We’re back for another weekend of college football.
Following a massive slate of games last week, this week isn’t as flashy and if you need to take a weekend off from football, this would be the one.
There are three Top-25 matchups this week, but only one that really matters. Let’s dive in.
No. 16 Michigan (5-1) at No. 7 Penn State (6-0)
This is the marquee game of the weekend and the only one that’ll really affect the college football playoff.
It’s a huge game for both sides. On one hand if Penn State wins, it’ll have knocked off two Top-25 opponents in a row and solidified itself as a true contender for the playoff. And if Michigan loses, it’ll be a disaster for Jim Harbaugh as he’ll have two losses on the year with Ohio State and Notre Dame still left on the schedule.
This is going to be an extremely tough game for Michigan as it’s heading into one of the toughest environments in all of college football. College Gameday will be in town, it’s a night game and not to mention it’s the annual White Out game in Happy Valley.
There are few places more intimidating than Penn State during the White Out game. A sea of 110,000 people shouting as loud as humanly possible makes it tough to hear the play calls and after every sack or big play for the Nittany Lions, Beaver Stadium feels like an earthquake.
It’s hard to win on the road, period. It’s even harder to win in State College against a Top 10 Penn State team in the White Out. You have to be so much better than them to counteract it and from the way Michigan has played this season, I don’t think they have it in them.
My pick: Penn State
The Nittany Lions win this game by two touchdowns. Too much KJ Hamler, too much Sean Clifford. It’ll be a party in Happy Valley this weekend.
PS – Lee Corso if you put on anything other than the Nittany Lion head gear, you are public enemy No. 1.
No. 12 Oregon (5-1) at No. 25 Washington (5-2)
To put it simply, the Pac 12 has a zero percent chance of making the college football playoff. And if Oregon loses this game, it’ll have a negative percent chance of making it.
It’s easy to forget that the Pac 12 still exists because they have been so bad over the last few years but it does indeed have games going on this weekend.
This game is simple to me. Washington is a fraud team and Oregon is actually a pretty good team. The Ducks should be undefeated right now but they gave away a game to Auburn.
My pick: Oregon
The Ducks have been impressive this season following the opening day loss to Auburn. They’ll make the Rose Bowl.
No. 17 Arizona State (5-1) at No. 13 Utah (5-1)
Another game in the Pac 12 that again will almost have no impact on the playoff. It’s not that I don’t think they aren’t good teams, I just simply don’t trust them to run the table from here on out.
Both of these teams are already have one loss and are now basically fighting for good bowl game given the strength of the other power five conferences.
My pick: Utah
I don’t trust either of these teams so I picked the home team.
Other games to watch
No. 18 Baylor (6-0) at Oklahoma State (4-2)
Kentucky (3-3) at No. 10 Georgia (5-1)
No. 2 LSU at Mississippi State (3-3)
No. 9 Florida (6-1) at South Carolina (3-3)
No. 3 Clemson (6-0) at Louisville (4-2)