s QB and Mississippi State’s Fitzgerald will be something to keep an eye on.
Against The Spread
You may want to take a flyer out on Michigan State as a 16.5-point underdog versus Ohio State.
Also, #20 Iowa will lose by less than the 12.5-points Las Vegas says it will against #8 Wisconsin.
Quick Hits Recap & My Top 4
-My Top 4: Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson. (Plus 2 More: Miami & Oklahoma.)
-Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield’s 598 passing yards and 6 TD’s set a school yardage record in a high scoring thriller that saw the Sooners come out on top over OK State.
-Iowa’s beat down of heavily favored Ohio State made for the worse defeat for the Buckeyes since 1994.
-Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw had 265 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 21-0 victory over Air Force.
-University of Florida’s faltering season got worse stumbling last week against a team with a losing record, the second biggest upset of the sort since 1936.
-The #7 Miami Hurricanes are 8-0 for the first time since 2002 and have now strung together 13 consecutive victories.
Written by Chris Carlson Host/Producer of The College Ball Show Podcast Available on Apple Podcast (ITunes), Player.FM, Stitcher, Tunein, www.blogtalkradio.com/ropeadoperadio & More! Follow on Twitter @RopeADopeRadio