We have made it to the final week of the regular 2019 season! Playoff positions are pretty much guaranteed for the Top 3 barring any surprising upsets this week or during Championship Week…….hear that Michigan? South Carolina?
The fun games of the week include Michigan going up against Ohio State and Alabama v Auburn. In years past, these games have produced surprises, but not likely this year.
So, who do you go with?
Texas A&M at No. 1 LSU (-17)
LSU enters this game having the chance to have a regular undefeated season, the first in many years. But they must not be looking forward to the Georgia game next week when they would wrap up the #1 Playoff position.
The Aggies enter the game hoping to play the role of spoiler, but that will be tough to pull off, even with the Tigers looking to next week.
LSU wins and COVERS the spread.
No. 2 Ohio State (-9) at No. 10 Michigan
Ohio State goes to Michigan in their annual rivalry game, a game that Wolverine coach Jim Harbaugh must win to go into the off season with a chance of returning to coach next season.
Ohio State needs to continue winning to ensure a Top 2 position in the Playoffs. They win and put Harbaugh’s job in jeopardy.
Ohio State wins and COVERS the spread.
No. 3 Clemson (-25.5) at South Carolina
Clemson goes to South Carolina, a team down on its luck. For this game, it is like so many others, all about whether Clemson can cover the spread or not.
South Carolina has beaten Georgia this year and played both Florida and Bama, losing by an average of 17 points. So playing top ranked is not unusual for them.
The Gamecocks cannot stop the Tigersfrom winning their 6th in a row, but they can slow down the scoring.
Clemson wins but FAILS TO COVER the spread.
No. 4 Georgia (-28) at Georgia Tech
This rivalry has lost its luster in the last few year, thanks to Georgia Tech having a series of weaker teams. This year is no different.
Georgia’s defense is too much for Tech and the offense even more so. But Tech tries to keep it a game.
Georgia wins but FAILS TO COVER the spread.
No. 5 Alabama (-4) at No. 16 Auburn
This game has lost much of the luster that goes with an Iron Bowl game, since each team now has losses and both have little hope to get into the Playoffs. But since it is the Iron Bowl, anything can happen, especially with Mac Jones now leading Bama.
Auburn needs a signature victory over at least one of the top SEC teams that they have played, and Bo Nix does have the ability to bring it to them. Still, Bama needs a victory to have any hope of getting into the Playoffs since this is their last chance to impress the Committee since an SEC title game is now lost.
Alabama wins and COVERS the spread.
Colorado at No. 6 Utah (-28.5)
Here it is for Utah, they win and they have the PAC 12 South sewn up, with the PAC 12 title game next week. To top that, if Georgia and Bama stumble, they could find themselves in the Playoffs!
Utah’s defense has held opponents to 8.7 points per game over the last 7 games and they ride this strength into a victory.
Utah wins but DOES NOT COVER the spread.
No. 7 Oklahoma (-12.5) at No. 21 Oklahoma State
The Sooners go to Oklahoma State having won the last three times visiting Stillwater. They have a slim chance to get into the Playoffs, provided Utah, Georgia and Bama all lose. So they must pour it on.
The Cowboys have a decent reserve qb, Dru Brown, but he cannot put up numbers like Jaylen Hurts.
Oklahoma 41-24 and COVERS the spread.
Florida State at No. 8 Florida (-17)
At any other conference in the country, Florida would be the leading team. But being in the SEC, they must might for #3 status.
Seminole coach got the axe two weeks ago, so the team is playing for the new coach and first string positions next year.
Florida wins but FAILS TO COVER the spread.
No. 13 Wisconsin (-2.5) at No. 9 Minnesota
Wisconsin is favored to win over the Golden Gophers, even though ranked lower and is an away game for them. Minnesota is still trying to gain respect and prove that they are a quality team.
The winner of this game goes to the Big 10 Title game, against Ohio State.
The Golden Gophers remain golden and UPSET Wisconsin.
No. 11 Baylor (-14) at Kansas
Baylor goes to Kansas as a tune up game for the Big 12 Championship game. Like with many other teams, if the major contenders stumble this weekend or next, a Playoff position becomes possible.
Baylor wins and COVERS the spread.
Rutgers at No. 12 Penn State (-38.5)
Penn State has proven once again to be overrated at the beginning of the season. Yet they still manage a 10 game winning season and a New Year’s Day bowl with a win here.
Rutgers? Not even a bump in the road.
Penn State wins and COVERS the spread.
Oregon State at No. 14 Oregon (-17.5)
The Ducks entertain the Beavers this week, after an UPSET loss taking them out of the Playoff race. Now, they look to winning the PAC 12 title and a meeting engagement next week against Utah.
Oregon State needs to win to become bowl eligible. But the Ducks are just too strong, no matter how much the Beavers chew on them.
Oregon wins and COVERS the spread.
No. 15 Notre Dame (-14.5) at Stanford
Yawn…..is anyone still interested in Notre Dame?
Once again, like Penn State, ND has proven to have been overrated this season. And again, they have disappointed their fans all across the country.
Stanford has had a down year, even though they did defeat Cal this season. But the Fighting Irish are in a different league than the Cardinal.
Notre Dame wins and COVERS the spread.
No. 18 Cincinnati at No. 17 Memphis (-11.5)
This is the most exciting game of the week, bar Ohio State and Michigan. Cincinnati and Memphis are both playing for the final spot for a New Year’s Day bowl game.
Memphis has won the past three games when they have met.
Cincinnati wins in an UPSET!
No. 19 Iowa (-6) at Nebraska
If Nebraska wants to continue to play this season, they must win to become bowl eligible. Otherwise, their hopes for a big season have become just another broken dream.
Iowa has continued to win most games in a conference where they meet good quality opponents. This time, things are no different, expect the Huskers are not a quality team.
Iowa wins but FAILS TO COVER the spread.
No. 20 Boise State (-12.5) at Colorado State
Boise State remains in the Top 20, and in contention for that final New Year’s Day bowl game spot with Memphis and Cincinnati. They meet a weak Colorado State team, and need the victory to continue.
Colorado State is only playing for spoiler, and even that is a pipe dream.
Boise State wins and COVERS the spread.
No. 22 Appalachian State (-13) at Troy
Appalachian State remains in the hunt for the final New Year’s Day spot like Boise State, but their hopes are really dim at this point. To have any consideration, they must put up huge numbers.
Troy has a good offense, but nothing to stop the Mountaineers.
Appalachian State wins 34-20 and COVERS the spread.
No. 23 Virginia Tech (-2.5) at Virginia
Here is another fun game for the week. Virginia turned their season around and now meet their rivals for bragging rights.
Virginia has not won any of the last 15 games they have met the Hokies. If they win, they go to the ACC championship.
The Hokies win and COVER spread.
There we have it. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and the games, both NCAA and NFL this weekend. And don’t forget to read PU’s Thanksgiving piece on Thursday.