It is Georgia vs LSU for all the marbles this week. Predictions for the other conference title games are included here too.
Last week’s record: 7-2
Overall record: 87-24
Exact score predicted: 0
Misses: Mississippi State over Ole Miss in “PeeGate” and Auburn upsetting Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
Closest Pick: Nothing super close this week. I missed the Georgia/Georgia Tech game by a total of 10 points.
Friday, December 5
Pac -12 – No. 13 Oregon vs. No. 5 Utah (Santa Clara, CA) – A bowl with big CFP implications. Utah might be the first No. 5 team in the country no one outside of about three states has seen play and thus their nation leading run defense is massively under the radar. Watching giant defensive tackles John Penisini and Leki Fotu is worth the price of admission. Utah wins because Oregon won’t be able to run the ball. Utah 27, Oregon 13.
Saturday, December 6
SEC – No. 2 LSU vs. No 4 Georgia (Atlanta, GA) – The Bulldogs only chance here is to keep this game close for 50 minutes and win a battle of attrition at the end. Joe Burrow is immense and the health of RB D’Andre Swift and his ailing shoulder is of massive concern. Burrow isn’t about to fall at this hurdle on his way to the Heisman. LSU 38, Georgia 27.
Big 12 – No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 6 Oklahoma (Arlington, TX) – Rematch from a game that Baylor somehow lost 34-31 by giving up 24 unanswered points in the second half. Jalen Hurts is a show worth watching in the Lincoln Riley offense and this time it won’t take the Sooners a half to warm up. Oklahoma 40, Baylor 27.
MAC – Miami (Ohio) vs. Central Michigan (Detroit, MI) – A weird year in the MAC with no dominant teams leaves these two to battle it out. Central Michigan has more offense than a Miami team that is offensively challenged. CMU 27, Miami 20.
Sun Belt – Louisiana at No. 21 Appalachian State – This will be a ground based game with a couple of fun attacks that do interesting things with their scheme. ASU has wins over both North and South Carolina this season. Whoever wins the time of possession comes out on top here. ASU 28, Louisiana 24.
C-USA – UAB @ Florida Atlantic – UAB has ridden its fifth ranked nationally defense to a 9-3 record while the FAU Owls have won eight of nine and are red hot here. Hosting the game – plus questions about the health of UAB QB Tyler Johnston – put this one in favor of the Owls. FAU 31, UAB 20.
American – No. 20 Cincinnati @ No. 17 Memphis – This match literally happened last weekend. Cincinnati has a horrible habit of peaking in mid-November and the Bearcats are at it again this year. Memphis will have too much offense in this one. Memphis 38, Cincinnati 28.
Mountain West – Hawaii @ No. 19 Boise State – Travelling from the warm shores of Hawaii to the brutal Idahoness of Boise is all you need to know here. Boise State 45, Hawaii 34.
ACC – No. 23 Virginia vs. No. 3 Clemson (Charlotte, NC) – Welcome to the most one sided game of Championship Saturday. Trevor Lawrence and Clemson have torn it up since escaping Mack Brown’s North Carolina and they are about to put on another show. Clemson 48, Virginia 13.
Big Ten – No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Wisconsin (Indianapolis, IN) – The Ohio State offensive machine averages almost 50 points per game. Wisconsin counters with a running back in Jonathan Taylor who would have run for 4,000 yards this year if he played in Columbus and/or had any QB help in Madison. Ohio State 38, Wisconsin 20.